What will I learn?

Program Description

For those who lack sufficient foundational knowledge in archaeological method and theory, the CSUN Foundations of Archaeological Knowledge curriculum provides excellent preparation for entry into the master’s degree program in Archaeology or Anthropology. Students will complete coursework in the method and theory used by anthropological archaeologists, as well as topical work in the archaeology of North America generally or California specifically. Up to 9 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.

Which department am I in?

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Study options

Full Time (15 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$8,472.00 per year
Tuition and fees: USD $4,236 for seven or more units per semester plus USD $396 per unit

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

24 August 2022


College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Sierra Hall, Room 401,

18111 Nordhoff Street,



91330, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have completed a post-secondary degree equal to a U.S. bachelor's degree.

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

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


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