Santa Clara University



Major in Anthropology

Anthropologists study the cultures of the world, both past and present. Our programs in archaeology, cultural anthropology and biological anthropology explore these cultures from multiple perspectives.

As an anthropology major at SCU, you will study archaeology, cultural, and biological anthropology. These subfields explore primate and hominin evolution, the development of culture, and the complex facets of culture in the modern world. Anthropology provides a framework for understanding how people create and maintain groups, including family and business ‘culture,’ as well as the tensions and constructions of identity in multicultural societies. Students are introduced to a wide variety of field methods, field research, scientific approaches, and analyses in archaeology, biological anthropology, and cultural anthropology. The program also offers special emphases in applied anthropology, biological anthropology, and archaeology.

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Major Requirements

  • Anth 1 (Intro to Biological Anthropology)
  • Anth 2 (Intro to Archaeology)
  • Anth 3 (Intro to Social and Cultural Anth)
  • Anthropology 50 (World Geography)
  • Sociology 1 (Principles of Sociology)
  • An introductory statistics course (see advisor)
  • Anthropology 110 (Theory)
  • Anthropology 112 (Methods)
  • Anthropology 114 (Senior Project)
  • Anthropology 198 (Internship)
  • FIVE upper-division electives

Upper-division anthropology courses are grouped into the following four categories. Students must complete five courses, and at least THREE of the four categories must be represented in their selection.

  • Biological (Anth 130 thru 139)
  • Archaeology (Anth 140 thru 149)
  • Cultural (Anth 150 thru 179)
  • Regional (Anth 180 thru 189).
Four Anthropology research seminars (1 hour each).
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