Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology Roadmap

120 Total Units Required
Minimum number of units in the Major: 39             

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
ANTH 100 Introduction to Biological Anthropology 3
GE Area A: Oral Communication (A1) or Critical Thinking (A3) 1 3
GE Area A: Written English Communication (A2) 2 3
GE Area C: Arts (C1) 3
GE Area D: U.S. History (D2) or U.S. and California Government (D3) 3
 Units15
Second Semester
ANTH 110 Introduction to Archaeology 3
GE Area A: Oral Communication (A1) or Critical Thinking (A3) 3
GE Area A: Written English Communication II (A4) 3
 
GE Area B: Physical Science (B1) and Laboratory Science (B3) 3-4
GE Area B: Quantitative Reasoning (B4) 3 3
 Units15-16
Third Semester
ANTH 120 Introductory Social and Cultural Anthropology 3
Complementary Studies – Take Two 4 6
GE Area A: Written English Communication II (A4) if not already satisfied 3
 
GE Area C: Humanities: Literature (C3) 3
 Units15
Fourth Semester
ANTH 300 Foundations of Anthropology: History 3
GE Area D: U.S. History (D2) or U.S. and California Government (D3) 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective – Take Three 4 9
 Units15
Fifth Semester
ANTH 305GW Writing Anthropology - GWAR 3
GE Area UD–D: Upper Division Social Sciences (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective – Take Three 4 9
 Units15
Sixth Semester
Select One: 4
Foundations of Archaeology  
Foundations of Human Variation  
Indigenous Media and Social Change  
Major Electives in Anthropology (12 Units Total) – Take One 5 3
Major Electives University-Wide (6 Units Total) – Take One 6 3
GE Area UD–B: Upper Division Physical and/or Life Sciences (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective 4 3
 Units16
Seventh Semester
Major Area 2: Methods and Practicum – See List – Select One 7 3-6
Major Electives in Anthropology (12 Units Total) Take One 5 3
Major Electives University-Wide (6 Units Total) – Take One 6 3
GE Area UD–C: Upper Division Arts and/or Humanities (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective 4 2
 Units14-17
Eighth Semester
Major Electives in Anthropology (12 Units Total) – Take Two 5 6
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective – Take Three 4 9
 Units15
 Total Units120-124
1

To avoid taking additional units, it is recommended that you meet LLD and SF State Studies requirements (AERM, GP, ES, SJ) within your GE.

2

ENG 114 can only be taken if you complete Directed Self-Placement (DSP) and select ENG 114; if you choose ENG 104/ ENG 105 through DSP you will satisfy A2 upon successful completion of ENG 105 in the second semester; multilingual students may be advised into alternative English courses.

3

MATH 60 and/or MATH 70 are required prerequisites to MATH 110 unless you score 50 or higher on ELM or have an ELM exemption.

4

Complementary Studies
All candidates for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology must complete at least 12 units of complementary studies from courses outside the primary prefix for the major, and not cross-listed with the primary prefix for the major. Students who complete a 2nd major, a minor, or a minimum of 12 units in an approved Study Abroad program, automatically complete the Complementary Studies requirement and units may be double-counted toward the major where applicable.

Other options for complementary studies are:

  1.     Foreign Language: 12 units in a single foreign language; or
  2.     Related Subjects: 12 units of course work in related disciplines with the approval of an Anthropology Department advisor.

Related disciplines typically included courses in the College of Ethnic Studies, Classics, Geology, Geography, Sexuality Studies, Sociology, History, Language Studies, and Women and Gender Studies. Up to six units may be double-counted towards the fulfillment of the University-Wide elective units for the major. Units may be upper division, lower division, transfer or resident units.

5

Upper division units selected from any courses with the ANTH prefix including those from the two areas that have not been used to fulfill the area requirements. Students may choose six units from Area 2 and reduce the number of anthropology electives to nine units.

6

Upper division courses taken by advisement in anthropology or related fields. Students must have advisor approval for courses they want to apply to the major.

7

Area 2: Methods and Practicum
Select one of the following:
ANTH 333 Primate Behavior (4 units)
ANTH 530 Human Osteology Practicum (4 units)
ANTH 531 Fossil Humans Practicum (4 units)
ANTH 592 Archaeological Methods (4 units)
ANTH 557/USP 557 Ethnography of the Inner City (4 units)
ANTH 595/CINE 595 Visual Anthropology I (6 units)
ANTH 596/CINE 596 Visual Anthropology II (4 units)
ANTH 651 Ethnographic Field Methods (4 units)
ANTH 652 Anthropological Statistics (4 units)