The mission of the department of anthropology at CSULB is to promote the study of the human species. Anthropology studies our species from an integrative and interdisciplinary approach focusing on the biology, evolutionary history, sociocultural and linguistic diversity of humans. Anthropology, by nature, is comparative and integrative. The mission of the department also includes preparing students for life-long learning and a strong background for anthropology-related careers in the modern workplace or to continue their education at higher levels.
The department offers a diverse curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Arts or Master of Arts degree. The primary responsibility of the department is to provide an excellent education through outstanding teaching. With this in mind, the primary responsibility of the faculty of the department of anthropology is to remain current in their specialties.