Our Mission

The School of Language, Culture, and Society has a shared focus on community-based, culturally responsive, and socially transformative scholarship and teaching.  We offer undergraduate majors in Anthropology, Ethnic Studies, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, as well as Spanish, German, and French within the Program of World Languages and Cultures.  We also offer a Master’s in Applied Anthropology, a Ph.D. in Anthropology; M.A. and Ph.D. in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; and a M.A. in College Student Services Administration. Our Minors and Certificates include Social Justice, Queer Studies, Food in Culture and Social Justice, Asian Languages and Cultures, Spanish, French, and German. Together, our programs prepare students for a diverse range of professions that benefit from our commitments to applied and experiential learning; equity, difference, and social justice; community health and resilience; languages and intercultural communication.

Indigenous Recognition

Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon, is located within the traditional homelands of the Mary's River or Ampinefu Band of Kalapuya.  Following the Willamette Valley Treaty of 1855 (Kalapuya etc. Treaty), Kalapuya people were forcibly removed to reservations in Western Oregon. Today, living descendants of these people are a part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Community of Oregon (https://www.grandronde.org <https://www.grandronde.org/>) and the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians (https://ctsi.nsn.us <https://ctsi.nsn.us/>).

HB 2787, Undocumented Students, and Oregon State University

On April 2, 2013, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber signed into law the tuition equity bill (HB 2787).   The bill allows undocumented students to attend Oregon's public universities as in-state residents if they meet the following qualifications: 

  • have studied in the United States for five years; 
  • attended an Oregon high school for at least three years;
  • graduated from an Oregon high school (or received equivalent certification);
  • enroll at a public Oregon University no more than three years after graduating from high school; and
  • show intention to become a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.

For more information on OSU's compliance and details for potential applicants, please see: http://oregonstate.edu/admissions/main/tuition-equity