About the Department

Anthropology is the study of human cultural and biological diversity over time and space.

The Department of Anthropology at UIC offers programs in Anthropology and Geography, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The expertise of our faculty gives students the opportunity to pursue interests in most geographical areas of the world.

Our department and the Field Museum have a collaborative PhD relationship through which UIC students can work closely with the curators, collections and facilities at the Field Museum.  The combined resources of UIC and the Field Museum are especially supportive of archaeological research. There are very few other departments in the USA which hold this kind of relationship with a major research museum.

Other Training Opportunities.

There are also training opportunities and affiliated faculty at the UIC Medical CenterSchool of Public Heath, as well as in many other departments of theCollege of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

If you are interested in applying to our graduate program, please see How to Apply.

Why Study Anthropology?

As the economy and workforce in the 21st century is becoming increasingly international, anthropology provides especially important training. Anthropology is the only discipline that approaches human questions from historical, biological, linguistic and cultural perspectives. The diversity and relevance of the information presented in anthropology assures that students are engaged and challenged. Moreover, it complements other scientific and liberal arts courses by helping students understand the interconnectivity of knowledge about people and their cultures. Anthropology students enter the fields of the social sciences, medicine, law, business and many others.


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