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Department of Anthropology College of Arts and Sciences
One Discipline, Four Fields


Should I major in Anthropology?

If you are interested in:

  • learning about other cultures, past and present
  • developing new ways of thinking about human behavior
  • exploring the biological origins of humans
  • studying less commonly taught languages such as Lakota and Navajo
  • making a hands-on contribution to knowledge through fieldwork or service learning

If you have a broad range of interests in the sciences and the humanities, Anthropology may be a good choice for you. To declare an Anthropology major or minor please see the Declare Major or Minor page.

Making an Appointment with an Academic Advisor

You should make an appointment to see the Undergraduate Advisor if:

  1. You would like advising about which courses to take the following semester.
  2. You have questions about your distribution requirements, major or minor requirements or your progress towards graduation.
  3. You are transferring credit and you do not think the anthropology courses you took at your previous college or university were evaluated properly.
  4. You have questions about getting into graduate school or what types of career options are available with your anthropology degree.
  5. You are having difficulty successfully completing one of your anthropology courses and you want to know how it will impact your progress towards graduation.
  6. You plan to go on an Overseas Study program and need the coursework you intend to take approved.
  7. You have questions about field schools or internship opportunities.
  8. You are thinking about becoming an anthropology major or minor and have questions about the field of Anthropology.
  9. You are struggling academically and would like ideas on what campus resources and academic help is available on campus as well as what resources might be most beneficial for you.

    If you would like to meet the current academic advisor Rebecca Butorac, please contact her by making an appointment on StarNet or phone at (812) 856-0905 to set up an appointment.

What are the foreign language requirements?

Students pursuing a BA must complete the study of a single foreign language through the second semester of the second year of college-level course work - or four semesters. All or part of this requirement may be fulfilled by performance or placement examinations. There are over 35 languages taught at Indiana University and Anthropology Majors are encouraged to take advantage of the diverse languages offered.

Below is a list of languages offered at IU. Please click on the department next to the language that you are interested in to see how many semesters are offered and course numbers that the language is under (material from 2013-2014 College of Arts and Sciences Academic Bulletin).

How do I fulfill my Intensive Writing Requirement?

This part of the writing requirement may be fulfilled by completing one intensive writing course at or above the 200 level AFTER completing the English composition requirement. Normally intensive writing sections are taught by faculty in small sections or by individual arrangements and include a series of written assignments evaluated with close attention to organization and expression as well as to substance and argument. Graded revision of assignments is a requirement of all intensive writing courses and of all special arrangements for intensive writing.

Courses that fulfill the Intensive Writing Requirement change every semester. Students should check the listings for courses in the Schedule of Classes each semester to make certain the course section they have chosen fulfills the requirements.

Am I required to have a minor?

No; anthropology majors are not required to have a minor.

How do I apply for graduation?

You can now apply to graduate online.

Deadlines for graduation applications:

May Graduation-June 1 of the previous year
August Graduation-December 1 of the previous year
December Graduation-March 1 of the graduation year

* Failure to file by these deadlines may delay graduation.

Or, an application for a degree can be filed in the College Recorder's Office, Kirkwood Hall 001. The applications are available there. This should be done no later than June 1 for May graduation, no later than December 1 for August graduation, and no later than March 1 for December graduation. Failure to file by these deadlines may delay graduation. 

I want to go to graduate school. How do I get started?

Books of interest:

Getting What You Came For: The Smart Student's Guide to Earning a Master's or Ph D. Robert L Peters

The Grad School Handbook. Richard Jerrard and Margot Jerrard


National Science Foundation Grants:

Students interested in funding for graduate school should go to the following link to learn about a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Other funding opportunities for interested undergraduates can be found at

Can I get a job with an Anthropology Degree?

Yes! Anthropology is an excellent foundation for many careers. Employers hire anthropologists because they have excellent communication skills and understand how to manage multicultural situations.

Employment opportunities related directly to Anthropology can be found at:

  • contract archaeology companies
  • physical anthropology labs
  • museums and zoos
  • schools and universities
  • government agencies
  • a growing number of private corporations.

How do I find a job using my anthropology degree?

Visit the Arts and Sciences Placement Office:

Career Development Center
625N Jordan Ave
8am-4:30pm Monday through Friday

Check out websites of professional organizations:

American Anthropological Association
Look under their Sections and Interest Groups. Many are helpful, including the link to the National Association from the Practice of Anthropology.

Society for American Archaeology

Career Reference Resources in the Undergraduate Library:

"Anthropologist" entry in Guide to Your Career
(HF5382 .B36 1996), pp. 82-83
Identifies major employers, discusses typical working conditions and work places, and offers an overview of the quality of life for individuals who choose this career field.

"Anthropology" entry in Major Options
(HF5382.5 .U5 B328 1991), pp. 19-23
Offers an overview of the field including areas of concentration, gives brief interviews with people who apply anthropology in their profession, and lists selected career options.

Careers for History Buffs and Others Who Learn from the Past
(E175 .C33 1994)
Provides reasonably detailed job descriptions, including educational requirements, as well as interviews with docents, curators, archivists, and others whose jobs involve working with the past. Also lists potential employers, professional associations, and suggested additional readings.

Jobs for English Majors and Other Smart People
(HF5382.7 M86 1991)
Explains business and corporate environments for the non-business major. Offers strategies for marketing non-professional school degrees to employers.

Museum Jobs from A-Z: What They Are, How to Prepare, and Where to Find Them
(AM11 .B38 1994)
Lists sixty museum jobs alphabetically, providing thorough descriptions of each. Job parameters, required education and training, and aptitudes are given. Tips on where to find particular kinds of jobs are offered.