Anthropology provides a lens through which to explore the complexity and diversity of human life and culture.

Integrating cultural, archaeological, biological, and linguistic perspectives, anthropology is inherently interdisciplinary. Anthropologists explore the nuance and detail of particular communities, connecting them to larger power structures with an eye toward addressing complex social problems with culturally viable solutions.

As an Anthropology student, you develop a unique skillset that includes the ability to look outside of your own cultural lens, to think critically, to analyze social dynamics, and to situate complex problems within broader social and historical context.

The anthropology minor enhances employability in a wide variety of fields — from international development to marketing to engineering to government — where there is increasing demand for professionals with in-depth knowledge of human interactions in social and cultural context. Bolstered by the ability to think holistically, applicants to medical school and other professional and graduate programs are well positioned for entry into programs that are increasingly placing emphasis on anthropology and related disciplines.

Our vibrant and engaged faculty possesses a range of expertise, and areas of emphasis include:

  • Applied Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Society, Law, and Policy 

As a student in the program, you will have the opportunity to study and participate in field research methods ranging from ethnographic interviews to market research to archaeological excavation. 

To learn more about the minor, see the Curriculum or Catalog.


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