About the Anthropology Department

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


Department Chair

Andrew Mathews

Undergraduate Director

Tsim Schneider

Graduate Director

Lars Fehren-Schmitz

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