"I chose to major in Anthropology; ...it can take me places and better my knowledge of forensics" -- Mercedes Taylor
Our program provides students with the understanding & real-world analytical skills to explain, study, and describe the diversity of human cultures.
By comparing & contrasting past and present cultures around the world, an anthropologist is a fascinating career with lifelong opportunities for advancing scientific knowledge.
A dynamic major, the program addresses many topics relevant to greater society, including;
- Cultural diversity
- Resource sustainability
- Forensic and environmental anthropology
- Human biological and cultural adaptation
- Law enforcement and justice administration
- Applied anthropology
- Primate ecology
- Gender issues
- Cultural Anthropologist
- Sustainability Coordinator
- Forensic Anthropologist
- Forensic Criminologist
Why Choose Anthropology at WIU?
Our faculty deliver a four-field approach to anthropology designed to serve highly sought after specialized skills for our graduates.
With courses in archaeology, cultural anthropology, physical anthropology, and linguistics, the overarching goal of anthropology is to provide a holistic account of humans and human nature.
Challenging, Career-Building Extracurricular Opportunities
- Alpha Kappa Delta
- The international sociology honor society was founded in 1920 and is dedicated to promoting "an interest in the study of sociology, research of social problems, and such other social and intellectual activities as will lead to improvement in the human condition."
- American Anthropological Association
- The American Anthropological Association (AAA), the primary professional society of anthropologists in the United States since its founding in 1902, is the world's largest professional organization of individuals interested in anthropology.
- American Sociological Association
- The American Sociological Association (ASA), founded in 1905, is a non-profit membership association dedicated to advancing sociology as a scientific discipline and profession serving the public good.
- Midwest Sociology Society
- The Midwest Sociological Society, founded in 1936, is a professional organization of academic and applied sociologists as well as students of the discipline.
- Graduate Sociology Organization
- For information, please contact Dr. Richard Gee, the Graduate Student Organization advisor.
- Western Anthropology and Sociology Club (WASC)
- The WASC of Western Illinois University is comprised of numerous students enrolled in the program and holds regular meetings.