Anthropology

Bachelor of Arts | College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Edinboro University

Dig into the origins of humankind as an Anthropology major.

Have you ever wondered about the origins of human existence, or pondered how cultures differ from one region to the next? Have you ever watched a popular crime show and wondered how lab technicians are able to analyze wounds, fractures and the like? Would you love to excavate an ancient Mayan temple? Or delve into modern issues of human rights and social justice? Would you enjoy working in a museum or national park? Or pursue a career in international affairs? There’s one major that can help you do any or all of these things – Anthropology.

Anthropology explores the entire panorama of human experience, from its beginnings to contemporary forms of culture and social life. As an Anthropology major, you will work with faculty experts to gain a broad spectrum of research, analytical and communications skills as well as an in-depth knowledge of Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology and Physical/Forensic Anthropology.

When you graduate, you’ll be prepared for any career that requires an understanding of human behavior and cultural diversity.

Expert Faculty

Accomplished faculty instruct, guide, and inspire Edinboro students to achieve and lead. EU faculty are recognized for their commitment to student success and creating a personal and engaging academic environment.

Experiential Learning

The Edinboro experience extends well beyond the classroom. EU students prepare for careers and life through opportunities for hands-on learning, collaborative research with faculty, global travel, and internships.

Modern Facilities

Fighting Scots live, work, and play in state-of-the-art facilities on EU’s picturesque 585-acre campus. Located just 20 miles south of Erie, Pennsylvania’s fourth-largest city, Edinboro is bustling with exciting activities.

Follow humankind’s journey through time.

There are good job prospects for anthropology majors. A survey conducted by the American Anthropological Association asked recent graduates to identify different career categories for anthropology majors. It is predicted that jobs in those fields will grow an average of nearly 18%.

A world of resources - on campus and around the world.

As an Anthropology major, you will find plenty of resources and support to help you succeed. You may want to take advantage of internships, participate in archaeological digs in places like Alaska, Illinois, Guam and Belize or study abroad in the Yucatan region of Mexico or Ireland. The Anthropology Club offers hands-on workshops and study sessions and a local chapter of Lambda Alpha. The national anthropological honor society provides opportunities for you to expand your interests and knowledge of the discipline outside the classroom.

One of the most impressive facilities at Edinboro University, the Anthropological Research Center (ARC) contains two world-class research and teaching labs where you will conduct research and learn job-related skills.

The ARC houses artifacts from historic site excavations in Pennsylvania, including the Fort LeBoeuf/Judson House, the Eagle Hotel, Battles Farmstead and the prehistoric Griswold Site, along with significant anthropological data. Faculty members have utilized the artifacts in this lab to conduct world-class research that has led to peer-reviewed journal publications and presentations in the discipline.

The Forensic Sciences Lab is home to an extensive collection of forensic cast materials demonstrating skeletal trauma and pathology, as well as standard anthropological age, sex and ancestry differences, a collection of medical school quality study skeletons, a fossil hominid cast collection and a collection of comparative primate materials.

Edinboro's Institute for Forensic Sciences (IFS) provides mentoring, hosts a speaker series on topics of forensic interest and offers the Student Scholar program, which enables you to work with IFS faculty on cutting-edge research projects.

Where in the world will this major take you?

Anthropologists work in museums, the forensic sciences, health care, cultural resource management, historic preservation, humanitarian efforts and public health organizations, as well as in business and management. In other words, the skills obtained in this program can be applied just about anywhere. In addition to joining the workforce, graduates of our program have chosen to join the Peace Corps or attend graduate school. Others use their multidisciplinary training to enter the job market. Recent graduates of the anthropology program include:

Joe Stadler (BA ‘09) - Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology at the University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, and former adjunct faculty, Gannon University, Erie, PA

Zach Bragano (BA ‘09) - Physician’s assistant in the Department of Surgery in the School of Medicine, West Virginia University, Wheeling, WV

Edwin Harris (BA ‘13) - Commissioned Officer, US Army Reserves and master’s candidate in anthropology at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

Nora Schillinger (BA ‘14) - Adjunct faculty, Gannon University, Erie, PA

Ashley Aldan (BA ‘15) - Paralegal, Erie, PA

Cara Forke (BA ‘15) - Master’s candidate in Folk Studies, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY

Reilly Rae Lembo (BA ‘16) - Master’s candidate in Zooarchaeology, University of York, England

Melissa Smith (BA ‘17) - Commissioned Officer, US Army, Okinawa, Japan

Prepare for a rewarding career.