Earn Your Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Global Studies

Anthropology is offered through the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. 

The program offers high quality upper division courses and advisement designed to prepare students for a wide variety of careers related to ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­anthropology as well as providing graduates with a solid foundation for postgraduate study. These courses help students as they embark on the journey of integrating their personal Christian faith with their growing base of academic knowledge and awareness of the world around them. 

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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Anthropology PDF
Minor in Anthropology PDF

What makes an OBU Anthropology degree special?

OBU’s anthropology program emphasizes the field of cultural anthropology, with cultural overview courses from Africa to the Pacific Rim and topical courses from Language and Culture to Museum Studies. Research methodology courses unite these sociocultural elements in practice. Considered the most humanistic of the sciences and the most scientific of the humanities, anthropology had been deemed “the universal academic discipline.” Anthropology is holistic in orientation and interdisciplinary in character. With an interest in all of humanity through space and time, the contextual breadth of anthropology includes life ways from small tribal groups to large civilizations, and its contextual depth includes the ancient past through the present. The unique perspective of the discipline coupled with its adaptable knowledge and skills prepare students to engage culture locally and globally in the future.

While OBU anthropology students are challenged to explore theories, methods and answers both in and out of the classroom, an emphasis is placed on cultivating values, connections and questions for life beyond Bison Hill. This pursuit is situated within a program of study designed to integrate Christian faith and learning in preparation for global service and professional practice. Whether pursued as a declared major or as supplemental elective coursework, studying anthropology at OBU assists students in becoming more attentive global citizens and responsible agents of positive change.

What are OBU grads doing with their Anthropology degrees?

Recent anthropology graduates have found professional employment, paid service positions and internships in organizations as diverse as World Vision, Missouri Baptist Children’s Home, U.S. Peace Corps, Dallas Museum of Art, SBC Journeyman Program and the English Language Institute of China. A number of students have pursued further academic study and professional training at institutions including Harvard University, University of Chicago, Duke University, Tulane University, Indiana University, University of North Texas, Southeastern Seminary, Purdue University and University of Oklahoma. The diverse contexts in which graduates serve illustrates the variety of interests and commitments that OBU anthropology students embody. 

Examples of possible careers include the following:

  • Archeologist
  • Campaign Consultant
  • Community Development
  • Consumer Research
  • Journalism
  • Missions
  • Museum Work: curator, educator, collections manager, etc.
  • Organizational Research
  • Park Ranger
  • Teaching


Learn more about our Anthropology faculty.

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