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: