Our Mission, and Vision

The mission of the Department of Anthropology at California State University, Chico, is to provide a holistic foundation to the study of anthropology through the four major subfields that include cultural anthropology, archaeology, biological anthropology, and linguistics, and a fifth area, museum studies.

This is achieved through a rigorous but balanced curriculum that encompasses the current theoretical perspectives and methodologies of the discipline. We emphasize good communication skills, critical thinking, and reflection, and integrate these into ethical and moral deliberations about what it means to be human.

The department is committed to the highest standards of teaching, research, and mentoring for both undergraduate and graduate students. We believe that faculty research should be integrated into our teaching so that we can engage our students to fully appreciate the richness and diversity of the discipline of anthropology and at the same time enrich the student educational experience at CSU, Chico. We offer a variety of educational opportunities that include academic study as well as practical hands-on learning activities through a variety of educational programs, field projects, and internships.

Ultimately, our collective goal is to share and disseminate information and knowledge about the complexities of the human condition, both past and present.

Seven goals of the Department of Anthropology at CSU, Chico

  1. An understanding of the phenomenon of culture as that which differentiates human life from other life forms; an understanding of the roles of human biology and cultural processes in human behavior and human evolution.
  2. A positive appreciation of the diversity of contemporary and past human cultures and an awareness of the value of anthropological perspectives and knowledge in contemporary society.
  3. A knowledge of the substantive data pertinent to the several sub disciplines of anthropology and familiarity with major issues relevant to each.
  4. Familiarity with the forms of anthropological literature and basic data sources and knowledge of how to access such information.
  5. Knowledge of the methodology appropriate to the sub-disciplines of anthropology and the capacity to apply appropriate methods when conducting anthropological research.
  6. The ability to present and communicate in anthropologically appropriate ways anthropological knowledge and the results of anthropological research.
  7. Knowledge of the history of anthropological thought.