The Undergraduate Experience

The Department of Anthropology is located within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. We offer a Major in Anthropology, a Minor in Anthropology, and a Minor in Geography. Our courses focus on both modern and ancient societies throughout the world. We frequently offer archaeological field schools in North or South America. We currently have about 120 majors, of which approximately 45 graduate each year.

Anthropology majors at UIC enjoy a small-school experience in a large, urban, research university. With few exceptions, our undergraduate courses are taught by UIC faculty. Large introductory courses generally include a smaller weekly discussion component led by teaching assistants. Advanced courses for majors can be as small as 10-12 students. The faculty is composed of leading researchers and award-winning teachers.

Our undergraduates have the freedom to explore a variety of interests while remaining grounded in the mainstream of the discipline. Majors are encouraged to create their own regional or thematic concentrations in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Many of our majors work closely with our professors, and UIC Anthropology undergraduates are known for presenting papers and research results at local and national meetings. Our students have also won Fulbrights and other prestigious awards. Many Anthropology majors also choose to study abroad.

Majors are required to take 35-36 hours in Anthropology, Anthropology minors require 20 hours, and minors in Geography take 18-20 hours (see the complete requirements for more information). The department also offers its top majors departmental distinctions and/or a variety of awards.

Undergraduate Awards 

The Anthropology Department offers two awards to Majors for excellence and special achievement in the major. These are the Nasrin Mohani Award, endowed by a former UIC undergraduate, and intended for underrepresented or financially struggling students, and the Joshua Terry Award, endowed in the memory of a UIC anthropology major who passed away. These two prizes carry a small monetary award, and are presented annually at a Field Museum reception.

If you have questions about our program, please see the FAQ page, contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies, or contact the Social Sciences Advisors at (312) 996-3366. 

The UIC Anthropology Club

The Anthropology Club, organized and run by current majors, organizes social events, field trips to nearby archaeological and cultural sites of interest, and a series of presentations. These include topics like "How to Apply to Graduate School" and "Jobs in Anthropology". 
The Anthropology club visiting Hopewell Complex, UIC

For more information please contact the President of the Anthropology Club, Jackson Krause