Anthropology is one of the most exciting and fulfiling areas of the human knowledge that you will be able to explore as a University student. This minor gives you an opportunity to explore facets of the human experience that will broaden your perspective and will bring depth to your life in just about any major or career that you may be pursuing.

Anthropology is a scientific field concerned with the understanding and documentation of what it means to be human. Its holistic approach, fed by knowledge from many different disciplines, is solidly grounded in a methodological practice that seeks general understandings formulated by way of research acquired through local exploration.

Required Courses

Complete ALL of the following courses for eight (8) units:

Complete TWO of the following courses for eight (8) units:

  • SBS 325: Art of the Aztec Empire (4 units)
  • SBS 332: The Rise & Fall of Civilizations (4 units)
  • SBS 333: Forensic Anthropology (1-4 units)
  • SBS 334: Anthropology and Praxis (2-4 units)
  • SBS 336: Advan/Topics/Cult/Anthro (4 units)
  • SBS 348: Maya Civilization (4 units)
  • SBS 355: Archaeological Theory (2-4 units)
  • SBS 360S: Mission Archaeology (3 units)
  • SBS 379: Tattoos, Makeup and Burkas (4 units)
  • SBS 383: African Civilizations (3-4 units)
  • SBS 384S: Anthropology of Education: Cultural Contexts of Bilingual Education (6 units)
  • SBS 388: Crisis and Development in Mexican Society (4 units)

Learning Outcomes

LO 1: Anthropological Theory

Understanding of classic and contemporary anthropological theories, with particular emphasis on archaeological and cultural anthropological theory. Ability to apply and interpret integrative theoretical frameworks to explain social phenomena at local and global levels. Ability to assess how the human experience is influenced by geographical and historical processes.

LO 2: Anthropological Methods (Archaeology and Cultural Anthropology?

Ability to identify and understand quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection and analysis in anthropological and archaeological research. Ability to effectively articulate the importance and uses of modern electronic technologies to collect, manage, present and analyze data.

LO 3: Subdisciplinary Specialization (Cultural Anthropology and/or Archaeology)

Ability to represent the basic characteristics, main theories, methodologies and landmark projects associated with archaeological or cultural anthropological research. Ability to demonstrate having a solid foundation in at least one of the two traditional sub-disciplines: cultural anthropology and/or archaeology. Ability to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of historical and contemporary cultures within and outside of the United States.