General Description / Special Programs

The department has programs in social-cultural anthropology, Old and New World archaeology, and anthropological linguistics. There is no distinct MA program; students are admitted for graduate work toward the PhD only. Joint PhD programs with other departments (precedents exist for Linguistics; History; Art History; and South Asian, East Asian, and Slavic Languages and Literatures) may be created upon acceptance by both departments and by petition to the University in the second year of graduate studies or later.

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Degrees Offered Anthropology PhD, various joint PhD programs, MA, BA major
Highest Degree Offered PhD
BA/BS Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
Linguistic Anthropology
BA/BS Requirements
Total of 12 courses: 3 from the core course group, 7 other anthropology courses plus 2 more anthropology or approved related courses; BA honors/independent study is an option
MA/MS Field Areas
Cultural Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
Linguistic Anthropology
MA/ MS Requirements Core program, 3 quarters of full-time residence, 9 courses including 4-course core program, MA paper
PhD Field Areas
Cultural Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
Linguistic Anthropology
Phd Requirements 9 quarters of full-time residence beyond the MA, 1 language, core and individual program requirements, written and oral qualifying exam, research proposal, dissertation usually involving fieldwork, defense
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 0
Internship Required 0
Support Opportunities

Basic admissions package for all students admitted to the PhD program is full tuition plus stipend of $25,000 (2017-18 rates) tenable for 5 years based on excellent academic progress. Package also includes 4 summers of support at $3000 per year. Additional summer support for language study and/or exploratory field work available on a competitive basis from various University area and academic centers. Teaching opportunities and some dissertation write-up support for advanced students. Excellent track record of external support for student field work.

Program Details
Research Facilities

Center for Anthropological Computation with facilities for digital cartography, GIS, visualization, still image editing, video production and statistical analysis. Materials Analysis Lab featuring thin-sectioning equipment, stereographic and petrographic microscopes, computer-assisted microscopy facilities. Paleoecology Lab with facilities for pollen, sediment and macrobotanical analysis. Ethnoarchaeology and Material Culture Research Center featuring video equipment, slide and film archives.

Collections Access to collections of the Field Museum of Natural History, Newberry Library and the Herskovits Library (Africana) at Northwestern.
Library Resources Joseph Regenstein and John Crerar Libraries containing more than 7 million volumes and microforms, as well as another 7 million manuscripts and archival pieces; excellent specialized collections such as those on South Asia and East Asia, an extensive map collection and missionary materials. Nearby Center for Research Libraries specializing in foreign items including newspapers, dissertations and microforms of entire collections and archives.
Certs Offered 0
Membership in two university consortia that permit exchange study arrangements with over twenty other anthropology departments in the Midwest and on the East and West coasts.
Online Courses
Online Courses: 0
Application Deadlines
December 10 annually for the graduate program
Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 0
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 0