Welcome to Anthropology at UC Santa Barbara

Anthropology is the study of humankind in the broadest sense: biological, sociocultural, and historical. The Department of Anthropology at UCSB has been a vibrant and active center of research and teaching for a half century. We offer B.A. degrees in two emphases: Cultural Anthropology (including archaeology), and Biological Anthropology. We offer graduate specializations in archaeology (including bioarchaeology), sociocultural anthropology, and integrative anthropological sciences.


"RAPID: Surviving the Flood: Vulnerability, Risk Management, and Resilience after a Natural Disaster"

  • A Tsimane mother and her two children. Photo by Benjamin Trumble.

Recent severe flooding in Bolivia has left hundreds displaced, including the indigenous Tsimane...

Prof. Lynn Gamble and Santa Cruz Island archaeological research featured in UCSB Current

UCSB anthropologists find that among Tsimane men, successful hunting boosts testosterone and cortisol levels.