Museum Description :The Anthropology Museum at Northern Illinois University was founded in 1964 and is operated as part of the Department of Anthropology. The museum houses over 20,000 objects comprised mostly of ethnographic material with some archaeological material.The museum specializes in cultures of Southeast Asia, New Guinea, and the Southwest and Plains Native Americans. In addition, the museum holds smaller collections from Africa, modern Greece, Mesoamerica, and South America. The museum is particularly proud of the Native American .. View More >>
Museum Description :The Anthropology Museum at Northern Illinois University was founded in 1964 and is operated as part of the Department of Anthropology. The museum houses over 20,000 objects comprised mostly of ethnographic material with some archaeological material.The museum specializes in cultures of Southeast Asia, New Guinea, and the Southwest and Plains Native Americans. In addition, the museum holds smaller collections from Africa, modern Greece, Mesoamerica, and South America. The museum is particularly proud of the Native American basket collection, featuring over 200 specimens, as well as the Indonesian textile collection, which contains over 600 pieces. In addition, the museum also houses about 100 different Indonesian shadow puppets, a fine collection of Thai khon masks, and important collections of Hmong and Karen artifacts. The museum has a growing collection of modern Mesoamerican artifacts reflecting the cultural and artistic changes taking place in modern Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico.
MISSION : The Anthropology Museum fosters imagination, curiosity and an appreciation for cultural diversity by providing dynamic educational experiences that explore the field of anthropology.
VISION : The Anthropology Museum distinguishes itself among university museums as a groundbreaking center for creative engagement where interdisciplinary approaches to the study of humans for creative engagement unite campus and regional communities.
Museum Admission :Free
Museum Program :Departmental Certificate in Applied Anthropology : A Master’s Degree in Anthropology with a Departmental Certificate in Applied Anthropology is designed to attract and train graduate students to prepare them for advanced study in anthropology and/or to ready them for work outside academia. The Applied Anthropology Certificate builds on the Department’s existing strengths in four-field Anthropology. If offers students the opportunity to combine applied-oriented course work and fieldwork/internship experiences with a premier education in four-field anthropology. Students completing the necessary requirements in Applied Anthropology as part of completing their Master’s degree, will receive a Certificate from the Department of Anthropology. Applied Certificate students are also encouraged to explore anthropological linkages with NIU's Environmental Studies program, as well as the NGO Studies program.The goal of the Departmental Certificate is to provide students a solid foundation in applied anthropological methods, exposure to the universe of applied anthropological topics, and an understanding of the relationship between theory and practice. Interests in applied anthropology can be combined with the following areas of faculty expertise:BusinessConversationCultural Resource Management (Archaeology)DevelopmentEnvironment GenderFood & AgricultureHeritage ManagementLanguage, Space, and CognitionMaritime AnthropologyMedical Anthropology & Public HealthNon-Governmental OrganizationsNorth America Historic PreservationPublic PolicySocial ServicesSoutheast AsiaCourse Requirements : Students are required to complete 18 hours via courses approved for the Departmental Certificate in Applied Anthropology, including a core course in Applied Anthropology (ANTH 567). Students are also required to complete fieldwork and/or an internship experience (ANTH 593 or 690).Courses approved to fulfill the Applied Anthropology Emphasis Area include the following:Applied Archaeology (ANTH 518)Globalization and Corporate Culture (ANTH 790)Cultural Models: The Language of Culture (ANTH 438)Economic Anthropology (ANTH 527)Environmental Anthropology (ANTH 525)Ethics and Research Design in Anthropology (ANTH 550)History and Theory of Anthropology (ANTH 551)The Human Skeleton (ANTH 546)Illinois Archaeology (ANTH 513)Medical Anthropology (ANTH 565)Methods in Ethnography (ANTH 560)Methods in Archaeology (ANTH 561)Museum Methods (ANTH 562)North American Archaeology (ANTH 512)Space in Language and Culture (ANTH 535)Other courses may be approved for credit by request to Professor Thu. << View Less