UCSC Global Seminars are an academic program that aims to enhance students’ education by incorporating both traditional lectures with experiential learning outside of the classroom setting. Students will earn between 5 and 10 quarter units; therefore, students should expect rigorous academic coursework that is enriched by both the program’s location(s) and activities. Auditing is not an option.

Students on UCSC Global Seminars earn regular UC Santa Cruz course credit which may be used to fulfill degree, major, minor, General Education (GE) requirements. UC Santa Cruz students can use UCSC Global Seminar courses to fulfill their academic requirements as listed in the General Catalog. Students from other campuses should consult with the academic advisors from their home campuses to determine whether courses taken on our programs may be used to fulfill their specific academic requirements.


Students are required to take two courses while participating in this program. By taking a topical course and a regional course simultaneously, and by pursuing a field-based independent research project that connects these two courses, students will learn how anthropological methods, ethnographic materials, and theories relate to one another. Students will also satisfy two upper-division courses that count toward the requirements for the UCSC anthropology major and minor and satisfy two GenEd requirements: ANTH 130S - Cross Cultural Analysis (CC); ANTH 161S - Perspectives: Human Behavior (PE-H).

ANTH 161S Anthropology of Food - 5 units

This course critically examines food as a fundamental aspect of social and cultural life and a key concept in the development of anthropological theory and methods. Topics include: power relationships; community building; exchange and reciprocity; symbolism; cultural rules and rituals; globalization; and memory.

Syllabus Coming Soon

ANTH 130S Ethnography of Russia and Eastern Europe - 5 units

This course introduces the ethnography of Russia and Eastern Europe, with special attention to the lived experience and legacy of state socialism. Topics include: effects of socialism, changing economic practices; constructions of new identities; modernization/development; belief systems; and memory and history.

Syllabus Coming Soon


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