Department of Sociology & Anthropology
Anthropology 2004 Fact Sheet
Associate of Liberal Arts Degree with a Concentration in Anthropology
Program Coordinator: Dr. Robert Mucci
Department Office: Lindenwood Hall, Room 214
Phone: (219) 980-6607
Fax: (219) 980-6972
Associate of Liberal Arts degree with a concentration in Anthropology
Students must fulfill the Arts and Sciences requirements for an AA degree (total of 60 credit hours, etc.). Two introductory courses in anthropology ( Culture & Society, Human Origins ) and any three other anthropology courses to total a minimum of 15 credit hours. Choose from over a dozen courses in archaeology, language and culture, biological anthropology, and cultural anthropology. Any student can declare an AA in anthropology as their only program, or concurrently with enrollment in other programs on campus.
Program special features:
The Anthropology AA program emphasizes a holistic approach to the study of all humans, both past and present; anthropology integrates the study of human cultural behavior, human biology, and human language. The new IUN Anthropology Resource Center is a display, storage, and workroom that contains dozens of real and replica fossils, artifacts, and anatomical specimens used in various courses. Several courses also feature field trips to zoos and archaeological sites, others use computer simulations of archaeological excavations; one even features lessons in making stone tools. Courses include two on American Indians (one historic and one prehistoric), and others on medical anthropology, primatology, ethnography, world cultures, linguistics, bioanthropology, (including an introduction to forensics), prehistoric archaeology, and human paleontology. Topics courses include Anthropology of Gender, Walking with the Great Apes, Life in the Stone Age, and Food and Culture.
The IUN Anthropology Club sponsors many activities including field trips, tours, and guest speakers; recent lectures have included forensic anthropology and a demonstration of flintknapping. Upcoming activities can be found at their web site:
Dr. Bob Mucci , Associate Professor and Program Coordinator. Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago . Research interests: bone biomechanics and remodeling; human evolution. Recipient of Indiana University RUGS grant. Teaching interests: human evolution, primatology, history of anthropology, archaeology, bioanthropology, linguistics, food and culture. Winner of four recent teaching awards.
Dr. Michelle Stokely, Lecturer. ABD, University of Oklahoma , JD, MA, University of Tulsa . Research interests: Native Americans in the 20th Century, life history studies, visual anthropology, representations of Native American women, Native American artistic expression. Teaching interests: Native American culture & prehistory, cultural anthropology .
Most asked questions :
Can I get a bachelor's degree with a MAJOR in anthropology at IUN?
At the present time we do not offer a BA in anthropology, but we do offer all of the courses that one might take for a major. Students have several options:
• get an associate degree in Arts and Sciences with a concentration in anthropology at IUN.
• get an AA at IUN, then transfer elsewhere - most of the IUN anthropology courses match courses offered at IU Bloomington, for example.
• get an AA, then major in another discipline, and get a minor, or more, at IUN.
• get an AA, then take a combined sociology/anthropology program in which two anthropology courses can count towards the sociology major; students who take eight sociology courses and seven anthropology courses (and otherwise fulfill the Arts and Sciences requirements) can receive a BA in sociology and a minor in anthropology.
• Many students in the Division of Continuing Studies take their concentration in anthropology; in fact students in that division, as well as any IUN division, can be concurrently enrolled in the anthropology AA program.
Students with a background in anthropology have good employability; as with all A & S degrees, their education assures employers they have developed critical thinking and communication skills. In addition some businesses consider anthropology as a good preparation for "corporate culture" and for international business. Increasing opportunities exist for students trained in ethnographic methods for research and marketing jobs. There is a shortage of archaeological field workers; we had six students employed as such in the summer of 2002, and some continue. There are also jobs in social services, American Indian relations, archaeology, museum work, and government park services; half a dozen IUN anthro grads found work at the Field Museum in Chicago , and at least two went to work for zoos. At least four recent IUN anthro graduates are now in graduate schools.
For more information on IUN's Anthropology Program, click on "Anthropology Program Information" to the left.