Students must complete a 13-course program comprised of:
- 12 departmental courses
- 1 course in related fields
Students must choose a concentration of focus for the major. Concentrations are determined when the major is declared and can be amended prior to the petition to graduate being completed. Concentrations constitutes your intended focus within anthropology broadly. Options include: cultural, linguistics, archaeology, biological and human biology.
- 4 core 200-level courses (211, 213, 214, and 215) provide a background in the four major subfields of anthropology (archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, and linguistic anthropology)
- 370 examines the philosophical and historical roots of the discipline
- 1 research course (322, 386, or 389) teaches research, analytical, critical thinking, and writing skills within a subfield of anthropology. Students concentrating in Human Biology must take the Human Biology Methods Course (Anth 386) – all other concentrations may take any 1 anthropology methods course.
- 3 300-level courses selected from a subfield develop intellectual maturity in a subfield
- 3 additional 300-level courses selected from any subfield course or research course develop intellectual maturity across the discipline
Formal Studies/Foundational Discipline: Empirical & Deductive Reasoning (FD-EDR) Course (1 unit)
- 1 formal studies/FD-EDR course
- For Biological Anthropology and Human Biology the formal studies course must be fulfilled by STAT 202 or 210, or a statistics classes for particularly majors, such as PSYCH 201, ECON 381, or SESP 201.
- For the Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology, and Linguistic Anthropology subfields statistics or another formal studies/FD-EDR course can fulfill this requirement
- A student with an AP score of 4 or 5 in Statistics places out of this requirement.
The human biology concentration draws on both the biological and social sciences to combine a foundation in basic science with an integrative perspective on the human organism. Students will study human biology and health from a comparative and evolutionary perspective. It is a good option for students pursuing careers in the health sciences or graduate work in the biological sciences.
For the joint Anthropology/MMSS major, MATH 385-0 counts as the formal studies/FD-EDR requirement for anthropology and MMSS 300-0 counts as a 300-level anthropology course.
Human Biology Concentration
The Human Biology concentration provides a unique opportunity for those interested in pursuing a pre-health concentration or hard science companion major in addition to a major in Anthropology. Many of the pre-health and hard science major pre-requisites are included as components of this concentration.
First Year and sophomore year
- 4 core 200-level courses 211, 213, 214, and 215
- Core premedical requirements:
- BIOL_SCI 201-0 Molecular Biology
- BIOL_SCI 202-0 Cell Biology & co-requisite BIOL_SCI 232-0 Molecular and Cellular Processes Laboratory
- BIOL_SCI 203-0 Genetics and Evolution & co-requisite BIOL_SCI 233-0 Genetics and Molecular Processes Laboratory
- BIOL_SCI 301-0 Principles of Biochemistry & BIOL_SCI 234-0 Investigative Laboratory
- CHEM 110, 131/141, 132/142 or 151/161, 152/162 or 171/181, 172/182
- CHEM 215-1,2 with labs (235-1,2)
- CHEM 212-1,2,3 and concurrent labs (which for 212-1 is 232-1, for 212-2 is 232-2, and for 212-3 is 235-3)
- MATH 220, 224, or equivalent
- PHYSICS 130-1,2,3/136-1,2,3 or 135-1,2,3/136-1,2,3
Junior and senior years
- 8 300-level courses in biological anthropology/human biology:
- 370 and 386 (methods course)
- 3 biological anthropology courses
- 3 additional 300-level courses selected from any concentration
- One formal studies/FD-EDR related course which must be fulfilled by STAT 202 or 210, or a statistics course for particularly majors, such as PSYCH 201, ECON 381, or SESP 201. A student with an AP score of 4 or 5 in Statistics places out of this requirement.
Note: Courses are subject to the approval of the department adviser.
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 Waxenbaum, 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 email Erin Waxenbaum (email@example.com) to set up an appointment.