Anthropology at Bloomsburg University

Department of Anthropology


Anthropology, the study of humankind, attempts to establish useful information and generalizations about people, their behavior and their cultural and biological origins, in order to arrive at the fullest possible understanding of human diversity.

Bloomsburg University's undergraduate anthropology program is divided into:

  • Cultural Anthropology — studies ways of life in societies across the world
  • Physical Anthropology — traces human origins and biological variability
  • Archaeology — seeks to explain human behavior by studying material remains from past cultures

Study in these three disciplines is interwoven so students come to see the whole picture of humankind: how humans have evolved, what problems they face, what solutions are possible, and what the future might hold. Anthropology majors must complete 36 hours of coursework. A course in statistics is required so students will be able to interpret research findings. A course which gives students practical experience in the field, such as an internship or independent study, is part of the curriculum.

Anthropology Minor: It's also possible to minor in anthropology to support a major in another field. Students must complete 18 credit hours:

  • ANTHRO 200, 210, 220
  • Plus: 9 credits of ANTHRO electives

Archaeology Minor: A new minor added to our curriculum requires core anthropology and geology courses; plus a variety of electives from anthropology, geology, biology, and art history. Students must complete 23 credit hours:

  • ANTHRO: 210, 220, 300, 301
  • EGGS: 120, 260

Chairperson
    David Fazzino, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Department Secretary
    Janet Locke | 570-389-4860
    Office Hours: 8 a.m. to noon

Department of Anthropology
154 Centennial Hall
Phone: 570-389-4860
Fax: 570-389-5015

 

The Husky Difference


Study Abroad in Rwanda

Abroad trip forges path to nursing anthropology

Ashley Moreno was attracted to the Global Health Field Course mainly because of its location.

“I hope to work in Africa in my future career, so for my study abroad experience I wanted to initiate myself with an African culture,” Moreno said. “I loved the course in Rwanda, and I loved all the people. I also chose this course, because of the outlined objectives with infection prevention and control, as well as community involvement with mother and children about nutrition.”

Anthropology Professor DeeAnne Wymer

Finding Egypt in America

“Ancient Egypt, when I was a kid, that’s what I thought archaeology was. When I got to the Ohio State University I discovered that we had our own Egypt in our backyard — the Hopewell Mound Builders,” says BU anthropology professor DeeAnne Wymer.

Like many BU students, Wymer was a first-generation college student. “I came from a typical working-class family in Ohio, but my maternal grandmother always got me a subscription to National Geographic. I loved the stories about Egypt especially. I loved mysteries and thought archaeology — a puzzle about the past — was perhaps the greatest mystery of all.”

Anthropology Story Collecting Project

Fairstories: Farming, Family, Food and Fun

For the past seven years, more than 120 volunteers have helped collect stories for “Fairstories: Farming, Family, Food and Fun,” which contains more than 80 oral histories and more than 100 historic photographs, as well as a chapter about fair entertainment by Robert Dunkelberger, university archivist and coordinator of special collections at Andruss Library.

The book contains fair stories collected by students between 2012 to 2019, as well as lots of photos, a little history, and some discussion of the rise and fall of the girlie and freak shows.

Research in Anthropology

Anthropology majors are encouraged to do research in the community and to find opportunities for experiential learning outside the classroom. Majors should consider doing independent research or taking our upper level research courses and then presenting their work in an on-campus forum or at a professional conference. The faculty are also involved individually in research and welcome the opportunity to involve motivated and diligent students in their work.

The anthropology program has close ties with the Center for Community Research and Consulting, which provides numerous opportunities every year for undergraduates to get involved in diverse applied anthropological research projects.

Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (URSCA) awards provide summer stipend support to students participating in research, scholarship, or creative activities. Students can receive a maximum stipend of up to $6,000 for a full-time project during the summer.

Anthropology Internships

Anthropology majors, particularly those less interested in research, are encouraged to consider internships during their junior or senior year, especially for students that are not planning on pursuing graduate study in anthropology. Interns can facilitate future employment in a wide variety of settings.

Possible anthropology internship areas:

  • social services
  • non-profit
  • public school settings
  • camps
  • medical facilities
  • community organizations
  • recreational
  • In consultation with the faculty internship supervisor and the supervisor at the internship site, we aim to make sure the student has a rewarding and enriching experience and one in which the tools of an anthropological perspective are employed.