Anthropology, B.A.

As of Spring 2019, this degree is in teach-out phase; it is not open to new or readmit students.


The mission of the Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology is to provide students with a holistic understanding of the diversity of human behavior across time, geography and culture from a distinctly Christian perspective and to equip them to actively bridge cultural differences so that they can effectively share the good news of the Gospel and holistically address human problems such as injustice and the effects of globalization on populations around the world.

Degree Program

A Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology is offered upon completion of the University baccalaureate and major requirements. 

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, students will be able to:

  1. Identify major paradigms, major figures, and major theories in anthropology and explain how theory develops and shifts and the influence of Christian thinkers and thoughts (ULO 1).
  2. Demonstrate they are able to form research questions, apply appropriate research methodologies, and interpret, analyze, and report ethnographic and/or archaeological data (ULO 2).
  3. Recognize and respond appropriately to key challenges to and opportunities for their faith raised (ethics, integrity, and intellectual honesty) in engaging their sub-discipline in anthropology (ULO 3).

Each Program Learning Outcome (PLO) listed above references at least one of the University Learning Outcomes (ULO 1, 2, 3), which may be found in the General Information section of this catalog.

 Curriculum Requirements

Program-Specific Core Curriculum Courses
Students are required to take the following courses as preparation for the major. These courses fulfill Core Curriculum requirements
Cultural Anthropology
Physical Anthropology
Physical Anthropology Laboratory
Program Courses
The anthropology major requires 36 credits which includes 15 credits of core courses
ANTH 215Introduction to Archaeology3
ANTH 310Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology: Language, Culture and Society3
ANTH 345Ethnographic Field Methods3
ANTH 350Anthropological Field Practicum3
ANTH 401History of Anthropological Theory3
Students may choose 21 credits of upper-division electives according to their interests. Students are encouraged to form a concentration or minor in a subfield but may choose from any of the following electives. Anthropology majors may not count more than two sociology electives towards graduation requirements21
Any ANTH course
General Articulatory Phonetics
Practicum in Language and Culture Learning
Introduction to Phonology
Introduction to Syntax
Introduction to Sociolinguistics
Field Methods in Linguistics
Intercultural Adjustment
Ethnicity and Diversity in America
Area and Ethnic Studies
Introduction to Development
Micro Issues in Relief and Development
Understanding the City
Intercultural Communication
Seminar: Topics in Intercultural Health Care
Community Development Models and Strategies
Project Evaluation and Assessment
New Religious Movements
Traditional Cultures
Urban Transformation
Social Problems
Urban Sociology
Religion in Public Life
American Culture and Values
Religion and Society
Total Credits36


There are concentrations offered in each of the subfields within the anthropology major. Students take introductory courses in each of the subdisciplines and are encouraged to concentrate in one of the following four areas. Students may also consult with their academic advisor regarding selecting a unique concentration based on career goals.

Applied Anthropology

This concentration seeks to provide students with the ability to apply anthropological research in the area of solving human problems. Courses include:

ANTH 400Political Anthropology3
ANTH 403Economic Anthropology3
ANTH 420Topics in Urban Anthropology3
INCS 345Introduction to Development3
INCS 347Micro Issues in Relief and Development3
INCS 430Seminar: Topics in Intercultural Health Care3
INCS 433Community Development Models and Strategies3
INCS 435Project Evaluation and Assessment3
SOCI 348Social Change in the Developing World3


This concentration provides students with training in archaeological methods and research. Students may take electives in Biblical, classical or prehistoric archaeology. Courses include:

ANTH 215Introduction to Archaeology3
ANTH 312Archaeology Methods and Theories3
ANTH 315Field Methods in Archaeology I3
ANTH 316Field Methods in Archaeology II3
ANTH 321Prehistoric Cultures of North America3
ANTH 330California Native Americans3
ANTH 365Biblical Archaeology: Ancient Near East3
ANTH 366Biblical Archaeology: Palestine3
ANTH 367Egyptian Archaeology3
ANTH 410Topics in Archaeology1-4
ANTH 430Field Excursion: Turkey, Greece and Rome4
ANTH 432Field Excursion: Israel3
ANTH 450Internship in Archaeology1-3

Linguistic Anthropology

The linguistic anthropology concentration is designed for students interested in the relationship of language in culture. Courses include:

ANTH 306Cognitive Anthropology3
ANTH 310Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology: Language, Culture and Society3
ANTH 311Ancient Languages3
ANTH 407Ethnicity, Identity and Memory3
ANTH 408Language and Power3
INAL 301General Articulatory Phonetics3
INAL 405Introduction to Syntax3
INAL 446Introduction to Sociolinguistics3
INAL 481Topics in Applied Linguistics1-3
INCS 310General Linguistics3

Physical Anthropology

This concentration provides students the opportunity to study the variation and adaptation of human biology within its cultural context. Courses include:

ANTH 303Human Variation3
ANTH 304Human Osteology3
ANTH 405Human Paleontology3
ANTH 406Bioarchaeology3
ANTH 440Topics in Biological Anthropology1-3

Socio-Cultural Anthropology

The socio-cultural anthropology concentration provides students with a broad understanding of human behavior through a cross-cultural perspective. Courses include:

ANTH 300Magic, Witchcraft and Religion3
ANTH 306Cognitive Anthropology3
ANTH 320Topics in Gender Studies1-3
ANTH 325Comparative Folklore and Mythology3
ANTH 330California Native Americans3
ANTH 342Introduction to Peace and Justice3
ANTH 361Anthropology of Gender3
ANTH 370Topics in Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH 400Political Anthropology3
ANTH 402Family, Kinship and Gender3
ANTH 403Economic Anthropology3
ANTH 404Symbol and Ritual3
ANTH 407Ethnicity, Identity and Memory3
ANTH 408Language and Power3
ANTH 415Intercultural Conflict Transformation3
ANTH 420Topics in Urban Anthropology3
ANTH 435Anthropology of Consciousness3
ANTH 460Topics in Contemporary Anthropological Theory1-3
INCS 458Traditional Cultures3

NOTE: The course sequence table is designed by the major department and is one way that the classes will work out properly in sequence for your major. However, there are alternative or flexible ways to rotate some of the classes within the same year/level and sometimes between year levels. Please contact your major department advisor to discuss flexible alternatives in scheduling the sequence of your classes.

Taking coursework during the summer session may also be an option to accelerate your degree path.

See Core Curriculum Program section for a list of approved Core Curriculum courses.

Anthropology, B.A. (ANTH)

First Year
BBST 103 or 1653BBST 103 or 1653
Behavioral Science (ANTH 200 required)3ANTH 2153
ENGL 100 or 1123Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4
Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4HIST 100 or 1013
KNES 1071Communication (see Core Curriculum)3
GNST 1021 
 15 16
Total Credits 31
Second Year
BBST 209 or 2103BBST 209 or 2103
BBST 2513ANTH 3103
ANTH 222 (required)3Philosophy (see Core Curriculum)3
ANTH 223 (required)1Literature (see Core Curriculum)3
MATH 1211General Elective3
HIST 200, 201, or POSC 2253 
 14 15
Total Credits 29
Third Year
BBST 3543BBST 300/400 Bible Elective3
ANTH 4013ANTH 3453
Upper-division Concentration Elective3Upper-division Concentration Elective3
MATH 1221Fine Arts (see Core Curriculum)3
KNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)1ENGL 3133
General Elective3MATH 1231
Writing Competency Requirement 
 14 16
Total Credits 30
Fourth Year
BBST 3653BBST 4653
ANTH 3503BBST 306, 316, 326, or 3363
Upper-division Concentration Elective3Concentration Elective (upper-division)3
Upper-division Concentration Elective3Concentration Elective (upper-division)3
General Elective3Concentration Elective (upper-division)3
Graduation Petition due in Registrar's Office 
 15 15
Total Credits 30