General Description / Special Programs

The anthropology major at Sonoma State University teaches students about many different cultures throughout the world, how they developed, the significance of their differences, and how they change over time. Students develop a set of skills for applying broad, integrative perspectives to themselves and others. Through training in anthropology, students also acquire the ability to formulate theoretical and practical questions regarding human life, collect and organize data on many levels of human biology and behavior, and construct appropriate interpretations and generalizations based on well thought-out procedures. The combination of knowledge about human ways of life and training in analytical skills are crucial to any field dealing with human society and culture. This perspective is invaluable in preparing students for careers in research professions or in a wide range of professional fields, including cultural resources management, environmental planning, teaching, public health administration, business, public relations, law, community development, and international service.

The B.A. in anthropology at Sonoma State University provides a balanced grounding in the theoretical approaches and body of knowledge central to the discipline of anthropology. It is designed to give students a well-rounded background in the four subfields of anthropology (biological, cultural, archaeological, and linguistic anthropology) as well as in the application of anthropological methods. The anthropology program also combines well with majors and minors in many other departments and programs. The minor in anthropology recognizes basic training in anthropology as a complement to a major in other subjects. Faculty advisors in the anthropology department can help students plan a course of study that takes advantage of this multidisciplinary strategy. 

Our department also offers a 30-unit master of arts degree in cultural resources management. Cultural resources management is an applied, professional subfield of anthropology that involves the identification, evaluation, and preservation of cultural resources within legal and planning contexts. The primary objectives of the master’s program is to produce professionals competent in research design and data collection and analysis, as well as the legal mandates of CRM. Program graduates work as historic preservation specialists, environmental planners, and archaeologists for government agencies and as private consultants. 

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Degrees Offered Cultural Resources Management MA; Anthropology BA, minor; Human Development BA
Highest Degree Offered MA/MS
Certificate Field Areas
BA/BS Field Areas
MA/MS Field Areas
Applied Anthropology
Experience Offered
Other Degree Field Areas
MA in Cultural Resources Management
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 1
Internship Required 0
Grants Or Funding We are able to offer graduate students two half-tuition waivers per year. The two students who receive these waivers are also paid for five hours of work per week as a Graduate Assistant, either helping with an undergraduate course or with faculty research. Graduate students are eligible for many merit-based SSU scholarships, which range from $500-$5000. The ASC also offers the ASC Scholarship in CRM and the David Fredrickson Research Grant (each $500-1500/year depending on available funds). For more information, visit ASC Scholarships and Research Grants. Visit the SSU Scholarship Office webpage to apply (deadline: February 1). Note: prospective students are also invited to apply for SSU scholarships. The only requirement is to have already applied to the University via CSUMentor. Awardees will be notified by May 1. By filling out a FAFSA, students can qualify (depending on demonstrated need) for a State University Grant, which would cover most tuition costs. We do not have an admissions preference for in-state or out-of-state students. Visit the Financial Aid Office for general information about financial aid via SSU. Many students work part-time for the Anthropological Studies Center and/or Northwest Information Center at some point during their studies. In recent years, ASC has paid up to $160,000 annually in wages to students working on grant and contract projects. Students can also apply for travel grants from the ASC and the School of Social Sciences to attend and present papers at professional meetings. Paid internships (e.g., with the National Park Service) are another source of income for students. We also attempt to connect students with external scholarship opportunities, e.g., from the Sacramento Archaeological Society, Society for California Archaeology, etc. 
Support Opportunities

The department offers graduate students the Adrian Praetzellis Scholarship in Cultural Resources Management and the David Fredrickson Research Grant (each $500-1500/year depending on available funds). Students conducting primate behavior research can apply for a Marcia K. Brown Memorial Primatology Scholarship.

Program Details
Research Facilities

The department provides students with opportunities for field training, internships and extensive interdisciplinary research; graduate program in Cultural Resources Management (see the Anthropological Studies Center and the Northwest Information Center at and 

Certs Offered 0
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Online Courses
Online Courses: 1
Online Course Info:

Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology; Introduction to Biological Anthropology; Introduction to Cultural Anthropology; Living in Our Globalized World; Human Development in Evolutionary Perspective; Archaeology of Complex Societies

Application Deadlines
CRM MA Deadline: Jan 15th
Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 1
Anthropology Club Info: The Sonoma State Student Anthropology Club is both a welcome mat for newcomers and a forum for ongoing students of Anthropology. Working together with faculty, alumni and members of the community we provide opportunity for study, work and discussion associated with culture, linguistics, archaeology and biological anthropology. Trips are planned, events are held and ideas are shared between like-minded people looking to study all things human. Follow @ssuanthroclub on Instagram.
Anthropology Club Advisor: Alexis Boutin,
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 1