The Department of Anthropology, awarded top honors as a High Quality Learning Environment, excels in providing student-centered learning opportunities at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Students have a wide range of possibilities for working closely with department faculty on research, service-learning, and civic engagement projects. Anthropology houses the Ethnography Lab, Human I.D. Lab, Archaeology Lab, Zooarchaeology Lab, Conservation Lab, and the Museum of Anthropology which also serves as a lab for students. Anthropology students, and students majoring in other disciplines, may choose from four certificate programs that offer hands-on training that can lead to future careers in applied cultural anthropology, cultural resource management, forensics, and museum studies. Internships in these fields annually place an average of 40 students in professional institutions, and government agencies locally, statewide, nationally, and internationally.

Anthropology service learning and internship partners include

Alaska State Museum
Arizona State Museum
Bay Area Discovery Museum
Butte County Area Agency on Aging
Butte County Health Department
Butte County Sheriff Department
Butte County Historical Society
California Academy of Sciences
California Department of Parks and Recreation
California Railroad Museum City of Chico Fire Department
Chico Museum
Department of Justice Criminalistics Laboratory
Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum
Gold Nugget Museum
Houston Museum of Natural Science
Jekyll Island House Museum, Georgia
Migrant Clinicians Network
The National Trust for Scotland
Nevada State Museum
New York City Medical Examiner’s Office
Oakland Museum
Physical Anthropology Human ID Laboratory
Sacramento County Coroner’s Office
San Diego Museum of Man
San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles
Smithsonian Institution
Shasta County Coroner’s Office
Tallac Historic Site, Lake Tahoe
Turtle Bay Exploration Park
United States Forest Service
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Whitney Museum