The Adan E. Treganza Anthropology Museum maintains over 11,000 ethnological and archaeological objects from all over the world at the Science Building and its extension at Tiburon, independently called the Tiburon Archaeological Research Center.

The major collections include ethnological specimens representing cultures of Native Americans, Africa, and Oceania. Small but valuable samples come from the material cultures of Southeast Asia. The museum also has audio-visual collections.

The museum provides the materials for student research, classroom lectures, and exhibitions, and thus supports not only the curriculum of the Department of Anthropology but also ethnic studies, art and art history, American history, high school education, museum studies, etc.

The museum has the Hohenthal Gallery and schedules temporary exhibitions focusing on anthropological themes.

The office is at SCI 380A.


The American Language Institute (ALI) is a center for teaching English as a second language (ESL) and is closely allied with the Department of English and its program for training teachers of ESL. The ALI offers a full-time course of study in ESL for international students preparing to undertake academic studies in the United States. Students are placed into one of five levels, ranging from a basic class for near-beginners to an advanced class for students who come to the ALI with considerable English proficiency. Along with language instruction, the ALI program includes classes and workshops in cultural adaptation, orientation to the academic community, immigration advice, and assistance in selecting universities for further study.

The ALI also serves as a training institute for selected graduate students in the English Department's Master of Arts in English: Concentration in English as a Foreign/Second Language. Those graduate students become instructors in the ALI under the supervision of the full-time, permanent ALI faculty. The Director of the ALI has a faculty appointment in the English Department.

For further information about ALI programs, contact the ALI, HUM 101, 338-1438.


The BSS-Geography Map Library offers the university and the San Francisco community a unique and varied collection of maps. The Map Library aids faculty and students in the selection of maps that best fit their needs in the classroom and in research.

The collection maintained by the Map Library includes: the university's Wall Map Collection, a regional flat map collection with world coverage, the AMS Series for Southeast Asia and a diverse collection of maps of California and the San Francisco Bay Region.

The Map Library also functions as an Official USGS Map Depository for the Western States Region. The Map Library houses a collection of nearly three thousand of the latest USGS Topographic Quadrangles for California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Hawaii, and Alaska. These collections are open to the public during the regular business hours of the Map Library, located in HSS 289.


Center for Small Business
The Center for Small Business has been established within the College of Business to enhance the relationship between the university and the entrepreneurial/small business community. The center provides counseling for students and community businesses. The director coordinates courses in small business consulting and has an ongoing internship program. The center provides seminars to educate small business owners and prospective entrepreneurs.

Pension Research Institute
The Pension Research Institute's purpose is to contribute to the enlightenment of pension management, administration, and regulation through the performance of scholarly research and its dissemination to the pension community.

U.S.-Canada Business Institute
The U.S.-Canada Business Institute does sponsored research aimed at facilitating the understanding of the complex relationship between North America's neighbors. It also holds seminars and symposia for the benefit of the Northern California community.

Students may take a special course focusing on the U.S.-Canadian business environment and avail themselves of study opportunities in Canada. A faculty and graduate student exchange program with Montreal's Concordia University facilitates and promotes understanding of mutual business and economic environments. All students are encouraged to participate in the many events presented by the U.S.-Canada Business Institute.

U.S.-China Business Institute
The U.S.-China Business Institute's mission is to foster increased understanding of commercial opportunities for U.S. firms and firms in the Chinese economies (Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan). Studies and publications focus on these economies' economic/commercial development, how to do business there, and U.S. commercial relations with them. Seminars and delegations will train companies to better do business with their Pacific neighbors.

U.S.-Japan Institute
The activities of the U.S.-Japan Institute are coordinated through the College of Business. The Institute is aggressively pursuing and developing a close relationship between the Japanese and American business communities. The Institute sponsors a series of seminars and classes on relevant issues of the U.S.-Japanese relationship, bringing in experts on the national and international level. The Institute sponsors exchange programs with various Japanese institutions of higher learning and executive development.

U.S.-Korea Business Institute
The U.S.-Korea Business Institute focuses on bridging the gap between the two nations through special training for both Korean and American managers. It also sponsors seminars for all citizens interested in Korean affairs. Students can benefit from the Institute through exchanges with prestigious Korean universities. They are also invited to participate in all other activities of the U.S.-Korea Business Institute.

U.S.-Soviet (CIS) Business Institute
The U.S.-Soviet (CIS) Business Institute was formed to facilitate business communications between the two nations. An exchange program consisting of students and senior management groups has been established to study productivity and assemble information for computer assisted management training.

World Business Group
The World Business Group has been established within the College of Business to provide a close relationship between the university and the business community. Specific activities of the Center include: coordination of foreign academic programs, sponsoring seminars and symposia for the total community, encouragement of and financing special student and teaching staff research, and the dissemination of useful research to all interested parties. The center, which is funded by businessmen and other non-tax- supported bodies, provides a neutral ground for the development and exchange of worthwhile information.


The Frank V. de Bellis Collection of The California State University, located on the sixth floor of the J. Paul Leonard Library, is a library-museum of Italian authors and subjects representing the civilization of ancient and modern Italy, particularly in the areas of history, literature, fine arts, and music. Holdings include rare books, music scores, archival sound recordings, manuscripts, periodicals, microfilms, art prints, artifacts, and coins. The collection serves all the campuses of the CSU system.


The Center for Humanistic Studies offers cross-disciplinary courses and programs within or involving the College of Humanities. While the Women Studies, American Studies, Religious Studies, Technical and Professional Writing, Global Peace Studies, Intercultural Skills, and NEXA programs already provide cross-disciplinary curricula in focused areas, the Center for Humanistic Studies develops and offers individual courses not pertaining to these programs. Such courses are scheduled under the prefix "CHS" and are listed in the back of the Bulletin under "Humanistic Studies." For information about the center, call 338-1109.


The Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism was created by the Department of Journalism in January, 1990, to help the department increase its own ethnic minority enrollment and graduation rates and to develop model programs that could lead to increased ethnic diversity and other improvements in both journalism education and the journalism profession.

The first major programs created by the center were an annual summer journalism workshop for Bay Area ethnic minority high school students and the creation of a large network of volunteer Bay Area journalists who work as writing coaches on a weekly basis with the department's students. This important service is available to all students in the department, as is the mentor program, which links students with journalists until the students graduate.

Major goals of the center are to:

Under the center's master plan, the center will advance from becoming a pilot program to becoming the nation's first university-level institute to address in a comprehensive manner the complex and linked issues confronting the news media in serving, covering, and reflecting an increasingly diverse American society. The center has been funded entirely by private grants, primarily with grants from the Freedom Forum Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the Ford Foundation.

The development of the center comes at a critical stage in U.S. history. As Americans enter the twenty-first century, immigration, demographic, and lifestyle trends and social, political, and economic pressures have combined to make diversity an overriding concern for the news media in everything from the integration of the staffs of newsrooms to the integration of the content of news pages and broadcasts. The center hopes to help the news media fulfill their important responsibilities as gatekeepers for information, ideas, and voices that help shape public opinion and policy.


The International Relations Center is an experiment in closing the gap between expert knowledge of world affairs and popular understanding. It was designed to increase the quantity and quality of information flow to the attentive publics that are concerned about what is going on in the world.

The center is a teaching laboratory, a data bank, a clearing house, and a forum for the expression of the widest range of ideas about matters of international significance. It is a place where students interact with experts and interested laymen to analyze, discuss, and understand the complicated patterns, processes, and institutions of international relations.

The main orientation of the center is toward relevance to the great issues of our time. It was founded on the assumption that democratic government and effective foreign policy are not incompatible. It is dedicated to strengthening American democracy by improving public understanding of its international environment.

The center is controlled and administered by the International Relations faculty. For further information students are advised to contact the chair of the International Relations Department in HSS 382.


The purpose of the Center for Modern Greek Studies is to promote the study of modern Greek language, literature, history, and culture in relation to Byzantine and earlier Hellenic history and cultural achievements. The center coordinates courses offered in the Departments of Classics, World and Comparative Literature, and History, as well as other courses related to the area of Modern Greek Studies, with the ultimate objective of developing an interdisciplinary major in Modern Greek Studies.

Courses presently available include those in Greek language (GRE 250, 251, 365, and 470); Greek literature courses (WCL 425, Kazantzakis; WCL 445, Modern Greek Literature; and WCL 465, Modern Greek Poetry); and courses in Greek history (HIST 326, The Byzantine Empire; and HIST 349, Greece and the Balkans).

The center also plans and coordinates cultural programs and activities designed to promote understanding of modern and contemporary Greece. In connection with the center, an endowed chair in Modern Greek Studies has been established, The Nikos Kazantzakis Chair, to provide support for curricular development and cultural programming.

For information about the Center for Modern Greek Studies, please contact Thanasis Maskaleris, Director, HUM 577 (338-1892) or HUM 377 (338-2068).


The Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, located approximately one hundred miles south of San Francisco on Monterey Bay, operate the year around as a consortium of six members of The California State University: California State University, Fresno; California State University, Hayward; California State University, Sacramento; California State University, Stanislaus; San Francisco State University; and San Jose State University. Students file class reservation forms at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, receive class list confirmation from Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, and then register for these classes on the San Francisco campus. Students attending Marine Science classes which are listed in the San Francisco State University Bulletin receive credit toward degrees at San Francisco State University. Juniors, seniors, and graduate students admitted to the university may enroll for classes and need not attend the university before enrolling at Moss Landing. Please note that advance space reservation DIRECTLY with Moss Landing Marine Laboratories is necessary; registration and course confirmation at the university alone does NOT assure the student of space at the laboratories. Graduate and upper division credit toward the master's degree and upper division credit toward the bachelor's degree are offered.

The laboratories offer full-time course work in oceanography, including marine biology, marine geology, and other marine sciences for majors in either the biological or physical sciences whose objectives include further graduate study, teaching the sciences, or research in the marine sciences. Since enrollment is limited, interested students should make early application.

Because of structural damage sustained in the October 17, 1989 earthquake, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories is temporarily operating at the Monterey County Center, 893 Blanco Circle, Salinas, California 93901.

For further information or application forms, please contact either the chair of the Biology Department or the chair of the Geosciences Department at San Francisco State University or the Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, P.O. Box 223, Moss Landing, CA 95039. San Francisco State University students at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories must continue to follow university enrollment regulations and use San Francisco State University Marine Science course numbers.


The Poetry Center is one of the oldest and most respected literary resource centers in the nation. It presents a series of on-campus poetry and prose readings by well-established and emerging writers from a variety of literary traditions and cultural experiences. The center has an extensive contemporary poetry library available to students, and provides information about literary events throughout the U.S. Its video and audio collection of writers reading and in performance, The American Poetry Archives, is among the largest in the world and documents such important writers as Adrienne Rich, Octavio Paz, Alice Walker, Amy Tan, and Allen Ginsberg. These historic tapes are available to students for viewing and listening. The center also sponsors a national book award and officiates several poetry contests open to students. The Poetry Center office is in HUM 511, telephone 338-7434; for archives tape information, call 338-1056.


The Romberg Tiburon Centers are located on San Francisco Bay in Marin County, approximately 30 miles north of the main campus. Two centers are currently operating on the 30-acre property: the Center for Environmental Studies and the Bay Conference Center.

Center for Environmental Studies
The Center for Environmental Studies (CES) was founded in 1978 to serve as a multidisciplinary instructional and research facility for the study of the natural and human environment of the San Francisco Bay and the central California coast. CES provides a unique opportunity for faculty and students of diverse disciplines to work together towards reaching practical solutions to regional environmental issues. CES faculty and students conduct a variety of research programs from estuarine ecology to molecular biology. Support is provided from federal and state agencies and local foundations.

Several university departments offer courses at the center each semester, including the summer term. Courses are designed to use the facilities of the center and feature field programs in marine and estuarine science, focusing on wetlands; planktonic and benthic organisms; and chemistry, geochemistry, and microbiology of estuaries and coastal waters. Courses are offered at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, and opportunities exist for graduate research projects. Students should check the Class Schedule or call the center for information on course offerings.

The CES also sponsors a student intern program where students work with, and are funded by, private industry.

Bay Conference Center
The Bay Conference Center (BCC) opened in 1987. Overlooking San Francisco Bay and the surrounding hills, it contains four meeting rooms, including a main room with seating for 150 people. University groups, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and private industry utilize the Bay Conference Center for educational programs and conferences.

For information on CES or BCC, contact the Director, Romberg Tiburon Centers, P.O. Box 855, Tiburon, CA 94920.


The Sierra Nevada Field Campus provides a mountain forest setting for instruction and research in the environmental sciences and other creative disciplines. The field station is located adjacent to State Highway 49 on the North Fork of the Yuba River at an elevation of 1,675 meters. Facilities include two cabins and a dining hall on nine mostly forested acres within the Tahoe National Forest. Presently the facility supports a summer and weekend course and research program which utilizes a variety of vegetation types, land forms and aquatic habitats near the field station. Other unique sites occur within two hours drive, including Sierra Buttes, Sierra Valley, Gold Lakes Country, Mt. Lassen, Lake Tahoe, Pyramid Lake, Eagle Lake, and Mono Lake.

For information about courses, scheduling programs and accommodations, please write to Director, Sierra Nevada Field Campus, College of Science and Engineering, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA 94132 or Sierra Nevada Field Campus, Star Route, Sattley, CA 96124.


The Sutro Egyptian Collection, under the auspices of the Classics Department, consists of approximately seven hundred artifacts from ancient Egypt which span 5,000 years, from Pre-dynastic to Greco-Roman times. The Museum Training Program of the Classics Department makes use of this fine collection to give students first-hand learning experience in museum skills such as restoration, conservation and authentication.

Advanced students participate in mounting exhibits from the Sutro Collection--pottery, masks, jewelry, mummies, model boats, statuettes and other artifacts of daily life.

Visiting scholars, Bay Area students, and faculty use the collection for research and study.

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