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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.


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. One of the following:
    • ANTH-E 105 Culture and Society
    • ANTH-E 210 Rethinking Race Globally
  2. Two courses from the following:
    • ANTH-B 200 Bioanthropology
    • ANTH-E 200 Social and Cultural Anthropology
    • ANTH-L 200 Language and Culture
    • ANTH-P 200 Introduction to Archaeology
  3. Two topical or thematic anthropology courses selected in consultation with the advisor. Suitable courses include:
    • ANTH-B 370 Human Variation
    • ANTH-E 230 American Ethnic Diversity
    • ANTH-E 400 Undergraduate Seminar (Approved topics only)
    • ANTH-E 490 Development and Anthropology
    • ANTH-P 409 Archaeological Ethics
    • Other topical or thematic courses approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies
  4. Two area or regional courses selected in consultation with the advisor. Suitable courses include:
    • ANTH-B 472 Bioanthropology of Aboriginal Peoples
    • ANTH-E 320 Indians of North America
    • ANTH-E 321 Peoples of Mexico
    • ANTH-E 322 Peoples of Brazil
    • ANTH-E 340 Indians of Mexico and Central America
    • ANTH-E 387 The Ethnography of Europe
    • ANTH-E 397 Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East
    • ANTH-E 398 Peoples and Cultures of Central Asia
    • ANTH-E 417 African Women
    • ANTH-L 310–313 Elementary and Intermediate Lakota
    • ANTH-L 320 American Indian Languages
    • ANTH-P 210 Life in the Stone Age
    • ANTH-P 310 Prehistory of Europe and Asia
    • ANTH-P 361 Prehistory of the Midwestern U.S.
    • ANTH-P 370 Ancient Civilizations of the Andes
    • Other area or regional anthropology courses approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies
  5. Internship or field project (either under ANTH-X 478 or as part of a course)
  6. At least 9 credit hours of coursework for the certificate must be completed at the 300–400 level.

In fulfilling the above requirements, students must meet all other College requirements for certificates.