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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 CSUSM Anthropology major aims to promote understanding of the diversity of human experiences and perspectives, guided by values of intellectual engagement, community, integrity, innovation, and inclusiveness. 

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The Anthropology Program at CSUSM offers students:

  • Experience collaborating with local communities on a whole range of applied research while also connecting them to global experiences.
  • Training and experience in qualitative and quantitative research methods including ethnography, participant observation, focus groups, surveys and sampling, interviewing, ethnobotany, and archaeological survey and documentation.
  • Knowledge, critical thinking, research, and communication skills necessary to explore, understand, and improve their social worlds.

Students with a Bachelor's in Anthropology go on to pursue careers in academia, business, government, non-profit agencies, non-governmental organizations and in community-based settings.