The Adan E. Treganza Anthropology Museum maintains over 4,000 ethnological and 50,000 archaeological objects from all over the world. The major collections are housed in eight storage rooms on the third floor of the Science Building. The museum also operates a Cultural Resource Management and Heritage Repository out of the Diagnostic Center and from San Francisco State University's extension at Tiburon.

Major ethnological collections are drawn from cultures of Africa; North, Central, and South America; and the Pacific Islands. They include permanent collections from the De Young Museum and audio-visual collections. Small but valuable samples from Southeast Asia are also represented.

The museum provides materials for student research, classroom lectures, and exhibitions developed by faculty and staff. This includes support for Creative Work Project options of students pursuing M.A. degrees. In addition to supporting the curricula of anthropology, ethnic studies, art and art history, American history, and museum studies, the museum also loans a Study Kit of the California Indians for classroom demonstration for student teachers in the College of Education.

The museum schedules temporary exhibits twice a year at the Hohenthal Gallery with additional small displays presented on the second and third floors of the Science Building in coordination with courses offered during the semester and with seasonal cultural heritages represented in the Bay Area. The museum also publishes the Treganza Museum Anthropology Papers approximately twice a year.

The office is located in SCI 380A, telephone (415) 338-1642.


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 Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). 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; e-mail:


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 Global Competitiveness

The Center for Global Competitiveness works with Bay Area businesses to resolve cultural conflicts encountered in operating international multicultural alliances and joint ventures. It also assists businesses to overcome cultural obstacles in implementing organizational change. Its faculty and students study the best and most innovative techniques that businesses throughout the world are using to design lean, flexible, innovative operations and programs, including Total Quality Management and other more advanced concepts. In addition, it explores how businesses excel in global competitiveness, integrate global operations, manage global alliances, and develop global systems that enhance the organization's knowledge and technology.

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 Bay Area businesses. The director coordinates courses in small business consulting and has an ongoing internship program. The center provides assistance and technical information to educate small business owners and prospective entrepreneurs.

Center for the Study of Enterprise

The purpose of the center is to study and promote the enterprising activities of individuals. Such enterprising activities include risk taking, the formation of new businesses, innovation, entrepreneurship, championing, organizing, and creativity. The center supports efforts in the College of Business to expand courses and programs in entrepreneurship and works with faculty from other colleges to develop courses and programs involving entrepreneurial facets of specific disciplinary perspective that involve faculty from across the university.

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.


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 in news media, improvements in journalism education, and more balanced coverage and accurate portrayal of communities of color.

The center does this by connecting youth, university students, and professional journalists in efforts to reach common goals. In addition to annual summer journalism workshops for Bay Area high school students, school visits, and high school fairs, the center also coordinates a Writing and Photography Coach and Mentor program, in which a broad network of professional journalists work with the department's students on a weekly basis. The center coordinates a job fair and a number of other career services for SFSU's journalism students and works closely with professsional journalism organizations to conduct research and advocacy regarding the news media's coverage of ethnic communities in the United States.

The center's major goals include:

The center has emerged as 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. Expanded research on media coverage of ethnic communities, new efforts to track students' progress and retention, plans to strengthen the Bay Area's community and ethnic press, and new training for high school journalism advisers rounds out its sweeping approach to achieving diversity in news media.

The center has been funded entirely by private grants, primarily with grants from The Freedom Forum, 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 its important responsibilities as gatekeepers for information, ideas, and voices that help shape public opinion and policy.


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 Martha Klironomos, Director, HUM 577 (338-1892) or HUM 377 (338-2068); e-mail:


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 seven members of The California State University: California State University, Fresno; California State University, Hayward; California State University, Monterey; California State University, Sacramento; San Francisco State University; San Jose State University; and California State University, Stanislaus. 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- and off-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 338-2227; for archives tape information, call 338-1056; for general information, call 338-3132.


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.

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.

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 140 people. University groups, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and private industry utilize the Bay Conference Center for meetings, educational programs, and conferences.

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.

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 Studies Program of the Classics Department makes use of this fine collection to give students first-hand learning experiences in museum exhibits, curatorial activities, restoration, conservation, and authentication.

Students work with ancient Egyptian artifacts 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.

SFSU Home   Search   Need Help?  

1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132 (415) 338-1111

Last modified July 02, 2012 by