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...


  • MacKay, Peer Adviser

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    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!


  • 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.

  • Sofia, Peer Adviser

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    Sofia is a fourth year Anthropology major with a focus on cultural/medical anthropology. She also practices art mainly focusing on illustration. Sofia found anthropology in her second year of college, because she wanted to study medicine and health in a broad sense without having to focus so much on hard sciences. She believes that medical anthropology is important because it broadens your perspective on modern ideas of health, and gives you new framework to see the world through. Medical anthropology is a recent phenomenon, and Sofia is excited to be a part of such a relevant and expanding field. She has also studied medical anthropology abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland, and has participated in an independent study with Nancy Chen.


  • Megan, Peer Adviser

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    Megan is a third year student majoring in anthropology and community studies. Megan’s main interest is in cultural anthropology because she loves reading and writing. She also enjoys taking classes in biological anthropology, one of her favorite classes at UCSC was Evolution of the Human Diet with Vicky Oelze. The reason that Megan was drawn to anthropology is because she has noted the ways that social justice can be employed through this field of study. Her life goal is to make a positive impact on the world by sharing the plight of underprivileged and historically marginalized communities, using writing as the main tool. Ethnography to her should always carry intentions of uplifting the peoples which are central to the study. Other interests that she has include going for nature walks, going to the beach, sustainable food systems, environmental justice, and reading fiction.


  • Sarah, Peer Adviser

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    Sarah is a fourth year student specializing in biological anthropology. Sarah found biological anthropology when she watched the TV series Bones, and she’s been fascinated by the human skeleton ever since. Skeletal health is vastly underrated, and there is so much to learn from the human skeleton. Sarah enjoys the anthropology major because it allows her to study with a narrow focus on the skeleton and overall finds the major to be more relevant to her interests. Sarah studied abroad in Australia and took a human skeletal analysis course with a highly applicable lab where she could study and handle real human bones. Sarah eventually wants to go to graduate school to study skeletal health.


  • Shannon, Peer Adviser

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    Shannon is a third year student studying the history of art and visual culture as well as anthropology. She is interested in both cultural and biological anthropology. She chose anthropology because she feels it is a broad field that can be applied to a variety of other fields, discovering this through taking art history classes as well as anthropology classes. Shannon believes anthropology to be very applicable to oneself, and addresses things in the past that are still present today. She feels anthropology’s broadness could be useful in other fields of work. Her favorite anthropology experience has been the Neanderthals class she took, and has participated in a screening at Cabrillo, which was her first hands-on experience with anthropology.


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.