We investigate the impacts our past and present have had on ourselves socially, physically, culturally, biologically and ecologically.


The Department of Anthropology is a medium-sized department with excellent faculty, high national visibility and a reputation for a first-rate graduate program. Each student contracts a unique course of study and research directed towards understanding aspects of human nature, culture, and biology, past and present. Graduate students are admitted to an MA/PhD program in one of three fields: Archaeology, Integrative Anthropological Sciences, or Sociocultural Anthropology.

Graduate Program Coordinator

Karen Louise Schultz
Phone: (805) 893-2516  (disconnected during COVID pandemic, please email instead)
Office: HSSB 2001

Advising Hours

Monday - Friday
By Email Only until further notice due to COVID-19.


Faculty Graduate Advisor

Associate Professor
David Lawson


Degree Requirements

Students are held to the degree program guidelines in place the academic year they enter the graduate program.

Department Forms and Waivers

UCSB Graduate Division Forms and Resources

The following Doctoral Degree Forms, Petitions and Information are available here.
  • Form I - Nomination of Doctoral Committee
  • Form II - Report on Qualifying Exams (Comprehensive Exams)
  • From III - Report on Final Exam for PhD (Completion of all PhD requirements)
  • Form IIIA - Waiver of Final Exam for PhD (Waiver of Defense)
  • Changes in Doctoral Committee
  • Leave of Absence
  • In Absentia
  • Change of Degree Status
  • General Graduate Student Petition (Transfer Credit, UCSB Extension Course Credit, Waive Graduate Council Requirements, Dual Enrollment)
  • Reinstatement from Lapsed Status

Financial Support

Each Spring, the students and their faculty advisors complete a Student Annual Report (SAR) as a way to reflect on progess made over the ending academic year. These reports are then reviewed by the faculty to determine the merit and need-based awarding of Teaching Assistantships, Department Research Positions, and other monetary support for the following academic year.
Additional Financial Support Resources: