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

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.

This IS Kalapuyan Land poster

Pacific University is proud to remember and celebrate the history, heritage and culture of Indigenous peoples during the month of November. Educational events include a museum exhibit, online library display, philosophy colloquium and movie screening.

Kayleigh DeBruyne ’18

Kayleigh DeBruyne '18 spent a semester in Tanzania completing her senior project, a research endeavor that combined environmental science, anthropology and women's issues.