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Anthropology            College of Liberal Arts                                             Department of Anthropology

Bachelor of Arts

General Anthropology Concentration

Archaeology Concentration



Cultural Resource Management



Jerry Moore,  Department Chair

Jan Gasco, Margaret Gordon, Susan Needham, Sandra L. Orellana

Deborah Butler Office Manager

Department Office:  SBS G-322, (310) 243-3434

Emeritus Faculty

Joann Fenton, Kenneth L. Kuykendall


Program Description

The Department of Anthropology offers undergraduate students course work in the four anthropological subdisciplines: ethnology, archaeology, physical anthropology and anthropological linguistics.  In addition, courses focus on contemporary disciplinary research, area studies and societal applications of anthropological knowledge.

By majoring or minoring in Anthropology, a student gains a better understanding of people’s behavior within cultural settings.  Anthropology studies the varied nature of human experience in American society and in the cultures of the world.  Through this study of people, their lifestyles and how they adapt to cultural change, both present and past, a student is better prepared to comprehend human behavior.  What distinguishes anthropology from other disciplines concerned with people is its holistic perspective or encompassing view, and its central concern with the concept of culture.

The Department of Anthropology, in the College of Arts and Sciences, offers a major and minor in the discipline. Majors may choose between the General Anthropology concentration or the Archaeology concentration.  With additional applied work in Cultural Resource Management, the student will be awarded a certificate.

Comparative and evolutionary, scientific and humanistic, Anthropology provides a unique opportunity for broadening and integrating one’s view of human existence.  Goals of the major concentration in General Anthropology include an understanding of cultural heritage along with a general overview of the significance of cultural change, whether that change be ongoing, from the past, or anticipated in the future.  Acquainting students with the cross-cultural perspective and cultural pluralism also are major goals of the General Anthropology concentration.

The major concentration in Archaeology is designed to provide the undergraduate student with a strong background in general anthropology, archaeology and cultural preservation.  It stresses anthropological theory, archaeological methodology, field research, data collection, area studies and applications of the field to cultural resource management.  In the face of rapid population expansion and increased development, public concern has grown to protect the quickly diminishing cultural resources related to our ancestral and traditional heritage.  In addition to the concentration, the department offers a certificate in Cultural Resource Management to those students who complete the program and demonstrate competence in applied aspects of the field.

The Minor in Anthropology complements a major in other disciplines and professional programs such as biology, health sciences, art, communications, history, philosophy and the other behavioral sciences.  Students have the opportunity to develop a focused minor in consultation with an advisor in specialized areas such as medical anthropology, New World cultures, physical anthropology, cognitive anthropology, etc.



The Robert J. Franklin Anthropology Laboratory is equipped for the student study of archaeological collections.  Several comparative collections have been developed for analysis of artifactual materials from Southern California archaeological sites.  A variety of computers and technical equipment is available that can be used to measure, analyze and compile data applicable to archaeological research.  In addition, the laboratory possesses anthropometric and photographic equipment, and specimens for the study of comparative primate anatomy.

Students are provided the directed opportunity to experience archaeological and ethnographic fieldwork in the context of course work and extracurricular research activities.  Local learning and research opportunities often are arranged through internships with local museums, research organizations and in corporate settings.

Field studies in archaeology are often offered in the spring semester, making use of sites at the CSU Desert Research Center
in the Mojave Desert, Baja California, and other localities in the vicinity of the university.  Students are instructed in field and laboratory research procedures.

The  Archaeology Concentration and Cultural Resource Management Certificate Program is the only undergraduate program of its kind in the Los Angeles Basin.


Academic Advisement

As early as possible each major and minor student should select an academic advisor from among the department faculty.  It is suggested that students select the department faculty member whose experience and expertise most closely reflects their own interests and career plans. An advisor will provide educational and professional guidance during the undergraduate curriculum. Advisors are familiar with disciplinary opportunities and current directions and can assist  with career planning.  In addition, the academic advisor can recommend or refer students to other campus services such as skills assessment, development and enhancement. Advisors will assist in verifying that each student completes university and departmental requirements.



Students will find classes in the following areas useful to the appreciation of anthropological course work:  history, ancient civilizations, art history, biology, geography, earth science, foreign languages and social studies.

Transfer students with previous course work in anthropology should consult with an advisor to determine which courses are transferable for lower and upper division units towards completion of the major or minor.


Career Possibilities

The Department of Anthropology provides undergraduate training for students interested in developing careers in academic, research and applied aspects of the discipline.  Often postgraduate work is useful or required in certain job categories.  However, persons with anthropological background are employed in a wide range of service areas: education, government, environmental and socioeconomic consulting, medical research, planning, social services, personnel, marketing/advertising, international business, law, tourism and a variety of occupations for which knowledge and appreciation of cultural diversity is important. Students should discuss career objectives with an academic advisor in order to develop an appropriate curriculum and research interests.


Graduation with Honors

Undergraduate students may be candidates for  graduation with Honors in Anthropology if they meet the following criteria:

1.  A minimum of 36 units in residence at CSU Dominguez Hills.

2.  A minimum grade point average of 3.5 in all courses used to satisfy the upper division requirements for the Anthropology major.

3.  Recommendation by the faculty of the Department of Anthropology.



Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree

See the "Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree" in the University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements.  A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division. 


Elective Requirements

Completion of elective courses (beyond the requirements listed below) to reach a total of a minimum of 120 units.


General Education Requirements (54-60 units)

See the "General Education" requirements in the University Catalog or the Class Schedule for the most current information on General Education requirements and course offerings.

United States History, Constitution                                  and American Ideals Requirement (6 units)

See the "United States History, Constitution, and American Ideals" requirements in the University Catalog.  Courses used to satisfy this requirement do not apply to General Education.


Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

See the "Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement" in the University Catalog.

Minor Requirements

Student completing this major will need to complete a minor in another field.

Major Requirements (33 units)

Students must select one of the concentrations listed.  The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this degree.


General Anthropology Concentration (30 units)

A.  Lower Division Required Courses (9 units)

ANT 100.     Introduction to Cultures (3)

ANT 101.     Introduction to Biological Anthropology (3)

ANT 102.     Ancient Civilizations (3)


B.  Upper Division Required Courses (9 units)

ANT 312.     Language and Culture (3)

ANT 375.     Ethnographic Methods and Techniques (3)

ANT 388.     Anthropological Theories of Behavior (3)


C.  Select one course from each of the following groups (9 units):

1.   Areal and World Culture Survey Courses (3 units)

ANT 335.       Comparative Cultures (3)

ANT 330.       North American Indians (3)

ANT 370.       Peoples of the Old World (3)

2.   Core Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology (3 units)

ANT 310.       Culture and Personality: 
Psychological Anthropology

ANT 315.       Magic and Religion (3)

ANT 341.       Folklore (3)

3.   Archaeology (3 units)

ANT 313.       Methods and Techniques of Archaeology (3)

ANT 333.       Ancient Peoples of Mexico and Guatemala  (3)

ANT 350.       Prehistory of Africa and Eurasia (3)

ANT 351.       Prehistory of the Americas  (3)

D.  Electives: Select two upper division courses in anthropology in addition to those taken to fulfill the above requirements  (6 units).


Archaeology Concentration (33 units)

A.  Lower Division Required Courses (9 units)

ANT 100.     Introduction to Cultures (3)

ANT 101.     Introduction to Biological Anthropology (3)

ANT 102.     Ancient Civilizations (3)


B.  Upper Division Required Courses  (12 units)

ANT 313.     Methods and Techniques of Archaeology (3)

ANT 350.     Prehistory of Africa and Eurasia (3)

ANT 351.     Prehistory of the Americas   (3)

ANT 388.     Anthropological Theories of Behavior  (3)


C.  Select one course from the following  (3 units):

ANT 315.     Magic and Religion (3)

ANT 335.     Comparative Cultures (3)

ANT 341.     Folklore (3)


D.  Select two courses from the following  (6 units):

ANT 330.     North American Indians (3)

ANT 333.     Ancient Peoples of Mexico and Guatemala  (3)

ANT 370.     Peoples of the Old World   (3)


E.   Electives:  Select one upper division anthropology elective in consultation with the archaeology program coordinator (3 units).



Minor in Anthropology (15 units)

The minor consists of five courses in anthropology.  In consultation with an advisor, a specialized minor focusing on a specific aspect of anthropology can be developed in  an area such as: Medical Anthropology, Human Evolution, Applied Anthropology, Educational Anthropology.


A.  Lower Division Requirements:  Select two courses from the following  (6 units)

ANT 100.     Introduction to Cultures (3)

ANT 101.     Introduction to Biological Anthropology (3)

ANT 102.     Ancient Civilizations (3)


B.  Upper Division Requirements:  Select three upper division Anthropology courses (9 units).



Certificate in Cultural Resource Management

In addition to the course work listed for the major concentration in Archaeology, the awarding of the certificate is based on demonstrated applied experience in the professional aspects of Cultural Resource Management. Students must demonstrate competence in at least two of the following areas: 

1.   Intensive archaeological or ethnographic field experience relating to Cultural Resource Management; this experience must extend beyond an introductory field course.

2.   Laboratory analysis in which the student demonstrates knowledge of methods and techniques in handling, processing, and interpreting either archaeological or ethnographic findings.

3.   Report preparation experience in which the archaeological or anthropological aspects of Cultural Resource Management are stressed.

The applied experiences required for the Certificate in Cultural Resource Management can be obtained through independent study, enrollment in a special topics course, volunteer training, internships or actual professional experience of reasonable duration gained through employment in cultural resource management programs or projects. Arrangements for such experiences and individual competencies need to be made in advance under the guidance of the program coordinator and the department chair.  Consultation should take place as soon as possible after the student selects this certificate program and also periodically while participating in the program.


Course Offerings

The credit value for each course in semester units is indicated for each term by a number in parentheses following the title.  Departments may indicate the term in which they expect to offer the course by
the use of:  “F” (fall), “S” (spring) or “EOY” (every other year).


Lower Division

ANT 100  Introduction to Cultures (3) FS. 

Examination of the anthropological approach to the study of human behavior.  The concept of culture, cultural institutions and processes, evolution of cultural systems, application of the concept of culture to current social problems. 

ANT 101 Introduction to Biological Anthropology (3) FS.

Examination of human biology.  Introduces scientific approaches to genetics and evolution, primate evolution and behavior, evidence from fossil record for human evolution, and biological variation among modern humans, human growth and disease patterns, and human demography.

ANT 102 Ancient Civilizations (3) FS.

Examination of origins and development of world civilizations.  Using evidence from the archaeological record, the written record, the arts, literature, and the sciences, human cultural achievements are examined from the earliest beginnings to the sixteenth century.


Upper Division

ANT 310  Culture and Personality:  Psychological Anthropology
(3) F.

Examination of the human personality within cultural contexts.  Topics include personality formation and child-rearing; stress and mental/physical health problems which occur with cultural change; aging, roles and communication among local and worldwide ethnic groups.

ANT 312  Language and Culture                            (3) FS.

Analysis of language as an aspect of culture.  Relationship between language and culture patterns, dynamics of language and cultural change; the problem of meaning.

ANT 313  Methods and Techniques of                 Archaeology (3) S. 

Prerequisite:  Consent of instructor.

Basic procedures and techniques used by archaeologists to excavate, analyze and interpret prehistoric remains.  Field and/or laboratory activities.  Variable topics will include field procedures, laboratory procedures or archaeological method and theories.  Six hours of activity per week.

ANT 315  Magic and Religion  (3) F.

A comparative analysis of magico-religious systems in their cultural setting and the role of the supernatural in human societies. 

ANT 330  North American Indians 
(3) S-EOY. 

Comparative study of cultural patterns of selected past and present native peoples of the United States and Canada. 

ANT 333  Ancient Peoples of Mexico and Guatemala (3) S-EOY.

The history and archaeology of cultures of Central Mexico and Guatemala.  Alternating topics include the rise of the Olmecs to the establishment of Teotihuacan and Tenochtitlan and the rise of Izapa to the development of classic and Postclassic Maya Civilization.

ANT 335  Comparative Cultures                           (3) FS.

The world’s cultural and social diversity from a sociocultural anthropological perspective.  Variable topics include regional surveys (North America, South America, Africa, Eurasia) and/or selected themes in the study of culture.  Repeatable course with alternate topics.

ANT 341  Folklore (3) S. 

Theory and method in the study and collection of folktales, myths, legends, proverbs, riddles, and other forms of verbal tradition.

ANT 344  Aging in Cross-Cultural
Perspective (3) F.

Survey and analysis of cultural influences on the physical and social processes of aging. Examination and comparison of societal roles available to and assumed by older men and women of various cultures. 

ANT 350  Prehistory of Africa and Eurasia          (3) F-EOY. 

Examination of the archaeological record
of the Old World (Europe, Africa, Asia).  Emphasis on the study and critical analysis of excavated materials, processes of culture change, and reconstructions of social patterns.  Variable topics will include the prehistory of different culture areas and chronological periods.  Repeatable course. 

ANT 351  Prehistory of  the Americas (3) S. 

Examination of the archaeological record of the New World (North America, Mesoamerica, and Andean area).  Emphasis on critical analysis of excavated materials, processes of culture change, and reconstructions of social patterns.  Variable topics will include the prehistory of different culture areas and chronological periods. Repeatable course. 

ANT 370  Peoples of the Old World
(3) S-EOY.

A survey of one or more cultural regions of the old World. Specific topics and areas may vary; for example:  Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East, India, Asia, Southeast Asia, Pacific.  Repeatable course. 

ANT 375  Ethnographic Methods and Techniques (3) F-EOY. 

Prerequisite:  ANT 100.

Basic methods in the ethnographic study
of contemporary communities.  Students conduct supervised field work using audiovisual recording and computer techniques to collect and analyze data. 
Two hours of lecture and two hours of activity (including computer lab) per week.

ANT 388  Anthropological   
Theories of Behavior (3) FS. 

Prerequisite:   One course in Anthropology.

Historical survey and critical analysis of major schools of anthropological thought employed in explaining sociocultural behavior and phenomena.  An integrative examination of current developments, issues and applications of the field of anthropology.

ANT 389  Transmission of Culture                       (3) FS.

Examination of the concept of culture; emphasis on exploration of cross-cultural commonalities and differences in societal responses. Analysis of dynamics of cultural change with reference to ethnic and immigrant groups and institutions in America today.  Topics include roles, institutions, educational processes, family interaction and structure of social systems. 

ANT 494  Independent Study (2,3) FS.

Prerequisite:  Consent of instructor.

Independent study of a particular problem under the direction of a member of the anthropology department.  Repeatable course. 

ANT 495  Selected Topics in                 Anthropology (3) F.

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

An intensive study of an issue, concept or theory in anthropology that is of special interest to both the faculty member and the students.  Repeatable course.  Three hours of lecture per week.


Infrequently Offered Courses

The following course is scheduled on
a "demand" basis.  Students should consult the department office for information about the next schedule offering.

ANT 115  Introduction to Archaeology and Physical Anthropology
(3) FS.

Introduction to archaeological methodology and human biology.  Review of fossil evidence for the biological evolution of humans and archaeological evidence for
the major stages in cultural development.

ANT 345  Medical Anthropology                         (3) F-EOY. 

Cross-cultural survey of   critical problems common to anthropology and health-related fields; cultural ecology of health and pathology, folk medical practices; medical beliefs in relation to other aspects of culture; public health and medical education problems as affected by ethnic culture; effects of acculturation upon mental and physical health. 

ANT 346  Anthropology of Work
(3) S-EOY

Examination of the significance of work
in contemporary societies.  Cross-cultural comparisons of workers' life styles.  Impact of changing cultural conditions on work patterns. 

ANT 348  Society and Automated
Technologies (3) S-EOY.

Examination of the ramifications of the installation of automated systems on social and economic conditions of contemporary and future societies.  Analyses of culture change issues and the interrelationships between automated technologies and lifestyles. 

ANT 349  Anthropology of the Future
(3) F-EOY. 

Examination of newly emerging questions and ideas about the cultural future of humankind.  Topics of discussion include the relevance of anthropology to building
a Solar System culture, the possibility of extraterrestrial contact, and alternative cultural futures.