The ECU Department of Anthropology offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology, as well an undergraduate Minor in Anthropology. In addition to these, students may pursue certificates in Forensic Anthropology and Cultural Resources Management at the undergraduate level.
The course of study for the Certificate of Cultural Research Management provides a basic background in archaeological methods including the recovery and analysis of archaeological data and training in Public Archaeology. In particular, the certificate provides training for those students interested in pursuing careers in applied, non-academic archaeology. A minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA is required for admission and the student must maintain a 2.5 average in the certificate courses to receive the archaeology certificate. The certificate requires a minimum of 18 SCH. Consult the Undergraduate Catalog for a list of required courses and electives.
The course of study for the certificate in Forensic Anthropology provides a basic understanding of skeletal biology and human osteology, procedures for the search and recovery of human remains, methods of individual identification from the human skeleton, estimation of the time since death, and the manner of death. The student is also provided with knowledge of Forensic Anthropology for those interested in careers in applied, non-academic anthropology. A minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA is required for admission and the student must maintain a 2.5 average in the certificate course to receive the Forensic Anthropology certificate. The certificate requires 16 SCH. Consult the Undergraduate Catalog for a list of required courses and electives.
East Carolina University’s Master’s program in anthropology is designed to provide students with competency in the three subfields of biological, archaeology and cultural anthropology. In addition, students have the opportunity to specialize in their area of interest. Particular strengths of the department include prehistoric North American archaeology, Middle Eastern archaeology, historic archaeology and bioarchaeology; human osteology, primatology, and forensic anthropology; applied anthropology, medical anthropology, and anthropology of religion. Students in the program complete core courses in the three subfields and methods and research design courses. Students have the option of conducting thesis research, completing an internship, pursuing a non-thesis option, or completing requirements for teaching training. The latter is especially appropriate for students who aim to teach at the community college level. Students are strongly encouraged to complete all degree requirements within a two-year time frame. Further information on graduate courses at ECU can be found in the Graduate Catalogue
To be accepted to the program, student must qualify for admission to both the graduate school and the department. Students should generally have at least a 3.0 GPA and acceptable GRE scores (an average verbal and quantitative GRE percentile of 40). At least 2 letters of recommendation, a writing sample, and a "statement of purpose" are required. These items are submitted electronically via the Online Application. Do not send them to the Anthropology Department or this will delay the processing of your application. While the application deadline is March 1, we strongly encourage earlier submissions. Application reviews begin in late January/ early February.
Please review the application information available on the Graduate School’s website.
Satisfaction of minimum requirements is not a guarantee of admission, as students are selected from a pool of qualified applicants depending on the match of student interests with available faculty. There are limited graduate assistantships available.