About the Department

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Welcome to the Department of Anthropology at Northwestern University. Our department, founded in 1938, is home to an accomplished community of faculty members who bring their expertise to our courses, academic programs, and research opportunities.

Department overview

Our department favors a holistic approach to anthropology, one that emphasizes the bridges between the discipline’s subfields:  Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, and Linguistic Anthropology.

The department has a special interdisciplinary and cross-school role to play in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences (WCAS) and the larger University. Our work frequently intersects with Northwestern’s Program of African Studies, the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program, and the Geography Program.

Our programs

Students can explore anthropology through our courses or one of our programs:

Learn more about our department:

  • Check out our event calendar for upcoming lectures.
  • Read departmental news and announcements.

Questions? Please contact us for answers and assistance.