Anthropology professor shows off his find during an exhibition in Guatemala

Anthropology (B.A.)

Anthropology, in common with other sciences, is concerned with the formulation and testing of hypotheses or tentative explanations of observed human phenomena. Anthropology also has an important humanistic tradition.

Degrees & Offerings
  • B.A.
Department
College
Program Contact
Chair of Department of Anthropology, Associate Professor of Anthropology
Secretary for the Department of Anthropology
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Here at Bloomsburg, you'll find anthropology divided into three study areas:

  • cultural anthropology, which studies ways of life in societies across the world;
  • physical anthropology, which traces human origins and biological variability
  • prehistoric archaeology, which seeks to explain human behavior by studying material remains from past cultures

You'll take courses in cultural anthropology, prehistoric archaeology, human origins, history of anthropology, research and writing skills and choose from classes in field archaeology, field methods, independent study or an internship. We emphasize a strong foundation in the major subfields of anthropology; cultural anthropology, biological (physical) anthropology, and archaeology. Our program is structured to both introduce you to the anthropology field, as well as allow you to focus on their specific interest within anthropology. Thus we have developed a set of core courses and electives reflected in three tracks of studies:

  • General - students not yet specialized
  • Applied - personal training and application for careers in all three sub fields
  • Research - appropriate for students who plan to pursue graduate school 

It all adds up to allowing you to precisely tailor an anthropology program for your personal career goals and interests. This curriculum is designed to prepare you for admission to graduate school in anthropology. Each year, approximately one-third of the seniors majoring in anthropology apply to graduate school, with 90 percent accepted at their first-choice institution.

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Anthropology major spends summer excavating an ancient Maya household in Guatemala

“This experience gave me everything I needed to excel in archeology, not only at Bloomsburg University, but to get involved with the professional world. Not only did it give me enthusiasm for my future in archeology, it showed me what it’s going to take to pursue this career and where I can end up in the future.”

Arianna Ambrosio '20
Anthropology
Anthropology major poses in front of the Quest climbing wall on upper campus

“The biggest impression Bloomsburg has left on me is the diverse and supportive community of the student body. I’ve met so many students from different majors, who've all helped me reflect on the experiences in my life as well as given me an opportunity to view things from different perspectives.”

Arden Clark '19
Anthropology
Honors research leads to new summer curriculum for Camp Victory

“Watching the gears in a child’s brain start to turn, as they ask question after question becoming more and more inquisitive, made me feel like I was making a difference in their life. Perhaps I’m sparking an interest in their future field of study. Maybe I was giving them an experience which will spur them to pursue a specific path. Either way, giving a child an experience they may not normally have access to was an honor.”

Anne Snyder '18
Anthropology
Anthropology major poses in front of the Quest climbing wall on upper campus
Honors research leads to new summer curriculum for Camp Victory
Anthropology major spends summer excavating an ancient Maya household in Guatemala

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Janet Locke

  • Secretary for the Department of Anthropology

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