The 2023-2024 AnthroGuide is the last print version. Edits for graduate programs are due July 31, 2023.

Indiana University, Bloomington, Department of Anthropology
Bloomington IN 47405-7100 United States
Phone+1 812.855.1041
General Description / Special Programs

The department offers more than 140 courses per year. One semester at a Big Ten University may be arranged under CIC Traveling Scholar Program. There are summer archaeological field schools in southern Indiana, Wyoming, Mexico and at other locations. Since 1986, the Skomp Distinguished Lecture Series brings eminent scholars to campus to lecture and interact with students. Summer field research feasibility grants of up to $3000 for preparation of PhD research proposals are available. The department offers specialization in socio-cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, biological anthropology, and archaeology. Special programs include concentrations in medical anthropology, paleoanthropology, archaeology in social context, and anthropology of food. Students can also develop curriculum with concentrations on topics such as culture, media and performance, environmental and economic anthropology, American Indian studies, anthropology of the arts, paleopathology, North American archaeology, several ethnographic areas, among other topics and obtain certificates in global human diversity and ethnography of communication. IU Bloomington offers regular courses in more than 70 languages.

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Degrees Offered Anthropology PhD, MA, BA major
Highest Degree Offered PhD
BA/BS Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Linguistic Anthropology
MA/MS Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Linguistic Anthropology
Museum/Curatorial Studies
MA/ MS Requirements MA: 1 course that carries graduate credit in 3 of the 4 subfields, 30 semester hours, 1 semester residence, either thesis or a 4-hour written master's examination, completion of 1 foreign language recommended
PhD Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Linguistic Anthropology
Phd Requirements Methodology of the particular field of specialization, in depth in 1 language or proficiency in 2 languages or 1 language and a quantitative tool skill, 90 graduate semester hours, admission to candidacy by written and oral examination plus a research proposal, fieldwork not required but normally expected for dissertation. Requirements vary by subfield. Our grad studies guide offers detailed descriptions of the grad program at
Other Degree Field Areas
MA Food Studies
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 0
Internship Required 0
Support Opportunities

Graduate: Multi-year Graduate School diversity fellowships plus tuition waiver; College of Arts and Sciences graduate recruitment fellowships plus tuition waiver;Associate Instructor positions, plus tuition waiver; 1 HRAF Graduate Assistantship; several area centers offer NDEA Title VI (FLAS) Foreign Language and Area Study fellowships that have an online application ( Research fellowships may be available through associated research centers and laboratories. Inquires should go to respective directors as listed above. The department awards summer research feasibility awards, yearly AI teaching awards, graduate and undergrad paper prizes, and an economic anthropology paper prize. Other IU awards and graduate student information listed at

Program Details
Research Facilities

The department has seven associated research centers, eleven research laboratories, and one associated museum. Research centers include: American Indian Studies Research Institute (AISRI) and Center for the Documentation of Endangered Languages (CDEL); Center for Archaeology in the Public Interest (CAPI), Dir. K. A. Pyburn; Center for the Analysis of Socio-Ecological Landscapes (CASEL), Dir. E. Brondizio. Research Laboratories include: Primate Environmental Endocrinology Lab, Dir. M. Wasserman; W. R. Adams Zooarchaeology Lab; Ancient DNA Lab of Molecular Anthropology, Dir. F. Kaestle; Evolutionary Anthropology Lab, Dir. V. Vitzthum; Human Biology Lab, Co-Dir. A. Wiley and V. Vitzthum; Human Origins and Primate Evolution Lab, Dir. K. Hunt; Osteology and Paleopathology Lab, Dir. D. Cook; Library/Lab in Performing Arts, Dir. A. Royce; Archaeology of the Eastern Woodlands, Dir. S. Alt; Qualitative Data Analysis Lab, Dir. K. Graber. Associated Lab: Glenn Black Laboratory of Archaeology, Dir. A. Sievert. Associated Museum: Mathers Museum of World Cultures, Dir. E Herrmann.


Departmental: (jointly with American Indian Studies Research Inst) Anthropological Linguistics; Process, the Anthropology Alumni newsletter;; Annual Skomp Distinguished Lecture Pub Series. Non-Departmental: Museum Anthropology Review, a publication of the Indiana University Bloomington Libraries, Editor Jason Baird Jackson; the Anthropology of East Europe Review, Editor Sarah Phillips.

Certs Offered 0
Employees25 to 100
  • Sara Friedman
    Primary Contact
    Professor; Director of Graduate Studies; joint appointment Professor Gender Studies
  • Jane Goodman
    Primary Contact
    Professor; Director of Undergraduate Studies
The department has close affiliations with the various area studies programs at Indiana University, including those for Africa, Latin America, Europe, India, Eastern Europe and Russia, Central Eurasia, East Asia and the Middle East. Research facilities include the Archives of Traditional Music, Folklore Archives, Human Relations Area Files, Kinsey Institute for Sex, Gender, and Reproduction, Human Biology Program, Jewish Studies, Archives of Languages of the World, the Lilly Library (rare books and manuscripts) and the IU Art Museum.
Online Courses
Online Courses: 0
Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 1
Anthropology Club Info: Undergraduates - elected Advisory Committee; Lambda Alpha Honor Society, Kappa Chapter of Indiana; Anth Graduate Student Association (AGSA)
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 1