Major Requirements (SF State Bulletin: Degree Requirements)

Roadmap (SF State Bulletin: Roadmap)

GE Requirements (SF State Bulletin: General Education)

Major Department Website

Your major advisor answered a few questions to assist you with your first semester courses — see below.

General Information

What are some of the highlights and features to know about this major?
Anthropology is the only major that combines studies in Biology, the Social Sciences, and Visual Arts 
In anthropology you can take part in hands-on training and learning in topics such as health and medicine, social justice, cultural studies, primate behavior, human evolution, archaeology, filmmaking, prehistoric art and ancient heath and disease. 
Double majors are not required to take both GWAR courses. We are a good fit for majors such as Sociology, History, Humanities, Biology, Health Sciences, Ethnic Studies, Women's Studies, Sexuality Studies, Cinema, Journalism, and Museum Studies.
We have a faculty member in the Department who is dedicated their time to career advising. We regularly sponsor career panels where you can meet anthropologists who have put their training to work in business, museums, health care, the tech industry, government and the non-profit sector.   
Does your department have a major planning sheet for me as a guide? Yes: Anthropology Major Requirements Planning Sheet
When should I first meet with my major department? Students are encouraged to meet with their assigned Undergraduate Coordinator in the first weeks of their first semester to plan a roadmap to graduation and definitely before they enroll in next semester courses.
How will I be assigned to a major advisor and how do I contact them? Major advisor assignment is done alphabetically by student surname. Students should request assistance from the Department Manager (Fine Arts Building Room 525; 415-338-2046) who can inform students of who their primary advisors are, their office location and office hours.
Where can I find information about major advising?

Department Office and Salon: Fine Arts Room 525

Department telephone number: (415) 338-2046

Department e-mail address:

Department Website:

Faculty/Advisor Listing:

Does this major require any pre-work from me before I attend orientation or register for classes? Not Applicable.
What should I do if my major core and/or prequisite courses are full? We generally have enough seats for all of our majors in the Anth classes.  Contact the instructor if a course does fill. 
Is there anything else I need to know about starting in this major?

The major has a requirement of at least 1 upper-division course in each of the three subfields (Cultural/Visual, Biological and Archaeology).

Transfer Student Info

What upper division courses should I take in my first semester as a transfer student for this major?
Either Anth 300 Foundations of Anthropology OR Anth 305GW Writing Anthropology (Take the second of these two in the 2nd semester). 
Area 1: Choose 1 course - 3 units  OR take Anth 130 Intro to Visual Anthropology 
Anth 301: Foundations of Archaeology
Anth 302: Foundations of Human Variation 
Anth 303: Foundations of Visual Anthropology
Choose 1 elective course - 3 units
Are there any prerequisites to these upper division courses for the major? The 100 Introduction courses (ANTH 110, 110, 120,130), Anth 300 and Anth 305GW are prerequisites for some of the upper-division courses.
Are there any registration blocks or holds in the system for this major, and if so, what do I do/who do I contact to clear them? All prerequisites in the major are instructor approved and not enforced in the enrollment.  Prerequisites for courses can often be overridden by Consent of Instructor. Students should also be aware that they may be dropped from the course if they do not contact the instructor for approval.
Does this major have an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) roadmap?


[Click here for ADT Roadmap]

Freshmen Student Info

Are there any courses I should take first as a Freshman to get started in this major and/or are there any lower division GE course requirements that I can take that will also count toward this major?
Anth 100 Intro to Biological Anthropology (B2: Life Science)
Anth 110 Intro to Archaeology (C2: Humanities, Global Perspecitves)
Anth 120 Intro to Sociocultural Anthropology (D1: Social Sciences, Social Justice)
Anth 130 Intro to Visual Anthropology (D1 Social Sciences)
Are there entry or prerequisite requirements for these Freshmen courses?

Not applicable.

Can any of my AP or IB tests count toward requirements in this major? Not applicable.



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