Advising

Greetings... Drop-In Advising Hours

Thanks for stopping by the Department Anthropology advising office.  We have information about the major or minor and can help take care of your paperwork, and more: Do field work overseas; get credit for local internships; give a workshop or become a peer adviser yourself - come talk to us about it!


    Molly Segale, Undergraduate Adviser

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    As the Anthropology Undergrad Adviser, my job is to help students complete our programs on time while also having the most enriching experiences. I can help you with declaration, education abroad, choosing courses, pursuing independent studies and making post-graduate plans.

    My passions include travel and education, preferably both at once. As both a student and a teacher abroad, I’ve fallen in love with the world multiple times. My favorite adventures include running through the ancient Greek stadium in Olympia and telling ghost stories in a candlelit lecture hall to university students in China. 

    Please contact or visit me if you have any questions about the Anthropology Department’s undergrad programs!

    You can see me Monday-Thursday from 9:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-4:00pm at 361 Social Sciences 1; I can also be reached at msegale@ucsc.edu or (831)459-3320.


  • Naima, Peer Adviser

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    I am passionate about being an anthropology adviser because of the opportunity to help students in their educational endeavors. At the beginning of my educational career, I did not take advantage of the assistance offered on campus, specifically through the major department, and I have always wondered how much more easily navigating Anthropology would have been with that help - instead of strictly learning by trial and error. By participating in the advising program, I hope to create a positive and welcoming environment where I am able to guide others and lend them a helping hand as students traverse the university.

    Though I am here to help in all parts of anthropology, I have a special place in my heart for the biological and forensic sides.


  • Isabel, Peer Adviser

  • No alternative textI am a fourth year anthropology major. My favorite anthropological experience has been studying abroad and traveling in Europe for four months. Being there exposed me to so many different customs, traditions, languages and food. If you want to know more about studying abroad and fitting it into your schedule, drop by the anthropology advising office!

  • Gina, Peer Adviser

  • No alternative textMy name is Gina and I am a transfer student in my junior year at UCSC. I love anthropology and its approach to the study of humanity whereby cultures are studied for both their particularities and their relation to large structures of power. I am most interested in sociocultural anthropology and more specifically, how anthropology can be used to study social justice issues in the United States. Right now I am studying a rural Italian-American community in order to better understand how whiteness has been constructed in the United States. If you want to know more about senior thesis projects, transfer student resources, and/or major planning for disabled students, please come and talk to me! 

  • Magda, Peer Adviser

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    I am a transfer student currently in my senior year at UCSC. For me, Anthropology starts the conversation about social justice, human rights, and activism. I am a double major in Anthropology and Community Studies, in which I am most interested in areas of poverty, inequality, and specifically, incarceration. UCSC has offered great resources that have enabled me to navigate my interests and future research; I hope to contribute to the Anthropology Department as a reliable resource for others the same way others have done for me!


  • Emily, Peer Adviser

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    I am a third-year student here at UCSC, majoring in Anthropology and Psychology and minoring in Education. Learning about and experiencing the quirks and traditions that make different cultures unique is where my love for anthropology is rooted. We often get so wrapped up in our busy schedules that we forget to enjoy life for the simplicity of the moment. By being a peer advisor, I hope to pass on information that will help students organize their schedules and manage their time in a way that maximizes efficiency in their studies while allowing room to explore their interests.


  • Mara, Peer Adviser

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    My name is Mara and I am a third year Anthropology major and History of Art & Visual Culture minor! I have always been interested in anthropology but I was inspired to chose it as a major when I went to Cuba a couple summers ago and found myself accidentally immersed in the practice of ethnography. I found that deep understanding of cultural patterns led me to grow and expand my framework in unsettling but completely exciting ways. I especially enjoy combining my major and minor to better understand how people construct their identities through art, as a form of resistance and political dialogue. I hope that I can offer guidance and support as a peer adviser! 


  • Sarah, Peer Adviser

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    I am a second year undergraduate anthropology major focusing in cultural anthropology, with a biology minor. I love anthropology because of how unique the discipline is: we study humans and how they live in different regions around the world, which you cannot experience in any other major. Right now, I am interested in studying how communities practice medicine and other health practices in different parts of the world. I am happy to contribute my knowledge in all subfields of anthropology, but if you have an interest in cultural or biological anthropology, please come and talk to me!


The Undergraduate Program Coordinator/Adviser, the Undergraduate Director, and the Executive Committee administer the Anthropology undergraduate program.  If students have questions or concerns about university/program administration, policy, processes, or degree progress, come to the drop-in advising hours.  Also feel free to contact Molly Segale, Undergraduate Program Coordinator directly, or Jon Daehnke, 2016-17 Director of Undergraduate Studies.