Anthropology is the study of humankind, through all time and space. Anthropologists are concerned, not only with documenting their findings, but finding ways to use their knowledge to solve common human problems.
Anthropology is divided into four major fields which include:
- Archaeology: The study of past humans and their cultures usually through examination of artifacts, architecture, and organic materials.
- Physical Anthropology: The study of the physical attributes and development of the human species. Some sub-fields include, paleoanthropology (human evolution), paleopathology (historical development of diseases), and forensic anthropology (identifying remains and determining cause of death using human bones).
- Cultural Anthropology: The study of human cultures using observation, interviews and surveys. Questions cultural anthropology tries to answer include finding the reason behind differences in personality, social structure, development and socialization.
- Linguistic Anthropology: The study of how language influences society, and how society influences language. Linguistic anthropologists also work to document unique and endangered languages from around the world.
What can you do with a degree in anthropology? Traditionally, America's anthropologists have worked in higher education teaching or researching, but this has been changing and there are many opportunities outside of the university for anthropologists to practice their unique skills.
Some possible careers include contract archaeology, forensic analysis for law enforcement agencies or museums, market research, planning and research for government agencies or international organizations. Some anthropologists take their training to other fields such as medicine, education, linguists, genetics, ecology, psychology, neural sciences, business, environmental science, social work and law.
For more information, visit the American Anthropological Association's website.
Majors in anthropology are offered at University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Portland State University, Western Oregon University and Southern Oregon University. A combined anthropology-sociology major is offered at Eastern Oregon University. There are many, many other schools around the country that offer anthropology as a major. If a student should be interested in relocating to a big city, the museum resources are draws for budding anthropologists (Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. for instance, or the New York Museum of Natural History).
Students planning to transfer should work closely with UCC faculty and advisers, and with representatives from the receiving college or university. There may be special requirements for specific programs or schools. Although UCC offers a number of Anthropology courses, not all of these will necessarily count toward an anthropology degree at a four-year university.
Appropriate early courses for anthropology majors are:
- Science: Geology or Biology
- Math: 105 or 111 and Statistics
- Social Sciences: Sociology, Anthropology, Economics, History.
Individual classes (non-sequences) that would be helpful are Race, Class and Ethnicity and Contemporary American Family.
- Foreign Language: Two years of a foreign language is required for a B.A. degree almost anywhere (and is a good idea in general!)
At UCC, you can earn a TWO-YEAR TRANSFER DEGREE for less than you'll pay for one year at a state university. Plus, UCC offers:
• Seamless, direct transfer degrees
• Expert faculty dedicated to teaching
• Personal attention and small class sizes
• Online classes
Prospective students should visit Advising and Career Services to get started and then see a program advisor (below) to develop a more focused educational plan.
Renee Barlow - Contact
Assistant Professor, Anthropology
Emery Smith - Contact
Associate Professor, Sociology
Paula Usrey - Contact
Department Chair, Associate Professor, Social Science & Communications