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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.

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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

Beyond the classroom

  • Join SOAN salons, a forum for students covering a variety of topics relevant to the area of study.

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  • Work as an intern, help design and even curate exhibits with faculty for the Linfield ANthropology Museum (LAM.)

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  • Through a year-long project as a senior, you'll identify a need in the community and create a way to address it using the skills you've learned during your time at Linfield.

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  • Gain experience in original research through your senior thesis.

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  • Participate as a research assistant with faculty. 

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What you can do with an anthropology degree from Linfield

Anthropology teaches you skills to prepare for a volatile and uncertain future, understanding people in all their complexity, and using those skills in a wide range of careers in settings where your knowledge will have impact, such as:

  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Government
  • Museums
  • Business

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Have questions about studying anthropology at Linfield? Reach out! We'd love to connect with you.

Robert Gardner
Robert Gardner
Department Chair and Professor
Walker Hall