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Anthropology, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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The Anthropology program of San Francisco State University is built around a core of courses designed to provide a broad base of knowledge in the field. Courses in several areas give concentrated preparation for careers or graduate training in anthropology.

Program Learning Outcomes

Diversity: Demonstrate an awareness and knowledge of a culturally and biologically diverse world.

  • Describe the field of anthropology and its objectives.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how culturally informed beliefs, behaviors, and perspectives vary between diverse global societies.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how anthropologists study diversity in race/ethnicities, class, gender identity, and age.
  • Demonstrate a comparative understanding of how material culture and symbolic representations vary across diverse societies over time.
  • Explain the basic processes of biological evolution and the general course of human evolution.

Theory: Understand the fundamental principles of the three major subfields.

  • Characterize the distinctive theoretical and methodological approaches of anthropology.
  • Critically examine one’s own cultural and social identities and understand how those identities shape beliefs and attitudes.
  • Understand major causes of social inequality and how to address them through civic engagement.
  • Articulate a scientific understanding of human biological diversity and the ethical concerns arising from studies of that diversity.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of past and present human biocultural systems, including ecological relationships, social and cultural organization, and processes of cultural change.

Method: Use theoretical knowledge to critically analyze and interpret anthropological evidence.

  • Understand research project design and the role of data analysis or qualitative analysis.
  • Present opposing viewpoints or alternative hypotheses on various anthropological issues.
  • Gather and interpret information from diverse sources, including local resources of the Bay Area where relevant.
  • Demonstrate applied skills in at least one of the subfields of anthropology.
  • Write concisely and logically, incorporating relevant data and knowledge.

Career paths

Anthropological skills are important for careers in public and private sector social services, health, community organizing and advocacy, cultural resource management, urban planning, international economic development, culturally-focused mass media, environmental assessment, education, social work, investigative journalism, and public policy. The principal goals of the department are:

  • to provide an enriched vision of humanity and culture around the globe as well as an increased sensitivity to our everyday experiences of cultural and ethnic diversity, and
  • to train students who choose to pursue careers in teaching, research, and applied fields at the M.A. level, as well providing a solid basis for those who plan to pursue a doctoral degree.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Fall - TBD

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Biological Anthropology
  • Introduction to Archaeology
  • Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • Introduction to Visual Anthropology
  • Foundations of Anthropology: History
  • Writing Anthropology - GWAR

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Complete and submit the CSU Application
  • Students will be required to submit official, original or certified/attested copies of all original academic documents in the original language of issue
  • Applicants who are presently attending a college or university in the United States must, in addition to their international records, submit official transcripts of all work completed and in progress
  • Applicants must be qualified to enter a university in their home country and have a good scholastic record from an accredited/recognized school
  • All applicants for admission to the University must pay a $55.00 application fee
  • English language proficiency

Tuition Fee

  • International

    7440 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7440 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    7440 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7440 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for San Francisco

  • 2206 - 4120 USD/month
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