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Anthropology uniquely incorporates both cultural and biological perspectives in its study of the diversity of past and present humans, and the ecology and behavior of our closest primate relatives.  With a strong commitment to teaching excellence, the NEIU Department of Anthropology offers courses leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts. The Anthropology Department provides a challenging curriculum in the sub-disciplines of cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, and archaeology that encourages field-based learning, data-oriented research, and a solid grounding in the theoretical constructs and ethics of the discipline.  Students taking courses in Anthropology develop a multifaceted understanding of human diversity steeped in time, multicultural ethnographic comparisons, and the science of our physical form.  This enriching perspective is not only well suited for subsequent graduate studies and professional careers in anthropology, but also for fostering the acceptance of others and negotiating the many facets of our modern global society.

We have developed many individualized and field learning opportunities for our majors that take advantage of the many resources in Chicago and beyond.  These include the Field Museum Internship, Archaeological Field School, Lincoln Park Zoo Research, Mitchell Museum of the American Indian Internship, Fieldwork in Anthropology, and Independent Study in Anthropology.  These experiences allow students to apply their anthropological knowledge and perspective outside of the classroom and learn about different careers and graduate study in anthropology.  Most of these individualized and field experience courses require a minimum GPA, a proposal, departmental and College level approval.  See an anthropology advisor for more information.

If you are a first year student interested in learning more about Anthropology, consider taking one of our First Year Experience classes: ANTH-109b Skeletons in Chicago Closets or ANTH-109c Skin of Chicago.  Both of these courses count towards General Education Natural Science credit.

Department Website

For more information or to declare a major or minor in anthropology, please contact the Anthropology Department at: 773 / 442 - 5860 or stop by our office in Brommel Hall (BBH 134).

Admission to the Program 

Freshmen:  19 composite ACT or 890 combined SAT or top 50% class rank.

Transfer:  Cumulative 2.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) from all colleges and/or universities attended and be in good academic standing.

Degree Requirements 

A minimum of 120 semester hours must be earned by every undergraduate student to be eligible to graduate from Northeastern, 30 of which must be earned at Northeastern. Students must complete a minimum of 24 semester hours at the 300 level and 18 semester hours at the 200 or 300 level.

Additional Requirements


1. Academic Major and Minor: Undergraduate students must complete a major. Some majors require a minor or set of cognate courses. Students should refer to the section of the Catalog which details the requirements for each major to determine if a minor or a set of cognate courses is required.

2.  General Education Program:  All undergraduate students must complete the General Education Program requirements (including a Math/Quantitative Reasoning). See the General Education Program List of Approved Courses in the Current Schedule of classes for courses that satisfy the  math/Quantitative Reasoning requirement. Students can also fulfill the requirement in one of the following ways:

Transfer credit with a grade of C or better in any math course College Algebra level or higher.

A minimum score of 35 on the northeastern mathematics placement test, a score of three or higher on the Advanced Placement (AP) calculus test, or a Math ACT score of 25 or higher.

An AA or AS degree from a community college meeting the standards of the 1991 Illinois Community College Board model General Education curriculum in Mathematics or completion of the Illinois General Education Core curriculum by the end of the first semester after transferring to Northeastern Illinois University.

3. English Composition Requirement: All students must successfully complete English 101 or its equivalent, with a grade of "C" or better. This requirement should be completed in the freshman year. in order to ensure that students have the necessary writing skills to complete their studies.

4. Writing Intensive Requirement: All students must successfully complete a writing intensive (WIP) course of at least 3 credit course within their discipline. This requirement cannot be fulfilled with transfer credit. Students should check with an academic advisor or the Center of Academic Writing to determine which WIP course(s) may fulfill this requirement for their major.

5. Academic College: All undergraduates must also satisfy the requirements of their Individual college (College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and Management, College of Education).

6. Grade Point Average: To be eligible to graduate, an undergraduate student must have a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA (overall "C" average). Some academic programs and departments have other specific grade requirements. Check with your academic advisor.

7. Improving Human Relations Requirement: House Bill Number 0094 of the 87th General Assembly of the State of Illinois requires: "each public institution of higher education to include, in the general education requirements for obtaining a degree, course work on improving human relations to include race, ethnicity, gender, and other issues related to improving human relations to address racism and sexual harassment on their campuses, through existing courses." The General Education Program includes course work on improving race and ethnic relations. The current online Class Schedule will identify the list from which the students will choose HB0094 courses.

Students who complete the Anthropology Major or Minor have met the HB0094 requirement.


Major in Anthropology for the Bachelor of Arts Degree (38 cr. hrs)


ANTH 200: Writing in Anthropology

1 cr.

ANTH 290: Graduating Anthropology

1 cr.

ANTH 212: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

3 cr.

ANTH 213: Introduction to Archeology

3 cr.

ANTH 215: Human Origins: Introduction to Biological Anthropology

3 cr.

(ANTH 212 and ANTH 215 both count towards General Education Social/Behavioral Sciences credit)

Two archaeology electives (“A” in the Catalog), including at least one at the 300 level

6 cr.

Two biological anthropology electives (“B” in the Catalog), including at least one at the 300 level

6 cr.

Two cultural anthropology electives (“C” in the Catalog), including at least one at the 300 level

6 cr.

Two 300 level ANTH courses of your choice in any subdiscipline

6 cr.

(Note regarding ANTH electives: no more than 6 individualized or field credit hours may count towards your major, and only three individualized or field credit hours in any one subdisci­pline may count.  Individualized and field credit hours include any ANTH course number beginning with “38” or “39”)

ANTH-355 History of Anthropology

3 cr.

(Prerequisites for ANTH 355: 212, 213, 215, ENGL 101, ENGL 102, and at least one 300 level course in each subdiscipline)

TOTAL (minimum):

38 cr.

Senior Thesis in Anthropology

High achieving students have the option of writing a Senior Thesis in anthropology.  Students pursuing a thesis work under the direction of an anthropology faculty mentor to develop the project, write the proposal, carry out the research, and complete the thesis. An anthropology senior thesis is typically a two-semester endeavor in which the student enrolls in ANTH 390a Senior Thesis Research in the first semester, and ANTH 390b Senior Thesis Writing in the second semester. Students interested in this option should contact an anthropology faculty member before their final year to discuss the project. Students completing senior thesis in anthropology are strongly urged to present their research at the NEIU Student Research and Creative Activities Symposium or a similar professional forum; many are also members of the University Honors Program.

(optional)  ANTH 390a   Senior Thesis Research

2 cr.

(optional)  ANTH 390b   Senior Thesis Writing

2 cr.

Program Contact Information 

Financial Aid

For Financial Aid Information, call (773) 442-5160 or visit the web at  Click on Financial Aid & Scholarships. 
Northeastern's Federal School code is 001693.
For Foundation Scholarship information, contact Michelle Morrow at or visit the web at   Go to the Prospective Student tab and click on Financial Aid & Scholarships.

Admissions Counseling

Meet an Admission Counselor in the Admissions Counseling Office.  Prospective students are seen on a walk-in basis.  Admissions Counselors are available:
Monday thru Thursday
9:00am to 6:30pm
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Admissions office:  (773) 442-4050
For further information, please call (773) 442-6111.


Subject to change. See current catalog for up-to-date information. For further information call 773 / 442-5860.


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