Declaring Anthropology Major/Minor

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Students are advised to declare a major as soon as possible. University policy requires all students to declare a major before enrolling for their third year (or equivalent). Junior transfer students must declare a major during their second quarter at UCSC. Students who remain undeclared after these deadlines will not be able to enroll in classes until they have declared a major.

The declaration of major process takes time – it is recommended that you begin this process as soon as possible.

The following steps will guide you through the process of declaring the Anthropology Major or Minor. If you are declaring an Anthropology Minor then you MUST declare your major BEFORE coming to the anthropology department. If you are declaring the Combined Anthropology/Earth Sciences Major you must speak directly with both the Anthropology Undergraduate Adviser and the Earth & Planetary Sciences Undergraduate Adviser.

Major Qualifications

In order to qualify for the major, students must have received a "C" or better in at least one lower-division anthropology course (ANTH 1, 2 or 3) and have receieved either a "C" or better in a second lower-division anthropology course or be enrolled in a second lower-division anthropology course at the time of declaration. 

Major/Minor Declaration Process

STEP 1: Download a Petition for Major/Minor Declaration AND an Academic Planning Form from the UCSC Undergraduate Advising Center: http://advising.ucsc.edu/student/declaration/index.html. Or click on the image below.

Declaration of Major Form

Fill out the petition to the best of your ability. Be sure to indicate your Expected Graduation Term (EGT) on the petition. To view your official EGT go to your MyUCSC Student Center, click on “Student Advising Summary”, then click on the “Degree” tab – your EGT will be listed here. Please note that the EGT for most students reflects one extra quarter beyond what they will need to complete requirements. You do not need to have your EGT adjusted if you are planning to graduate before the term indicated; if you need to attend after this term, however, it is very important you contact your college to request an adjustment or extension.

STEP 2: Bring your Petition for Major/Minor Declaration AND your Academic Planning Form to the Anthropology Department Office (361 Social Sciences 1) during regular drop-in advising hours. Meet with an Anthropology Peer Adviser or the Undergraduate Adviser to review your declaration form and discuss your academic plan and major requirements.

STEP 3: Meet with a permanent Anthropology faculty member (not a visiting lecturer or graduate student) to discuss your Petition for Major/Minor Declaration AND your Academic Planning Form. Obtain the faculty member's signature on the bottom of your Academic Planning Form. You must have this form signed by an Anthropology faculty member in order to declare the major.

It is best to meet with an Anthropology faculty member during their quarterly office hours or email them to schedule an appointment. The Anthropology Department does not assign faculty advisers – we suggest that you meet with a faculty member whose work coincides with your interests. In addition to reviewing the required declaration paperwork, you should also talk with the faculty member about your intellectual and career interests, graduate school preparation, opportunities for experiential learning (e.g. internships or research), and options for satisfying the senior comprehensive requirement.

STEP 4: Meet with the Anthropology Undergraduate Adviser during drop-in advising hours to complete the declaration process. You must bring your completed Petition for Major/Minor Declaration AND your Academic Planning Form (with faculty signature) to the Undergraduate Adviser in order to complete the declaration process. It is very important that you complete this step, as you will not be declared until you do so!


If you are a transfer student then you must provide the department with an unofficial copy of your transcript from any institution where you took anthropology courses that you would like to apply to the major requirements. Please do this as soon as possible as it may effect your enrollment in anthropology courses that have prerequisites.