Several Christian colleges and universities are available in different states around the country that offer majors in anthropology. Each school has a unique bachelor's degree program in the field and encourages students' spiritual growth in different ways. Explore a handful of these institutions and what sets them apart.
The private, Christian schools that offer anthropology programs vary in tuition rate, denomination and other factors. In the table below you can compare some of these factors for a handful of the schools with anthropology majors.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||Tuition (2017-2018)*|
|Oklahoma Baptist University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Baptist||Shawnee, OK||$26,840|
|Texas Christian University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)||Fort Worth, TX||$44,760|
|Wheaton College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Undenominational||Wheaton, IL||$35,190|
|Biola University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Undenominational||La Mirada, CA||$38,448|
|California Baptist University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Southern Baptist||Riverside, CA||$32,256|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Description of the Christian Colleges with Anthropology Majors
Students wishing to study anthropology may want to consider what kinds of hands-on experiences or resources a school has to offer when making their decision. They may also consider the size of the school, spiritual growth opportunities and more. Learn about a few of the Christian colleges with anthropology majors and their distinguishing characteristics.
Oklahoma Baptist University
Oklahoma Baptist University had 1,960 undergraduate students in 2016, per the NCES. The university offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Anthropology, as well as a minor in the subject. The program focuses on cultural anthropology and encourages students to develop a global perspective and prepare for global service. Students' spiritual lives on campus may include chapel services, worship services, local and global outreaches and community groups/organizations, such as CONNECT Groups, men's and women's ministries and Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).
Texas Christian University
Texas Christian University also offers a BA in Anthropology and a minor in the subject and exposes students to physical anthropology, cultural anthropology, language and culture and archaeology. Students in the program can take fieldwork and International Residential Study courses to receive hands-on experience in the field. For spiritual development the university offers chapel services, an Interfaith Initiative and Disciples on Campus (DOC). DOC is a student organization that offers a variety of spiritual activities to students, including Lily Pads small groups, spiritual retreats and Toolbox mentoring program for first-year students. In 2016, the university had close to 8,900 undergraduate students, according to the NCES.
Wheaton College in Illinois had close to 2,460 undergraduate students in 2016, per the NCES. The school had 88 chapel services with more than 50 chapel speakers and 7 different worship bands, according to their website. Students can also participate in discipleship groups like Discipleship Small Groups, Family Groups that are Asian and Asian-American small groups and Strongholds for students overcoming sexual sin. The college offers an anthropology major that includes regular field trips, global learning and internship opportunities. Students in the program can also join Students Engaging in Sociology & Anthropology (SESA), a forum that focuses on using a biblical basis to comprehend sociological thought.
Biola University's BA in Anthropology covers human biology, culture, behaviors and communication from around the world and different time periods. Students can choose from concentrations in areas like archaeology, socio-cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology or physical anthropology and get hands-on excavation experience with the on-campus, buried remains of a Columbian mammoth. According to the NCES, the university had about 4,090 undergraduate students in 2016. The university provides chapel services, spiritual conferences and a variety of school ministries, including Revive Ministries on-campus to pray and care for others, California School Project working with local high school students and the Honduras Water Project helping the country develop water irrigation.
California Baptist University
Spiritual life at California Baptist University includes chapel services, Compassion Ministries (local service), Mobilization (global missions) and Discipleship Ministries. Students interested in Discipleship Ministries can participate in Challenge Night to check out and find a Tribe, which is a missional community of about 20-60 people and is composed of smaller Discipleship Groups within the Tribe. The university offers a minor or BA in Anthropology and focuses on applying anthropology to solving real-world human problems. Students in the program can pursue concentrations in cultural or psychological anthropology, as well as closely related topics, like forensic psychology or medical anthropology. The university had about 6,940 undergraduates in 2016, per the NCES.