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Anthropology Minor

The Anthropology Minor is a broad program and is useful in any career that involves people.

What Will I Learn?

The program emphasizes the study of humankind from a cross-cultural behavioral perspective. An understanding of human cultural diversity leads to a greater awareness of the diversity of values, beliefs, concerns and interests of people in societies across the world, and can in turn enable you to better interact in culturally diverse settings. We offer a wide range of courses in cultural anthropology, physical anthropology and archaeology.

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What are the requirements for this degree?

Introductory core courses are required in all three subfields. You must take 18 credits to complete this minor:

  • 9 credits of core courses
  • 9 credits of electives


The anthropology minor complements many majors, but some of the most frequent pairings include:

  • Sociology
  • International studies
  • History
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Criminal justice
  • Geoenvironmental studies
  • Biology
  • Psychology

Students find the minor valuable in preparation for careers in international business, counseling, government and research.

What Types of Careers Could I Get With This Degree?

Students find the minor valuable in preparation for careers in international business, counseling, government and research. Specific career tracks of Ship anthropology students include:

  • Cultural resource management
  • Archaeological conservation
  • University teaching and research
  • Museum collection curation
  • International marketing
  • Nursing home directorship
  • Park ranger
  • Library archivist

Students have been successful in graduate programs in archaeology, physical anthropology and cultural anthropology.

What Kinds of Experiences Could I Have?

In class, you will have the opportunity to examine ethnographic and archaeological artifacts and human and non-human primate skull casts from our extensive collection. Outside of class, you will have the opportunity to attend field trips to museums in Washington D.C., Harrisburg and Carlisle to complement your upper level course experiences.

You may choose to pursue an internship for credit. Examples of internship sites include the State Museum in Harrisburg, the Smithsonian Institution, the Cumberland County Historical Society and with cultural resource management firms.

Outside of the classroom, you may get involved with the Sociology/Anthropology Club, which offers programs, travel to interesting sites and community outreach opportunities. There are also opportunities to participate in regional professional conferences and join the American Anthropological Association, a national professional organization.