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

 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.  

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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!

This summer two undergraduate anthropology students at East Carolina University, Tyler Beasley and Anna Lawrence, worked as interns for the Hyde County Office of Planning and Economic Development through the State Employees' Credit Union Foundation public service internship program. Both interns worked on research projects aimed at improving economic development by better understanding the needs of the local business community.


Marina Clough, also an undergraduate anthropology student at East Carolina University, completed an internship at Wanchese Industrial Park and provided an overview of webpages and print media that write or advertise about sailing related events, helped plan the Regatta of Sail NC and conducted 40 interviews with participants.

Dr. Charles Ewen interviewed for the New York Times. Is it the Roanoke Island Colony? Read more to find out!