The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Anthropology Minor

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, (minimum 15 credits total) 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 the approval of the Director of Undergraduate Study, not more than 1 course may be transferred into the minor from another college or university.

    • With approval from the student's Anthropology Advisor, 1 (one) independent study or practicum 3 credit course, may be counted towards the minor.

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

    • Deadline to declare an Anthropology Minor is the LAST day of classes for the semester in which you are graduating.