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College of Liberal Arts

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Department Chair: Barbara LeMaster

Department Office: Faculty Office FO3-305
Telephone: (562) 985-5171
FAX: (562) 985-4379

Faculty: Pamala Bunte (Emerita), Keith Dixon (Emeritus), Robert Harman (Emeritus), Jayne Howell, Alexandra Jaffe, Wendy Klein, Daniel O. Larson, Barbara LeMaster, Carl P. Lipo, Ron Loewe, Hector Neff, Karen Quintiliani, Steve Rousso-Schindler, R. Scott Wilson, George M. Scott, Marcus Young Owl


Undergraduate: Marcus Young Owl

Graduate: Ron Loewe

Administrative Coordinator: Donna Reese

Career Possibilities

Anthropologist • Archaeologist • Archivist • Curator • Writer • Researcher • Linguist • Social Worker • Tour Guide • Cultural Resource Manager • Urban Planner • Foreign Service Officer • Personnel Manager • Health Researcher • Immigration Inspector • Teacher (Some of these, and other careers, require additional education or experience. For more information, see


Anthropology is the systematic study of our own species in our biological, social, and cultural aspects. Anthropologists study the full range of human experience in both the past and present. The breadth of anthropological studies gives students a unique perspective to understand other societies and their own. The programs offered by the Department of Anthropology are designed to enrich the personal and professional lives of our students.

The undergraduate major in Anthropology is designed to provide students with knowledge of the various fields of Anthropology and with opportunities for emphasis in particular topical and geographical interests. Students will find that Anthropology provides a useful perspective that has many applications in daily social interaction. The Anthropology major provides a strong liberal arts background that can contribute to success in many fields, such as teaching, public service, or business. Anthropology majors intending to pursue careers in these fields are urged to consider minoring in fields which provide appropriate entry-level skills, such as the Minor in Business Economics or in Public Policy. The major also prepares students for advanced studies in Anthropology. The undergraduate minor in Anthropology is recommended for students preparing for careers which will require practical knowledge of different cultural backgrounds. These include teaching, international business and engineering, foreign service, and public and social services within our own multicultural society.

The Department of Anthropology also offers a graduate program leading to the Master of Arts degree. The graduate program is designed to meet the needs of students who are: 1) seeking to expand their knowledge and increase their competence in Anthropology, 2) preparing for further advanced degrees, 3) preparing for a career in Applied anthropology. Graduate students are responsible for observing the general requirements for the M.A. degree as stated in this Catalog. It is also recommended that prospective students consult with the Graduate Advisor at their earliest opportunity.