Anthropology brings a global comparative perspective to the study of human beings, across both time and space. The study of anthropology links to many other fields in the social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences, as well as fields of professional training.  Known for its pioneering role in visual anthropology, USC’s Anthropology Department offers multiple cross-cutting programs at both undergraduate and graduate students.  In addition to the B.A. in Anthropology with concentrations in visual anthropology and urban applied anthropology, we offer minor programs in cultural anthropology, medical anthropology, folklore and popular culture, Southeast Asia and its people.  The Department also sponsors a B.A. in Global Studies and a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Archaeology, as well as a progressive 5th year M.A. in visual anthropology. At the graduate level, we currently offer both a M.A. in Visual Anthropology, a Certificate in Visual Anthropology and a Ph.D. in Anthropology.

Department of Anthropology faculty hold affiliations with a wide array of other units, including the Annenberg School of Communication, the School of Cinematic Arts, the Keck School of Medicine, the Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity, the Visual Studies Graduate Certificate Program, the Gender Studies Program, the Center for Religion and Civic Culture, the Center for Transpacific Studies,  the Center for Science, Technology and Public Life, and the Program in Social Medicine.

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