College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Dean: Joel Kassiola

Department of Anthropology
SCI 362
Fax: 415-338-0530
Chair: Karen Bruhns

Graduate Coordinator: Soh


Professors--Bourgois, Bruhns, Gabow, Pahl, Wong, B.

Associate Professor--Soh

Assistant Professors--Nass, Quesada

Adjunct Faculty--Caldararo, Coles, De Mouthe,
Holman, Hsu, Rostoker, Yamamoto


B.A. in Anthropology

Minor in Anthropology

Minor in Ethnographic Methods in Anthropology

M.A. in Anthropology

Program Scope

The Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology is designed to serve the needs of students who do not plan to continue their training beyond the baccalaureate level, as well as those who intend to pursue graduate study leading to the M.A. or Ph.D. degree, either in anthropology or in another academic discipline.

The Master of Arts in Anthropology is offered for those who plan to terminate their training at the Master of Arts level and seek employment or obtain a teaching credential, and those who plan to continue their graduate work elsewhere toward the doctorate.

Career Outlook

Anthropological skills are consumately important for careers in government, health, and similar service areas: in cultural resource management, environmental assessment, and public policy.

However, the principal goals of the department are: to provide students with an enriched vision of humanity and culture and an increased sensitivity to daily issues that arise out of differences in cultures and ethnicity; and to train students to pursue teaching and research careers at the M.A. level providing a solid basis for a doctoral degree.


The program is built around seven required core courses to provide a thorough grounding in the basic concepts of the discipline and to enable maximum flexibility in choice of electives. Although concentration in any particular subject field of anthropology is not required for the baccalaureate degree, several sequences of courses are recommended for students who plan concentration at the undergraduate level. Students who wish to plan such concentration are urged to consult with an adviser.

Courses for this discipline are listed in alphabetical sequence (consult the Index for page reference).


ANTH 100	Introduction to Biological Anthropology			3
ANTH 110	Introduction to Archaeology				3
ANTH 120	Introduction to Cultural Anthropology			3
ANTH 300	Foundations of Anthropology: History			3
ANTH 310	Family, Kin, and Community(recommended for sophomore or
 		junior year)						3
ANTH 680	Seminar in Contemporary Anthropology
		(to be taken senior year)				4

Select one from the following methods courses				4-6
ANTH 331	Fossil Humans (4)
ANTH 332	Human Variation Today (4)
ANTH 491	Archaeological Methods (4)
ANTH 557	Ethnography in the Inner City (4)
ANTH 595	Visual Anthropology (6)
ANTH 651	Ethnographic Field Methods (6)
Upper division units selected on advisement 
from archaeology, physical anthropology, 
cultural anthropology, social anthropology,
applied anthropology, or linguistics					10-12

Total									36


ANTH 100	Introduction to Biological Anthropology			3
ANTH 110	Introduction to Archaeology				3
ANTH 120	Introduction to Cultural Anthropology			3
ANTH 310	Family, Kin, and Community				3

One of the following courses:						3
ANTH 315	Regional Ethnography (variable topic)
ANTH 445	Hunters and Gatherers
Upper division units on advisement					6
Total									21


ANTH 120	Introduction to Cultural Anthropology			3
ANTH 310	Family, Kin, and Community				3
ANTH 651	Ethnographic Field Methods				6
ANTH 652	Anthropological Statistics (or equivalent)		3
Plus any two of the following elective courses				6-8
ANTH 320	Racism: Cross-Cultural Analysis
ANTH 550	Culture and Personality
ANTH 581	Anthropology and Folklore
ANTH 591	Topics in Applied Anthropology (4)
Total									21-23


Admission to Program

Students in this program must have completed an undergraduate major in anthropology or preparation in another field, provided their undergraduate study has included work covering the general scope of ANTH 100, 110, 120, 300, 310, 680, and such additional undergraduate courses in anthropology as the graduate adviser deems necessary. Students who do not meet these conditions will be required to make up deficiencies in conditional classified status. This course work is considered preliminary and is designed to create a sound foundation for the graduate program. It cannot be used as part of the approved program for the Master of Arts.

Applicants must furnish the graduate coordinator of the department the following material, no later than 1 February for the following Fall semester (no Spring admissions): transcripts, two letters of reference, and a letter of intent outlining experience, career objectives, and rationale for studying anthropology at the graduate level. It is the responsibility of the student to keep in touch with the graduate coordinator, who deals with documentation and administration.

Each student on admission will be assigned to a faculty adviser on the basis of the student's field of interest. An adviser may be changed on the request of either party. The adviser acquaints the student with the department and helps in establishing an initial plan of study. When the student is ready to select either a thesis topic or declare the intention of following the track towards the comprehensive examinations, an advisory committee will be established to supervise the student's work.

The faculty graduate committee evaluates applications for admission, assesses the overall program, and reviews student progress. If a student is not making reasonable progress towards a degree in anthropology, the committee may recommend termination of candidacy.

Written English Proficiency Requirement

Level One: successful completion of ANTH 710 in the first semester of study with a grade of B or better. Level Two: completion of a written thesis, passing of the comprehensive exams, or completion of a creative work project.

Advancement to Candidacy

By the end of the first two semesters of graduate study, after meeting all general requirements for advancement to candidacy below, including the filing of a Graduate Approved Program (GAP), the student is expected to have completed nine (9) units maintaining a 3.0 grade point average as follows:

In addition, an applicant for candidacy must successfully complete a written examination in one foreign language (French, German, Spanish, or another language approved by the student's faculty committee). The examination is administered by the Department of Anthropology, which may call on specialists from other departments if necessary.

Courses for this discipline are listed in alphabetical sequence (consult Index for page reference). Students may select any upper division course with the exception of ANTH 300, 310, and 680.


ANTH 710	Proseminar in Anthropological Theory and Method			3
ANTH 740	Seminar in Archaeological Problems				3
ANTH 760	Seminar in Biological Anthropology				3
ANTH 770	Seminar in Problems in Cultural Anthropology			3

Upper division or graduate units in anthropology
or allied fields upon advisement						15

One of the following:								3
ANTH 894	Creative Work Project
ANTH 896	Directed Reading in Anthropology 
		and Master's Comprehensive Written Examination
ANTH 898	Master's Thesis
Minimum total									30
Thesis or Creative Work Project. Students may satisfy this requirement either by writing a thesis or, after consultation with the student's advising committee, and subject to the approval of the department graduate committee, a creative work project. This could involve a community or academic service area project, a museum catalog, or an anthropological film.

Those who elect to write a thesis will meet with an adviser to select an appropriate topic and establish an advisory committee. Normally the committee will consist of at least two anthropology faculty members who are themselves concerned with the areas of interest to the student. However, if the thesis is to deal with material from a discipline related to but outside the field of anthropology, then a faculty member from that discipline may serve on the student's committee. Unanimous approval of the proposed topic and thesis outline, and advancement to candidacy, are required before thesis research begins. During the period of research, progress reports are to be made to the committee. Upon completion of the thesis, it will be read and approved by each member of the student's graduate committee before submission to the Graduate Division.

Master's Comprehensive Written Examination. The Master's Comprehensive Written Examination will consist of two parts: (a) two three-hour sessions on one day; and (b) a take-home written examination. Part (a) will consist of general questions in biological anthropology, archaeology, socio-cultural anthropology, and linguistics. Part (b) will consist of special questions dealing with the student's declared fields of interest. Questions are submitted by the candidate's advisers

and other faculty upon request of the chair. They are then approved by the graduate committee.

The examinations may be read by other members of the faculty. A student who fails less than half of the questions may repeat only those parts of the examination. A student who fails more than half of the questions must retake the entire examination. The examination can be repeated only once. Examinations are given twice a year.

Master's Oral Examination. An oral examination may sometimes be required of master's candidates. The oral examination is designed to test verbal and explanatory abilities and to evaluate apparent areas of weakness as revealed in course work performance, the written examination or the thesis. The examining body is the student's committee and may include other interested departmental faculty. The examination can be repeated only once.

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