Departments & Programs


Certificate in Global Human Diversity

This certificate explores the cultural, biological, linguistic, and historical diversity of human societies worldwide. It prepares students to address major problems of identity, race, conflict, power, and access to resources using perspectives from all four subfields of anthropology. Students may earn a certificate as part of completing the bachelor's degree and in addition to completing requirements for a major. The Certificate in Global Human Diversity is available only to students outside the anthropology major.

Required Courses

The certificate requires 24 credit hours, normally eight semester courses, and comprises both required and elective courses. Students must take at least one course in bioanthropology, and at least one foundational course in social and cultural anthropology, along with courses having area or topical focus. An internship is strongly encouraged. For further information, contact the undergraduate academic advisor.

  1. ANTH-E 105 Culture and Society (3 cr.) or ANTH-E 210 Rethinking Race Globally (3 cr.).
  2. Two courses from the following:
    • B200 Bioanthropology
    • E200 Social and Cultural Anthropology
    • L200 Language and Culture
    • P200 Introduction to Archaeology
  3. Two topical or thematic anthropology courses selected in consultation with the advisor. Suitable courses include:
    • B370 Human Variation
    • E230 American Ethnic Diversity
    • E400 Undergraduate Seminar (Approved topics only)
    • E490 Development and Anthropology
    • P409 Archaeological Ethics
    • Other topical or thematic courses with advisor approval
  4. Two area or regional courses selected in consultation with the advisor. Suitable courses include:
    • B472 Bioanthropology of Aboriginal Peoples
    • E320 Indians of North America
    • E321 Peoples of Mexico
    • E322 Peoples of Brazil
    • E340 Indians of Mexico and Central America
    • E387 The Ethnography of Europe
    • E397 Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East
    • E398 Peoples and Cultures of Central Asia
    • E417 African Women
    • L310–L313 Elementary and Intermediate Lakota
    • L320 American Indian Languages
    • P210 Life in the Stone Age
    • P310 Prehistory of Europe and Asia
    • P361 Prehistory of the Midwestern U.S.
    • P370 Ancient Civilizations of the Andes
    • Other area or regional anthropology courses with advisor approval
  5. Internship or field project (either under A496 or as part of a course).
  6. At least 9 credit hours of course work for the certificate must be completed at the 300–400 level.