Anthropology Minor

Anthropology is the study of human variation.

Classic anthropology focuses on:

  • cultural diversity
  • the interpretation of cultural remains (archaeology)
  • human evolution

Fields of applied anthropology include:

  • salvage archaeology
  • forensic science and criminology
  • health care and medicine
  • civil and native rights advocacy
  • business management
  • public administration

Anthropology minor

The minor increases your awareness of what it means to be human - the range of humanity is revealed. We live in a society, in a world which is multi-ethnic, multi-racial and multicultural. As a student who is skilled at understanding the causes and consequences of human differences, you can be more successful at living and working in this world.

Students who minor in anthropology often choose to major in biology, education, English, geography, geology, history, music, plant science, psychology or sociology.

What can an Anthropology minor do for you?

Most anthropologists work outside academia. For example, an archaeologist may examine a construction site for historical material before a building is constructed. A forensic anthropologist may work closely with law enforcement agencies investigating homicides. A biological anthropologist may assist minority women in maternal and child health care programs. A cultural anthropologist may work with African villagers to structure culturally appropriate social and economic development.

As a student of anthropology, you can learn how to work constructively with varied beliefs and behaviors and become skilled at working in multicultural settings or in organizations where diverse interest groups compete for resources.

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Mission Statement - Anthropology Program

The anthropology minor is structured to provide a solid understanding of the relationship between culture and behavior.

Students will learn about many cultural traditions: some ancient, some modern. Humans are studied as both social and biological actors. Cultural traditions are shown to define the conditions of life: how people make children, nourish them, instruct them, protect them from harm, and reward them. Culture is renewed with each generation and the state of health of a culture and its people are interconnected.


The core requirements introduce students to the two main fields of Anthropology – cultural (ANTH 100) and biological (ANTH 333). The core also requires Sociology of Globalization (SOCI 231) and Faces of Culture (ANTH 314) so that students can recognize that issues of culture occur throughout the world, as well as a course in advanced cultural studies (ANTH 314). The last course in the minor is one of two diversity courses (SOCI 220 or SOCI/ANTH 322).

The directed elective courses include those focusing on culture and community, globalization and family.

The minor allows the student to examine the field of anthropology as it addresses patterns and processes of cultural change, with a focus on how people live in particular places, how they organize and govern and how they create meaning.