Have you ever pictured yourself analyzing forensic remains at a crime scene, helping deliver aid to the victims of a disaster in another country, or excavating the remains of an ancient civilization? Do you want to stand out from the crowd and live an exciting life?

East Carolina's bachelor of arts program in anthropology provides students a general background in the study of people, both in the past and present. Beyond their general studies, students can specialize in archaeology, biological anthropology, or cultural anthropology. Students receive individualized advising and the opportunity to work closely with faculty members on various projects. Learning extends beyond the classroom through field schools, internship options, and the opportunity to do honors thesis research.

ECU Advantage

Anthropology at ECU has gained national attention for its efforts to help students obtain jobs after graduation. Faculty and staff work with students individually to match their talents and skills to job options after graduation. In addition, the department hosts alumni events to help current students begin to build their professional network. Through an active Anthropology Student Organization and chapter of Lambda Alpha Honor Society, students develop leadership skills and enjoy social activities. Our faculty members are active in ECU's Global Classroom program, through which students can take a course in cross-cultural understanding that involves interacting in live-time with students in at least three different cultures during the semester. The program is housed in the completely renovated Flanagan Building featuring modern classrooms, laboratories, a library, and computer room for student use.

ECU's anthropology faculty are recognized experts specializing in the study of bioarchaeology, primates, and forensic anthropology; prehistoric and historic North American archaeology, and the archaeology of the Middle East; language and cross-cultural communication, culture and personality, systems of health and healing, religion, immigration, and global education.

What You Will Study

Program Coordinator: Holly Mathews (207 Flanagan Building; 252-328-9452; mathewsh@ecu.edu)

Minimum degree requirement is 120 s.h. of credit as follows:

1. General education requirements - 40 s.h.

(For information about courses that carry general education credit see General Education Program.)

    2. Demonstrated foreign language proficiency through level 2004 - 12 s.h.

    (For information about the foreign language requirement see Special Requirements for the BA Degree and Placement Testing, Foreign Language.)

      3. Core - 16-17 s.h.
      • ANTH 2000 - Archaeology Around the World

      • ANTH 2010 - Societies Around the World or
      • ANTH 2200 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

      • ANTH 2015 - Introduction to Biological Anthropology
      • ANTH 2016 - Biological Anthropology Laboratory
      • ANTH 4025 - Theory in Anthropology
      • Choose one course from a, b, or c:
          • ANTH 3050 - Ethnographic Field Methods or
          • ANTH 3176 - Cultural Anthropology Field School I
          • ANTH 3077 - Archaeological Methods or
          • ANTH 3175 - Archaeological Field Training
          • ANTH 4400 - Human Skeletal Analysis
          • ANTH 4401 - Human Skeletal Analysis
      4. Electives - 15 s.h.

      (Choose courses above 2999. It is recommended that at least one course be chosen from each of the following subfields.)

        • ANTH 3011 - Hunter-Gatherer Lifeways
        • ANTH 3012 - Lifeways of Pastoral Nomads
        • ANTH 3111 - North American Archaeology

        • ANTH 3113 - Archaeology of the Old Testament World or
        • RELI 3113 - Archaeology of the Old Testament World

        • ANTH 3114 - Archaeology of the New Testament World or
        • RELI 3114 - Archaeology of the New Testament World

        • ANTH 3115 - Caribbean Archaeology
        • ANTH 3116 - Latin American Archaeology
        • ANTH 3117 - Prehistory of the Middle East
        • ANTH 3118 - Pyramids, Pharaohs, and Mummies: The Archaeology of Ancient Egypt
        • ANTH 3175 - Archaeological Field Training
        • ANTH 4201 - Special Topics in Archaeology
        • ANTH 5120 - Archaeology of the Southeastern US
        • ANTH 5125 - Historical Archaeology
        • ANTH 5126 - Public Archaeology
        Biological Anthropology:
        • ANTH 3020 - Primate Behavior and Social Organization
        • ANTH 3026 - Forensic Anthropology
        • ANTH 3027 - Human Health and Disease Ecology
        • ANTH 3028 - Human Adaptation and Variation
        • ANTH 3030 - Death and Disease in the Classical World
        • ANTH 4203 - Special Topics in Biological Anthropology
        • ANTH 4225 - Human Evolution
        Cultural Anthropology:
        • ANTH 3002 - Cultures of East Asia
        • ANTH 3003 - Cultures of Africa
        • ANTH 3004 - Cultures of the South Pacific
        • ANTH 3005 - North American Indians
        • ANTH 3013 - Cultures of Mainland Southeast Asia
        • ANTH 3009 - Motherhood of God in Asian Traditions
        • ANTH 3016 - Cultures of the Caribbean
        • ANTH 3017 - Cultures of Mexico and Guatemala
        • ANTH 3018 - Cultures of South and Central America
        • ANTH 3150 - Applying Anthropology to Contemporary Cultural Issues
        • ANTH 3176 - Cultural Anthropology Field School I
        • ANTH 3177 - Cultural Anthropology Field School II
        • ANTH 3200 - Women's Roles in Cross-Cultural Perspective
        • ANTH 3252 - Medical Anthropology

        • ANTH 3720 - Writing Systems of the World or
        • ANTH 3770 - Language Universals

        • ANTH 4050 - Psychological Anthropology
        • ANTH 4054 - Anthropology of Religion
        • ANTH 4202 - Special Topics in Cultural Anthropology
        • ANTH 4260 - Cultural Ecology
        • ANTH 4501 - Independent Study
        • ANTH 4502 - Independent Study
        • ANTH 4503 - Independent Study
        • ANTH 4550 - Anthropology Honors
        • ANTH 4551 - Anthropology Honors
        • ANTH 4990 - Internship in Applied Anthropology
        • ANTH 4991 - Advanced Internship in Applied Anthropology
        • ANTH 5030 - Economic Anthropology
      5. Minor and general electives to complete requirements for graduation.
        For more information about this degree visit the university's academic catalogs.

        Careers With This Degree

        Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

        • Anthropology
        • Anthropology
        • Archeologists
        • Archeology Teacher, Postsecondary
        • Anthropology Teacher, Postsecondary
        • Public Administration and Legal Services
        • Education and Training

        Career Opportunities

        ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

        NC Tower

        This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

        • Self-employed;
        • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
        • Work outside of North Carolina.

        US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

        This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

        Degree-specific internships

        For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.