Student Resources

The Department of Anthropology is part of the College of Liberal & Creative Arts, and the College has a wide range of resources that can be of help to Anthropology students. College resources include advising, computing, facilities, publications and the student resource center.  Here is a compilation of campus resources related to advising, programs, petitions, basic needs, facilities and more.

Version 3.4, prepared 8/4/2020 by C. Wilczak

The Department of Anthropology faculty developed this handbook to help you improve your writing, identify, writing resources and to provide you with a consistent set of expectations for written assignments in your anthropology classes.

San Francisco State University's general education requirements for written English proficiency (composition and GWAR) are the starting points for honing your writing skills, and your online OASIS training (which you must take in your first semester) provides the foundations for academic research. 

Yet even after meeting these requirements, most of you will need to continue actively working on your writing to achieve or maintain proficiency.

By practicing the writing techniques and using the recommended sources described in this handbook, you will improve the written communication skills that are essential to excelling academically.

Advising Resource Center (ARC): Advising services for sophmore, junior and senior students in the College of Liberal & Creative Arts, including help with general education, academic planning and petitions

Undergraduate Advising Center (UAC): Advising services for first-year undergraduate students

Tutoring and Academic Support Center (TASC): Wide array of tutoring services

Counseling and Psychological Services: Support services, crisis intervention resources, faculty training, etc.

Student Health Services: Various medical and sexual health services

Disability Programs and Resources (DPRC): Resources and services for students with disabilities and other needs, including accommodations in classes

Basic Needs: Housing, food and other basic needs resources for all students

Associated Students Gator Groceries: Free food distribution from campus pantries, Mondays at the Student Life Event Center (Annex I) and Wednesdays and Thursdays in the Cesar Chavez Student Center

Dream Resource Center: Support services for undocumented students

Title IX: Promoting gender equity and preventing sexual harassment/sexual violence

The SAFE Place: Crisis intervention, advocacy and confidential Title IX support for survivors dealing with past or recent incidents of sexual assault, dating or domestic violence, sexual harassment and/or stalking

Pride at SF State: LGBTQ resources and organizations on campus

Safe Zone: Campus network of LGBTQ allies

University Police Department (UPD): Call 911 in any emergency. Visit website for non-emergency details and resources.

J. Paul Leonard Library: Computer labs with printers, study rooms, laptop rentals and more

Health Promotion and Wellness: Health education for the San Francisco State community through campus health initiatives and programming

SF State Experimental College: EXCO fosters self-empowerment by promoting student-run, co-learning environments driven by critical, non-authoritarian, intersectional pedagogy; resistance to white supremacy; and, caring for the community.

LCA Clubs and Activities: A list of College of Liberal & Creative Arts clubs and groups

Transit Pass: Public transportation discounts, etc.

Veterans' Services: Veteran benefits and services

Office of Student Financial Aid: Estimated tuition rates

Computer Facilities

SF State email accounts are available for all Anthropology students as are accounts on the university computers for research purposes. The Department of Anthropology has a visual anthropology lab Fine Arts building, room 532 available for students taking Visual Anthropology courses. In addition, the University maintains numerous computer laboratories that student’s have access to.

The Study Lounge

The department office (Fine Arts building, room 525) also has several couches and eating areas for students to meet up and study. Here students can find books and journals and materials related to course work. In addition, the lounge serves as a facility for faculty and student meetings, and for special events. It can be reserved for special meetings and programs, and students wishing to do so should contact the Anthropology Office (anthro@sfsu.edu).

Laboratory Facilities

The Department of Anthropology maintains two laboratories for human biological studies and for methodological training in archaeology. The laboratory is located in Fine Arts building, rooms 544 and 538 and contains human and non-human osteology materials, hominid fossil cast collections, as well as equipment for a wide range of anthropological investigations. The department laboratory facilities also include the Bioanthropology Laboratory (a dedicated research laboratory for human skeletal research).

Visual Anthropology Lab

Anthropology has a state-of-the-art digital video editing la in the Fine Arts building, room 532. Two Mac-based workstations with high-resolution monitors allow Visual Anthropology students to receive professional training while they help one another develop a critical eye.

All Department of Anthropology forms can be picked up in the office, Fine Arts Building, Room 525.

Course Substitution Forms

To be used by:

  • Students with transfer units
  • Study Abroad students
  • Double majors

​Students with Transfer Units:

Not all courses from other universities are automatically treated as equivalent to our department's courses. For such "non-articulated" courses, you must speak with an advisor to have the courses accepted as part of your Anthropology coursework. Bring the Major/Minor Course Substitution Form (pdf) and a syllabus or course description to your advisor within your first two months as an SF State Anthropology major. Continuing students who take a course at another University should get approval prior to taking the course.

We do not accept upper division (300-level and above) credits toward the major for fully on-line courses taken at another University. (This requirement is waived for COVID-19 on-line courses). On-line, lower division units may be accepted as a substitution for the introductory (100-level) courses.

Returning Study Abroad Students:

Courses approved for the major on the Bilateral Academic Advising Form you completed before you left the country should automatically appear as credits toward the degree on your degree progress report. If any do not appear under the major, you must speak with an Anthropology advisor.  Bring the Course Substitution form and syllabi or course descriptions to your advisor within your first two months after your return to campus.

Double Majors:

We may allow a substitution of our 305GW core requirement with the GWAR offered by the department in your other major. Many other, but not all, departments will allow the same GWAR reciprocity for double majors, and if so, you can decide which GWAR works best for you to count toward both majors. Your advisor may request a copy of the syllabus from another GWAR course before approving the substitution. 

University-Wide Elective Approval Form

To be used by:

  • ONLY for students declaring the major before Fall 2018

University-wide electives (6 units) can be taken within the department. If the course has an ANTH prefix you do not require approval. This form is only needed when credits toward the University-wide electives are taken outside the Department. You must complete the form and get your advisors signature prior to taking the course in another Department.

A course descriptions and/or syllabus may be requested at the discretion of your advisor.

Commonly Used Additional Forms

Please follow all instructions as shown on the specific form.

  • Academic Probation Hold Clearance Form – For removal of academic probation hold, once GPA has been brought to a minimum 2.0

  • Exceed Max Units (PDF) – To enroll in 20 units or more during the fall and spring semester

  • Independent Study (699/899) (PDF) – For eligible students to receive approval for independent study

  • Waiver of College Regulations (PDF) – Waivers for various issues such as adding a course already repeated, late add of course for current semester and late graduation application

  • Withdrawals – Current-semester withdrawals are handled electronically and only after the last day to drop has passed. Click the link to see the acceptable and non-acceptable reasons for current-semester withdrawal.

  • Change of Grade (PDF) – Request to change letter grade or incomplete grade

  • Course Substitution/Waiver Form (PDF) – Substitution or waiver for courses taken at another institution or under another major or minor program

For more additional forms and petitions, visit the Registrar’s Office.

The documents on this website/webpage might not be fully accessible to persons with disabilities. These documents are linked to units outside of the Department of Anthropology. If you experience difficulty in accessing this content, please contact the Department of Anthropology (anthro@sfsu.edu) and we will provide you with accessible alternatives.

SF State Resources

At the larger level of the University, all students have an extensive network of support and advice and this ranges from counseling to study abroad programs to health services and academic assistance. The key web pages that most students need are as follows:

California Resources

Across California there are many learned associations and local and state government agencies of interest or use to SF State Anthropology students. In addition, San Francisco and the Bay Area are home to a phenomenal concentration of educational institutions and cultural centers. Follow the underlined link for a list of resources and links.

Ur-List in Visual Anthropology: Peter Biella maintains the most complete compilation of websites dedicated to the field.

National and International Resources

At the national level, Anthropology students should become aware of the existence, benefits, and resources available from the the major professional associations that represent Anthropology as a discipline. On a larger scale, there are international associations to which students are directed for information and support. Follow the underlined link for a list of resources and links.