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

Take six courses (18 credits) from the following:
AN 101Local Cultures, Global Issues: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
AN 103Dirt, Artifacts and Ideas: Introduction to Archaeology3
AN 104
Bones, Genes and Everything In Between: Intro to Biological Anthropology
and Bones, Genes and Everything In Between: Intro to Biological Anthropology Lab
AN 210Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Gender, Sex and Sexuality (WS 211)3
AN 220Anthropology of Development3
AN 233Practicing Archaeology3
AN 237Anthropology of Health and Medicine3
AN 240Ethnographic Theory and Practice3
AN 243Ancient Food For Thought3
AN 245The Anthropology of Gender-Based Violence3
AN 250Forensic Anthropology3
AN 251
Tales from the Crypt: Research Methods in Bioarchaeology
and Research Methods in Bioarchaelogy Lab
AN 252The Science of Human Diversity3
AN 299Independent Study3