Transfer Students

Between classes on Science Hill; in the background is the Science and Engineering Library [Photo by Phil Carter]

Approximately 40% of all students in the Anthropology major are junior transfers. 

Prior to Enrolling in Your First Quarter at UCSC

Complete Lower Division Requirements

Most upper division courses have one of the following lower division introductory courses as a prerequisite:

  • ANTH 1 - Introduction to Biological Anthropology
  • ANTH 2  - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 3  - Introduction to Archaeology

Transfer students are strongly encouraged to complete all three courses before transferring to UCSC, however, it is not required.

Confirm Transfer Credit Has Been Processed

After you have been admitted to UCSC and all your final official transcripts from other colleges have been received, the Office of Admissions will evaluate your transfer credit. The evaluation shows which of your past courses are transferable to UCSC and how many credits you have accrued. It also shows which general education requirements you have satisfied, whether you have satisfied the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC), and whether you have satisfied the University of California Entry Level Writing and American History and Institutions requirements. Students access this information through MyUCSC by viewing the Academic Advisement Report from the "more links" drop-down menu in the Academics area of the Student Center. If this information is not available for your first enrollment period, contact a college or major adviser to help you select appropriate classes. It is an excellent idea to keep an unofficial copy of your transcripts from your previous schools. You should take these documents with you to all academic advising appointments.

Confirm Transfer Credit Articulates with UCSC Courses 

Courses taken at community colleges or four-year universities may be used to satisfy the lower division requirements for the major. View the UC Articulation Agreements to determine which California community college courses are equivalent to our Anthropology 1,2, and 3.  Please note that courses approved by the Office of Admissions for transfer credit do not necessarily satsify major requirements.  Courses must have an articulation agreement to count automatically towards major requirements.

If your transfer credit course does not articulate with a UCSC course, you may submit a coursework petition.  Faculty are not appointed during summer, so Fall admits will likely need to wait until after the beginning of Fall Quarter for coursework petitions to be approved.

Enrolling in Your First Quarter at UCSC

We strongly recommended that transfer students take ANTH 150, "Communicating Anthropology," during their first quarter at UCSC. This course is designed to provide transfer students with a transition from community college to UCSC coursework. It emphasizes critical reading and writing skills and is an excellent foundation for further upper-division coursework. This class fulfills the Anthropological Theory core requirement.

We also recommend taking only one additional upper division course in anthropology during your first quarter at UCSC.  Most upper-division Anthropology courses are offered only on an every-other-year basis. Transfer students are advised to plan accordingly.

Declaring the Anthropology Major

Transfer students who list Anthropology as their intended major on their application to UCSC will begin at UCSC as a “Proposed Anthropology Major”. Transfer students can officially declare a major once they start their first quarter at UCSC if they have satisfied major qualifications. UCSC policy states that junior transfers must declare a major at latest during their second quarter by the deadline listed in the Academic and Administrative Calendar.  Students who do not meet this deadline will not be able to enroll in classes for their third quarter at UCSC. 

2017-18 Major Declaration Deadlines

Fall Winter Spring
Friday, October 27 Friday, February 9 Friday, April 27

The department strongly recommends that transfer students begin their academic planning and complete the declaration of major during their first quarter at UCSC. Starting the planning process early will allow you to take advantage of all the opportunities UCSC has to offer.  There are some courses that are only available to anthropology majors.  Declaring in advance of enrollment will mitigate any issues related to enrollment restrictions.

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