Minor in Anthropology

Minor in Anthropology

Students minoring in Anthropology have access to the same resources as those pursuing the bachelor's degree. The anthropology minor program includes:

  • Core: 6 units (two course) that introduce the core areas of the discipline, including one course in either sociocultural (ANTH 104) or linguistic (ANTH 140) anthropology, and one course in archaeology (ANTH 105) or biological anthropology (ANTH 103).
  • Upper Division Electives: 9 units (three courses) that allow broad exploration of anthropology or focus on a particular area of interest.
You can get a minor through completing GE!

A minor in Anthropology can readily be achieved with courses that also fulfill HSU general education requirements! Here is how:

  • ANTH 103 Biological Anthropology: Also Lower Division GE Area B (Lifeforms & Lab)
  • ANTH 104 Cultural Anthropology: Also Lower Division GE Area D
  • ANTH 105 Archaeology & World Prehistory: Also Lower Division GE Area D
  • ANTH 302: Anthropology of Religion: Also Upper Division GE Area D and Diversity & Common Ground Non-Domestic
  • ANTH 305 Human Evolutionary Health: Also Upper Division Area B
  • ANTH 306/307: World Regions Cultural Studies / World Heritage & Archaeology: Also Upper Division GE Area D and Diversity & Common Ground Non-Domestic
Suggested Pathways for Specific Interests

Anthropology is a great complement to many majors, so there is no one specific pathway that will fit all interests/goals. Students are advised to talk to one of the Anthropology Faculty about their interests to get advice on what courses to take.

Here are some recommended pathways for some common interests:

General Education Pathway (Complete Minor while Completing GE):

  • Core Course #1: ANTH 104 Cultural Anthropology
  • Core Course #2: ANTH 103 Biological Anthropology, or ANTH 105 Archaeology & World Prehistory (both recommended)
  • Three Electives: ANTH 302/306/307, ANTH 305, and one other Upper Division (300-level or higher) Anthropology course

General Anthropology:

  • Core Course #1: ANTH 104 Cultural Anthropology, or ANTH 140 Intro to the Anth of Language
  • Core Course #2: ANTH 103 Biological Anthropology, or ANTH 105 Archaeology & World Prehistory
  • Three Electives: Choose from any of the Upper Division (300-level or higher) Anthropology courses

Sociocultural Anthropology:

  • Core Course #1: ANTH 104 Cultural Anthropology
  • Core Course #2: ANTH 103 Biological Anthropology, or ANTH 105 Archaeology & World Prehistory
  • Three Electives: ANTH 318 Ethnography, plus two of the following: ANTH 302, 306, 307, 310, 316, 317, 329, 340, 341, 390

Linguistic Anthropology:

  • Core Course #1: ANTH 140 Intro to the Anth of Language
  • Core Course #2: ANTH 103 Biological Anthropology, or ANTH 105 Archaeology & World Prehistory
  • Three Electives: ANTH 340 Language & Culture, ANTH 341 Anthropological Linguistics, plus one more upper division (300-level or higher) Anthropology course. 

Archaeology:

  • Core Course #1: ANTH 105 Archaeology & World Prehistory
  • Core Course #2: ANTH 104 Cultural Anthropology, or ANTH 140 Intro to the Anth of Language
  • Three Electives: ANTH 350 Method & Theory in Archaeology, plus two of the following: ANTH 307, 351, 352, 353, 354, 357, 358, 359, 394, 395

Biological Anthropology:

  • Core Course #2: ANTH 103 Biological Anthropology
  • Core Course #1: ANTH 104 Cultural Anthropology, or ANTH 140 Intro to the Anth of Language
  • Three Electives: ANTH 330 Method & Theory in Biological Anthropology, plus two of the following: 331, 332, 333, 334, 339

Forensic Anthropology:

  • Core Course #2: ANTH 103 Biological Anthropology
  • Core Course #1: ANTH 104 Cultural Anthropology
  • Three Electives: ANTH 330 Method & Theory in Biological Anthropology, ANTH 332 Skeletal Biology & Forensics, ANTH 339 Comparative Osteology
How to Declare a Minor

Declaring a minor in Anthropology is easy - you just need to fill out a Minor Declaration Form and Contract (linked below) and have it signed by the Anthropology Department chair. You can also fill out the forms and drop them off at the Anthropology Department Office (BSS 506) to have signed - we also have forms available at the office.

Forms & Resources