Cultural Track Plan of Study

Cultural anthropology explores the everyday lives, beliefs, activities, and movements of people, objects, and ideas in diverse societies. Cultural anthropology courses examine such topics as race and ethnicity, medicine, health, science, gender, sexuality, environment, religion, law, popular culture, politics, economics, and institutions.

Each track within the Anthropology P.h.D program at UCSC requires students to take certain coursework for the first three years of study, prior to advancing to candidacy. In order to advance to candidacy in cultural anthropology, students must complete:

Core Courses

Must be completed in fall/winter of the first year in the program.*

200A    Cultural Core Course
200B    Cultural Core Course

* ANTH 252, Survey of Cultural Anthropology, is recommended if the student comes from a non-anthropological background.

Ethnographic Writing Requirement

This requirement may be completed by passing Ethnographic Practice, (ANTH 208A) or, upon approval from the department, through an independent research project in which the student engages in research based on participant observation or other ethnographic methodology and in which the student adequately translates that research experience into a written text.

Three Additional Cultural Anthropology Graduate Seminars

Grant Writing (ANTH 228), Colloquia (ANTH 292), Independent Study (ANTH 297/299), and tutorials do not count toward this requirement. Tutorials that are taught in conjunction with undergraduate courses do not count toward this requirement.

Note: Not all of these courses are offered each year.

208C   Design Anthropology
219      Religion, State, Secularities
220      Cartographies of Culture
224      Anthropology of Secularism
225      The Anthropology of Things: Sign, Gift, Commodity, Tool
229      Constructing Regions
233      Politics of Nature
234      Feminist Anthropology
235      Language and Culture
238      Advanced Topics in Cultural Anthropology
241      Social Justice
247      Critical Perspectives on Nutrition
248      Shadowy Dealings: Anthropology of Finance, Money, And Law
249      Ecological Discourses
253      Advanced Cultural Anthropological Theory
254      Medicine and Culture
255      Regulating Religion/Sex
258      Experimental Cultures
259      Race in Theory and Ethnography
262      Documenting Cultures
267A    Science and Justice: Experiments in Collaboration
267B    Science and Justice Research Seminar
268A    Rethinking Capitalism
268B    Rethinking Capitalism
269      Global History and the Longue Durée

Complete Language Requirement

Pass the Qualifying Examination