Amy Margaris, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Department Chair
Crystal Biruk, Associate Professor of Anthropology
Damien Droney, Medical Anthropologist, Visiting Assistant Professor
Jennifer Fraser, Associate Professor of Musicology and Anthropology
Jason Haugen, Associate Professor of Anthropology
Erika Hoffman-Dilloway, Associate Professor of Anthropology
Kip G. Hutchins, Visiting Instructor and Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow of Anthropology and Environmental/East Asian Studies
Baron Pineda, Associate Professor of Anthropology
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Anthropology represents a broad field of study encompassing four subdivisions: cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, archeology, and biological anthropology. Courses listed below offer comprehensive approaches to anthropology’s diverse subject matter and provide an important component of a liberal arts education for both majors and non-majors. A major will gain excellent preparation for graduate study in anthropology or as part of a pre-professional education. Additionally, anthropology majors can gain preparation for a wide variety of careers. Students majoring in anthropology are strongly urged to pursue work beyond the introductory level (101, 102, 103) in each of the subfields.
See information about Research, Internships, Study Away and Experiential Learning (RISE).
Transfer of Credit
Students transferring credits in anthropology from courses taken at other institutions and/or from off-campus programs such as summer field work may apply a maximum of two courses toward the major with the approval of the department chair.
Students may schedule a reading course during their junior or senior year in accord with college rules on private readings.
No more than one reading course may be taken in any one semester.
Off-Campus Programs for Credit
Summer fieldwork in projects sponsored by Oberlin College or by other institutions is encouraged. Such projects may be undertaken in archeology, ethnography, or linguistics. By approval of the department, students may count a maximum of two courses toward the major. Students interested in archeological projects should contact Professor Margaris. Those interested in ethnographic projects should contact a department staff person. Students interested in anthropology credit for programs sponsored by the Great Lakes Colleges Association should also speak with the chair.
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Majors and Minors
- ANTH 101 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
- ANTH 102 - Human Origins
- ANTH 130 - “Natural” Disasters, Culture, and Sustainability in Indonesia WT18
- ANTH 202 - Fundamentals of Linguistics
- ANTH 203 - Introduction to Archaeology
- ANTH 204 - Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology
- ANTH 210 - Indigenous Peoples of Latin America
- ANTH 211 - Learning with Indigenous Material Culture
- ANTH 212 - Ecological Perspectives on Small-Scale Societies
- ANTH 217 - Music and the Environment in Northeast Asia
- ANTH 227 - Medical Anthropology
- ANTH 257 - Graphic Anthropology
- ANTH 263 - Metaphors of blood: Cultural constructions of Race, Kinship, and Genetics
- ANTH 263OC - Metaphors of blood: Cultural constructions of Race, Kinship, and Genetics
- ANTH 278 - Human Rights, Universalism and Cultural Relativism
- ANTH 317 - Qualitative Methods in Environmental Anthropology
- ANTH 322 - Language, Disability, and Sensory Ecologies
- ANTH 353 - Culture Theory
- ANTH 376 - Language and Prehistory
- ANTH 382 - Archaeological Lab Methods
- ANTH 391F - Practicum in Anthropology
- ANTH 391H - Practicum in Anthropology
- ANTH 402 - The Native Languages of the Americas
- ANTH 415F - Internships in Teaching
- ANTH 415H - Internships in Teaching
- ANTH 416 - Race, Racism, and Human Variation in Global Perspective
- ANTH 435 - Biopolitics: The Governance of Life and Death
- ANTH 438 - Literacies in Social Context
- ANTH 457 - Seminar: Graphic Anthropology
- ANTH 460 - Museum Anthropology
- ANTH 490F - Junior Year Honors
- ANTH 490H - Junior Year Honors
- ANTH 491F - Senior Year Honors
- ANTH 491H - Senior Year Honors
- ANTH 995F - Private Reading - Full
- ANTH 995H - Private Reading - Half