Anthropology Department


Clark Hall 469C
Voice: 408‑924‑5710
Fax: 408‑924‑5348


Chuck Darrah, 408‑924‑5314

Admin. Coord.

Simrat Dhadli, 408‑924‑5341

Advising Hours

Impaction Criteria

Degree Requirements

Major Requirements


About the Department

The BA in Anthropology prepares students for living and working in today's complex, culturally diverse world. Students majoring in anthropology gain knowledge about the different ways that humans have lived, both past and present, and they develop their abilities in applying this knowledge to contemporary issues. The anthropology major helps students develop skills in conducting research, analyzing data in a logical and consistent way, and communicating clearly and effectively. The skills and knowledge gained by students provide a solid foundation for many careers. Students majoring in anthropology complete a core curriculum that provides an overview to the discipline, as well as courses in cultural anthropology, archaeology, and physical anthropology. Departmental resources include archaeology, physical anthropology, and ethnographic laboratories. Anthropologists are employed in a great variety of public and private sector jobs. The Anthropology program provides appropriate preparation for professions such as law, medicine, business, social work, and health care, as well as the increasing number of jobs that require working in a culturally diverse environment. Anthropology is also an important component in a liberal arts education since it broadens our view of what it means to be human. The anthropology minor is flexible and it complements almost any major. Interested students are encouraged to pursue their minor in Native American studies.

The anthropology faculty are scholars who bring their research into the classroom in ways that engage students and enhance learning. There are many opportunities for students to become involved in research and service projects that further develop skills and the ability to apply anthropological knowledge. The department is committed to providing timely and helpful academic advising, as well as an intellectual environment that supports learning. Interested students are encouraged to call the department for additional information, including the availability of advisors who can answer your questions.