Anthropology

Major, Minor

Strive to answer the basic questions of how we came to be the way we are as human beings and how we live together on this earth.

In the anthropology program at Pacific University, students study current societies throughout the world, paying particular attention to the concept of culture in a curriculum that stresses overseas study and fieldwork experiences. Students Learn the basic scientific methods of the discipline, both quantitative and qualitative and gain real-world experience with fieldwork and study abroad opportunities

The central concept in anthropology courses is culture, which refers to primarily symbolic systems as well as material culture. Comparative religions, world music, culinary practices, myth and ritual are among the many subjects offered, along with opportunities to combine service learning, fieldwork and independent study. 

Headlines

Aaron Greer

Aaron Greer has been promoted to associate professor of anthropology and sociology at Pacific University.

Garrison King-Halsey III portrait

In his first book of poetry, The Father’s Curse, Garrison King-Halsey III ’19 has published a collection of poems reflecting the current landscape of the dating world for young adults from the perspective of a young African-American coming into adulthood. It gives insight to love, heartbreak, cheating culture, toxic masculinity and more.

Charlotte Basch '14

The anthropology-sociology alumna earned a master's in museum anthropology and launched her career working with museums, schools and tribes to expand education around Northwest tribal history and culture.