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This department is in the division of Social Sciences, Human Development & Physical Education.

What is distinct about us as a species? What are all the ways we are diverse and what does this mean for us? Anthropology uses scientific and humanistic perspectives, pulling together the study of human evolution, language, culture, and history to better understand who we are as humans and what our responsibilities are to one another and to the places we live. The Global Studies program asks students to engage a critical, interdisciplinary approach to understanding large-scale, interconnected processes and issues that affect humans worldwide.

A man stands on a mountain.

Anthropology has been described as “open-ended, comparative, and critical.” No way of being human is the only possible one or the most natural one. Anthropology asks questions about humans that acknowledge our flexibility, vulnerability, and choices. Anthropology asks: Why this way rather than that one? Anthropology values diverse ways of thinking and problem-solving, and Anthropology is “not content with things the way they are” but seeks to positively contribute to a better future. (2018 Ingold, Tim. Anthropology and/as Education. New York: Routledge.) Drawing on anthropological insights, as well as those from geography, history, economics, and political science, the field of Global Studies orients students toward creative problem-solving in relation to local-global relations, international challenges, global inequality, and global responsibility.

The SBVC Anthropology program offers introductory courses in the four primary subfields: Biological Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, Linguistic Anthropology, and Archaeology. Additional courses focus on food, religion, and visual culture.

The SBVC Global Studies progam offers two introductory courses that provide a foundation for students who wish to major at four-year universities in Global Studies,  International Studies, or related majors.

Faculty have expertise in the areas of North American archaeology, gender, education, and urban gardening, and their research has taken them to Vietnam, Morocco, and Armenia. SBVC Anthropology and Global Studies faculty have been selected as Fellows of the American Council of Learned Societies and Stanford University's EPIC Community College Program.

All SBVC Anthropology courses transfer to CSU and UC schools. Taking an Anthropology or Global Studies course will help you improve your critical thinking skills and enrich your understanding of human diversity, preparing you for work in innovative teams that will enhance human life.

Anthropology and Global Studies majors may help students build career paths in teaching, healthcare and wellness, cultural resource management, public policy, sustainability, organizational research, design, marketing, or law, although anthropological insights can be useful in a vast range of occupations. SBVC Anthropology majors planning to transfer to a four-year institution and major in Anthropology should consult with a counselor regarding the transfer process and lower division requirements. The AA-T in Anthropology is a transfer degree accepted by universities in the CSU system. Anthropology majors transferring to a university in the UC system do not need to fulfill requirements of the AA-T in Anthropology.

For more information, please contact Dr. Melissa King: (909) 387-1633,,

The SSHDPE Dean is Dr. Wallace Johnson and his office is located in NH 345. Call (909) 384-8603.