Anthropology has been taught at the University of Oklahoma since 1905 and became its own department in 1927. Celebrated faculty like Morris Opler and Robert Bell established the Department as a leader in the scholarly study of Native North America. In addition to conducting research in the southwest, southeast, and plains of North America, we have maintained a secondary emphasis on Latin America.
We offer an M.A. in anthropology, an M.A. in applied linguistic anthropology, an M.A. in anthropology with a concentration in socio-cultural anthropology, and an Accelerated BA in Anthropology/MA in Anthropology with a Concentration in Socio-Cultural Anthropology. We also offer a PhD in Anthropology with a Concentration in Archaeology and a PhD in Anthropology with a Concentration in Human Health and Biology. Students receive rigorous training in the four subdisciplines of anthropology: sociocultural, archaeological, biological, and linguistic. The Department will not be accepting new students to the PhD in Anthropology with a Concentration in Socio-Cultural Anthropology and Linguistics in 2023/24 in order to develop a new strategic plan for this Concentration.
With over twenty full-time professors and about seventy graduate students, degree candidates receive personalized attention from faculty mentors. As part of a medium-sized department, our students benefit from the resources of a large research university while enjoying a nurturing intellectual environment. Our graduates have been successful in securing tenure-track academic jobs as well as positions in cultural resource management, museums, and government archaeology.
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Individual faculty are happy to provide more information on their research and on the anthropology graduate program as it relates to your subdiscipline of interest. For information on tuition and fees, visit the Bursar's Office.