About Us

The study of human diversity lies at the core of the Department of Anthropology.

Working on a mission trip

Through their undergraduate and graduate careers, our students acquire a detailed knowledge about human populations past and present as well as the essential skills that enable all of us to engage with the world’s modern multicultural community in an ethical and just way. Not only do Anthropologists document, investigate and seek to understand cultures of other times and places, they also play pivotal roles in contemporary social and political debate and advocacy. Whether it is working on diabetes susceptibility among San Francisco’s immigrant populations, on AIDS among the Maasai in Tanzania or on an excavation of 8000-year old villages in Romania, our students, faculty, lecturers and staff collaborate in research and teaching that broadens and refines knowledge of the human condition.