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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, physical/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 forensic nursing clinics in Baltimore 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 2 million-year-old fossils? How do we understand the biological evolution of our species? Your classes in physical anthropology will examine human evolution and the effects of disease and malnutrition on humans and introduce the field of forensic science. 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. Join your professors on archaeological digs in Jordan, Wisconsin and beyond!

Focus on archaeology.

The anthropology major can teach you the scientific theories and methods that will help you locate, analyze and classify everything from the fossils, tools, buildings and writings left by our earliest ancestors to the things we leave behind today.

Suggested curriculum

Major courses are bolded.


  • Introductory Anthropology
  • UCCS - Rhetoric and Composition I & II
  • UCCS - Histories of Cultures and Societies*
  • UCCS - Science and Nature Elective*
  • UCCS - Introduction to Theology
  • Foreign Language I & II


  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Archaeology and Prehistoric Cultures
  • UCCS - Mathematical Reasoning*
  • UCCS - Literature/Performing Arts*
  • UCCS - Philosophy of Human Nature
  • Foreign Language III
  • Elective


  • Human Evolutionary Process
  • Two Anthropology Electives
  • UCCS - Theory of Ethics
  • UCCS - Theology*
  • Electives


  • Theory and Practice
  • Three Anthropology Electives
  • UCCS - Diverse Cultures
  • Electives

*Choose from list of approved UCCS (University Core of Common Studies) courses offered by the College of Arts and Sciences.


You might like the anthropology major if you

✓ Enjoy history and social sciences

✓ Want to get at the heart of why people act the way they do and how it affects social problems and world affairs

✓ Have an analytical mind

What can you do with a major in anthropology?

Anthropology rocks Marquette's anthropology major is excellent preparation for cultural relations for international businesses; anthropology research and teaching; medical, law and graduate school; and archeology.

Learn more about what you can do with a major in anthropology.

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