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If you find yourself watching people and fascinated by why they do what they do, then anthropology may be the major for you! As a Linfield anthropology major, you will develop many skills, including interviewing, techniques such as ‘deep hanging out,’ and archaeological methods to research people in our own and other cultures, past as well as present. Anthropology teaches you skills to prepare for a volatile and uncertain future, understanding people in all their complexity, and to use those skills in a wide range of careers in settings where your knowledge will have impact, such as health care, education, government, museums and business.

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As an anthropology major at Linfield

you might take:

Human Adaptive Strategies

From tropical forests to deserts to tundra, learn how different cultures interact with nature, examining the terrific story of humanity’s transition from food foraging to agriculture, industrialism and future adaptive strategies. Understand scientific, policy and cultural implications of environmental crises at both local and global scales. (ANTH 203)

Medicine and Culture

Explore how people experience health and illness in different ways based on their cultures. Learn about witchcraft, taboos and other forms of blame and shame related to illness as well as rituals for modifying the body and for healing, including not only how widely they vary cross-culturally but also what they have in common. (SOAN 232)

Museums: Objects & Artifacts

Learn about how human cultures are represented in anthropology museums and collaborate with your classmates to create an exhibit in our own anthropology museum. Also, visit tribal, historical, provincial, state and nation museums in the Pacific Northwest. (ANTH 255)

Studying anthropology at Linfield

Learning Outcomes

  • The ability to see how individual lives are connected with wider social and cultural processes and forces.

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  • Fundamental understanding of the relationships between theory and method in the historical context of their discipline.

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  • The ability to access, organize, critically analyze and produce knowledge about humans as social and cultural beings.

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  • The ability to work both independently and cooperatively in the application of sociological or anthropological ideas.

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  • Oral and written skills for effective communication in a variety of contexts.

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Intern in all areas of anthropology

Internships provide invaluable hands-on experience and further develop your professional skills. Some organizations where anthropology majors at Linfield have found internship placements include:

  • Family Building Blocks
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • OMSI
  • Oregon Department of Education
  • Yamhill County Juvenile Corrections Division
  • Rainbow Family Services
  • Washington County DA Office

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Robert Gardner
Robert Gardner
Department Chair and Professor
Walker Hall