Our faculty are leading scholars in their fields who firmly believe in the value of directly linking their research to teaching. All of our faculty are engaged in teaching at all levels, from introductory courses to advanced graduate seminars.

Our courses are taught by distinguished Ph.D. professors who have active research programs that engage students. Classes are small and include hands-on activities such as identifying bones and fossils in our "bone lab," library research, interviews with community members and preparing artifacts in the Pick Museum of Anthropology. Work outside of the classroom is encouraged through multiple faculty-led opportunities, including field schools, labs and applied programs. Graduate and undergraduate students alike can take advantage of the chance to meet leading anthropological scholars visiting NIU from across the country through the graduate seminar series, or simply get to know each other in comfortable social settings via the anthropology club.

For undergraduates, we offer both a B.A. and a B.S. degree. Our graduate students take courses and may participate in research leading to the M.A. degree.

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Department of Anthropology
Stevens Building Rm 190


Leila Porter


Kendall Thu

Internship Coordinator

Emily McKee