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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.

Anthropologists are highly specialized in their research interests, yet remain generalists in their observations of the human condition and advocate for a public anthropology that is committed to bringing knowledge to broad audiences.

The Department of Anthropology at The University of Tulsa offers a BA degree and certificate in museum studies. 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.

Theses are examples of possible four-year plans for an anthropology major at TU. Specific courses are subject to availability and scheduling. The aim of these examples is to illustrate possible major/minor combinations and possible classes.

For more information please contact the undergraduate advisor Miriam Belmaker.

Program Objectives

Students who complete the Bachelor’s degree will:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the theories and methods of the four fields of anthropology – archaeology, social/cultural anthropology, linguistics, and physical anthropology – and be able to analyze their interrelationships.
  2. Demonstrate an awareness of the challenges of social change and civic engagement that will permit them to work effectively with others.
  3. Obtain employment or apply to graduate school.
  4. Demonstrate a greater appreciation of the diversity of human cultures.
  5. Demonstrate an appreciation of the variety of human cultures, past and present, including their connections, similarities, and contrasts – a truly global view.
Degree Options

Anthropology, B.A.

Learn strong basic research skills and become proficient in essential anthropological theory and methods.

Anthropology, B.S. 

Learn strong basic research skills and become proficient in essential anthropological theory and scientific methods.

Anthropology Minor

Non-majors interested in learning more about anthropology are encouraged to add it to their degree program as a minor.

Museum Studies Minor

The Museum Studies program is designed to enhance knowledge of the history and role of museums as well as issues of cultural heritage and historic preservation. Learn more. 

Four Year Schedule Archaeology Focus with History Minor

Anthropology major (archaeology focus) with history minor

FRESHMAN – FALL SEMESTERFRESHMAN – SPRING SEMESTER
AS 1001, Core: Freshman ExperienceFS 1973, Core: First Seminar
ENGL 1033, Core: Exposition & Argumentation COREMATH 1083, Core: Contemporary Math
Core: Beginning Language ICore: Beginning Language II
ANTH 2043, Major: Patterns in Culture †ANTH 2053, Major: Culture Before History †
ARTH 2203, Block I: Survey of Art History IGEOL 1014, Block III: Physical Geology + Lab (4)
SOPHOMORE – FALL SEMESTERSOPHOMORE – SPRING SEMESTER
ANTH 4033, Major: Archaeology of the AmericasAS 2001, Core: Liberal Arts & Preparation for Life after Graduation
Core: Intermediate Language ICore: Intermediate Language II
ARTH 2223, Block I: Survey of Art History IIANTH 2033, Major: Human Diversity and Development +Lab
ANTH 2023, Major: Foundations of Linguistics †ANTH 4273, Major: Archaeology & History of the African Diaspora
FLM 3503, Elective: The Middle Ages on FilmENGL 2133, Block II: Images of the American West
SUMMERSUMMER
ANTH 4112: Major, Summer field work in AnthropologyANTH 4112: Major, Summer field work in Anthropology
JUNIOR – FALL SEMESTERJUNIOR – SPRING SEMESTER
ANTH 4082, Major: Introduction to Museum workANTH 4503, Major: Topic in Prehistory
ANTH 4763, Major: History of Anthropological TheoryPHIL 1453, Block II: The Great Conversation I: Ancient & Medieval
BIOL 1053, Block III: Plagues & PestilenceHistory 2313, Minor: Ancient World
HIST 2283, Minor: History of Ancient AmericasGEOL 3053, Elective: Geomorphology
REL 2383, Block II: Religion & ScienceART 2133, Elective: Ceramics I
SENIOR – FALL SEMESTERSENIOR – SPRING SEMESTER
ANTH 4973, Core: Senior Project ANTH 4053, Major: Archaeological Analysis
History 3513, Minor: Colonial AmericaHistory 3813, Minor: The Rise & Fall of the Roman Empire
COM 2893, Block II: Native Americans & the Popular ImagePSY 2253, Elective: Foundation of Psychology
SOC 1033, Elective: The Sociological ImaginationIndependent Study, Elective
STAT 2013, Elective: Introduction to StatisticsGEOL 4523, Elective: Environmental Geochemistry
ANTH 4503, Elective: Topics in PrehistoryHIST 2363, Elective: Medieval World

† Meets diversity and development requirements

Four Year Schedule Cultural Focus with Sociology Minor

Anthropology major (cultural focus) with sociology minor

FRESHMAN – FALL SEMESTERFRESHMAN – SPRING SEMESTER
AS 1001, Core: Freshman ExperienceFS 1973, Core: First Seminar
ENGL 1033, Core: Exposition & Argumentation COREMATH 1083, Core: Contemporary Math
Core: Beginning Language ICore: Beginning Language II
ANTH 2043, Major: Patterns in Culture †ANTH 2053, Major: Culture Before History †
ARTH 2193, Block I: Literary Genders: Masculine Mystique/Feminine MythBIOL 1003, Block III: Genetics & Human Diversity
SOPHOMORE – FALL SEMESTERSOPHOMORE – SPRING SEMESTER
AHS 2123, Elective: Folk HealingAS 2001, Core: Liberal Arts & Preparation for Life after Graduation
Core: Intermediate Language ICore: Intermediate Language II
FLM 2043, Block I: American Culture on FilmANTH 2033, Major: Human Diversity and Development +Lab
ANTH 2023, Major: Foundations of Linguistics †COM 3323, Elective: Interpersonal Communications
ANTH 3443, Major: Magic, Witchcraft & ReligionPSY 2303, Block II: Global Health and Society; Ghana
SUMMERSUMMER
 ANTH 4113: Major, Summer Research in AnthropologyANTH 4113: Major, Summer Research in Anthropology
JUNIOR – FALL SEMESTERJUNIOR – SPRING SEMESTER
CPLT 2613, Elective: Argentine Cultures on FilmECON 1013, Elective: Economics of Social Issues
ANTH 4763, Major: History of Anthropological TheoryANTH 3173, Block II: Gender Across Culture
BIOL 1033 + 1031, Block III: The Environment & Humanity + LabSOC 3113, Minor: Population & Ecology
SOC 1033, Minor: The Sociological ImaginationANTH 4063, Major: Qualitative Methods in Anthropological Research
COM 2723, Block II: Native Americans & the Popular ImaginationsSOC 3123, Minor: Sociology of Family
SENIOR – FALL SEMESTERSENIOR – SPRING SEMESTER
ANTH 4973, Core: Senior ProjectSOC 3193, Minor: Global Trend
SOC, Minor: Environmental SociologyANTH 3173, Major: Gender Across Culture
HIST 2543, Block II: Africans in the Americas from Slavery to FreedomENGL 2163, Elective: American Culture(s): Voice(s) & Vision(s)
HIST, Elective: American Society MovementsANTH 4273, Major: Archaeology & History of the African Diaspora
POL 3013, Elective: Political SociologyGEOL 4523, Major: Anthropology of Globalization

† Meets diversity and development requirements

Four Year Schedule Biological Focus with Biology Minor

Anthropology major (biological anthropology focus) with a biology minor

FRESHMAN – FALL SEMESTERFRESHMAN – SPRING SEMESTER
AS 1001, Core: Freshman ExperienceFS 1973, Core: First Seminar
ENGL 1033, Core: Exposition & Argumentation COREMATH 1083, Core: Contemporary Math
Core: Beginning Language ICore: Beginning Language II
ANTH 2043, Major: Patterns in Culture †ANTH 2053, Major: Culture Before History †
WS 2193, Block I: Literary Genders: Masculine Mystique/ Feminine MythBIOL, BlockIII: 2151+2153 Human anatomy + Lab
SOPHOMORE – FALL SEMESTERSOPHOMORE – SPRING SEMESTER
GEOL 1014, Elective: Physical Geology +LabAS 2001, Core: Liberal Arts & Preparation for Life after Graduation (1)
Core: Intermediate Language ICore: Intermediate language II
CPLT, Block I: Thinking with Science FictionANTH 2033, Major: Human Diversity and Development +Lab
ANTH 2023, Major: Foundations of Linguistics †PSY 2253, Elective: Foundations of Psychology
ANTH 3443, Major: Magic, Witchcraft & ReligionEDUC 2023, Block II: Brains, Learning & Education
SUMMERSUMMER
 ANTH 4113: Major, Summer Research in AnthropologyANTH 4113: Major, Summer Research in Anthropology
JUNIOR – FALL SEMESTERJUNIOR – SPRING SEMESTER
BIOL 4173, Elective: Principles of NeuroscienceBIOL 4643, Elective: Bioinformatics
ANTH 4763, Major: History of Anthropological TheoryWS 2083, Block II: Psychology of Trauma
BIOL 2171 + 2173, Block III: Human Physiology + LabBIOL 1703 +1711, Minor: Introduction to Molecular & Cellular Biology
BIOL 1603 +1611, Minor: Introduction to Organismal & Evolutionary BiologyANTH 4053, Major: Archaeological Analysis
SOC 1033, Block II: The Sociological ImaginationBIOL 2124, Minor: Genetics
SENIOR – FALL SEMESTERSENIOR – SPRING SEMESTER
ANTH 4973, Core: Senior ProjectBIOL 2143, Minor: Evolution
BIOL 2013, Minor: EcologyANTH 4244, Major: Medical Anthropology
NSG 2103, Block II: Human SexualitySCO 3113, Elective: Population and Ecology
GEOL 3053, Elective: GeomorphologyANTH 4103, Elective: Human origin
PSY 4253, Elective: Evolutionary PsychologyANTH 3023, Major: Forensic Anthropology

† Meets diversity and development requirements

Four Year Schedule Medical Focus with Biology Minor

Anthropology major (medical anthropology focus) with biology minor and pre-med option.

FRESHMAN – FALL SEMESTERFRESHMAN – SPRING SEMESTER
AS 1001, Core: Freshman ExperienceFS 1973, Core: First Seminar
ENGL 1033, Core: Exposition & Argumentation COREMATH 1083, Core: Contemporary Math
Core: Beginning Language ICore: Beginning Language II
ANTH 2043, Major: Patterns in Culture †ANTH 2053, Major: Culture Before History †
ENGL 2193, Block I: Literary Genders: Masculine Mystique/Feminine MythBIOL 2151+2153, Elective: Human Anatomy + Lab
CHEM 1013, Block III: General Chemistry I + LabCHEM 1023, Block II: General Chemistry II +lab
SOPHOMORE – FALL SEMESTERSOPHOMORE – SPRING SEMESTER
CHEM 3013, Elective: Organic Chemistry I + labAS 2001, Core: Liberal Arts & Preparation for Life after Graduation (1)
Core: Intermediate Language ICore: Intermediate Language II
REL 2503, Block I: God & Human SufferingANTH 2033, Major: Human Diversity and Development +Lab
ANTH 2023, Major: Foundations of Linguistics †ANTH 2033, Major: Human Diversity & Development +Lab
ANTH 3443, Major: Magic, Witchcraft & ReligionAHS, Block II: Folk Healing
SUMMERSUMMER
Math 2014, Pre-Med Option: Calculus IMath 2014, Pre-Med Option: Calculus I
JUNIOR – FALL SEMESTERJUNIOR – SPRING SEMESTER
PHYS 1013, Elective: Introductory Physics I +labPHYS 1023, Elective: Introductory Physics II + lab
ANTH 4763, Major: History of Anthropological TheoryWS 2083, Block II: Psychology of Trauma
BIOL 2171 + 2173, Elective: Human Physiology + LabBIOL 1703 +1711, Minor: Intro to Molecular & Cellular Biology
BIOL 1603 +1611, Minor: Intro to Organismal & Evolutionary BiologyANTH 4063, Major: Qualitative methods in Anthropological Research
PSY 2083, Block II: Psychology of TraumaBIOL 2124, Minor: Genetics
SENIOR – FALL SEMESTERSENIOR – SPRING SEMESTER
ANTH 4973, Core: Senior ProjectBIOL 4183, Core: Biology of Cancer
BIOL 4133, Minor: ImmunologyANTH 4233, Major: Medical Anthropology
PSY 2303, Block II: Global Health & Society: GhanaPSY 2253, Elective: Foundation of Psychology
SOC 1033, Elective: The Sociological ImaginationANTH 4103, Major: Human Origin
ECON 3153, Elective: Health EconomicsANTH 3023, Major: Forensic Anthropology

† Meets diversity and development requirements