General Description / Special Programs

For the BA and BS degrees, the department focuses on the four traditional subfields of anthropology: archaeology, cultural anthropology, biological (physical) anthropology, and linguistics. Undergraduates are required to produce a senior project focusing in one of the four fields. Students in the MA program may choose a thesis or non-thesis option.  Faculty research has focused in north America, the southeastern US and Oklahoma, the Pacific, Jordan, Israel, Saint Croix, and China.

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Degrees Offered MA, BA, BS
Highest Degree Offered MA
AA/AS Field Areas
Applied Anthropology
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
Linguistic Anthropology
Museum/Curatorial Studies
BA/BS Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Linguistic Anthropology
BA/BS Requirements
31-32 hours course work plus senior project
MA/MS Field Areas
Experience Offered
Field Work
MA/ MS Requirements 30 hours coursework with thesis, or 36 hours without thesis
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 1
Internship Required 0
Internship Info

Internships may be arranged at the Gilcrease Museum of 

Grants Or Funding Limited number of Graduate Assistantships which provide tuition plus stipends of approximately $13,400 for MA students and $13,900 for PhD students for a 9 month school year.
Program Details
Research Facilities

We offer state-of-the-art labs which facilitate a range of experimental archaeological analyses. A Sensofar S-Neox confocal and interferometry microscope, an Olympus BX53 reflected/transmitted light microscope, SteroZoom S8APO, Zeiss Stemi 2000C microscope connected to a digital camera, and a Dell T7600 Workstation for GIS and 3D rendering and modeling are available. In addition, a NextEngine 3D laser scanner with 0.005” accuracy allows for geometric morphometric analysis of archaeological specimens.

Collections The Department houses a Near Eastern collection of lithics, as well as the Dickson Collection of chert samples, which is the largest in the US both in size and scope. Also housed in the department is a large Southeastern United States collection of artifacts from Creek habitations of varied time-periods. Our teaching collections are comprised of a paleoanthropological cast collection, human osteological collection, zooarchaeological collection, and a unique comparative stone tool use-wear collection developed by Professor George Odell. Students also have access to a Native American ethnological library and facilities in the Gilcrease Museum which the university manages.
Certs Offered 0
Employees1 to 25
  • Robert Pickering
    Primary Contact
    and Director,Gilcrease Museum,Museum Science and Management Program,Professor of Anthropology,Senior Curator
Joint JD/MA program offered with the TU School of Law; MA in Museum Science and Management with Tulsa area museums.
Online Courses
Online Courses: 1
Online Course Info:


Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 1
Anthropology Club Info: Lambda Alpha, Alpha of OK
Anthropology Club Advisor: Dr. Miriam Belmaker
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 1