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Certificate Program in Native American Indians Studies

Five College African Studies Certificate Program

Five College Culture, Health, and Science Program

Commonwealth Honors College

Summer Field School in Archaeology


SBS Global Education Requirement




Minor in Anthropology

The minor enables students to gain preparation and grounding in some particular facet of discipline, without fulfilling the full range of requirements of the major. The minor is a focused course of study. It may focus on one of the four subfields, the cultural past and present in a specific region of the world or a topical specialty that cross-cuts the sub-fields. There are no prerequisites for the minor, but there are some important steps you should know about becoming a minor in Anthropology.

Minor Requirements:

  • Must take at least 5 courses, (that total a minimum of 15 credits) in Anthropology:

    • 1 (3-4 credit) course must be at or below 200 level.

    • 4 courses (12 credits) must be 200 level or above.

  • No course for the minor may be taken pass/fail

  • With approval of the Director of Undergraduate Study, not more than 1 course may be transferred into the minor from another college of university.

  • With approval from the students Anthropology Advisor, 1 (one) indepdendent study or practicum 3 credit course, may be counted toward the minor.

  • The minor program must have a sub-field or topical area or culture, focus that is approved by an advisor


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