Belize Field Program

Students at the Belize Archaeology Field Program

Costa Rica Field School 2008

Dr. Glenn and students observing monkeys at La Selva, Costa Rica

Mona monkey skull

Mona monkey skull used in teaching and research

Skeletal specimen

Specimen from the skeletal collections at our labs

Spider monkeys

Spider monkeys at La Selva, Costa Rica

Study abroad in Tibet

Study abroad in Tibet

Alisha Gaskins

Former student Alisha Gaskins completing a facial reconstruction

San Nicolas

Melinda Salisbury and Laura Monterrosa measuring pit depth at San Nicolas

Aten Temple-Tell el Amarna

small Aten Temple-Tell el Amarna

West Africa Magnuson monkeys

Former Graduate student Lindsay Magnuson tracking monkeys in West Africa

Anthropology student

Anthropology student

Student Making Peanut Butter in Bolivia

Erin Wheelis making peanut butter, Bolivia Peace Corps

Dai Sun Xian Ceremony

Dai Suan xian ceremony

Anthropology Student dancing in field in

Anthropology students immersed in the Grenadian culture

Dai Dinner

Dai Dinner

Howling monkeys

Howling monkeys at La Selva, Costa Rica

Costa Rica Field School 2008

Students in San Jose, Costa Rica, at the end of the Costa Rica Primate Field Program

Costa Rica Field School 2008

Students at the Costa Rica Primate Field Program

Belize Field School

Dr. Cortes-Rincon and students at the Belize Archaeology Field Program

Costa Rica Field School 2008

Students observing monkeys at La Selva, Costa Rica

Wesley Korpela ('11 Anthropology)
Uncovering Clues to the Old Sailor's Bar Mystery

While earning his degree in Anthropology, student Wesley Korpela added a missing piece to an old Pirate's Legend. Read more about how Wesley worked with HSU's Cultural Resource Facility to unmask the identity of Captain William English. »

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We offer a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Minor in Anthropology, and a Master of Arts in Applied Anthropology.

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Anthropology is a holistic science dedicated to the study of human cultural and biological diversity and evolution. At Humboldt, students acquire a solid foundation in all four anthropological subfields:

Belize Field SchoolCultural anthropology examines cultural beliefs and practices, in terms of their cultural specificity and through cross-cultural comparison.

Linguistic anthropology focuses on relationships between language and culture.

Biological anthropology investigates human biological evolution and variation by exploring evolutionary theory, modern and fossil humans, and non-human primates.

Archaeology studies past and present cultures and cultural heritage preservation by documenting and analyzing material remains.

HSU anthropology students gain specialized knowledge and research skills in one or more subfields (and at least two world regions) through advanced coursework and hands-on laboratory and field experiences. This provides an ideal basis for successful employment in a wide range of careers internationally and domestically, as well as continuation in advanced degree programs. For example, students have the opportunity to:

Student in Field School ExperienceCritically engage ethnographic representations, design cultural studies, collect ethnographic data, learn about Native American Languages, delve into vital real-world cultural issues, and have the opportunity to make international experience an integral part of the degree through international exchange and independent study across the globe.

Student FlintnappingParticipate in archaeological surveys, excavations, and analysis, supported by local archaeological sites, our on-campus simulated site, partnerships with local museums and cultural heritage offices, the Archaeology Laboratory, the Cultural Resources Facility, and the Belize Archaeology Field Program.

Costa Rica Field School 2008Conduct research in comparative anatomy, mechanisms of evolution, evolutionary medicine, forensic anthropology, and non-human primate behavior and ecology at the Humboldt Center for Evolutionary Anthropology, the Poland Bioarchaeology Field Program and through the Costa Rica Primate Field Program.

These are some of the topics and world regions that our faculty and program highlight:

  • Anthropology of Development
  • Globalization
  • Art and Material Culture
  • Ethnography
  • Contemporary Anthropological Theory
  • Colonization and Post-colonial Reality
  • Diaspora Islam
  • Ritual and Religion
  • Ideology and Sociocultural Change
  • Cultural Ecology
  • Expressive Culture
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Native American Languages
  • Ancient political and socioeconomic organization
  • Ancient political boundaries
  • Subsistence patterns and resource utilization
  • Mesoamerican Archaeology
  • Maya archaeology
  • Lithic Technology
  • Archaeology of Warfare
  • Settlement Patterns
  • Contemporary Archaeology Theory
  • Cultural Resources Management
  • Archaeology of North America
  • Zooarchaeology
  • Primate Behavior and Ecology
  • Comparative Anatomy
  • Evolutionary Theory
  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Paleoanthropology
  • Evolutionary Medicine
  • Asia (China, Japan, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka)
  • Oceania (Australia and the Pacific)
  • North America
  • Latin America
  • The Caribbean
  • South Africa