Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology – ANTH Associate Degree for Transfer Roadmap

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This is a sample pathway for students who transfer to San Francisco State University in 2017–2018 with an AA-T in Anthropology.

Nine units in the major (ANTH 100, ANTH 110, ANTH 120) and all GE requirements have been satisfied. Check with a major advisor about the most appropriate course sequence. Degree completion guaranteed in 60 units; see the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) section for more information.

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
ANTH 300 Foundations of Anthropology: History 3
ANTH 305GW Writing Anthropology - GWAR 1 3
GE Area A: Written English Communication II (A4) 3
or University Elective if A4 met in transfer
US History 3
or University Elective if US History met in transfer
University Elective 3
Second Semester
ANTH 302 Foundations of Human Variation 2 3
US/CA Government 3
or University Elective if US/CA Government met in transfer
Major ANTH Elective 3
Major Elective (university-wide upon advisement) 3 3
University Elective 3
Third Semester
ANTH 327
Anthropology and Film 4
or Approaches to the African Past
Area 2: Major Methods and Practicum – See list below 4
Major ANTH Elective 3
University Elective 5
Fourth Semester
ANTH 569
Cross-Cultural Aspects of Sex and Gender
or Ethnology of Dance
Major Elective (university-wide upon advisement) 3 3
University Elective – Take Three 9
 Total Units60

To Do at SF State:

Enough total units to reach 120 minimum for graduation; 40 units minimum at the upper division level; to include the following:

University-Wide Requirements: 9–18 Units                               

  • ENG 214 or equivalent A4 course (0–3 units) if not taken before transfer
  • American Institutions (0–6 units): US History, US Government, California State and Local Government requirements if not completed prior to transfer
  • Upper Division GE areas B, C and D (9 units): See notes for courses that satisfy both major and UD GE requirements.
  • Students entering this major with the AA-T in Anthropology are not required to fulfill SF State Studies requirements.
  • Complementary Studies: consult with a department advisor on how transfer units and/or SF State units can be applied to ensure degree completion within 60 units.

Anthropology Major:  30 Units

(ANTH 100, ANTH 110, ANTH 120 met in transfer)

  • Foundation Core (includes GWAR): six units
  • Area 1 – Theory and Foundations: three units
  • Area 2 – Methods and Practicum: four to six units (if six units taken, reduce ANTH electives to nine)
  • Electives in ANTH: 11 units
  • Additional Major Electives (non-ANTH): six units selected with major advisor’s approval.
  • At least one UD course in Area One or Two or electives must be taken in each of three subfields: Biological, Cultural/Visual, and Archaeology.

University electives: 12 or More Units

Depends on course choices made at the community college, how transferred units are applied to the requirements above, and course choices at SF State – some courses may meet more than one requirement, e.g. in both UD GE and in the major.

Area 2: Major Methods and Practicum

ANTH 333Primate Behavior4
ANTH 530Human Osteology Practicum4
ANTH 531Fossil Humans Practicum4
ANTH 592Archaeological Methods4
ANTH 595Anthropological Filmmaking I6
ANTH 596Anthropological Filmmaking II4
ANTH 651Ethnographic Field Methods4
ANTH/USP 557Ethnography of the Inner City4