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Anthropology Minor

The anthropology minor has five course units.


Anthropology Core Requirement (1 course unit)

  • ANT 110: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
    Introduction to Cultural Anthropology surveys the major concepts of social-cultural anthropology. Cross-cultural comparison and the process of cultural change will be central concerns of the course.

Anthropology Options (1 course unit)

Choose one of the following:

  • ANT 111: Introduction to Biological Anthropology
    What makes us human? Is it the use of language, the ability to manipulate material culture, or the fact that we are bipedal? This course will focus on evolutionary theory and the theory of natural selection, the behavior and anatomy of non-human primates, and the evolution of modern humans. Students will also learn how anthropology directly relates to other disciplines, including sociology, biology, ecology, and geology. (Note: this course has no lab, and while it satisfies the liberal learning requirement for a natural science course, it does NOT satisfy the requirement for a natural science with lab).
  • ANT 112: Introduction to Archaeology
    How do anthropologists learn about people and the worlds in which they live when they can’t talk with those people or observe their day-to-day activities? Archaeology is the sub-discipline of anthropology that explores what it means to be human by examining the material things that people made, modified, and left behind. Students in this course will learn to explain how archaeologists use the material remains of human activities to understand past human relationships, behaviors, and beliefs. Simultaneously, they will grow to appreciate how interpretations and presentations of the past affect people living today.
  • ANT 213: Language and Culture: An Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology
    This course is an introduction to the Anthropological subfield of Linguistic Anthropology, which investigates the relationship between language and culture. Language permeates our lives, yet most of us take it for granted. This course is intended to clarify your ideas about language as it is used by speakers in various social contexts across a wide range of cultures. By the end of the course, you should be familiar with some of the terminology and techniques of linguistic anthropological analysis and be able to apply this knowledge to the description of different languages.

Anthropology Minor Options (3 course units)

Choose three; two of the three must be ANT courses and two of the three must be 300 or 400-level courses

  • ANT 111 – Introduction to Biological Anthropology
  • ANT 112 – Introduction to Archaeology
  • ANT 171 – Contemporary Japan (crosslists with JPN 171)
  • ANT 213 – Language and Culture
  • ANT 246 – Climate Justice and Social Action
  • ANT 271 – Gender and Language
  • ANT 305 – Human Evolution
  • ANT 311 – Gender and Migration
  • ANT 313 – Vampires and Witches
  • ANT 315 – Ethnicity, Race, and Nation
  • ANT 335 – Global Urbanization
  • ANT 337 – Food, Biology, and Culture
  • ANT 340 – Social Change in Latin America (crosslists with SOC 342)
  • ANT 341 – Environmental Anthropology
  • ANT 361 – Human Osteology & Forensic Anthropology
  • ANT 370 – Topics in Anthropology
  • ANT/SOC 371 – Culture, Health, and Illness
  • ANT/SOC 372 – Global Public Health
  • ANT/SOC 373 – US Public Health and Social Policy
  • ANT/SOC 377 – Disparities in the U.S. Health System
  • ANT 390 – Research Course in Anthropology
  • ANT 401 – Urban Ethnography
  • AAS/HIS 179 – African American History to 1865
  • AAS/HIS 180 – African American History Since 1865
  • BIO 231 – Genetics
  • BIO 461 – Advanced Evolution
  • COM 411 – Intercultural Communication: Racial Perspectives
  • HIS 161 – History of Mexico
  • HIS 166 – North American Encounters
  • HIS 167 – US: Indian-White Relations 1800-1890
  • HIS 342 – Modern Middle East
  • HIS 344 – Commerce and the Exchange of Ideas
  • HIS 354 – South African History
  • HIS 359 – Modern Latin America
  • LIT 342 – Mythology
  • POL 250 – Politics and Society in Developing Countries
  • WGS 375 – Transnational Feminism
  • WGS 376 – Global Women Writers

Other courses may be approved on a case-by-case basis by the department chair.

Declare a Minor in Anthropology

To declare a minor in Anthropology, please fill out the Application for Minor form below. Students must submit this form at least one semester before graduation. This form is a fillable PDF. If downloaded, responses can be entered directly into the PDF document. If you receive an error message while loading a PDF, your browser may be out of date; however, you are still able to download the PDF, save it to your computer, and fill out the form. Application for Minor or Course of Study