Santa Clara University

Anthropology Dept.

Welcome to SCU's Department of Anthropology

Our goal is to instill in students an understanding of the diverse cultural perspectives in the world today, as well as the long term patterns of change in human evolution and human societies.

We teach three of the four subfields of anthropology: biological and cultural anthropology, and archaeology. Students actively engage in learning and scholarship in ongoing faculty projects, both in local and international communities.

Santa Clara's location, on the site of a Spanish Colonial period mission as well as within the San Francisco Bay area, offers unique options for students to learn and apply anthropology outside the classroom. Students also may choose to focus on specific areas within anthropology, including three special emphases: Applied Anthropology, Archaeology, and Biological Anthropology.




Office: 408.554.2794
Fax: 408.554.4189

Department Chair:
Dr. Michelle Bezanson
Phone:  408.551.1684

Upcoming Events
Anthropology's Winter 2015 Seminar Series

Professor Karen Strier will present "Primate Conservation in the 21st Century: Insights from the Muriqui Monkeys of Brazil" on February 11th at 5:15pm in Kennedy Commons.

"Alien Citizen: An Earth Odyssey" on March 13th at 7:30 pm  in the Music and Dance Recital Hall (for more information please see: or


Recent Books

The Anthropology department is pleased to announce Dr. Mary Hegland's book "Days of Revolution: Political Unrest in an Iranian Village."  The book is now available at all fine book outlets.  


Anthropology Club Events

Phylum Feast on February 12th at 5:30 pm.

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