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Anthropology, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #24 (WUR) Evanston, IL, United States
The Anthropology program of Northwestern University draws upon the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences to answer compelling questions about humankind.
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The Anthropology program of Northwestern University will help students develop an understanding of cultures around the world and across time. Understanding cultural, biological, and linguistic differences and similarities is central to almost any career.

The Department is strong in a wide variety of fields:

  • African ethnography including research in West, South, and North Africa, Anglophone and Francophone Africa, Islamic and non-Islamic groups, and urban and rural populations.
  • In the Americas, we have a concentration in urban United States. Several faculty focus on political economy along with a comparative perspective on race, gender and youth culture.
  • Archaeology specialties in complex societies and urbanism, in subsistence and political economies, and in gender identity. Regionally the department is strong in Mesoamerica, the Caribbean and African diaspora and England and Europe (AD1200-1800).

Career paths

Graduates enter such fields as health care, law, education, business and personnel management, advertising, market research, journalism, recreation, counseling, community development, international development, women’s services, museum work, radio and television, public relations, environmental services, government, forensics, and contract archaeology.

Students are also well prepared for an advanced degree:

  • Students pursuing a medical degree have an important perspective on biological, social and cultural foundations of behavior.
  • Students pursuing a master’s or PhD in anthropology or other social science field have historically been accepted into very competitive graduate programs.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Modern Plagues
  • Human Origins
  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Psychological Anthropology
  • Introduction to Archaeology Research Design and Methods
  • Ethnographic Methods and Analysis

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Common Application or Coalition Application*
  • Official secondary school transcript and school report
  • Counselor recommendation
  • At least one teacher recommendation
  • SAT or ACT scores†
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores‡ (ONLY required for international applicants whose first language is not English or whose schooling has not been in English)
  • Nonrefundable application fee of $75 or application fee waiver
  • Early Decision Agreement (ONLY Early Decision applicants)
  • Midyear transcript
  • Music audition (ONLY School of Music applicants)
  • Required for homeschooled applicants ONLY: 3 SAT subject tests 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    56232 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56232 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    56232 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56232 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Evanston

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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