The primary purpose of our graduate program is to develop professional anthropologists for service in universities, colleges, museums and applied fields. Our curriculum is designed to provide a general background in the discipline as well as specializations in the four fields of anthropology: Archaeology (including both Paleoanthropology and Archaeology in Social Context), Bioanthropology, Linguistic Anthropology, Social/Cultural Anthropology. The department considers teaching experience as a critical part of our graduate program, and every effort is made to provide students with teaching opportunities as part of their training.
We offer unique resources for graduate education that include research opportunities with collections in our affiliated labs and research centers, and an outstanding Information Technology environment on campus. Our students also benefit from our strong affiliation with Area Studies programs at IU, and adjunct faculty in other departments and in the professional schools. Students have a variety of options to pursue field research either independently, or in many cases as part of established research networks and multidisciplinary teams. Our faculty combine methodological approaches in innovative ways, and graduate students are encouraged to become engaged in this process with us.
The interim co-Directors of Graduate Studies, Beverly Stoeltje and Laura Scheiber, coordinate and oversee the graduate program. The co-DGS advise students on degree requirements, coordinate and often supervise committees that award departmental honors and grants, ensure that paperwork is submitted for degree requirements, and on occasion provide career guidance and advice to graduate students.