Sep 29, 2022  
2019-2020 Academic Catalog 
2019-2020 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Department of Anthropology, Geography, and Ethnic Studies

This department has three independent academic programs.  The main contact person is listed below for each academic program.

Anthropology Ellen E. Bell, Ph.D., Director
Geography Peggy Hauselt Ph.D., Director and Department Chair 
Ethnic Studies Xamuel Bañales, Ph.D., Director

Interdisciplinary Minors

In addition to the programs in Anthropology, Geography, and Ethnic Studies listed below, Anthropology program administers the following interdisciplinary minors, open to students in any major:

Geography program administers the following interdisciplinary minors, open to students in any major:


Ellen E. Bell, Ph.D., Director

Professor: Bell, Walace, Miller-Antonio
Associate Professors: Arounsack
Assistant Professors: Frost, Logan

Office: Bizzini Hall 215
Phone: (209) 667-3127



Peggy Hauselt Ph.D., Director and Department Chair 

Professor: Hauselt
Associate Professor: Avwunudiogba
Assistant Professors: Díaz-Garayúa, McNally

Office: Bizzini Hall 215
Phone: (209) 667-3127

Geography is one of the few disciplines that comfortably bridge the social sciences, biophysical sciences, and humanities.  The Bachelor of Arts program offers an international and integrative perspective on the relations among social, political, economic, and biophysical processes that affect interconnections between people, environments, and places.  Students have the option to select one or more areas of concentration to complete the major:  Cultural/Social Geography, Physical Geography & Environmental Studies, Geospatial Technology, Global Studies and Development, and California Studies.  Geography prepares students for a variety of careers and/or advanced study by educating them about Earth patterns and processes and their social and economic context.  It also provides students with an array of technical skills and sustainable methods that have practical application for examining key issues facing society and the environment.  Geographers work in a variety of fields including urban and regional planning, transportation, sustainable development, natural resource management, public health, marketing, tourism, international business, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations.

The Department strongly supports field and international educational experiences and encourages students to investigate opportunities for fieldwork and overseas study. Certain study abroad courses, offered through the CSU International Programs, are equivalent to courses in the Department of Anthropology, Geography, and Ethnic Studies and may be used to fulfill requirements for degree options. Discuss the possibilities with a departmental adviser.


Ethnic Studies

Xamuel Bañales, Ph.D., Director

Assistant Professors: Bañales, Moreno Sandoval, Nievera-Lozano, Roaf

Office: Bizzini Hall 123
Phone: (209) 667-3127

The Ethnic Studies program is an interdisciplinary program that provides a critical, relational and intersectional approach to the study of African Americans, Asian Americans, Chicana/os-Latina/os, and American Indians within a regional, national, and global context. The Ethnic Studies curriculum provides students with critical inquiry that advances their analysis and understanding of the histories and contemporary situations of racial and ethnic groups in relation to class, gender, sexuality, nationality, and other forms of power. In particular, the major provides students with a critical understanding of the multiple meanings of racial diversity in U.S. society in order to participate and work effectively in a variety of fields such as education, business, law, health, social services, non-profit organizations and the arts. Ethnic Studies is dedicated to producing critical scholarship, teaching and mentoring diverse students, and working toward social change.


Please refer to the Liberal Studies section of the catalog for the following concentrations:

Program Learning Outcomes

Anthropology Program Learning Outcomes

Anthropology majors will be able to:

  1. Recognize the value of diversity in contemporary and past societies and cultures around the world.
  2. Explain the holistic relationship between human culture and biology that is central to the 4-field discipline of anthropology.
  3. Apply anthropological perspectives to real world problems. 
  4. Demonstrate strong analytical reasoning, critical thinking, public speaking, and professional writing skills in anthropological coursework and co-curricular activities.
  5. Demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of the theoretical orientations and development of anthropological thought.
  6. Demonstrate advanced skills in research methods appropriate to one or more of the subfields of anthropology.

Geography Program Learning Outcomes

Geography majors will:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the interrelationships and interactions between culture and the environment
  2. Demonstrate general awareness of the theories and philosophies underlying geographical inquiry.
  3. Demonstrate understanding of the natural and cultural processes that affect society and the environment in specific regions and locales.
  4. Acquire awareness of the diversity of peoples, places, and environments within a specific region or around the world.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies that may be applied to help our communities,monitor natural areas, plan sensible urban developments, and observe human trends.
  6. Acquire skills in geographic information science and understand the interpretive capacity of geospatial technologies, and their place in society.

Ethnic Studies Program Learning Outcomes

Ethnic Studies majors will:

  1. Be able to describe the histories and experiences of racial and ethnic groups in the United States from a regional, national, and global perspective.
  2. Demonstrate and apply the fundamental concepts, principles, and methods of Ethnic Studies.
  3. Utilize knowledge of diverse communities and issues to promote equity and social change.
  4. Develop social awareness and responsibility through experiential learning, personal and intellectual growth.