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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. The focus of Anthropology is on understanding both our shared humanity and diversity, and engaging with diverse ways of being in the world.

Career Paths for Anthropology Majors

Career paths for Anthropology Majors

Majors and 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.

ANT, ME/SA, SOC Advising Office

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 (drop-in hours are not available June-August).

Anthropology Advising LinkTree

Check here for the most relevant links to advising office info!


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.

Archaeology Field School

The UC Davis Department of Anthropology offers an annual field school to train students in archaeological field methods. See the link below for details on this year's location and how to apply.

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