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Students take part in a field school dig in Hanna's Town

WE LEAVE NO STONE UNTURNED IN YOUR ANTHROPOLOGY EDUCATION  In the Archaeology track, for example, learn ground-penetrating radar and magnetic susceptibility in an archaeological geophysics class and do field work side-by-side with your professors at sites such as historic Hanna’s Town, near Pittsburgh.

Education for the 21st century

Anthropology is the only contemporary discipline that approaches human questions holistically, from historical, biological, linguistic, and cultural perspectives.

Anthropology majors are given grounding in the four main areas. If you are ambitious, you can also seek and acquire complementary skills.

Especially useful ones might include proficiency in probability and statistics, geosciences, human anatomy and physiology, fluency in foreign languages, filmmaking, GIS, and computer techniques.

The most successful students don’t follow the path of least resistance.

General Anthropology Track

  • Attain a broad background in the four traditional fields of anthropology: cultural anthropology, linguistics, biological anthropology, and archaeology.
  • Apply both anthropological theory and practice in core courses.
  • Gain cross-cultural knowledge from the culture area studies courses.
  • Engage with theory, method and information in topical courses such as medical anthropology, visual anthropology, environmental anthropology, anthropology of gender, diasporas, research methods, or social change.
  • A foreign language is required and computer science skills are highly recommended.

Archaeology Track

  • Prepare for federal, state or private opportunities in archaeology and cultural resource management, as well as further training in graduate school.
  • Integrate long-term time frames into investigations of cultural diversity and change.
  • Investigate prehistoric peoples and recent cultures through excavation and analysis.
  • Understand how the past influences the present.

Applied Anthropology Track

  • Combine the quantitative methodological strengths, common in other social science disciplines, with the qualitative methodological strengths of cultural anthropology.
  • Attain knowledge in anthropological method and theory, which provides you with the ability to apply cross-cultural perspectives to social problems.
  • Translate your knowledge into action through internships and research.
  • Focus on a specific topic area of your choice.

Social Science Education, Anthropology Concentration

  • Explore anthropology while studying to become a social studies teacher.
  • Uncover how people have formed cultures, built cities, and created languages.
  • Study biological diversity.
  • Take classes such as school law and educational psychology to gain a well-rounded background.
  • Take part in our extensive student-teaching program to get the hands-on experience you'll need for your career.

Honors Track

  • Open by departmental permission to declared Anthropology majors with a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA and a 3.25 GPA in Anthropology courses.
  • Complete an independent research project under the mentorship of a faculty member, and take graduate-style courses that emphasize problem solving, discussion, and writing.
  • Anthropology Department
  • McElhaney Hall, Room G-1
    441 North Walk
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2841
  • Fax: 724-357-7637
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.