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Programs in Anthropology

Shape the future of social sciences by studying cultures, bridging gaps, and acknowledging cross-cultural diversity.

Anthropology is the study of humans, past and present. Our interdisciplinary programs are devised around four traditional areas of anthropology: archaeology, cultural anthropology, biological (physical) anthropology, and linguistics. This allows you to fully grasp the complexity of cultures across history.

Developing your ability to comprehend and analyze theories, human cultures, and social groups will be at the core of your educational and personal development. Our expert faculty will support you on innovative research projects in TU’s state-of-the-art laboratories and across field sites worldwide. You will have access to our world-class collections and archives, including the most extensive lithic raw material collection in the U.S. while learning to apply theory and methods to real-world problems.

100% Success Rate for TU Anthropology Alumni

$62K Annual Median Pay for Anthropologists

12 Average Class Size

#1 National Merit Scholars

Professional Opportunities

Working in close-knit teams, combining experimental analysis and extensive fieldwork worldwide, you will develop critical, analytical, and problem-solving skills crucial for your future career. Besides the four degrees we offer, our master’s program has a well-established reputation, with over 75 percent of alumni currently holding anthropological or archaeological positions in notable organizations and entities such as the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, the U.S. Department of the Interior, and Osage Nation.

Job opportunities:

  • Cultural resource manager
  • Museum research associate
  • Government forensic consultant
  • City preservation planner
  • Archaeologist

Beyond the Classroom

    • Set the stage for lifelong learning and success.

      Learning is an individualized journey that extends far beyond a major or the walls of a classroom. TU’s Office of Integrative and Experiential Learning (OIEL) provides opportunities for scholars to enliven their studies through global education, research, scholarship, and interdisciplinary programs. Our real-world academic enrichment opportunities are designed to challenge students and enhance their personal and professional educational experience.


    • Make your TU experience as rich and diverse as you like.

      TU students have abundant opportunities to get involved with clubs and organizations to develop new skills, meet new friends, and make lifetime memories. From international clubs, music groups, and intramural sports to Greek life, student government, and on-campus leadership, there’s truly something for everyone at TU. Our multi-faceted extracurricular options perfectly complement our multidisciplinary academic approach.

      Student Organizations

    • Be the change you want to see.

      TU encourages students to give back to the community and see societal problems through a different lens. In considering issues ranging from low-income to racial biases, students analyze the intricacies of cyclical social issues to gain broader perspectives and insights, which they can share with others and act on in the community.


    • Pursue success with confidence — backed by TU’s job placement guarantee.

      TU is committed to our students’ professional success, which is why our Center for Career Development, aka CaneCareers, offers a job placement guarantee program. We promise that students who follow the program will land an entry-level job in their chosen field or continue their education within six months of graduation, or we’ll give them a free semester of grad school.


    Learn more about the department

    Anthropology is the study of humanity and Sociology is the study of human social relationships. The benefit of studying them together is gaining insights into how society works, by examining the way we live now and the variety of different societies and cultures that have existed over time.

    Anthropology & Sociology