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, 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.

Department News

There are a few GA positions available next year looking at enviro anth and climate change issues. If you are interested as an incoming grad student, See for more information.

 Dr. Ewen will be the featured speaker at the HCAS reception. See flyer for details

Gain valuable experience while earning school credit! There are numerous anthropology internship opportunities available to undergraduate and graduate students. Students can attain school credit through two undergraduate internship courses, ANTH 4990 and 4991. To see all the possibilities and learn more, click here.
Kristalyn Gill was named winner of the 2015 ECU Study Abroad Photo Contest. Check out the photo of Kristalyn on Mt. Huascaran in Peru!

 Dr, Bailey's article, "A New Online Strategy in Teaching Racial and Ethnic Health and Health Disparities to Public Health Professionals" was accepted by the Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. It will appear in the 2016 issue of the Journal.

Excavations in the Western Negev Highlands: Results of the Negev Emergency Survey 1978-89 by Dr. Benjamin Saidel and co-author M. Haimon was published December 2014 by British Archaeological Reports. See here for more.

Haley Drabek translated the Tyrrell Water Management Study finalized in 2014 into 9 separate brochures, one for each proposed water management district. She spent six weeks visiting property owners in each district to explain the benefits of participating in the localized water management district and asking for signatures of intent to join.

Anna Claire researched existing oral history booklets at the Tyrrell Visitor Center and then interviewed elderly Tyrrell County residents who grew up in the county. She taped these interviews for safe keeping at the Visitor Center and is currently writing narrative reports of the collected information, one for each conversation partner. These reports will be bound and held at the Tyrrell County Visitor Center for interested readers. Anna Claire has also been involved with a group of children in the county with a diverse ethnic background. Under Anna Claire's direction the children are currently writing a newsletter that will report on the children's experiences of growing up in Tyrrell County, exploring their favorite places, activities, and hopes for their future.  
East Carolina ranks number one for the second consecutive year as the provider of graduate degrees for the Register of Professional Archaeologists registrants! Read more here

 Dr. Holly Mathews and Dr. Laura Mazow were recognized for their outstanding teaching methods by students during the Spring 2015 semester from the College STAR.

Student response for Dr. Mathews:

"She gives feedback and forces her students to expand their mind and explore alternate theories or explanations. She wants her students to discuss topics in class instead of just listening to her talk the entire time."

Student response for Dr. Mazow:

"We have a small class which allows many opportunities for a lot of class discussion...She always provides feedback and answers to our journal entries and is always available when we need help." 

Congratulations to them both!