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2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Anthropology, BA (SJSU Online) (Spring 2023)

Fully Online Degree Completion Program

The mission of SJSU Online is to expand higher education access and degree attainment for learners requiring a fully online degree pathway. This upper division degree completion program is offered through a special session that requires a separate application process. 

The Department of Anthropology  provides students with an integrated anthropological experience through coursework in archeology, cultural anthropology, and physical anthropology. This broad training prepares our students for a wide range of careers in diverse fields including project management, health care, education, immigrant services, heritage management, museum curation, business and industry, and much more. Anthropology majors learn many useful skills including cultural competency, critical thinking, research design, and professional writing-skills that are increasing in demand in private, public, and non-profit organizations. 

Program Delivery

The program is delivered completely online. Classes will be delivered fully online both asynchronously (no designated days/times) and synchronously (designated days/times).

Summary of Degree Units  
Transfer Units   60
University Graduation Requirements   12
Major Requirements   33
University Electives   15
Total 120

Program Roadmaps

The 2-Year Roadmaps are available online. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example, course grade minimums).

Transfer Units (60 units)

  • All applicants are required to have completed at least 60 transferable semester or 90 quarter units with an overall grade point average of 2.0 or better.

  • ​Applicants must also have completed the Core Lower Division General Education Requirements (39 units). 

  • All four CSU-approved Basics Skills courses must be completed with a C- or better:
    (A1) Oral Communication/Speech
    (A2) Written English Composition
    (A3) Critical Thinking/Logic
    (B4) Math/Quantitative Reasoning (above the level of intermediate algebra)

  • GE Area F - Ethnic Studies must be completed with a C- or better to meet the requirement at San Jose State University.

  • Completion of at least 12 units of the following courses (or equivalents):

ANTH 11 - Cultural Anthropology  3 unit(s) (D)
ANTH 12 - Introduction to Human Evolution  3 unit(s) (B2)
ANTH 13 - Archaeology  (A3)
​Statistics (STAT 95 , SOCI/SOCS 15 , SOCI 102 , UNVS 15 , or equivalent) (B4)

University Requirements

Students must satisfy all of the major and Undergraduate University Graduation Requirements , which includes unit, GPA, and residency requirements as well as the below identified General Education Requirements , American Institutions, Graduation Writing Assessment and Physical Education requirements. Courses that meet Undergraduate University Graduation Requirements are noted with an area designation (see Course Abbreviations ).

Core Lower Division General Education

The Core Lower Division General Education Requirements  (39 units) must be completed before transferring from a community college or any university.

Upper Division General Education (9 units)

Of the 9 units required by the university, 0 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult your major advisor before selecting courses to satisfy the Upper Division General Education Requirements .

American Institutions

Recommend completion before transferring from a community college or any university. The American Institutions (AI) Requirement (US123)  is normally satisfied with the completion of General Education Area D. Consult your major advisor to confirm you have satisfied the requirement.

Physical Education

The Physical Education Requirement  (2 units) is recommended to be completed before transferring from a community college or any university. All SJSU undergraduate students, regardless of major, have an opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills in physical activities. To accommodate students’ needs and interests, the university offers a diverse selection of activity courses

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (3 units)

At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a Writing in the Disciplines (100W) course. Exceptions to the GWAR may be found in the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR)  section. A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirements.

Major Requirements (33 units)

Anthropology Electives (6 units)

All current upper-division anthropology courses, except SJSU Studies Area R, S, or V courses.

University Electives (15 units)

Total Units Required (120 units)