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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.