Program Information


Students interested in studying and comparing peoples and cultures from different areas around the world find a fresh analytical perspective in anthropology. Willamette’s anthropology program emphasizes sociocultural anthropology, which is the study of contemporary peoples as investigated directly by anthropologists conducting field research.

The anthropology major is flexible to enable students to complement their in-class learning with learning opportunities outside the classroom, including studying abroad, participating in field schools, and partaking in internships and other avenues of experiential learning. For majors and minors in anthropology, the sequence of courses in theory and methods provides a foundation in anthropological theory while developing  practical skills, such as conducting participant observation and interviews, working out complex social analysis, organizing and analyzing data, communicating effectively, and applying professional standards and ethics.  

Career Opportunities in Anthropology

With its emphasis on both Western and non-Western cultures and its aim to integrate perspectives from the humanities and sciences, anthropology offers valuable training for students in our increasingly interconnected world. A major or minor in anthropology provides excellent preparation for a multitude of careers, especially those which involve multicultural or international communities. Students of anthropology find employment in both public and private sectors, in fields as diverse as museum curation and cultural resource management, social work, education, public health and medicine, refugee resettlement, business and more

Facilities and equipment available to the department include classrooms, offices and instructional aids in Eaton Hall, library holdings, and Native American art collections in the Hallie Ford Museum of Art.

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