Anthropology is the study of humans and what they think and do. Anthropology embraces
a holistic perspective—the big picture—when examining human phenomena, seeking to
understand human ideas and behavior as they are influenced by biological, ecological,
economic, social, political, cultural and religious factors and realities.
The anthropology major at California State University San Marcos is an applied,collaborative, and interdisciplinary course of study that engages students directly with the interests and efforts of local communities. The anthropology major takes into primary consideration the special role of Cal State San Marcos in the north San Diego county region and the opportunities for community-based research and fieldwork. CSUSM anthropology students gain hands-on field research experience through participation in long-term and on-going research among some of San Diego County’s diverse communities.