Welcome to the Department of Anthropology

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Are you interested in excavating the remains of an ancient culture? Have you ever pictured yourself analyzing forensic remains at a crime scene? Are you interested in how and why societies in the past and present have varied in their customs and ideas? If you are interested in helping solve problems related to disasters, homelessness, crime, ethnic conflict, as well as problems related to the cultural understanding of health and illness then anthropology may be the degree for you.

The East Carolina University Department of Anthropology offers a global view of human evolution, adaptation and culture to promote a better understanding of the archaeological, biological, and cultural aspects of human diversity. These studies foster respect for the biological as well as the ethnic and cultural diversity present in human populations today. Housed in the newly renovated Flanagan building, the anthropology space includes classrooms and laboratories as well as a library and computer room for student use. Students also receive individualized advising and the opportunity to work closely with faculty members on various projects. Each student takes a research methods course in his or her area of concentration and can choose upper level electives of interest. In addition to classroom instruction, the department offers field schools for archaeology, bioarchaeology, and cultural research, internships options and the opportunity to do honors thesis research.

With roughly 100 majors and about 15 faculty we are a modest sized department that can give students individual attention. As a special emphasis, the department supports curriculum development and faculty research and service into the prehistory, history, and lifeways of eastern North Carolinians. In addition, we have faculty actively involved in the archaeology of the Middle East. The Department of Anthropology also offers courses that examine the evolution, ecology, and behavior of primates and the placement of humans within the Order Primates.There is an active Anthropology Student Organization and chapter of Lambda Alpha Honor Society in which students can develop leadership skills and enjoy social activities. Our faculty members are active in ECUs global classroom program where students can take a course in cross-cultural understanding that involves interacting in real-time with students in at least three different cultures during the semester. Finally, our graduates pursue a variety of careers including education, business, and forensics. Some of our graduates successfully continue their education in graduate school.

Department News

Celebrate National Anthropology Day with us! We will be hosting a public open house on Thursday, February 19th from 6pm-8:30pm. See the labs, hear the presentations, and enjoy kids activities. See our Events page for more details!

Join the North Carolina Studies program for "What sea-level rise? An ethnographic account of Dare, Tyrrell and Hyde County residents' observations about environmental change" by Dr. Avenarius. More details are on the Events page.

Check out the latest Department of Anthropology Spring 2015 newsletter highlighting some of our recent activities! Download a copy here.

 Linked by live video conferencing, Internet chat software and social media, ECU students were connected with their counterparts in different countries. Anthropology 1050: Global Understanding connected with Algerian students to discuss their cultures. Read the full article at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-admin/news/globalclassroom.cfm

New edited volume from the British Archaeological Reports: Excavations in the Western Negev Highlands by Dr. Benjamin Saidel and Dr. Mordechai Haiman (Israel Antiquities Authority).

Discovery is a core characteristic of pirates at ECU! See our Anthropology summer field school student, Mansi Trivedi, explain some of the discoveries in Jordan on the latest ECU Values video.

 On Tuesday January 27, Dr. Bailey and three other professors shared the ins and outs of writing and publishing. This panel of authors answered questions about why they chose to write books, how they select their publishers, and how they balance teaching, research, and writing: offering advice for would-be authors based on personal experience.