Tracking Civilization, Society and Culture
Choose from two specialized concentrations: anthropology and sociology/social welfare. Anthropology courses are grounded in a four-field cultural, physical, biological and archaeological approach. Sociology coursework combines basic and applied curricula that provide graduates flexibility in choosing career paths.
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About the Anthropology and Sociology Degree
Many people wonder what causes patterns in human development, where civilization began, how groups of people migrated and settled across the world, why human behavior can vary so wildly, and how a deeper understanding of the human condition translates into practical applications in a variety of professions. For answers to those questions, and more, pursuing the B.S./B.A. in anthropology and sociology is a great decision. The program is rooted in inquiry, research and critical thinking.
With concentrations in anthropology and sociology/social welfare, you can prepare for a career or for graduate study in related fields. In this program, you will approach culture and society with an interdisciplinary, analytical perspective as you expand your worldview.
Available Concentrations for Your Degree
Requirements for the bachelor’s in anthropology and sociology at EOU include credit hours of lower-division core courses plus an upper-division core and electives. Beyond those, students can choose one of two optional specialized tracks.
In the human-centered anthropology concentration, you will study the development of cultures and civilizations, biological diversity and languages. Prepare for careers throughout the U.S. or abroad in archaeology, government agencies and NGOs, human service agencies, museums, working with indigenous communities and more.
Sociology and Social Welfare Concentration
For the sociology and social welfare concentration, you will learn skills that transfer to a social work career or graduate school. Graduates are working professionally in areas that include criminal justice, public agencies and nonprofits.
EOU’s Excellent Online Curriculum
Both concentrations of the anthropology and sociology degree require a core of lower- and upper-division courses. Earn your B.A. with a foreign language requirement, or your B.S. with just 12 more science credits.
Lower-division courses give a background in general anthropology and sociology. Upper-division classes explore theory and practice; in both concentrations, you have the chance to complete in-depth research, working directly with faculty to develop critical thinking, analytical skills, general statistical practices and reflection.
You will also have ample opportunity through courses and assignments to engage society and culture outside the virtual classroom and address real-world problems.View Courses
Have Credits to Transfer?
The option to transfer credits makes your program more affordable and can help you get on the job sooner. We allow up to 135 credits from previous college coursework to be transferred into EOU. All EOU majors require a minimum of 20 EOU credits.
To see how your credits will transfer, use our Transfer Equivalency tool.
“EOU provided me with the skills needed, not only in the realm of sociology and social welfare, but also with a well-rounded approach toward collaborative communication, community building and mindfulness towards individuals and situations encountered.”– Sheryln Roberts, 2014; La Grande, Oregon; Anthropology/Sociology: Sociology/Social Welfare
What It’s Like to Study Online
Earning your degree online at Eastern Oregon University is a great opportunity because there are no on-campus requirements. You will have access to the same professors, content and opportunities as on-campus students, only in a creative digital format. Our professors work on campus and are professionals and experts who are trained to deliver innovative, engaging online education.Online Experience
We feature affordable tuition, especially when compared to similar universities. The total cost of your program (assuming no transfer credits) is $47,700. The cost per credit hour for EOU online courses is $265.*
About 92 percent of online students benefit from financial aid and scholarships to cover part of these costs.
*A cost differential will be applied to ACCT, BA and ECON prefix courses.View Tuition Details
Per Term: Based on 18 credits. Costs for average competitors are estimations of state schools found on public university websites.
- Scholarly and structured civic engagement for real-world problems
- Apply cross-cultural perspectives rooted in inquiry-based knowledge
- Practice critical thinking in all writing and research
- Demonstrate a solid understanding of core concepts through effective communication
- Integrate your learning by applying concepts across courses and research questions
For anthropologists, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports a projected growth of 10 percent through 2026, with a median annual salary of $62,410.¹
For sociologists, the BLS projects 9 percent growth through 2028, with a median annual salary of $82,050.²
The median salary for social workers is $49,470, but the projected growth in the field is a very high 11 percent. As with any career, more experience will correlate to more pay.³
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are the answers to a few frequently asked questions about this program.
Yes, this degree can be completed 100 percent online because there are no on-campus requirements.
Yes. The Eastern Oregon Social Science Journal (EOSJ) presents achievements and research from undergraduates.
After securing your online bachelor’s in anthropology and sociology, you can work in many positions, such as an anthropologist, sociologist, community health specialist, government employee, archaeologist, law enforcement officer or forestry officer. You might also work in higher education or with nonprofits.
Yes. The minor requires 30 credit hours in the degree program, with 10 credit hours from each concentration. You must complete 20 upper-division credit hours with a minimum of 10 credit hours from EOU.
Our diverse faculty have many areas of expertise and are made up of a mix of full-time and part-time professors.
Our most recent virtual open house was held on February 10, 2021. Feel free to watch the most recent virtual open house, and stay tuned for the next live event.
¹Anthropologists and Archaeologists. Sept. 4, 2019. Retrieved Sept. 19, 2019, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/anthropologists-and-archeologists.htm#tab-1
²Sociologists. Sept. 4, 2019. Retrieved Sept. 19, 2019, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/sociologists.htm#tab-1
³Social Workers. Sept. 4, 2019. Retrieved Sept. 19, 2019, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/social-workers.htm