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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 Sutton,
Robert Yohe
Berkeley (UC) Anthropology Ph.D. X Kent Lightfoot,
Steven Shackley
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,
Richard Hyslop
Channel Islands (CSU) Anthropology Bachelors Colleen Delaney,
Jennifer Perry
Chico (CSU) Anthropology Masters Carly Whelan,
Georgia Fox 
Cypress College Social Sciences Associates

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.


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X Becky Floyd, Craig Goralski,
Jaclyn Magginetti
Davis (UC) Anthropology Ph.D. X Robert L. Bettinger,
Christyann Darwent,
Jelmer Eerkens
Dominguez Hills (CSU) Anthropology Bachelors X Jerry Moore
East Bay (CSU) Anthropology Bachelors Beverly Ortiz
Fresno (CSU) Anthropology Bachelors John Pryor,
Kristina Roper
Fresno City College Archaeology Archaeological Technician Certification X Jill Minar
Fullerton (CSU) Anthropology Masters Brenda Bowser

Steve James

Edward Knell

Humboldt (SU) Anthropology Bachelors

Cultural Resources Facility

X Jaime Roscoe
Irvine (UC) Anthropology Ph.D. Jon Ericson
Long Beach (CSU) Anthropology Bachelors Carl Lipo,
Hector Neff,
Daniel Larson
Los Angeles (CSU) Anthropology Masters Patricia Martz,
Rene Vellenoweth
Los Angeles (UC) Anthropology Ph.D. X  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
Northridge (CSU) Anthropology Masters Matthew Boxt
Northridge (CSU) Anthropology Future details to come!

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.

X ude.nusc@reteet.ydnew or at (310) 825- 1864
Palomar College Anthropology Associates Phil De Barros
Pomona College Anthropology Bachelors  
Riverside (UC) Anthropology Ph.D. Philip Wilke
Sacramento (CSU) Anthropology Masters

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:

Mark BasgallMichael DelacorteDavid ZeanahJacob FisherNathan 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.




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.
X Tori Randall

Susan Hector

Amy Ross


San Diego (CSU) Anthropology Masters

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?
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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:

  • Teaching positions in Anthropology
  • Doctoral training in Anthropology and allied fields 
  • Professional careers in public and private sectors and non-profit organizations (e.g., cultural resource management, urban planning, program evaluation, administration, healthcare, marketing, and sustainable resource management and economic development)
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   X Marco Meniketti
San Marcos (CSU) Anthropology Bachelor's in Anthropology with a concentration in Archaeology, offering local and international field courses. John Spenard
Santa Barbara (UC) Anthropology Ph.D. Michael GlassowLynn Gamble
Santa Barbara City College Anthropology Associates R. Dennis Ringer
Santa Cruz (UC) Anthropology Ph.D. X X Diane Gifford-GonzalezChelsea Blackmore
Santa Rosa Junior College Behavioral Sciences Associates
Shasta College Anthropology courses
Sonoma (SU) Anthropology Masters  

Margaret PurserMichael 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.
University Nevada, Reno Anthropology Ph.D.      X Christopher T. Morgan

Christopher Jazwa

Utah State University Anthropology Masters X Patricia Lambert
West Valley College Anthropology Associates
Washington State University (WSU) Anthropology Ph.D. Andrew Duff

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