Ethnographic Research Lab

The Ethnographic Research Laboratory is a research facility dedicated to the scholarly pursuit of knowledge about human cultures. As part of the Anthropology Program of Humboldt State University, the laboratory supports the research and instructional activities of the faculty, unique learning and directed-research opportunities for HSU students, and educational outreach within the local community.


November 9, 2018
Dear HSU Anthropology Majors,
Your goals and interests are an important part of the decisions that the Anthropology Department makes.
We have designed a brief survey to help us understand more about the interests of majors.

Anth Major Advising Session - Tues Oct 16, 12-1pm in BSS 166

November 9, 2018


TUESDAY, OCT 16, 2018


IN BSS 166


Anth Undergrad Travel Funds - Apps due Oct 29, 2018

November 8, 2018

Call for Applications:

HSU Anthropology
Undergraduate Student Travel Funds

Submission Deadline:
Monday, October 29, 2018

Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a rolling basis



Archaeologists study material remains, or the things that a culture leaves behind after they have left or disappeared. Think of the items in your own home that may still be around in a few hundred or a few thousand years. Archaeologists find these kinds of items from past cultures, from weapons and tools, to bones from slaughtered animals and fossilized seeds and plants. They study each artifact in context, and use that information to determine things about the culture that left them behind. What kind of food did they eat? What kind of tools did they make, and how did they make them?

Biological Anthropology


Biological anthropologists study human biology and evolution and work in very diverse fields. One field, primatology, studies nonhuman primates (including lemurs, monkeys, and apes) to learn about their behavior and evolution, to place human evolution in context, and to aid conservation efforts. Paleoanthropologists study the fossil record of humans and other bipedal primates (“hominins”) like Neanderthals and “Lucy” to understand how humans evolved. Forensic anthropologists apply their knowledge of anatomy to help identify human skeletal remains and work with law enforcement.


Anthropology is a holistic science dedicated to the study of human cultural and biological diversity and evolution. Anthropology is unique in that it integrates fields of study that traditionally span multiple disciplines in the sciences, arts, and professional studies.
Studying anthropology is a great way to develop very useful and marketable life skills that are broadly applicable to multiple career trajectories.