Program Contact: Julia Giblin 203-582-8381

Anthropology is the study of humans in the broadest sense: through time and across geographical space, as social beings and as biological creatures. Anthropologists are interested in the big questions about what makes us human, and how living and past cultures are similar and different. Most importantly, anthropologists explore what we can learn from other people cross-culturally, from our ancestors in the past and from our primate relatives.

Studying anthropology allows students to understand the complexity of human diversity and to develop confidence in one’s ability to work collaboratively with people from vastly different backgrounds and life experiences. Anthropology is a perfect area of study for anyone interested in learning about other cultures and ways of life, and offers excellent preparation for any career choice. Anthropology students find work in such fields as medicine, law, nongovernmental and nonprofit organizations, government, public health, sustainable development and international aid, and education. Anthropology offers students important training in persuasive writing, scientific research and data analysis, and critical thinking.

To complete the minor, students must take 18 credits of anthropology coursework.

Students minoring in Anthropology must complete 18 credits from the following list:

AN 101Local Cultures, Global Issues3
AN 103Dirt, Artifacts and Ideas3
AN 104
Bones, Genes and Everything In Between
and Bones, Genes and Everything In Between
AN 210Gender/Sex/Sexuality3
AN 215Introduction to Language Studies3
AN 227Rites of Passage3
AN 230Sustainable Development3
AN 233Practicing Archaeology3
AN 237Health and Medicine Around the World3
AN 240Ethnography: Learning from Others3
AN 243Ancient Food For Thought3
AN 250Forensic Anthropology3
AN 252The Science of Human Diversity3
AN 272Sh t Happens: a Natural History of Human Waste3
AN 299Independent Study3
AN 300Special Topics3
AN 242Cannabis Culture3