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Why Anthropology?
 

Become an expert in human connections

Your anthropology studies will prepare you for working in an intersectional world. Not only will you hone your analysis, critical thinking, and communication skills— you’ll also hone your ability to understand humanity and all of its complexity (including the impact of cultural dynamics on interpersonal communication and the social structures that affect our lives).

Help others benefit from your expertise

You might forge a career as teacher, a recruiter, a manager, an archaeologist, a documentary film consultant, a laboratory technician, or an intercultural communications expert. No matter what profession you pursue, you will be helping people. Many organizations deeply appreciate (and actively seek) those with anthropology degrees because of the valuable skills that come with studying humanity. 

Be ready for what’s next

If you choose grad school, you will be an excellent candidate for programs in anthropology, business, law, journalism, medicine, social work, urban planning and any other realm that calls for working with people. 

How to Major in Anthropology
 

1. Talk to a faculty member first

Connect with a faculty member who can help you chart your course and explore your options. 
 

2. Meet UCR general and college breadth requirements.

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3. Meet CHASS-specific requirements.

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4. Meet major requirements:
  • Take 16 units of lower-division courses:
    • ANTH 001, ANTH 002 and either ANTH 003 or ANTH 005
    • LING 020
      Your lower-division courses will range from human biology, to culture, to archaeology, and more.
       
  • Take 36 units of upper-division requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree, 40 for a Bachelor of Science degree. Your upper-division courses will focus on art, religion, ecology, primatology, language, social organization, cultural change, ethnography, and a variety of other topics. 
     
  • Take at least one upper-division course in cultural anthropology, archaeology, biological anthropology, or linguistic anthropology.
     
5. Track your degree progress. 

Check your degree progress here

How to Major in Anthropology/Law & Society  



1. Talk to a faculty member first. 

Connect with a faculty member who can help you chart your course and explore your options. 
 

2. Meet UCR general and college breadth requirements.

See the details here


3. Meet CHASS-specific requirements.

See the details here


4. Meet major requirements:
  • Take 16 units of lower-division courses:
    • ANTH 001, ANTH 002 and either ANTH 003 or ANTH 005
    • LING 020
      Your lower-division courses will range from human biology, to culture, to archaeology, and more.
       
  • Take 36 units of upper-division courses:
    • PHIL007 or PHIL007H
    • LWSO100
    • LWSO193
    • One course chosen from ECON111, POSC114, PSYC012, or SOC 004 (or equivalent course in research methods)
    • Three courses chosen from ANTH127, ECON119, HISE453, PHIL165, POSC167, PSYC175, or SOC 159. 
    • Two courses chosen from ENSC174, HISA120A, HISA120B, HISE123, LWSO175 (E-Z), PHIL164, POSC111, POSC166, POSC168, POSC186, SOC 147, SOC 149, or SOC 180

Note: For the last two bullets combined, no more than two courses may be taken from the same department. You may not count more than two courses towards both parts of your total anthropology requirements and law and society requirements. 
 

5. Track your degree progress. 

Check your degree progress here

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