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.

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.

Outside the classroom, the department also encourages students to participate in UIC's Undergraduate Anthropology Club. Many Anthropology students also choose to study abroad.

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.