2020-2021 Academic Catalog

B.A. in Anthropology: Forensic Concentration

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Program Description

The Forensic concentration of the Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology degree prepares students to employ archaeological search and recovery techniques as well as laboratory (skeletal analysis) skills. Students have opportunities for hands-on research, working with artifacts and skeletons. 

Delivery Mode

Traditional (on campus)

Curriculum

The following eight-semester schedule of courses provides a recommended framework for completing this program of study in four years. 


Course Credits
Freshman Year  
First Semester 16
ANT 100  Introduction to Anthropology 3
ANT 254  Introduction to Forensic Anthropology 3
ENG 101  English Composition I 3
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar 1
Free Elective 3
General Education  OR  Minor Courses 3
   
Second Semester 15
ANT 290  Archaeology 3
Free Electives 6
General Education  OR  Minor Courses 6
   
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 15
ANT 245  Human Osteology 3
MAT 215  Statistics  OR  PSY 220  Descriptive Statistics 3
Free Elective
3
General Education  OR  Minor Courses
6
   
Fourth Semester 15
ANT 340  Research Lab in Physical Anthropology 3
Free Electives 6
General Education  OR  Minor Course 6
   
Junior Year  
Fifth Semester 15
ANT 370  Forensic Archaeology
3
ANT 421  Anthropological Thought
3
Free Elective
3
General Education  OR  Minor Courses 6
   
Sixth Semester 15
ANT 446  Advanced Forensic Anthropology 3
Related Elective* 3
Free Electives
6
General Education  OR  Minor Course
3
   
Senior Year  
Seventh Semester 15
ANT 499  Senior Seminar in Anthropology 3
Free Electives 9
General Education  OR  Minor Course 3
   
Eighth Semester 15
ANT 497 Seminar in Physical Anthropology 3
Free Electives 9
General Education or Minor Course 3
Total 120

* Related Electives

  • ANT 101  Archaeology Field School (extra)
  • ANT 200  Old World Prehistory
  • ANT 220  Aztecs, Mayas and Incas
  • ANT 231  Medical Anthropology
  • ANT 255  World Ethnology
  • ANT 280  Indians of North America
  • ANT 300  Cultural Views of Women
  • ANT 345  Cultural Politics of Food and Eating
  • ANT 379  Special Problems in Anthropology
  • ANT 385  Primate Social Behavior
  • ANT 390  Human Origins
  • ANT/BIO 232  Biological Anthropology
  • ANT (3 credits)

Note: ANT 101 Archaeology Field School (extra) is required of all anthropology majors and is typically offered every other summer.

Program Webpage

https://www.calu.edu/academics/undergraduate/bachelors/forensic-anthropology/