History and Anthropology

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The combined major in History and Anthropology supplements the study of the human condition with the study of the decisions that have shaped all the cultures of the world. This major—offered by one of the nation’s only joint History and Anthropology departments—will allow you to specialize in two related fields, as combined majors draw on the knowledge and opportunities afforded by two academic departments and fields of study. You will gain access to hands-on participation in research in both departments, and small class sizes allow for direct contact with both departments’ faculty. In addition, the city of Indianapolis boasts a variety of local museums, service organizations, and more, providing access to internships, service learning, and research opportunities.



Housed in a combined department, both historians and anthropologists explore common themes through such topics as Vietnam, Revolutions, or the Holocaust. Sample courses in this program include:

  • HST 101 or AN 101 – An Introduction to History & Anthropology
  • HST 301 – Historiography
  • SW 215 – Being Human
  • AN 352 – Ethnography
  • AN 390 – Development of Anthropological Thought

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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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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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Molly Nebiolo
Assistant Professor – History
Department of History, Anthropology and Classics
Dr. Nebiolo is a historian of the early Atlantic world. She studies the history of health and medicine, spatial history, and early modern urban history. In 2023, she received her PhD in world history from Northeastern University. Her work also…
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“Working on research at Butler has given me the tools to be able to track down reputable sources, compile information, and write concise but detailed reports!”

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