Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology Degree program at Oregon State University is designed for students who wish to further their education through a focus on the combination of humanities and sciences, honing critical thinking, communicative, and collaborative skills. In this modern era where global cooperation is increasingly important, an understanding of the importance of cultural awareness and context are vital.  Delivered entirely online, this bachelor program is offered through the Oregon State Department of Anthropology and available through the Ecampus platform. The knowledge gained in this program can be applied to a number of fields, including law, education, media, business, health, and human and governmental services. Students who earn this degree can expect to pursue career options as Ecotourism Directors, Community Development Specialists, and Travel Consultants, to name just a few.

Students enrolled in the Anthropology program at OSU will choose between a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree path, both of which require the completion of 60-upper division and 180 overall credits in order to graduate. Advisors are available to help students pick which path is right for them Requirements are split into five areas: 51 credits in the Baccalaureate core, 3 of which come from a required Writing Intensive Course; 15-24 credits in for BA or BS requirements; 15 credits under the College of Liberal Arts umbrella; and 49 credit hours specific to the Anthropology major. The remaining credits are devoted to electives. In the Anthropology core, students will receive instruction on the scope of human development, following evolution through history and culture. Topics include but are not limited to cultures in conflict, wealth and poverty, forensic anthropology, biological and cultural constructions of race, and natural resources and community values.

To qualify for admission, applicants must have earned a high school diploma with an overall GPA of at least 3.0 and have completed 15 required courses. These required courses must be completed with at least a C- in each, and consist of 4 years of English, 3 years of mathematics, culminating at Algebra II or above, 3 years of social studies, 3 years of science, with at least one year each in two different sciences, and 2 years of a foreign language. Class rank, class size, academic rigor, and performance on the SAT or ACT are also weighed towards a student’s application.

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    Degree Level: Bachelor

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

    Oregon State University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). The Oregon State Board of Higher Education has authorized the University to offer undergraduate and graduate level certificates, baccalaureate, masters, doctorate, and first professional degrees.


    Applicants must have earned a high school diploma with at least a 3.0 overall GPA and have completed 15 required courses at the high school level.

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    Steeped in environmental research and sustainability, Oregon State University uniquely retains designations as a Land Grant, Sea Grant, Space Grant and Sun Grant university. Founded in 1868, the public coeducational University is located in Corvallis, Oregon, on a 400 hundred acre campus that contains a historic district, with an added 11,250 acres of forested property. Students from every state and approximately one hundred countries enroll in OSU. 

    Oregon State University offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees, as well as certificates at all levels. OSU Online offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs fully online, as well as unique courses and programs for continuing education.


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