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Indiana University, Purdue University at Indianapolis, Department of Anthropology
425 University Blvd Cavanaugh 413 Indianapolis IN 46202-5140 UNITED STATES
Phone+1 317.274.5787
General Description / Special Programs

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.

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Tuition Info
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Degrees Offered MA in Applied Anthropology, Anthropology BA, Minors: Anthropology & Cultural Diversity
Highest Degree Offered MA/MS
Other Degree Requirements Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies (18 credit hour); Undergraduate Certificate in Museum Studies (18 credit hour); Masters in Museum Studies (36 credit hour)
Certificate Info The Museum Studies Program provides an interdisciplinary training in museum practice. The 6 course/18 credit hour Undergraduate Certificate is designed to train students for entry-level positions in the museum field and to prepare them for graduate school.
Certificate Field Areas
Museum Studies
AA/AS Field Areas
Applied Anthropology
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Museum/Curatorial Studies
BA/BS Field Areas
Applied Anthropology
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Museum/Curatorial Studies
BA/BS Requirements
A major in anthropology provides training in several areas: an overview of anthropological inquiry, an awareness of the wide variety of human cultures, intensive investigation of selected conceptual topics, research skills, and the application of anthropology outside the university setting. Requirements for a major include a minimum grade of C in 34 credit hours of anthropology courses. A student's particular program is selected in consultation with a faculty advisor from among the following: 12 credit hours in core courses, 18 credit hours in advanced courses, 4 credit hours in capstone courses.
MA/MS Field Areas
Applied Anthropology
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Museum/Curatorial Studies
Experience Offered
Field Work
MA/ MS Requirements The MA in Applied Anthropology requires 36 credit hours: Required Core (6 credit), Methods (3 credit), Electives (21 credit), Thesis or Internship (6 credit). For more information:
MA/MS Specializations Applied Cultural Anthropology; Public Archaeology; Cultural Resource Management; Biological Anthropology (Bioarchaeology)
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 1
Internship Required 0
Internship Info

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.

Grants Or Funding Our MA in Applied Anthropology offers the possibility of university-level funding to our top candidates. The program also provides opportunities for graduate assistantships, research assistantships, and internship appointments.
Support Opportunities

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.

Program Details
Research Facilities

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 (, which conducts multidisciplinary research to advance the understanding of cultural heritage and its role in society.

Collections Dr. Paul Mullins curates historic assemblages from the post-bellum African-American neighborhood on the near westside of Indianapolis that was displaced during the university's growth in th late 20th century. Meanwhile, Dr. Jeremy Wilson curates and conducts research on material culture from a series of Mississippian period villages from the central Illinois River valley. The IUPUI University Library houses the Ruth Lilly Special Collections & Archives (
Library Resources The IUPUI University Library by the numbers (; Over a million patron visits per year, Over 1,000,000 volumes and 35,000 current periodicals, 2,500,000 downloads from library databases annually, 380 study skills class sessions led by University Librarians.
  • Schmidt CW, AJ Remy, R Van Sessen, RM. Scott, P Mahoney, JJ Beach, J McKinley, R d’Anastasio, LW Chiu, MR Buzon, J Rocco de Gregory, SG Sheridan, JT Eng, JT Watson, HD Klaus, JC Willman, P Da-Gloria1, JJ Wilson, KL Krueger, A Stone, PC     Sereno, JL Droke, RL Perash, CM. Stojanowski, NP Herrmann. 2019. Dental microwear texture analysis of Homo sapiens sapiens: foragers, farmers, and pastoralists. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 169 (2), 207-226 
  • Schmidt CW, JJ Beach, JI McKinley, JT Eng. 2016. Distinguishing dietary indicators of pastoralists and agriculturalists via dental microwear texture analysis. Surface Topography: Metrology and Properties. 4(1): 014008. 
  • Cusack-McVeigh, Holly. 2017. Stories Find You, Places Know: Yup’ik Narratives of a Sentient World. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press.
  • Cusack-McVeigh, Holly. 2017. “Learning to Listen: Community Collaborations in an Alaskan Native Village.” Collaborative Anthropologies, nos. 1-2(Fall/Spring): 40-57.
  • Cusack-McVeigh, Holly. 2016. “New Paths to Social Justice and Recovering the Past: An FBI Antiquities Case.” Museums and Social Issues: A Journal of Reflective Discourse, 11, no. 2 (August): 114-121.
  • Coleman, Simon, Susan B. Hyatt, Ann Kingsolver, eds. 2017. The Routledge Companion to Contemporary Anthropology, Routledge Press.
  • Hyatt, Susan B. and Karen Quintiliani. 2016. “Editors’ Introduction: Collaborations with Historical Societies, Libraries, and Museums: New Directions and Methods in Engaging Community and Institutional Partners,” Collaborative Anthropologies 8(1-2):vi-xvii.
  • Kryder-Reid, Elizabeth. 2018.  “California Mission Trail: A case study for Interpreting Religion at Museums and Historical Sites, edited by Barbara Franco and Gretchen Buggeln (Rowman & Littlefield).
  • Kryder-Reid, Elizabeth and Larry J. Zimmerman. 2018. “Of, By, and For Which People? Government and Contested Heritage in the American Midwest.” In Cultural Contestation: Heritage, Identity, and the Role of Government, edited by Jeroen Rodenberg and Pieter Agenaar, 239-262. Palgrave Macmillan
  • Kryder-Reid, Elizabeth ed. 2018. Tools for a Critical Heritage: Exploring Shared Authority and Stakeholder-Defined Values of Heritage. Special theme issue of the International Journal of Heritage Studies 24 (7) (published online June 22, 2017; in print 2018).
  • Kryder-Reid, Elizabeth. 2018. “Introduction: Tools for a Critical Heritage.” International Journal of Heritage Studies 24(7):691-693, online April 11, 2018, in print 2018).
  • Kryder-Reid, Elizabeth, Jeremy W. Foutz, Elizabeth Wood, Larry J. Zimmerman. 2018. “’I just don’t ever use that word’: Investigating Stakeholders’ Understanding of Heritage.” International Journal of Heritage Studies 24(7):743-763 (published online June 22, 2017; in print 2018).
  • Kryder-Reid, Elizabeth. 2016. California Mission Landscapes: Race, Memory, and the Politics of Heritage. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
  • Mullins, Paul. 2021. Revolting Things: An Archaeology of Repulsive Materiality. University Press of Florida, Gainesville.
  • Mullins, Paul, Jordan B. Ryan. 2020. Imagining Musical Place: Race, Heritage, and African-American Musical Landscapes. Journal for North American Anthropology 23(1): 32-46.
  • Mullins, Paul, Susan B. Hyatt, Kyle Huskins. 2020. Race and the Water: Swimming, Sewers, and Structural Violence in African America. In Archaeologies of Violence and Privilege, eds. Brad Phillipi and Chris Matthews, pp. 154-168. University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque.
  • Mullins, Paul. 2019. Anxiety in the Consumer Shell. Historical Archaeology 53(1): 25-28
  • Ricke, Audrey. 2019. “Mapping Assessment in Anthropology: Using Team-Based Qualitative Methodology to Create Learning Objectives and Evaluate Outcomes.” Annals of Anthropological Practice 43(2):53-71. 
  • Ricke, Audrey. 2018. “Producing the Middle Class: Domestic Tourism, Ethnic Roots, and Class Routes in Brazil.” Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology 23(2):281-300. 10.1111/jlca.12291
  • Ricke, Audrey. 2018. “Making Anthropology Relevant: Collaborative Assessment in Support of Graduate and Undergraduate Success Beyond the University.” Annals of Anthropological Practice 42(2):53-67. 
  • Ricke, Audrey. 2017. “Making ‘Sense’ of Identity: Ethnicity, Nationalism, and the Sensory Experience of German Traditions in Brazil.” Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 46(2): 173-202. 10.1177/0891241615596774 
  • Vogt, Wendy. 2020. Dirty Work, Dangerous Others: The Politics of Outsourced Immigration Enforcement in Mexico. Migration and Society, 3(1), 50-63.
  • Vogt, Wendy. 2018. Lives in Transit: Violence and Intimacy on the Migrant Journey. Berkeley: University of California Press.
  • Vogt, Wendy. 2018. Loss, uncertainty, and action: Ethnographic encounters with families of the missing in the central America-Mexico-United States corridor. In Sociopolitics of migrant death and repatriation (pp. 53-66). Springer, Cham.
  • Vogt, Wendy. 2017. The arterial border: negotiating economies of risk and violence in Mexico's security regime. International Journal of Migration and Border Studies, 3(2-3), 192-207.
  • Vogt, Wendy. 2016. Stuck in the middle with you: The intimate labours of mobility and smuggling along Mexico’s migrant route. Geopolitics, 21(2), 366-386.
  • Pompeani, D. P., Bird, B. W., Wilson, J. J., Gilhooly, W. P., Hillman, A. L., Finkenbinder, M. S., & Abbott, M. B. 2021. Severe Little Ice Age drought in the midcontinental United States during the Mississippian abandonment of Cahokia. Scientific Reports, 11(1), 1-8.
  • Friberg, C.M., Wilson, G.D., Bardolph, D.N., Wilson, J.J., Flood, J.S., Hipskind, S.D., Pike, M.D. and Esarey, D. 2021. The geophysics of community, place, and identity in the Mississippian Illinois River Valley. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 36, p.102888.
  • Zoeller, G. E., Drew, B. L., Schmidt, C. W., Peterson, R., & Wilson, J. J. 2021. A paleodemographic assessment of mortality and fertility rates during the second demographic transition in rural central Indiana. American Journal of Human Biology, e23571.
  • Schurr, M. R., Monaghan, G. W., Herrmann, E. W., Pike, M., & Wilson, J. J. 2020. Evaluating ground‐penetrating radar antenna performance for investigating Mississippian mound construction compared with data from solid‐earth cores and magnetometry. Archaeological Prospection, 27(3), 285-298.
  • Wilson, G. D., Bardolph, D. N., Esarey, D., & Wilson, J. J. 2020. Transregional social fields of the Early Mississippian midcontinent. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, 27(1), 90-110.
  • Bird, B. W., Wilson, J. J., Escobar, J., Kamenov, G. D., Pollard, H. J., & Monaghn, G. W. 2019. Pre-Columbian lead pollution from Native American galena processing and land use in the midcontinental United States. Geology, 47(12), 1193-1197.
  • Krus, A. M., Herrmann, E. W., Pike, M. D., Monaghan, G. W., & Wilson, J. J. 2019. Chronology of a Fortified Mississippian Village in the Central Illinois River Valley. Radiocarbon, 61(3), 713-731.
  • Bird, B.W., Barr, R.C., Commerford, J., Gilhooly III, W.P., Wilson, J.J., Finney, B., McLauchlan, K. and Monaghan, G.W., 2019. Late-Holocene floodplain development, land-use, and hydroclimate–flood relationships on the lower Ohio River, US. The Holocene, 29(12), pp.1856-1870.
  • Bird, B. W., Wilson, J. J., Gilhooly III, W. P., Steinman, B. A., & Stamps, L. 2017. Midcontinental Native American population dynamics and late Holocene hydroclimate extremes. Scientific reports, 7(1), 1-12.




Certs Offered 1
Employees1 to 25
Member: Consortium of Practicing and Applied Anthropology Programs (COPAA); American Association of Museums (AAM)
Online Courses
Online Courses: 1
Online Course Info:

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.

Application Deadlines
Undergraduate: Fall - May 1st, Spring - November 1st.Graduate: Fall - January 15th (priority for funding and all International applicants), March 15th (final deadline)
Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 1
Anthropology Club Info: The student members work closely with their advisor to attract and secure guest speakers for events open to the public. They also participate in events around campus to help raise the awareness of the anthropology program. Club members also organize fund raising ventures to help support their other events on and off campus.
Anthropology Club Advisor: Dr. Wendy Vogt (
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 1