Geography, Anthropology


Culture Matters. Dig Deeper!

If you've always wanted to participate in a dig, figure out why people speak different languages, learn why people don't look the same or what DNA really means, or just learn about all diverse peoples of the world, then Anthropology is for you!



Coming Fall 2024!

Anthropologists study the range of human diversity over the globe and across time by examining culture, archaeology, biology, and language. That means that an Anthropology concentration gives you a broad exposure to ideas and information. 

At Parkside, Anthropology is a concentration in the Geography major. Your discovery is unique because of the range of practical experiences, including hands-on fieldwork in archaeology or cultural anthropology. Practice develops critical skills applicable to a wide array of careers and complements your classroom experience. Anthropology has an active student club that takes trips together and will give you support with studying. 



This new, fully developed program will cover all of the varied aspects of anthropology, including archaeology and forensics. UW-Parkside is now one of just four institutions of the Universities of Wisconsin to offer the Anthropology Major. While the program will officially begin accepting students for the Fall 2024 semester in late spring, UW-Parkside faculty and staff are excited to help students plan. Please email Kate Gillogly at for more information. 


Students have worked on digs that discovered the site of a major fur trading post, Kenosha's first tavern, and the first Anglo settlement in Petrifying Springs State Park. Students have also studied West-African art, the "mysterious" disappearance of Pike Creek through oral histories, and developed social monitoring for environmental outreach to clean our rivers.

Students have gone on to graduate and work in anthropology, archaeology, geography, library sciences, and museum studies, as well as other social sciences. Some have become Vista volunteers. Others have jobs in cultural resource management, social work, K-12 education, arts and history museums, as well as a range of jobs in management in various business and state agencies because of their strong research, analysis, and writing skills.


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