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.

The collections and research facilities of the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology are available for study in archaeology, ethnography, physical anthropology, and related subjects by graduate and undergraduate students, and visiting scholars. The museum's exhibition hall is used for instructional and educational purposes, particularly in connection with classwork. Those interested may address the Director at 103 Anthropology and Art Practice Building.

Students seeking information on the Undergraduate Program may inquire at 215 Anthropology and Art Practice Building. Students seeking information on the Graduate Program may inquire at 213 Anthropology and Art Practice Building.


The George & Mary Foster Anthropology Library contains a deep and rich collection of books and journals in all areas of anthropological research, including especially strong historical collections related to California Native American culture and California archaeology.  The Anthropology Library is part of the larger UC Berkeley Library — an internationally renowned research and teaching facility with a collection of over 11 million volumes. In addition to extensive collections, the library offers robust services to connect users with information in all formats and to build their related research skills.

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

Folklore Program Chair

Laurie Wilkie

Head Graduate Advisor: Sociocultural Anthropology

Cori Hayden

232 Anthropology & Art Practice Bldg

Head Graduate Advisor: Archaeology

Jun Sunseri

232 Anthropology & Art Practice Bldg

Undergraduate Student Affairs Officer

Frances Bright

215 Anthropology & Art Practice Bldg

Phone: 510-642-3616

Graduate Student Affairs Officier

Tabea Mastel

213 Anthropology & Art Practice Bldg

Phone: 510-642-3406

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