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Anthropology is everything you’ve imagined, and lots more. Learn here about UC Davis Department of Anthropology advising, details about the major and minor in each of the two wings of the department, research opportunities, and the many options available to you.

What is Anthropology?

Anthropology is the systematic study of humanity, with the goal of understanding our evolutionary origins, our distinctiveness as a species, and the great diversity in our forms of social existence across the world and through time.

Career Paths for Anthropology Majors

What can you do with an anthropology major? Plenty! An undergraduate degree in anthropology can lead to a surprisingly wide array of rewarding public- and private-sector careers in which people with expertise in human behavior are valued.

Major Options and the Minor

Undergraduate students can choose from among several specialized major options in the UC Davis Department of Anthropology, which also offers an academic minor. The department is organized into two distinct but related wings: the Evolutionary Wing and the Sociocultural Wing.


If you need guidance with academic planning, course selection, career exploration, discussing a double major or a minor, and other matters related to the anthropology curriculum, staff and peer advisers are available weekdays to assist you. Click below for more information about how to make an appointment or to learn about our drop-in hours.


Undergraduate program courses taught in the Department of Anthropology.


The Department of Anthropology offers numerous academic enrichment opportunities and recommends potentially constructive connections for undergraduate students.

Field School

The Department of Anthropology’s Field School is an adventuresome, well-rounded training program in archaeological field work.

Anthropology Club

The UC Davis Anthropology Club welcomes students from varied backgrounds and unites them into a cohesive community of scholars who find the field of anthropology fascinating.

Undergraduate files and forms

Useful undergraduate files and forms