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  Feb 21, 2018
2017-2018 University Catalog

Anthropology, B.S. - Cultural Resource Management Subplan/Option: 180 units

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Offered by: College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences, Geography and Anthropology Department

Cultural Resource Management (CRM), an applied approach to anthropology, involves the identification, evaluation, and preservation of various kinds of cultural resources, as mandated by both Federal and State legislation and by scientific standards pertaining to the civil planning process. The main objective of the CRM Subplan is to produce professionals who are competent in the methods and techniques appropriate for filling positions in cultural resource management and related fields, and to provide the theoretical background required for designing research projects and collecting and analyzing resultant data.

The CRM Subplan provides its graduates with the training and experience necessary to (1) conduct analysis of sociocultural, ethnohistoric, and archaeological data to assist the public and private sectors in implementing environmental protection and historic preservation legislation; (2) assess the scientific importance of ethnohistoric and archaeological resources; (3) be familiar with existing cultural resource data-keeping facilities; and (4) be competent in appropriate anthropological techniques of field and laboratory analysis, as well as procedures employed in archival and museum collections preparation.

Training in anthropology provides a unique understanding of human beings and human issues that is highly appropriate for many different kinds of careers. Employment opportunities open to anthropologists are almost as diverse as the subject matter of the discipline itself. Recent graduates with bachelor's degrees in anthropology have taken positions in areas as varied as advertising, journalism, radio and television, public relations, purchasing, sales, travel and tourism, government service, business management, personnel service, police work, military intelligence, science writing, community and international development, and marketing. With additional training beyond the bachelor's degree, anthropologists are qualified for and find employment in various health-assistance or legal-assistance occupations, primary or secondary teaching, and medical or dental technology.

Anthropologists who continue their education through graduate school, and receive a master's degree or doctorate in anthropology or a related field at another institution, qualify for professional careers in such areas as higher education, public administration, counseling, environmental health, public health, library science, museum science, city management, city planning, government service, business administration, international business, or social or environmental research. Some anthropology graduates move on to law school or medical or veterinary school, and pursue a career in one of these areas. Due to the broad-based training that a degree in anthropology provides, anthropology graduates typically find their degree to be an ideal launching platform for career opportunities in innumerable occupational areas.

Elective Support Courses: 16 units

Any four upper division ANT courses not otherwise used to satisfy degree requirement (16)

Unrestricted Electives: 42 units

Select a sufficient number of courses so that the total from “GE” and “Unrestricted Electives” is at least 110 units.


If ANT 320 , ANT 350 , ANT 360 , ANT 379 ANT 405  or ANT 491  are used as an Elective Support course and to satisfy General Education, then the number of Unrestricted Elective units may change.

General Education Requirements: 68 units

Students should consult the Academic Programs website for current information regarding this requirement. Unless specific courses are stated under Support Courses, please refer to the list of approved courses under General Education Requirements, Areas A through E.

  Course Term Taken Grade
Area A. Communication and Critical Thinking (12 units)
1. Oral Communication      
2. Written Communication      
3. Critical Thinking      
Area B. Mathematics and Natural Sciences (16 units)
1. Physical Science      
2. Biological Science      
3. Laboratory Activity      
4. Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning      
5. Science and Technology Synthesis      
Area C. Humanities (16 units)
1. Visual and Performing Arts      
2. Philosophy and Civilization      
3. Literature and Foreign Languages      
4. Humanities Synthesis      
Area D. Social Sciences (20 units)
1. U.S. History, Constitution, and American Ideals
    a. United States History
    b. Introduction to American Government
2. History, Economics, and Political Science      
3. Sociology, Anthropology, Ethnic and Gender Studies      
4. Social Science Synthesis      
Area E. Lifelong Understanding and Self-development (4 units)      

For an alternative and interdisciplinary way to complete some of their GE requirements, students may choose the Interdisciplinary General Education program, see below. 

Interdisciplinary General Education: 32 units

An alternate pattern for partial fulfillment of GE Areas A, C, D, and E available for students is the Interdisciplinary General Education (IGE) program.  Students should see an advisor for specific GE coursework required by their major.  Students must be exempt from or score at least 147 on the EPT to qualify for IGE.  Please refer to the University Catalog General Education Program section for additional information.

How IGE fulfills General Education Requirements:

Year Completion of IGE Courses Satisfies GE Requirements
Freshman IGE 120 , IGE 121 , IGE 122   A2 as well as any 2 courses from C1-C3
Sophomore IGE 220 , IGE 221 , IGE 222   D1 (8 units) and D3
Junior IGE 223 , IGE 224   D2 and Area E

American Institutions: 8 units

Courses that satisfy this requirement may also satisfy GE Area D1.

American Cultural Perspectives Requirement: 4 units

Refer to the University Catalog General Education Program section for a list of courses that satisfy this requirement.  Course may also satisfy major, minor, GE, or unrestricted elective requirements.

Graduation Writing Test

All persons who receive undergraduate degrees from Cal Poly Pomona must pass the Graduation Writing Test (GWT).  The test must be taken by the quarter following completion of 120 units for undergraduates.

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