s Department of Anthropology • Humboldt State University
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

Once you’ve developed your fundamental skills, you’ll have the opportunity to focus on the subjects that interest you most by specializing in one of the following five areas:

Archaeological Anthropology: Uncovering and interpreting humanity’s history and evolution by unearthing and analyzing cultural remains.

Cultural Anthropology: Investigating ways humans organize themselves, what constitutes meaning and value, and how material and intellectual resources are allocated.

Linguistic Anthropology: Examining the history, evolution, and internal structure of human languages, and considering the relationship between language and culture.

Biological Anthropology: Tracing the biological origins, evolution and genetic variation of humankind; studying the fossil record and current-day remains of humans (forensic anthropology); and surveying the diversity and adaptations of non-human primates (primatology).

Applied Anthropology: Incorporating skills from anthropological disciplines to solve practical problems in fields such as development, healthcare, medical anthropology, education, business and advertising.


A Comprehensive Skill Base

Belize Field SchoolOur program will teach you to critically examine human cultural and biological diversity and evolution (please see Academics). In the process, you'll gain valuable experience conducting research, applying scientific methods to your observations, and communicating your conclusions through compelling written and oral presentations. In addition to gaining a broad understanding of human biology, nature and society, you will gain expertise in specific topics and world regions that most interest you.

A Better Learning Experience

Student digging on the Lost CoastAt Humboldt State, we offer the full range of Anthropological studies (something you’d expect to find at a large university) while still providing the small class size and personal attention so often lacking at larger programs.

Our intimate classes average just 24 students, yet our faculty expertise covers every corner of the discipline from biological and archaeology, to cultural anthropology archaeology and linguistics.

Anthropology Club

 The HSU Anthropology Club is designed to promote a greater understanding of the academic discipline among undergraduates and enable them to explore their interests within the field. We are a fun and friendly group that holds meetings and plans events throughout the year that are related to the various aspects of anthropology (physical, cultural, linguistics, and archaeology).

Unlimited Career Potential

A full understanding of human biology and diversity and experience working with people from different backgrounds are important assets in our increasingly diverse world. In that respect, very few disciplines can prepare you for success like Anthropology. A degree in Anthropology also provides you with strong research and presentation skills—both of which have consistently helped our graduates excel in a wide range of careers.

Student studying Worker Honey Bee Development
  • Archaeologists
  • Educators
  • Museum Curators
  • Advertising Executives
  • Film Makers
  • Forensic Anthropologists
  • Field Primatologists
  • Healthcare Researchers
  • Conservationists
  • Software and Website Designers
  • Environmental Analysts
  • Cultural Resources Managers
  • Medical professionals
  • Legal processionals
  • Graduate Students

For more information on jobs and internships visit the HSU Career Center.