Anthropology (BS)

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Study the origin, development, and activity of humans from around the world. Conduct research, travel to field sites, and learn about cultures, languages, and archaeological remains to prepare for careers with museums, consulting firms,and non-profit organizations.

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Why Earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology at Indiana State?

As an anthropology major at Indiana State University, you will develop a deep understanding of human life on Earth from prehistory to today.

Study Human Origins

Anthropologists go beyond studying archaeology and fossils. Through coursework, labs, internships, and field trips, you will examine cultures, languages, archaeological remains, and physical characteristics of people from across the globe. You will also learn to interpret objects as you collect data, implement excavation projects, study human origins, and investigate the past.

In our anthropology program, you will have the option to personalize your elective courses to cover a broad curriculum of topics or be more specific to your career goals. Your curriculum is enriched with lectures and presentations from visiting anthropologists.

Learn from Our Excellent Faculty

Our professors bring scholarly and field experience in research and anthropology topics to every class and lab space. They educate students in traditional anthropology disciplines and other research areas, including the relationship between humans and the environment, the origin of humans, forensics, and interpreting objects and sites of historical relevance.

Anthropology students at Indiana State may have a chance to participate in faculty-led research projects, field work, and field trips. Our small class sizes ensure that professors are able to provide personalized feedback and one-on-one mentorship.

Receive Expert Assistance in Our Labs

Anthropology students in the Department of Earth and Environmental Systems conduct research in nine highly equipped on-campus and field site laboratories, including:

  • Atmosphere and Ocean Systems Laboratory
  • Biogeochemistry Laboratory
  • Geospatial and Virtual Archaeology Laboratory and Studio
  • Dendrochronology Laboratory
  • Paleoecology and Micro-Archaeobotany Laboratory
  • Paleolimnology Laboratory
  • Visualization Classroom

What You'll Learn in the Anthropology Program

The BS in anthropology offers a strong foundation in anthropology topics and in related areas such as archaeology, human biology, digital mapping, forensic analysis, history, and language. The program features an emphasis on laboratory assignments and hands-on learning with field experience trips and internships. You can earn our anthropology bachelor’s degree in four years of full-time study.

Your education in our program will conclude with an anthropology senior thesis and project that you will present to faculty. The project will prepare you for post-graduation employment or additional research in graduate school.

View the Full Curriculum for the Anthropology BS


Transfer Credit

Indiana State University accepts credit from regionally accredited colleges and universities within the United States, and from selected schools located outside the United States. Credit also may be granted for military training and experience. Previously earned college credit can be applied toward completion of the program per Indiana State's transfer guidelines.

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Career Possibilities for Anthropology Majors

Our bachelor’s degree in anthropology prepares you to work in a variety of settings, including museums, foundations, non-profit organizations, cultural resource management firms, law, medicine, social services, schools, state and federal agencies, historical societies, and libraries, among others. Many of our students also pursue graduate study.

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Studying Archaeology and Conservation

Anthropology and geography alumna Ashley Baysinger (’20 BS, ’22 MS), developed a passion for history, culture, the environment, people, and museum curation during her undergraduate and graduate studies. Her passion led to the department’s development of a minor in museum studies. Baysinger now works as a conservation and archaeology lab technician at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

Read about Baysinger’s career path through history and culture.


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