• Application Deadline
  • 18 months


Anthropology is a holistic science dedicated to the study of human cultural and biological diversity. Its five sub-fields are: cultural anthropology, physical anthropology, linguistic anthropology, applied anthropology, and archaeology. Anthropologists study human beings in all times and places from their biological make-up and material cultural adaptations to their institutions, behaviors and understanding about the world. 

Anthropologists investigate human variation and its biological basis by exploring modern human adaptations, our nonhuman primate relatives and the fossil evidence for human evolution. Anthropologists also examine human culture and the relationships between language and culture and, through the discovery of archaeological artifacts, interpret the development of culturs from their earliest origins to the present.

Students at Applied Anthropology at Humboldt State University, have an opportunity to make international or applied experience an integral part of their anthropology undergraduate degree. Many students have spent time at universities in China (learning the language and culture or taking courses in archaeology), in Costa Rica (engaged in field primatology), in Belize (engaging in field archaeology), or on international exchange or independent study programs. At Humboldt, archaeology students have the opportunity to participate in local surveys and excavations, and work with local museums, government agencies, and Native American Tribes. 

Students can receive up to 9 units of Anthropology major credit for one semester of international study or 12 total for 2 semesters. We will also help students identify courses they may use to satisfy GE requirements with international study. Faculty are always developing additional opportunities for international experience in England, Latin America and South Asia. Our students acquire a broad understanding of human nature and society and are encouraged to complete related courses in other disciplines.


An anthropology degree gives students analytic and research skills that provide an ideal basis for employment in any field of international or national public service or community relations.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Applied Anthropology 
  • Methods in Applied Anthropology
  • Theory in Applied Anthropology
  • Anthropology Careers and Management Strategy
  • Research Project Design
  • Applied Anthropology Pro Seminar
  • Anthropology Internship / Field Placement 
  • Qualitative Methods and Analysis
  • Anthropology and Globalization

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 18 months
    • Duration description
      3-semester timeline
    • Average part-time duration 36 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Apply Online at Cal State Apply (view instructions here)
  • Application Fee of U.S. $55.00 (increasing to $70 for Fall 2020) (non-refundable) can be paid online when applying on Cal State Apply.
  • Submit the Certification of Financial Support.
  • Submit Official Transcripts of Academic Records (translated to English)
  • Send Proof of English Proficiency
  • Send Photocopy of your passport

The applicant has satisfied any one of the following:

  • GPA of at least 2.5 in an acceptable earned bachelor's degree,
  • GPA of at least 2.75 in the last 60 semester units (90 quarter units) attempted;
  • The applicant holds an acceptable post baccalaureate degree earned at an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association;

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16426 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16426 USD per year and a duration of 18 months.
  • National

    7863 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7863 USD per year and a duration of 18 months.
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Living costs for Arcata

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

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