Anthropology is the study of humankind everywhere, throughout time. Anthropology involves the study of people, their origins, biological variations and characteristics, their languages and cultural patterns, their social structures and institutions, and their adaptation to their environment. Anthropologists strive to create useful generalizations about people and their behavior in hopes of bringing about the fullest possible understanding of human diversity.
Anthropology is unique among the social sciences because of its comprehensive scope, unique methods, and particular focus on people from non-Western societies. Due to its wide range of subject matter, anthropologists specialize in one of four major subfields: Sociocultural Anthropology, Archaeology, Biological Anthropology and Anthropological Linguistics.
Anthropology at Northridge
Our faculty brings into the classroom a diverse and extraordinary amount of professional knowledge. Their collective fieldwork experience spans the world and among the locations where students and faculty are currently conducting or participating in field programs are the Channel Islands, Baja California, Mexico, Guatemala, Spain and Iceland. Students majoring in Anthropology at Northridge receive experience in qualitative research methods including the use of computers in anthropological research, a thorough grounding in anthropological history and theory, and the opportunity to take a variety of electives and seminars.
News and Events
NEW: Part-Time Faculty Position Opening (.pdf)
AnthroExpo 2013 (April 17, 2013, Whitsett Room - Sierra Hall, 9:30 am to 6:00 pm)
CSUN Anthropology graduate student finds rare coin (February 2012)