Minor in Cultural Anthropology

Study groups, their behavior and the forces that influence them

Study how people live in different cultures and different parts of the world, from the forests of Polynesia to the bustle of New York City. Then use what you learn to solve issues in your own social spheres. Dig into the pressing questions of not just what people do, but how and why they do it.

What You Will Learn

In addition to your major courses and General Education requirements, the Cultural Anthropology minor includes 18-credit hours of coursework.

As a cultural anthropology student, you’ll look at a variety of communities side-by-side, both in the classroom and out in the field, discovering surprising similarities and unique traits along the way. Engage with guest speakers, attend festivals, go on study abroad programs and take part in international celebrations. Finally, conduct your own research project and present at conferences and symposiums, building a portfolio filled with your experiences.

Sample Cultural Anthropology Courses

Sociology of Religion – A comparative study of the social organization and development of religious groups. The interrelations between religion and other facets of society and social behavior.

Introduction to Ethnobotany – Introduction into the discipline of ethnobotany focusing on the role of plants in Appalachian and other cultures. Field trips to local parks and visits with people active in the use of plants will provide opportunities for hands-on experience with techniques and methods used by field ethnobotanists.

Human Geography – Systematic consideration of factors influencing the distribution of human beings in relation to population dynamics and migration, economic development and urbanization, and cultural diversity.

Career Outlook for Cultural Anthropologists

While going into anthropology professionally typically requires a Master’s degree, the skills gained through a cultural anthropology program are highly valuable in any discipline. Employers often look for candidates with stand-out observation and communication skills, which can be harder to teach, and graduates with a background in anthropology are recognized for their ability to understand and appreciate cultural diversity. For more information on opportunities in sociological fields, check out the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ pages on Anthropologists and Sociologists.



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