Department of Anthropology
Anthropology studies human biological and cultural diversity through time and space and the interplay between culture and biology. It encompasses our closest relatives and the human experience from our earliest known bipedal ancestors to the modern world, from the smallest human groups to empires and multinational corporations.
PSU Anthropology supports three subfields: sociocultural anthropology, archaeology and biological anthropology. Our department is committed to research and scholarship in “applied anthropology”— where anthropological scholarly products address “real world” problems; and knowledge is returned to the peoples and places where the research is conducted.
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The Anthropology major (BA, BS) is designed to prepare students for employment in anthropological careers (e.g., in non-profit organizations, private companies, or governmental agencies) or graduate school.
The Anthropology minor provides background in the three subfields (biological anthropology, archaeology, and socio-cultural anthropology); students then take electives in one of the subfields or topical areas of particular interest.
PSU’s Master’s degrees in Anthropology (MA, MS) support multiple tracks: thesis, internship, or skills-based (courses + comprehensive exams) designed to prepare students for professional employment or in some cases, for further education in a PhD program.
The Transfer & Returning Student Resource Center offers academic and career advising to prospective transfer and returning adult students, assistance in accessing PSU resources and services, as well as workshops and events specifically for transfer and returning students.
Second baccalaureate/postbaccalaureate degrees (post-bac) are available to students who have completed a baccalaureate degree at an accredited institution.
UNDERSTANDING POST-EARTHQUAKE RECOVERY IN NEPAL'S COMMUNITIES
Collaborating with both local and international institutions, Dr. Jeremy Spoon's research broadens the understanding of how Nepal's rural communities have recovered after 2015, along with how they are planning for the future.