Welcome to Anthropology Department

Message from the Chair

Greetings and welcome to the Department of Anthropology. This is an exciting time to major (or minor) in anthropology at the Beach. We have enhanced and improved our curriculum to prepare students for a changing world.

The Department of Anthropology recently added a methods course requirement in the B.A. program. Starting in Fall 2017, all anthropology majors, including transfer students, are required to take at least one methods course from a menu of courses representing the four-fields of anthropology. The goal of the methods courses is to ensure our students acquire hands-on and marketable research skills in at least one of the subfields. Students build upon their skills in anthropology by taking upper division anthropology courses, providing students with an articulated degree plan that prepares them for a range of career and graduate school opportunities. We encourage students to take additional methods courses while at CSULB to gain invaluable experience working with faculty and discovering new skills through research projects and field schools. 

In the past couple of years, we have developed research relationship with the City of Long Beach Innovation Team and Homeless Services. Undergraduate and graduate students have conducted research with our partners to understand and to address critical social issues in our surrounding community. We look forward to bringing the university into the community into the future and developing real life opportunities for our students to put their degrees into action.

We received a generous gift from Dr. Robert Harman, one of our emeriti faculty members who passed away last year. Bob established The Robert C. Harman Endowment fund so our department can hire a temporary visiting scholar in the field of Applied Anthropology. The scholar is to be a noted specialist in the field of Applied Anthropology. Bob joined CSULB in 1969 and retired in 2005, and up until his passing, he continued to be engaged in department activities to promote applying anthropology for the sake of the public good. We look forward to carrying on his vision through his gift.

All of these department developments aim to prepare students to be creative doers who understand human diversity and who can apply cultural and technological knowledge to advance ideas and results. Anthropology prepares students for a variety of careers in public and private sectors, and our department is making it possible to gain real world experience in classes and in the community.

Please feel free to contact us for further information. We look forward to meeting you and talking to you about anthropology.

Karen Quintiliani
Professor and Department Chair

 
 
Statement on Inclusion and Respect for Diversity

In solidarity with vulnerable members of our campus and local communities, members of the Department of Anthropology support the Society for Applied Anthropology’s statement on Diversity and Respect: “We as members of the Board of the Society for Applied Anthropology affirm our ongoing commitment to value human diversity in all its myriad forms and to encourage all of our members to provide safety and basic human rights for everyone. Anthropological perspective and practice are grounded in respect for all persons, civility, and thoughtful examination of ideas and policies.  It is especially critical at times of uncertainty and change. We recognize a common responsibility to support community members who may feel threatened and to counter hostility toward immigrants and other marginalized groups.  We pledge to continue to exercise and guard academic freedoms to examine and address such issues as perpetuation of inequalities and policies that oppress or degrade.  We urge involvement of everyone in learning and working together to create positive social change, promote humane understandings, and encourage a variety of shared actions to further these goals.” http://sfaa.net/~sfaanet/news/index.php/2016/nov-2016/sfaa/sfaa-statement-diversity-and-respect/

We further endorse both the American Anthropological Association (http://www.americananthro.org/ParticipateAndAdvocate/AdvocacyDetail.aspx?ItemNumber=21061) and the American Ethnological Society (http://americanethnologist.org/features/news/american-ethnological-society-statement-on-president-trumps-immigration-executive-order) statements calling for an immediate reversal of the Immigration Executive Order.