Courses

Courses offered by the Department of Anthropology span the social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities to provide a broad understanding of human nature and diverse societies in the past and present. We offer three concentrations – archaeology, biological anthropology, and cultural anthropology.

The University of Oregon course catalog offers degree plans and a complete list of undergraduate and graduate courses in the Department of Anthropology. 


Featured Courses

Anthropology houses three subfields, archaeology, biological anthropology, and cultural anthropology. Within each concentration, students have the option to structure their curriculum around clusters of courses related to their particular interests within the department. All courses are subject to availability on a term-by-term basis. Check our course catalog for current offerings.

Anthropology Course 223 - Anthropology of Chocolate

ANTH 223 Anthropology of Chocolate

Instructor: Lynn Stephen

Description: This course explores the impact and meaning that chocolate has had on cultures around the world and on the human body.

Anthropology Course 175 - Evolutionary Medicine

ANTH 175 Evolutionary Medicine

Instructor: Josh Snodgrass

Description: This course helps students to think about their own physical and mental health, including things they can do in order to live a long, healthy, and meaningful life. This course also teaches students how to apply evolutionary and anthropological perspectives to contemporary health problems, and supports them in developing a policy recommendation for an important contemporary public health issue in the US.

Anthropology Course 255 - Atlantis, Aliens and Archaeology

ANTH 255 Atlantis, Aliens and Archaeology

Instructor: Alison Carter

Description: Critically examines pseudoscientific examples of archaeology using case studies from around the world (e.g. the lost city of Atlantis, ancient aliens) and explores how proper scientific archaeological research is conducted.


Projected Courses 2023-2024

Multiple courses offered by the department fulfill many CORE Education Requirements: Science Group (SC), Social Science Group (SSC), and Global Perspectives; and US: Difference, Inequality, Agency) requirements, as listed on the Course Descriptions page.

*Please note that the lists below are tentative and meant for general planning purposes. Course offerings and fulfillments are subject to change or cancellation. Courses that do not have the subject code ANTH and are on the Year Long Schedule, count toward an Elective requirement.

Fall 2023

Course Number

Course name

Concentration/Area Requirement

110

Traditional Ecological Knowledge (WEB)

 

145

Principles of Archaeology 

Intro Core

150

World Archaeology 

Intro Core

161

Intro to Cultural Anthropology

Intro Core

163

Origins of Storytelling (WEB)

Biological Anthropology

165

Sexuality and Culture (WEB)

Cultural Anthropology

171

Intro to Monkeys and Apes 

Biological Anthropology

175

Intro to Evol Med

Biological Anthropology

176

Intro to Forensics

Biological Anthropology

220

Nutritional Anth (HYBRID)

Biological Anthropology

278

Science, Race, and Society (WEB)

Biological Anthropology

331

Cultures of South Asia

Cultural Anthropology

340

Fundamentals of Archaeology

Archaeology

365

Food and Culture (WEB)

Cultural Anthropology

366

Human Osteology

Biological Anthropology

410/510

Healthy Aging

Biological Anthropology

410/510

Climate Change and Society

Cultural Anthropology

441

Recent Cultural Theory

Cultural Anthropology

453/553

African Archaeology

Archaeology

467/567

Paleoecology and Human Evolution

Biological Anthropology

470/570

Statistics (WEB)

Biological Anthropology

471/571

Zooarch

Archaeology

475/575

Regarding Remains (WEB)

Biological Anthropology

610

Conservation JC

 

610

Isotope Ecology

Biological Anthropology

611

Ethnographic Research

Cultural Anthropology

615

Prosem

 

685

Professional Writing

 

 Winter 2024

Course Number

Course Name

Concentration/Area Requirement

145

Principles of Archaeology

Intro Core

161

Intro to Cultural Anthropology (WEB)

Intro Core

173

Evol Hum Sex (HYBRID)

Biological Anthropology

220

Nutritional Anthropology

Biological Anthropology

255

Atlantis, Aliens, and Archaeology

Archaeology

270

Intro to Biological Anthropology

Intro Core

311

Anth of Globalization

Cultural Anthropology

320

Native North Americans

Cultural Anthropology

330

Hunters and Gatherers (WEB)

Cultural Anthropology

332

Human Mating and Attraction (WEB)

Biological Anthropology 

343

Pacific Islands Archaeology (WEB)

Archaeology

344

Oregon Archaeology 

Archaeology 

349

Origins of Art (WEB)

Biological Anthropology

365

Food and Culture (WEB)

BioAnth/CulAnth

369

Growth and Development

Biological Anthropology

376

Genomics and Anthropology

Biological Anthropology

399

Decolonizing Archaeology

Archaeology

399

Cultural Heritage

Cultural Anthropology

420

Culture, Illness and Healing

Cultural Anthropology

427/527

Latino Roots I

Cultural Anthropology

479/579

Taphonomy (WEB)

Biological Anthropology

487/587

BioAnth Methods

Biological Anthropology

 Spring 2024

cOURSE nUMBER

cOURSE nAME

cONCENTRATION/aREA rEQUIREMENT

145

Principles of Archaeology (WEB)

Intro Core

161

Intro to Cultural Anthropology

Intro Core

163

Origins of Storytelling (WEB)

Biological Anthropology

170

Intro to Human Evolution

Biological Anthropology

171

Intro to Monkeys and Apes (WEB)

Biological Anthropology

176

Intro to Forensics

Biological Anthropology

260

Domestic Animals

Archaeology

270

Intro Biological Anthropology

Intro Core

274

Animals and People (WEB)

Biological Anthropology

329

Immigration and Farmworkers

Cultural Anthropology

349

Origins of Art (WEB)

Biological Anthropology 

361

Human Evolution

Biological Anthropology

362

Human Bio Variation (WEB)

Biological Anthropology

366

Human Osteology

Biological Anthropology

373

Psychoactive Substances (WEB)

Archaeology 

399

Great Basin Archaeology & Paleoecology

Archaeology

410

Law and Society

Cultural Anthropology 

428/528

Latino Roots II

Cultural Anthropology

434/534

Indigenous Peoples of South America

Cultural Anthropology

456

Peopling of Americas

Archaeology

472

Primate Conservation Biology

Biological Anthropology

481/581

Evolutionary Psychology

Biological Anthropology

610

Conservation JC

 

610

Ethnography of Institutions

Cultural Anthropology

610

Qualitative Methods

BioAnth/CulAnth

650

African Studies Seminar

Archaeology