Anthropology

Minor in Anthropology

The minor in Anthropology, you will have a greater knowledge of the theories, concepts, and methods used by Anthropologists in the study of human cultures. Students will choose the additional courses with flexibility to meet your specific interests. The capstone Independent Study in Anthropology offers an experience in which students utilize the concepts and methodology of the discipline in supervised studies. Students will demonstrate your knowledge and skills in a field experience paper or presentation.

The anthropology minor will not be complete until all courses are taken and meet the above criteria and you have submitted a satisfactory paper or presentation for ANTH-A 495.

Course Requirements (18 cr)

  • ANTH-A 103 Human Origins and Prehistory
  • ANTH-A 104 Culture and Society
  • Choose 1 additional Anthropology course at the 200 level or higher
  • Choose 2 additional Anthropology courses at the 300 level or higher
  • ANTH-A 495 Independent Studies in Anthropology

(A495 is to be taken in conjunction with the final course of the anthropology minor sequence. The final course will normally be at the 300/400 level. Any exceptions must be approved by an advisor.)

Evaluation

Progress toward completion of the minor will be monitored in two ways. First, you must have a C or better in any course to be applied to the minor. Second, you are required to demonstrate your knowledge of concepts and methodology through successful completion of a capstone field experience course (A495, 1 credit hour) in conjunction with the final course of the anthropology sequence. The field experience will normally accompany a 300/400 level course. Any exceptions must be approved by the minor advisor. The field experience will culminate in a student paper or presentation which will be graded by the instructor of that course. The anthropology minor will not be complete until all courses are taken and meet the above criteria and you have submitted a satisfactory paper or presentation for A495.

Assessment

Overall assessment of the anthropology minor will be an ongoing process. Program success will be assessed in the following ways: 1) course-embedded assessment: all students are required to take A104 Culture and Society. A comprehensive essay is currently used in the final exam to measure specific knowledge of important concepts and the integration of those concepts into a cultural context.

It would be expected that 60% of all minors will score 70% or higher on this portion of the exam; 2) The paper/presentation which demonstrates your knowledge of the concepts and methods of anthropology will be assessed by the instructor and by one other member of social sciences faculty. The assessors will examine the paper/presentation for integration of anthropological methods and concepts into the selected subjects.

One hundred percent of the students completing the paper/presentation should satisfactorily connect their selected subject to major concepts and methods in Anthropology. If existing social sciences faculty do not feel qualified to conduct such an assessment, an anthropology faculty member at another institution will be asked to assist in the assessment process. This process will allow faculty to monitor your performance in the capstone and develop guidelines for improving the program for future students.