University of California, Berkeley


The Department of Anthropology offers students the opportunity to study humankind from the broadest historical and geographical perspective. Courses in the department offer knowledge of social and cultural aspects of behavior as well as the physical nature of humans. Lower division courses are intended to give a general understanding of human evolution, prehistory, and the nature of human cultures while upper division courses elaborate particular themes.

Students seeking information on the Undergraduate Program may contact Frances Bright at Students seeking information on the Graduate Program may contact Tabea Mastel at

The Anthropology Library

The Anthropology Library, 230 Anthropology and Art Practice Building, is part of the campus library system. It contains nearly 70,000 bound volumes and receives 965 current serial titles. The Anthropology Library houses a large reading room and facilities for reading microfilm. It is open to all members of the University but primarily serves the faculty and students of the Anthropology Department.

Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology 

The Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology, located in the Anthropology and Art Practice Building, offers opportunities for student research, employment, and internships. The museum operates independently and interested students should inquire at museum offices in 103 Anthropology and Art Practice Building.

Undergraduate Program

Anthropology: BA, Minor

Graduate Programs

Anthropology: PhD, with specializations in archaeology, biological anthropology, and sociocultural anthropology
Folklore: MA (through the interdisciplinary Folklore Program)
Medical Anthropology: Joint PhD (in cooperation with UCSF)

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Contact Information

Department of Anthropology

232 Anthropology and Art Practice Building

Phone: 510-642-3392

Fax: 510-643-8557

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Department Chair

Charles Hirschkind

232 Anthropology & Art Practice Bldg

Undergraduate Student Affairs Officer

Frances Bright

215 Anthropology & Art Practice Building

Phone: 510-642-3616

Graduate Student Affairs Officer

Tabea Mastel

213 Anthropology & Art Practice Building

Phone: 510-642-3406

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