Nestled against the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, California State University San Bernardino is an excellent choice for students to get a well-rounded and world-class education close to home, for minimal cost, and in a supportive environment. The campus services students primarily from the surrounding Inland Empire community (Riverside County and San Bernardino County). A large percentage of CSUSB students are first-generation college students, and the campus is a designated Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). The campus is easily accessible via public transportation, offers on-campus residential plans, and has ample parking available for daily commuters.
When looking to study the field of Anthropology, CSUSB is an excellent choice for an in-depth and broad-ranging education in the three primary fields– biological anthropology, sociocultural anthropology, and archaeology.
Highlights of the CSUSB Department of Anthropology include:
- Methodological training available in osteology, historical archaeology, experimental archaeology, laboratory analysis, ethnographic methods, and exhibition development and design
- Three working laboratories, multiple study collections, and access to advanced analytical instruments and equipment
- Diverse faculty regional foci, including the California coast, the American Southwest, Central America (especially Mexico), South America (especially Ecuador), Africa (especially Mozambique, Malawi and Kenya), and Asia (especially the Phillipines)
- Small upper-division courses, including a cohort-building anthropological theory course (recommended for the junior year) and senior seminar (recommended for the senior year)
- A thriving anthropology student group, ALPACA, with its own dedicated computer lab and social space
- An Anthropology Museum located within the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, offering opportunities for hands-on experiences in curation, collections management, administration, and exhibition development and design
- Annual fieldwork, field school, and general scholarships specifically for students in the Anthropology Department
- A department vehicle for faculty-led fieldtrips and excursions
The CSUSB Department of Anthropology additionally offers a Masters Degree in Applied Archaeology for students interested in cultural resource management careers.