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Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work

What is anthropology?

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Anthropology is the holistic and comparative study of people around the world. Anthropologists study past and contemporary societies. They 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.

What do we offer?

Minor Requirements

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

  • Gain skills and experiences in cultural immersion.
  • Engage in a wide range of community settings.
  • Attend symposia with nationally recognized speakers and community leaders.
  • Receive individual academic and career mentoring from faculty.
  • Combine the study of anthropology with a major in any discipline. The anthropology minor is especially well-paired with a majors in human rights, international studies, sociology and many others.

What can you do with this minor?

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. Consider majoring in international studies or human rights with a minor in anthropology.

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 this minor, students can go on to graduate study. Graduate departments do not require a bachelor’s degree in anthropology if they can be convinced of a student’s interests and exposure to the field.

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; most big companies with global reach need anthropologists today and students of anthropology apply their skills at every level of the public sector from foreign service to local parks.


Department of Sociology

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