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.