CSUSB Recognized for Top, Affordable Anthropology Program

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– Great Value Colleges ranked Cal State San Bernardino No. 13 in its list of the Top 35 Most Affordable Bachelor’s Degrees in Anthropology for 2020.

“Our comprehensive anthropology program offers courses within each of the four fields of anthropology, providing our students with the knowledge they seek and the skills they need for a successful future,” said Rafik Mohamed, dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, where the Department of Anthropology is housed. “We are very proud to be recognized as a top affordable program.”

According to Great Value Colleges’ announcement made by email, CSUSB “was selected not only for the program’s affordability but also for the institution’s overall outstanding reputation, its faculty’s excellence, and the unerring commitment to providing students a high-quality education and in doing so, giving them all the tools that they need to achieve their future career goals.”

To develop the ranking, Great Value Colleges editors began with an initial pool of 69 schools and universities offering an on-campus bachelor’s degree in anthropology, and then applied a return-on-investment filter, eliminating those schools with rankings over 500 according to Payscale.com. They also removed any school with tuition costs of more than $20,000 per year.

They then applied a rating and ranking methodology that focused on tuition, student-to-faculty ratio, return on investment according to Payscale.com, student support network, concentrations/specializations, accreditations, campus diversity support network, and the overall “wow” factor. In the case of a tie, the more affordable school received the higher ranking.

California State Universities dominated the list of 35 schools, with 13 of the 23 CSUs making the list: Cal State East Bay at No. 24, CSU Bakersfield at No. 22, Cal State San Marcos at No. 19, Cal State Fullerton at No. 17, CSU Dominguez Hills at No. 16, Cal State Los Angeles at No. 15, Stanislaus State at No. 12, CSU Sacramento at No. 9, Cal State Fresno at No. 8, Chico State at No. 7, Cal Poly Pomona at No. 5, Cal State Long Beach at No. 4, and Cal State Northridge at No. 3.

CSUSB’s anthropology undergraduate degree program requires 180 credit hours of coursework with required core courses in Anthropological Theory, Introduction to Anthropology: Human Evolution, and Biological Anthropology Laboratory. Students also take various upper-level courses as well as an integrated capstone seminar at the culmination of the program. Additional opportunities for students include independent studies, internships and an honors track. WASC Senior College and University Commission has accredited CSUSB to award the undergraduate degree in anthropology.

To learn more about CSUSB’s anthropology program, visit the Department of Anthropology website.

To view the complete list of the Top 35 Most Affordable Bachelor’s Degree Programs in Anthropology, visit the Great Value Colleges website.

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