Undergraduate Anthropology Program


Anthropology is a social science that covers the breadth of human experience and encompasses four subfields: archaeology, biological, cultural, and linguistic anthropology. One of the characteristics that distinguishes anthropology from many other disciplines is its adherence to the concept of cultural relativism, which states that each culture is viewed on its own terms and not ethnocentrically against the standards of others.

Field school students in SW Colorado

Left: Field school students collect quartzite samples to help develop a quartzite-sourcing protocol, Gunnison Basin, southwest Colorado.

Every undergraduate student faces a series of difficult questions in designing her or his overall program of courses and to pursue a particular career? How are my other degree requirements related to my major, or vice versa? What can I do with an anthropology major? If I am specifically interested in one of the subfields in anthropology, why do I have to take courses in the other subfields? And what courses should I take to best prepare for my career interests? Ultimately, each student must find the answers and make the decisions on these matters, and here we can help by formulating questions and posing alternatives. Moreover, the student should seek information and guidance from a wide variety of sources in and outside the University community. The Departmental adviser and each faculty member in the Department are always willing to talk with you about these matters.

Please click here to see the courses offered for the current and upcoming semester.

The Anthropology Department offers undergraduate internships, allowing students to gain real world experience that applies what they have learned in the classroom. Please see the Internships page for more information.

Graduating senior Natalie Dickson Here are some tips from some senior anthropology majors:

Undergraduate News and Congratulations

2015 Phi Beta Kappa initiates: Congratulations to our students who were invited to join Phi Beta Kappa in 2015: Lindsey Hurtle, Lucy Mahaffey, Andrea Pemberton, Katherine Taylor, and Sarah Thevatheril. Fewer than 10% of OU students are eligible for Phi Beta Kappa, so these students should be congratulated for their accomplishments (which is based not just on GPA but also on their overall well-roundedness as students and scholars). We are honored to count them among our graduates!