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Certificate in Foundations of Anthropological Knowledge California State University Northridge




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Program Description

For those who lack sufficient foundational knowledge in anthropological method and theory, the CSUN Foundations of Anthropological Knowledge curriculum provides excellent preparation for entry into the master’s degree program in Anthropology. Students will complete coursework in general anthropological method and theory, as well as topical work in three of the core subfields of anthropology: archaeology, biological anthropology and sociocultural anthropology. Up to nine units of credit earned in this certificate program can be used to satisfy the degree requirements of the CSUN Master of Arts in Anthropology or the CSUN Master of Arts in Public Archaeology.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Analyze human experiences and the causes and consequences of cultural diversity across space and time from an anthropological perspective; Analyze the evolutionary process particularly as it relates to primate and specifically hominin evolution; Analyze biological and behavioral variation among human and nonhuman primates in context; Discuss and analyze the foundational concept of culture and core theories in anthropology and their applications to the field; Independently conceptualize, collect, describe, analyze, interpret and communicate anthropological evidence according to generally accepted professional practice and ethics; Examine how anthropology can be used to engage in contemporary issues and can be applied toward addressing social problems.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Certificate in Foundations of Anthropological Knowledge.

Full Time (15 credit hours)

Tuition fees

$8,472.00 (6,20,993) per year

Tuition and fees: USD $4,236 for seven or more units per semester plus USD $396 per unit




College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Sierra Hall, Room 401,

18111 Nordhoff Street,



91330, United States

Entry requirement for international students

B.A. in any field from an accredited college or university.

Students with a cumulative undergraduate GPA lower than 3.0 must score at or above the 50th percentile on two of the three portions of the aptitude test of the Graduate Record Exam.

IELTS Academic - International English Language Test System: 6.5

PTE Academic - Pearson’s Test of English: 58

TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language: Internet Based score: 79; Paper-based score: 550

iTEP Academic - International Test of English Proficiency: 4.0

DET – Duolingo English Test: 105

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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