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Unravel the Tapestry of Culture.

The Anthropology program at Butler explores the human condition from a range of perspectives, focusing on cultural anthropology and research methods. As one of the only joint History and Anthropology departments in the country, you will produce original work through course research assignments and learn how to think critically and write effectively. Our faculty have anthropological expertise in a wide range of geographical areas including the United States, Latin America, Africa, East Asia, and more.

In addition, as a student in this program you’ll have access to and connections with premier area museums, archaeological field sites, service organizations, study abroad opportunities, and community cultural groups to supplement their classroom learning.

Program Information


The Anthropology program equips students with strong research, writing, analytical, and communication skills. Sample courses in this program include:

  • PCA 215AN – Art Across Borders
  • SW 215AN – Being Human—Anthropological Approaches to Life and Meaning
  • AN304 – Medical Anthropology
  • AN326 – Youth Conflict Global Cinema
  • AN328 – Popular Culture
  • AN368 – Coming of Age in the Middle East

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Three-Year Program

The Anthropology major can be completed in a total of three years. More information can be found here.

The Butler Advantage

The Anthropology program seeks to teach students to:

Think for themselves, appreciate human and cultural differences, and master the basic tools necessary for understanding those differences.

Employ the ethnographic method, understand issues from a diversity of viewpoints, and ready themselves for responsible citizenship.

Analyze evidence and develop arguments, incorporate the views of other people into their projects, and understand issues in all their complexity.

Meet your faculty

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Tom Mould
Professor – Anthropology
Department of History, Anthropology and Classics
Tom Mould is a folklorist and anthropologist studying folklore, narrative, language and culture, American Indian studies, religious and political narratives, and social justice. He is the author of 4 books and co-editor of 2 more.
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Sholeh Shahrokhi
Professor – Anthropology
Department of History, Anthropology and Classics
Sholeh Shahrokhi is a Professor in Anthropology in the Department of History, Anthropology, and Classics, at the college of LAS at Butler University.Dr. Shahrokhi received her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley in…
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Elise Edwards
Professor – Anthropology
Department of History, Anthropology and Classics
My research interests include the history and culture of Japan, the anthropology of sport, the anthropology of science, gender studies, feminist theory, historical anthropology, mass/popular culture, theories of embodiment, urban anthropology, and visual…
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Whatever path you’re interested in pursuing, there’s a place for you at Butler.


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