The 2023-2024 AnthroGuide is the last print version. Edits for graduate programs are due July 31, 2023.

General Description / Special Programs
Faculty-directed field research in North, Central, and South America (Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru); the US (California, southeastern US, western North America); western Mediterranean, Adriatic; the Sudan and East Africa (Tanzania, Uganda); South Asia, and Southeast Asia. Optional PhD emphasis in Ancient Mediterranean Studies, details available at Optional PhD emphasis in Cognitive Science; details available at Optional PhD emphasis in Demography, details available at Optional PhD Emphasis in Environment and Society; details available at Optional PhD emphasis in Feminist Studies, details available at Optional PhD emphasis in Global Studies, details available at Optional PhD emphasis in Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences (QMSS), details available at Optional PhD emphasis in Technology and Society, details available at Interdepartmental Grad Program in Marine Science, MS and PhD programs, details available at IGPMS,
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Tuition Info
Degrees Offered Anthropology PhD, MA, BA major/concentration
Highest Degree Offered PhD
Other Degree Requirements Terminal MA in North American Archaeology. Course work of 32 units including core courses, three quarters residency, contract, comprehensive exam and thesis.
BA/BS Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
MA/MS Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Experience Offered
MA/ MS Requirements Combined MA/PhD (for terminal MA see "Requirements for other degrees offered"). Coursework of 36 units, three quarters of residency and comprehensive/assessment exam. Students formulate an individual program of study at the beginning of their grad career through a contract with their advisory committee that includes courses, comprehensive/assessment exam, research paper(s), and research proposal.
MA/MS Specializations North American Archaeology with California emphasis
PhD Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Phd Requirements Completion of MA requirements. Six quarters of residency. Approval of research paper(s), research proposal, oral exam and advancement to candidacy. Fieldwork of at least three quarters duration in archaeology and sociocultural anthropology specializations. A dissertation, normally based on field research. Students admitted with an MA may follow an accelerated program upon consultation and approval of their committee. For further details consult catalog or visit
Phd Specializations Archaeology, Sociocultural Anthropology, Integrative Anthropological Sciences
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 1
Internship Required 0
Support Opportunities <p>Teaching assistantships, university and department fellowships, travel grants, student research positions in local Information Center of the California Historical Resources Information Systems, and the UCSB Repository for Archaeological and Ethnographic Collections.</p>
Program Details
Research Facilities <p>Teaching lab containing ethnographic, archaeological, and physical anthropological study collections; archaeological and biological and cultural anthropological labs including comparative collections; surveying equipment including a total station and a GPS setup; ceramic residue analysis lab; paleoethnobotany lab; faunal lab; biodemography lab; ecological immunology lab; extensive archaeological collections from the Santa Barbara Channel area. Grad students have access to various campus computing labs with Windows and Mac workstations, plotters, digitizers, and the complete suite of ESRI GIS software products, a broad range of remote sensing and image processing software packages, and statistical analysis software. High-end desktop systems for multimedia Internet and web development are also available in these labs. HRAF files in campus library.</p>
Misc Information Grad admission requirements: BA in anthropology or related field with minimum GPA 3.0 overall.
Certs Offered 0
Online Courses
Online Courses: 0
Application Deadlines
Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 1
Anthropology Club Info: The Anthropology Graduate Student Association, representing the interests of grad students and promoting academic and professional excellence. The Society of Anthropology at UCSB, an organization of undergraduate anthropology majors seeking to enrich their educational experience through hosting invited speakers, field trips, and conferences.
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 0