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Ball State has been offering courses in anthropology since 1955. What began as a few courses within the social science program has grown into the Department of Anthropology in the College of Sciences and Humanities.

Our Mission


Anthropology courses were first offered within the social science program at Ball State in 1955, but the first students to graduate with bachelor’s or master’s degrees in anthropology were in the class of 1970. A master of science program in archaeological resource management was offered between 1979 and 2000.



Our commitment to quality teaching, research, and service is reflected in our department's faculty and staff.

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Applied Anthropology Laboratories

 The Applied Anthropology Laboratory provides cultural resource management service for public and private agencies. Since it was established in 1978, the lab has grown to include academic research, public education, and student involvement.

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Awards and Recognitions

Our students and faculty strive for the best. While we don’t do this to be recognized, it’s always nice to see our hard work noticed by peers in our discipline. Through participation in various projects and research, students and faculty in the Department of Anthropology have won several awards.

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