What will I learn?

Anthropology is the holistic study of human behavior and biology. Anthropologists examine human biological and cultural diversity through space and time and the interplay between culture and biology.

A bachelor’s degree in anthropology at PSU gives you a foundational understanding of how humans operate and interact in a global perspective. PSU Anthropology supports three subfields: Sociocultural Anthropology, Archaeology, and Biological Anthropology. Our department is committed to research and scholarship in “Applied Anthropology” – where anthropological scholarly products address “real world” problems; and knowledge is returned to the peoples and places where the research is conducted.

We offer:

A broad-based view of human adaptation, evolution, variation, and achievement.
A balanced view of the anthropological subfields of biological anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, and sociocultural anthropology.
Expert faculty who bring the best research and real-life perspectives into the classroom.
Hands-on experience in our campus labs in zooarchaeology, ceramics, lithics, general artifact cataloging and processing, and through fieldwork.
Support from graduate assistants and accessible faculty.
Electives on a variety of ethnographic courses on particular regional or areas of interests, such as East Asia, Latin America, and the Pacific Northwest.
The necessary general anthropological background for those interested in pursuing graduate study in the discipline.

Our alumni have gone on to work for federal and state agencies, for museums, for private consulting companies, and for non-governmental organizations. Many also branch out into other fields, such as healthcare, education, the law, social services, and more.

The Anthropology Department at Portland State University was established in 1959 as a four-field Anthropology department with Oregon's only free-standing Master's program. Since then, anthropologists at Portland State University have compiled a long record of research, teaching, and community involvement. Among its distinguished former faculty was Wayne Suttles, the premier 20th-century ethnographer and linguist of the Northwest Coast.

The Anthropology Student Association (ASA) organizes a range of activities throughout the year to support student learning, professional development, and to have fun. Activities include attending regional and national conferences, arranging colloquia for outside speakers, film nights to explore anthropology in popular culture, and working with Portland-area organizations on volunteer projects.

WHAT CAN I DO WITH A BACHELOR'S DEGREE OR MINOR IN ANTHROPOLOGY?

According to a 1994 survey, nearly half of all professional anthropologists work outside of academia in a variety of public and private sector fields from business to medicine to development.

The one piece of advice that practicing anthropologists give the most is to think in terms of skills rather than an academic degree when planning for a career in anthropology. That means carefully planning a program of course work that matches your career interests and ambitions, as well as taking advantage of internship opportunities to build your experiences and skills outside of the classroom.

Our students have gone onto graduate programs such as the University of Utah, University of California-Irvine, University of British Columbia, and New York University.

With a bachelor’s degree in anthropology, you can find employment in government agencies, nonprofits, educational institutions, and businesses, in positions including:

Archaeology technician
Analyst
Business advisor
Clinical research coordinator
Community development assistant
Field archaeologist
Lab assistant/manager
Legislative aide
Research associate

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (180 credit hours)

Tuition fees
$29,286.00 (21,72,552) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

5 March 2022, 1 August 2022

Start date

28 March 2022, 26 September 2022

Venue

Portland State University

1825 SW Broadway,

PORTLAND,

Oregon,

97201, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To enroll as a first year student, you must have completed secondary school or high school. Your education must be equivalent to United States secondary school or high school education. You must have a cumulative (overall) grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 when converted to the U.S. 4.0 grading scale

For international students

To enroll as a first year student, you must have completed secondary school or high school. Your education must be equivalent to United States secondary school or high school education.

You must have a cumulative (overall) grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 when converted to the U.S. 4.0 grading scale.

TOEFL IBT: minimum overall score of 71; minimum subscore of 15 in reading and writing

Academic IELTS 6.0 overall; minimum 6.0 in reading and writing

Academic PTE 53 overall

Application Deadline:

Spring/March 5; Fall/August 1

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About Portland State University

PSU has been empowering students for 75 years and is known for its sustainability and commitment to social justice.

  • Based in the center of Portland, Oregon
  • One of the nation’s most innovative universities
  • More than 200 degree and certificate programs on offer
  • 20:1 student-to-faculty ratio