Minor in Anthropology

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"The purpose of anthropology is to make the world safe for human differences" -- Ruth Benedict

Anthropology is the study of humans in the broadest sense. Anthropology explores what it means to be human as biological and cultural beings, attempting to document and understand the diversity, variations, and commonalities of human life around the globe and through time. One value all anthropologists share is the belief that we can learn life-changing lessons from people whom, on the surface, seem different from us.

There are four traditional sub-fields in anthropology: physical/biological anthropology, archaeology, socio-cultural anthropology and linguistic anthropology. Anthropology intersects many other disciplines, as anthropologists rely on the findings of colleagues in the biological and physical sciences, humanities and arts, and other social sciences to piece together the puzzle of what makes all human societies unique and interesting.

A minor in anthropology is ideal for students who have an interest in cultural, social and biological diversity from around the globe, and who want to explore contemporary cultures as well as prehistoric societies.

Students who wish to pursue careers or research opportunities internationally will find the minor provides them with the background and critical thinking skills to flourish in a new cultural environment.

Students in business, communications and education will find that anthropological insights help them to collaborate with people from all different walks of life, whether in the boardroom, the classroom or the editing room. The founding methodology of cultural anthropology, ethnographic field research, offers useful approaches for a range of topics and workplace setting.

Students interested in the health sciences will gain an appreciation for the role of culture in biology as well as the evolutionary background to modern human biological diversity.

Archaeological studies will extend a student's knowledge of human history into pre-historic times, and students learn how contemporary problems can be considered in light of lessons from our far distant past. 

The anthropology program provides students with a foundation in the discipline's history and theoretical approaches, and introduces students to the findings of biological, cultural, and archaeological anthropologists conducting research throughout the world. The anthropology program also hosts a student organization, The Society for Anthropological Research, where faculty and students support each other in seeking out independent research, field-school, and graduate school opportunities.

A minor in anthropology consists of 18 credits of course work in the field. If you are interested in learning more about anthropology, please contact Hillary Haldane, associate professor of anthropology, at hillary.haldane@quinnipiac.edu.

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