Anthropology

  • Anthropology Students in Field Study

    Department of Anthropology

  • Department of Anthropology

    Department of Anthropology

  • Department of Anthropology

    Department of Anthropology

  • Department of Anthropology

    Department of Anthropology

  • Department of Anthropology

    Department of Anthropology

  • Department of Anthropologhy

    Department of Anthropology

  • Department of Anthropology

    Department of Anthropology

  • Department of Anthropology

    Department of Anthropology

Anthropology

Welcome to the CSUN Department of Anthropology!

Anthropology is the academic study of the bases and forms of human diversity, and the innovative ways humans have sought to meet their needs over time. Anthropology is also a practice that is used to generate solutions to contemporary human problems, such as access to decent work, shelter, healthcare, and the right to enjoy one’s cultural heritage.  Academic and applied studies of Anthropology promote respect for cultural difference and human dignity.  

Our faculty and students are recognized leaders whose research and community engagement comprise a long list of significant accomplishments and accolades. They engage in field experiences together and that collectively span the world including projects in the Channel Islands, Southern California, New Mexico, Baja California, Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, Peru, Belgium, France, Scotland, Senegal, Botswana, the Philippines, Thailand, and Yap. They also contribute their expertise to many local community organizations, museums, schools, non-governmental organizations, and businesses in the San Fernando Valley and greater Los Angeles.

The Department offers the following array of programs:

Major in Anthropology

Minor in Anthropology

Minor in Applied Anthropology

Certificate in the Foundations of Anthropological Knowledge

Certificate in the Foundations of Archaeological Knowledge

M.A. in Anthropology

M.A. in Public Archaeology

Featured Events

Wakanda Forever: Reflecting on the Real and Imagined Africa

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:30pm

Panther sculpture from fictional African country Wakanda in the film Black Panther

Please join us for the 8th Annual African Studies Symposium. The theme this year, Wakanda Forever: Reflecting on the Real and Imagined Africa, explores the various ways we access Africa, not only through film and media, but also through through commodities, labor, the arts, tourism, and personal relationships and family histories. With Keynote Speaker: Mary Adekoya from the University of Chicago, Cinema & Media Studies Department. For the complete program and to register for this event, please Read more

Keith Morton Memorial Lecture

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:45pm

Jonathan Marks, Ph.D

"Who Are You?:  Thoughts on the Evolution of Identity" by Jonathan Marks, Ph.D. In this lecture, Dr. Marks explores the emergence of a concept of self from the evidence of primatology, paleoanthropology, and ethnology. For more information, please Read more