Where to begin?

A lot of people start with Anthro 2A or 2B, and sometimes 2C or 2D. They are big lecture classes and give an excellent overview of the main branches of anthropology.

But you can also begin with Anthro 30A or 30B. These are usually smaller (30-50 students), and give a taste of current research and methods in anthropology. The topic of these classes varies from year to year, too, and are often organized around a particular professor's current research project. For example, one year, 30A might be about money, markets, and cultural meaning; the next, it might be about science, technology, and society; the next, it might be about war, terror and violence (all actual topics from the past five years).

Are you interested in a particular geographic area or world region? a particular set of religious practices and beliefs? a particular set of social and cultural problems? If so, you might want to explore the offerings in the upper division classes. There is no reason not to take an upper division class (unless there are pre-requisites listed in the Schedule of Classes, of course) as you explore the field of anthropology and consider majoring in it.

The formal requirements for the major are listed below.


Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree:

University Requirements
School Requirements


Departmental Requirements for the Major:

School requirements must be met and must include 12 courses (48 units) as specified below:

  1. Anthropology 2A.
  2. Anthropology 2B, 2C, or 2D.
  3. Anthropology 30A or 30B.
  4. Three topical courses (12 units) from Anthropology 120-159, 170-179.
  5. Two courses (eight units) in a geographical area, from Anthropology 160-169.
  6. Four additional elective courses (16 units) from Anthropology 30A, 30B, 40-179, 180A.

Students are strongly encouraged to take Anthropology 180A after they have had at least three courses beyond Anthropology 2A and 2B, 2C, or 2D. Students are also strongly encouraged to take both Anthropology 30A and 30B.


Study Abroad:

The faculty encourages Anthropology majors or minors to study abroad and experience a different culture while making progress toward degree objectives. The Center for International Education, which includes the Education Abroad Program (EAP) and the International Opportunities Program (IOP), assists students in taking advantage of many worldwide opportunities. For example, EAP offers excellent opportunities to study anthropology at many universities abroad and courses taken for departmental requirement C, D, and E would be excellent choices to take. Study abroad also can provide opportunities for cross-cultural experience, field research, and foreign language training. See the Center for International Education section of the Catalogue for additional information.

 GUMP (Graduate-Undergraduate Mentoring Program): 

The Graduate-Undergraduate Mentoring Program (GUMP) pairs undergraduate students majoring or minoring in anthropology with a graduate student mentor. Mentoring focuses on topics such as: tips for success in upper division anthropology classes, how to use anthropology after graduation, research opportunities, and applying to graduate school. Interested undergraduates should fill out the following form:


Our undergraduate majors have also taken advantage of UROP and SURP to conduct independent research locally or abroad, often leading to honors' theses or presentations at conferences. See the UROP website for more information.


DEADLINES: Application to Graduate

Please see the Social Sciences Undergraduate Student Affairs website for detailed graduate application procedures and deadlines.

If you miss the application deadline, you may not be able to order commencement tickets for your guests and your name will not appear in the commencement program.

If you need to make changes to your graduation application:
You can edit your application if its status is “PENDING.”  If the status is “RECEIVED,” you must contact our office to request the change.

If you are a double major:
Double majors must finish both sets of degree requirements within the same quarter. Students planning to graduate in only one major and continue with the second major should consult with their academic advisor about a possible Second Baccalaureate prior to the end of the expected quarter of graduation.


  • If you are pursuing a minor, be sure to notify a School of Social Sciences academic advisor to add the minor to your online degree audit in Student Access prior to submitting your Application for Graduation.
  • If you expect to complete all graduation requirements by the end of Spring quarter, then you may apply for Spring graduation; if you expect to complete all graduation requirements by the end of Summer Session I or Summer Session II, then you would apply for Summer graduation.  Summer graduates can participate in the June ceremony.
  • If you have completed coursework at a community college that is needed for your degree, please be sure you have requested the official transcript(s) be submitted directly to the School of Social Sciences Undergraduate Student Affairs Office, 1201 Social & Behavioral Sciences Gateway, Irvine, CA  92697-5100.


Commencement Ceremonies

Students graduating in Fall, Winter or Spring may participate in the Commencement Ceremonies for Spring of the academic year in which they graduate. Students graduating in Summer may choose to participate in the previous year’s ceremony or wait until the following year (note that any honors will appear in the Commencement program for the year you actually graduate).

To be eligible to participate in the Commencement Ceremony, you must submit an Application for Graduation by the stated deadlines.  If you miss this deadline, you may not be able to order Commencement tickets for your guests and your name will not appear in the Commencement Program.

Ceremony & Tickets:
Tickets are required to attend Commencement. Ticket information is available on the Commencement website at www.commencement.uci.edu. Note: The ticket limit for the School of Social Sciences is 5 tickets/graduate.

Academic Regalia:
For cap & gown orders, go to the www.alumni.uci.edu.




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