Minor Overview

Anthropology is an ideal field for anyone interested in learning about people, cultures and beliefs in the past and present. Anthropologists are curious about what makes us human. In this minor, you’ll investigate the differences and similarities of cultures—those in existence today and those from our past. In your courses, you’ll explore what we can learn from people cross-culturally, from our ancestors and from our primate relatives. Anthropology also teaches you to think about the big questions of our time: environmental well-being, relations between various groups, forms of inequality, and how an understanding our past is critical for envisioning a more equitable future. 

Studying anthropology offers students important training in persuasive writing, scientific research, data analysis and critical thinking. This minor offers excellent preparation for any career, and students with the minor have found careers  in medicine, public health, international aid and education, and public policy.

Curriculum and Requirements

Anthropology Minor Curriculum

Take six courses (18 credits) from the following:
AN 101Local Cultures, Global Issues: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
AN 103Dirt, Artifacts and Ideas: Introduction to Archaeology3
AN 104
& 104L
Bones, Genes and Everything In Between: Intro to Biological Anthropology
and Bones, Genes and Everything In Between: Intro to Biological Anthropology Lab
4
AN 210Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Gender, Sex and Sexuality (WS 211)3
AN 220Anthropology of Development3
AN 233Practicing Archaeology3
AN 237Anthropology of Health and Medicine3
AN 240Ethnographic Theory and Practice3
AN 243Ancient Food For Thought3
AN 245The Anthropology of Gender-Based Violence3
AN 250Forensic Anthropology3
AN 251
& 251L
Tales from the Crypt: Research Methods in Bioarchaeology
and Research Methods in Bioarchaelogy Lab
3
AN 252The Science of Human Diversity3
AN 299Independent Study3

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