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The anthropology minor, like the major program, offers you multiple options to gain a strong grounding in a particular facet of the discipline, without fulfilling the full range of requirements of the major. The minor is a focused course of study on one of three subfields. 

 

An anthropology minor is very complementary to related majors in the College of Arts and Sciences including history, economics, geography, global studies, religion and psychology.

Minor in Anthropology with Archaeology and Heritage Management Focus

Students interested in the study of past human cultures, preservation and interpretation of archaeological sites and management of cultural resources can tailor their anthropology minor to focus on archaeology and heritage management. We will recommend courses that will enable you to study major developments in human history, apply archaeological methods to the investigation of specific cultures and regions, and build professional skills surrounding the protection, preservation and interpretation of archaeological cultures, sites, and objects.

Minor in Anthropology with Global Health Focus

If you are interested in human health and its variation within and across different populations, cultures, and societies, you can tailor your minor in Anthropology to focus on global health. The anthropology department offers a variety of courses centered on biological and cultural anthropology and related to the body and health in varying cultural, social, and environmental settings. These courses are designed for students with an interest in biological anthropology, medical anthropology, diversity and health, and public and global health.

We offer three different courses of study in this area, ranging from the most in-depth Anthropology Major with a Global Health Focus, to two options requiring fewer courses in related topics, including a Major Concentration in the Anthropology of Global Health, and an Anthropology Minor with a Global Health Focus. Students who complete the most in-depth Anthropology Major with a Global Health Focus option may also design their plan of study to complete the Major Concentration in the Anthropology of Global Health along the way.

Minor in Anthropology with Social Action Focus

Interested in the ways in which anthropological approaches to inequality, diversity, and social justice can inform policymaking, the provision of social services, international aid, and advocacy? If this sounds like you, you have the option of tailoring your anthropology minor to focus on social action. Here we outline the social action focus by suggesting a program of courses centered on linguistic and cultural anthropology that interrogate power, inequality, poverty, and social movements in varying sociocultural and historical settings. These suggestions are designed for students with an interest in social justice, non-profit and non-governmental organizations, international development, human rights, and social services, advocacy, and policy.