About the Department

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 have this kind of relationship with a major research museum.  However, we welcome bio-cultural and socio-cultural students as well.

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

Why Study Anthropology?

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

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 an Anthropology program assures that students are engaged and challenged. Moreover, the field complements other scientific and liberal arts courses by helping students to understand the interconnectivity of knowledge about people and their cultures. Anthropology students excel in the social sciences, medicine, law, business, and many other fields.


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