students showing artifacts in an anthropology lab.
Two students show artifacts from the anthropology department as part of Oberlin’s annual Lab Crawl, which invites campus members to explore different faculty labs. Photo credit: Jennifer Manna
Program Overview


Program Type: Major, Minor
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Department: Anthropology

A major in anthropology represents a broad field of study encompassing four subdivisions: cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, archeology, and biological anthropology. Courses offer comprehensive approaches to anthropology’s diverse subject matter and provide an important component of a liberal arts education for both majors and non-majors.

Why Study Anthropology at Oberlin?

Gallaudet Exchange Program
Study Away Programs
Online Ethnographic Collection

Sample Courses

  • ANTH 101 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 4 credits
  • ANTH 227 - Medical Anthropology 4 credits
  • ANTH 353 - Culture Theory 4 credits
  • ANTH 416 - Race, Racism, and Human Variation in Global Perspective 4 credits

Anthropology Faculty

Anthropology faculty are dedicated teachers, researchers, and scholars. Their interests are wide-ranging, including cultural anthropology and theory, ethnomusicology, ecology, world and ancient languages, linguistics, and indigenous peoples.

Explore Faculty within Anthropology

Anthropology News

Portrait of Professor Baron Pineda

Baron Pineda Discusses the Challenges of Social Media Content Standards

November 17, 2020
Professor of Anthropology Baron Pineda will present “Grey Areas: Universal Standards, Cultural Difference and Local Contexts in Social Media Content Moderation” as part of the Tea At Two Virtual Series presented by the Justice Collaboratory at Yale Law School. His talk will take place from 2-3 p.m., Thursday, November 19. Learn more about Pineda’s work in this Q&A.