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  Sep 26, 2017
 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog/Handbook

Anthropology Minor


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Anthropology is the holistic, comparative and interdisciplinary study of human beings in cultural context.  Anthropologists study human beings and the symbols and rituals they use to create meaningful lives, and how they affect their worldviews.  The anthropology minor embraces the study of people’s past and present in natural and social environments.  Anthropology is an interdisciplinary social science that draws its methodology and theoretical understandings from the humanities as well as the social and natural sciences.  The Anthropology minor uses the broad and current definition of the discipline, which uses a five field program of study that recognized global development and post-colonial economic and political forces at work in the world today.  The five fields that students will be introduced to in their introductory coursework and can develop beyond the requirements include 1) cultural anthropology, 2) archeology, 3) biological anthropology, 4) linguistics, and 5) applied anthropology.  Our minor emphasizes the practical application of anthropological theory and method of community support, advocacy, problem-solving and critical thinking perspective on global development.

Requirements for the Anthropology Minor - 18 credits


Core Requirements - 3 credits


Core Areas - 9 credits


Internship in Anthroplogy - 3 credits


  • SOCI 0300 - Internship in Sociology Credits: 3-6
  • This course may be used to fulfill the GERO 0370 for students who are also minoring in Gerontology or this course can be fulfilled through a related internship or practicum in another department with permission of the minor’s advisor.  Alternatively students can complete this requirement through a research project from a related department or independent study with permission of the anthropology advisor.

Electives - 3 credits


Additional courses not listed may be used but require the approval of the Anthropology advisor.  In additional advances standing students may be able to fulfill requirements through independent studies from the Department of Sociology or the Department of Ethnic and Gender Studies with guidance of the Anthropology minor’s advisor.  All requests for course approval should be submitted to the Anthropology advisor through the Department of Sociology or the Department of Ethnic and Gender Studies.

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