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Undergraduate Programs

Anthropology bridges sciences and the humanities while developing critical thinking, communication, group processes, and the ability to work independently. An anthropology degree enables you to pursue a broad range of jobs that emphasize cross-cultural awareness, international contacts and management of cultural resources; for example: education, human and governmental services, law, business, media, and medicine. A program may be selected to emphasize archaeology/physical anthropology, cultural/linguistic anthropology, or general anthropology. Our Anthropology Club composed of both majors and minors, plays an important role in departmental activities. Anthropology will help you succeed in an increasingly interconnected and complex world.

Undergraduate Major Requirements

Undergraduate Minor

The Department of Anthropology offers courses to meet the needs of students interested in a comprehensive understanding of human societies and cultures past and present. Prehistoric, historic, ethnographic, and linguistic study provides the basis for understanding how a variety of societies solve common problems. Anthropology bridges sciences and the humanities and develops critical thinking, communication skills, facility with group processes, and the ability to work independently. It can help students succeed in an increasingly interconnected and complex world.

Learning Outcomes

Undergraduate Minor Requirements

Language in Culture Certificate

Are you intrigued by the nature of human languages and the central role of language in human culture? Beginning in the Fall of 2003, OSU undergraduates will have the opportunity to focus their coursework in this area while pursuing the major of their choice. Students may enroll in this program in either the Department of Anthropology or Department of Foreign Languages. They will then follow a coherent body of coursework in multiple departments and receive recognition of this fact on their diploma. Students will learn about linguistic diversity, first and second language acquisition, and the ways in which communication patterns vary from cultural group to cultural group. The application of sociolinguistic research to real life problems is a cornerstone of the program.

This certificate program can easily be completed within a 4 year B.A. degree since certificate credits can be concurrent with both major requirements and Baccalaureate Core requirements. Baccalaureate Core requirements, however, cannot be taken within the major department.

Core - 13 credits
LING 251 Languages of Oregon 3
Comm 326 Intercultural Communications 3
ANTH 350 Language, Culture and Society 4
LING 451 General Linguistics 3
ANTH 403 or LING 403 Thesis 1

To develop a sense of linguistic diversity, certificate students must study two languages other than English. End of second year proficiency is required in one language and end of first year proficiency in another language. One of these languages must be outside the Indo-European language family. Native American languages are particularly welcome. It is highly recommended that students participate in a study abroad program.

Electives - 18 credits
ANTH 208/LING 208 Western Culture Study Abroad 3
ANTH 209/LING 209 Cultural Diversity Study Abroad 3
ANTH 251 Language in the USA 3
ANTH 452 Popular Narrative and Verbal Art 4
ANTH 487 Language in Global Context 4
ANTH 494 Linguistic Transcription 3
ANTH 498 Oral Traditions 3
ANTH 450 Topics in Linguistic Anthropology 1-3
COMM 416 Ethnography of communication 3
COMM 426 Intercultural Communication Theories and Issues 3
COMM 427 Cultural Codes of Communication 3
ENG 490 History of the English Language 3
ENG 495 Language, Technology, and Culture 3
ENG 497 International Women's Voices 3
GER 351 German Phonetics 3
LING 359 Selected Topics 3
LING 545 Methods for Second Language Acquisition 4
PSY 458 Language Acquisition 3
SPAN 350 Phonetics and Pronunciation 3
SPAN 351 Hispanic Linguistics 3
SPAN 552 Introduction to Sociolinguistics 3
WR 495 Introduction to Literacy Studies 3

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