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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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

Applied Archaeology Program in Top Three for Registered Professional Archaeologists

IUP’s Applied Archaeology MA program ranked in the top three registered professional archaeologist-producing schools in 2021. The program ranked as number three in the world for producing students who became registered professional archaeologists in 2021.

IUP at Society for Historical Archaeology Conference

We were happy to see so many alumni of the Anthropology BA and Applied Archaeology MA programs at the recent Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology. Former students who attended the conference are now working for the US Army Corps of Engineers, cultural resource management firms, departments of transportation, departments of natural resources, and the Student Conservation Association.

Anthropology Students Present “COVID and Rural Appalachia” Project at Symposium on Regional Economic Development

Seven IUP students participated in the twenty-first annual Appalachian Teaching Project Symposium, a regional economic development conference sponsored by the Appalachian Regional Commission. IUP is one of 16 Appalachian colleges and universities participating in this year’s Appalachian Teaching Project.

Anthropologist Tapped to Edit Multiple Book Series

Ben Ford has been selected to head the Society for Historical Archaeology Co-Publications Series.

Applied Archaeology Alums Publish on Thesis Research

IUP Applied Archaeology alumni publish articles on the archaeology of an antebellum, free, African American settlement based on their thesis research.

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