Anthropology at NIU
Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts

Explore human connections and creations across time.

Anthropologists are like detectives, searching for clues about the past in order to understand the present and inform the future. By studying anthropology, you’ll gain in-depth knowledge of the study of humans and an appreciation for our rich cultural diversity. Interested in museum work? Get hands-on experience in our Pick Museum of Anthropology, which also offers many opportunities for research.

leila-porter.jpgMeet Leila Porter, an anthropology professor whose goal is to establish “an international network of faculty and students working to protect endangered primates and other wildlife in the Bolivian tropics.”

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What Can I Do With an Anthropology Degree From NIU?

Your anthropology degree will prepare you to excel in our increasingly multicultural world and global economy. You can pursue a career in areas like teaching, research and nonprofit management. Businesses are also relying more on anthropological research to connect with consumers, increasing access to jobs in the corporate world.

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Career Potential for NIU Anthropology Majors

Average mid-career salary:


Desired skills:

  • Management
  • Research
  • Project Management
  • Business Development
  • Nonprofit Organization

Top industries:

  • Education
  • Arts and Entertainment
  • Research
  • Consulting
  • Healthcare

Source: SteppingBlocks, 2023

What to Expect as an Anthropology Major at NIU

As you explore the linguistic, biological and cultural aspects of anthropology, you’ll have opportunities to get involved beyond the classroom. You can work with professors who conduct research in places like Madagascar, Kenya and Italy, or visit museums and go camping with the Anthropology Club.

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How We’ll Help You Succeed

Apply for free and we’ll automatically consider you for a renewable merit scholarship.

Earn your bachelor’s degree fast with our affordable tuition and fees. Any credit hours you take over 12 are free (per semester).

Prepare to thrive after graduation with personalized support from Career Services.

With our truth-in-tuition policy, you’ll get the same fixed tuition rate for four continuous years, whether you live in Illinois or another state.

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