As a Department, we are committed to helping our staff, students and faculty find ways to navigate the unprecedented crisis that the Global COVID-19 Pandemic has brought upon us all. Knowing that many in our community will be facing serious challenges in the days, weeks, and months to come we hope that we can find ways to support each other in these uncertain times. – Read more

Professors Bigham, Throop, and Debenport

Professors Abigail Bigham (Undergraduate Vice Chair), Jason Throop (Department Chair), and Erin Debenport (Graduate Vice Chair)

There has never been a better time to study anthropology — nor a better place to study it than UCLA. Examining the complexity of the human experience, past and present, our discipline encompasses the full sweep of the world’s cultures across time.

Anthropologists investigate such challenging questions as how humans evolved and came to adapt to diverse environments, what led to the rise of urban life, what causes disease and death, how people imbue their lives with meaning, and how language reflects and shapes social life. Anthropology seeks to draw back the curtain on humankind’s most vexing problems from intractable political conflicts to the human consequences of globalization. Anthropologists also study such contemporary issues as how the new media influences the ways we experience the world and how individuals and families balance the increasingly diverse demands in their lives. – Read more

Thinking about a career in any of the nearly 100 health sciences? Medicine? Nursing? Forensics? Or perhaps you’re excited about contributing to evidence-based public policy, or maybe law. What major should you choose for any of these careers? Think outside the box, and you’ll discover that an Anthropology B.S. may be the perfect choice for you. – Read more

David Sackman (BA ’80) Chairman and CEO, Lieberman Research Worldwide (LRW)

This course exposes students to the success stories of UCLA Anthropology Alumni, who share their professional journeys, insights, and advice for translating an Anthropology degree into a variety of career opportunities. The course is designed to help Anthropology undergraduates develop academic and professional skills in preparation for life after UCLA and to expand awareness of personal interests and needs to make deliberate career choices. – Read more


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