Our mission is to articulate an anthropological perspective on human behavior that provides a comparative and holistic understanding. The curricular practice of the department is based on a commitment to explicate the local/global relationships that characterize the Bay Area in California; to adopt an explicitly comparative and holistic approach to human biology and behavior ; to support anthropological practice that is clearly connected to a range of contemporary issues; and to sustain involvement in the diverse communities of the Bay Area.

Program Learning Objectives

BA Anthropology

BA Behavioral Science

MA Anthropology

Annual Assessment Reports

Schedule (doc)

Spring 2013 - ANTH (doc)
Spring 2012 - ANTH (doc)
Spring 2011 - ANTH (doc) 
Spring 2011 - BehSci (doc) 
Spring 2011 - MA App ANTH (doc)
Spring 2010 BA (doc) 
Fall 2008 (doc) 
Fall 2007 (doc) 
Spring 2007 (doc)

Program Planning Documents

Anthropology Program Planning - Action Plan 2013 (doc)

Anthropology Program Planning - PPC Report to Provost 2013 (doc)

Anthropology Program Planning Report 2013 (pdf)

Anthropology Program Planning Report 2008 (pdf)



BA Anthropology Program Goals

To articulate an anthropological perspective on human behavior that provides a comparative and holistic understanding of human behavior.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Understanding culture as the distinguishing phenomenon of human life, and the relationship of human biology and evolution.
  2. Awareness of human diversity and the ways humans have categorized diversity.
  3. Knowledge of the significant findings of archaeology, cultural anthropology, and physical anthropology, and familiarity of the important issues in each sub-discipline.
  4. Knowledge of the history of anthropological thought and its place in modern intellectual history
  5. Comprehension of migration, colonialism, and economic integration as significant phenomenon shaping global society.
  6. Ability to access various forms of anthropological data and literature.
  7. Awareness of importance and value of anthropological knowledge in contemporary society, and the ability to apply it to social issues.
  8. Knowledge of the research methods of the sub-disciplines of anthropology, and the ability to apply appropriate research methods in at least one sub-discipline.
  9. Ability to present and communicate anthropological knowledge and the results of anthropological research to different audiences.
  10. Knowledge of political and ethical implications of social research


BA Behavioral Science


  1. Provide opportunities for students to synthesize the perspectives of the disciplines of anthropology, psychology, and sociology/ Operationalized Learning Objective: Ability to synthesize perspectives from the field of anthropology, psychology, and sociology
  2. Provide opportunities to apply the perspectives of the behavioral sciences to a variety of contemporary issues and professional settings/Operationalized Learning Objectives: Ability to apply perspectives from behavioral sciences to student's own career plans; Ability to apply perspectives from behavioral sciences to social problems


MA Applied Anthropology Program Goals


  1. Understand a range of anthropological research methods and be able to conduct research relevant to problem solving in various settings and for different clients/partners
  2. Know basic models of applying anthropology in different settings and have the skills to be able to function as practitioners of several
  3. Be knowledgeable about (1) the discipline of anthropology in general and how it contributes to understanding and improving contemporary society, and (2) a particular field of anthropology in greater depth
  4. Be able to function effectively in at least one content area or domain of application
  5. Understand personal, political and ethical issues inherent in research and application
  6. Develop professionally as practitioners with skills in contracting, project management, and budgeting, as well as the ability to communicate about project goals and findings and the discipline of anthropology to diverse audiences
  7. To be knowledgeable about the region as a social and cultural system with complex state national and global interconnections


This page last updated 10/16/13