University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Department of Anthropology
109 Davenport Hall 607 S Mathews Ave Urbana IL 61801 UNITED STATES
Phone+1 217.333.3616
General Description / Special Programs

Active research programs in Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, and Sociocultural and Linguistic Anthropology. A committee-based approach to advising enables flexibility in adapting our graduate curriculum to individual student goals and needs. We have strong commitment to graduate student funding, and include multi-year funding packages with offers of graduate admissions. Department and other funds available to support pre-dissertation research. Special programs include: Collaborative for Cultural Heritage Management and Policy (, Museum Studies, and a Medical Scholars Program (joint MD/PhD with the UI College of Medicine).

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Degrees Offered Anthropology PhD, MA, BA
Highest Degree Offered PhD
Certificate Field Areas
Museum Studies
BA/BS Field Areas
Cultural Anthropology
Linguistic Anthropology
BA/BS Requirements
33 hours in anthropology including core coursework, electives, advanced hours, and a senior capstone project. 15 hours of additional coursework in related fields. Concentrations available in General Anthropology, and Sociocultural and Linguistic Anthropology.
MA/MS Field Areas
Experience Offered
Field Work
MA/ MS Requirements 32 hours of graduate course work; MA Thesis or paper in lieu of thesis.
PhD Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
Linguistic Anthropology
Phd Requirements 96 hours of graduate coursework; preliminary (qualifying) examination; thesis and final exam. Foreign language requirements: high proficiency in one or reading ability in two.
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 1
Internship Required 0
Support Opportunities <p>Multiple fellowships available through the UIUC Graduate College; FLAS fellowships through Title VI Area Centers; Teaching and Research Assistantships available in Anthropology. Tuition and fee waivers accompany fellowships and assistantships. Funding for preliminary dissertation research available through Anthropology and other campus sources. Funding for dissertation research available through the UIUC Graduate College</p>
Program Details
Research Facilities <p>Second largest University library in the US. Extensive laboratory facilities, including: Environmental Isotope Paleobiogeochemistry Lab, Visual Media and Imaging Lab, Integrated Systems Lab, Institute for Genomic Biology, and the Biomedical Imaging Center located at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. A variety of interdisciplinary area and ethnic studies units provide courses, other programming and funding opportunities for anthropology students and faculty (e.g., African American Studies; African Studies; American Indian Studies; Asian American Studies; Gender and Women&rsquo;s Studies; East Asian and Pacific Studies; European Union Center; Global Studies; International Forum for US Studies; Jewish Culture and Society; Latin American and Caribbean Studies; Latina/o Studies; Russian, East Europe and Eurasian Studies; South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies.) Additional resources include the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities; Krannert Art Museum; Spurlock Museum; and the Illinois State Archaeological Survey.</p>
Library Resources
Publications <p>Journal for the Anthropological Study of Human Movement, Editor Dr. Brenda Farnell; Human Biology, Editor Dr. Ripan Malhi; Journal of African Diaspora Archaeology and Heritage, Editor, Dr. Christopher Fennell.</p>
Certs Offered 0
  • Kevin McGowan
    Primary Contact
    Director, Public Service Archaeology & Architecture Program (PSAAP)
CIC Member (
Online Courses
Online Courses: 0
Application Deadlines
PhD application deadline December 1st
Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 1
Anthropology Club Info: Anthropology Organizations Anthropology Club; GASA, Graduate Anthropology Students Association; Chican@ Latin@ Association for Autonomous Anthropology; Lambda Alpha (National Anthropology Honors Society)
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 0