College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
- Chair: Cathy L. Costin
- Sierra Hall (SH) 232
- (818) 677-3331
- B.A. in Anthropology
- Minor in Anthropology
- M.A., Anthropology
- General Option
- Public Archeology Option
Anthropology involves the study of people, their origins, their biological variations and characteristics, their languages and cultural patterns, their social structures and institutions, and their adaptation to their environment. The Department offers a Major, a Minor, an Optional Major Program and a Master’s program with two options. The major is designed to contribute to a student’s liberal education and to prepare the student for graduate work, teaching or other professional pursuits. The minor is designed to complement a wide variety of other majors by exposing students to key issues in multiculturalism, human diversity and anthropological methodology. Anthropological methodology in turn complements methodologies in a wide range of fields: business, health, education and allied fields in the social sciences. The Optional Major Program is for students with highly focused interests and provides for maximum flexibility in the use of instructional resources.
The Department offers two Master of Arts Degree options, one in General Anthropology and one in Public Archaeology. The General Anthropology Option emphasizes broad training in three fields of anthropology (archaeology, biological anthropology and human evolution, and cultural anthropology) while offering students some flexibility in degree planning and requirements. The General Anthropology Option is particularly well suited for students who wish to enter a Ph.D. program in anthropology but may not have the preparation necessary to enter such a program directly; teach in the community colleges; or establish a career in a field that utilizes anthropological methods, theory and/or data. All students in the General Anthropology Option are required to take seminars in socio-cultural anthropology, archaeology, physical anthropology and anthropological theory. In addition, students take elective courses to fit with their area of specialization. Students complete their degrees either by passing a series of comprehensive exams or writing a thesis. Students who wish to teach anthropology at the community college level are encouraged, but not required, to choose the comprehensive exam alternative. Students who plan to enter a Ph.D. program in Anthropology are strongly encouraged to write the thesis. Students who plan other Anthropology-related careers (e.g., museum work, public folklore, etc) will decide between the examination and thesis alternatives in consultation with the Graduate Advisor. The Public Archaeology Master’s Option prepares students to work in the field of cultural resource management and to attend Ph.D. programs that place an emphasis on public archaeology and cultural heritage management. Public Archeology students are required to take seminars in Anthropological Theory, Archaeology and the Management of Archaeological Resources; Archaeological Laboratory Methods; and elective courses with an archaeological focus. Public Archaeology students complete a Practicum in the Management of Archaeological Resources and write a thesis.
The Department of Anthropology supports the concept of international education and encourages students to investigate opportunities for overseas study. Certain courses taken at CSU International Program Study Centers in foreign countries are equivalent to courses in the Department of Anthropology and may be used to fulfill some of the requirements for degree options offered by the Department and/or certain general education requirements. Students should consult the International Programs Bulletin available in the office of International and Exchange Programs, a departmental advisor or the campus International Programs Advisor for more information.
Anthropology, the study of humankind in all times and places, helps students to understand the origins of the world’s peoples and cultures, to live more effectively in our own communities and to prepare for tomorrow’s career challenges. The undergraduate and graduate degrees in anthropology prepare students for work in a wide range of fields, including law, social services, medicine, business, folklore, education, museums, and cultural and natural resources management. majors receive firm grounding in traditional sub-disciplines, including archaeology, physical anthropology and sociocultural anthropology, preparing students for advanced work in the field. The department’s Careers in Anthropology Mentoring Program helps students prepare for post-graduate careers.
All faculty post their office hours outside their offices and in the main office each semester. Undergraduate and Graduate Advisors are available to answer specific questions about the program during the semester and registration week. Advising is also available through the College of SBS SSC/EOP office and through the department’s Peer Advisor.