Would you like to be an archaeologist? Hunt for ancient human fossils? Live among tribespeople in the Amazon or highland New Guinea? Do research on the spread of diseases or human genetics? Then anthropology may be the right career path for you.

As a field of study, anthropology includes archaeology, cultural anthropology, linguistics, and biological anthropology. Anthropologists look for interactions among culture, biology, and the external environment. They bring to their work a holistic perspective on human behavior that allows them to understand the functioning of human groups and apply their skills and insights in any setting. This training will keep you professionally competitive while helping you navigate with ease through a world of increasing multiculturalism and international interaction.

Here at Ball State, our Department of Anthropology offers several degree options to prepare you for an exciting career or for graduate study.

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Anthropology Major

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

Our major in anthropology trains you to use anthropological methods to solve problems related to cultural heritage and preservation, forensics, archaeology, health-related topics, and more. Learn more.

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Minor in Anthropology

Build a strong foundation in critical thinking and analysis that you can apply to any academic or professional field. You’ll also broaden your understanding of people’s behavior and multicultural relationships. Learn more.

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Minor in Ancient Studies

If you want to enhance your appreciation of world history and culture, aspire to go to a graduate school, or plan to teach world history and civilization, you will find our interdepartmental ancient studies minor beneficial. Learn more.