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BS Anthropology

 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
Full Time

3.75 Years
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 Tuition fee

60744 USD
34062 USD

Application fee

International 90 USD
National 90 USD
Department of Anthropology
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)85
TOEFL-PBT (min)704
SAT (avg)1250
ACT (avg)25

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About this course

Anthropology, the broadest of the social sciences, is the study of humankind. One of the strengths of anthropology as a discipline is its "holistic" or integrative approach; it links the life sciences and the humanities and has strong ties with disciplines ranging from biology and psychology to linguistics, political science, and the fine arts. Anthropological study is appropriate for people with a wide variety of interests: human cultures and civilizations both present and past, human and animal behavior, particular regions of the world such as Africa, Asia, Latin America, Oceania, etc.

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Eligibility Criteria

  • Academic grade point average (GPA), calculated using 10th and 11th grade UC–approved courses only
  • Performance on standardized tests: the ACT Assessment Plus Writing or the SAT Reasoning Test
  • The minimum scores required are 560.00 for SAT and 315.00 for the ACT.
  • Quality, quantity, and level of course work taken throughout your entire high school program (including the strength of your senior year program), especially course work completed beyond the minimum "a–g" courses to meet the University of California admission requirements
  • The strength of the program taken within the context of the high school you attended
  • A progressively challenging academic program, including the number of and performance in college preparatory, honors, Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and transferable college courses; passing scores on AP or IB exams; mastery of academic subjects as demonstrated by high grades and exam results; and presence of summer session/inter-session courses that enhance academic progress.
  • California high school students—Identification by the University of California as ranked in the top 9% of your school and/or ranked in the top 9% or high school graduates statewide
  • Sustained participation in activities that develop academic and intellectual abilities and honors and/or awards in recognition of academic, intellectual, or creative achievement
  • By the time of entrance, MUST: Have at least a 3.0 GPA (CA Residents) or 3.4 GPA (Non-CA Residents).

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Course Modules

The candidate will be offered the following graduate courses:

Lower Division Courses

  • Welcome to America: American Culture for International Students
  • America through Lenses of Popular Culture
  • 7. Human Evolution
  • 8. Archaeology: Introduction
  • 9. Culture and Society.
  • 33. Culture and Communication

Upper Division Courses

  • 110P. Principles of Archaeology.
  • CM110Q. Introduction to Archaeological Sciences.
  • 115Q. Politics of Past.
  • 114R. Ancient Civilizations of Andean South America
  • 114P. Ancient Civilizations of Mesoamerica
  • 114L. Archaeology of Chiefdoms
  • 113R. Southwestern Archaeology.
  • 113Q. California Archaeology.
  • 113P. Archaeology of North America
  • 112. Old Stone Age Archaeology.
  • 111. Theory of Anthropological Archaeology
  • 116. Archaeology of South Asia.
  • 116N. Archaeology of Ancient Civilizations: China.
  • 116P. Archaeology of Prehistoric China.
  • M116S. Archaeological Landscapes of China.
  • 117P. Selected Laboratory Topics in Archaeology.
  • 117Q. Intensive Laboratory Training in Archaeology
  • 118. Selected Topics in Archaeology
  • M119E. Archaeology of Egypt and Sudan
  • 119P. Cities Past and Present.
  • 121C. Evolution of Genus Homo
  • 122P. Human Osteology
  • 124A. Human Behavioral Ecology.
  • 124B. Evolutionary Psychology.
  • 124P. Evolution of Human Sexual Behavior.
  • M125A. Great Adaptations: Origins of Complexity in Nature

Biological Anthropology

  • 120. Survey of Biological Anthropology.
  • 126. Selected Topics in Biological Anthropology
  • M127. Animal Communication.
  • 128A. Primate Behavior Nonhuman to Human.
  • 133R. Aesthetic Systems.
  • 133Q. Symbolic Systems.
  • 133P. Visual Anthropology: Documentary Photography.
  • 133F. Anthropology of Food
  • 135S. Anthropology of Deviance and Abnormality
  • 135T. Psychoanalysis and Anthropology.
  • 136Q. Laboratory for Naturalistic Observations: Developing Skills and Techniques.
  • 137. Selected Topics in Cultural Anthropology
  • 139. Field Methods in Cultural Anthropology.
  • M139P. Fieldwork in Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities

Linguistic Anthropology

  • M134. Cultural Construction of Gender and Sexuality
  • 133S. Ethnomathematics and Anthropology of Numeration
  • M140. Language in Culture
  • 135A-135B. Introduction to Psychological Anthropology
  • 141. Ethnography of Everyday Speech.
  • M142R. Culture of Jazz Aesthetics
  • C144. Native American Languages and Cultures
  • 147. Selected Topics in Linguistic Anthropology.
  • M148W. Talk and Body
  • 149A. Language and Identity
  • 149B. Gender and Language in Society
  • 149C. Multilingualism: Communities and Histories in Contact
  • 149D. Language, Culture, and Education.
  • 150. Study of Social Systems

Social Anthropology 

  • M151. Marriage, Family, and Kinship.
  • 153P. Economic Anthropology
  • M154P. Gender Systems: North America.
  • M154Q. Gender Systems: Global.
  • M155. Women’s Voices: Their Critique of Anthropology of Japan.
  • M149E. Language Socialization
  • M155Q. Women and Social Movements.
  • 156. Anthropology of Religion.
  • 157. Selected Topics in Social Anthropology.
  • 149SL. Gender and Language across Communities.
  • 149F. Language and Social Organization through Life Cycle.
  • 158. Hunting and Gathering Societies.
  • M158Q. Past People and Their Lessons for Our Own Future
  • 159. Warfare and Conflict
  • M159P. Constructing Race.

Applied Anthropology

  • 161. Development Anthropology.
  • M162. Language Endangerment and Linguistic Revitalization
  • 163. Selected Topics in Applied Anthropology
  • M164. Afro-American Experience in U.S.
  • 167. Urban Anthropology
  • C169R. Repatriation of Native American Human Remains and Cultural Objects

Regional Cultures

  • 171. Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • M171P. Culture Area of Maghrib (North Africa).

North America

  • 172A. Native North Americans
  • 172B. Change and Continuity among Native North Americans.

Middle America

  • 173Q. Latin American Communities.

South America

  • 174P. Ethnography of South American Indians 


  • 175Q. Ideology and Social Change in Contemporary China
  • 175R. Societies of Central Asia.
  • 175S. Japan.

Middle East

  • 176. Culture Area of Middle East.


  • 177. Cultures of Pacific.
  • M177P. Ethnic Identity and Ethnic Relations in Hawai’i
  • Regional Cultures
  • 179. Selected Topics in Regional Cultures

History, Theory, and Method

  • 181. Critical Social Theory
  • 182. History of Anthropology
  • 185A. Theoretical Behavioral Ecology
  • 186P. Models of Cultural Evolution.

Special Studies

  • 191. Variable Topics Research Seminars: Anthropology
  • 191HA. Beginning Seminar
  • 191HB. Field Methods.
  • 191HC. Data Analysis.
  • 191HD. Writing for Anthropology.
  • 191HE. Writing for Publication and Conference Presentations.
  • 193. Journal Club Seminars: Anthropology.
  • 194. Research Group Seminars: Anthropology
  • 197. Individual Studies in Anthropology
  • 199. Directed Research in Anthropology

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How to Apply

The student needs to have the following:

  • Transcripts
  • Test scores
  • Annual Income for last year and the current year
  • Social Security number
  • Citizenship status.
  • California Statewide Student ID (optional).
  • Credit card.

The student needs to submit the following for Supplemental Application

  • Personal Essay (2-page max).
  • Writing Sample.
  • Critical Essay (3-page max) or Creative Writing (5-page max)
  • Two Letters of Recommendation.

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