Departments & Programs



Anthropology is the interpretive, scientific, and comparative study of humankind. The Department of Anthropology (ANTH) offers courses in the history of the discipline, museum studies, general anthropology, and the four subfields: anthropological linguistics, archaeology, bioanthropology, and social/cultural anthropology.

Anthropological linguistics concentrates on human communication through language: the structure of languages, the history of their development and interrelationship, and the social contexts for language use. Archaeology explores the material remains of cultures in the recent and distant past, seeking to understand how people once lived. Bioanthropology emphasizes primate origins, evolution, and present-day biological/genetic variation and adaptation of human populations. Social/cultural anthropology studies contemporary and historical cultures and societies of every scale worldwide. Anthropology courses are organized by both geographical areas and interpretive themes.

Majors, Minors, and Programs

Contact Information

Department of Anthropology
Indiana University
130 Student Building
Bloomington, IN 47405
(812) 855-1041
anthro [at] indiana [dot] edu