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
|Faculty with California Focus|
|Bakersfield (CSU)||Sociology and Anthropology||Bachelors||Mark Sutton,
|Berkeley (UC)||Anthropology||Ph.D.||X||Kent Lightfoot,
|Cabrillo College||Archaeological Technician Program||Archaeological Technician certificate||X||Dustin McKenzie|
|California Polytechnic SLO||Social Sciences||Bachelors||X||Terry Jones, Robert L. Hoover|
|Cal Poly Pomona||Anthropology||Bachelors||Mark Allen,
|Channel Islands (CSU)||Anthropology||Bachelors||Colleen Delaney,
|Chico (CSU)||Anthropology||Masters||Carly Whelan,
|Cypress College||Social Sciences||
Cypress College offers two concurrently running semester-long field courses in archaeology (ANTH 231 and ANTH 232) via the Anthropology Department at Cypress College. These courses are conducted in Southern California on the weekends during the Spring Semesters. They are taught by archaeologist Dr. Craig Goralski, who has experience in California Mission Archaeology at Mission San Miguel as well as excavating Milling Stone Horizon sites in California.
|X||Becky Floyd, Craig Goralski,
|Davis (UC)||Anthropology||Ph.D.||X||Robert L. Bettinger,
|Dominguez Hills (CSU)||Anthropology||Bachelors||X||Jerry Moore|
|East Bay (CSU)||Anthropology||Bachelors||Beverly Ortiz|
|Fresno (CSU)||Anthropology||Bachelors||John Pryor,
|Fresno City College||Archaeology||Archaeological Technician Certification||X||Jill Minar|
|Fullerton (CSU)||Anthropology||Masters||Brenda Bowser|
|Humboldt (SU)||Anthropology||Bachelors||X||Jaime Roscoe|
|Irvine (UC)||Anthropology||Ph.D.||Jon Ericson|
|Long Beach (CSU)||Anthropology||Bachelors||Carl Lipo,
|Los Angeles (CSU)||Anthropology||Masters||Patricia Martz,
|Los Angeles (UC)||Anthropology||Ph.D.||X||Jeanne Arnold|
|Merced (UC)||Anthropology||Bachelors||Kathleen Hull|
|Monterey Bay (CSU)||Social & Behavioral Sciences||Bachelors||Susan Morley|
|Northridge (CSU)||Anthropology||Masters||Matthew Boxt|
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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 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|
|Riverside (UC)||Anthropology||Ph.D.||Philip Wilke|
The Master of Arts degree program prepares students for professional careers in archaeology by providing practical instruction as well as a solid theoretical and methodological background. The faculty includes several archaeologists with a CRM background actively pursuing research in California and the Great Basin. The Archaeological Research Center (ARC) provides opportunities for both graduate and undergraduate students to learn while participating in real-world CRM archaeology projects for a variety of federal, state, and private clients throughout the state. The Archaeological Curation Facility (ACF) provides a setting for students interested in archaeology to gain hands-on experience working with archaeological collections.
ARC Website: www.csus.edu/arc
|Mark Basgall, Michael Delacorte, David Zeanah, Jacob Fisher, Nathan Stevens|
|San Bernardino (CSU)||Anthropology||The Master of Arts in Applied Archaeology is a professionally oriented program designed to prepare students for middle- and upper-level careers in the archaeological sector of the cultural resource management (CRM) industry. The program provides training in anthropological archaeology with a focus on developing a solid background in archaeological method and theory combined with practical experience in field and laboratory studies. Students are then trained how to use that background in an applied setting through courses focused on CRM regulations and practice, along with on-the-job training through an internship with a federal or state agency, private firm, or tribal entity that conducts archaeological investigations in the context of CRM. Program faculty include archaeologists with CRM experience who have active research projects in California and Mesoamerica.||X||
|San Diego City College||Anthropology||Certificate of Performance in Archaeology
Associate of Arts in AnthropologyThe San Diego City College field class provides training in both prehistoric and historic period archaeology at a site located in San Diego. The field and analysis classes consist of professional instruction by experts in California archaeology.
|San Diego (SU)||Anthropology||
The Department of Anthropology at SDSU offers graduate study leading to the Master of Arts. Our department prides itself on its public-facing, four-field approach, and trains our students' to apply anthropological principles and methodologies to address problems in the contemporary world. Curious about our program in sunny San Diego?
Our graduate students receive training in integrative anthropology through mentored fieldwork with faculty and via our state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, including the Biological Anthropology and Primatology Lab, the Computational Archaeology Lab, the Environmental Archaeology and Anthropology Lab, the Historical Archaeology and Maya Research Lab, and the Zooarchaeology Lab. Students have on-campus and off-campus internship opportunities in archaeology and our campus is home to the Southern Coastal Information Center (SCIC) and archaeological collections.
Our M.A. program prepares students for:
|San Diego (UC)||Anthropology||Ph.D.||Patricia Masters (at Scripps)|
|San Francisco (SU)||Anthropology||Masters||Gary Pahl, Lee Davis, David Kojan|
|San Francisco (UC)||Medical Anthropology||Ph.D.|
|San Jose (SU)||Anthropology||
Dust off your passport. San Jose State University is offering an archaeological field school for the summer 2019 in the West Indies on the island of Nevis. The project will investigate the colonial landscape associated with sugar plantations from 1680-1800 and will conduct a survey to find remnants of dwellings of the enslaved laborers. Students will be introduced to all phases of fieldwork from surveying to artifact processing.
Dates July 5-27, 2019.
Participants will be housed dormitory style with a shared room and private bathroom. The cost of the program covers tuition (three credits of upper division anthropology through San Jose State), insurance, accommodations, all meals, and special excursions. Individual airfare is additional.
The field school has limited space will have a maximum of 12. The deadline to register is November 15.
Interested persons are urged to contact Professor Marco Meniketti for further information as soon as possible.
|San Marcos (CSU)||Social Sciences||courses|
|Santa Barbara (UC)||Anthropology||Ph.D.||Michael Glassow, Lynn Gamble|
|Santa Barbara City College||Anthropology||Associates||R. Dennis Ringer|
|Santa Cruz (UC)||Anthropology||Ph.D.||X X||Diane Gifford-Gonzalez, Chelsea Blackmore|
|Santa Rosa Junior College||Behavioral Sciences||Associates|
|Stanford||Cultural & Social Anthropology||Ph.D.|
|University of Oregon||Anthropology||Ph.D.||Jon Erlandson, Doug Kennett, Madonna Moss|
|University Nevada, Reno||Anthropology||Ph.D.||X||Christopher T. Morgan|
|Utah State University||Anthropology||Masters||X||Patricia Lambert|
|West Valley College||Anthropology||Associates|
|Washington State University (WSU)||Anthropology||Ph.D.||Shannon Tushingham|
|Fieldschools Not Associated with California Schools
|University of Oregon||UO’s Historic Preservation Program, founded in 1980, is one of the premiere preservation programs in the US. The program combines leading-edge academic research with outstanding teaching from experienced practitioners in design, planning, and heritage conservation and produces leaders in the public sector, in private practice, and in nonprofit advocacy. Students have exciting opportunities to interact with design firms, local developers, and preservation activists in the Portland metropolitan area, the Pacific Northwest, and beyond.|
|Programs Abroad with California Focus|
|University of Central Lancashire (UK)||Archaeology||Ph.D.||David Robinson|