Undergraduate Studies

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We offer either a B.A. and a B.S. degree for undergraduate students in anthropology. Either degree may be obtained with honors and can be used to gain certification to teach social sciences at the junior and senior high school levels.

We also offer a minor in anthropology, which should be of special interest to students in art history, biological sciences, business management, foreign languages and literature, geology, humanities, social sciences and visual communications.

We participate in the interdisciplinary minors in black studies, Latino/Latin American studies, linguistics, Southeast Asian studies and women's studies.


Degree Requirements

Requirements in Department

ANTH 210 Exploring Archaeology
ANTH 220 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 230 Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology
ANTH 240 Becoming Human: Discovering Human Origins

One 300- or 400-level course in Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology, Linguistic Anthropology and Physical Anthropology

Four classes in one of four emphasis areas:

  • 301 American Culture
  • 302 Asian American Cultures
  • 304 Muslim Cultures in Anthropological Perspective
  • 310 Archaeology of Oceania and Southeast Asia
  • 313 Archaeology through Fiction
  • 326X Survey of World Music
  • 328 Anthropology of Religion
  • 329 Anthropology and Contemporary World Problems
  • 331 Language and Culture
  • 361 Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Women
  • 363 Globalization and Corporate Cultures
  • 404 Peoples and Cultures of the Caribbean
  • 407 Peoples and Cultures of Insular Southeast Asia
  • 408 Peoples and Cultures of Mainland Southeast Asia
  • 409 Cultures and Societies of the Middle East
  • 413 Illinois Archaeology
  • 414 Archaeology of Mesoamerica
  • 415 Archaeology of the American Southwest
  • 417 Archaeology of South America
  • 421 Social Organization
  • 422 Gender in Southeast Asia
  • 424 Anthropology of Peace and Conflict Resolution
  • 426 Political Anthropology
  • 427 Economic Anthropology
  • 429X International NGOS and Globalization
  • 441 Sex and Gender in Primates
  • 468 Anthropology of Gender
  • 469 Archaeology of Empires
  • 310 Archaeology of Oceania and Southeast Asia
  • 313 Archaeology through Fiction
  • 341 Primatology
  • 343 Extinction:  Where the Wild Things Were
  • 412 Ancient North America
  • 413 Illinois Archaeology
  • 414 Archaeology of Mesoamerica
  • 415 Archaeology of the American Southwest
  • 417 Archaeology of South America
  • 423 Environmental Anthropology of the Middle East:  Cultural and Political Ecologies
  • 425 Environment and Anthropology
  • 432 Nature and the Environment Across Cultures
  • 440 Fossil Humans
  • 441 Sex and Gender in Primates
  • 443 Human Adaptation and Variation
  • 444 Primate Ecology and Conservation
  • 445 Primate Evolution
  • 447 Primate Anatomy
  • 454 Uses and Abuses of Evolutionary Theory
  • 464 Disasters without Borders
  • 261 Language, Mind and Thought
  • 331 Language and Culture
  • 421 Social Organization
  • 425 Environment and Anthropology
  • 432 Nature and Environment Across Cultures
  • 433 Fundamentals of Cognitive Anthropology
  • 435 Space in Language and Culture
  • 438 Cultural Models: The Language of Culture
  • 454 Uses and Abuses of Evolutionary Theory
  • 460 Methods in Ethnography
  • 467 Applied Anthropology
  • 468 Anthropology of Gender 
  • 261 Language, Mind and Thought
  • 301 American Culture
  • 302 Asian American Cultures
  • 304 Muslim Cultures in Anthropological Perspective
  • 313 Archaeology through Fiction
  • 326X Survey of World Music
  • 328 Anthropology of Religion
  • 329 Anthropology and Contemporary World Problems
  • 331 Language and Culture
  • 341 Primatology
  • 343 Extinction: Where the Wild Things Were
  • 361 Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Women
  • 363 Globalization and Corporate Cultures
  • 404 Peoples and Cultures of the Caribbean
  • 407 Peoples and Cultures of Insular Southeast Asia
  • 408 Peoples and Cultures of Mainland Southeast Asia
  • 409 Cultures and Societies of the Middle East
  • 412 Ancient North America
  • 413 Illinois Archaeology
  • 414 Archaeology of Mesoamerica
  • 415 Archaeology of the American Southwest
  • 417 Archaeology of South America
  • 418 Applied Archaeology
  • 421 Social Organization
  • 422 Gender in Southeast Asia
  • 423 Environmental Anthropology of the Middle East: Cultural and Political Ecologies
  • 424 Anthropology of Peace and Conflict Resolution
  • 425 Environment and Anthropology
  • 426 Political Anthropology
  • 427 Economic Anthropology
  • 428 Ritual and Myth
  • 429X International NGOs and Globalization
  • 432 Nature and Environment Across Cultures
  • 433 Fundamentals of Cognitive Anthropology
  • 435 Space in Language and Culture
  • 438 Cultural Models: The Language of Culture
  • 440 Fossil Humans
  • 441 Sex and Gender in Primates
  • 443 Human Adaptation and Variation
  • 444 Primate Ecology and Conservation
  • 445 Primate Evolution
  • 446 The Human Skeleton
  • 447 Primate Anatomy
  • 450 Ethics and Research Design in Anthropology
  • 451 History and Theory of Anthropology
  • 453 Archaeological Theory
  • 454 Uses and Abuses of Evolutionary Theory
  • 460 Methods in Ethnography
  • 461 Methods in Archaeology
  • 462 Collections Management
  • 463 Ethnohistory
  • 464 Disasters without Borders
  • 468 Anthropology of Gender
  • 469 Archaeology of Empires  

Other Requirements

Nine semester hours of coursework at the 200 level or above in a single discipline outside of Anthropology. This can facilitate the completion of a minor in programs like Southeast Asian studies, Latino studies, Nonprofit and NGO studies or a certificate in programs like geographic information systems or women and gender studies.

Contact Us

Department of Anthropology
Stevens Building Rm 190
815-753-0246
askAnthro@niu.edu

Undergraduate 
Advising

Leila Porter
815-753-0246
askAnthro@niu.edu