Feb 21, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Anthropology (B.A. or B.S.)

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The student learning outcomes for this degree are located at http://www.niu.edu/assessment/clearinghouse/outcomes/index.shtml.

Check departmental information for any additional requirements.

Requirements in Department (36-37)

At least one 300- or 400-level course in each of the following categories (12-13)

  • Archaeology
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Linguistic anthropology
  • Physical anthropology

Four additional courses, selected from one of the three emphasis areas. (12)

(A) Social Complexity and Inequality

(B) Environment and Evolution

(C) Language, Culture, and Mind

Requirements outside Department (B.A., 9-21; B.S., 21-26)

Either completion of a minor or at least 9 semester hours of course work at the 200 level or above in a single discipline other than anthropology to be chosen in consultation with faculty advisor. Work taken to meet the special requirements for the B.A. or B.S. degree will not be counted toward the 9 hours. (9)

For the B.A. degree
Fulfillment of foreign language requirement (0-12)
(See “Foreign Language Requirement for the B.A. Degree.”) in the Other Graduation Requirements section of this catalog.

For the B.S. degree
Laboratory science/mathematical/computational skills sequence (12-17)
(See “College Requirement for the B.S. Degree.”) in the Other Graduation Requirements section of this catalog.


Students seeking an advanced degree here or elsewhere should work closely with a faculty advisor and be aware of graduate school entrance requirements, such as satisfactory completion of a course in statistics.


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