Anthropology: Archaeology Concentration (ANTH)

Are you interested in understanding the extraordinary diversity seen in human culture, behavior, and biology? Do you wonder how different and/or shared human experiences affect our views of the world? Are you curious about your own origins, both in the recent and deep past? Anthropology, the study of humans, addresses these questions. A bachelor's degree in anthropology prepares the graduate for employment in areas where clear communication, analysis and synthesis, and respect for diversity are valued. Anthropology provides a suitable background for positions with federal, state, and local agencies and prepares the student for citizenship in a multicultural world.
Top Five
Reasons to Study
This Major
  1. Learn about dynamic human societies in the past.

  2. Examine past cultures in order to help understand the origins of our species.

  3. Understand the diversity of past human culture and behavior.

  4. Comprehend how, why, and when people came to inhabit the globe.

  5. Prepare yourself for a wide variety of career paths.

College of Arts and Sciences
Where Can I Go?

Students in Anthropology may choose to pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS), a Master of Science (MS), or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Anthropology provides students with a foundation for employment in:

Colleges and universities

Research institutes and laboratories

Museums and archives

State and local government

Federal government agencies

Non-profit organizations

Libraries and special collections

Historical preservation societies

International development

Newspapers and magazines
Alumni Jobs


Field surveyor

Cultural resource manager

International development consultant

Museum curator


National Park Service

Various federal and state positions
Courses You
May Need

1st Year
ANTH 145 or 150, ANTH 161, ANTH 270

2nd Year
ANTH 1xx-4xx (Bio Anthro); ANTH 1xx-4xx (Cultural Anthro); ANTH 3xx-4xx (Geog-Area Anthro)

3rd Year
ANTH 3xx/4xx, ANTH 3xx/4xx, ANTH 3xx/4xx (all in Archaeology)

4th Year
ANTH 3xx/4xx (in Archaeology), ANTH 3xx/4xx (Elective), ANTH 3xx/4xx (Elective)

Major Credits
Required   40
Electives 8

Total 48

Core Education Requirements

BS or BA Degree Minimum = 180 credits.

Core Education is approximately 71—83 credits depending on transfer credits and placement scores and requires courses in:


Math and/or CS (BS) or Language (BA)

US: Difference, Inequality, Agency

Global Perspectives

Areas of Inquiry in:

Arts and Letters

Social Science / Science
What Will I Learn?

Critical thinking and scientific reasoning

Communication: written, oral, cross-cultural

Library research and information science


Cross-cultural collaboration

Cultural resource management

Museum conservation

Policy analysis

Grant writing and fundraising

Taphonomy, zooarchaeology, botany, lithic analysis
Experiential learning opportunities

Research (Lab/Fieldwork)

Career-oriented courses
Specialized Courses

Island Archaeology

Archaeology of Wild Foods

Psychoactive Substances in Ancient Societies

Archaeology of Egypt and the Near East

Oregon Archaeology

Archaeology of Ancient Cities

Cultural Resource Management

Add A Minor Or Certificate

Environmental Studies / Geography



Political Science



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