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Minor in Anthropology

Anthropology is the study of human culture, biology, and social interaction across time and place. It includes the archaeological investigation of past and present human material culture; ethnographic study of contemporary cultures around the world and in the United States; research into human evolution and the origins of human physical diversity; and analysis concerning the origins, structure, and social use of language. A minor in anthropology provides basic training in three areas: an overview of anthropological inquiry, understanding of ethnic and cultural behavior, and understanding of a selected conceptual area in anthropology.

A minor in Anthropology (ANTH) requires satisfactory completion of the following requirements:

  • completion of properly distributed credit hour requirements for the baccalaureate degree in effect when the student was admitted to their home school,
  • completion of 15 credit hours, with a minimum grade of C in each course
  • to declare the minor, complete the School of Liberal Arts online declaration form: https://liberalarts.iupui.edu/admissions/update-major-form.html

Minor Requirements:

Introductory Anthropology courses (6 credits):

  • ANTH-A 103: Human Origins and Prehistory (or ANTH-A 303) (3 cr.)
  • ANTH-A 104: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (or ANTH-A 304) (3 cr.)

Three other courses in Anthropology at the 300-400 level (9 credits):

Chosen in consultation with your faculty mentor, courses that may be selected to complete the minor include: 

  • ANTH-A 360: Development of Anthropological Thought (3 cr.)
  • ANTH-A 460: Topics in Anthropology (variable title) (3 cr.); recently offered: Anthropology & Social Issues, Forensic Anthropology, Indigenous People & Film, Issues in Cultural Heritage, Lost Tribes & Ancient Astronauts, Museums & Indigenous People
  • ANTH-A 494: Practicum in Applied Anthropology (3 cr.)
  • ANTH-A 495: Independent Studies in Anthropology (3 cr.)
  • ANTH-B 426: Human Osteology (3 cr.)
  • ANTH-B 468: Bioarchaeology (3 cr.)
  • ANTH-B 474: Forensic Anthropology, Archaeology and Taphonomy (3 cr.)
  • ANTH-B 480: Human Growth and Development (3 cr.)
  • ANTH-E 320: Indians of North America (3 cr.)
  • ANTH-E 335: Ancient Civilization of Mesoamerica (3 cr.)
  • ANTH-E 353: Global Migration (3 cr.)
  • ANTH-E 380: Urban Anthropology (3 cr.)
  • ANTH-E 391: Women in Developing Countries (3 cr.)
  • ANTH-E 402: Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective (3 cr.)
  • ANTH-E 404: Field Methods in Ethnography (3 cr.)
  • ANTH-E 411: Wealth, Exchange, and Power in Anthropological Perspective (3 cr.)
  • ANTH-E 445: Medical Anthropology (3 cr.)
  • ANTH-E 457: Ethnic Identity (3 cr.)
  • ANTH-P 330: Historical Archaeology (3 cr.)
  • ANTH-P 340: Modern Material Culture (3 cr.)
  • ANTH-P 396: The Rise of Civilization (3 cr.)
  • ANTH-P 402: Archaeological Method and Theory (3 cr.)
  • ANTH-P 405: Fieldwork in Archaeology (1-8 cr.)
  • ANTH-P 406: Laboratory Methods in Archaeology (1-6 cr.)
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