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Department of Anthropology

A Message From the Chair Picture of Wes Niewoehner

Updated 8/09/2020

We are open and ready to support you! As we continue to monitor and meet established safety guidelines in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, our offices are still open and operating in a virtual format. You can reach our ASC, Stacy Brooks, by phone at (909) 537-5502 or via email at We will respond as quickly as possible. Please keep a close watch for new announcements. Many of them, as well as several resources, can be found on CSUSB’s dedicated COVID-19/Coronavirus Information web page.

Thank you and stay safe.


A Message to Students

Here are a few points to keep in mind:

  1. If you have any questions regarding the day-to-day operations of the university, refer to the welcome page and for announcements.
  2. Most questions about your particular class can be answered via email blasts, posted announcements, or FAQs on Blackboard. So, pay attention for new announcements from your instructor.
  3. Note that we send out information to students via their CSUSB account. We do not normally send out information through non-CSUSB accounts, so get in the habit of checking your CSUSB email.
  4. Faculty office hours will be “virtual” rather than in-person. Many faculty members have the ability to hold Zoom sessions, but don’t assume that all faculty members will be able to do this.


Wes Niewoehner

Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology

What is Anthropology?

'Anthropology is the study of humans, past and present. To understand the full sweep and complexity of cultures across all of human history, anthropology draws and builds upon knowledge from the social and biological sciences as well as the humanities and physical sciences. A central concern of anthropologists is the application of knowledge to the solution of human problems. Historically, anthropologists in the United States have been trained in one of four areas: sociocultural anthropology, biological/physical anthropology, archaeology, and linguistic anthropology. Anthropologists often integrate the perspectives of several of these areas into their research, teaching, and professional lives.' Source