The Minor

The Anthropology minor enables students to gain preparation and grounding in some particular facet of the discipline, without fulfilling the full range of requirements of the major. The minor should be a coherent course of study; it may focus on: (a) one of the four subfields of anthropology (cultural, linguistic, biological, or archaeological); or (b) the past and present cultures of some specific region of the world (e.g., Latin America, Europe), or a topical specialty that cross-cuts the subdisciplines of anthropology (e.g., medical anthropology, cultural ecology, non-state societies). The range of minors in Anthropology is sufficient to allow a program of study with maximum compatibility with the student’s major, interests, and career goals. There are no prerequisites for the minor.


In consultation with the department’s Director of Undergraduate Studies, each student selects a set of courses tailored to individual focus and needs. Each minor must conform to the following stipulations about the distribution and number of courses:

  1. Five courses (minimum of 15 credits) in Anthropology constitute the minimum required for the minor, with none of these taken Pass/Fail.
  2. Of those courses, one must be at the 100 or 200 level (minimum of 3 credits).
  3. Four of the five courses must be at the 200 level or above (minimum of 12 credits).