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Degrees Available: Bachelor of Arts

Examine diverse cultures and become a gifted navigator of complex social relationships in an increasingly interconnected world.

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Do you ever contemplate how incredibly similar we are to each other while also being extraordinarily different? From a biochemical perspective, humans are 99.5% alike. Yet culturally, socially, linguistically and psychologically, we differ in impressive ways.

As an anthropology student at Willamette, you’ll explore diverse cultures with globally minded and highly engaged student scholars. You’ll analyze how people who adhere to different beliefs or hail from different parts of the world categorize their kin, structure their economies, organize their political systems and relate to one another.

Along the way, you’ll gain invaluable insights into the things you take for granted while reexamining your assumptions about “correct” ways of being and living. You’ll become a gifted navigator of cross-cultural social relations — skills that are highly sought after in international education, diplomacy, social work, law, business, medicine and more. Whichever path you choose, you’ll be ready for a promising future in an increasingly interconnected world.

Featured Alumni


Victoria black Horse '13

  • Enrolled citizen of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma
  • Mentored Native American students and worked on a nearby reservation assisting a family medicine physician
  • Former president of what is now the Native and Indigenous Student Union

Anya Rogala '16

  • Conducted research at the Marion County Health Department on a program that helps Latino youth reduce their risk for HIV and unplanned pregnancies

Marcella Kriebel ’07

  • Self-employed author and illustrator of two cookbooks
  • Attributes success to real-world experience opportunities found at Hallie Ford Museum of Art
  • Vice President Kamala Harris purchased her art at a downtown market in Washington, D.C.
Willamette University

Anthropology Department

Eaton Hall, 4th floor
Willamette University
900 State Street
Salem OR 97301 U.S.A.