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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 Director of Undergraduate Studies, Prof. Erin Waxanbaum, will be able to answer these and other questions about the anthropology undergraduate program. The DUS is responsible for approving and signing all Declaration of Major and Minor 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 make an appointment with the department’s DUS.


Due to the COVID-19 emergency, Weinberg College is providing updated undergraduate advising information and new major/minor declaration forms at the following site:

To make an appointment with Prof. Waxenbaum during fall quarter, please email the department.

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