Field Schools

The CSU Department of Anthropology is very fortunate to have three field school courses. Combined they cover the three primary anthropological subfields today.

Anthropology has a long tradition of field research. Indeed, part of the appeal of this discipline involves the desire to travel to new (not always distant) places where, through new experiences, we gain insights on ourselves. Field research is a necessity for many anthropologists and should be considered by anyone planning an academic career in archaeology, biological anthropology, and cultural anthropology.

Cultural Anthropology

Biological Anthropology

As noted, we have a field school course for every interest! Since field school enrollments fill quickly, read about these opportunities now and make sure to submit your applications early!

The following are excellent reasons to enroll in one of our anthropology field school courses:

  • Each utilizes the best instructional mode -- learning by immersion.
  • Completion of a summer field course yields a high number of credits in a short amount of time.
  • A formal field school education will prepare you for potential volunteer field opportunities.
  • You will learn if you like field work before applying to a graduate program.
  • Successful field school completion will be a nice addition to your college transcripts.
  • The faculty to student ratio in the field is much better than it is in a classroom.
  • You will contribute to research while gaining course credits and you might use this experience to continue engaging in research after the field season ends.

In short, attending one of our anthropology field schools is an educational bargain!