Applied Anthropology Certificate

Students completing the necessary requirements in applied anthropology as part of completing their master’s degree will receive a certificate. Applied certificate students are also encouraged to explore anthropological linkages with NIU's environmental studies program, as well as the nonprofit and NGO studies program.

The goal of the certificate is to provide students a solid foundation in applied anthropological methods, exposure to the universe of applied anthropological topics and an understanding of the relationship between theory and practice. Particular forms of application and engagement interests in applied anthropology can be combined with the following areas of faculty expertise:

  • Conservation
  • Cultural Resource Management (Archaeology)
  • Development
  • Environment Gender
  • Food and Agriculture
  • Language, Space and Cognition
  • Medical Anthropology and Public Health
  • Museology
  • Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Non-Profits
  • Public Policy
  • Social Services

Course Requirements

Students are required to complete 18 hours via courses approved for the departmental certificate in applied anthropology, including a core course in Applied Anthropology (ANTH 567) and are required to complete fieldwork and/or an internship experience (ANTH 593 or 690).

Approved Courses

  • ANTH 518 Applied Archaeology
  • ANTH 790 Globalization and Corporate Culture
  • ANTH 538 Cultural Models: The Language of Culture
  • ANTH 527 Economic Anthropology
  • ANTH 525 Environmental Anthropology
  • ANTH 550 Ethics and Research Design in Anthropology
  • ANTH 565 Medical Anthropology
  • ANTH 560 Methods in Ethnography
  • ANTH 561 Methods in Archaeology
  • ANTH 562 Museum Methods
  • ANTH 535 Space in Language and Culture
  • ANTH 665 Museum Practicum
  • ANTH 693 Museum Internship

Other courses may be approved for credit by request to Professor Kendall Thu.

Contact Us

Department of Anthropology
Stevens Building Rm 190
815-753-0246
askAnthro@niu.edu