Graduate Program

The Master of Arts Program in Anthropology at California State University, Sacramento is intended for students who plan to continue their graduate studies toward a Ph.D. or pursue careers in the private sector, Foreign Service, education, or government. The program provides general graduate-level training in four interrelated fields: sociocultural anthropology, archaeology, biological anthropology, and linguistic anthropology. Beyond this foundation, each student designs a plan of coursework specific to their post-graduate goals in one of the four subfields. Students are then expected to demonstrate mastery of their subfield by preparing a thesis of original scholarly research.

Recent Thesis Topics

Faculty assists graduate students in achieving their academic goals. Some recent theses and research topics pursued by graduate students include the following: 

Brady, Ryan (2007) Prehistoric Wetland Use in the Mono Lake Basin, Eastern California 

Farley-Webb, Meghan H (2008) “Many Words Walk in the World": A Discursive Analysis of the Zapatista Revolution 

Lyle, Henry (2006) Unconditional Reciprocity and Peer-to-Peer File Sharing: A Test of Evolutionary Hypotheses

Graduation Application Process

Students interested in applying to the graduate program in anthropology are advised to contact both the Sacramento State University Graduate Center ( and the Anthropology Department to obtain application materials. View the Anthropology Department application. For further information about the graduate program contact or write to: 

Office Manager
Department of Anthropology
California State University, Sacramento
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819-6106 

Phone:(916) 278-6452 
Fax:(916) 278-6339