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Majors and Minors

The department offers a variety of options for undergraduates interested in focusing on anthropology as a field of study. In addition to the anthropology major listed below, we offer an anthropology minor and a concentration in human biology.

Major requirements

Students must complete a 13-course program comprised of:

Departmental courses

Courses in Related Field (1 unit)


How to declare your Major/Minor

How do I declare a major or minor in anthropology? Which courses count toward the major or minor? What are the different subfields or concentration areas in anthropology? How do I get involved in research? The Undergraduate Advisor (UA) will be able to answer these and other questions about the anthropology undergraduate program. The Undergraduate Advisor is responsible for approving and signing all Declaration of Major forms, all transfer credits, study abroad approvals and credit evaluation/transfer and, most importantly, all petitions to graduate. All Northwestern undergraduates who are interested in the major, the minor, or who want to talk about anthropology at the undergraduate level at Northwestern are encouraged to meet with the UA. Office hours for the UA are by appointment. Stop by the front office or call (847-491-5402) to make an appointment.

The Director of Undergraduate Studies for Anthropology is:
Prof. Cynthia Robin

The Undergraduate Advisor for Anthropology is:
Prof. Erin Waxenbaum

To see the Anthropology major requirements prior to academic year 2017/18 see this PDF.

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