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

IUP Faculty and Students Receive Awards from the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology

Dr. Ben Ford, Applied Archaeology MA graduate student Stephanie Zellers, and Chemistry undergraduate Ethan Addicott received awards during the 91st Annual Meeting of the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology.

IUP Well-Represented at Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology Meeting

Twenty-four IUP Anthropology alumni and current students attended the ninety-first Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology annual meeting. Three students presented posters, while one faculty and one graduate student presented papers.

Anthropologists at Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting

Anthropology Department students and faculty took part in several events at the recent Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting in Chicago.

IUP Applied Archaeology Makes Showing at Middle Atlantic Archaeological Conference

Graduate student Andrew Malhotra and faculty member William Chadwick presented papers at the Middle Atlantic Archaeological Conference.

IUP Anthropology Students Present at Society for Applied Anthropology National Conference

Undergraduate students Madison Britton, Olivia Dove, Jesse Gowin, and Brynn Wingard presented their original ethnographic research projects at the eighty-second annual meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology on March 25, 2022.

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