Anthropology Courses

ANTH 1, Biological Anthropology
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

The biological nature of humans and the changes that have occurred from prehistoric times to the present. The place of humans in nature, primates, fossil evidence for human antiquity, individual and population genetics, mechanisms of evolution, and modern human variation.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
ANTH 1L, Biological Anthropology Laboratory
Lab-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

Laboratory course designed to accompany Anthropology 1. It includes hands-on study of human and primate skeletal materials and replica fossils, primate behavior and taxonomy, and human variation. Application of the scientific method and evolutionary theory are also included.

UC/CSU
Units: 1
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
ANTH 2, Archaeology and Prehistory
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

Overview of contemporary archaeological methods of survey, excavation, analysis, and interpretation. Discussion of various theoretical approaches used to explain past human behavior. Thematic discussion of the major events in prehistory from human origins to appearance of agriculture and cities.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
ANTH 3, Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology
Lec-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

An introduction to the central concepts, theories, and techniques employed by cultural anthropologists to explore the social and cultural dimensions of human experience. Major topics include cross-cultural comparisons of subsistence patterns, economic and political organization, kinship and marriage, language and symbolism, religion and belief systems, artistic expression, colonialism and globalization, gender, sexuality, and race.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
ANTH 3C, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology: Focus on U.S. Cultures
Lec-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

Introduces cultural anthropology through the focus on cultures in the United States. The course also investigates aspects of the sociocultural structures of the United States such as inequality, power, race/ethnicity, kinship, gender, and globalization. Ethnographic studies, history, literature, film, and music are used to illustrate the ways that people living in the United States negotiate cultural values and confront social conflict.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

Formerly ANTH 3AC

ANTH 4, Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

The study of language, including its general nature and its cognitive, biological, and social bases. Languages as they reflect the separate cultural realities of different societies.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
ANTH 8, Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion
Lec-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

A cross-cultural exploration of supernatural belief systems focusing on small scale cultures; the history, theory, and methods of the anthropology of religion; the dynamics of myth, superstition, possession, altered states of consciousness, magic, rituals, taboos, cults, and sects.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
ANTH 11, Latin American Cultures and Societies
Lec-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

Comprehensive and critical analysis of the cultures and traditions of the peoples in Latin America. Critical in-depth study of contemporary society and political systems, inter-ethnic relations, traditional medicinal healing, religions, and sorcery. Analysis of the history and development of Latin American cultures and the impact of state forms of social organization on its traditional societies.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
ANTH 12, Indigenous Peoples of North America
Lec-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

The indigenous peoples of North America are described in terms of their precontact adaptation to the natural environment. Language, kinship, religion, and other aspects of culture are studied.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
ANTH 15, Philippine Culture and Society
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

The course introduces students to the peoples and cultures of the Philippines and the impact of Eastern and Western civilizations on the development of its peoples; emphasis on the ways of life in Philippine rural and urban areas and the cultures of its diverse ethnolinguistic communities.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

ANTH 15 Studies the development of Philippine peoples and culture using the perspective of anthropology and its sub-disciplines in archeology, linguistics, and geography, and the influence of colonialism on the science of anthropology and on country's cultural development

ANTH 20, Queer Anthropology
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

A sub-discipline of socio-cultural anthropology that focuses on contexts of difference in sexuality from the (presumed) norms of sexual and gender variation within social systems, practices, and ideologies. Queer anthropology utilizes intersectional studies of sex, race, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, religion, colonialism, and globalization.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
ANTH 25, Culture, Gender and Sexuality
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

This course explores how gender and sexuality are expressed in various cultures around the world. Focuses on gender in non-Western cultures such as Native American, African and Asian societies. Discusses relationship of gender to aspects of culture such as kinship, economics, politics, and religion.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
ANTH 50, Anthropology of Cannabis
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

This course examines anthropological perspectives of human cannabis use through time. Topics include the archaeological evidence of cannabis use, cross-cultural and symbolic meanings of cannabis, institutional ideologies, and ethnographic studies of cannabis related behaviors.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable