Undergraduate Majors and Minors

Student in zooarchaeology labThe Department of Anthropology offers a Bachelor of Arts and a minor in anthropology.

The University of Tulsa Anthropology Department offers classes in all four of the traditional subfields of Anthropology: Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology, Biological (Physical) Anthropology, and Linguistics.  Our curriculum explores the relationship between humans, cultural institutions, and the bio-physical environment.  All students who major in anthropology become familiar with the four fields and a comprehensive approach to people, their biology, cultures, and society.  In addition, students learn strong basic research skills and become proficient in essential anthropological theory and methods. The hallmark of our department is the individual relationships between students and faculty and the possibility for all students to participate in cutting edge research.

The University of Tulsa Anthropology program offers several areas of notable strength:

Culture, Behavior and Health. Many of our faculty currently conduct research into relationships among culture, behavior and health.  Our program provides unique opportunities for students to pursue interests in pre-med or other health allied studies gaining an integrated perspective on biological, social, and environmental factors that are closely related to individual and global health, leading to graduate work in medicine and the health sciences.

Evolutionary Ecological Archaeology. We invite students to work alongside our faculty to apply evolutionary and ecological theory to an understanding of the varied ways that humans adapt to their environments, particularly during periods of environmental and social change throughout human evolution. Our faculty members are especially interested in interpreting material culture and its development over time and how this reflects on the evolution of human cognition.

Historical Anthropology. The University of Tulsa operates the Gilcrease Museum, the world’s foremost museum focusing on the art and ethnology of the American West.  Faculty in the Department of Anthropology and at the Gilcrease welcome students with research interests in indigenous cultural identity, ethnohistory, historical anthropology, historical archaeology, gender, and women's rights.

Professors in the department have active research programs across the world, including Oceania, Mexico, Jordan, Israel, Armenia, and Scandinavia. Faculty also offer students training in the native cultures of the American Southeast and Southwest. 

 Careers in Anthropology

As is the case with many classic liberal arts degrees, many anthropology majors will not enter careers as professional anthropologists.  Anthropology graduates are more likely employed in a number of different sectors, from government agencies, NGOs, businesses, and health and human services.  They work in government agencies, private businesses, community organizations, museums, independent research institutes, service organizations, the media; and others as independent consultants and research staff for agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control, UNESCO, the World Health Organization, and the World Bank.  They are involved in building research partnerships, assessing economic needs, evaluating policies, developing new educational programs, recording little-known community histories, providing health services, and other socially relevant activities. You will find anthropologists addressing social and cultural consequences of natural disasters, equitable access to limited resources, and human rights at the global level.  Recent University of Tulsa anthropology majors have found jobs in careers ranging from health care, cultural resource management, international business, indigenous law, to marketing – where will you find your place?