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Department of Anthropology

BA with a Major in Anthropology Minor in Anthropology

Distinction in Anthropology

Minor in Geography

2102 Behavioral Sciences Building (BSB)
(312) 413–3570
Administration: Head, John D. Monaghan
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Anthropology: Mark Liechty,
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Geography: John D. Monaghan,
Academic Advisors: Mark Liechty,; Kellie Klinck,; Elvis Orgtega,


Anthropology is the study of human cultural and biological diversity over time and space. The expertise of the faculty affords students the opportunity to pursue interests in most of the major time periods and geographic areas of the world.

An undergraduate education in anthropology provides valuable preparation for many careers that involve working with individuals of diverse national or ethnic backgrounds. Undergraduate majors have found careers in healthcare services, social case work, cultural resource management, museum education, public housing, employment and personnel counseling, public office, the Peace Corps, field archaeology, import businesses, market research, the Foreign Service, and social and environmental planning.

BA with a Major in Anthropology

Degree Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences degree from UIC, students must complete University, college, and department degree requirements. The Department of Anthropology degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

BA with a Major in Anthropology Degree Requirements
Major Requirements
General Education and Electives to reach Minimum Total Hours
Minimum Total Hours—BA with a Major in Anthropology

General Education

See General Education and Writing-in-the-Discipline in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for information on meeting these requirements.

Major Requirements

ANTH 101—World Cultures: Introduction to Social Anthropologyab
ANTH 102—Introduction to Archaeologyac
ANTH 105—Human Evolutionde
One course in physical anthropology from the following:f
ANTH 231—Fossil Humans (4)  
ANTH 235—Biological Bases and Evolution of Human Behavior (4)  
ANTH 237—The Human Skeleton (4)  
ANTH 238—Biology of Women (3)  
One course in archaeology from the following:
ANTH 220—Method and Theory in Archaeology (3)  
ANTH 221—Old World Archaeology I (3)  
ANTH 222—Hunter-Gathers, Farmers, and Herders (3)  
ANTH 226—Archaeology of North America (3)  
ANTH 227—Ancient Civilizations of Mexico and Central America (3)  
ANTH 228/LALS 259—Ancient Civilizations of South America (3)  
One course in ethnography chosen from the following:f
ANTH 270—The First Americans (3)  
ANTH 271—American Indian Religion and Philosophy (3)  
ANTH 272—North American Indians (3)  
ANTH/GEOG 273—Ethnography of Southeast Asia (3)  
ANTH 274—Ethnography of Africa (3)  
ANTH 275/LALS 255—South American Indians (3)  
ANTH 276—Pacific Island Cultures (3)  
ANTH 277/LALS 270—Ethnography of Mesoamerica (3)  
ANTH 278/LALS 272—Brazil: A Multiethnic Society (3)  
ANTH/ASST 279— South Asian Cultures and Societies (3)  
ANTH/ASST 280—China and Japan: Society and Culture (3)  
ANTH 281—Ethnography of North Africa and the Middle East (3)  
ANTH 309—Writing Cultureg
Four additional anthropology courses, at least two of which must be at the 300- or 400-level
Total Hours—Major Requirements

a This course is approved for the Exploring World Cultures General Education category.
b This course is approved for the Understanding the Individual and Society General Education category.
c This course is approved for the Understanding the Past General Education category.
d This course is approved for the Analyzing the Natural World General Education category.
e This course is approved for the Understanding the Past General Education category.
f Students should consult General Education section of the catalog to determine which of the following courses are approved General Education courses.
g ANTH 309 fulfills the Writing-in-the-Discipline requirement.

Courses for the major are chosen in consultation with the department’s program advisor. A major interested in a subdiscipline of anthropology (social, physical, archaeological, or linguistic) must arrange a suitable program of electives with an advisor.

Recommended Plan of Study

To view a recommended plan of study for the major in Anthropology, please visit the LAS website

Minor in Anthropology

Students from other disciplines who want to minor in Anthropology must complete 20 semester hours as outlined below. Courses for the minor are chosen in consultation with the department’s program advisor.

Required Courses—Anthropology Minor
ANTH 101—World Cultures: Introduction to Social Anthropology
ANTH 102—Introduction to Archaeology
ANTH 105—Human Evolution
Three additional courses at the 200-, 300-, or 400-level
Total Hours—Anthropology Minor

Distinction in Anthropology

To be considered for distinction, a candidate must have a 3.00/4.00 cumulative GPA and meet all the requirements for a major in Anthropology, plus the following:

Minor in Geography

Geography studies the connections among people, places, and environments. The minor gives students a sound foundation in geography as a research-oriented and policy-related field of study. The minor also offers students the opportunity to acquire a variety of techniques and skills necessary to understand the spatial dimension of human changes in the physical earth, and to identify and analyze urban problems.

Geography as a discipline prepares students for a wide variety of employment opportunities in the public and private sectors, including careers in the fields of planning, transportation, real estate and industrial development, publishing, banking, marketing, and resource management.

Students planning to declare a minor in Geography should consult the director of undergraduate studies in geography or a department academic advisor.

Minor Requirements

Students from other disciplines who want to minor in Geography must complete 18–21 semester hours as outlined below.

Required Courses—Geography Minor
GEOG 100—Concepts in Geography
One additional 100-level course
One regional, urban, or topics course from the following:
GEOG 101—World Regional Geography (3)  
GEOG 202—Geography of the United States and Canada (3)  
GEOG 207/ANTH 227/LALS 258—Ancient Civilizations of Mexico and Central America (3)  
GEOG/ANTH 273—Ethnography of Southeast Asia (3)  
GEOG 401—Topics in Regional Geography (3)  
ANTH 228—Ancient Civilizations of South America (3)  
ANTH 274—Ethnography of Africa (3)  
ANTH 277—Ethnography of Mesoamerica (3)  
GEOG 211—Chicago: An Urban Geography (3)  
GEOG 215—A Global Geography of Cities (3)  
GEOG 141—Environmental Geography (3)  
GEOG 151—Introduction to Cultural Geography (3)  
GEOG 161—Introduction to Economic Geography (3)  
GEOG 241—Resource Problems in the United States (3)  
GEOG 432/ANTH 421—Geomorphology and Archaeology (3)  
GEOG 441—Topics in Resource Management and Policy (3)  
GEOG/ANTH 453—Seminar in Cultural Ecology (3)  
GEOG/ANTH 455—Quantitative Methods in Anthropology (3)  
GEOG 464—Geographic Modeling of Transportation Systems (3)  
One methods course from the following:
GEOG 175—The Making of Maps (4)  
GEOG/ANTH 386—Elements of Spatial Analysis (3)  
GEOG/ANTH 425—Field Techniques in Archaeology (4)  
GEOG/ANTH 426—Laboratory Techniques in Archaeology (4)  
GEOG 475—Thematic Cartography (4)  
GEOG/ANTH 477—Remote Sensing of the Environment (3)  
GEOG/ANTH 481—Geographic Information Systems I (4)  
GEOG/ANTH 482—Geographic Information Systems II (4)  
GEOG/ANTH 483—Geographic Information Systems III (4)  
GEOG 484—Qualitative Methods in Geographic Research (3)  
GEOG 486—Analysis of Geographic Patterns (4)  
GEOG/ANTH 496—Internship (3)  
At least two courses at the 300- or 400-level
Total Hours—Geography Minor