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Anthropology Major

The Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology takes a broad approach to recognizing, studying, describing and understanding many aspects of culture. Students select a few courses from topics that are primarily cultural, biological and archaeological. This approach ensures well-rounded exposure to diverse ideas and perspectives within anthropology. Many students who come to UIndy to major in archaeology also see anthropology as an excellent complementary major.

Program strengths:

  • Coursework emphasizes all four anthropology subfields
  • Maximum of 30 students in a class; many are much smaller
  • Direct contact with professors
  • Immediate opportunities for students to conduct research
“The professors are first-rate and some of the best in their fields of study. The hands-on approach and the one-on-one training I received helped me prepare for graduate school and put me far above the other students.”
Kelly Guthridge Jones
BA Anthropology, BS Archeology

Anthropology tracks

Students must select one of the two tracks for the anthropology major:

Four-field anthropology

The four-field anthropology track combines courses in archeology, regional and topical sociocultural anthropology, medical sociocultural anthropology and biological anthropology. 

Anthropology of health

The anthropology of health track draws on medical, cultural, linguistic and biological anthropology to examine the biocultural basis of health and the sociopolitical and cultural dimensions of illness experience and treatment. Students who complete this track will be well-prepared to pursue careers in diverse health-related settings (including non-profit and government service) and/or to advance to graduate school in anthropology, public health and related disciplines. It also serves as a great foundation for students interested in pursuing careers in medicine.

Anthropology pre-occupational therapy:

Students particularly interested in the University's graduate program in occupational therapy (OT) have the option of following the anthropology pre-occupational therapy (Pre-OT) track. This is a 4:1.5 track, meaning that students must complete all departmental requirements for the anthropology major in three years, and then begin OT graduate work during their senior year. At the end of their senior year, students will have earned a BS in Anthropology. They will then continue with their graduate OT coursework for another year and a half, at which time they will have earned a master's degree in occupational therapy. The total time for both degrees is five and a half years. Please note: admission to the OT graduate program is not automatic, even if a student has completed the anthropology pre-OT track. Learn more about admission into the the graduate OT program.

Anthropology students and grads have interned or worked for:

  • URS Corporation
  • Ivy Tech
  • AMEC Engineering Inc.
  • Arkansas State University-Beebe
  • Cultural Resource Analysts Inc.
  • Martha's Vineyard Museum 

Potential careers in anthropology:

  • Social services manager
  • Health care planner, analyst or coordinator
  • Forensic anthropologist
  • Ergonomics design engineer
  • Historic preservation officer
  • Demographer
  • Rural development planner
  • Medical anthropologist

Anthropology might be for you if:

  • You're interested in learning about people and their cultures
  • You're comfortable living and working in other cultures and countries
  • You love foreign travel and exotic foods
  • You want to study and help people faced with radical changes and social 

Curriculum Guides

These curriculum guides outline the classes you'll need to take as an anthropology major. The general education curriculum guide lists your class options and requirements to fulfill UIndy's general education requirements, while the anthropology curriculum guide lists the classes needed to major in anthropology. You'll need to look at both guides to get a complete picture of what classes you'll take at UIndy.