Graduate Programs

Explore our Graduate Programs

Thank you for your interest in our program. The Department of Anthropology typically admits six to nine graduate students annually. Admission is offered only for the Fall term except under highly unusual circumstances. The University of Oregon supports every student, regardless of immigration status.

Lynn Stephen

Co-Director of Graduate Studies 
Lynn Stephen 
stephenl@uoregon.edu 
Office: 316 Condon

Stephen

Co-Director of Graduate Studies 
Stephen Frost 
sfrost@uoregon.edu 
Office: 353 Condon


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Doctoral Degree

The UO Department of Anthropology offers the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree with a concentration in one of three subfields: Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, or Cultural Anthropology. While graduate students choose one subfield on which to focus their studies, many follow an interdisciplinary path that bridges between subfields, as well as to different disciplines. This approach is encouraged in our department, which is distinctive in its commitment to the integration of the anthropological subfields via our five areas of expertise and focus.

PhD Requirements



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Choosing a Subdiscipline

Each prospective graduate student should select an anthropological subdiscipline (Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology, Biological Anthropology). Although a core subdiscipline needs to be identified for your application, we recognize that anthropological work today is highly interdisciplinary and an interest in more than one subdiscipline is encouraged and supported.

Subdisciplines

Funding Graduate Studies

Nearly all graduate students in the Department of Anthropology receive funding for all or most of their graduate study. Most graduate students are supported through departmental Graduate Teaching Fellowships, which are teaching assistant positions that involve leading discussion or lab sections.

Funding and Research Support


Prepare for the Professional World

The goal of virtually all the students in our graduate program is to obtain a PhD in preparation for an academic career in research/teaching or for a career as a professional anthropologist doing applied work. We rarely admit students whose sole aim is to obtain a master's degree, except in the case of a student interested in obtaining a master's so s/he can work professionally in the field of Cultural Resource or Heritage Management.

Career and Professional Development


Our Graduate Students

Our graduate program attracts outstanding students from across the nation and around the world. Students in the program work closely with a primary advisor, who supervises their graduate training through formal coursework and supervised research and teaching activities.

Resources for the Graduate Community


Events

Let's Talk Drop-In - Fridays 1-3PM @ CMAE/Zoom
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Let's Talk Drop-In - Fridays 1-3PM @ CMAE/Zoom Jun 14 Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence
Comparative Literature Commencement Ceremony - CAS
Jun16
Comparative Literature Commencement Ceremony - CAS Jun 16 Memorial Quadrangle
Philosophy Commencement Ceremony - CAS
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Philosophy Commencement Ceremony - CAS Jun 16 Willamette Hall
Psychology Commencement Ceremony - CAS
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Psychology Commencement Ceremony - CAS Jun 16 Matthew Knight Arena
School of Global Studies & Languages Commencement Ceremony - CAS
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School of Global Studies & Languages Commencement Ceremony - CAS Jun 16 East Campus Green
Sociology Commencement Ceremony - CAS
Jun16
Sociology Commencement Ceremony - CAS Jun 16 Southwest Campus Green
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Commencement Ceremony - CAS
Jun16
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Commencement Ceremony - CAS Jun 16 Hope Theater
Black Studies, Native American and Indigenous Studies, Indigenous Race, and Ethnic Studies, & Latinx Studies
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Black Studies, Native American and Indigenous Studies, Indigenous Race, and Ethnic Studies, & Latinx Studies Jun 16 Hope Theater
Classics, Humanities, Medieval, & Religious Studies
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Classics, Humanities, Medieval, & Religious Studies Jun 16 Willamette Hall
Environmental Studies Commencement Ceremony - CAS
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Environmental Studies Commencement Ceremony - CAS Jun 16 East Campus Green