About the Anthropology Department

UCSC Anthropology happens all over the world.  Come join us! 


Department Chair

Nancy Chen

Undergraduate Director

Megan Moodie

Graduate Director

Lissa Caldwell (Fall),
 Andrew Mathews (Winter, Spring)

Anthro LogoThe UC Santa Cruz Department of Anthropology encompasses three subdisciplines: anthropological archaeology, cultural anthropology, and physical anthropology.

While each field has its own area of study and research practices, together they offer a broad range of perspectives on the politics and experience of being human.

To develop a multifaceted view of humans and their diversity, undergraduates are required to pursue courses in all subfields as part of their major. Graduates specialize in one of the subdisciplines, although conversations across all three may be found in proseminars, colloquia, and seminars.

Degree Programs: