Our Anthropology Major and Minor programs have been discontinued. If you have questions about how this may affect your program of study, feel free to contact Dr. Isidore Lobnibe.

Anthropology is the study of humankind from our earliest beginnings in the remote past to the interdependent cultures of today’s complex and dynamic world. It integrates scientific and humanistic perspectives to describe and analyze human behavior and biocultural diversity. In the introduction to Coming of Age in Samoa, Margaret Mead wrote, “… as the traveler who has been once from home is wiser than he who has never left his own door step, so a knowledge of one other culture should sharpen our ability to scrutinize more steadily, to appreciate more lovingly, our own” (1928).

In Anthropology classes, we challenge our students to journey through time and across cultures, to recognize and question their own assumptions, and to develop the kind of critical analytical skills that will serve them effectively throughout their lives. In an era that continues to redefine our understanding of the dynamics of globalization, anthropology prepares students to promote intercultural understanding and respect among individuals, communities and nations.

Students are encouraged to use anthropology to solve human problems at home and abroad, to make public policy more responsive to all members of society, and to achieve a resilient, sustainable adaptation in local and global environments.


For more information contact: Dr. Isidore Lobnibe
BELL 210B Western Oregon University Monmouth, OR 97361
(503) 838-8306 lobnibei@wou.edu     

Joshua Henderson is teaching Archaeology Fall term at WOU

Josh is a WOU Alum.  He received his BA in Anthropology from WOU, then went on to complete a MS in Cultural and Environmental Resource Management at Central Washington University. He is the Education Manager at Willamette Heritage Center in Salem.

Meet Dr. Latham T. Wood, our new Anthropologist! Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Oregon (2021)

Dr. Wood studies contemporary socio-political formations and the politics of “culture” on the island of Aneityum—the southernmost island in the Republic of Vanuatu, in the South Pacific Ocean. Before the Covid-19 pandemic, Aneityum had firmly established itself on the tourism world stage, as they received over one-hundred cruise-ship calls a year, and tourism was the primary source of revenue for indigenous Anejom people. Currently, he is now exploring changing debates concerning the dependence on “culture” as a political and economic resource in the post-Covid-19 world. His research interweaves understandings of global processes with indigenous perspectives, life-worlds, and kinship—to contribute to a critical understanding of post-colonial socio-political movements, and the politics of “culture” in a global political economy.