Do you have a general curiosity about people and cultures around the world? How about an eye for detail and a certain global awareness? If so, Anthropology might be the major for you. At WOU, you will develop a long-range perspective on human history and the relationship between race and culture as well as a broad view of humanity and cultural diversity. Explore classes in subfields such as cultural anthropology, archaeology, biological anthropology and linguistic anthropology.

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Choose from thesis track B.A. or non-thesis track B.A.

credits required for the Anthropology major

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Sample four-year degree plan

Learning outcomes

  • Describe the four subdisciplines of anthropology and discuss how they interrelate to support holistic understanding of the human condition across cultures and through time
  • Apply problem-solving anthropological investigative approaches to advance understanding of culture
  • Critically examine human behavior and cultural diversity in their own and other societies

Career opportunities

  • Applied anthropologist
  • Archivist
  • Forensic specialist
  • Physical anthropologist
  • Curator
  • Cultural resources manager

Anthropology minor

The anthropology minor may be designed to complement your major or to contrast with it. Strengthen an area of interest, such as archaeology, or explore new horizons in anthropology such as forensic osteology or visual anthropology. You’ll end up equipped with a better understanding of human behavior and cultural differences.

credits required for the Anthropology minor



Professor, Department Head, Anthropology
503-838-8306 | | BELL 210B


NTT Visiting Assistant Professor, Anthropology
503-838-9529 | | BELL 203


Professor, Anthropology
503-838-8357 | | BELL 209

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