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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.


Anthro Day 2021

"The professors left unexpectedly on an important mission and the lab is in disarray, but they have a serious deadline to meet and need your help. You will have 60 minutes to help graduate student, Frankie FourField, reassemble the clues in the lab to reveal the identity of a misplaced mummy so that the professors do not lose their research grant. Using clues from all four fields of anthropology, you will explore artifacts, language puzzles, field notes, royal kinship charts, and the mummy itself. This is also your chance to explore all that the ISU Anthropology Department has to offer in this virtual escape room experience. Do you have what it takes to be an anthropologist?! Follow the directions and clues to solve the puzzles, explore what ISU Anthropology has to offer, and play solo or with friends!"

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:


Statement on Inclusivity

The Department of Anthropology at Idaho State University supports and encourages the inclusion of LGBTQ+ students, faculty, and staff. Our department is committed to the discovery and transmission of knowledge. These goals cannot be constrained by any single community view but instead must embrace all worldviews. Only by seeking out varied cultures, genders, ethnicities, political and religious beliefs, sexual orientations, and identities can we reach understanding of complex social problems, make new discoveries in anthropology, and advance knowledge of the human condition.

    As anthropologists we have all experienced and understand the importance of growth in our understanding of culture and intellectual breadth. We have gained this through exposure and study of diverse peoples, both past and present, around the world. We live in a 21st Century globally interconnected world where success in education and employment requires fully engaged community members that embrace diversity and contest complacency and exclusionary practices. We aim to provide a safe space for learning for all.