General Anthropology Concentration

(4 field)

The General Anthropology Concentration includes the four fields of biological anthropology (biological diversity and evolutionary history of human and nonhuman primates), archaeology (human prehistory and the organization and growth of technology and society), sociocultural anthropology (comparative study of identity and power in social contexts from hunter-gatherer to complex urban settings, with attention to contemporary global movements of peoples and diasporic social formations), and linguistic anthropology (comparative study of languages and communication). Although you should strive for a topical and geographical balance, you may specialize in one of these four branches and may also study some world cultural area intensively through an area studies program.

A Major Plan of Study Form must be completed and submitted to the LAS Student Affairs Office before the end of the fifth semester (60- 75 hours). Please see your adviser.

All students must discuss their selection of coursework with a departmental adviser.

When a course is listed under two or more categories, the student may decide which of the requirements the course should fulfill; however, it may not be used to fulfill more than one of those requirements.

Anthropology Core Courses (9 credit hours)

Choose 3 of the following core courses. Students may make one substitution for 1 of the 3 required courses, choosing from the option listed.

ANTH 220- Introduction to Archaeology (OR ANTH 105 World Archaeology)
ANTH 230- Sociocultural Anthropology (OR ANTH 103 Anthro in a Changing World)
ANTH 240- Biological Anthropology (OR ANTH 102 Human Origins and Culture)
ANTH 270/271- Language in Culture (OR ANTH 104 Talking Culture)

Career Path Courses  (21 credit hrs)

Choose courses from our inter-subfield Career Paths.  Students must meet with the departmental advisor to discuss selection of courses.

Career Paths include:

Immigration, Transnationalism & Diasporas

People all over the globe are on the move, both by choice and by necessity. Courses in this theme explore the complex reasons for such mobility.

  • ANTH 261 Intro to the African Diaspora
  • ANTH 290 Jewish Cultures of the World
  • ANTH 402 Transnational Islam, Europe-US
  • ANTH 403 Women in Muslim Societies
  • ANTH 472 Border Latina/Latino Cultures

Language, Culture & Communication

The ability to think and communicate with language is a fundamental part of the human experience. Courses in this area examine both spoken and other semiotic practices that make our lives meaningful and shared.

  • ANTH 165 Language and Culture of Native North America
  • ANTH 243 Sociality of the Great Apes
  • ANTH 271 Language in Culture
  • ANTH 362 Body, Personhood and Culture
  • ANTH 363 Anthropology of Dance/Movement
  • ANTH 372 Topics in Language and Culture
  • ANTH 425 Anthropology of Education
  • ANTH 471 Ethnography Through Language

Anthropology of the Americas

Select from this wide range of courses that cover contemporary and historical issues and communities in North, Central and South Americas.

  • ANTH 106 Historical Archaeology of the Americas
  • ANTH 157 Archaeology of Illinois
  • ANTH 182 Latin American Cultures
  • ANTH 259 Latina/o Cultures
  • ANTH 288 American Indians of Illinois
  • ANTH 368 ‘America’ in the World
  • ANTH 370 Latina/o Ethnography
  • ANTH 405 Contemporary Central America
  • ANTH 449 North American Archaeology
  • ANTH 459 The Ancient Maya
  • ANTH 472 Border Latina/Latino Cultures
  • ANTH 481 Andean Ethnography

Criminality, Law & Social Justice

Courses in this area examine the roles played by law and legal institutions in the pursuit of contemporary political values such as peace, justice and prosperity and will prepare students for careers in law, forensics, social work, government, policing and related fields.

  • ANTH 160 Contemporary Social Issues
  • ANTH 246 Forensic Science
  • ANTH 346 Forensic Anthropology
  • ANTH 456 Human Osteology
  • ANTH 499 The Anthropology of Policing
  • ANTH 499 Political and Legal Anthropology

Engaged Globalization

Courses in this area give students the necessary resources to engage with local and global issues and perspectives in an increasingly connected world.

  • ANTH 209 Food, Culture and Society
  • ANTH 210 Families in Global Perspective
  • ANTH 260 World Ethnography
  • ANTH 362 Body, Personhood and Culture
  • ANTH 368 'America' in the World
  • ANTH 379 Medical Anthropology
  • ANTH 403 Women in Muslim Societies
  • ANTH 420 Case Studies in Global Heritage
  • ANTH 423 Economic Anthropology
  • ANTH 425 Anthropology of Education
  • ANTH 448 The Prehistory of Africa
  • ANTH 488 Modern Europe

Health, Medicine & Wellness

Build your interdisciplinary expertise in bio-cultural anthropology in preparation for a practicing career in the health and medical professions, or advanced bio-medical and genetics research.

  • ANTH 209 Food, Culture and Society
  • ANTH 242 History of Human Evolution
  • ANTH 249 Evolution and Human Disease
  • ANTH 258 Sex in Nature and Culture
  • ANTH 343 Behavior and Biology of Women
  • ANTH 360 Evolution and Human Health
  • ANTH 361 Ecology and Human Health
  • ANTH 379 Medical Anthropology
  • ANTH 404 Disability, Culture & Society
  • ANTH 432 Genes and Behavior
  • ANTH 479 Race, Medicine and Society

Identity & Politics: Race, Class, Gender & Sexuality

Courses in this area critically examine social and personal identities and how these are mobilized within a range of political issues and power.

  • ANTH 143 Biology of Human Behavior
  • ANTH 160 Contemporary Social Issues
  • ANTH 225 Women in Prehistory
  • ANTH 241 Human Variation and Race
  • ANTH 258 Sex in Nature and Culture
  • ANTH 259 Latina/o Cultures
  • ANTH 262 Women's Lives
  • ANTH 268 Images of the Other
  • ANTH 343 Behavior and Biology of Women
  • ANTH 359 Advanced Topics in Latina/o US
  • ANTH 403 Women in Muslim Societies
  • ANTH 404 Disability, Culture & Society
  • ANTH 466 Class, Culture and Society
  • ANTH 472 Border Latina/Latino Cultures

 

Additional courses (9 credit hrs)

3 courses within Anthropology or closely related departments that complement the student's career path of study

Research and Service Learning Coursework (3 credit hrs)

Choose one of the following areas in consultation with the departmental advisor:

Archaeology
ANTH 454-Archaeology Field School 
or 
ANTH 455-Archaeological Lab Research

Biological Anthropology
ANTH 444-Biological Field School
or 
ANTH 445- Biological Lab Research

Sociocultural/Linguistic Anthropology
ANTH 411- Research Methods in Cultural Anthropology
or 
ANTH 499- Research Methods in Linguistic Anthropology

Museum Anthropology
ANTH 462-Museum Theory and Practice 
or 
MUSE 390- Museum Internship

Senior Capstone Project (3 credit hrs)

Choose one option below in consultation with the departmental advisor:

Honors Thesis- (6 credit hours) 
Two consecutive semesters of research resulting in a written thesis
ANTH 494- Honors Individual Study 
ANTH 495- Honors Senior Thesis

Departmental distinction: To be eligible for distinction, a student must complete 33 hours of anthropology courses (including at least 2 hours of both ANTH 391 and ANTH 495), maintain a 3.6 average in those hours and a 3.5 overall average. All candidates for distinction must submit a thesis for judgment by at least two members of the anthropology department.

Senior Capstone Seminar (Independent Research)- 3 credit hours 
ANTH 498 –Senior Seminar

Internship- 3 credit hours
A portfolio and report associated with an approved departmental internship 
ANTH 390- Individual Study

Study Abroad- 3 credit hours 
A portfolio and report associated with an approved Study Abroad experience
ANTH 390- Individual Study

Research and/or Field School- 3-6 hours 
Data analysis and a research report associated with one of the following:
ANTH 454-Archaeology Field School and ANTH 455- Lab Analysis in Archaeology)
ANTH 444- Methods in Bioanthropology and ANTH 445 Research in Bioanthropology