Major Requirements:

Lower Division Prerequisites (3 total)

  • Anthro 1: Introduction to Biological Anthropology
  • Anthro 2 or 2AC: Introduction to Archaeology
  • Anthro 3 or 3AC: Introduction to Social Cultural Anthropology

Note: The three lower division pre-requisites may be taken in any order.

Upper Division Required Courses (9 total)

  • Anthro 114: History of Anthropological Thought
  • Biological Core: Chose from Anthropology courses numbered 100-112, 127A, B
  • Archaeology Core: Choose from Anthropology courses numbered 121-136H, 174AC
  • Sociocultural Core: Chose from Anthropology courses numbered 115-119, 137-189A
  • Five Anthropology Electives: Choose five (5) from Anthropology courses numbered 100-196; graduate seminars numbered 200-280 can satisfy this requirement

Be sure to include at least one Area course and one Methods course in the nine upper-division courses.

  • Area courses are numbered 121-125, 128A, 170-188, 189A
  • Methods courses are numbered C100, C103, 121C, 127A, 128M, 131,132, 132A, 134, 134A, 135A, 136A-I, 138B, 139, 160AC, 169A, 169B

Notes on the completing the major requirements:

Lower division courses may be completed in any order. Anthropology 1 is offered only in spring and summer. Anthropology 2 and 3 are offered during both Fall and Spring, and usually during the summer.

Students considering a major in Anthropology should be aware that according to Academic Senate rules, those who fail to attain an average of two grade points for each unit of work taken in a department may, at the option of that department, be denied the privilege of pursuing a major program in that department.

Anthropology 114 should be completed in the junior year if at all possible, as the  foundational course and taking it early on will be an advantage to students as they complete other upper division courses.

Courses taken to satisfy the Area or Method requirement simultaneously satisfy one of the 9 required upper division courses. Examples:

  • Anthropology 189A will satisfy both the Area requirement and one of the 5 electives
  • Anthropology 132A will satisfy both the Methods and the Archaeology Core.

All courses taken to satisfy the major requirements must be taken on a letter-graded basis.

A minimum of 5 upper division requirements must be completed in the Anthropology Department at Berkeley. A maximum of four courses taken at other institutions (including those of the Education Abroad Program, (EAP) of UC system ) may be used to meet upper-division major requirements subject to faculty review and approval. Submit a Course Substitution petition and provide a detailed syllabus (not a course description), the course reading list and a personal statement addressing the appropriateness of a given course to be a proper substitution for a Berkeley anthropology course.