Anthropology studies humans from evolution to the present day. It thrives on curiosity and seeks to answer the questions we’ve always wondered, like:
- Where do we come from?
- What does it mean to be human?
- Why do people act the way they do?
- Why are things the way they are?
The journey to these answers is fascinating and Anthropology at Illinois State tackles these big questions head-on.
As a student in our program, you’ll dive deep into cultures, language, and artifacts from the ancient past. You’ll see firsthand how anthropology has major impacts on issues we face today, like poverty, health, and social justice.
Your learning doesn’t stop in the classroom. Our program cares deeply about civic engagement. You’ll join other students who share your passion for helping others and apply your knowledge to real-world projects that make a positive difference.
The Anthropology field is diverse and offers you the opportunity to pursue your own curiosity. At Illinois State, we’ll give you a basic foundation in all the interesting aspects of Anthropology. From there, you can choose to focus on whatever interests you most.
- Archaeology studies humans through remains and artifacts left behind centuries ago.
- Anthropological linguistics is all about language and how it shapes culture and social structure.
- Cultural anthropology looks at the diverse human cultures of the past and present, including beliefs and social norms.
- Biological anthropology focuses on the evolution of humans and seeks to understand human diversity.
Whatever focus you choose, our program prepares you for any career. You’ll leave our program with the skills employers seek, such as writing, analysis, communication, and problem-solving. Most of our students do not become Anthropologists. Instead, they’re applying their skills in fields like business, teaching, film, and non-profits.
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Graduate students work closely with faculty to craft a two-year-long individualized research project.
Our program is flexible. Students build a masters' pathway that fits their academic and professional goals.
Why study Anthropology?
Anthropology at Illinois State is all about active learning and we offer lots of opportunities for you to get involved right from the start.
Our program lets you touch history with your own hands. Whether you’re in the lab or digging in the dirt at one of our field schools, you’ll work with real bones and cultural artifacts. We have field school opportunities all over the world that allow you to explore culture, linguistics, history, and evolution.
We’re also big into research. Our faculty are always working on projects and making major contributions to the field. You can partner alongside them and work on projects that spark your curiosity.
Our program offers you all the support you need from start to finish. We work closely with each other as partners and collaborate with diverse groups of people.
Come see campus and meet with campus representatives either in person or virtually. Optional chances to meet with academic department, honors, and financial aid.
Applying to Illinois State
Illinois State's preferred filing periodfor freshman students for the fall semester is September 1-November 15. Applying early is encouraged, as the University must limit enrollment due to space at the University and in specific majors/programs. Visit the Office of Admissions to apply today!