Anthropology - Understanding the Everyday Practices of People

Anthropology is a broad, holistic field that seeks to understand people from earliest times to the present. A Bachelor of Arts will open you to opportunities in government, private business, community organizations, education, health organizations, research institutions and the media. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of anthropologists is projected to grow 19% through 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.

Students can pursue a major or minor in Anthropology in the classroom, online, or using a combination of traditional and online classes. Our program offers coursework in all four subfields of Anthropology: cultural anthropology, archaeology, biological anthropology, and linguistic anthropology. Students also have the opportunity to study abroad in Puerto Rico, Germany, India, Ecuador and Peru. For those interested in archaeology, we offer a field school.

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Inclusion, Diversity & Social Justice

Western Illinois University exists on the lands of the Peoria, Sauk, Meskwaki, Potawatomi, Miami, and Sioux nations

The Anthropology Program believes it is important to recognize our relations to place, people, and history. Western Illinois University was founded in 1899 and we acknowledge our immense debt to the Peouaroua, Sauk, Meshkwahkihaki, Neshnabé, Myaamia, Oceti Sakowin and other original peoples who have cared for and inhabited these lands, and to their descendants. In our teaching, research, mentoring, and service to Western Illinois University and its broader community, faculty and students of the Anthropology Program are committed to building deeper connections to the Indigenous peoples of this region and beyond. We are also devoted to redressing the continuing consequences of settler colonialism, Indigenous land dispossession, and genocide in the Americas. 

Faculty and students of the Anthropology Program at Western Illinois University, strongly condemn the continued state-sanctioned violence against Black Americans and the racist and white supremacist rhetoric that endorses it, as exemplified by the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless others. We stand in solidarity with the protesters and others who seek an end to these long-standing injustices and against those who seek to divide and incite hatred in our communities.

In our teaching, research, hiring, mentoring, and service to WIU and its broader community, the Anthropology Program is working to identify and dismantle deeply embedded structures of anti-Black racism. As anthropologists, we understand that current events must be examined in the context of deep structural racism and structural violence persisting throughout our history, including but not limited to slavery, Jim Crow, lynchings, and the pervasive deprivation and imposed disparity in the domains of education, health, housing access, wealth, job opportunities, political participation, incarceration, policing, and the basic respect due all human beings.

We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately caused the death of Black and Brown people because of systemic racism. We are committed to building a rigorous and inclusive environment that honors the rights and voices of marginalized communities and nourishes the human diversity that is at the heart of our discipline.

The Anthropology Program at WIU supports the statement from the Association of Black Anthropologists section of the American Anthropological Association and the statement from Black Latinx Activists on Anti-Blackness.

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Indigenous Land Acknowledgement

We gratefully acknowledge our immense debt to the Peouaroua, Sauk, Meshkwahkihaki, Neshnabé, Myaamia, Oceti Sakowin and other original peoples who have cared for and inhabited these lands, and to their descendants.

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