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The Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology

Total Course Requirements
for the Bachelor’s Degree: 120 units

See “Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree” in The University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements. A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division.

The department has prepared a suggested Four Year Advising Plan to help students meet all graduation requirements within four years. Please request a plan from your major adviser or view it and other current advising information on the CSU, Chico Web.

General Education Requirements: 48 units

See “General Education Requirements” in The University Catalog and The Class Schedule for the most current information on General Education Requirements and course offerings. The course requirements marked below with an asterisk (*) may also be applied toward General Education.

Cultural Diversity Course Requirements: 6 units

See “Cultural Diversity” in The University Catalog. Most courses used to satisfy these requirements may also apply to General Education.

American Institutions Requirement: 6 units

See the “American Institutions Requirement” under “Bachelor’s Degree Requirements.” This requirement is normally fulfilled by completing HIST 050 and POLS 055. Courses used to satisfy this requirement do not apply to General Education.

Literacy Requirement:

See “Mathematics and Writing Requirements” in The University Catalog. Writing proficiency in the major is a graduation requirement and may be demonstrated through satisfactory completion of a course in your major which has been designated as the Writing Proficiency (WP) course for the semester in which you take the course. Students who earn below a C- are required to repeat the course and earn a C- or better to receive WP credit. See The Class Schedule for the designated WP courses for each semester. You must pass ENGL 001 (or its equivalent) with a C- or better before you may register for a WP course.

Course Requirements for the Major: 40-42 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this degree.


5 courses required:

ANTH    101    Physical Anthropology    4.0    FA

ANTH    102    Archaeology    3.0    FA

ANTH    103    Cultural Anthropology    3.0    FS

ANTH    104    Language and Culture    3.0    FS

ANTH    285    Formal Methods for Anthropology    3.0    SP

1 course selected from:

ANTH    296    History of Theory/Method Anth    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: ENGL 001 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; ANTH 103.

ANTH    296H    Hist of Theory/Methods-Honors    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: ENGL 001 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; ANTH 103, acceptance into the Honors Program.


2 courses selected from:

ANTH    180    Field Archaeology    4.0    F1

ANTH    278    Zooarchaeology: Vertebrate    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: ANTH 012 or 102.

ANTH    279    Zooarchaeology & Field Ecology    3.0    SM

Prerequisites: ANTH 012 or ANTH 102; permission of instructor required.

This course is the same as BIOL 279 which may be substituted.

ANTH    280    Advanced Field Archaeology    4.0    F1

Prerequisites: ANTH 180.

ANTH    281    Human Identification    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: ANTH 101.

ANTH    282    Laboratory Methods Archaeology    3.0    S2

ANTH    283    Field Methods in Ethnography    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: ANTH 103.

ANTH    284    Archaeological Site Surveying    3.0    F2

ANTH    288A    Exhibit Research and Design    3.0    SP

ANTH    288B    Exhibit Installation    3.0    FA

ANTH    295    Proseminar in Applied Anthro    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: ANTH 103.


Select one course from any two of the following four subfields of Anthropology.

2 courses selected from:

Physical Anthropology

ANTH    211    Human Origins    3.0    Inq

Prerequisites: ANTH 011, ANTH 100, or ANTH 101.

ANTH    212    Human Variation    3.0    Inq

Prerequisites: ANTH 011, ANTH 100, or ANTH 101.

ANTH    214    Human Growth and Development    3.0    Inq

Prerequisites: ANTH 011, ANTH 100, or ANTH 101.

ANTH    215    Forensic Anthropology    3.0    Inq

Prerequisites: ANTH 011, ANTH 100, ANTH 101, or ANTH 111.


ANTH    220    Origins of Early Civilization    3.0    Inq

ANTH    221    Archaeology of North America    3.0    Inq

ANTH    222    Ancient Civilizations Mex/Peru    3.0    Inq

ANTH    223    Human Behavioral Ecology    3.0    Inq

ANTH    224    Calif Archaeology & Prehistory    3.0    Inq

Prerequisites: ANTH 012 or ANTH 102, or permission of instructor.

ANTH    225    Historical Archaeology    3.0    Inq

Prerequisites: ANTH 012 or ANTH 102, or permission of instructor.

ANTH    287    Heritage Resource Planning    3.0    Inq

Cultural Anthropology

ANTH    134    Body, Self and Emotion    3.0    Inq

ANTH    139    Cultural Images of Women    3.0    Inq NW

This course is the same as WMST 139 which may be substituted.

ANTH    161    North American Indians    3.0    FS *Eth

This course is the same as AIST 161 which may be substituted.

ANTH    162    California Indians    3.0    FA Eth

ANTH    163    Arctic Cultures    3.0    Inq

ANTH    167    Mesoamerican Indians    3.0    FA

ANTH    168    Indigenous People of Latin Amer    3.0    SP

ANTH    171    Cultures of Asia    3.0    FS *NW

This course is the same as ASST 100 which may be substituted.

ANTH    231    Cosmos and Cosmology    3.0    FA

ANTH    232    Anthropology of Religion    3.0    Inq

Prerequisites: ANTH 103 or R S 200 or instructor’s permission.

This course is the same as R S 232 which may be substituted.

ANTH    235    Medical Anthropology    3.0    Inq

ANTH    237    Anthropology/Development Issues    3.0    Inq

ANTH    241    Anthropology of Power    3.0    Inq

ANTH    243    Visual Anthropology    3.0    Inq

ANTH    245    Folklore    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: ANTH 103.

ANTH    251    Ethnolinguistics    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: ANTH 103.

ANTH    294    Proseminar in Anthropology    3.0    Inq

Museum Studies

ANTH    205    Museum Administration    3.0    FA

ANTH    244    Material Culture Studies    3.0    Inq

ANTH    261    Museum Collections Management    3.0    FA

ANTH    265    Conserv of Arch/Ethno Resources    3.0    Inq

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.

ELECTIVES: 9 units

3 courses selected from:

Any upper-division Anthropology (ANTH) courses selected in consultation with your adviser.

Electives Requirement:

To complete the total units required for the bachelor’s degree, select additional elective courses from the total university offerings. You should consult with an adviser regarding the selection of courses which will provide breadth to your university experience and apply to a supportive second major or minor.

Grading Requirement:

All courses taken to fulfill major course requirements must be taken for a letter grade, except those courses specified by the department as Credit/No Credit grading only.

Advising Requirement:

Advising is mandatory for all majors in this degree program.
Consult your undergraduate adviser for specific information.

Honors in the Major

Honors in the Major is a program of independent work in your major.
It involves 6 units of honors course work completed over two semesters.

Your Honors work will be recognized at your graduation, on your permanent transcripts, and on your diploma. It is often accompanied by letters of commendation from your mentor in the department or the department chair. Most importantly, however, the Honors in the Major program allows you to work closely with a faculty mentor in your area of interest on an original performance or research project. This year-long collaboration allows you to work in your field at a professional level and culminates in a public presentation of your work. Students sometimes take their projects beyond the university for submission in professional journals, presentation at conferences, or competition in shows; such experience is valuable for graduate school and later professional life.

Some common features of Honors in the Major program are

1. You must take 6 units of Honors in the Major course work. At least 3 of these 6 units are independent study (299H) as specified by your department. You must complete each class with a minimum grade of B.
2. You must have completed 9 units of upper-division course work or 21 overall units in your major before you can be admitted to Honors in the Major. Check the requirements carefully, as there may be specific courses that must be included in these units.
3. Your cumulative GPA should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5 percent of majors in your department.
4. Your GPA in your major should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5 percent of majors in your department.
5. Most students apply for or are invited to participate in Honors in the Major during the second semester of their junior year. Then they complete the 6 units of course work over the two semesters of their senior year.
6. Your honors work culminates with a public presentation of your Honors project.

While Honors in the Major is part of the Honors Program, each department administers its own program. Please contact your major department or major adviser for further information.