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Associated Programs


Graduate Specialization in Anthropogeny

A transdisciplinary graduate specialization in Anthropogeny is available for Ph.D. students in Anthropology and other disciplines. This specialization is administered through the Faculty of Anthropogeny. It provides students an opportunity to specialize in research and education on the origins of humans.  Over a three-year period, students in the Anthropogeny Specialization take required courses (Introduction to Anthropogeny, Advanced Anthropogeny, and Current Topics in Anthropogeny), attend monthly journal meetings, and engage with researchers at the thrice yearly symposia on human origins hosted by the Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA).  Topic areas are:

  • Human and Primate Genetics and Evolution
  • Paleoanthropology and Hominid Origins
  • Mammalian and Primate Neurosciences
  • Primate Biology and Medicine
  • Language and Cognition
  • Nature-Nurture Interactions in Explaining Language and Cognition
  • Human and Primate Society and Culture
  • Comparative Developmental Biology of Primates
  • General Theories for Explaining Humans

Fellowship opportunities are available for students in the Anthropogeny Specialization and are awarded by CARTA.  


Graduate Specialization in Critical Gender Studies (CGS)

UCSD’s Critical Gender Studies program began as Women’s Studies in the 1970s, alongside both an active non-academic women’s rights movement and the nascent institutionalization of women’s studies as an academic presence. The program was initiated with participation from students and faculty across the humanities and social sciences, including many of the same departments that continue to be involved. From the beginning, it understood itself as an interdisciplinary countercurrent, drawing from these disciplines and simultaneously offering a critique of accepted ideas and beliefs within them.


Science Studies Program (SSP)

The Science Studies Program at UCSD was established in 1989. Students and faculty in the Program are seeking to understand science using the theories of methods of the humanities and social sciences. Some of the questions driving this metascientific approach are: How is scientific knowledge actually produced and applied in real places and times? What are the ethical implications of its production? What power structures uphold it? What power structures does it uphold? What is the relationship between science, technology, and society? The Program offers students an opportunity to learn the interdisciplinary field of science studies while at the same time receiving a thorough training at the professional level their home discipline.


Program for Interdisciplinary Environmental Research (PIER)

Pier is an approved UCSD Specialization in Anthropology. Solving threats to the oceans and human society in the face of global change requires collaboration between disciplines.   PIER is designed to train students to find creative and practical solutions within ecological, social, economic, and ethical constraints.  The Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (CMBC) is seeking the next generation of scholars capable of confronting the biological and societal issues with respect to the health of the world’s ocean.   We are interested in people that bring unusual and valuable skills to the program and think creatively about how to solve environmental problems.


Joint Ph.D. Program in Anthropology & Cognitive Science

The Interdisciplinary Degree Program in Cognitive Science offers a joint Ph.D. in the Department of Cognitive Science and a home department. Anthropology is one such department. Students are admitted through the home department and fulfill the requirements of both the program and the home department.


M.D./Ph.D. Double Degree Program with the School of Medicine

Although it is unusual, some students have pursued M.D. and Ph.D. degrees in a double degree program. Typically two years are spent in the school of medicine; then the student completes an anthropology Ph.D., followed by the remainder of the medical training. Learn more about this program from UCSD's School of Medicine.