During his fieldwork on gamers who are using servers to preserve, memorialize, and restore virtual worlds, Evan Conaway, UCI anthropology Ph.D. ’22, observed members of a World of Warcraft guild reminisce together with commemorative server hardware.
A programmatic powerhouse. Full financial aid and funding. A lens-worthy location. The reasons students choose the UC Irvine School of Social Sciences for their graduate pursuits are many. The Department of Anthropology within social sciences is known for its collegiality, creative teaching, 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.
university committed to economic diversity and upward mobility
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"coolest school" for sustainability
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best college in the nation
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best public university in the U.S.
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And UCI anthropology is widely recognized as the top department for experimental ethnography.
Campus is located less than 10 miles from Newport Beach.
Admitted students receive 6 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.
Oftentimes outside of the U.S. - is a requirement for dissertation research.
University of Texas, Austin
State Bar of California
Filene Research Institute
UC Santa Barbara
University of Northern Colorado
Cal State Long Beach
Modernity and development
Environmental problems and politics
Politics, law and economy
Ethnographic research methods
Science, technology and medicine
Jennifer Zelnick, UCI anthropology, received prestigious NSF fellowship to support her graduate research on Cambodian deportees
Anthropology grad student Akil Fletcher wins National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship for his work on racism in online gaming
what makes us
UCI's campus is beautiful, with Aldrich Park, a 19-acre botanical garden with more than 11,000 trees, at its center. The campus is also less than 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean and beaches.
UCI anthropology offers admitted students 6 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.
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.
The campus has twice been ranked as the #1 university doing the most for the American dream. Currently, UCI is ranked #2 by The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings and U.S. News & World Report for diversity and social mobility, and overall, U.S. News & World Report ranked UCI the #9 public university in the U.S.
A top 10-ranked program with research strengths in theory & methodology.
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