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Anthropology, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #401 (ARWU) Norman, OK, United States
Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma is a social science that covers the breadth of human experience and encompasses four subfields: archaeology, biological, cultural, and linguistic anthropology. One of the characteristics that distinguishes anthropology from many other disciplines is its adherence to the concept of cultural relativism.
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Every undergraduate student from Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma faces a series of difficult questions in designing her or his overall program of courses and to pursue a particular career? How are my other degree requirements related to my major, or vice versa? What can I do with an anthropology major? If I am specifically interested in one of the subfields in anthropology, why do I have to take courses in the other subfields? And what courses should I take to best prepare for my career interests? 

Ultimately, each student must find the answers and make the decisions on these matters, and here we can help by formulating questions and posing alternatives. Moreover, the student should seek information and guidance from a wide variety of sources in and outside the University community. The Departmental adviser and each faculty member in the Department are always willing to talk with you about these matters.

Here are some tips from some senior anthropology majors:

  • Make an effort early in college to get to know anthropology faculty. This will increase your opportunities within the department and provide a sound basis for future letters of reference.
  • Join and participate in the Undergraduate Anthropology Society. Also participate in other organizations, such as Oklahoma Anthropological Society (OAS), American Anthropological Association (AAA), National Association of Student Anthropologists (NASA), and attend local conferences (as well as national ones when you can).
  • Communicate your interests to your adviser and faculty so they can steer you toward opportunities in your area. Further your interests through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), paper presentations, volunteer work, etc.


A major in anthropology provides an excellent liberal arts education, serving as a solid academic foundation from which to choose a career. 

Competency developed in the areas of research methods, foreign languages, statistics, computer technology, and written and verbal skills, coupled with anthropological course work, enables an anthropology major graduate to gain employment in a wide variety of professions, including contract archaeology, teaching, international relations, community planning, government (federal, state, and local), museums and other similar institutions, and social work.

 It also prepares you for graduate school, not only in anthropology, but also in library studies, law school, and medical school. While a major in anthropology can prepare you for a specific job, it also allows for flexibility in the job market that many other majors cannot match. 

The Anthropology Department advisors conduct a fall semester workshop specifically on "Careers for Anthropology Graduates;" announcements for this workshop are posted and mailed to our undergraduate students.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Global Cultural Diversity
  • General Linguistics
  • Principles of Archaeology
  • Intro to Biologi al Anthropology
  • Anthropology Capstone

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Submit either the OU Application, Common Application, or Coalition Application. This includes a $40, non-refundable application fee for domestic applicants. 

Make sure we have your supporting documents:

  • Official high school transcript that reflects at least six semesters of work completed and includes your GPA computed on an unweighted 4.0 scale and your class rank
  • Official test scores to us through ACT and/or The College Board. Your test scores may also be included on your official high school transcript
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Official copies of any AP or CLEP test scores

Tuition Fee

  • International

    28500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 28500 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    27727 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 27727 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    12346 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12346 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Norman

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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