Anthropology Undergraduate Handbook

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The Anthropology Department

The Undergraduate Program Coordinator/Advisor, 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, the following people would be the appropriate contacts:

Mariela Ramirez, Undergraduate Program Coordinator (please email for inquiries)

Tsim Schneider, Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS)

In addition to policy matters, the Executive Committee is responsible for curriculum planning and oversight of undergraduate awards.

For issues related to academic and professional development and individual studies,  students should contact their faculty advisor. 

The Anthropology Department provides many advising resources for undergraduate students and strongly encourages students to seek assistance with their academic planning and progress towards degree completion.

Undergraduate Advising Hours

The Anthropology Department offers advising for the Anthropology Undergraduate Program and assistance with the declaration of major process. We're available by appointment through Slug Success.


Advising Hours by Appointment:
Book appointments through Slug Success.

Peer Advisors

Anthropology Peer Advisors are also available during advising hours to assist students with course selection, academic planning and completion of the declaration of major process.

Peer advisors are junior and senior Anthropology majors who are trained to assist undergraduate students with successfully progressing through the major. Peer advisors also speak from their own experience and are an excellent resource for students trying to figure out how to tailor the major to their interests and how to get the most out of their experience at UCSC. Many peer advisors are transfer students, so they are also familiar with transfer student concerns. 

The Anthropology Department sends out a call for applications for the Peer Advising Program each year through email.


The Director of Undergraduate Studies is Tsim Schneider. He is available for advising on how to work with faculty on independent studies or honors theses; summer internships, field schools, and language study; post-graduation plans; applying to graduate school; and other questions or concerns related to the undergraduate program. His office is Room 305, Social Science 1.

Students are encouraged to get to know their professors. Anthropology faculty hold regular office hours and are very accessible. Faculty can provide information about their research and courses, the department, the discipline of Anthropology, field schools, and graduate programs. Faculty also assist with the declaration of major process and supervise independent studies and senior theses.

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