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MA Anthropology

Anthropology studies human biological and cultural diversity through time and space and the interplay between biology and culture. The program is offered by Portland State University.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 1 year
Starting in: September
Tuition Fee: $708 per credit
Location: Portland Campus (Portland, United States)

Anthropologists deal with prehistoric, historic, and contemporary peoples and with such topics as human evolution, subsistence and settlement systems, family, urban development, transnationalism, globalization, social conflict, gender, symbolic systems, and human ecology.

Anthropologists apply the knowledge gained from diverse theoretical perspectives to practical human problems in settings such as health care, educational development, and natural and cultural resource management, among others. As scholars, we are committed to the highest quality teaching in the classroom and the field; to ongoing research both in Portland and abroad; and to active engagement in wider university and community programs.

About Us

The Anthropology Department at Portland State University was established in 1959 as a four field anthropology department with Oregon’s only free-standing Master’s program. Since then, anthropologists at Portland State University have compiled a long record of research, teaching, and community involvement. Among its distinguished former faculty were Wayne Suttles, the premier 20th century ethnographer and linguist of the Northwest Coast, and Kenneth Ames, author of Chinookan Peoples of the Lower Columbia.


Courses Included

  • Introduction to Biological Anthropology
  • Introduction to Archaeology
  • Introduction to Social/Cultural Anthropology
  • Special Studies
  • The Modern World in Anthropological Perspective
  • Culture and Ethnography
  • Social Theory
  • Cultural Theory