Anthropology looks deeply into the human experience, into what make us uniquely human.

Anthropology Undergraduate Degree Program

Anthropology is the study of humans in the broadest sense: biological, sociocultural, and historical. The aim of the anthropology major at UCSB is threefold: (1) to prepare for graduate school those students who wish to work professionally in anthropology; (2) to prepare students for careers in secondary education or in social work; and (3) to provide a background in behavioral studies for students who desire a broad education in either the biological or the social sciences.

We offer B.A. degrees in three emphases: Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, and Cultural Anthropology as well as a B.A. in Anthropology without an emphasis. Students may declare the major after completing two anthropology courses. An anthropology minor is also available. An overall 2.0 grade-point average is required. All major courses must be completed on a letter-graded basis.

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Anthropology Major

Students who wish to follow a general Anthropology track may complete a B.A in Anthropology.

The requirements for this major are detailed in the General Catalog listed below.


Helpful Major Resourses

General Anthropology FAQ

General Anthropology Course Planning Sheet

Archaeological Emphasis Course Planning Sheet

Biological Emphasis Course Planning Sheet

Cultural Emphasis Course Planning Sheet


B.A. Emphases

Senior Honors Program

The Anthropology Honors Program is designed to facilitate individual research on topics chosen by the student and pursued in particular depth. Qualified majors will be invited to participate in the Anthropology Honors Program.

Minimum qualifications are junior standing (completion of at least 105 units), completion of at least 20 upper-division units in anthropology, and a grade-point average of at least 3.4.

Students must enroll in ANTH 195A during Spring Quarter of their Junior Year. Each candidate for honors then enrolls in Anthropology 195 B & C taken in consecutive quarters, under the instruction of a thesis advisor chosen by the student and approved by the department. In 195A, the student will formulate a research problem that they will pursue for the duration of the program and begin to conduct background research that will frame their research project. In 195B, the student will concentrate on reading and gathering material for the thesis. Lastly in 195C, the student will write the thesis. The Anthropology Honors thesis will be retained permanently in the department office for faculty and students to read.

Anthropology students who complete the honors program, maintain grades of B or better in Anthropology 195A, B & C and graduate with a minimum 3.4 grade-point average in the major will be awarded Distinction in the Major on university records and on their diploma.

College of Letters and Science Honors Program

Students enrolled in the College of Letters and Science Honors Program will be eligible to enroll in special honors discussion sections in some lower-division anthropology courses. See the Undergraduate Adviser for more information.

Internship Opportunities

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Related Fields Courses

Click here for the list of pre-approved courses available for credit toward the Anthropology degree by petition.


The Society of Anthropology at UCSB

The Society of Anthropology at UCSB is a body of undergraduates interested in enriching their experience with the Department of Anthropology at UCSB. Our goal is to connect our fellow students with each other and to create and participate in social and academic events throughout the year.

SAUCSB plans a number of great activities throughout the year. We welcome all interested students, regardless of major. SAUCSB is a great opportunity to get a feel for the program, major, meet the people in it, and network for opportunities such as internships and volunteer work. 


AGSA Mentorship Program

The AGSA Mentorship Program (AMP) provides academic and professional support for undergraduate and graduate students in Anthropology and other departments. See the AGSA Mentorship Program page for more details.