At Idaho State University, the Department of Anthropology resides in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Division within 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.
The mission of the Department of Anthropology is to research and teach about humankind the world over from the distant past to the present. Anthropology consists of sub-fields that specialize in the human past, human biology and evolution, language, society, and culture, and provides cross-cultural, environmental, international, and global perspectives on past and present human behavior. An important part of the anthropology mission at Idaho State University is to apply anthropological concepts to the resolution of important social, cultural, and environmental problems of our times.