What is Anthropology?
At the heart of anthropology is a deep curiosity about what it means to be human, in biological, linguistic, historic, and cultural senses. We explore and investigate the human condition across time and space and in all its diversity. This holistic perspective on the human condition might seem overly broad or ill-defined, but for anthropologists it is this perspective that allows us to think outside-the-box and to question fundamental assumptions about our species and our lives. It also makes for quite an adventure - there is no other discipline where an undergraduate can explore genes, primates, ancient kingdoms, fashion, and immigration all in one semester! Our discipine is also uniquely global - students learn about people and places from Madagascar to Mongolia and Nicaragua to New York city and beyond.
Anthropology at UC
Anthropology majors take courses distributed among cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, archaeology and linguistics. The first two years are usually spent developing a breadth of knowledge and skills, meeting the UC College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) requirements and, of course, beginning the study of anthropology. The model schedule of minimum requirements is only a guide for planning and cannot be followed precisely by transfer, part-time, advanced placement or other students who depart from a four-year program. The UC College of Arts and Sciences offers flexible degree requirements that allow for and highly encourage students to pursue multiple areas of study. Free electives allow for enough credits for students to pursue a minor, certificate program or even complete a second major. Some of the most common pairings are listed below.
- Classics and Classical Civilization
- Critical Visions
- Environmental Studies
- Heritage Studies Certificate
- Historic Preservation Certificate
- Latin American Studies
- Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Is it practical?
YES!!! Graduates of the anthropology program receive broad training and a unique perspective that enables them to pursue a wide range of exciting career options. This training includes courses in cultural and biological anthropology and archaeology, as well as numerous field and lab methods. Graduates work in research, teaching, or administration, in industry, government, non-governmental organizations, and many other private and public institutions.
For more information about anthropology and its career options, click on the “Careers in Anthropology” tab to the left.
Want to learn more?
Click on the tabs to the left to learn more about the curriculum for the Anthropology and Archaeology major and Anthropology minor, and anthropological certificate programs at UC. You can also get more information about research and internship opportunities and learn who to contact with academic advising related questions.
Don't forget to check out ANTHROPOS, the undergraduate anthropology club, for activities, fieldtrips, and fellowship with likeminded students.
For more info, email the Director of Undergraduate Studies: Dr. Stephanie Sadre-Orafai