The mission of the Department of Anthropology is to achieve excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching, maintain active research, and engage in service activities within the university and public sector.


Our Department includes the Applied Anthropology Laboratories, which expands student education beyond the classroom through practical experience in the application of technical and scientific anthropological knowledge. The Department is committed to quality and ethically responsible research and scholarship and strongly encourage innovative and collaborative research and teaching initiatives within the Department and beyond. We emphasize how anthropology can promote a greater understanding of human diversity in the University and public communities.


During One Ball State Day, we hope to generate contributions to our Troyer Endowment. The Troyer Endowment has two components. The Troyer Scholarship, named after benefactor Byron Troyer, is applied toward tuition or other expenses. The Troyer Grant, named for Byron’s spouse, Iona Troyer, is for student professional development. These funds are used to support numerous Anthropology undergraduate and graduate students who have benefited from the generosity of our donors.


Troyer Scholarship Success Stories:

  • An undergraduate Anthropology major earned a Troyer Scholarship to offset tuition costs during her senior year. Concentrating in Archaeology, she continues working as an intern in our Applied Anthropology Laboratories with collections from the Fort Recovery Project.
  • An undergraduate Anthropology major secured a Troyer Grant to assist with costs for the Ethnographic Field School in India. Facilitated by Dr. Robert Phillips, this 4-week cultural immersion exposed students to research about ritual and belief across cultures.
  • Five students earned a Troyer Grant to participate in this life-changing experience.
  • A graduate student in Anthropology received a Troyer Grant to support her Master’s thesis work. Attending a national conference provided her with information to apply to her research, as well as practical skills that she now uses in the workplace. Notably, her work resulted in a peer-reviewed journal publication.
Early Bird Challenge
Congratulations to Associate Professor, Elizabeth Agnew, for winning $2,000 to donate to Religious Studies!
1 / 1 Gifts
1,918th Gift
The 1,918th gift will unlock $20,000 for student scholarships!
1,918 / 1,918 Gifts
Ball State Unit or Org with the Most Gifts
The Ball State unit/org with the most gifts on April 9 will receive an additional $6,000 for their department/org 2nd place = $3,000 3rd place = $1,500
Rank Prize Department Gifts
1 $6,000 Theatre & Dance 747
2 $3,000 Athletics 623
3 $1,500 Ball State's Greatest Needs 168
4 Greek Life 119
5 Student Scholarships 88
Academic Dept Participation Leaderboard
Which academic department will have most gifts on One Ball State Day? Make a gift to your department to help keep them at the top of the leaderboard!
Rank Departments Gifts
1 Theatre & Dance 747
2 Center for Information & Communication Sciences 88
3 Communication Studies 68
4 Telecommunications 62
5 Journalism 60
Amount Raised Leaderboard
Which area will raise the most on One Ball State Day? Make a gift to your favorite area of the University to help keep them flying high at the top of the leaderboard!
Rank Campus unit/fund Raised
1 Athletics $66,023.77
2 Theatre & Dance $19,328.27
3 Ball State's Greatest Needs $16,322.32
4 Charles W. Brown Planetarium/Physics & Astronomy $11,680.00
5 Teachers College $10,963.32
1,000 Gifts
1,000 gifts will unlock a gift of $1,000 from ’06 grad, Scott Wenclewicz.
1,000 / 1,000 Gifts
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