Minor in Anthropology

Program Contact: Hillary Haldane  203-582-3822

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, nongovernmental and nonprofit organizations, government, public health, 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 course work.

Anthropology Minor Curriculum

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

Possible courses include:
AN 101Local Cultures, Global Issues: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
AN 102Bones, Genes, and Everything In Between: Introduction to Biological Anthropology3
AN 103Dirt, Artifacts, and Ideas: Introduction to Archaeology3
AN 201Anthropology of Living and Dying/ Anthropology From Birth to Death3
AN 222Indigenous Peoples of North America3
AN 223Latin American Societies and Cultures (LAS 223)3
AN 229Peoples of Africa3
AN 230Anthropology of Film and Culture3
AN 240Ethnographic Theory and Practice3
AN 250Forensic Anthropology3
AN 310Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Gender, Sex and Sexuality (WS 310)3
AN 320World Heritage Sites3
AN 323Practicing Archaeology3
AN 330The Anthropology of Gender-Based Violence3
AN 333Ancient Food For Thought3
AN 337Anthropology of Health and Medicine3
AN 340Anthropology of Development3
AN 350Tales from the Crypt: Research Methods in Bioarchaeology3
AN 350LResearch Methods in Bioarchaelogy Lab
AN 352The Science of Human Diversity3