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School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts

Learning By Doing

Hands-on learning is a hallmark of UC Merced's anthropology and heritage studies programs

Breaking Barriers

Our students work closely with faculty members in both the laboratory and field

Global Perspectives

Our world-class faculty conduct innovative research around the globe

Cutting Edge Research

Applying new technologies and innovative methods to anthropological and heritage studies
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A Synergistic Partnership


The Anthropology program encompasses three of the subfields of anthropology (sociocultural, biological, and archaeological anthropology) that entail humanistic, social scientific, and natural scientific approaches to knowledge of humankind past and present. Similarly, the Heritage Studies minor is an interdisciplinary program that focuses on natural heritage and the cultural legacy of the human past by examining how such heritage is reflected today in places, landscapes, and intangible aspects of culture.  Through the Community Research & Service minor, students from any major on campus learn how collaborative research can address the priorities of Merced and our nearby region.  All three programs provide hands-on learning opportunities and prompt unique and innovative faculty collaborative research of national and international significance.