Anthropology students work collaboratively on a whiteboard.
Photo credit: Jennifer Manna
Program Overview


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

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 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

 Baron Pineda seated for portrait

A Conversation with Baron Pineda

October 17, 2018
A cultural anthropologist specializing in human rights and indigenous peoples, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Latin American Studies Baron Pineda is one of seven scholars advising Facebook on the challenges of enforcing community standards.
student standing near chairs after Commencement program

Sparking Interest in Sexual Health Education

November 29, 2017
Just a few months after graduating, Tory Sparks ’17 has landed her dream job as a community outreach educator with Planned Parenthood. She’s stationed in the organization’s Washtenaw County location in Michigan, where she works with high schoolers.