Our duty is to promote greater understanding of human diversity.
Culture - Biology - Archaeology - Linguistics: These are the four areas in the field of anthropology. In our Department at Ball State University, our mission is to integrate these four areas to achieve excellence in undergraduate teaching, maintain active research, and engage in service activities within the university and with the public.
Anthropology is considered the most humanistic of the sciences and the most scientific of the humanities and our department mission and goals reflect this. We expand student education beyond the classroom through practical experience in the application of humanistic and scientific knowledge. The Department strongly encourages 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 through immersive learning classes and field schools in the region as well as abroad, such as India and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Where does my One Ball State gift go?
During One Ball State Day, your gift to Anthropology will go to improving the academic experience of our students.
- A gift to the Anthropology Scholarship Fund will offset tuition costs for anthropology students who have shown their dedication to their education.
- A gift to the Anthropology Research Fund will go to supporting student research including support for research materials, offsetting costs associated with professional conferences (online or in-person), joining professional societies, or travel funds to present their research at conferences.
Anthropology students have attended regional and national conferences such as the Central States Anthropological Conference, the MAC Archaeology Conference, and the Society for Applied Anthropology. Anthropology Club organizes activities such as movie nights, World Anthropology Day, speakers, an ethnic cook-off, and other social and academic events that bring together students and faculty.