Anthropologists study the diverse origins, evolutionary pathways, and contemporary lives of humans across the globe, including their impacts on one another and the planet. As careful observers of humans in their everyday surroundings, anthropologists often conduct intensive fieldwork to understand the complex interplays between individuals and the world around them. At UC, anthropologists are decidedly interdisciplinary, investigating various aspects of the human condition by using genetic information, artifacts, isotopes, interviews, and personal narratives.
Anthropologists have an unbounded view of human history and evolution. They investigate how societies, cultures, and our species have changed over time and use this knowledge to advocate for a more equitable and just future. A degree in Anthropology from UC provides you with a unique combination of analytical skills and firsthand engagement with the complexities of global human diversity.
Anthropology students at UC actively participate in faculty research in labs and field sites locally, nationally, and internationally. They also have the opportunity to pursue their own independent research and receive funding, credit, or both to do so. As a department that spans the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences, students in our program can seek funding from a range of sources, from departmental STEM Awards to Taft Research Fellowships.