Anthropology is a 4-field discipline that engages in the study of:

Anthropologists ask the central question, “What does it mean to be human?” Our faculty are researching diverse topics, such as 10,000 year old farming communities in Jordan, forensic nursing clinics in Baltimore, bones excavated from a turn-of-the-century pauper’s cemetery in Milwaukee, and dispute resolution and mediation in Africa. In addition, a number of our courses incorporate hands-on
experience through lab classes, service learning opportunities, and field work. Also, we have an internship program that is open to any student majoring in the department.

Interest in anthropology is growing nationwide. From 1990 to 2008 the number of anthropology majors increased over 100%. In the last two years alone, the number of bachelor’s degrees awarded in anthropology has increased by over 50%. Newsweek’s Career and Graduate School Guide lists anthropology as a career track that’s “up” and one of the “hot careers” of the future. National Public Radio reports that the World Bank is restructuring and plans to hire fewer economists and more anthropologists to make their projects more relevant and cost-effective.

Our own Anthropology majors leave Marquette with great chances of admission to graduate and professional schools. Others pursue careers in education, public health, international business, archaeology, human rights work, historic preservation, and more. They gain a rich perspective on both the universal threads that bind humans together and the rich tapestry of global cultural diversity. We emphasize engaged study of the past and present that informs on the challenges of a modern, global society.

Anthropology Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with an Anthropology Major will be able to:


Social and Cultural Sciences Majors

Check out our suggested curriculum for our four majors:

Criminology and Law Studies
Social Welfare and Justice