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Anthropology Electives List

A discussion of the OU Major and Minor can be found here and the the official checksheet for the major can be found here. These degrees require that the electives satisfy certain distributions. For the major, the choice of electives must satisfy these rules:

  1. At least one of the electives must be a Methods class. The list below indicates which classes are Methods classes.

  2. At least three different subfields must be represented in the 3000 and 4000-level electives. The list below indicates which subfield(s) the classes are associated with.

  3. Students must have at least 15 hours of electives at the 3000- and 4000-levels. 

Note that some Anthropology electives may fulfill more than one subfield or can fulfill both
subfield and research methods categories. In these cases, completing one course may
satisfy two distribution requirements. For example, a student whose first class is designated Biological & Research Methods and whose second class is Socio-Cultural & Linguistic would fulfill requirements #1 and #2 above with those two classes alone.

Course NumberCourse NameElective Categories
1113What Makes Us Human? Exploring Cultural and Biological DiversityLower Division Elective
1203Language Across CulturesLower Division Elective
1253Folklore and FolklifeLower Division Elective
1413Great Discoveries in ArchaeologyLower Division Elective
1823Religion in Everyday LifeLower Division Elective
1913Plagues and People: Health and Disease in Human SocietyLower Division Elective
2203Global Cultural DiversityNA (Required Course)
2253Human and Animal Interaction Across CulturesLower Division Elective
2303General LinguisticsNA (Required Course)
2613Native Peoples of North AmericaLower Division Elective
2970Special Topics/SeminarDecided by adviser based on content
3011Anthropology Cornerstone I: Introduction to the MajorNA (Required Course)
3021Anthropology Cornerstone II: Research and WritingNA (Required Course)
3031Anthropology Cornerstone III: ProfessionalizationNA (Required Course)
3063Language and CultureSocio-Cultural & Linguistics
3113Principles of ArchaeologyNA (Required Course)
3203Introduction to Biological AnthropologyNA (Required Course)
3243Anthropological Approaches to Health, Illness and HealingHHB
3423Anthropology of ReligionSocio-Cultural
3440Mentored Research ExperienceDecided by adviser based on content
3453Contemporary Native American IssuesSocio-Cultural
3553Peoples of the Pacific IslandsSocio-Cultural
3573Native American Health and HealingHHB
3613Community ArchaeologyMethods & Archaeology
3783The Anthropology of Slavery and CaptivityArchaeology & Socio-Cultural
3810Internship in Linguistic AnthropologyLinguistics
3833Language and PowerLinguistics
3853Music, Language and CultureSocio-Cultural & Linguistics
3873Primate Evolution and BehaviorHHB
3893Maya, Aztec and Inca: High Civilizations of Ancient AmericaArchaeology
3910Internship in Biological AnthropologyHHB
3920Internship in Museum AnthropologyDecided by adviser based on content
3930Fieldwork in ArchaeologyMethods & Archaeology
3933Archaeology Lab PracticumMethods & Archaeology
3940Internship in ArchaeologyArchaeology
3950Internship in Cultural AnthropologySocio-Cultural
3953Proseminar in AnthropologyDecided by adviser based on content
3960Honors ReadingDecided by adviser based on content
3970Honors SeminarDecided by adviser based on content
3980Honors ResearchDecided by adviser based on content
3990Independent StudyDecided by adviser based on content
4023Museum AnthropologyMethods
4063Language, Contact, Loss, and RevitalizationLinguistics
4073Anthropology of Jews and JewishnessSocio-Cultural
4093Bodies and MaterialitiesArchaeology & HHB
4113Anthropology CapstoneNA (Required Course)
4163The Study of Material CultureArchaeology & Socio-Cultural
4223The Anthropology of ChildhoodSocio-Cultural & HHB
4253The Anthrpology of CommuniitiesMethods & Socio-Cultural
4283Curriculum and Teaching Materials Development for Endangered LanguagesMethods & Linguistics
4303Women and Development in AfricaSocio-Cultural
4323The Anthropology of AgingSocio-Cultural & HHB
4333Archaeologies of Movement and Migration in North AmericaArchaeology
4423Introduction to Population GeneticsHHB
4433Ethnographic WritingMethods & Socio-Cultural
4443Visual AnthropologySocio-Cultural
4463Peopling of the New WorldArchaeology
4513Applying Anthropology to Contemporary Social ProblemsMethods & HHB & Socio-Cultural
4593Anthropology of Human ReproductionHHB
4623Approaches to Cross-Cultural Human ProblemsSocio-Cultural
4643Psychiatric AnthropologySocio-Cultural & HHB
4683Quantitative Data Analysis in the Social Sciences and AnthropologyMethods
4713Statistical Concepts in AnthropologyMethods
4723Gender and HealthSocio-Cultural & HHB
4733Bioarchaeology of Death & BurialsArchaeology & HHB
4743Culture Contact in the New WorldArchaeology
4753Body, Culture, Power: Anthropologies of FleshSocio-Cultural
4763Archaeological Analysis: Methds, Theory and PracticeMethods & Archaeology
4783Landscape ArchaeologyArchaeology
4813Archaeology of North AmericaArchaeology
4823Medical AnthropologySocio-Cultural & HHB
4833Archaeology of the Great PlainsArchaeology
4843Cross-Cultural Study of Sex, Gender and SexualitySocio-Cultural
4853Archaeology of the Greater SouthwestArchaeology
4863Archaeology of the SoutheastArchaeology
4883Dates, Compositions, and Ancestors: Scientific Applications in ArchaeologyMethods & Archaeology
4903Race and EthnicitySocio-Cultural
4943Human Osteology and PaleopathologyMethods & HHB
4953Special Topics in AnthropologyDecided by adviser based on content
4960Directed ReadingsDecided by adviser based on content
4970Special Topics/SeminarDecided by adviser based on content
4973Introduction to Faunal AnalysisMethods & Archaeology
4990Independent StudyDecided by adviser based on content
4993Reconstruction of Life from the SkeletonArchaeology & HHB
Electives Permitted from Outside Anthropology for Majors (not Minors)
Any Field
Study AbroadGeneral Elective

Record of Changes

  • The list was first created and approved in academic year 2015-16 as part of revisions to the major and minor
  • July 2016 - ANTH 4183, 4223, 4503, 4683, and 4783 added to list because they were added to course catalog.
  • March 2021: The following courses were deleted from the electives list because they are no longer being offered: ANTH 1523 - Prehistoric Foundations of Old World Civilization (Lower Division Elective), ANTH 1713 - Beginning American Indian Languages I (Lower Division Elective), ANTH 1723 - Beginning American Indian Languages II (Lower Division Elective), ANTH 1999 - Lower Division Transfer Credit (Decided by adviser based on content), ANTH 2533 - Exploring Human Evolution (Lower Division Elective), ANTH 2643 - Anthropology of Diet, Health and Disease (Lower Division Elective), ANTH 2733 - Intermediate American Indian Languages (Lower Division Elective), ANTH 2953 - Topics in Anthropology (Decided by adviser based on content), ANTH 3083 - Advanced Studies in Folklore and Expressive Culture (Socio-Cultural and Linguistics), ANTH 3263 - Studies in Ethnography (Socio-Cultural), ANTH 3373 - Archaeology of Death and Burial (Archaeology), ANTH 3503 - Oklahoma Prehistory (Archaeology), ANTH 3743 - American Indian Justice in Cultural Law (Socio-Cultural), ANTH 3803 - Asian Prehistory (Archaeology), ANTH 3883 - Archaeology of South America (Archaeology), ANTH 3943 - Psychological Anthropology (Socio-Cultural), ANTH 3999 - Upper Division Transfer Credit (Decided by adviser based on content), ANTH 4103 - People and Plants (Archaeology), ANTH 4133 - Experimental Archaeology (Archaeology), ANTH 4143 - Economy and Culture: Production, Exchange, Consumption (Socio-Cultural), ANTH 4193 - Human Adaptability (HHB), ANTH 4233 - Seminar in Advanced Curatorial Practice (Methods), ANTH 4313 - Introduction to Native American Languages (Linguistics), ANTH 4363 - Linguistic Field Methods (Methods & Linguistics), ANTH 4413 - Public Archaeology (Archaeology), ANTH 4483 - Contemporary Native American Language Studies (Linguistics), ANTH 4553 - Human Evolutionary History (HHB), ANTH 4603 - Human Variation (HHB), ANTH 4633 - Cultures and Communities of Latin America (Socio-Cultural), ANTH 4653 - Ethnology of the Greater Southwest (Socio-Cultural), ANTH 4663 - Native Peoples of the Plains (Socio-Cultural), ANTH 4673 - Anthropology of the Caddoan People (Archaeology), ANTH 4873 - Desert Cultures of North America (Archaeology), ANTH 4980 - Bachelor of Arts Thesis (Decided by adviser based on content).
  • March 2021: The following courses were added: ANTH 3011 - Anthropology Cornerstone I: Introduction to the Major (NA (Required Course)), ANTH 3021 - Anthropology Cornerstone II: Research and Writing (NA (Required Course)), ANTH 3031 - Anthropology Cornerstone III: Professionalization (NA (Required Course)), ANTH 3243 - Anthropological Approaches to Health, Illness and Healing (HHB), ANTH 3573 - Native American Health and Healing (HHB), ANTH 3933 - Archaeology Lab Practicum (Methods & Archaeology), ANTH 3970 - Honors Seminar (Decided by adviser based on content), ANTH 4093 - Bodies and Materialities (Archaeology & HHB), ANTH 4733 - Bioarchaeology of Death & Burials (Archaeology & HHB), ANTH 4883 - Dates, Compositions, and Ancestors: Scientific Applications in Archaeology (Methods & Archaeology), ANTH 4993 - Reconstruction of Life from the Skeleton (Archaeology & HHB).
  • March 2021: ANTH 3253 – Applied Anthropology changed to Methods & Socio-Cultural.
  • March 2022: The following courses were added: ANTH 3613 - Community Archaeology (Methods & Archaeology), ANTH 3833 - Language and Power (Linguistics), ANTH 4333 - Archaeologies of Movement and Migration in North America (Archaeology), ANTH 4433 - Ethnographic Writing (Methods & Socio-Cultural), ANTH 4513 - Applying Anthropology to Contemporary Social Problems (Methods & HHB & Socio-Cultural), ANTH 4753 - Body, Culture, Power: Anthropologies of Flesh (Socio-Cultural). The following courses were deleted: ANTH 1613 - Native Peoples of Oklahoma (Lower Division Elective), ANTH 3253 - Applied Anthropology (Methods & Socio-Cultural), ANTH 3713 - Native American Artistic Traditions (Socio-Cultural), ANTH 3883 - Archaeology of South America (Archaeology), ANTH 3943 - Psychological Anthropology (Socio-Cultural), ANTH 4003 - Museum Anthropology I (Socio-Cultural), ANTH 4083 - Genetic Perspectives on Human Evolution (HHB), ANTH 4330 - Topics in Linguistic Anthropology (Linguistics), ANTH 4373 - Dictionaries and the Lexicon (Methods & Linguistics), ANTH 4523 - Anthropology of Media (Socio-Cultural).
  • March 2023: The following courses were deleted: ANTH 4033 Story, Performance, Event; ANTH 4183 Anthropology of Diet and Nutrition; ANTH 4343 The Archaeology of Belief: Religion and Cosmology in the Past; ANTH 4383 Archaeological Origins of Inequality; ANTH 4503 Anthropological Perspectives on Globalization; ANTH 4930 Advanced Fieldwork in Anthropology.