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What is Anthropology?

Anthropology is the study of human beings and the world they live in. Anthropology introduces students to the influence of evolutionary, cultural, and historical processes on peoples’ lived experiences. Located at the nexus of Natural Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities, Anthropology strives to integrate and transform diverse forms of knowledge into practical indexes for engagement with our everyday concerns.

bead purseAnthropology at Sac State

Established more than 50 years ago, the Department of Anthropology has contributed significantly to the University, the Capitol region and beyond through excellence in teaching and scholarship.  Following the American tradition of four-field approach to anthropology, the department provides students a rigorous foundation in Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Linguistic Anthropology and Sociocultural Anthropology.  Faculty and students focus on a wide range of topical interests from across the world, ranging from human evolution to the archaeology of pre-historic societies, from exploring the politics of race, class, gender, sexuality and ethnicity in diverse social sites to the politics of religious practices, from the explorations of illnesses, urbanization, technology, migration, and globalization on people and societies worldwide, and everything else in between.  The department strives to provide students “hands-on” experience to complement their in-class learning via specialized projects, such as local archaeological excavations, community engagement and internships.

The scholarly interests of the department’s faculty represent a wide range of thematic foci and regional specialization. The department is committed to a well-rounded academic core that provides the necessary foundation in the discipline while allowing students the space to pursue and develop their individual topics of interests.


  • George Rich Colloquium Lecture

For Ritual Sex to Sexual Individuality: The Disinheritance of Sambia Sexual Culture, 1974 – 2013

By Dr. Gilbert Herdt; Sac State Anthropology Alumnus, Founding Director and Professor, Graduate program in Human Sexuality, California Institute for Integral Studies

Thursday, October 13, 2016, Harper Alumni Center, 4:30 – 5:30pm

Reception to follow!          Event flyer          Event parking permit

  • Museum Exhibit: A Place for all People: Introducing the National Museum of African American History and Culture 

Exhibit Dates: September 23 - October 29, 2016

Anthropology Museum, Mendocino 1000

Open Hours: Tuesday - Friday 12:00 (noon) - 3:00pm.

This exhibit is coming from SITES (Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Services) and comprises 19 limited-edition posters featuring objects and historical interpretation from the inaugural exhibition of the National Museum. Exhibit Flyer

  • Sweet Freedom's Plains: African Americans on the Overland Trails, 1841-1869

Lecture and Book Signing featuring Dr. Shirley Moore Prof. Emeritus of History

Dr. Moore will give a talk and book signing in conjunciton with Anthropology Museum exhibic called "A Place for All People."

Saturday October 22, 2016, Del Norte Hall 1004, 4:30 - 6:30pm. Event Flyer

  • An Evolutionary and Ecological Perspective of Human Drug Use 

Talk by Sacramento State Anthropology Professor, Roger Sullivan

Invited speaker as part of The Addiction and Lifestyles in Contemporary Europe Reframing Addictions Project (ALICE RAP) "U Turn on Addiction".

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