The undergraduate programs in Anthropology develop critical skills in thought, written and oral expression, and the application of knowledge, as well as a valuable understanding of human cultural diversity. In an increasingly globalized world in which interaction with people of diverse cultures is becoming the norm, developing a cross-cultural understanding about the complexities of human societies past and present is what makes Anthropology an ideal education for the 21st century. A bachelor’s degree in Anthropology is valuable preparation for a career in law, medicine, education, business, government, museums, and various areas of non-profit, public, and international service, including public policy and cultural resource management. The Anthropology program also provides a strong foundation for graduate study in any sub-field of anthropology. By offering undergraduate majors opportunities to work with faculty research and apply knowledge and skills to local communities, agencies, and business through service learning and internships, students are further prepared for advanced study and successful careers.
Conservation, preservation, management and outreach related to cultural and natural heritage are fundamental aspects of the Heritage Studies program. A specific focus of World Heritage at UC Merced is study and mapping of monuments, buildings, and cultural and natural sites and landscapes with remote sensing, 3D visualization technologies, and geographic information systems (GIS). Students may minor in World Heritage to strengthen their skills in the interpretation, documentation, and management of places, with an emphasis in either cultural or natural attributes. The program prepares students for heritage careers in cultural and historical preservation, cultural and natural resource management, global policies on heritage, heritage tourism, or a combination of such disciplinary approaches.