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About the Program

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Summer 2022 field programs are coming


Here is the link to the summer 2021  California - Clear Lake Archaeology Project


A Broad Global Understanding

Anthropology, the science of humankind, explores what it means to be human from the broadest possible perspective. An anthropological perspective is essential to thriving personally and professionally in our 21st century globalized world.  

Because of its study of culture and human behavior, anthropology is a social science; in its study of human physical traits, anthropology is a biological science.

To investigate human behavior, anthropologists collect and analyze data from every type of society, past and present. From this wide perspective, anthropology helps us understand other peoples and thereby enables us to better understand ourselves.

It is an informative, exciting, and challenging science that should be part of every global citizen's education.

Anthropology at Foothill

Join a community...

with amazing faculty,

a diverse array of classes,

summer field programs in California, Ecuador, Ireland and Hawai‘i,

that shares your passion for research and discovery.

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Field Programs

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 Looking at catle tower








Ballintober castle where we are excavating in County Roscommon, Ireland

Kaloko Fishpond

  Kaloko Fishpond on the Island of Hawaii


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Restoration of the fishpond 


Explore our Center for Applied Anthropology


Room 3102 houses our Center for Applied Anthropology where students meet to design and carry out research projects aimed at helping the wider community. Check out the website.  Come inside and say hello when the door is open.



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 A vision of archaeology by Foothill student Leela Salim

Degrees & Certificates


Certificates of Proficiency

See the Anthropology (AA / Certificates) page for requirements.

  • Applied Anthropology
  • Cultural Resource Management
  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Medical Anthropology


We offer a broad range of anthropology courses in all four fields: Physical (Biological) Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, Archaeology and Linguistic Anthropology, as well as a number of courses in Applied Anthropology (including Forensics, Medical Anthropolog and Archaeology Field and Lab Methods).

See our course catalog for detailed descriptions.

See schedule of classes for courses offered this and upcoming term.

In the Classroom

The Department of Anthropology at Foothill College turns the traditional classroom inside out by emphasizing experiential learning.

We offer an excellent range of courses that expose students to all facets of anthropology, including cultural anthropology, archaeology, human evolution, forensics, linguistics, medical anthropology, magic and religion, lost civilizations, and modern and ancient cultures of California and the world. 


Studying in Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley is the hub of global technology change and its people are in the business of redefining traditional cultural barriers with technology.

As the world increasingly becomes integrated it is important that we understand ourselves and others from an anthropological perspective. Employers look to see that you have developed the tools necessary to compete in the world today. You are the next generation of anthropology students, those that understand the new world in which we live and use that knowledge to improve our way of life.

Career Opportunities

The number one thing that students are asked coming out of an anthropology course, is "What are you going to do with that degree?" The answers are limitless.

What can someone do with an Anthropology major? Download the Major in Anthropology  document to learn what you can do.


28% Projected employment growth for anthropologists

Transfer Students

What can you do with a degree in anthropology?

  • User Experience Researcher
  • Field Archaeologist
  • Laboratory Assistant
  • UX Researcher
  • Museum Technician
  • Teacher
  • Analyst
  • Community Development Specialist


Applied Anthropology in the Community

Our faculty and students are actively conducting research and learning about social science research methods in the community.

Applied anthropology is the process of doing anthropology to serve the public.

A critically important aspect of the student experience at Foothill Anthropology has been to use the much needed anthropological perspective as a way to inform people about their world.

Community outreach and K-12 education has been a hallmark of our recent work. Our Anthropology in Action program has begun to connect with local grade schools and we are working to develop many new avenues for integrating with the community, such as working with local businesses to improve cultural competence and joining with public health institutions to improve their understanding of medical anthropology.

Additional Information Links

Honors Anthropology Classes

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We're Here to Help!

Anthropology Department

Sam: 650.949.7197
Kathryn: 650.949.7751

Samuel Connell
Kathryn Maurer


Office 3017, Main Campus

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Division Office Contacts

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If you have questions for the division dean, please contact the Student & Faculty Support Center.
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