The BA Program in Anthropology at IUPUI emphasizes applied anthropology and includes internships with community organizations and industry partners, as well as research opportunities in the area of the student's career interests. The program's strengths are in community anthropology, urban anthropology, museum studies, bioarchaeology, and historic and prehistoric archaeology. The MA Program in Applied Anthropology focuses on such areas as: community-based and public archaeology; urban ethnography; Midwest prehistory; the study of material culture; and the application of anthropology in the museum field, including collections management, heritage studies, public programming, and the representation of indigenous peoples. The Museum Studies Program offers a Masters Degree and graduate and undergraduate certificates.
The MA in Applied Anthropology requirements can be fulfilled through an internship and submission of an internship report. Internships are also offered through the Museum Studies program and can be arranged on an individual basis for Anthropology Majors and MA students.
Both graduate students and undergraduates may be eligible for appointments as Community Engagement Associates, who receive a stipend to work with faculty who are teaching field and community-based courses.
The department maintains two laboratories for faculty and student researchers. One lab focuses on the processing and analysis of material culture from archaeological projects. The second lab houses the Cultural Heritage Research Center (https://liberalarts.iupui.edu/cultural-heritage-research-center/index.html), which conducts multidisciplinary research to advance the understanding of cultural heritage and its role in society.
Our introductory (i.e., gateway) courses are offered online, introducing students to cultural anthropology, linguistics, archaeology, and biological anthropology. On occasion, several upper-division classes are also offered online.