Current Students


Faculty Undergraduate Advisors provide general academic advising, are available to talk to students about planning for graduate school, and evaluate requests for exceptions, including credit for transfer courses. The 2023-24 Faculty Undergraduate Advisors are Professor William White and Daena Funahashi.

The Undergraduate Student Affairs Officer (SAO), Frances Bright, is responsible for day-to-day academic advising of declared majors and students interested in Anthropology. The SAO can assist students with: declaring the major; assessing progress in the major; administrative concerns (i.e. CalCentral, enrollments, Add/Drops); graduation matters; general info on Anthropology courses offered each term; options for independent study; URAP; Senior Honors Program; researching graduate programs and enrichment opportunities; and referral to other campus offices.

The Anthropology undergraduate adviser's office is in 215 Anthropology and Art Practice Building (Formely Known As Kroeber Hall), phone: (510) 642-3616, email:

The Anthropology Undergraduate Association

The Anthropology Undergraduate Association (AUA) is a student group at UC Berkeley dedicated to the enrichment of the academic and social lives of anthropology students. The AUA provides academic enrichment, professional enhancement, career guidance, social events and more! Membership is free every semester and is open to all students at UC Berkeley, faculty and staff. It is not necessary to be a member to take part in most activities. For Fall 2020, the Anthropology Undergraduate Association will be meeting via Zoom, on Mondays from 4pm - 5pm, beginning September 13th, 2021.

Learn more about the AUA on their Anthropology page:

Graduating Students

Commencement Prizes:

Apply for the Kroeber Prize -

The Kroeber Prize is awarded annually for the outstanding Anthropology Senior Honors Thesis. Applicants submit the thesis by the advertised deadline for review by the selection committee. 

Applying for the McCown Prize -

The McCown Prize is awarded to the graduating senior judged to be the most outstanding Anthropology student in the class--someone that is BOTH an amazing student, and who has been actively engaged in the Anthropology community and ideally the community at large. Evidence of distinction in work done outside the Department may be taken into account, but McCown is primarily to reward for excellence in the work of the department. A minimum 3.6 GPA in their major course work, and a minimum overall UC GPA of 3.5 is required. Submit two letters of recommendation from faculty, two papers written for upper-division Anthropology courses, a resume/CV, and an essay of no more than 1 page.

Applying for the Thomas Joyce and Joanne Poth Joyce Award -

The Thomas Joyce and Joanne Poth Joyce Award recognizes the achievements of an undergraduate or graduate student who conducts work in civic engagement, including community-engaged scholarship and advocacy on behalf of communities, that the Department of Anthropology recognizes as representing the values of the discipline. To apply, please upload a document of up to two pages describing the form your community engagement has taken during your Berkeley years. Attach a copy of a current resume or CV and unofficial transcript.

Undergraduate Student Services Outside of Anthropology:

  • Office of Undergraduate Research assists students with finding opportunities to work with faculty on the cutting edge research projects for which Berkeley is world-renowned, and/or with planning for an individual original sustained research, field-study or creative project. Visit Undergraduate Research @ Berkeley.
  • Haas Scholars Program provides research workshops for students and individual advising for applicants. Contact the Haas Scholars Program Coordinator at 5 Durant Hall, (510) 643-6374,
  • Career Center: located at 2111 Bancroft Way, on the second floor, (510) 642-1716.
  • Career and Educational Guidance Library: located at 2220 Bancroft Way (in front of the Tang Center), (510) 642-2367.