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I was thinking about going to UCLA for Cultural Anthropology. What do you like/dislike about the school in general and your major?
UCLA is ranked as one of the top schools in Anthropology among schools like Columbia and The University of Chicago. I’m majoring in Anthro and Cognitive Science and they are both relatively new disciplines but they are well established here so you cannot go wrong if you’re really passionate about this major.
Lets talk about some of the perks: North Campus is pretty. Like… really, really, pretty. I take classes in the Fowler museum amongst all the ancient artifacts and galleries of paintings— I was practically squealing on my first day of class. North campus majors are the social sciences, humanities, and business/econ. and they are in all of the old buildings that are designed à la Romanesque Revival style. If you’re lucky you’re bound to have some classes in Royce Hall which is famously designed after Milian’s Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio, so.. in simple terms, its ballin to wake up and walk to class in morning overcast. UCLA has some of the top professors and research facilities for Anthro, so you’ll be talking to a lot of the hot shot anthropologists that have made some serious developments and contributions to the field. Not to mention your final projects and research papers can be published if you follow OPRS protocol which is a nice shiny addition to your resume. Did I also mention that the reading topics are really interesting and super relevant to all things living and human? Your brain will thank you for all of the interesting social theories and controversial reading material.
Dislikes: ..mm well, I can’t be sure as to what I really ~dislike about my major. They are pretty challenging classes and if you couple Anthropology with another major you’ll have your work cut out for you. If you don’t mind a crap load of dense reading and writing 20 page ethnographies there is really not much else to dislike. As far as the school itself? Watch out for the Pseudo-intellectuals in social science and humanities majors. You will run into a lot of people who are full of shit but as long as you like what you do, its just a matter of brushing the dirt off your shoulders.
Word of advice: I recommend minoring or even double majoring with Anthro so you can distinguish yourself a bit more for grad school. They are looking for students who have a wide range of interests so if you take something on North campus to work on your analysis and abstract thinking skills, take some related technical south campus classes too so you can show yourself as a well rounded and competitive applicant.