Credits required
180 Oregon State University is on a quarter-term system. There are four quarters each year and classes are 11 weeks long. This program's 180 quarter credits are equal to 120 semester credits.
Cost per credit
$318 Cost per credit is calculated using tuition per credit for the current academic year. It does not include associated fees, course materials, textbook expenses, and other expenses related to courses.
Online You can complete all or nearly all requirements of this program online. Only the archaeology option requires site-based field school experience. View the curriculum.
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B.A./B.S. Anthropology – Online


This is a 180-credit undergraduate program at the end of which you will earn either a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology. Once you are admitted, you will work with an academic advisor to construct a detailed plan for the completion of your degree.

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Degree requirements

A total of 180 quarter credits – including at least 60 upper-division credits – are required to graduate with your anthropology degree. Full major requirements and curriculum are available on Oregon State’s official academic catalog.

For additional information about the baccalaureate core, please visit our baccalaureate core details pageYou can also learn more about the College of Liberal Arts core.

Specialization options

You can tailor your program studies to align with your interests and career goals by choosing from one of the following areas of study:

Sample course topics

  • Evolution of people
  • Peoples of the world
  • Cultures in conflict
  • Wealth and poverty
  • Forensic anthropology
  • Biological and cultural constructions of race
  • Natural resources and community values
  • North America after the ice age

Additional program features

Archaeology field school

The program's archaeology specialization option requires 12 credits of site-based field school experience. The experience can be completed through a program that's convenient to your location or through one of the OSU field school options.

Transfer credits

Some of the degree requirements can be transferred from other colleges and universities. Please note that a minimum of 45 credits of the last 75 must be completed at Oregon State (online or on campus) to meet the academic residency requirement.

Previously earned credits will need to be reviewed upon admittance into OSU for appropriate articulation. Additional information about transferring credits is available through the Single Course Search tool provided by OSU's Office of Admissions.

Add a minor or undergraduate certificate

As an OSU Ecampus student, you can select from a diverse list of online minors or undergraduate certificates to add to your degree program. Combine anthropology with the Undergraduate Certificate in Food in Culture and Social Justice to position yourself to identify and promote food justice on multiple levels. Or consider a business or environmental sciences minor to create an even more powerful résumé fit for today's job market.


Notice: Oregon State University students may now take part in internships anywhere in the United States. Read more about Ecampus’ authorization to operate in your state.

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