Anthropology concerns itself with the holistic study of the human condition—socially, culturally, linguistically, and biologically in space and in time. If you have traveled or are interested in travel, or have experienced different societies, cultures, and foods; if you consider yourself adventurous and willing to engage in intense, hands-on learning within a liberal arts setting, the study of anthropology may be for you.

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Our faculty are both scholars and teachers who devote their careers to making important contributions to their disciplines through writing and research. They are committed to undergraduate education and teach everything from first-year seminars to advanced courses.

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Department Overview

Anthropology concerns itself with the holistic study of the human condition—socially, culturally, linguistically, and biologically in space and in time. Our faculty is committed to this fourfold approach, believing that anthropology is poised to examine what it means to be human.

We value comparative teaching and interdisciplinary research because anthropology is a field without clear borders. We emphasize the connection of anthropology to the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities. Because of this approach, students may double major and many have paired anthropology with archeological studies, English, biology, Africana studies, and mathematics.

If you have traveled some, are interested in travel, or have experienced different societies, cultures, and foods; if you consider yourself adventurous and willing to engage in intense, hands-on learning within a liberal arts setting, Oberlin’s offerings in anthropology may be for you.

Skills gained through the study of anthropology complement the hallmarks of an Oberlin education: creative and critical thinking, oral expression, writing, problem solving, and social justice advocacy.

We prepare students to continue graduate-level study in almost any field and many pursue the doctorate in anthropology. Our students attain competitive fellowships and attend the University of Chicago, Indiana University, Temple University, George Mason University, and the University of Michigan, among others.

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Anthropology News

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.
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.