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Department of Anthropology

Welcome to the Department of Anthropology

What is Anthropology?
Anthropology is a broadly based discipline that focuses on a vast range of topics in four main subfields; Physical (Biological) Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, Linguistic Anthropology, and Archaeology. Anthropologists find interest in many different aspects of the human experience across time and space: our faculty research interests include human osteology, historical archaeology, urban anthropology, social movements, gender and culture, ethnicity, migration, diasporic cultures, and much more. Visit our faculty directory to see their particular, individual interests.

What can I do with an Anthropology Degree?
The faculty of the anthropology department focuses on training students to apply anthropological insight to non-academic settings. Our graduates apply anthropology skills in such diverse settings as hospitals, state and federal agencies, zoos, museums, archaeological contracting firms, and almost any context in which an understanding of human culture is essential. Many of our students continue their education in pursuit of a Master’s or Ph.D. and have been admitted to some of the most competitive graduate programs in the country. Other students prefer to go right into the job market in fields including, but not limited to, those listed above. For more information, visit the American Anthropological Association’s web page about anthropologists and possible careers.

What can the Department of Anthropology at IUPUI offer me for developing the skills I need to be a successful student and anthropologist?
Our anthropology majors have many opportunities to develop their own research. The department offers two working labs for students to get hands-on experience in the fields of physical anthropology and archaeology. The department also encourages our students to engage in community outreach, service, and/or organizing. Indianapolis is home to many community organizations representing many different constituencies and our students seize these opportunities to conduct research and/or work in collaboration with one of these local organizations.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you have about the Department of Anthropology or stop in for a visit anytime.

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