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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 advisor yourself - come talk to us about it!

  • The Department of Anthropology is currently recruiting for an Undergraduate Advisor and our advising  capacity will be limited until a new hire is in place.  We hope to have peer advisors in to assist with selecting courses, major checklists, etc. by the end of the first week of instruction.

    You can submit questions to, or schedule a Zoom appointment with Fred Deakin, Anthropology Department Manager, through Slug Success...

  • Hanna, Lead Peer Advisor

  • Hanna, Lead Peer Advisor

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    I’ve always been fascinated by how diverse people, cultures, and geographic regions can be, both locally and globally! I enjoy understanding past origins of different social, economic, and especially political trends that can offer insight into understanding modern times. My research interests focus on gender politics (gender divisions in society ), ethnography, and human evolution (love learning about primates)!

  • Sam, Lead Peer Advisor

  • Sam, Lead Peer Advisor

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    I was originally drawn to anthropology because I loved big-picture questions about the human condition - it was an extension of my love of history and geography growing up, before I knew what anthropology was. I've always loved traveling and exploring new cultures and geographies. When I first learned about anthropology, I appreciated it immediately it as a method that bridges the gap between 'on the ground' subjective human experience and broader scope social inquiry. I appreciate the reflexivity that modern ethnography demands of the anthropologist, acknowledging that social science is fundamentally subjective - and leaning into that, instead of feigning objectivity.

    In my first years in college, I was interested in geographic focuses such as ethnography in China and Latin America. And those are still areas of interest. But since returning to school more recently, my focus has turned toward Applied Anthropology. I believe in anthropology as a method and a worldview and believe in bringing that beyond academia to make the world a better place. I love the idea of helping other students find their place within that. I'm interested in exploring many of the "sub-subfields" within the applied anthropology division, but I've been looking into applied anthropology in higher education, using the tools of anthropology to make higher education more accessible and equitable. Also, much of my research for classes at UCSC and at Cabrillo has focused on economic marginalization and gentrification in Santa Cruz county, and that's area I plan to continue to explore.

  • Cristina, Peer Advisor

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    As someone who aspires to become a school counselor, I seek to understand students from a cultural and human conduct perspective. So by pursuing a major in anthropology, I strive to accomplish this goal.

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, make an appointment during advising hours.  Also feel free to email Anthropology Undergraduate Advising (