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, (831)459-3320, or just schedule an appointment now through Slug Success...


  • Althea, Peer Adviser

  • AltheaAlthea is a third year Anthropology major with an interest in forensics. Her interest in forensics aside from not being squeamish, stemmed from a desire to have a career in which she knew she would never get bored, while her interest in anthropology arose before she even realized it, stating that she found it to be how she always thought about life put into words. Anthropology’s importance for her, stems from its ability to quantify human interactions no matter what the climate at hand. Althea also has a background in archival work, having interned at the Museum of Art and History here in Santa Cruz where she organized documents pertaining to the deceased in Evergreen Cemetery. She hopes that by being a peer advisor she can aid other students in whatever they might need.

  • MacKay, Peer Adviser

  • MacKay

    MacKay is currently a fourth year Anthropology student and a peer adviser for the department. She began at UCSC as a Computer Science major and decided to switch majors upon taking ANTH 1 in the first quarter of her third year. Comparing skulls in the section for that course ignited her passion for paleoanthropology. She loves being able to trace how our behaviors, technologies, and physical forms evolved and what that could mean for future generations and evolutions.


    MacKay will always greet you with a big smile and is eager to help with any issues you might have. She will gladly discuss any Anthropology courses or topics that interest you. Feel free to stop by and say hello!


  • Brittney, Peer Adviser

  • Brittney

    Brittney is an Undergraduate Anthropology Major with a particular interest in Cultural/Medical Anthropology. Her passion for anthropology began in her high school French class in which she not only learned of the French language, but of the culture and the history of that culture that came with it. Seeing the many ways in which cultural identities surpass political, social, and economic boundaries in order to grow inspired her to pursue a career that examines this kind of cross cultural connection and growth even further. Brittney studied abroad over the summer of 2018, in Perugia, Italy, and as a result of her final research project for her classes there, found a passion for Medical Anthropology. As a peer advisor, she would be more than happy to answer as many questions as she can about the process for being able to study abroad and any curiosities students may have of her own research.


  • Miranda, Peer Adviser

  • Miranda

    Miranda is a second-year student majoring in anthropology and cognitive science. Their main interest is psychological/cognitive anthropology. Miranda found this field when they started to question how people understand the world of information. For such interests, they practiced an independent study in early childhood education to comprehend how do children form their individual personality and how does social character, cognition, and the culture form in early childhood. Miranda believes that ethnography can help people find the starting point of a society in the mind, and then can help to understand how does society form in the low cognitive stage of early childhood. Because of engaging in a subfield which is not that mainstream, Miranda really loves helping people to find their favorite field no matter whether it is well-known.


  • Taylor, Peer Adviser

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    Taylor is a fourth year Anthropology major with a focus on biological anthropology. Taylor first had a greater interest in anthropology in taking her first cultural anthropology class, but has since shifted her interest in studying evolutionary processes. Taylor has found the opportunities and experiences through the UCSC Anthropology lab courses are vast. Lab courses such as ANTH-102A and ANTH-97 have challenged her to try new things such as dissections and learning about our skeletal anatomy. Taylor loves anthropology because she feels it best blends the social and hard sciences together providing a different lens for alternative perspectives.


  • Xochitl, Peer Adviser

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    Xochitl is a fourth year transfer student who specializes in forensics. He attended Fresno City College hoping to become a California archaeologist, but he eventually switched to forensics after realizing that he wanted to work with human remains in a modern context. In summer 2018, he was an intern at the Forensic Investigation Research Station, a body farm in Western Colorado. He is currently finishing a senior thesis on the effects of moisture on natural mummification in Colorado. He will be attending Chico State in the fall for a masters in forensic anthropology. As a trans Latinx man, he is also interested in discussions about diversity and inclusion in the field of anthropology. He is eager to answer any questions about the grad school application process, finding internship opportunities, his time at the body farm, and his experiences as a transfer student.


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 Dr. Megan Moodie, Director of Undergraduate Studies.