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Anthropology constitutes the study of human societies and behavior through a bio-cultural lens. Focusing on both modern and prehistoric humans, you’ll study the links between humanities and multiple sciences by analyzing our evolving social and cultural species.

Who It's For

The anthropology minor is ideal for students who want to become familiar with other cultures and gain a broader perspective of the world. If you are interested in learning about humans and the role they play in society, consider minoring in anthropology.

Key Benefits

  • Anthropology complements a wide range of majors. Our model will help you tailor your studies to meet your particular interests, while keeping up with all of the latest theories in the field of anthropology.
  • Our class sizes are small, which translates into student participation and class discussion.
  • The program emphasizes qualitative problem-solving skills, which helps you become an effective and creative researcher.

About the Program

The anthropology program focuses on examining human behavior from a bio-cultural lens in the major sub-fields of cultural anthropology: linguistic anthropology, archaeology, and physical anthropology.

What You'll Learn

  • Develop an understanding of concepts, foundations, and perspectives
  • Improve writing and other communication skills
  • Enhance critical, analytical, and integrative thinking skills
  • Become an effective and creative researcher, focusing on qualitative problem-solving.
  • Develop global consciousness, social responsibility, and ethical awareness.
  • Develop an understanding of concepts, foundations, and perspectives

Plan of Study

Students must complete 20 credit hours of approved coursework to complete the anthropology minor. Many courses can be used as electives in a variety of majors, or selected as an alternative to WCore classes.

Sample Courses

Cultural Anthropology

This course focuses on the different ways in which cultures adapt to the conditions of their environment. In this class, you will examine cultural modification through topics such as economic and political systems, religious beliefs, gender distinctions, and more.

Human Evolution and Archaeology

Explore the prehistory and evolutionary development of our species through the study of the sub-fields of anthropology: archaeology, primatology, paleoanthropology, and the study of material remains. At the same time, learn how different forms and behaviors are the product of physical, biotic, and social environments.

Career Opportunities

Anthropologists can be found in many different industries, including corporations, government, educational institutions, and nonprofit associations.

Potential Careers

  • Marketing research
  • International development
  • Cultural resource management
  • Public health
  • Cognitive psychology
  • Tourism
  • Historic preservation

“I joined the anthropology program because I was very interested in studying people and cultures and becoming more educated on the ways in which cultures have evolved to become so unique. Anthropology has made me more aware of human- and environmental-rights issues around the world.”

Kayla Kovago ('18), environmental studies

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