Minor in Anthropology

Anthropology is the study of all aspects of human life, including our biological evolution and genetics, primate and human behavioral biology, economic, and political institutions, forms of social organization, symbolic systems, and religious practices. In our minor in anthropology, you will have the opportunity to explore both biological and sociocultural anthropology. Biological anthropology is the study of humans in an evolutionary perspective, covering areas such as primatology, paleontology, and human biology, ecology, and behavior. Sociocultural anthropology studies how contemporary social groups live in and make meaning of the world around them. Combining both subfields allows students to get a cross-cultural, interdisciplinary, and eye-opening taste of the full complexity of human life.

A minor in anthropology consists of six 4-credit courses:

  • CAS AN 101 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology or CAS AN 103 Anthropology Through Ethnography (only one of these two courses may be taken for credit in the minor)
  • CAS AN 102 Human Biology, Behavior, and Evolution
  • Four additional anthropology courses, two of which must be at the CAS AN 300 level or above

Students pursuing the minor develop their programs in consultation with a faculty advisor in the Department of Anthropology (usually the Director of Undergraduate Studies). A minimum grade of C must be earned in all courses taken toward the minor. The minor is not open to students with a major in anthropology.