College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Department of Anthropology
Anthropology, Bachelor of Arts
In addition to University Requirements:
- 33-34 units of major requirements
- At least 16 units of language requirements
- 18-21 units in a minor (18 units or more) or an emphasis (21 units)
- Up to 9 units of major prefix courses may be used to satisfy Liberal Studies requirements; these same courses may also be used to satisfy major requirements
- Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units
Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.
|Minimum Units for Completion
|Highest Mathematics Required
|Emphasis, Minor, Certificate
|University Honors Program
|AZ Transfer Students complete AGEC-A
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Anthropology integrates scientific and humanistic approaches to the study of people and culture to inform our two goals:
- To support global citizenship through information, skills, and perspectives that build cross-cultural awareness and increase the ability to identify our own cultural assumptions, and
- To promote an engaged anthropology that addresses the contemporary challenges of our local and global communities.
The scope of the program encompasses past, present, and future perspectives on the human condition, within the subfields of socio-cultural, linguistic, and biological anthropology, and archaeology.
The content focuses on the range of human cultural and biological diversity through Anthropology’s core concepts, theories, methods, and major debates. Skills developed include; critical thinking, research methods and analysis, effective writing, and constructive dialogue.
Student-focused learning experiences include innovative coursework, research opportunities, community engagement, laboratory and field training, and internships.
The Sociocultural Emphasis focuses on the range of human cultural diversity and anthropological perspectives, ethics, and theory. It covers the intersections of language and discourse, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, religion, economics, social inequality, politics, environment, culture change, health, and globalization. The skills developed in this emphasis include: critical reading and writing, effective communication skills, cross-cultural and holistic perspectives, analysis of culture, and ethical awareness.
The Archaeology Emphasis focuses on the interdisciplinary understanding of past human lives through the scientific study of material culture and biological remains using applicable theories in archaeology within a broader framework of heritage management. Skills developed in this emphasis include: field, lab, and curatorial methods as they apply to archaeological questions, interpreting the appropriate regulatory context for archaeological projects, and evaluating ethical dilemmas in archaeology.
The program prepares students for a range of professional careers in government, private sector, - not-for-profit, and community-based organizations in addition to graduate and professional degree
Student Learning Outcomes
Using the anthropological perspective (non-ethnocentrism, cultural relativism, cross-cultural emphasis, diachronic approach, and holism) students will:
- Define, summarize, and analyze Anthropology’s core concepts, theories, methods, challenges, and major debates as they are articulated in archaeology, linguistic anthropology, biological anthropology, and sociocultural anthropology.
- Describe how each of the four fields of Anthropology contributes to a greater understanding of the range of human cultural and biological diversity.
- Compare various anthropological approaches common to each of the four sub fields within Anthropology.
- Identify past and present ethical issues in Anthropology, summarize the ethical guidelines provided by the major professional Anthropological organizations, and apply these guidelines in their education and research.
- Identify their own cultural assumptions and evaluate the ways in which these assumptions affect their beliefs, behaviors, and their own education.
Sociocultural Anthropology Emphasis
- Describe and discuss the complexities of contemporary global challenges, such as sustainability and ethnic diversity, and evaluate how focused research and action using the anthropological perspective are addressing these challenges.
Upon completion of the emphasis in Sociocultural Anthropology, students will be able to:
- To understand how fundamental anthropological theories relate to major historical, ethical, and intellectual trends in social science and contemporary national and global cultures, students will be able to
- Define major theories and methods for interpreting and analyzing sociocultural phenomena.
- Examine how theories reflect historical contexts, intellectual trends, and cultures within which they are developed.
- Compare and contrast basic theoretical orientations in reference to cultural phenomena.
- Apply anthropological ethical codes to case studies drawn from a variety of sociocultural situations.
- To understand the key issues and trajectories of sociocultural anthropology as an engaged and interdisciplinary field of study, students will
- Articulate the distinction between cultural and biological determinism.
- Define cultural variation and examine the diversity of perspectives, practices, and beliefs found within each culture and across cultures.
- Investigate how anthropology applies to other professions and academic disciplines.
- To understand anthropological perspectives on language, diversity, race, ethnicity, power, gender, sexuality, religion, economics, and governmental systems as they pertain to diverse worldviews, systems, institutions and structures from cross-cultural, holistic, and temporal perspectives, students will
- Analyze the interconnections among economics, politics, kinship and family, the psyche, health, healing, and the environment.
- Examine how power, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality are expressed in language and culture.
Upon completion of the emphasis in Archaeology, students will be able to:
- To understand how fundamental archaeological theories relate to major historical, ethical, and intellectual trends in social science and contemporary national and global cultures, students will be able to
- define major archaeological theories and methods for interpreting and analyzing sociocultural phenomena.
- examine how theories reflect historical contexts, intellectual trends, and cultures within which they are developed.
- compare and contrast basic theoretical orientations in reference to cultural phenomena.
- discuss and apply archaeological ethical codes in case studies drawn from a variety of sociocultural situations.
- To understand how the study of material evidence is used to address areas of research such as the formation of social groupings, ideologies, subsistence patterns, and interaction with the environment, students will
- distinguish between cultural and biological adaptations to the environment.
- evaluate the spatial and temporal diversity of humankind.
- compare the range of human cultural responses to changing environmental and cultural contexts.
- To understand the interdisciplinary nature of archaeological work and how the scientific method is used in archaeology, students will
- summarize the development of modern archaeological research
- describe how the process of archaeological fieldwork and analysis generate data
- interpret and use archaeological data to support explanations of past human cultural phenomena.
- examine how advancements in archaeological research contribute to our understanding of cultural, technological, and environmental change over time.
- To understand how archaeology is regulated in the United States, public perceptions of archaeology, and how archaeologists interact with various publics and stakeholders, students will
- discuss the varied ways in which archaeologists interact with different segments of society at large.
- summarize the development and historical context of cultural resource management legislation and the importance of proper curation and records management including preservation of digital media/data.
- explain how the goals of the Section 106 process and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) are accomplished.
- explore how archaeologists work with descendant and other affiliated communities, repatriation, respectful handling of human remains and funerary objects,
- compare global differences in the management of cultural resources