Anthropology Minor

Anthropology asks the question: What does it mean to be human? Anthropologists, as scholars, collaborators, public figures and activists, take a critical, creative and holistic approach to the study of humankind. In our relatively small program in the College of Liberal Arts, students have the opportunity to take hands-on courses in archaeology and socio-cultural, applied, medical, biological and forensic anthropology, reflecting our faculty members’ academic and applied research in the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Central and Southeast Asia.

Through coursework, fieldwork and study-abroad experiences, students gain life-long learning skills that prepare them for success in cross-cultural understanding and communication, as well as the ability to think comparatively about diversity and inequality on a local and global level. 

A minor in anthropology provides many opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration, as students are encouraged to apply anthropological methods, perspectives and theories to the world around them, and to their other areas of study.  Upon graduation, our majors and minors work for a diverse set of organizations, and are employed in a range of areas such as public health, business, law, international development, non-profit organizations, museums and education.

You do not need to declare a minor; however, it might be wise to meet with a faculty member from the Anthropology Department to discuss your minor plan.

At the beginning of your final semester of study, you should complete a certification of completion of minor form, obtain the necessary signatures, and submit it to your Dean's Office.

A minor consists of five 4-credit courses (20 credits) in Anthropology, with a C or better in each course.

Select one ANTH course numbered 600 or above4
Select four elective ANTH courses16
Total Credits20