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
$366 Based on current tuition rates. No additional charge for nonresident students. Does not include course materials and associated fees and expenses.
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.
Start terms
4 per year

Anthropology – Online minor

Study human societies past and present

When you earn a minor in anthropology online from Oregon State, you’ll gain a more comprehensive understanding of how human societies and cultures have evolved over time. You’ll study the complexity and diversity of humanity and the human experience — past and present — in cultural, linguistic, biological and ecological contexts.

This online minor will give you a comprehensive understanding of anthropological principles, theories, and research methods, and how these can be applied to meaningfully impact current societal issues and promote social justice for all.

Broaden your perspective and grow your career

In our increasingly interconnected world, understanding and appreciating different cultural contexts, customs, and perspectives is critical to thrive in the workplace. Earning an online minor in anthropology can provide another important framework for your major field of study, and open your mind to our world’s many cultural differences.


This 27-credit minor emphasizes cultural sensitivity and will help prepare you for a broad range of careers in sectors like education, human and governmental services, cultural preservation, public health, law, business, media, and more. Curriculum details and minor requirements are available on Oregon State’s academic catalog.

Sample course topics

  • Comparative cultures 
  • Language, culture and society
  • Anthropological theories
  • Anthropology in practice
  • Gender, ethnicity, and culture 
  • Anthropology of migration 
  • Ecological anthropology 
  • Food justice
  • Wealth and poverty
  • Human evolution 
  • Human adaptability 
  • Mesoamerican prehistory

Benefits of learning online with Oregon State

  • All classes are developed by Oregon State's world-class faculty, who are renowned for their research, expertise and innovation.
  • Oregon State is institutionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
  • Oregon State Ecampus consistently ranks among the nation’s 10 best providers of online education according to U.S. News & World Report.
  • OSU Ecampus students receive the same certificate and transcript as on-campus students.



Related stories

Paying it forward to benefit Indigenous students  

Luhui Whitebear has been closely connected to Oregon State University’s Kaku-Ixt Mana Ina Haws in different ways during her academic career. While pursuing an anthropology bachelor’s degree online with Oregon State Ecampus, she would drop in whenever she came to campus to pick...

Sustainability, anthropology grad finds inspiration amid poverty, disaster

Inside a classroom in the remote countryside of Central Asia in 2013, Joshua Chan Burgos was jolted into a new and ambitious sense of what he needed to do. Volunteering for a nonprofit, he was surrounded by orphans and saw young faces filled with excitement.

Reclaiming tribal histories, one page at a time

A Grand Ronde tribal member, Native American anthropologist and educator, David Lewis is committed to shining a light on our nation’s forgotten and suppressed tribal histories, and sharing what he learns with the next generation of thinkers brings that work full circle.