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UC-San Diego got its start in 1903, when William Ritter, a zoologist at UC Berkeley, Fred Baker, a physician along with newspaper tycoon, E.W. Scripps and his half-sister, Ellen Browning Scripps, chartered the Marine Biological Association of San Diego. In 1912, the Marine Biological Association was transferred to the University of California and renamed the Scripps Institution for Biological Research, both for the support of the Scripps family and a $150,000 bequeath from Ms. Browning-Scripps in 1909. The bequeath from Ms. Browning-Scripps required that the marine laboratory remain in La Jolla. The school became the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 1925.

In 1958, the University of California Regents established the Institute of Technology and Engineering on the site of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. In 1959, the campus was named University of California - La Jolla, but was renamed University of California - San Diego, nicknamed "UC-San Diego" in 1960.

Today, UC-San Diego enrolls the largest number of students in San Diego County with more almost 36,000 students. The school secured more than $1 billion in research funding during the 2014-15 school year and is one of the largest centers for science, engineering and medicine in the country. Washington Monthly named the school the second-best university in the country for promoting upward social mobility and producing ground-breaking research. The school has also been ranked first by BestColleges.com for women graduates in STEM. US News & World Report has ranked the University of California - San Diego among the top ten public universities in the country for more than a decade.

University of California - San Diego Accreditation Details

UC- San Diego is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission. Regional accreditation means that the accrediting agency has reviewed the academic enterprises at the university and repeats the review every ten years to determine whether the school meets the criteria set forth by the organization that indicates excellence in education. It also indicates that the school works to improve areas identified as needing improvement during the review and that the school has the resources to achieve their goals.

In addition to regional accreditation, individual programs throughout the college are accredited by industry-specific organizations and associations.

University of California - San Diego Application Requirements

Students who have not earned college credit after high school graduation are considered freshmen at UC- San Diego. Students who are California residents must have a 3.0 GPA and non-California residents must have a GPA of 3.4 or higher in order to apply. Students must complete an application and provide official high school transcripts as well as SAT or ACT scores.

Students who have completed college courses after graduation are considered transfer students. They must complete an application. Students must have a 3.0 GPA in all transferable courses and must provide an official transcript from all colleges and universities attended.

Graduate students must complete an application through Grad Apply. Students must hold a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution and a GPA of 3.0 or higher in order to apply. Official transcripts are not required until students are offered admission to the graduate division. Letters of recommendation and a statement of purpose are required. Some programs require the submission of official graduate test scores as well.

University of California - San Diego Degree Program(s) Offered

Sociocultural Anthropology

The undergraduate degree in Sociocultural Anthropology at the University of California - San Diego provides students with an understanding of the cultural variation among humans that is embedded in social and historical context. Students develop an understanding of the shaping and reshaping of human life, examining the forces and structures that create various cultures. Students gain an understanding of:

  • Capitalist restructuring and state transformation
  • Colonial and imperial relations
  • Competing histories and how to record them
  • Differences related to age, ethnicity, citizenship, gender, nationalism, race, religion and sexuality
  • Ethical and aesthetic benchmarks
  • Memories and desires
  • Paradigm shifts in the production of knowledge
  • Rivalries around definitions of progress and development

Students share a general interest in the way that society holds certain standards in higher regard than others. Some of the courses students may take related to the degree include:

  • Anthropology of Crisis
  • Anthropology of Latin America
  • Anthropology of Marriage
  • Anthropology of Religion
  • Brain, Mind, Culture and History
  • Chinese Popular Religion
  • Contemporary South Asia
  • Culture and Mental Health
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Film and Culture in Asia
  • Foundations of Social Complexity
  • Gender, Sexuality and Society
  • Global Health and Cultural Diversity
  • Global Health and the Environment
  • Global Islam
  • Hinduism
  • Humans are Cultural Animals
  • Indigenous Peoples of Latin America
  • Indigenous Peoples of North America
  • Labor's Relations
  • Language and Culture
  • Language, Identity and Community
  • Language in Society
  • Language of the Americas: Mayan
  • Mental Health as Global Health Priority
  • Money, Work and Nature: Anthropology of Capitalism
  • Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East
  • Political Anthropology
  • Psychological Anthropology
  • Sociocultural Anthropology
  • The Meaning of Political Violence
  • Traditional Chinese Society

Many students gain hands-on knowledge by studying abroad, something that is encouraged at the University of California - San Diego. Students earn academic credit while participating in study abroad programs. There are several options for students who wish to gain additional experience abroad with programs offered through UC San Diego, UCEAP, Global Seminars and the Opportunities Abroad Program. In addition, students can gain additional hands-on experience through internships in organizations in the surrounding community.

The University of California - San Diego offers students a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center, a diverse, open and public space that allows them to explore sexual and gender identities without risk of judgement or discrimination. The center also provides students who are in the anthropology major the ability to gain hands-on experience in understanding cultures and how they are shaped. The center promotes leadership among LGBTQ students and helps them work toward workplace equity. One of the goals of the center is to challenge existing definitions of gender and sexuality while reflecting the diversity of communities. Students are encouraged to engage across differences.

The university offers students many unique degree programs designed to help them grow professional and personally. UC-San Diego also offers several centers, including the LGBT Center, designed to help students feel accepted, welcome and to nurture their learning while attending the university.