General Description / Special Programs

With us, you learn to step into other worlds than your own, witness how people live and understand the contexts they are part of. Our researchers study society and culture through extensive ethnographic fieldwork. In this way, we seek to gain insight into how worldviews and self-understanding are connected to people’s everyday lives and social relationships.

Our faculty members actively engage in research on a wide range of topics, such as globalization, kinship and social organization, religion and rituals, material culture, political anthropology, gender and identity politics. In addition, we have in-depth regional expertise with particular emphasis on Africa, Latin America, Southeast Asia, Oceania and Europe.

Since its establishment in 1964, The Department of Social Anthropology has managed to become the largest anthropological department in the Nordic region - and one of the largest in Europe. Both for the distinction of its faculty and the quality of its teaching, the department holds an outstanding position in an international context, with a 33rd place among the best anthropology departments in the world (QS ranking). In the same survey, social anthropology is ranked highest of individual subjects at the University of Oslo.

As a research-intensive department, the Department of Social Anthropology has several active research groups and ongoing research projects. The department has in total received 17 research projects from the Research Council of Norway, 2 ERC grants, 1 large thematic H2020 project (partner) and 1 MSCA Innovative Training Network (partner). Its staff consists of 14 scholars, 10-13 PhD research fellows, 7 postdoctoral fellows and 8 administrative employees. Around 400 students are enrolled in its bachelor's and master's programmes.

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Degrees Offered PhD, Master, Bachelor
Highest Degree Offered PhD
BA/BS Field Areas
BA/BS Requirements
6-semester period, various coursework, several examinations
MA/MS Field Areas
MA/ MS Requirements 4-semester period with coursework, several written examinations, fieldwork, thesis and oral examination
PhD Field Areas
Phd Requirements Requirements for Dr. Polit: coursework, fieldwork, dissertation, trial lecture and disputation
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 0
Internship Required 0
Program Details
Library Resources Library of humanities and social sciences
Certs Offered 0
Employees25 to 100
Online Courses
Online Courses: 0
Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 1
Anthropology Club Info: Alumni
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 0