Anthropology Students
Students working collaboratively on a whiteboard. Photo credit: Jennifer Manna
Program Type:
  • Major
  • Minor
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)

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.

Program Director

Erika Hoffmann-Dilloway

Associate Professor of Anthropology
Department Affiliation

Jackie Fortino

Administrative Assistant 440-775-8970

Why Study Anthropology at Oberlin?

Gallaudet Exchange Program
Study Away Programs
Online Ethnographic Collection

Upcoming Anthropology Events

Sample Courses

  • ANTH 101 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 4 credits
  • ANTH 237 - Social Mirrors: Race, Class, and Sexuality in Popular Music 4 credits
  • ANTH 321 - Language and the Body 4 credits
  • ANTH 456 - Seminar in Culture Contact and Colonialism 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.

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Anthropology News

Amy Margaris

Reunifying Oberlin’s Natural History Collection

August 29, 2017
Associate Professor of Anthropology Amy Margaris ’96 along with other faculty and staff members on campus are working to digitize the college’s many “dangling collections”—objects and specimens spread across various campus buildings that at one time had a home in the college’s natural history museum.