Anthropology is the comparative study of humanity that focuses on people in all places throughout history. Study beliefs, values and practices of various cultures and compare similarities and differences among diverse groups. By analyzing other cultures, you will learn more about your own.

Research plays an important role in the study of anthropology and will take place both in and outside of the classroom. Gain hands-on research experience in our archeological field school and in projects throughout the city of Chicago. You’ll graduate with an extensive knowledge of how anthropology is actually done.

Join faculty who have research expertise in the geographic areas of Europe, the Middle East, Pacific Islands, Africa, the Caribbean and the U.S.

We also offer a combined bachelor's in Anthropology/master's in Secondary Education Social Science degree program, which allows you to complete a bachelor's degree and a graduate degree in five years.


Sample Courses:

  • Archaeology
  • Cultural Dimensions of Business
  • Food and Culture
  • Archaeological Field Methods
  • Professionalism and Ethics in Anthropology
  • Public Speaking
  • Lineages of Culture Theory
  • Applied Practice Courses
Major Requirements Schedule of Classes Department Website

Career Options

Common Career Areas:

  • Archival research
  • Excavation and site management
  • Urban planning
  • Public administration
  • Governmental policy analysis and program development
  • Forensics
  • Social services
  • Environmental and park services


100 percent of 2015 Anthropology graduates were employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment after graduation.

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