To help provide more focused undergraduate training in anthropology with real-world applications, the Department of Anthropology offers five certificate programs, open to all undergraduates regardless of major. Each is designed to complement a student's other coursework and to provide expertise in a specific area of anthropological inquiry.
*Certificates are only available for UCI undergraduate students

Click on the title of the certificate below to view specific criteria for each certificate.

    • The Certificate in Law and Policy. Designed for students seeking expertise in the legal, political, and cultural dimensions of citizenship, democracy, immigration, and identity in the modern world. Courses offer training in legal, political, and cultural dimensions of civil society and political participation in the democratic process.
    • The Certificate in Global Studies. Designed for students wishing to develop their expertise in cultural, political, and economic phenomena that cross or transcend national boundaries. Courses offer intensive training in the anthropological analysis of international issues, such as migrations and diasporas, environment and development, flows of money and commodities, social movements, transnational religious movements, and ethnic, national, and other forms of political conflict.
    • The Certificate in Economy and Culture. Designed for students wishing to develop their expertise in the cultural and ethnographic analysis of economic processes and systems. Courses offer intensive training in non-western and non-capitalist economic practices, as well as anthropological approaches to contemporary capitalisms. The certificate program is also intended for students interested in cross-cultural approaches to economic management and planning.
    • The Certificate in Gender Studies. Designed for students seeking expertise in the cross-cultural understanding of gender and sexuality. Courses offer training in gender inequality, representations and practices of gendered bodies, gender and sexual identity, sexualities and culture, the relationships among gender, race, and class, and feminist theory in anthropology.
    • The Certificate in Medical Anthropology. Designed for students seeking expertise in the cross-cultural understanding of health and illness, as well as anthropological perspectives on science and medicine. Courses offer training in medical anthropology, science studies, representations and practices of health and illness, health and identity, and the relationships among gender, race, class, medicine, and science.
Criteria: For each certificate, you are required to complete three courses in its field and attain a 3.0 GPA minimum in those three courses. (Click on the certificate titles above for lists of those courses). Attend three Anthropology Colloquia and write a 300-500 word report and/or analysis for each event. Summaries will be reviewed and evaluated by the Undergraduate Director. It is your responsibility to plan ahead and attend colloquia BEFORE you submit your certificate application.
For a schedule of colloquia, click here
    (If you are applying for multiple certificates, you only need to submit three summaries total)


Application Process:

Submit a eee scout survey (link below) by the deadline listed below and upload a copy of your unofficial transcripts, three colloquia summaries.

DEADLINE: May 10 (If deadline falls on a holiday or weekend, the due date will be the following working day)

For questions, please contact Tami Hoksbergen at
or in person at: Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway (SBSG) 3207


Certificates will be awarded in the Spring at a special Annual Awards Ceremony Banquet in late May, date to be announced.

Please note: the certificates were updated September 2017. Even if you have taken classes offered on past certificates, but not offered on current ones, you can still count the old courses toward new certificates. That is, all courses that ever counted for a certificate will still be included under the new criteria.




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