How to Declare the Major

To declare Anthropology as your major, or add it as a second major, make an appointment to meet with the Anthropology Undergraduate Academic Advisor, Roberto Leni ( During the meeting, the Academic Advisor will:

  • Give you an overview of the field of Anthropology;
  • Go over requirements for one or all the majors offered by the USC Anthropology Department;
  • Develop a course plan for your entire stay at USC;
  • Examine study abroad and research opportunities;
  • Speak with you about your plans after graduation.


Learning Objectives of Anthropology Undergraduate Program

In an increasingly interconnected world, understanding the cultures of others is of paramount importance. Anthropology is the core academic discipline to teach students about culture and behavior in a global context. USC Anthropology is fortunate to reside in perhaps the most internationally diverse university in the USA and within one of the most diverse, cosmopolitan cities of the world. The learning objectives of an Anthropology major at USC include:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the major concepts, questions and theoretical approaches in the traditional four subfields of anthropology: Biosocial, Cultural, Archeology and Linguistics.
  • Apply anthropological concepts to the description and analysis of behaviors, performances, artifacts, images and texts.
  • Perform ethnographic research [aka do field work] in at least one of the subfields of Anthropology. Our program emphasizes the use of methodologies of visualization in ethnographic, archeological and biosocial studies of microbehavior.
  • Acquire skills in critical thinking and expository writing based on logic, evidence and intercultural understanding.
  • Learn abilities necessary to successfully operate and negotiate across cultural differences. 
  • Department of Anthropology
  • University of Southern California
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  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-2537