Field methods in cultural anthropology and archaeology are offered as a part of the regular curriculum in both the local area and internationally. Students have the option of training in excavation of prehistoric and historic sites. Field sites in primatology and ethnoprimatolgy include Sulawesi, Indonesia, Silver River, Florida, and Fanjingshan Nature Reserve, and China.
Internships in applied anthropology are available in San Diego, Tijuana, and Baja California.
The department offers a number of scholarships and fellowships for graduate students including the Norton Allen Graduate Scholarship and the Sonek Memorial Scholarship for students focusing in Biological Anthropology and the Pitt-Warnter Scholarship. Outstanding in-coming graduate students who are non-residents can be recommended for a Presidential Graduate Research Fellowship which waives nonresident tuition for five semesters. Support for undergraduates includes the Pitt-Warner Scholarship. The Friends of Anthropology (FOA) makes two annual awards: the Friends of Anthropology Outstanding Graduating Graduate Student and the Spencer Lee Rogers Alumni Award for Outstanding Graduating Senior in Anthropology.
SDSU has several labs that provide research and internship opportunities for students. The Biological Anthropology Lab provides opportunities for students with interests in human biology, bioarchaeology and forensic anthropology. In addition, the primatology wing of the lab serves students who are pursuing primate research. Opportunities for primate studies are also available in conjunction with the San Diego Zoo. The Environmental Anthropology and Archaeology Lab serves students interested in historical ecology, marine and coastal resource use, conservation and development, and sustainability. The Historical Archaeology and Maya Research Lab brings together collections from Maya sites in Belize and various sites in San Diego County for analysis. The Computational Archaeology Lab offers opportunities in digital research, including advanced GIS, photogrammetry and image analysis, and computational and simulation modeling. Further, the Collections Management Lab (which houses local and international archaeological collections) combined with the South Coastal Information Center (a repository for archaeological site records from San Diego and Imperial Counties) offers students opportunities to gain skills in the federally and state regulated processes of accessioning, housing, and documenting archaeological collections as well as NAGPRA compliance. All of the labs and facilities mentioned offer internship and research opportunities to undergraduate students and research and employment opportunities to graduate students. SDSU anthropology students are also able to become involved in ongoing faculty-led research projects including: primate ecology and ethnoprimatology in Sulawesi, Indonesia and Ocala, Florida; SDSU Children’s Center; healthcare improvement; vaccination decision making; Latin American urban studies and US-Mexico border studies; historical archaeology of rural San Diego County’s multi-ethnic settlement patterns; human osteology and forensic anthropology in Oaxaca, Mexico; and marine resource use and resilience and vulnerability in the Pacific.
The Department offers several online courses: Anth 101, Human Bio-Cultural Origin; Anth 102, Introduction to Socio-Cultural Anthropology; Anth 349, Roots of Civilization; Anth 439, Cultural Comparisons through Film; Anth 350, Cultures Around the Globe; Anth 402, Dynamics of Biocultural Diversity; and Anth 451, American Indian Identity.