Anthropology is the multifaceted study of humanity from an evolutionary, historical, and global perspective. Students in anthropology learn about their own cultures and those of other peoples as biological evolution, ecological constraints, political history, and sociological conditioning shape them.

The Department of Anthropology, Geography, and Environmental Studies offers ethnographic, theoretical, and methodological courses in five sub-disciplines: biological anthropology, prehistory, and archaeology, linguistic anthropology, sociocultural anthropology, and applied anthropology. Regional courses on major populations worldwide, especially the heritage cultures of North and South America and Asia, form an important component of the curriculum. The B.A. degree program bridges the sciences, social sciences, and humanities, preparing students for multidimensional careers. Fundamentally, the study of anthropology cultivates an appreciation for what all humans share and the ways they differ across time and space.


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Courses You Might Take

ANTH 310 - Evolutionary Biology of Humans

A course in evolutionary biology with an emphasis on humans. Explores topics in the history of evolutionary thought, patterns and macroevolution, fossils and deep time, molecular biology and genetics, behavioral ecology, and evolutionary psychology.

ANTH 321 - Archaeology of the Americas

Explore the origins, growth and interaction of the North American, Mesoamerican and South American societies, with particular emphasis on the large pre-contact civilizations, Aztecs, Incas, and Mayas. Observe archaeological, historical and ethnographic evidence.


ANTH 330 - Political Ecology

Engage in critical analysis of foundational texts and ethnographies in social, economic, and environmental anthropology. Explore class, gender, ethnic, and ecological dynamics in the context of small-scale and global political economies.

ANTH 334 - Human Sexuality: Anthropological Perspectives

A cross-cultural and evolutionary study of human sexuality expanding the constricted perspectives of Western cultures, including a review of sexual practices and attitudes, gender roles in sensuality, and sexual orientation in both Western and non-Western societies.

ANTH 340 - Language and Culture

Explore language as a social and cultural phenomenon. Learn about the structured nature of language, key approaches to the study of language and culture, and linguistic-anthropological research on language-related social issues.

ANTH 411 - Human Forensic Osteology

Perform identification and interpretation of human skeletal remains. Students will analyze identity, trauma, pathology, and bone modification, especially as relevant to reconstructing events in life and immediately surrounding death.

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Department of Anthropology, Geography, and Environmental Studies
  • California State University, East Bay
  • 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd
  • Robinson Hall
  • Hayward, CA 94542