Carnegie Mellon University

The Minor in Anthropology

The Minor in Anthropology is offered by the Department of History to train students in ethnographic methods and in theoretical understandings of culture. Students examine the evolution, depth, and complexities of ethnography, and explore notions of "culture" in diverse settings, over time and across space. In today's world, students are increasingly aware of the importance of developing a sophisticated approach to culture and its articulation with changes in the domains of the arts, technology, economics, and politics. The Minor in Anthropology, which may be taken alone but especially complements the majors in Global Studies and in Social & Political History, provides students with the tools to link diverse kinds of cultural practices to various aspects of globalization.

The Minor in Anthropology requires that students complete two "Introductory and Methods" courses (18 units) and four "Anthropological Perspectives" courses (36 units). In addition, 79-104 Global Histories is required (9 units), but it may be taken at any time during the student's coursework. Including this course, the Minor in Anthropology totals 63 units. The minor in Anthropology involves a minimum of 54 units of History Department course work (not including 79-104 Global Histories), as described below.

Please view the undergraduate catalog for the most up to date listing of courses that satisfy this requirement.