What is Anthropology?
Anthropology studies humankind from a broad comparative and historical perspective:
- The biological evolution of the human species and aspects of the biology of living human populations
- The comparative study of living primates
- The origins of languages and cultures
- The long-term development of human cultures over many millennia
- The social life of humans in groups – families, communities, and nations
Anthropologists attempt to describe specific cultural traditions, forms of social structures, languages, and specific transitions in human evolution and cultural history. They compare cultures and societies to assess what cultures are similar or different, and why.
Anthropology is at once a biological science, a social science, and one of the humanities.
Learn more about studying anthropology at Northwestern
- For first-year students
Find reasons to study anthropology and explore study options.
Read descriptions of undergraduate courses and find a current class schedule.
- Majors and minors
Undergraduates can major or minor in anthropology. We also offer a human biology concentration.
- Senior theses and honors
Anthropology majors can learn about undertaking an honors thesis.
- Special academic opportunities
Anthropology students are encouraged to pursue a variety of research and study abroad options.
- Career paths
Anthropology prepares students for a wide variety of professional fields.
- Undergraduate Anthropology Society (UAS)
This student group offers mentorship opportunities, hosts events, and more.