Majors and Minors

Requirements for Major

  • A minimum of eight units in anthropology and sociology, following the programs of study outlined below:

    Anthropology--eight units including 105, 343, one course in anthropological approaches to the human past (241 or 242), one course in cultural studies (220, 271, 310, 332, 362 or 366), and one course in an ethnographic area (238, 248, 256, 263 or 264). All anthropology majors are strongly encouraged to study a foreign language for at least two years. Students anticipating graduate work in archaeology, biological anthropology or related applied fields are also strongly advised to take Mathematics 209 and Sociology 224.

    Sociology--A minimum of eight units and Mathematics 209 (preferably before enrolling in Sociology 224), including 101, 212, and 224, and a capstone requirement to enable students to demonstrate mastery of theoretical and methodological skills. Students can fulfill the capstone requirement by taking either Sociology 336 (Social Psychology) or Sociology 350 (Comparative Families) or writing a senior thesis. Students must complete at least three courses at the 300- or 400-level, not including internships.

    Combined Major in Anthropology and Sociology--Although anthropology and sociology are separate and distinct disciplines, they also have many things in common: theories and methodologies, a focus on cultural similarities and differences and a commitment to international and/or global studies. Nearly all students choosing one of the two tracks outlined above will take courses in both anthropology and sociology, but some students may find that their academic needs are best met by a major that explicitly combines both fields of study.

    Eight units including 101, 105, 212, 343 and two upper division courses in anthropology and two in sociology. At least two of these upper division courses must be at the 300-level or higher where the course requirements should include research-based assignments. Students anticipating graduate work in archaeology, sociology or related applied fields are strongly encouraged to take Sociology 224 in order for them to be prepared in quantitative data analysis and software applications.

  • All department majors will be required to take a senior exit exam during the spring semester as part of the department's assessment program. Participation in additional assessment activities may be required.
  • No more than one unit of internship credit may be counted toward the major.
  • All anthropology and sociology courses must be taken for a numerical grade, except those offered only on a credit/no credit basis.
  • No more than two units from an off-campus study program may be counted toward the major.

Requirements for Minor in Anthropology

  • Five units in anthropology, including 343.
  • Students majoring in anthropology or sociology may not complete a minor in the department.
  • All anthropology courses must be taken for a numerical grade, except those offered only on a credit/no credit basis.

Requirements for Minor in Sociology

  • Five units in sociology, including 212 and 224.
  • Students majoring in anthropology or sociology may not complete a minor in the department.
  • All sociology courses must be taken for a numerical grade, except those offered only on a credit/no credit basis.

Requirements for Minor in Anthropology/Sociology

  • Five units in anthropology and sociology, including 212 or 343.
  • Students majoring in anthropology or sociology may not complete a minor in the department.
  • All anthropology and sociology courses must be taken for a numerical grade, except those offered only on a credit/no credit basis.

Requirements for Social Studies Major with Elementary or Secondary Education Certification

Students interested in pursuing elementary or secondary education certification in social studies may choose to major in social studies. The detailed requirements for the major with elementary certification and secondary certification are provided in this catalog or are available from the Education Department.