Anthropology Programs

Undergraduate Programs

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.

Certificate in Cultural Resources Management

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.

Certificate in Forensic Anthropology

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.

 Graduate Program

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, primate studies, and forensic anthropology; applied anthropology, medical anthropology, and religious studies. Students in the program complete core courses in the three subfields and methods and research design courses. Each student must pass comprehensive exams in each of the subfields of archaeology, cultural anthropology and physical anthropology. Students have the option of conducting thesis research, completing an internship, or pursuing a non-thesis option. 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.

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. At least 2 letters of recommendation 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 Enrollment Services site. In addition, please send a hard copy of a writing sample separately to:

Administrative Assistant, Graduate Program
Department of Anthropology
Flanagan 231, Mail Stop 568
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858

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.


Department News

On February 19th, the Department celebrated National Anthropology Day by hosting a public open house. Displays were presented in the labs, and mini-lectures and anthropology films were presented. 

The North Carolina Studies program hosted Dr. Christine Avenarius for her lecture "What sea-level rise? An ethnographic account of Dare, Tyrrell and Hyde County residents' observations about environmental change".

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

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.