In general, community colleges offer courses in Anthropology and Associate of Arts (A.A.) degrees can be earned with emphases in anthropology or related fields. State Universities (CSUs) typically offer Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and occasionally Master’s (M.A.) degrees in Anthropology. California Universities (UCs) are the only state institutions to offer Ph.D.s in Anthropology and generally only award M.A.s. on route to the Ph.D. However, each program is unique, and specifics can be researched via the links below.

School Department & Link Highest Degree
in Anthropology
Faculty with California Focus
Bakersfield (CSU) Sociology and Anthropology Bachelors    Mark SuttonRobert Yohe
Berkeley (UC) Anthropology Ph.D.
Kent LightfootSteven Shackley
Cabrillo College Archaeological Technician Program Archaeological Technician certificate
Rob EdwardsCharlotte Simpson-Smith
California Polytechnic Social Sciences Bachelors
Terry Jones, Robert L. Hoover
Cal Poly Pomona Anthropology Bachelors    Mark AllenRichard Hyslop
Channel Islands (CSU) Anthropology Bachelors    Colleen Delaney-Rivera
Chico (CSU) Anthropology Masters    Frank BayhamGeorgia Fox, Antoinette Martinez
Cypress College Social Sciences Bachelors     
Davis (UC) Anthropology Ph.D.
Robert L. BettingerChristyann Darwent,Jelmer Eerkens
Dominguez Hills (CSU) Anthropology Bachelors
Jerry Moore
East Bay (CSU) Anthropology Bachelors    Beverly Ortiz
Fresno (CSU) Anthropology Bachelors    John PryorKristina Roper
Fresno City College Archaeology Archaeological Technician Certification
Jill Minar
Fullerton (CSU) Anthropology Masters    Steve James
Humboldt (SU) Anthropology Bachelors

Cultural Resources Facility

Jamie Roscoe
Irvine (UC) Anthropology Ph.D.    Jon Ericson
Long Beach (CSU) Anthropology Bachelors    Carl LipoHector NeffDaniel Larson
Los Angeles (CSU) Anthropology Masters    Patricia Martz, Renee Vellanowith
Los Angeles (UC) Anthropology Ph.D.    Jeanne Arnold
Mendocino College Anthropology courses      
Merced (UC) Anthropology Bachelors    Kathleen Hull
Merritt College Anthropology Associates      
Monterey Bay (CSU) Social & Behavioral Sciences Bachelors    Susan Morley
Moorpark College Anthropology courses    Colleen Delaney-Rivera
Northridge (CSU) Anthropology Masters    Matthew Boxt
Northridge (CSU) The Pimu Catalina Island Archaeology Field School is a collaborative research project with Tongva/Gabrielino tribal members, the Santa Catalina Island Conservancy and California State University, Northridge. The field school runs from July 18, 2014 to August 15, 2014 and is Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA) certified.

In our seventh year, the field school provides students with practical working knowledge of survey, excavation, lab and cataloging methods while immersing them in the 9,000 years of prehistoric maritime history of the Tongva/Gabrielino nation. Students will also learn about how to apply cultural resource laws to public sector archaeological work.

Situated just off the coast of Los Angeles, Catalina Island was historically an important trading supply outpost for Southern California and beyond. The field school is part of the on-going Pimu Catalina Island Archaeological Project (PCIAP), which is working to assess and protect archaeological sites on Catalina.

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Palomar College Anthropology Associates    Phil De Barros
Pomona College Anthropology Bachelors     
Riverside (UC) Anthropology Ph.D.    Philip Wilke
Sacramento (CSU) Anthropology Masters    Mark BasgallMichael DelacorteDavid Zeanah
San Bernardino (CSU) Anthropology Bachelors
Russell Barber
San Diego City College Anthropology Certificate of Performance in Archaeology

Associate of Arts in Anthropology

X Tori Randall

Susan Hector

San Diego (SU) Anthropology Masters     
San Diego (UC) Anthropology Ph.D.    Patricia Masters (at Scripps)
San Francisco (SU) Anthropology Masters    Gary PahlLee DavisDavid Kojan
San Francisco (UC) Medical Anthropology Ph.D.      
San Jose (SU) Anthropology Masters

San Jose State University will be conducting two separate archaeological field schools during Summer 2016. Students will earn three units of upper division Anthropology credit from either field school.


The Caribbean Legacy Project is will be held from June 9-30, on the island of Nevis, West Indies. The project will combine prehistoric and historic data recovery. One venue will be the 18th century Hamilton estate sugar factory, which was once owned by the uncle of Alexander Hamilton, and will be investigated as an integral part of a local heritage preservation agenda. The second site to be examined on the island is an endangered prehistoric (pre-contact era) indigenous burial, which will be recovered for preservation by the local heritage society. Students will also engage in geoarchaeological environmental sampling. A maximum of 12 students will be accepted for the project. Housing and meals are provided dormitory style. Visit

The second field school will be carried out in Santa Cruz County, California, at The Forest of Nicene Marks State Park, and is tentatively scheduled for July 20 to August 5, 2016. The Loma Prieta Mill Project is a partnership with California State Parks and is an investigation of the Loma Prieta timber mill, worker’s housing, and industrial landscape dating from the late 19th century. Last season the field school mapped the site and located evidence of the blacksmith hearth and steam engine boiler house. This season we hope to map the worker’s housing and expand investigation of the mill. The project will accommodate a maximum of 20 students. The project operates as a commuter field project Monday through Friday.

For information regarding cost, logistics, or requirements for participation contact the Anthropology department at San Jose State University or email Professor Marco Meniketti at

   Marco Meniketti
San Marcos (CSU) Social Sciences courses      
Santa Barbara (UC) Anthropology Ph.D.    Michael Glassow
Santa Barbara City College Anthropology Associates    R. Dennis Ringer
Santa Cruz (UC) Anthropology Ph.D.
Diane Gifford-GonzalezChelsea Blackmore
Santa Rosa Junior College Behavioral Sciences Associates      
Shasta College Anthropology courses      
Sonoma (SU) Anthropology Masters    Adrian PraetzellisMargaret Purser,Michael Newland
Stanford Cultural & Social Anthropology Ph.D.      
Stanislaus (CSU) Anthropology Bachelors      
University of Oregon Anthropology Ph.D.    Jon ErlandsonDoug Kennett, Madonna Moss
USC Anthropology Ph.D.      
Utah State University Anthropology Masters
Patricia LambertChris Morgan
West Valley College Anthropology Associates