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Anthropology is the study of what it means to be human, with a worldwide perspective and a time depth of millions of years. It encompasses five sub-fields of cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, archaeology, linguistic anthropology, and applied anthropology. The study of anthropology prepares students to better understand themselves in their own sociocultural context, better understand and communicate across cultural boundaries, and prepare for careers involving social interaction and policy (EG, business, education, environmental protection and cultural resource management, health, law, and religion).

Students planning a major in anthropology should prepare themselves with an undergraduate courses which complement that major. An undergraduate major in anthropology is not intended to be a training program, since professional anthropologists draw their experiences from a variety of academic backgrounds and personal experiences. It is recommended that a student who plans an anthropology major consult one of the anthropologists on the faculty for advice on courses that will be most valuable. For all students, anthropology will provide a unique cross-cultural understanding of other peoples. It is a program suited for transfer students who wish to major or minor in anthropology.

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*and courses to meet graduation requirements, general education and electives as needed to meet the minimum of 60 units required for the degree.

Transfer Information

Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university should complete courses required for the university major and the general education pattern required by that transfer institution. See catalog TRANSFER INFORMATION section. Additional courses may be required to meet university lower-division requirements.

Course requirements at the transfer institution are subject to change and may be verified by a counselor or by consulting the current university catalog. Many Baccalaureate in Arts degrees require third semester competency in a foreign language. Consult the current catalog of the transfer institution and consult with a counselor.

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