Major in Anthropology

Study Humanity

One of the largest applied anthropology projects in state history

Students conducting archeological investigation

Want to do some archaeological investigation? Hope to broaden your understanding of the human experience across cultures and time? Anthropology encompasses the study of human culture, biology, and social interaction across time and place.

You can develop an appreciation of human diversity and an understanding of different values and ethical beliefs in a complex, international world. You will learn about anthropology in a variety of settings, including community agencies, museums, governmental institutions, health agencies, and neighborhood associations. Whether in laboratories or in the field, faculty will guide you in archaeology, ethnography, biological anthropology, and forensics research.

What Studying Anthropology Did for Me?

After his bachelor’s and master’s studies in anthropology at IUPUI, Ryan Logan earned his Ph.D. in Applied Medical Anthropology and a master’s degree in public health from the University of South Florida. He focused his Ph.D. research on community health workers (CHWs), taking him back to work with people he’d met in Indiana. “I saw these workers as a huge missing gap in the health care system in the U.S., because they’re doing all their work outside of a clinic or hospital.” Logan’s Ph.D. research showed “how they advocate, which is a form of caregiving, and how they were being formally integrated into the workforce in Indiana.”

Logan is teaching at Stan State and doing research to study promotores de salud (health promoters) on the California-Mexico border.
– Ryan Logan, B.A. ‘12, M.A. ‘14

Degree Requirements

For a major, you must complete 34 credit hours, with a minimum grade of C in each course, from among the following distribution of anthropology courses:

  • 12 credit hours in core courses
  • 18 credit hours in advanced courses (300 or above) including: one research or applied methods course, one archaeology course, one bioanthropology course, one cultural anthropology course, and two additional 300-400 level courses from a selected listing
  • 4 credit hours in capstone courses

See our degree requirements to determine what courses are needed for degree completion.

More Info

Contact department chair Dr. Jeremy Wilson for details about anthropology programs.