General Description / Special Programs
Archaeological Research Center, Archaeological Curation Facility, Anthropology Museum
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Degrees Offered Anthropology MA, BA major/minor
Highest Degree Offered MA/MS
BA/BS Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Linguistic Anthropology
BA/BS Requirements
The BA degree in Anthropology consists of 120 units, 52 for Anthropology degree, of which 49 must be taken in the major and 3 units of a statistics course. There are 13 lower division and 12 upper division core units required. The remaining 24 units are taken within each concentration. Students must also take have the equivalent of the University's two semester foreign language requirement. All students in the University must also successfully complete a writing proficiency examination before graduation. The Department emphasizes the four-field approach and allows students to choose among three concentrations: 1) Archaeology and Biological Anthropology (ABA), 2) Culture, Language, and Society (CLS), and 3) General Anthropology (GA).
MA/MS Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Linguistic Anthropology
MA/ MS Requirements The MA degree in Anthropology consists of the completion of 30 units of course work with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Course requirements include two required Anthropology seminars (six units) plus 21 elective units, nine units of which must be grad level seminars in Anthropology and the remainder can include any grad level or advanced upper division course. The three remaining units are for the culminating requirement of the thesis. Students are expected to have quantitative skills equivalent to an introductory statistics course, completed a minimum of two semesters of a foreign lang, and taken the GRE examination before enrollment. A thesis is required and graduate students must also take an examination of their specialty when their course work is completed.
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 0
Internship Required 0
Support Opportunities Graduate student support available through research grants; anthropology lab teaching assistantships
Program Details
Research Facilities The Archaeological Research Center conducts ongoing research projects in California-Great Basin Arch; contract archaeology and CRM; field school excavations in California/Great Basin, The ARC has labs, faunal collection, botanical specimens, library, obsidian hydration lab, GPS and other resources. Anthropology Department has 3 archaeology and 1 physical lab and Anthropology Museum. The museum has significant collections from Africa, California, the American Southwest and South America. The Archaeological Curation Facility houses extensive collections from Northern California and the western Great Basin.
Library Resources The main library has a large section of books of an anthropological nature and a wide variety of journals. The Archaeological Research Center maintains a collection of monographs and several journals.
Publications Sacramento Anthropological Society Publications in Anthropology
Certs Offered 0
Online Courses
Online Courses: 0
Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 1
Anthropology Club Info: Sacramento Anthropological Society. For more information go to
Anthropology Club Advisor: Michael Walker
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 1