The Minor in Anthropology
Anthropology is the holistic and comparative study of people around the world. Anthropologists study both past and contemporary societies. Their studies may focus on the role of culture in human adaptations to economic, social, political, and environmental conditions. While anthropology began as the study of peoples in non-Western societies, today anthropologists bring their conceptual tools to bear on groups in all parts of the world, rural and urban, in local as well as global contexts.
To earn a Minor in Anthropology, students are required to take 15 semester hours in Anthropology. These must include ANT 150 - Cultural Anthropology, plus 12 hours of 300-400 level courses. A student choosing an anthropology minor is encouraged to consult with the department chair or an anthropology faculty member to plan selection of courses.
Opportunities for Students
Anthropology minors can:
- Volunteer in a wide range of community service projects.
- Enjoy academic and social events sponsored by SASSO, the Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work Student Organization.
- Receive individual academic and career counseling from faculty.
- Major in any discipline.
- Attend symposia with nationally recognized speakers and community leaders.
What can I do with a Minor in Anthropology?
- A Minor in Anthropology can enhance any major degree a student chooses, bringing to it a sensitivity to cultural differences and a distinctive understanding of our globalizing world.
- Given interest in interdisciplinary work in the academic world, anthropology minors applying to graduate school in any discipline can enhance their application by highlighting their minor.
- With a minor in anthropology, students can go on to graduate study in anthropology. Graduate departments do not require a bachelor’s degree in anthropology if they can be convinced of a student’s interests and exposure to anthropology.
- Anthropology minors have something to offer many occupations these days. Medicine has a place for medical anthropologists; law has a place for legal anthropologists; the social services and the non-profit sector appreciates anthropological approaches to cultural interaction; education incorporates anthropology into its concern with multicultural classrooms; consulting firms and corporations, with interests overseas, are very attracted to students of anthropology.