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The Department of Anthropology at SDSU, recognizes that in order for students to learn to be practicing Anthropologists, they must have hands on experience and training in the field. To this end, the department offers students opportunities to participate in departmental field schools as well as a number of internships in our laboratories and centers. This provides our students with practical knowledge and training that can not be found in any textbook.

Oaxaca Summer Program

Students will learn about different aspects of the program including the criteria for acceptance, the application process, the costs and conditions of travel, the various projects and communities in which the class will actively participate, and the methodologies employed as part of the program. Information on the program can be found at their website.

Historical Archaeology Field School at Palomar Mountain's Nate Harrison Site

Harrison, a freed black slave, was one of the region's pioneers and likely San Diego County's first African-American homesteader. The excavations focus on Harrison's cabin and surrounding areas. During the course of the field school, students learn how to excavate, map, and record all that they find using the latest archaeological technologies. The Spring break 2018 class will be from March 24-29 and requires living on the mountain for the entire week. All expenses (food, camping supplies, tools, etc.) are covered. You will receive 1 credit for this course. View the program application

Rio de Janeiro & Salvador, Brazil: "Inequality, Activism and Sustainability in Brazil"

Location: Salvador da Bahia, Itacare, Taboquinhas, Urucuca and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Price: $3,510
In-country Dates: May 23 - June 6, 2019

Courses (select one course):

  • ANTH 442 (3 units) [fulfills upper division GE Explorations area B requirement & cultural diversity course]
  • SOC 352 (3 units) [fulfills upper division GE Explorations area B requirement]
  • GENS 450: Inequality & Activism in Brazil (3 units)
    Course meets Sustainability International Education Requirement. Credits earned count towards Sustainability Major & Minor

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Prague, Czech Republic: "Music & Culture"

Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Price: $3,499
In-country Dates: May 22 - June 11, 2019


  • Music and Culture (3 units) (ANTH 422/GENS 450)

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K-12 School-based Internship Program

Internships fulfilling the criteria for Anth 495 are available for eligible SDSU anthropology majors who seek to apply anthropology while completing meaningful work in support of K-12 education. Non-majors also may apply.

The partner school for this program is a mid-sized organization. In light of the variety of functions the intern may serve there, a particular interest in childhood or education is not necessarily a prerequisite for eligibility, and assignments/duties may be tailored to fit student interests. View a full description of the program

To apply, please print and then complete the following two forms. Submit two hard copies of the total package to Dr. EJ Sobo via the anthropology office (you also may contact Dr. Sobo directly, at [email protected] or in AL-411).

  1. General application form
  2. Criminal record statement form

The priority deadlines for applications are: November 15 for Spring, March 30 for Summer and Fall. Late applications can be considered if spaces still are available. 

Biological Anthropology Laboratory

Location: Storm Hall 225, 227, 229 and 231; AL 463 (Primate Wing)
Directors: Arion Mayes, Erin Riley, and Casey Roulette

The biological anthropology lab serves as the primary location for teaching and research in biological anthropology at SDSU. The set of collections housed in the lab represents one of the best in the region. This set includes: a human anatomy collection of 15 articulated and 20-25 unarticulated skeletons; paleopathology casts; forensic casts depicting trauma, malnutrition, aging and sexing; a faunal collection used to compare human and nonhuman morphology; a human origins collection that includes a replica of the Laetoli footprints, more than 30 hominin casts, and articulated “Lucy,” Homo erectus, and Neandertal skeletons; and, an extensive nonhuman primate collection of six articulated skeletons and >30 skulls and casts. The lab also houses PC and Mac computers with GIS, Adobe, and SPSS software, a TV for behavioral coding, and key research equipment including an x-ray machine and processor for radiographic analysis of bone and artifacts, anthropometric equipment used in skeletal analysis, an electronic microscope, a skeletal digitizer, and a centrifuge.

Visit their website for more information.

The Computational Archaeology Lab

Location: Hardy Tower 62 and 66
Director: Issac Ullah

The main focus of the lab is on research into the origins of coupled human and natural systems using open-science computational approaches such as Open Source GIS, Agent Based Modeling, Imagery Analysis, and Statistical Computing. A second focus of the lab is on geoarchaeology, micro-refuse analysis, and sediment analysis. Facilities include six Ubuntu Linux computer workstations with installations of GRASS GIS, QGIS, Image-J, R, Scientific Python, Open Drone Map, Meshlab,  NetLogo, RePast, PyABM, and much more. Additional resources include a Puget Systems “Peak” HPC workstation for parallel and high-performance computing, an aerial drone with multispectral camera, an artifact photography/photgrammetry station, high precision bluetooth GPS units, mobile tablets for field data collection, a full set of nesting geologic sieves, a mechanical sieve shaker, a precision balance, USB microscopes, wacom digitizing tablets, and other geoarchaeological, archaeological, and computational lab tools.

Visit their website for more information.

Environmental Archaeology and Anthropology Teaching and Research Laboratory

Location: Hardy Tower 135 and 137
Directors: Todd Braje and Matthew Lauer

The lab is devoted to understanding human-environmental relationships through time and space. Facilities include a HP Designjet 510 48in large-format plotter, two PCs that have GIS, remote sensing, and statistical software including ArcGIS and SPSS, and three Trimble Geoexplorer GPS receivers. The EAL shares facilities with the geography department’s Center for Earth Systems Analysis Research (CESAR) lab. CESAR has extensive resources such as graphics (Adobe Photoshop), remote sensing, and modeling software, large format color plotters (HP 5500ps Designjet), and mapping-grade scanners and digitizers.

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Historical Archaeology and Maya Research (HAMR) Laboratory

Location: Hardy Tower 70 and 70B
Directors: Seth Mallios and Joseph Ball

The Historical Archaeology/Maya Research Lab is a dual teaching/research work space for studies in Historical and Maya Archaeology. The Historical Archaeology Lab contains collections from the Nate Harrison (2004-08) and Whaley House (2007-11) excavations as well as material from the San Diego Gravestone Project and the Archaeology of SDSU Project. The Maya Research Lab houses several extensive reference and study collections of archaeological ceramics and lithic artifacts from southeastern Mexico (Campeche and Yucatan), northern Belize, and western Belize available both for comparative purposes and for individual independent research projects. There is also an ethnographic collection of Maya domestic pottery, incensarios, and other material culture made in the late 1960s and early 1970s. On site equipment includes two computer setups with accompanying scanners and printers, both computers with Access and Paradox database software and standard Office applications, and both holding the extensive artifactual and contextual catalogues and databases from the 1984-1994 and 1997-2000 SDSU Belize archaeological programs and the 2003-2005 SDSU-Universidad Autónoma de Campeche archaeological field program.

San Diego State University Collections Management Program

Location: Hardy Tower 69 and 71
Director: Jaime Lennox

The mission of the collections management program is to preserve and curate artifacts and their associated documents for academic research, public education, and use by Native Americans and others. Archaeological collections curated at SDSU represent a significant resource for research and education. Collections management has an active research program with opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to undertake independent studies and internships.

Opportunities to learn about local archaeology, artifact identification, exhibitions, curation, and federal and state regulations are abundant. The collections management program also has an active education outreach program where experienced graduate students bring artifacts to the classroom for an interactive hands-on experience.

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South Coastal Information Center

Location: Arts and Letters 106
Director: Seth Mallios and Jaime Lennox (Coordinator)

SCIC operates under contract with the State Office of Historic Preservation in response to federal (National Environmental Policy Act and National Historic Preservation Act) and state
legislation (California Environmental Quality Act) enacted to provide for the preservation of historic resources. The major function of the SCIC is to accumulate and distribute archaeological and historical information in the form of archaeological site records, maps, reports, and electronic data for the San Diego and Imperial counties.

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Assistant Professor/Tenure-Track Faculty: Cultural Anthropologist in Science and Technology Studies

The Department of Anthropology at San Diego State University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the level of assistant professor whose research explores the practices, institutions, and transformative effects of science and technology in shaping our world. We are especially interested in scholars who could complement our department’s strengths in the thematic areas of health, human environmental interactions, and social justice. Candidates must employ ethnographic research methods, and they must have a Ph.D. in Anthropology or a related social science by the time of appointment, a proven record of excellent publication in keeping with professional level, and potential for securing external research funding. Specialty interests may include, but are not limited to, health technologies and bio-medical practice; the intersection of science, technology, and environmental problems; risk, large technical systems, and sociotechnical innovation or catastrophe; and the politics of scientific knowledge production and technological development.

For a complete description of requirements and to apply, please visit Interfolio by September 15, 2019