Engaged Anthropology

Engaged Anthropology takes what you’re learning in your courses and puts it into practice through internships, research, study away, winter term, career exploration, and beyond.

Here’s a sampling of recent projects, field experiences, and post-graduate destinations for anthropology majors.

RISE at Oberlin
Research. Internships. Study Away. Experiential Learning.

Ways Anthropology Majors Rise


  • Religion and Re-Articulations: Exploring Health-Seeking Behavior of Diabetes Patients from the Jamestown and Ushertown Districts, Ghana
  • What’s in a Neanderthal: A Comparative Analysis
  • Codeswitching in Hiaki Conversational Discource: An Evaluation of Myers-Scotton’s Matrix Language Frame Model
  • The Los Angeles Beat Scene: Using MIDI Tracing as a Framework for Transcription, Analysis, and Creation
  • Eat me/Drink me: Lewis Carroll’s Alice as Canonical Commodity
  • Anthropological History of LGBT Organizing in Malawi


  • Ascentria Care Alliance, Immigration Legal Assistance Program, Worcester, Mass.
  • National League of Cities, Washington, DC
  • Village Education Program, Otavalo, Ecuador
  • Researcher, PBS/BBC/Wellcome Trust, London
  • Media intern, Center for Community Health Promotion, Vietnam
  • Planned Parenthood intern, New Mexico

Study Away

  • Social Change in Central America: Exploring Peace, Justice, and Community Engagement, Central America
  • Denmark International School DIS, Study Abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Border Studies Program, Tucson, Arizona (and Mexico)
  • Arts and Sciences, University of Ghana, Legon
  • Gallaudet University (unique Oberlin Exchange Program)

Experiential Learning

  • Oberlin College Ethnographic Collection: curation and exhibition opportunities
  • Archaeology Laboratory
  • Linguistics Laboratory
  • Arts Education Program at Grafton Correctional Facility
  • Deaf signing research in Nepal

First Destinations of Recent Anthropology Majors

  • Graduate Schools:
    • MA in development studies, University of Wellington, New Zealand
    • MA in human nutrition/ dietetics, Boston University
    • MA in food studies, Chatham University
    • PhD in education and anthropology, College of William and Mary
    • JD at UCLA Law School
  • Positions:
    • Fulbright Fellow, Austria
    • Shansi Fellow, India
    • Analyst for National Human Genome Research Institute
    • Monitoring and Evaluation Office, Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria
    • Instructor, Bay Area Discovery Museum
    • Community programs coordinator, Seattle YMCA
    • Institutional giving coordinator, International Center of Photography
    • Museum interpreter, Paul Revere House