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Idaho State University

Department of Anthropology

Welcome to the Department of Anthropology at Idaho State University!

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, biological, linguistic, and socio-cultural anthropology. We offer a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts degree in anthropology. The department coordinates a minor degree programs in American Indian Studies, Anthropology, Latino Studies, and Linguistics. 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. The Department of Anthropology also hosts the Shoshoni Language Program and the Hispanic Health Projects. 

graveley hall

The Department of Anthropology 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, mobile device friendly).


If you are interested in applying to our undergraduate program please click on the "How to Apply" button above. A description of our undergraduate program can be found here. The requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology degree can be found here. Undergraduate students are encouraged to register for the major by clicking on the "Declare Major" button above. New majors will then meet with a departmental advisor to plan their program of study. Applications to enroll in graduate studies are made through the ISU Graduate School. Graduate student requirements can be found here. After acceptance into the program, graduate students should meet with their thesis advisor and fill out the Program of Study Form. If you are interested in becoming a graduate teaching assistant please fill out the Graduate Teaching Assistantship Application. Please contact Dr. Elizabeth Cartwright, Director of the Anthropology Graduate Program, if you have questions regarding the graduate program, e-mail: