About the Anthropology Program

Anthropology seeks to understand and interpret the global range of human experience.

The anthropological imagination draws upon biological, linguistic, historical, and comparative perspectives in creating a systematic vision of how societies are patterned and how culture is experienced.

Our students are awesome. Check out some of the many student research projects presented at The Ames Library in conjunction with the Women's Power, Women's Justice annual intellectual theme. 

The program at Illinois Wesleyan University emphasizes the branch of anthropology known as socio-cultural anthropology. This branch relies upon the method of ethnography, or participant-observation, in which a researcher lives among a group of people and attempts to experience, first-hand, how they live and communicate.

Students at IWU are provided with a variety of opportunities to develop the fundamental field research skills used by professional anthropologists. Many of our courses allow students to interact with members of American sub-cultures and peoples of diverse ethnic heritage.

Anthropology majors and minors leave the program with both written and visual ethnographies (photo-essays and ethnographic films) that they have produced themselves.

Anthropology Mission

Anthropology Student Learning Goals

A graduate from the IWU Anthropology program will: