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.