Department of Anthropology

An Archaeology student takes a close look at an arrowhead.

Undergraduate Programs

Explore your options with three tracks that all offer hands-on learning opportunities and a wide scope of career-building experiences.

Applied Anthropology, Anthropology, BA

Archaeology, Anthropology, BA

Anthropology Honors Program

Anthropology Minor

Cultural Competencies Certificate

An Archaeology student looks at rock chips and arrowheads in a lab

Graduate Program

Expand your professional options with a graduate program that takes you directly into the material you'll need to advance your career.

Applied Archaeology, MA

Welcome to the Department of Anthropology

Anthropology is the study of humankind, including its biological evolution, the nature and development of culture, diversity across the globe, and archaeology. We use the insights gained from studying the many facets of the human experience to understand why we behave the way we do, how we differ, and how we are all alike.

The Department of Anthropology at IUP places special focus on Applied Anthropology, which uses anthropological knowledge to address practical, real-world applications, including forensic anthropology, the handling of archaeological remains to meet state and federal regulations (CRM), or work on environmental and social issues.

Whether you are an undergraduate student looking for a major, considering graduate school, or just hoping to find out more about our field, we welcome you to explore what our department has to offer!

For Current Students

Information on careers, internships, graduate school, Anthropology Club, and other opportunities.

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Support Our Students

Anthropology Department Statement on Race and Diversity

The Anthropology Department is committed to combating racism through fostering inclusive and welcoming spaces for diverse students, and fostering student learning outcomes that expand the understanding of race: particularly, that race is not a biological reality, but that race and racism are cultural and social constructs that intersect with social class and other forms of social positionality to produce harm for people of color in our society and globally.

News

Anthropology Alumna Wasilko Publishes on Public Health

Rachael Wasilko ’19 and colleagues published “Perspectives on the Gamification of an Interactive Health Technology for Postoperative Rehabilitation of Pediatric Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: User-Centered Design Approach” in JMIR Serious Games.

Digital Textbook Grant to Make Anthropology Course More Affordable

The faculty of the Anthropology Department were awarded a $10,700 PA GOAL OER Development grant to assist in efforts to create a free digital textbook for introductory anthropology courses, such as ANTH 110 (Contemporary Anthropology). Anthropology is a four-field discipline that studies humanity in terms of culture, archaeology, biology, and linguistics.

Summer of Field Schools

Anthropology is something you do, not just something you study. This summer, IUP Anthropology is offering three field schools so students can learn to get out and do anthropology.

Garcia Co-publishes on Northern Californian Anexos

Victor Garcia and the research team at the Prevention Research Center at Berkeley published “La cultura cura: Latino culture and recovery in Northern Californian anexos” in Alcohol Treatment Quarterly (2020). 

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