Anthropology is the study of humans and our biological relatives across time and space. Anthropology is the only field to address all aspects of the human experience—cultural, biological, historical—so the discipline necessarily incorporates a wide range of theoretical and methodological traditions, drawing on and contributing to approaches in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. It is the breadth of our vision of what it means to be human, as well as the breadth of our theoretical and methodological approaches, that constitutes our unique mission and role within the university. Thus, a minor in anthropology would provide a rich intellectual complement to a wide range of majors within the College of Arts and Sciences.


A minimum of 18 credit hours of anthropology courses, including a minimum of 9 upper-division credit hours, are required for the minor. All coursework applied to the minor must be completed with a grade of C- or better; no pass/fail work may be applied. The grade point average for all anthropology coursework must equal 2.00 (C) or higher.

Students will be allowed to apply no more than 9 credit hours, including 6 upper-division credit hours, of transfer work towards a minor in anthropology.

Coursework applied towards a minor in anthropology may also be applied towards Gen. Ed. requirements.

Required Courses and Credits

Required Courses
ANTH 2010Introduction to Biological Anthropology 13
ANTH 2100Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH 2200The Archaeology of Human History3
Nine hours of upper-division electives in anthropology9
Total Credit Hours18

The three introductory courses will provide all minors with an appreciation of the range of scholarship encompassed by contemporary anthropology.

Students are recommended to select upper-division coursework to best complete their majors. For example, the following subjects work well with the majors listed:

  • Cultural anthropology: Asian studies, communications, economics, ethnic studies, film studies, history, international affairs, Jewish studies, linguistics, media studies, political science, religious studies, sociology or women and gender studies majors.
  • Archaeology: Art history, classics or environmental design majors.
  • Biological anthropology: Ecology and evolutionary biology, integrated physiology or molecular, cellular and developmental biology majors.
  • Archaeology or biological anthropology: History or humanities majors.
  • Any of the anthropology sub-disciplines: Environmental studies or geography majors.