Meet the SJSU Anthropology Club
Last semester, undergraduates reorganized the Anthropology Club as an official student
organization. To learn more about the Club's activities, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SJSU Archaeologist Featured in News Story
Alan Levanthal, a volunteer lecturer in the anthropology department, was featured
recently in a San Jose Mercury News article about a Santa Clara County solar panel field built upon a Native American
burial site. Levanthal located records confirming the presence of the burial site.
Professor Emeritus William Reckmeyer Wins National Award
William Reckmeyer of the SJSU anthropology department was recently awarded the Norbert Weiner Gold
Medal by the American Society of Cybernetics for his work over the past four decades.
Read here to learn more.
Professor Emeritus Tom Layton's Film Wins CreaTV Award
Tom Layton (pictured here with Mabel Miyasaki) co-produced a film that recently won First Prize
at the CreaTV Awards Gala. Learn more about the film here.
Ana Pitchon - Assistant Professor
Ana Pitchon, the newest member of our department, interviews a commercial groundfish
fisherman in Morro Bay, California. She interviewed this fisherman as part of a project
on building a sustainable regional economy. Learn more about Dr. Pitchon's work here.
A.J. Faas - Assistant Professor
A.J. Faas interviewing an elder in the village of Shamanga in the Andean highlands
of Ecuador about the role of cooperative labor groups (mingas) in the years before the volcano, Mt. Tungurahua, devastated the region. Learn more about A.J. Faas
A Message from the Department Chair
Welcome to the SJSU Department of Anthropology. Our department offers many options
for students seeking a unique educational experience. The skills and knowledge that
we provide are in high demand in Silicon Valley and beyond. We are committed to preparing
our students for exciting careers in public, private, and non-profit organizations.
We also provide students with one-on-one academic advising.
We offer undergraduate degrees in Anthropology, Behavioral Science, and Organizational
Studies. Our department emphasizes skills including ethnographic interviewing, data
analysis, and critical thinking. We are dedicated to helping students improve their
writing and research abilities--skills valued by companies, government agencies, and
non-profits. Each undergraduate major degree takes an interdisciplinary approach that
encourages students to be creative, to cooperate and collaborate with other people,
to work in teams, and to do hands-on problem solving.
Our cutting-edge Master's Degree in Applied Anthropology prepares students for careers
ranging from design anthropology to cultural resource management. We have embraced
a holistic and integrative approach emphasizing flexibility and creativity.
I invite you to to browse our website and visit our department office to meet our
students, faculty, staff, and alumni. I hope you'll experience some of the enthusiasm
that motivates our department.
Professor and Chair