UCI’s Department of Anthropology is known for its collegiality, creative teaching and research, and leading role developing new methods, theory and applications of anthropological knowledge.
Faculty and graduate students are known for their research in economic anthropology,
the anthropology of law, migration studies, urban and environmental studies, science
and technology studies, security studies, and data studies. UCI anthropology graduate
students move through a carefully designed series of courses that focus in the first
year on the field’s history and theory then in the second year on ethnographic methods
and research design. Graduate students also take a wide array of elective courses,
both in and outside the department. Many pursue concentrations in critical theory,
feminist studies, or medicine, science and technology studies.
Campus is located less than 10 miles from Newport Beach.
Admitted students receive 6-7 years of guaranteed funding.
Research focuses on social and cultural anthropology.
Ph.D.; a master's degree is earned while in pursuit of the Ph.D.
Full-time, on-campus with housing.
Fieldwork - oftentimes outside of the U.S. - is a requirement for dissertation research.
- Cal State Long Beach
- Rice University
- Smith College
- Swiss Academy of Sciences
- Tufts University
- UC Riverside
- University of Notre Dame
- University of Pittsburgh
- University of Wisconsin
- Wellesley College
- Modernity and development
- Environmental problems and politics
- Politics, law and economy
- Ethnographic research methods
- Science, technology and medicine
UCI anthropology offers admitted students 6-7 years of guaranteed funding. Faculty and students also have a very strong record earning competitive research funding from agencies like the National Science Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Social Science Research Council, Fulbright Foundation, and Ford Foundation. This past year, UCI anthropologists brought in $1 million in external grant funding.
UCI anthropologists publish widely, reaching anthropological, interdisciplinary and public audiences - through journal articles, books, films, digital exhibits, sound installations and other media. UCI anthropologists also have diverse career paths - in academia, business and the public sector.
UCI’s campus community is notably diverse, and is known for supporting first generation students. In 2015 and 2017, the New York Times ranked UCI as the #1 university doing the most for the American dream. U.S. News & World Report has ranked UCI the #7 public university in the U.S.
UCI’s campus is beautiful, rotating around Aldrich Park, a 19-acre botanical garden.
The campus is also less than 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean and beaches.
"A top 10-ranked program with research
strengths in theory & methodology"
When Liz Clark was thinking about where she wanted to pursue her graduate degree in anthropology, UC Irvine was at the top of her list.
"Faculty expertise in my area of study is really strong, both in the department and the School of Social Sciences," she says. "And the graduate program is very well funded and offers competitive packages unmatched at other schools."
UCI anthropology is vibrant in many ways! Please contact us if you have questions about our application process.
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