What will I learn?

Anthropology is the study of humans and what they think and do. Anthropology embraces a holistic perspective—the big picture—when examining human phenomena, seeking to understand human ideas and behavior as they are influenced by biological, ecological, economic, social, political, cultural, and religious factors and realities.

The Anthropology major has two areas of concentration—Medical Anthropology and Indigenous Anthropology—that interrelate and complement each other as well as articulate with regional community interests. After a core curriculum of anthropological and archeological concepts and methods, anthropology students work collaboratively with local communities and agencies, including farm workers, local Native American Bands, migrants and immigrants, local health service providers, state and county Departments of Health, indigenous Mexicans and Oaxaqueños, historical and archeological foundations, and other communities. Through an engaged and innovative curriculum that responds to state and regional needs, the anthropology program trains students in qualitative and quantitative research methods that include ethnography, participant observation, ethnographic film, social documentation, ethno medicine, ethno botany, survey, and applied archaeology.

Program Objectives

  • Provide applied learning experiences for students through collaborative, community-based field research using medical, cultural, visual, and environmental anthropological methods.
  • Engender holistic understanding of the complex social, economic, cultural, political, and environmental influences on the human experience.
  • Contribute to raising awareness of issues surrounding indigenous and transnational communities in the region and cultural awareness in general.
  • Engage in collaborative, community-based approaches to medical, cultural, and environmental issues.

Opportunities for Concentrated Study

Each student majoring in anthropology must also choose a concentration area in which to pursue more focused instruction around a key subfield of the discipline. While gaining a depth of understanding in a particular content area, students also further develop the key skills and knowledge encompassed by our general learning objectives. We currently offer five areas of concentrated study:


Biological Anthropology

Indigenous Anthropology

Medical Anthropology

Sociocultural Anthropology

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Anthropology major will be uniquely positioned to acquire professional employment in the areas of social services, health services, education, and public service because they will have been engaged in research projects involving these areas and collaborating with local agencies focused on the delivery of these services. Additionally, graduates who desire to continue post-baccalaureate study in anthropology will benefit from CSUSM’s established and cooperative links with anthropology graduate programs of regional institutions, including UC Riverside, UC San Diego, UC Irvine, and San Diego State University.

Which department am I in?

College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences (CHABSS)

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$15,246.00 per year
Local Fees: USD $1,970
Application deadline

1 May 2022

Start date

24 January 2022, 29 August 2022, 23 January 2023


College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences (CHABSS)

California State University San Marcos,

333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road,



92096, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students are or will be a high school/secondary school graduate or equivalent, Equivalent of a "B" (3.0) grade point average.

For international students

Are or will be a high school/secondary school graduate or equivalent

Equivalent of a "C+" (2.5) grade point average

Satisfy English Language Proficiency Admission Requirement for admission purposes with ONE of the following:

TOEFL score of 61 iBT with writing score no lower than 19 and no section score below 14

IELTS overall band score of 5.5, writing score no lower than 5.5 and no section score below 5.0

Cambridge English B2 First (FCE), C1 Advanced (CAE), C2 Proficiency (CPE) minimum score of 168. (160 and above eligible for pathway program)

Duolingo score of 95

iTEP score of 3.6

Pearson's Test of English (PTE) score of 50

Global Test of English Communication (GTEC) 1125

Attended a high school where English was the principal language of instruction for 3 years (confirm with our International Admissions Office to see if your school is eligible)

Conditional admission is available through our language program if you do not have a passing IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge English score. The minimum GPA required for conditional admission is 2.0.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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