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2013-2014 Catalog 
2013-2014 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Anthropology, B.A.

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In addition to adhering to the UC Merced and School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts requirements, the Anthropology major requires at least 48 units in Anthropology courses, as well as one additional 4-unit quantitative reasoning course and one additional 4-unit upper division interdisciplinary thematic articulation course that may simultaneously fulfill General Education Requirements. Courses in the major must be taken for a letter grade, and specifically may not be taken on a pass/no pass basis unless the course is only offered on a pass/no pass basis. Required courses are: 

Lower Division Major Requirements [16 Units]

One lower division quantitative methods course from the following:

Upper Division Major Requirements [40 Units]

One upper division field methods course selected from the following:

One upper division laboratory or archival methods course selected from the following:

One upper division anthropology course from each of the following three sub-fields:

  • Socio-cultural anthropology: ANTH 110-129
  • Anthropological archaeology: ANTH 130-149
  • Biological anthropology: ANTH 150-169

Additional Degree Requirements [16 Units]

  • At least three additional upper division courses in Anthropology [12 units]
  • At least one upper division interdisciplinary thematic articulation course outside of Anthropology [4 units]**

(Please consult a SSHA advisor or the SSHA Advising website for approved courses).

**Meets Upper Division General Education Requirement in SSHA

With the approval of the Anthropology Faculty, the upper division field methods requirement may be satisfied by taking an archaeological Field School from an approved institution.

Transfer Students

Transfer students who wish to major in Anthropology should complete the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) at their community college. Transfer students may not be admitted to the Anthropology major without specific major preparation. Please contact the Office of Admissions for current information.

Anthropology Program Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation, students majoring in Anthropology will:

  1. Possess and apply fundamental anthropological knowledge, including terminology, concepts, intellectual traditions, and theoretical approaches;
  2. Identify and analyze common topics of research shared by the sub-fields of anthropology;
  3. Understand ethics and responsibility in the practice of anthropology and in our roles as citizens;
  4. Recognize and appreciate what it means to be human and how ethnographic, archaeological, and biological knowledge contribute to that understanding;
  5. Understand both qualitative and quantitative research methods as they apply to anthropological inquiry;
  6. Possess skills to communicate anthropological knowledge effectively through writing, oral presentation, and data presentation in various formats for diverse audiences.

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