Anthropology is the comparative study of humans in all walks of life, all kinds of societies, all parts of the world, and at all points in time.
Anthropology provides insight into our biological and cultural evolutionary background and offers a holistic view of how our economic, social, political, and religious systems relate to one another. It helps us reflect on our own social systems, on the interrelationships between individuals and societies, and on the reasons for the development of thoughts and feelings that can promote connection or conflict across social and cultural groups.
Students interested in this major need to meet the requirements for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
The UI Anthropology Club is open to any student interested in this subject. The club coordinates field trips and activities that foster learning and student-faculty interaction.
Field Research & Study Abroad
UI Study Abroad offers a wealth of programs featuring cross-cultural experiences that offer first-hand knowledge of the diversity and complexity of humanity that is central to the study of anthropology. See the Recommended Study Abroad Programs for Anthropology Majors.
Under the direction of anthropology faculty, students may acquire skills in data recovery and interpretive techniques during archaeological field research in Portugal, France, Namibia, Sicily, or sites in the United States.
Faculty are available to mentor student researchers in sociocultural, biological, and linguistic anthropology. In recent years, students have conducted field research in Brazil, China, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Ghana, Iceland, India, Japan, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, and Vietnam.
The University of Iowa provides a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students through the Iowa Scholarship Portal. Scholarships are available to first-year, transfer, and currently enrolled students. For additional details on scholarships for your program of study, check directly with the department or college.
The BA program provides a comprehensive overview of anthropology’s four subfields and a cross-cultural perspective on human experience. Students are encouraged to gain hands-on experience by participating in field schools, assisting faculty with research, and taking independent study courses of interest in addition to the basic requirements for the major.
The BS program emphasizes skills in research methods, scientific reasoning, and connecting anthropology with related fields of study. Students are required to complete courses in directed laboratory or field research; complete additional courses in quantitative, mathematical, or formal reasoning; and to minor in a field related to their interests. This program is a good fit for students interested in any of anthropology's four subfields: sociocultural anthropology, biological anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and archaeology.
All Anthropology students must choose a degree concentration from the following tracks:
- Cultural Resource and Heritage Management
- Environmental Anthropology
- Gender and Culture
- Medical Anthropology
All students who wish to earn a bachelor's degree in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences must complete the GE CLAS Core requirements.
See Anthropology in the UI General Catalog to learn more about BA and BS course requirements, earning a minor in Anthropology, and graduating with honors.