Department of Anthropology

Welcome to the Anthropology Department at ISU

At Idaho State University, the Department of Anthropology resides in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Division of the College of Arts and Letters, which is the largest and most academically comprehensive college on the campus. Our Department emphasizes broad training in the traditional four subfields: archaeology, sociocultural, linguistic, and biological anthropology. We offer a Bachelor of Arts degree as well as a Master of Arts and Master of Science degree in anthropology. The department coordinates minor programs in American Indian Studies, Linguistics, and Latino Studies as well as hosting the Shoshoni Language Program, and a strong program in Hispanic Health.  The American Indian Studies Program is a multi-disciplinary effort directed by the department that offers a wide variety of classes by and about American Indian people of both continents.

CAMAS, ISUAnthropological research is conducted through the Office of Anthropological Research, the Center for Archaeology, Materials and Applied Spectroscopy (CAMAS), and the department has close ties with the Idaho Museum of Natural History on campus. We have prominent interdisciplinary connections with the departments of Biology, Environmental Engineering, Geology, History, American Studies, and the Kasiska College of Health Professions. Several laboratory facilities are maintained by the Anthropology Department, and include the Donald E. Crabtree Laboratory for Archaeological Science, the joint Anthropology/Biological Sciences Ancient and Forensic DNA Extraction Laboratory, the Archaeometallurgy and Bioanthropology Research Laboratory, as well as dedicated bioanthropology and archaeology classrooms with student bench and research space, and wet chemistry capability.

Idaho Museum of Natural HistoryAnthropologists from ISU are involved in primary research and applications of anthropological method and theory in a wide variety of geographic settings that range from the Aleutian Islands to South America and the Eurasian Steppes to Easter Island, as well as long-standing research programs in Idaho and the Great Basin. Our diverse academic and applied research programs address issues such as language survival, indigenous land tenure in tropical forest areas, the effects of catastrophic environmental change on society, the ability to predict indigenous archaeological site densities in the Great Basin, Hispanic Healthcare and stone tool technology. During most years we offer multiple opportunities for archaeological field school and anthropological laboratory research.

Hispanic Health ProjectsCurrently, the department has an undergraduate enrollment of 69 students and a graduate enrollment of 16 students. Beyond the general education requirements, the anthropology B.A. degree takes about two years of study. The M.S. graduate program can also be completed in two years. Research opportunities in all areas of interest to our faculty are regularly provided to anthropology undergrads and graduate students. We award two Teaching Assistantships, one in Anthropology and one in American Indian Studies each year. Research Assistantships have been regularly provided to graduate students for some faculty research activities. Check with us on the projected availability. Lectureships are available to advanced graduate students, and opportunities to assist professors in teaching while receiving university credits are available to a wide variety of undergrads and grads. Students interested in biomedical and medical anthropology are eligible to apply for Kasiska scholarships that are awarded regularly to anthropology students.

Graveley Hall, ISUThe Anthropology Department is located in Graveley Hall, one of the oldest buildings on campus, at the southeast corner of the quadrangle on lower campus (click for interactive campus map).


The requirements for the Anthropology undergraduate degree are found here. Most students register for the major by meeting with a departmental advisor and filling out a plan of study contract (available in the Anthropology office). Graduate student requirements can be found here. Applications for graduate studies are made through the graduate school. Letters of recommendation, your CV, and the statement of your goals for graduate studies should be sent directly to Dr. Paul Trawick, Chair, Anthropology Department,  Box 8005, ISU, Pocatello, ID 83209.

Department of Anthropology • College of Arts and Letters • Idaho State University
921 S. 8th Avenue, Stop 8005, Pocatello, ID  83209-8005
Tel: (208) 282-2629 • Fax: (208) 282-4944 • Email:


921 South 8th Avenue
Pocatello, Idaho, 83209