Forensic Anthropology

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

Put your problem-solving skills to work as a Forensic Anthropologist.

Have you ever watched a popular crime show and wondered how the investigators are able to analyze skeletal remains and identify the person? Have you ever wanted to investigate a crime scene and collect evidence? Or determine the cause of death from skeletal remains? Are you interested in working with law enforcement and the legal system? If so, the Forensic Anthropology concentration is right for you.

What is Forensic Anthropology? It’s the scientific study of skeletal remains to aid the law enforcement in solving crimes and the convicting the guilty. Working with medical examiners, coroners, law enforcement officers and the legal community, forensic anthropologists focus on the human skeleton. They help identify unknown skeletal remains by determining their age at death, sex, height and race. They can assist in the location of missing bodies and the excavation of clandestine graves. Forensic anthropologists can help identify the dead after a plane crash or natural disaster. Forensic anthropologist also can be called upon to testify in a court of law.

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.

Work hand-in-hand with faculty researchers.

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

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

As an Anthropology major, you will find plenty of resources and supports 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 is the Anthropological Research Center (ARC). It 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 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.

The department is also home to the Mock Crime Scene Lab where you will have the opportunity to learn how to collect and analyze trace evidence from criminal investigations.

Where in the world will this major take you?

Although there are few jobs that contain “anthropologist” in the title, a degree in Anthropology provides skills and training that are applicable to numerous careers. Graduates may choose to work in the public or private sector, in cultural environments, public health and humanitarian organizations, even in business and management. Many go on to serve in the Peace Corps or attend graduate school. With a concentration in Forensic Anthropology, you will be a valued employee in a variety of settings, from morgues to museums. Specific jobs may include:

Collections manager or curator of museum.

Consultant to local coroner or medical examiner.

Crime scene investigator.

Federal government specialist, locating and identifying soldiers missing in action from previous wars.

Work in emergency management.

"Forensic Anthropology is an interesting and rewarding career that allow you to participate in the solving of crimes and the prosecution of the guilty. It is also an important field. When you help identify the remains of an unknown individual, you are helping to bring someone’s loved one back home."

Dr. Lenore Barbian, Program Director


Dr. Lenore Barbian, Program Director
Phone: 814.732.1782

Edinboro University

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