A major in anthropology helps you build a strong foundation in critical thinking and analytical skills that applies to many academic and professional fields. Anthropologists work well with people from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds in addition to performing a number of specialized tasks, including market research and program analysis—skills and characteristics valuable to employers worldwide.

As a science, anthropology is divided into four subfields:

  • Archaeology considers human behavior based on the material remains left by prehistoric and historic peoples.
  • Cultural anthropology analyzes social and cultural phenomena such as religion, kinship systems, and political and economic structures.
  • Biological anthropology examines the biological characteristics of humankind, including the study of human fossils, genetics, and primates.
  • Linguistics (taught in the Department of English) seeks to understand language and the way people use it.

In this major, you will explore each area, gaining a deeper understanding of humanity as well as developing many valuable skills for working in our ever-expanding global society. A solid background of study in other subjects—biology, chemistry, geography, geology, history, languages (modern or ancient), natural resources, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, or sociology—is also strongly recommended.

Learn more about degree requirements and admission guidelines. Also find out how you can complete this degree in only three years.

Honors Programs
For an extra challenge, consider our departmental honors program. Ball State’s Honors College also offers high-ability students an intellectually stimulating academic experience that enhances any major with unique student-driven, discussion-based courses, special learning and scholarship opportunities, and a close-knit living-learning community.