What is Anthropology? An Overview.

Anthropology is a broad, holistic field that seeks to understand people, from earliest times to the present. A bachelor of arts will open you to opportunities in government, private business, community organizations, education, health organizations, research institutions and the media. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of anthropologists is projected to grow 19% through 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.

Students have the option to major or minor in Anthropology in the classroom, online, or in a combination of both formats. Our program offers coursework in all four subfields of anthropology: cultural anthropology, archaeology, biological anthropology, and linguistic anthropology. Students have the opportunity to study abroad to Puerto Rico, Germany, India, Ecuador and Peru. We also offer an archaeological field school. Students participate in excavations at the Mississippian Orendorf village site and the adjacent, multi-component Rice Lake Terrace site.  

The Major: In addition to competing the University General Education and College of Arts and Sciences curriculum requirements, Anthropology majors are required to complete four core courses, two courses in directed electives, plus 15 semester hours of anthropology electives. A total of 33 semester hours are required for a major in Anthropology.

The Minor: Anthropology minors are required to complete two courses plus 12 additional hours of anthropology coursework, for a total of 18 hours.

Get Your Degree in the Classroom, Online, or using a combination of formats

We are the first Anthropology program in the state, and one of only a few in the country, to offer an online major and minor in Anthropology. This means that students in our program have the ability to take traditional face-to-face classes on Macomb campus, online classes, or a combination of the two. The online option offers our students flexibility in obtaining their degree and allows them to study from home or even from another state.

Many of our students supplement their classroom experiences by participating on short study abroad programs to Puerto Rico, Germany, and India. We also offer an archaeological field school that focuses on excavations at the Mississippian Orendorf village site and the adjacent, multi-component Rice Lake Terrace site. WIU also has special relationships with the Field Museum of Natural History, the Dickson Mounds Museum, and the Hensen and Niabi Zoos.