Anthropology 190: International/Overseas Anthropology Field Studies--Hawai'i  **Coming up in Summer 2016!**

The Anthropological Field Studies course is designed to take students into the worlds of anthropology and archaeology rather than only reading about them in books or watching videos.

Orientation Meetings: Please attend one of these informational meetings to find out more about the class and how to sign up.

Upcoming dates in October and November...send me an email for notifications when the time and place are set. A non-refundable deposit of $200 is required by November so that we can secure hotel rooms. 

Cost: Need to enroll in both Geology 190 and Anthropology 190 as it is a joint course. MJC class fees (3 units per class) and approx. $2300 for travel expenses (covers all rental vehicles for travel around islands, inter-island airfare, hotel costs, museum and park entrance fees, etc. You will be responsible for the flight to Hilo and your food [though hotels will have free breakfasts and we will coordinate lunch items while on the road for as cheaply as we can manage.])


Proposed (and general) Itinerary (changes may occur):

Wednesday, June 1, 2016: Arrive at Hilo, Hawai'i airport. Orientation meeting that evening

Thursday, June 2, 2016-Monday June 6, 2016: Explore east side of Hawai'i, volcanic activities, historic occupation, petroglyphs

Monday, June 9-Thursday, June 9, 2016: Explore the west side of Hawai'i from our hotel in Kona. Visit King Kamehameha' temple, volcanic sites, beaches, Lapakahi State Historical Park, Akaka Falls

Thursday, June 9-13, 2016: Travel to the island of Kaua'i (9th) and stay in hotel in Lihue until the end of the trip. Explore Waimea Canyon, historic sites


If you have any questions, please contact me at:

Susan Kerr, Department of Anthropology, Modesto Junior College, 435 College Avenue, Modesto, CA 95350.  My office is in the Center for Advanced Technologies Room 205.

Phone/Email: (209) 575-6107, or via email (


Course History

In 2005, 2008, 2012 and 2015 we visited the Colorado Plateau,  including modern Pueblos of Taos, Zuni and Acoma, the modern reservations of the Hopi and Navajo peoples, and learned about the Ancient Puebloans at Chaco Canyon, Mesa Verde, Bandelier, Mule Canyon, and many other sites. 

In Summer 2007 I took my first Anthropological Field Studies Class overseas! I collaborated once more with Garry Hayes' Geology course and visited the amazing ruin of Pompeii and visited the Iceman in the Alps, then we went over the Gottard Pass into Switzerland. 

In 2011 Garry Hayes and I once again marshaled the vans and drove all over the Pacific Northwest, visiting historical sites like Lewis and Clark's camp and Fort Vancouver in Oregon and Washington, Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks, and took a drive down a dirt road in Utah with one of the largest collections of rock art in the world!

In Summer 2014 we visited amazing sites in Canada, and we are planning our trip to Hawai'i for Summer 2016.

I am also collaborating with Biology Professor Teri Curtis to establish a Field Studies of the California Channel Islands. Hopefully this will be taught in Summer 2016 as well. Further details upcoming.

If you are interested in this course, please contact me for details at  I can add you to a mailing list.


Syllabus & Documents (updated once class is set to go!)


Textbooks Required for Class (vary for each time the class is taught as material is location specific)


Field Studies Web Links (will be updated when topic is set for next trip!)