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

Students Working to Preserve History

Livia Arnold came to Humboldt State as a student with an interest in other cultures, but it wasn't until she volunteered with the Cultural Resources Facility that she discovered her passion for archaeology.

"It's really cool to be able to touch history," she says. "You can take an object that has little meaning by itself and figure out its cultural context and historical significance."

Unique Research Opportunities

Many of our students take advantage of Humboldt’s exchange programs, which enable students to travel the world and make hands-on, international experience an integral part of education. Students may receive units of Anthropology major credit for international study.

Labs & Facilities

Educational and research opportunities in anthropology are enhanced by the excellent facilities available at Humboldt, from the laboratories and classrooms in the newly constructed Behavioral and Social Sciences Building, to our simulated archaeological site. Students and collaborating scientists use these facilities for classes, hands-on training, and to conduct a wide range of innovative research. Our students have presented their findings at professional archaeological conferences, co-authored papers in peer-reviewed journals, completed honors theses, and won distinguished awards and scholarships.


Students in the Anthropology Teaching LabAnthropology Teaching Laboratory

The Anthropology Teaching Laboratory (BSS 310) is a dedicated space in the new Behavioral and Social Sciences building that provides an intimate setting for our advanced courses in all of the anthropological subdisciplines. The room is a technologically equipped "smart classroom", and features stunning ocean views.


Students in the Archaeology LabArchaeology Laboratory

In the archaeology research laboratory, students receive a wide range of training in materials, geospatial, and zooarchaeological analysis. Student can immerse themselves in on-going archaeological projects in southern California, the Northern Channel Islands, the Caribbean, and Humboldt County. Current topics include historical ecology and human impacts on marine and terrestrial ecosystems, zooarchaeological analysis of shell midden deposits, marine resource utilization, and historic archaeology in northern and southern California.


Behavioral & Social Sciences BuildingThe Behavioral and Social Sciences Building

The Behavioral and Social Sciences Building was constructed in 2007, and meets the LEED gold rating—the second highest of four ratings bestowed by the U.S. Green Building Council. Facilities include state of the art lecture halls, 'smart' media classrooms, and custom laboratories.


 Cultural Resources Facility

The cultural resources facility (CRF) provides anthropology students with opportunities for research and learning in cultural resources management and heritage preservation. Students work with professional archaeologists, architectural historians, and other specialists, while receiving training project inventory, site mapping, excavation, historical research, identification and management of cultural resources, and navigating federal, state, and local historic preservation laws and regulations. Read more about HSU's Cultural Resources Facility at Humboldt State NOW »


Biological Anthropology Research Center LogoBiological Anthropology Research Center

The Biological Anthropology Research Center is dedicated to providing quality training and research opportunities in biological anthropology for HSU students. At the lab, student research assistants learn methods and engage in research in evolutionary and applied anthropology by working both independently (as project leads and in groups) and with faculty and other researchers. Research in the lab is constantly evolving depending on the interests of researchers and students. Current topics include evolutionary processes such as genetic drift and speciation, bioacoustics and communication, primate conservation, comparative anatomy, taphonomy, and evolutionary medicine & nutrition. Staff at the Center also process forensic anthropology cases to assist local law enforcement agencies.