College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


What is Anthropology?

Anthropology is the study of difference. It teaches us about what it means to be human from cross-cultural points of view.

Broaden your perspective and rethink what is familiar abroad and strange at home. Learn to understand diverse ways of thinking and interacting. Explore varied modes of living across geographical space and historical deep time. Embrace your global citizenship from around the corner to around the globe, and from the past to the present for the future.

The goal of anthropology is to advance our collective understanding of the human condition through anthropological research and to apply this understanding to solve human problems.

Career Options

  • Cultural development & resources management
  • Diversity officer
  • Education
  • Forensics
  • Government & policy
  • Language
  • Law
  • Health & medicine
  • International diplomacy
  • Media & communication
  • Museum work
  • Nonprofit work
  • Science & technology
  • Social justice

Post-Graduation Success1

82% employed or continuing education

60% employed after graduation

21% attending graduate school

1% volunteering

$46,748 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Enterprise Rent-a-car, Hearst Magazines, GS&P View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Chicago View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Demonstrated understanding of and interest in the major

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

4.3 years to degree

96% first-year retention rate

56% four-year graduation rate

75% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,712
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $35,862


  • Tuition: $31,832
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $55,322


  • Tuition: $34,280
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $57,770