About the Program

Understanding self and humanity


The study of Anthropology promotes an understanding of self and of all humanity by exploring human nature from its beginnings to the present. In today's world -- where every society is dependent upon other societies -- ignorance of the goals, values, and customs of other peoples can lead to discrimination and racism in the community or to war and oppression between nations. Anthropologists, through study and analysis, try to reduce these social tensions.

The BA and MA programs in Anthropology have been developed to provide the student a broad perspective of biological and cultural origins, evolution, and variation. This is achieved by offering coursework in the areas of human biology and evolution, archaeology, linguistics, folklore, and contemporary peoples in Western and Non-Western cultures.

The BA and MA programs are of value to students seeking a liberal education as well as those who plan professional careers in anthropology, archaeology, museology, or the social services. Electives recommended for Anthropology majors are those courses consistent with the philosophy of a liberal arts education. For students planning to obtain a master's degree, the Department recommends upper-division courses in fields related to the student's anthropological interests, such as biology, eco nomics, geography, geology, history, psychology, sociology, and modern language.

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.