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:

  • ANTHRO 200, 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


The Husky Difference

Study Abroad in Rwanda

Abroad trip forges path to nursing anthropology

Ashley Moreno was attracted to the Global Health Field Course mainly because of its location.

“I hope to work in Africa in my future career, so for my study abroad experience I wanted to initiate myself with an African culture,” Moreno said. “I loved the course in Rwanda, and I loved all the people. I also chose this course, because of the outlined objectives with infection prevention and control, as well as community involvement with mother and children about nutrition.”

Anthropology Professor DeeAnne Wymer

Finding Egypt in America

“Ancient Egypt, when I was a kid, that’s what I thought archaeology was. When I got to the Ohio State University I discovered that we had our own Egypt in our backyard — the Hopewell Mound Builders,” says BU anthropology professor DeeAnne Wymer.

Like many BU students, Wymer was a first-generation college student. “I came from a typical working-class family in Ohio, but my maternal grandmother always got me a subscription to National Geographic. I loved the stories about Egypt especially. I loved mysteries and thought archaeology — a puzzle about the past — was perhaps the greatest mystery of all.”

Anthropology Story Collecting Project

Fairstories: Farming, Family, Food and Fun

For the past seven years, more than 120 volunteers have helped collect stories for “Fairstories: Farming, Family, Food and Fun,” which contains more than 80 oral histories and more than 100 historic photographs, as well as a chapter about fair entertainment by Robert Dunkelberger, university archivist and coordinator of special collections at Andruss Library.

The book contains fair stories collected by students between 2012 to 2019, as well as lots of photos, a little history, and some discussion of the rise and fall of the girlie and freak shows.