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Anthropology B.A. Degree

The major is designed for students interested in an anthropological understanding of human behavior. One of the strengths of anthropology is its cross-cultural "holistic" and integrative approach with many fields, such as biology, history, linguistics, the social sciences, and many of the humanities.

Note: The requirements below are effective starting Fall 2009.  Students who declared the Anthro. B.A. major prior to Fall 2010 should consult with the Anthropology counselor regarding their specific requirements. 

All courses for the major must be taken for a letter grade, and students must maintain an overall 2.0 grade-point average.

Transfer Students

To be admitted as Anthropology B.A. majors, transfer students with 90 or more units must complete as many of the following introductory courses as possible prior to admission to UCLA: one human evolution course, one archaeology course, one sociocultural anthropology course, and one culture and communication course.


Preparation for the Major


  • Anthropology 1, 2, 3, and 4


The Major- 11 upper division courses (44 units)


  • One (1) course from each of the following Anthro subfields:
         Archaeology (any 110s)

         Biological (any 120s)

         Linguistic (any 150s)

         Regional Cultures & Societies (any 160s or consult department for a list of approved courses)

         Methods (consult department for a list of approved courses)

         History or Theory (consult department for a list of approved courses)

  • Two (2) courses in Sociocultural Anthropology (any 130s and/or any 140s)
  • Three (3) elective courses (any Anthropology UD course)

Major checklists are available in the Anthropology office or available here (PDF)