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Anthropology/General Anthropology Track, BA

An anthropology student examines a spider monkey

PRIMATE PERSPECTIVE An anthropology student meets a spider monkey. The General Anthropology track brings together different elements of anthropology, from spider monkeys and food sustainability to energy policies and prehistoric weapons. Students are encouraged to choose a focus that matches their interests with help from their advisor.

Anthropologists seek to answer who we are and why

People are unlike any other living thing on Earth. We develop complex written languages, weave together diverse cultures, and question why we do the things we do. Anthropologists seek answers to who we are as people, how we came to be that way, and how modernity exerts differential forces on the variety of humanity that exists around the world. 

As an Anthropology major in the General Anthropology track, you’ll study humankind from its beginnings millions of years ago to the present day.

You'll acquire a strong foundation in all four subdisciplines of Anthropology: sociocultural, biological, linguistic, and archaeology. The flexibility of enough free electives in this major will allow you to add a double major, a minor, or an internship.

Water treatment plant - Ethnographic field school

WATER RESOURCES ANALYZED Students observe the operations at a water treatment facility during an ethnographic field school with professors Anastasia Hudgins and Amanda Poole.


  • 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.