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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

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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.


Ford and Colleagues Publish on Gulf of Mexico Shipwrecks

Ben Ford (Anthropology), James Delgado (SEARCH) and Michael Brennan (SEARCH) published an article on the Gulf of Mexico maritime cultural landscape.

Ford Appointed Chair of Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Board

Ben Ford, Department of Anthropology, was recently appointed chair of the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Board.

Anthropology Department Hosting Annual Archaeology Open House, Oct. 28

The Anthropology Department at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will hold its annual Archaeology Open House on October 28 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in celebration of International Archaeology Day. The open house and all Archaeology Day events are free and open to the community.

Anthropology Faculty Member Poole Selected for Fulbright Specialist Program

Amanda Poole, a faculty member in Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Anthropology, has been selected for the Fulbright Specialist Program and has been approved to work on a project in Madagascar.

IUP Students, Faculty to Conduct Third Forensic Archaeology Field School in Germany at Site of World War II Airplane Crash

The Department of Anthropology has been selected by the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine Inc. through the Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency to continue its field study in Germany at the site of a crash of a World War II airplane. This is the third year that IUP has been involved in the DPAA mission.