Anthropology Department


Anthropology plays a crucial role in fostering a holistic understanding of the human condition that can serve to enhance traditional medical training. The Anthropology Minor in Health & Culture includes courses focusing on the human condition from both biological and cultural perspectives. These  courses will collectively facilitate an understanding of the evolutionary and biological underpinnings of health, cultural beliefs about disease and the body, and the social, political, and economic roots of health disparities. This Minor helps prepare students to pursue careers related to human health, including social work, public health, nursing, medical insurance consulting, dentistry, physiotherapy, orthopedics, and medical or veterinary schools.
The Minor in Health & Culture consists of six courses totaling 18 credits. The three required
courses are designed to give students a solid background in both the biological and cultural factors that together shape human health. In addition, students will be required to choose one elective from a list of offerings focusing on cultural diversity and two electives from a list of offerings focusing on the biology of human and nonhuman primates.

The Minor in Health & Culture can be easily combined with Majors in other departments. If combined with a Major in Anthropology, four of the six courses (12 of the 18 credits) can overlap between the Major and the Minor and only 2 extra courses (6 extra credits) are required.


Requirements for the Minor in Health and Culture


Three required courses:
ANTH 101 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 102 Introduction to Human Evolution
ANTH 260 Essentials of Biological Anthropology


Three elective courses in total, one from list A and two from list B:


List A. Choose one elective from this list: 
ANTH 205 Peoples of Mexico & Central America 
ANTH 206 Peoples of South America 
ANTH 207 Native North Americans 
ANTH 208 Peoples of South Asia 
ANTH 208W Peoples of South Asia (W) 
ANTH 210 Peoples of East Asia ANTH 
ANTH 211 Peoples of Africa 
ANTH 212 Peoples of the Middle East 
ANTH 215W Peoples of the Caribbean (W) 
ANTH 216 Peoples of Southeast Asia 
ANTH 219 Topics in Cultural Area Studies 
ANTH 222 Sex, Gender, & Culture
ANTH 225 Medical Anthropology
ANTH 280 Language & Social Identity
ANTH 309 Psychological Anthropology
ANTH 330 Seminar in Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 354 Time


List B. Choose two electives from this list:
ANTH 262 The Nonhuman Primates
ANTH 270 Evolutionary Medicine
ANTH 272 The Human Skeleton
ANTH 275 Disease in the Past
ANTH 276 Human Growth & Development
ANTH 276W Human Growth & Development (W)
ANTH 361 Human Variation
ANTH 361W Human Variation (W)
ANTH 363 Interpreting the Human Skeleton
ANTH 368 Evolution & Human Behavior
ANTH 369 Primate Behavior & Ecology