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Anthropology - Archaeology

The Department of Anthropology offers undergraduate students course work in the five anthropological subdisciplines: Ethnology, Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Applied Anthropology and Anthropological Linguistics. In addition, courses focus on contemporary disciplinary research, area studies and societal applications of anthropological knowledge.

By majoring or minoring in Anthropology, a student gains a better understanding of people’s behavior within cultural settings. Anthropology studies the varied nature of human experience in American society and in the cultures of the world. Through this study of people, their lifestyles and how they adapt to cultural change, both present and past, a student is better prepared to comprehend human behavior. What distinguishes anthropology from other disciplines concerned with people is its holistic perspective or encompassing view, and its central concern with the concept of culture.

The major concentration in Archaeology is designed to provide the undergraduate student with a strong background in general anthropology, archaeology and cultural preservation. It stresses anthropological theory, archaeological methodology, field research, data collection, area studies and applications of the field to cultural resource management. In the face of rapid population expansion and increased development, public concern has grown to protect the quickly diminishing cultural resources related to our ancestral and traditional heritage. In addition to the concentration, the department offers a certificate in Cultural Resource Management to those students who complete the program and demonstrate competence in applied aspects of the field.

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Admission requirements

First-time freshman:

  • High school GPA of 2.5 (“B” average) or higher
  • High school graduation certificate or exam results
  • Proof of English proficiency

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Program content

In addition to the Anthropology major requirements, modules for the Archaeology concentration include:

  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • Introduction to Biological Anthropology
  • Ancient Civilizations
  • Methods and Techniques of Archaeology
  • Ancient Peoples Of Mexico
  • Prehistory: Africa & Eurasia
  • Prehistory of the Americas
  • Human Osteology
  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Human Variation
  • Quantitative Methods for Anthropology
  • Selected Topics In Anthropology
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Anthropology Of Work
  • People, Culture, Environment

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information


  • Tuition Fees: $6,945 (24 units/2 semesters)
  • Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition ($396/unit): $9,504 (24 units/2 semesters)

Career paths

The Department of Anthropology provides undergraduate training for students interested in developing careers in academic, research and applied aspects of the discipline. Often postgraduate work is useful or required in certain job categories. However, persons with anthropological background are employed in a wide range of service areas: education, government, environmental and socioeconomic consulting, medical research, planning, social services, personnel, marketing/advertising, international business, law, tourism and a variety of occupations for which knowledge and appreciation of cultural diversity is important.

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California State University, Dominguez Hills

Established in 1960, California State University, Dominguez Hills (called CSUDH) is a highly diverse, metropolitan university primarily serving the South Bay area of Los Angeles County with easy access to downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood and the sunny California beaches. CSUDH...

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California State University, Dominguez Hills

1000 E Victoria St.
90747 Carson California
United States of America

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