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 Interdisciplinary Minors Housed in Anthropology 

Native American Studies
Forensic Sciences

Anthropology Programs

Anthropologists study human biology and culture across time and space. Anthropology develops knowledge of and respect for the biological and cultural diversity of humankind through the combined fields of biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and archaeology. Special faculty interests include peoples of Native America, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean; Illinois prehistory; language; gender; medical anthropology; dance and artistic expression; visual culture; museum studies; clothing and textiles; ethnohistory; political anthropology; religion; environmental archaeology; geoarchaeology and GIS; zooarchaeology; primate behavior and ecology; and neotropical environments. Distinctive features of the program include opportunities for supervised archaeological and ethnographic fieldwork, training in museum work in conjunction with the Ethnology Museum Laboratory, field trips and involvement in community projects, and participation by qualified majors in the Alpha Chapter of Illinois of Lambda Alpha, the National Collegiate Honors Society for Anthropology. The Anthropology Department administers interdisciplinary minors in Forensic Sciences and Native American Studies. In addition, the faculty participates in interdisciplinary programs such as Women’s Studies, Religious Studies, Museum Studies, and Black Studies. Career Opportunities Undergraduate anthropology majors find employment in secondary education, private business and industry, cultural resource management, contract archaeology, environmental studies, museums, health and human services, nongovernmental organizations, and legal and government agencies. Anthropology majors may pursue graduate degrees at both the masters and doctoral level; such degrees lead to careers in university-level teaching, basic and applied research, or museum affiliated work. Because of the diversity of subjects and methods in anthropology, students frequently combine anthropology with other disciplines such as history, sociology, geography, earth science, biology, psychology, medicine, law, and the arts. Such combinations enable students to understand complex community problems and many issues of contemporary life and to expand their opportunities for rewarding careers.

Degree Programs

Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology

Bachelor of Science, Anthropology

The bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees are based on a common core set of courses. In addition, the bachelor of arts degree requires 8 hours of a foreign language, and the bachelor of science degree requires 6 hours in field school courses: Anthropology 473, 474, or 475. Field school courses are offered only during the Summer Session. Students seeking a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree in anthropology must, in consultation with their mentor, either select a minor in another discipline or choose a concentration within anthropology. A concentration will consist of 18 credits in one or more disciplines related to a subfield of anthropology. The courses will be selected by the student in consultation with anthropology mentor and must be approved by the Anthropology Chair. Anthropology courses can be included in the concentration, but the same courses cannot be counted toward both the anthropology major requirements and the concentration. A second major serves the same purpose in lieu of a minor or concentration.

Program Overview and General Department Information

Students in good standing wishing to apply for a major or minor are encouraged to consult with an Anthropology Department advisor. Previously undeclared students must declare their major or minor through the office of Academic Counseling and Advising. Students who have already declared a major in another department may change their major or minor to anthropology through an Anthropology Department advisor. Preregistration advisement with an Anthropology Department advisor is mandatory for all declared majors. All anthropology majors and minors must earn a C or better in all anthropology courses.

Degree Requirements

For detailed examples of curriculam for BA and BS in Anthropology see the Undergraduate Catalogue (PP 70-72) 

                                                             Program Component                                                                                                                                                             Number of credit hours

General Education Requirements

(Some general education requirements may be satisfied while completing this major.) (BA Students must choose skills option B including 8 hours of foreign language.)


Requirements for Major in Anthropology


ANTH 111a, 111b, 300, 301, 325, 360a-b, 490


One course from both of the following areas:

Area 1 (archaeology and biological anthropology)  331, 332, 333, 334, 335,336, 365, 366, 367, 369,428, 430, 432,433,434,469

Area 2 (cultural and linguistic anthropology) 302, 304, 305, 306, 307, 311, 312, 313, 315, 350, 352, 401, 404, 408, 410, 411, 435, 452


Anthropology electives chosen in consultation with adviser


Minor* or Concentration*






 * Students seeking a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree in Anthropology are encouraged to select a minor or a concentration outside Anthropology in consultation with their Anthropology mentor + CAS advisor.

Additional Degree Requirements BA/BS
The Bachelor of Arts degree requires two semesters (8 credits) of a foreign language. Instead of a foreign language, the Bachelor of Science in Anthropology requires 6 hours in field methods courses: ANTH 473, 474, or 475. Field methods courses are offered only during the Summer Sessions.

Minor Requirements
 A minor in anthropology consists of 18 hours. Twelve of these hours must be in junior (300-level) or senior (400-level) courses. Students are required to take the introductory anthropology course (either 111a or 111b). The remaining hours consist of anthropology electives selected in consultation with an undergraduate anthropology advisor.

Exit Requirements

    1.Complete all specific program requirements. 

    2.Complete all University requirements including

  • All general eduaction requirements
  • A minimum of 124 credit hours - Atleast 30 0f which must be completed at SIUE

                                                         - At least 60 of which must be completed at a regionally accredited 4-year institution

   3.   A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0

   4.   Bachelor of Arts only: One year of the same foreign language.

   5.   File an application for Graduation by the first day of the term in which you plan to graduate. 


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