Anthropology

Anthropology - The Study of Us

Anthropology is the study of humankind, everywhere throughout time. Our small but exceptional program offers coursework in all four subfields of Anthropology: cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and archaeology. Our program has a special emphasis on the environment.

Our faculty have extensive field research experience in North, Central, and Latin America; Europe, South Asia, southern Africa, and the Middle East. We work hand-on with students inside and outside the classroom. We offer several short-term study abroad trips (Puerto Rico, Germany, India, Ecuador, and Peru) and a summer archaeological field school. Students also have the opportunity to collaborate with us on our research or to pursue their own original research projects.

The WIU Anthropology and Sociological Club organized activities including film nights, field trips, flint-knapping and experimental ceramics, archery and atlatl events. The Department of Sociology and Anthropology has weekly events and activities such as the weekly social lunch and the annual Spring Festival, where our student meet to enjoy free food, live music, and a variety of anthropology-related activities.

Students pursuing their degree on the Macomb campus benefit from the intimate classroom environment. Online students take advantage of our innovative online teaching techniques, including the use of live-streaming and 3D modeling. We are student-focused major which believes that research and teaching are closely intertwined. We work exceptionally hard to provide a high quality of education to our students while meeting their varied needs inside and outside the classroom.