Anthropology at Bloomsburg University

Department of Anthropology

Anthropology, the study of humankind, attempts to establish useful information and generalizations about people, their behavior and their cultural and biological origins, in order to arrive at the fullest possible understanding of human diversity.

Bloomsburg University's undergraduate anthropology program is divided into:

  • Cultural Anthropology — studies ways of life in societies across the world
  • Physical Anthropology — traces human origins and biological variability
  • Archaeology — seeks to explain human behavior by studying material remains from past cultures

Study in these three disciplines is interwoven so students come to see the whole picture of humankind: how humans have evolved, what problems they face, what solutions are possible, and what the future might hold. Anthropology majors must complete 36 hours of coursework.

A course in statistics is required so students will be able to interpret research findings. A course which gives students practical experience in the field, such as an internship or independent study, is part of the curriculum.

Anthropology Minor: It's also possible to minor in anthropology to support a major in another field. Students must complete 18 credit hours:

  • ANTHRO200, 210, 220
  • Plus: 9 credits of ANTHRO electives

Archaeology Minor: A new minor added to our curriculum requires core anthropology and geology courses; plus a variety of electives from anthropology, geology, biology, and art history. Students must complete 23 credit hours:

  • ANTHRO: 210, 220, 300, 301
  • EGGS:120, 260

    David Fazzino, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Department Secretary
    Janet Locke | 570-389-4860
    Office Hours: 8 a.m. to noon

Department of Anthropology
154 Centennial Hall
Phone: 570-389-4860
Fax: 570-389-5015

Teaching Philosophy

BU's anthropology faculty, who see classroom teaching as their primary professional responsibility, are dedicated to making their classes informative, well-organized, relevant, and interesting. They are known for their enthusiasm in the classroom, as well as for their professional expertise. The anthropology department encourages small classes, one-on-one associations between faculty and students, and student involvement in anthropology, both in and out of the classroom. Anthropology majors aren't just names in a grade book; they're well-known to the faculty who take a personal interest in their academic development and progress.


Anthropology Summer Program

Honors project introduces anthropology to children

A new anthropology program with an archaeology twist brought to Camp Victory this summer as part of its Nature Center activities, courtesy of this Husky’s honors research. Summer intern and anthropology major, Anne Snyder, in conjunction with Susan Dauria, professor of anthropology, created a curriculum to teach children about local Native American Culture, history and archaeology. The new curriculum at is being utilized as part of Camp Victory’s Nature Center activities.

The summer experience served as both Snyder’s honors project and a research practicum she needs as part of her anthropology major (research track). She is a double major with anthropology and psychology. The creation of this curriculum is part of a move of Dauria’s archaeology summer camp program (that began in 2010 with Quest), to Camp Victory.