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

Applied Archaeology Recognized by American Cultural Resources Association

IUP Applied Archaeology MA Program was the first academic program recognized for preparing students for cultural resource management careers by the American Cultural Resources Association.

Anthropology Partners with Friends of Midland and Pennsylvania Archaeological Council to Record Cemetery

IUP Anthropology faculty, alumni, and students partnered with the Pennsylvania Archaeology Council and Friends of Midland to record graves within the historic African American Midland Cemetery

Palmiotto Named ALPA Affordable Learning Champion

Andrea Palmiotto was named an ALPA Affordable Learning Champion for her work developing the Open Education Resource (OER) "Introduction to Anthropology: Holistic and Applied Research on Being Human."

Walk in White's Woods for Native American Awareness Month

Join the Native American Awareness Council for a walk in White's Woods to honor the heritage of Indigenous America on Saturday, November 19.

IUP Anthropology Department Holding Opening House

The Anthropology Department at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will hold its annual Archaeology Open House on October 15 from noon to 3:00 p.m.

Events