The Behavioral Science/Anthropology Double Major

This is a major for students who are interested in careers in research, scientific or creative writing, community service, government, international business and administration, transportation, public relations, law, education, library or museum work, journalism, working with immigrants, or health care. Students may focus their studies on anthropology to pursue a behavioral science / anthropology double major. The Behavioral Science Program is designed for students who wish to develop an interdisciplinary perspective on human behavior. This major allows students to integrate courses from anthropology, psychology, and sociology to better understand human behavior. Three departments cooperatively offer the Behavioral Science ProgramÑAnthropology, Psychology and SociologyÑalthough the Department of Anthropology administers and provides the advising for all four of behavioral science majors.

Skills Developed in this Degree

The behavioral science/anthropology double major provides students with a flexible and broad foundational knowledge of human behavior. In addition to the breadth of knowledge provided by the behavioral science major, the Anthropology major will assist the students in learning a variety of basic skills for collecting and analyzing data, communicating it in different ways, and applying it to real world situations. Students are provided opportunities to work on a research team and to make technology work for them. The ability to find out information, think critically about it, and to communicate that information through writing and speaking are the necessary skills for many careers in today's culturally diverse world.


Be sure to consult a departmental advisor to clarify your graduation requirements. This page is not an official university document and is provided for your convenience only.


Research Methods                                   

Behavioral Science Majors must take one of the five research methods classes offered for this major by the Department of Anthropology. (3 units).

Note: Whichever research methods class you select will fulfill one of the four courses required for that discipline area.


Anth149 | Anth155 | Anth168A | Anth168B | Anth169


Behavioral Science/Anthropology Majors must take a statistics class in support of the major (3 units).

Stat095 | Soci015 | Soci102


Behavioral Science/Anthropology Double Majors are required to take a sequenced set of four Core anthropology courses (12 units), in addition to the research methods course above. These classes are integral to the students' understanding of anthropology. Anth011 (Cultural Anthropology), and Anth012 or Anth013, Introduction to Human Evolution or Archaeology, lay the foundation for all other anthropology courses. Anth131, Theories of Culture, provides a theoretical framework will be complemented by the research methods course taken in this emphasis. And Anth191, Frontiers of Anthropology, is the capstone course that allows students to integrate their anthropological understanding and prepares them for a career or further graduate work. And Anth 193 (1 unit). In addition to these foundational courses an additional five upper division anthropology courses (15 units) complete the total of 3 units required for anthropology.

Note: A three unit maximum of Individual Studies, Anth180, may be applied to this requirement.
* See: Note in Research Methods above.

Anth011 | Anth102 to Anth 198

(Anth180, Anth184, Anth187, and Anth195 are special courses and may only be taken as appropriate and with the approval of your advisor.)


Behavioral Science Majors are required to take Psyc001(3 units), one or two upper division psychology courses (3-6 units*), and an additional upper or lower division psychology course (3 units) for a total of 12 units in psychology.

Note: A maximum of two lower division courses (6 units) may be taken to fulfill the psychology requirements.
* See: Note in Research Methods above.

Psyc001 | Psyc030-196H


Behavioral Science Majors are required to take Soci001, Soci101(6 units) and an additional one or two upper division sociology courses (3-6 units*) for a total of 12 units in sociology.

*See: Note in Research Methods above

Soci001 | Soci101 | Soci 102-Soci199H

Soci001 is a prerequisite for most sociology courses.


Behavioral Science Majors are required select an emphasis for their major by taking two additional upper division courses offered by the Departments of Anthropology, Psychology, or Sociology (6 units).

Both courses must be from the same discipline.

Anth102 to Anth 198 | Psyc030 to Psyc 199H | Soci102 to Soci199H


In addition to the 58 units for the major listed here, you must also complete 36 general education units, 2 physical education units and 37 more elective units (120 total units) to complete the requirements for a BA degree.

Note: Of the 51 general education units required by the university 15 may be satisfied by specific major and support requirements. Double counting of transfer units may also change the number of elective units needed.A maximum of 6 units of advanced GE can be taken within the major. Consult your major advisor for details.


Area Z of the General Education requirements is a Writing course (e.g. Anth100W). Interdepartmental Behavioral Science Majors may select the course which is most convenient to their schedule.

Anth100W | Psyc100W | Soci100W