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An image from graduate student Bryce Peake’s photo-ethnographic research on the Toronto Zombie Walk. His photo “Red Dress Critique” depicts a critical performance against ‘victim’ representations of women in horror films, and is from his Master’s research on the implications of trance-states on imaginative forms of social activism.

Cultural anthropology at the University of Oregon embraces a diverse array of approaches to the study of culture and society. Faculty and graduate students in the department conduct research on a wide range of theoretical questions about the workings of social and cultural systems and beliefs through ethnographic research and comparative/historical analysis. Topical interests among the faculty include globalization; gender; social movements; ethnicity; identity and representation; nationalism, heritage; migration, tourism; political economy; indigenous rights and human rights; expressive culture and performance; environment; medical anthropology; evolutionary psychology; and development. Members of our sociocultural faculty conduct research in South Asia; the Pacific; Africa; Europe; and diverse locations in the Americas (including Mexico, the Caribbean, South America, and the United States, including its overseas territories.). The cultural program is highly interdisciplinary and involves collaborations with the other anthropological subfields (see Areas of Departmental Expertise), with researchers across campus, and with international scholars.

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Undergraduate Program in Cultural Anthropology

The undergraduate program in cultural anthropology offers a wide range of introductory and advanced classes. In addition to the core introductory course in the subfield (ANTH 161 World Cultures), which is required for all majors, there are a number of other lower division courses offered by the department (ANTH 165, 234, 280). These may be taken by non-majors but are also regularly taken by anthropology majors interested in the topic. Upper division courses are offered on a variety of topics, including regionally oriented classes and topically oriented classes. One theory class is required for majors (either ANTH 441 or 488). A list of cultural anthropology courses, organized by instructor, can be found below. For further information, students are encouraged to contact relevant cultural anthropology faculty. Students may also obtain additional information on undergraduate opportunities from Head Undergraduate Advisor Professor Diane Baxter.

Anthropology Course Descriptions
Anthropology Course Schedule
Anthropology Major Requirements
Anthropology Minor Requirements

Graduate Program in Cultural Anthropology

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A photo of children from graduate student Gennie Nguyen's research in North Viet Nam.

The graduate program in cultural anthropology offers both Master’s and Ph.D. degrees. Graduate study in cultural anthropology involves the development of theoretical, geographic, methodological, and linguistic specialties, as well as a historical perspective on the discipline. Upon completion of course requirements and the requirements for candidacy, graduate students usually conduct an extended period of field research prior to writing a dissertation. Our placement record in teaching and research positions is excellent, and graduates from our program have also successfully developed careers in international development, community and tribal advocacy, government, and business. Additional details about the program can be found in the Graduate Handbook.

Prospective students are encouraged to contact relevant faculty before applying to the graduate program.

Current Research Projects

Cultural Anthropology Courses

Faculty Courses Taught
Aletta Biersack Anth 234 Pacific Island Societies
Anth 328 New Guinea
Anth 4/555 Historical Anthropology
Lynn Stephen Anth 165 Anthropology and Sexuality
Anth 310 Indigenous Immigrants in Oregon
Anth 325 The Americas: Indigenous Perspectives
Anth 329 U.S. Immigration and Farmworkers
Anth 433 Native Central Americans
Anth 4/510 Latin American Society and Development
Anth 410/510 Latin Roots I
Anth 410/510 Latin Roots II
Anth 421 Anthropology of Gender
Lamia Karim Anth 165 Anthropology and Sexuality
Anth 331 Cultures of South Asia
Anth 4/507 Postcolonialism and Globalization
Anth 4/507 Gender, Sexuality and Politics in Muslim Societies
Anth 4/552 Colonialism and Anthropology
Brian Klopotek Anth 4/507 Ethnohistory
Anth 320 Native North Americans
Philip W. Scher Anth 280 Introduction to Language and Culture
Anth 326 Caribbean Societies
Anth 4/511 Politics, Ethnicity and Nationalism
Anth 4/510 Anthropology of Tourism
Anth 4/593 Anthropology and Popular Culture
Stephen Wooten Anth 4/512 Economy and Culture
Anth 4/510 Postcolonial Africa
Anth 327 Anthropological Perspectives on Africa
Carol Silverman Anth 314 Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective
Anth 315 Gender, Folklore, Inequality
Anth 4/510 Roma (Gypsies in Film)
Anth 4/519 Performance, Politics, and Folklore
Anth 4/524 Feminist Methods
Anth 4/530 Balkan Society and Folklore
Anth 4/529 Jewish Folklore and Ethnography
Anth 4/539 Feminism and Ethnography
Madonna Moss Anth 4/548 Gender and Archaeology
Anth 4/524 Feminist Methods in Anthropology
Diane Baxter Anth 161 World Cultures
Anth 310 Peoples of the Middle East
JdSt 340 Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Anth 4/520 Culture Illness and Healing
Larry Sugiyama Anth 330 Hunters and Gatherers
Anth 4/534 Native South Americans
Anth 4/581 Principles of Evolutionary Psychology
Anth 4/582 Human Behavioral Ecology