Department of Anthropology

Anthropology is the study of humans, past and present. To understand the full sweep and complexity of cultures across all of human history, anthropology draws and builds upon knowledge from the social and biological sciences as well as the humanities and physical sciences. A central concern of anthropologists is the application of knowledge to the solution of human problems.

The Department of Anthropology at The University of Tulsa offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in archaeology and cultural anthropology, as well as a doctorate in applied archaeology. The hallmark of our department is the individual relationships between students and faculty and the engagement of all students in cutting edge research. We offer state-of-the-art labs, which allow us to combine experimental archaeological analyses with extensive fieldwork worldwide. Suitable doctoral candidates are provided full tuition and a stipend for three years; support is also available for students pursuing master’s degrees.

Thomas Foster

Foster leads excavation dig at the Muscogee Creek Council house

Associate Professor of Anthropology Thomas Foster recently led a team of students on an excavation...


A Passion for People and Culture

Juliana Palacios’ (BA ’09) journey from her home in Barranquilla, Colombia, to New York City...