Programs Offered

  • Minor in Anthropology

Anthropologists stress the holistic relationship between humans and their environment using culture as the organizing theme. As such anthropologists study human biological origins and adaptations, as well as cultural adaptations. Although anthropology had its roots in studying hunting and gathering societies and agrarian ones, today anthropologists study modern industrial societies. Because of the ecological, holistic approaches anthropology provides a solid basis to understand the difficult choices facing modern humans, like overpopulation, dwindling resources, and environmental degradation and pollution. By using the knowledge and perspectives gained from many cultures, anthropology is in a position to offer great insight into solutions for the future. Anthropology is a key discipline contributing to multiculturalism, environmental studies, and globalization.


The anthropology program prepares students for graduate school in anthropology, careers in government service, consulting, international relations, the professions (law, medicine), and teaching social sciences.


William Hampton Adams, Ph.D.,
Associate Professor of Anthropology

Rainer F. Buschmann, Ph.D.,
Associate Professor of History

Colleen Delaney-Rivera
Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Paul Rivera
Associate Professor of Economics

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Requirements for the Minor in Anthropology (24 units) [top]

Lower Division Requirements (9 units)

ANTH 102 Cultural Anthropology (3)
ANTH 104 Introduction to Bioanthropology (3)
ANTH 105 Introduction to Archaeology (3)

Upper Division Requirements (9 units)

ANTH 310 Civilizations of an Ancient Landscape World Archaeology (3)
ANTH 332 Human Ecology (3)
ANTH 345 Human Evolution and Diversity (3)

Electives (6 units)

Select two upper division courses approved by faculty advisor.