Anthropology Minor

Our minor program provides students in other fields with a framework to pursue a particular focus within the discipline. Such a focus might be within:

  • A subfield of anthropology, i.e., biological anthropology, archaeology, cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology
  • Area studies, e.g., Africa, the Middle East, the United States
  • A specific topic, e.g., race/ethnicity, gender, the origins of the state, urban studies

Minor requirements

Students must complete a 6-course program comprised of:

  • 2 core 200-level courses selected from: 211, 213, 214, and 215, provide background in two of the four major subfields of anthropology (archaeology, biological anthropology,cultural anthropology, and linguistic anthropology)
  • 4 300-level courses that constitute a coherent focus

Sample Programs

Minor programs can be designed to meet your particular needs and interests. Some example programs are below. 

Biological sciences major with an interest in ecology and behavior

Build a coherent minor in biological anthropology by taking 211, 214 or 215213; and a focused course selection such as 306308310313314316, and 383.

History major with an interest in pre- and early history

Build a coherent minor in archaeology by taking 211 or 215214; and a focused course selection such as 318319327, 328, and 343.

Political science major with an interest in non-institutional or non-governmental political process

Build a coherent minor in cultural anthropology by taking 211213 or 214; and a focused course selection such as 311320332341, and 347.

Related Minor

The Global Health Minor is an interdisciplinary program that studies human health from an international and comparative perspective. It is administered outside of the Anthropology Department, through Northwestern’s Office of International Program Development.

To learn more, visit the Global Health Minor webpage or contact one of the program directors: