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Message from the Director

Andrea S. Wiley

Human Biology is an intellectually-vibrant inter- and multi-disciplinary major that challenges students to gain a holistic view of humanity. Formed in 2006, it provides students with a solid grounding in the scientific understanding of human biology, and emphasizes the ways that human biology is shaped by, understood, and interpreted within a social and cultural context.

To accomplish these goals, students take pedagogically-innovative core courses in Human Biology that are co-taught by faculty in the life science and the social sciences or humanities. They also pursue coursework at the lower and upper levels in the sciences that provide an understanding of the scientific process relevant to understanding human biology. In addition, students take courses in the social sciences and humanities that fit their particular interests related to the major. Faculty involved in the human biology major come from diverse departments across the campus, and bring a wide range of interests and expertise. We likewise welcome students with a broad array of interests. We offer both BA and BS degrees.

On behalf of all the Human Biology community I welcome you and hope that you will explore our website, which describes the program and opportunities to get involved in the major, and consider the contributions that a major in Human Biology can make to your education and your post-IU aspirations!

Andrea S. Wiley
Director, Human Biology
Professor of Anthropology