Anthropology considers humankind from a holistic perspective that aims for an understanding of how culture, biology, history, and language intersect. Purdue’s anthropology has a rigorous and well-balanced four-field (biological, archaeological, cultural, and linguistic anthropology) undergraduate program. The faculty cover a range of substantive, methodological, and theoretical areas in courses that provide students with a solid grounding in anthropological perspectives. Students have the opportunity for hands-on experiences within the department with internships and field work experiences. Purdue has an active anthropology student club, P.A.S.T. (Purdue Anthropology Society).
Anthropology Honors provides a capstone experience for students, if they choose. The year-long program empowers students to focus on a particular empirical issue in an anthropological sub-discipline. Students write an honors thesis based on their research.
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Careers in Anthropology
Undergraduate students who major in anthropology are preparing for graduate school or want a general liberal arts degree. Some also anticipate employment in an industry, which may or may not be related to their interest in anthropology. Students also pursue medical school, law school, teaching careers, or employment in government or nonprofit organizations.
Transfer to Anthropology
Purdue admits to individual majors. In addition to meeting overall Purdue transfer criteria, such as minimum high school course requirements, applicants must also meet major-specific requirements. The major-specific criteria for this program are listed below. Students who meet or exceed these are the most competitive candidates for admission. Before applying, review the closed programs page to confirm your desired major is open to transfer students for your desired entry term.
Minimum GPA: 2.2
Contact InformationUndergraduate Student Recruitment Office