Our department offers a Bachelor of Arts degree for students interested in exploring what it means to be human, from the origins of humanity to the ongoing changes in contemporary societies. What unites scholars across the discipline is the belief that human behavior can best be understood by studying and comparing both biology and culture — past and present, local and global, mental and material. Anthropology is a holistic discipline.
Anthropologists study everything from DNA to dance. You may explore many distinctive topics, including human biology, health and evolution, food trade and sustainability, social networks and the arts, technology from the stone age to the information age, global cultures and indigenous heritage, social media and endangered languages, and international human rights. The Anthropology B.A. degree acquaints you with the basic principles, methods, and findings in anthropological study.
You may choose to pursue a general background in anthropology or develop particular interests in one of four subfields:
Archaeology understands the past through pre-historic and historical materials, architectural features, landscapes, and remains.Read more about this field
Bioanthropology examines human and non-human primate evolution, ecology, behavior, and biocultural variation.Read more about this field
Linguistic anthropology studies the many ways language reflects and influences social life.Read more about this field
Social-cultural anthropology examines social patterns and processes within and across cultures.Read more about this field
A world of opportunities
All Anthropology majors work with faculty who bring their international fieldwork and research experience to the classroom. The department offers a number of opportunities for students to apply their knowledge through field schools, both in the Americas and abroad, and through research projects or independent internships in campus labs, Indiana University museums, and other affiliated programs.
Pursue multiple degrees
Anthropology pairs well with many other fields. Whether you are interested in a major, dual major, minor, certificate, or just a few courses, anthropology can ignite your own intellectual passion, giving you the tools you need to be better prepared to meet a changing world.