Anthropology Current Course Offerings

Please note that courses are tentative and subject to change. Please check back frequently for updates and check the schedule of classes. 

Course Pre-Authorization or Late Add: 

  • Students with lower division standing who would like to take an upper division course or those who don't meet a course pre-requisite, please submit a pre-authorization request here.
Quarterly Deadlines
  • Week 2 - Deadline for students to add classes
  • Week 4 - Deadline to drop a class without a W grade, change grading options or units
  • Week 9 - Deadline to drop without F grade 
For a list of Anthropology course descriptions, please see the general catalog.

Special Topics Descriptions

Spring 2018 Special Topics Descriptions

ANSC 100. Special Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology

"Gender and Incarceration"

Instructor: Joseph Hankins

Description: This course investigates the ways in which gender, as a racialized discipline, overlaps with criminalization and incarceration. We develop a broad analysis of the prison industrial complex as a site where certain types of gendered and racialized bodies are incapacitated, neglected, or made to die.

ANSC 100. Special Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology

"Fishing for Meaning: Combining Sociocultural, Historical, and Ecological Approaches for the Study of San Diego Bay"

Instructor: David Pedersen

Description: Course usually taught by visiting faculty in sociocultural anthropology. Course will vary in title and content. When offered, the current description and title is found in the current Schedule of Classes and the anthropology department website. (Can be taken a total of four times as topics vary.) Prerequisites: upper-division standing or consent of instructor.

Freshman Seminar Descriptions

Winter 2018 Freshman Seminar Descriptions

ANTH 87. Freshman Seminar

"The Aztecs"

Instructor: David Jordan

Description: This seminar will explore the origins and evolution of pre-Columbian Aztec society and culture. Sources are a mix of archaeological, early colonial writings and some ethnographic material.

ANTH 87. Freshman Seminar


Instructor: David Jordan

Description: This seminar will examine the history of Taiwan and the evolution of popular culture in Taiwan in recent decades. Sources will largely be ethnographic descriptions and analyses of Taiwan life.

ANTH 87. Freshman Seminar

"Discover Anthropology"

Instructor: Katerina Semendeferi

Description: The seminar introduces students to the various disciplines within anthropology, library and laboratory resources, faculty research and mentoring opportunities in the department.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Courses

Anthropology DEI Courses

ANTH 21. Race and Racisms

ANTH 23. Debating Multiculturalism: Race, Ethnicity, and Class in American Societies

ANTH 43. Introduction to Biology and Culture of Race

ANBI 131. Biology and Culture of Race

ANSC 113. Language, Style, and Youth Identities

ANSC 122. Language and Society

ANSC 131. Language, Law, and Social Justice

ANSC 145. Indigenous Peoples of North America

ANSC 162. Language, Identity and Community

Find a full list of DEI approved courses here.

Previous Course Offerings