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What will I learn?

Learning Outcomes

The Anthropology major has the following learning outcomes:

Broad knowledge of archaeological, biological, sociocultural, and linguistic anthropology

Familiarity with the history, methods, and current theoretical debates in the field

General knowledge of, and developed skills working with, empirical and anthropological evidence

Proficiency in library research, data interpretation, synthesis, and writing

Proficiency formulating and answering relevant questions through critical reasoning, making use of current primary scientific literature, identification of appropriate sources, reading and understanding of papers, and discriminating research quality.

The Major

The major is designed for students interested in an anthropological understanding of human behavior. One of the strengths of anthropology is its cross-cultural holistic and integrative approach with many fields, such as biology, history, linguistics, the social sciences, and many of the humanities.

To gain a comprehensive understanding of the discipline as a whole, students must take two courses in the sociocultural anthropology field and one course in each of the other three fields (see Scope and Objectives). Students may take any upper-division course in the given area to fulfill this requirement. Each course must be taken for a letter grade, and students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better.

Students must complete 11 courses (44 to 52 units) as follows: (1) two upper-division courses in the sociocultural anthropology field and one in each of the other three fields (archaeology, biological anthropology, and linguistic anthropology), (2) one upper-division regional cultures course, (3) one upper-division history/theory course selected from 100, 110, 111, 120, 124Q, 130, 131, 136A, 140, M150, (4) one upper-division methodology course selected from 110, CM110Q, C117, 126P, 135, 138P, M138Q, 151, 195CE, and (5) three additional upper-division anthropology courses.

Which department am I in?

College of Letters and Science

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$29,754.00 per year
Given fee is for nonresident supplemental tuition; University Fees: USD $13,239
Application deadline

Expected November 2022

Start date

Expected September 2022


College of Letters and Science

2300 Murphy Hall,



90095, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have a minimum score of 550 in paper based TOEFL. Students who have attended school under the British system must present five GCSE/Ordinary-Level examinations and at least three Advanced-Level examinations with superior grades.

For international students

To be considered for admission to UCLA, international students must have completed secondary school with a superior average in academic subjects and have earned a certificate of completion which enables the student to be admitted to a university in the home country.

English language proficiency is critical to your success at UCLA. Applicants, whose first language, or language of instruction for at least the last three years, is not English, are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS).

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): A competitive score is above 100 (with sub-scores above 22)

International English Language Testing System (IELTS): A competitive score is 7 or higher.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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