BA in Anthropology


Program Description

Anthropology uniquely incorporates both cultural and biological perspectives in its study of the diversity of past and present humans and the ecology and behavior of our closest primate relatives. With a strong commitment to teaching excellence, the NEIU Department of Anthropology offers courses leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts. The Anthropology Department provides a challenging curriculum in the sub-disciplines of cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, and archaeology that encourages field-based learning, data-oriented research, and a solid grounding in the theoretical constructs and ethics of the discipline. Students taking courses in Anthropology develop a multifaceted understanding of human diversity steeped in time, multicultural ethnographic comparisons, and the science of our physical form. This enriching perspective is not only well suited for subsequent graduate studies and professional careers in anthropology, but also for fostering the acceptance of others and negotiating the many facets of our modern global society.

We have developed many individualized and field learning opportunities for our majors that take advantage of the many resources in Chicago and beyond. These include the Field Museum Internship, Archaeological Field School, Lincoln Park Zoo Research, Mitchell Museum of the American Indian Internship, Fieldwork in Anthropology, and Independent Study in Anthropology. these experiences allow students to apply their anthropological knowledge and perspective outside of the classroom and learn about different careers and graduate study in anthropology. Most of these individualized and field experience courses require a minimum GPA, a proposal, departmental and College level approval. See an anthropology advisor for more information.

If you are a first-year student interested in learning more about Anthropology, consider taking one of our First Year Experience classes: ANTH 109b - Skeletons in Chicago Closets or ANTH 109c - Skin of Chicago. Both of these courses count towards General Education Natural Science credit.

Learning Requirements

Note that the Anthropology Writing Intensive (WIP) class has changed as of Fall 2016. The new WIP class is A.N.T.H. 300 WIP: Writing in Anthropology. Please consult with the anthropology advisor if you declared your major before Fall 2016 and have not satisfied the WIP requirement yet.

Required Courses:
ANTH-212 Introduction To Cultural Anthropology 3
ANTH-213 Introduction To Archaeology 3
ANTH-215 Human Origins: Introduction To Biological Anthropology 3
ANTH-300 Writing Intensive Program: Writing in Anthropology 3
ANTH-290 Graduating Anthropology 1
One 300 level archaeology course (see course description with "(A)") 3
One 300 level biological anthropology course (see course descriptions with "(B)") 3
One 300 level cultural anthropology course (see course descriptions with "(C)") 3
Four ANTH electives of the student's choice, at least two of which must be at the 300 level; the remaining two can be 200 or 300 level 12
Total Hours 34

Individualized field, research, internship, and senior thesis electives in Anthropology N.E.I.U.

Anthropology offers a variety of individualized study options, including internships, field, research, and senior thesis hours that may be counted as electives to satisfy ANTH major requirements. These are listed below. Note that only six individualized credit hours may count towards the major, and these hours must be spread across two or more subfields.

ANTH-379A Pan-African Association Internship 3
ANTH-3813 Independent Study In Anthropology 3
ANTH-3824 Fieldwork In Anthropology
(various options, including the National Museum of Mexican Art Internship)
ANTH-3876 Field Museum Internship 6
ANTH-3896 Lincoln Park Zoo Research 6
ANTH-390A Senior Thesis Research 2
ANTH-390B Senior Thesis Writing 2

All individualized learning opportunities are reserved for highly motivated, self-directed, mature students. Research and/or fieldwork projects should be developed with a faculty advisor and their scope must extend beyond that covered in a class. Internships place students in a professional setting where they participate in the workload experience. Senior thesis projects typically span two semesters with the research being completed in the first semester, and the writing and completion of the thesis in semester two.

Please see individual course descriptions for specific information. Students wishing to enroll in any individualized learning opportunities must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0;
  • Declared major, or in exceptional cases, minor, in anthropology;
  • Prior completion of a minimum of two ANTH courses in the subfield area (e.g., archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology) of the proposed project
  • For research, field, and senior thesis projects: completion of a written project proposal and Student Contract that has received departmental approval, preferably in the semester before the project is to take place;
  • For internships: completed Student Contract and successful interviews with anthropology advisor and supervisor at a place of internship.

Transfer Students

We welcome transfer students who want to study anthropology at NEIU! Students transferring from other institutions must complete a minimum of 15 ANTH credit hours at NEIU including:

  • ANTH-300 WIP: Writing in Anthropology
  • At least one 300-level course in each subfield (archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology)
  • One additional 300 level ANTH elective of your choice.

For transferring anthropology courses not covered by articulation agreements, a syllabus of the course in question should be submitted to the Anthropology Coordinator for review.

Please consult with the anthropology coordinator or advisor if you have any questions.

Last updated May 2020

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