Major Requirements

The Anthropology major consists of 12 upper division courses (48.0 units). There are no lower division requirements. All courses must be taken for a letter grade of C- or better (effective FA16). 

Students must select one of the following concentrations:

  • Anthropological Archaeology (ANAR - Major Code: AN27)
    • The study of human history and prehistory through excavation of sites and analysis of artifacts and other physical remains.
  • Biological Anthropology (ANBI - Major Code: AN26)
    • The study of the physical development of the human species in the context of other primates.
  • Sociocultural Anthropology (ANSC - Major Code: AN28)
    • The study of cultural variation among humans embedded in its historical and social context.


Course Requirements

3 Core Classes

  • ANTH 101: Foundations of Social Complexity (Fall)
  • ANTH 102: Humans Are Cultural Animals (Winter)
  • ANTH 103: Sociocultural Anthropology (Spring)

4 Upper Division Concentration Courses   

  • ArchaeologyANAR courses
  • BiologicalANBI courses
  • Sociocultural: ANSC courses as specified below:
    • THREE of the following: ANSC 118, ANSC 120, ANSC 121, ANSC 122, ANSC 123, ANSC 124, ANSC 125
    • ONE ANSC w/region, country or religion focus in addition to above courses. (See course titles and options below).

5 Upper Division Electives

Additional Requirements:

  • Upper Division Residency Requirement: Students must complete a minimum of seven major courses at UC San Diego.
  • Overlaps: Lower division courses may overlap between your major, minor and college requirements. Students may overlap two upper division courses between your major and minor by submitting a request in the VAC (some courses may automatically overlap).
  • A maximum of four study abroad courses may be petitioned for credit toward the major.

Degree Checks

What are the differences in the concentrations?

Anthropological Archaeology 
The undergraduate program in anthropological archaeology incorporates comparative introductory courses; more advanced theoretical and topical courses in our areas of expertise, field schools in Jordan and Peru, and archaeologically oriented study abroad programs in Egypt, Mexico, and Central America.  Undergraduate students also may gain research experience working in our laboratories or at the Museum of Man. 

Biological Anthropology
Biological Anthropology at UC San Diego addresses the evolution of the culture-bearing capacity in humans and closely related species from a strongly comparative perspective. Humans, today, are a super-dominant species. How we got this way fires up public and scientific imaginations; yet while there are many theories and speculations about our origins none has yet provided a full explanation of our evolutionary history. The difficulties go beyond the mere facts to profound philosophical issues including ones extremely relevant to the modern human predicament.

We believe that the answers can come only from the type of intra-, inter-, and cross-disciplinary collaborations we represent. We aim to understand the origins, organization complexity and socioecology of nonhuman primate societies. We explore the relationship between socioecology and the neural substrates of complex behavior in primates. We study and reconstruct subsistence strategies of humans and nonhuman primates within varied environments and social systems. We consider the constraints or consequences of food resources (energy availability) on energy expenditure and neural organization.

We are involved in applying our scientific knowledge to the conservation of primate species and habitats. We emphasize bioarchaeology in reconstructing prehistoric human diet, ecology, and migration patterns. We bridge with neurosciences and cognitive science in investigating the neural substrates of cognition in humans.

Sociocultural Anthropology
The faculty and students in sociocultural anthropology at UC San Diego share a basic concern with the shaping and reshaping of human life. We examine the forces and structures that regulate life as well as the ways that groups of people instantiate, modify and occasionally overturn such powerful geographical and historical tendencies and logics. Among the concerns reflected in our teaching and research are: colonial and imperial relations; capitalist restructuring and state transformation; rivalries around definitions of progress and development; shifts in paradigms of knowledge production as well as ethical and aesthetic benchmarks; struggles over how to mark and record competing histories, memories and desires, and the uneven patterning of life around such distinctions as age, ethnicity, citizenship, gender, nationalism, race, religion, and sexuality.


See what research our faculty are currently involved in!

SocioCultural Concentration Course Titles

Sociocultural Concentration Course Requirements

Choose three of the following courses: 

  • ANSC 118. Language and Culture
  • ANSC 120. Anthropology of Religion
  • ANSC 121. Psychological Anthropology
  • ANSC 122. Language in Society
  • ANSC 123. Political Anthropology
  • ANSC 124. Cultural Anthropology
  • ANSC 125. Gender, Sexuality, and Society

Choose one of the following courses with regional, country or religious focus:

  • ANSC 116. Language of the Americas: Mayan
  • ANSC 120. Anthropology of Religion
  • ANSC 130. Hinduism
  • ANSC 133. Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East
  • ANSC 134. Global Islam
  • ANSC 135. Indigenous People of Latin America
  • ANSC 136. Traditional Chinese Society
  • ANSC 137. Chinese Popular Religion
  • ANSC 142. Anthropology of Latin America
  • ANSC 143. Mental Health as Global Health Priority
  • ANSC 145. Indigenous People of North America
  • ANSC 147. Global Health and the Environment
  • ANSC 148. Global Health and Cultural Diversity
  • ANSC 150. Culture and Mental Health
  • ANSC 158. Anthropology of Crisis
  • ANSC 159. The Anthropology of Marriage
  • ANSC 162. Language Identity and Community
  • ANSC 165. Contemporary South Asia
  • ANSC 166. Film and Culture in Asia
  • ANSC 175. Money, Work and Nature: Anthropology of Capitalism
  • ANSC 176. The Meaning of Political Violence
  • ANSC 178. Brain, Mind, Culture and History
  • ANSC 180. Labor's Relations

Sample Four Year Plan

Sample Two Year Plan

Two year Plan

Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I read my Degree Audit?

How do I enroll in ANTH 198/199?

How do I double major in Anthropology?

To Double Major in Anthropology you will need to do the following:
  1. Make sure you meet all requirements: Minimum 2.5 GPA, Junior Standing (more than 90 units, less than 135 units)
  2. Complete a Double Major Petition and attach a brief statement of purpose (reason why you are completing 2 majors).
  3. Take your petition to the advisor for each major to review your plan and obtain their signatures.
  4. Submit the petition to your college academic advising office.

For additional information see Declare a Double Major on Blink.

Notes:

* All lower division courses can count towards both majors. 

* 10 upper division courses must be unique to each major. 

* You can overlap upper division courses if each major has 10 unique courses. (e.g. if art history and anthropology each have 12 upper division requirements, you can overlap 2 courses, since you would still have 10 unique upper division courses for each major)

How do I request pre-authorization to enroll in Anthropology courses?

How do I add the major?

You can apply for Anthropology major at any time by using the Major/Minor tool.

See more: Frequently Asked Questions

 

Contact an Advisor:

Stop in during Walk In Advising Hours

Social Science Building Room 210

For questions regarding your GE and University requirements, please contact your college advisor: