What does it mean to be human? Anthropologists tackle this central question by looking at the biological and cultural diversity of our species in the past and present. Where and when did modern humans evolve? What lessons about sustainable growth can be learned from looking at the long-term relationship between humans and their environments? Can in-depth cultural knowledge be a tool in solving global conflicts? The anthropology major tackles these and countless other questions by studying the history, biology and behavior of human beings through the centuries and around the world.

Cultural anthropology, biological anthropology and archaeology.

As an anthropology major at Marquette, you can focus your studies by choosing elective courses that concentrate on one of these areas.

It's all cultural.

Cultural anthropologists carry out in-depth and long-term studies to piece together a holistic understanding of the social, historical, economic and technological forces that shape culture. Our professors study topics that range from the urban gardening movement in the U.S. to dispute resolution and mediation in Africa. As an anthropology major, you'll find lots of options for service learning and community work.

Focus on the physical.

What can we learn from two-million-year-old fossils? How do we understand the biological evolution of our species? Your classes in biological anthropology will examine human evolution and the effects of disease and malnutrition on humans and introduce the fields of forensic science and primate studies. Laboratory classes and community internships are also available.

Dig it.

You’ll learn the scientific side of archaeology through lab exercises and hands-on learning. You will also see the economic and cultural impacts of archaeology in terms of cultural heritage and identity, resource management and tourism, and public education. Internships and summer field schools are available.

Some of the classes you'll take:

  • Being Human
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Archaeology and Prehistoric Cultures
  • Human Evolutionary Process
  • Urban Anthropology
  • Culture, Health and Illness
  • Global Aid and Humanitarianism

For a complete listing of required courses for the program in anthropology, please visit the Marquette University Online Bulletin at this link.