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Department of Anthropology
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-6040

Location: Arts and Letters 448
Phone: (619) 594-5527
Fax: (619) 594-1150

Last Update: June 29, 2015



About Us

The goal of the Department of Anthropology at SDSU is to enable students to better understand human biological and cultural diversity; across space and time—past, present, and future.  Our department offers a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Arts in Anthropology. Graduate students may also opt for a specific focus in Applied Anthropology.  

The discipline of anthropology incorporates a diverse range of theoretical and methodological approaches that draw from the social and natural sciences, as well as from the humanities.  Our department fully embraces this diversity of traditions by supporting an integrated subdiscipline approach that requires students to gain knowledge and training in all four subfields—cultural anthropology, physical/biological anthropology, archaeology, and linguistic anthropology.  We also recognize applied anthropology as an important component of the holistic approach. As such, our students are trained in the application of anthropological principles and methodologies to address problems in the contemporary world. 

Our department has nine core faculty and a number of lecturers that cover the broad spectrum of anthropology. With a regional focus on the Pacific Rim, our anthropologists work locally here in San Diego and southern California, as well as internationally in Mexico (Baja California, Oaxaca, and Campeche), the Solomon Islands, and Indonesia. One of our program’s greatest strengths is that we provide numerous opportunities for students, at both the undergraduate and graduate level, to engage in research with faculty.  Our students can gain research experience through annual field schools as well as through collaboration with faculty on current projects. Come see how and why SDSU was recently named the top small research university in the United States! 

We encourage you to explore our site! Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Attention All Alumni!

We want to know what you've been doing with your anthropology degree to help with our assessment of the department's mission. We're especially interested in how you've put your Anthropology education to work for you. Please take a moment to fill out our survey.

Donation Possibilities

We hope that if you find your degree in anthropology from SDSU has been especially meaningful that you will periodically contribute to the department's foundation account. We need monetary contributions for much-needed endowments, scholarships and many other student enrichment programs. We appreciate your support and value your contributions. Donation Form (.pdf)