ANTHROPOLOGY AND THE UNIVERSITY — Anthropology by its very nature touches on many disciplines and fields of endeavor. Clearly many departmental programs involve other disciplines and schools. At UCLA the Office of International Studies and Overseas Programs (ISOP) supports and oversees a number of Organized Research Units (ORUs) which establish interdisciplinary collaborative research and practical programs concerned with international and foreign area studies. Faculty are deeply involved in these, and they may be of great value to graduate students. Opportunities for research and training abroad are facilitated by such ORUs as the:
China Exchange Program
The Institute of American Cultures coordinates interdisciplinary research concerned with special communities within the United States, and includes:
The Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) advances interdisciplinary work on contemporary sociological, psychological, political, economic, and community issues. The Institutes houses:
The Center for the Study of Women fosters new research on gender issues and re-examination of existing scholarship from the perspective of women, particularly in terms of relationships between gender, class, race, and sexuality.
The Cotsen Institute of Archaeology involves more than twenty archaeologists on campus and provides technical laboratories, publications, lectures of international scope and interest, and diverse research opportunities for faculty and graduate students.
The Archaeology Program (Interdepartmental) grants the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in archaeology, and is closely associated with the Institute of Archaeology. This is a separate degree program from the program offered by the Department of Anthropology that emphasizes anthropological archaeology. The Archaeology Program admits primarily students with Old World interests and those having interdepartmental or interdisciplinary interests that cannot be well served by any of the established departments offering archaeology.
Students who wish to study archaeology need to make sure they apply to the correct program and that the required application documents are sent to the appropriate program office.
The Fowler Museum of Cultural History exhibits ethnological and archaeological collections from all continents.
Center for Language, Interaction, and Culture has a speaker series, hosts conferences, and welcomes applications by visiting scholars who want to come to interact with our faculty and students.