Major and Minor


Major in Anthropology

Anthropology studies human beings of all times and places. It examines human biological, cultural and social similarities and differences, and tries to explain them. Because of its broad perspective — which stresses writing, critical thinking, and social analysis — anthropology provides an excellent preparation foundation in many of the “Skills for Success” viewed as essential by many employers and graduate schools. Anthropology can be successfully pursued as a single major, but also complements many other disciplines as a second major.

All must take the following major courses:

  1. ANTH 1000 or 1006 or 1500.
  2. ANTH 20002501, and 2502.
  3. At least one course in an ethnographic area (ANTH 30213026, 3025, 3027302830293030303830413042, 3050, 3155, or 3904.
  4. At least one information literacy course (ANTH 300330043200, 3202W,  3250, 3300, 3340E, 3450W, 3506W, 3555, 3701, 3703, 3704W, 3706, or 2600).
  5. At least nine additional anthropology credits at the 2000 level or above. No more than 1 ethnographic area (Requirement C) course can be applied here. No more than 6 credits from the following courses can be counted towards this requirement: ANTH 3090, 3081, 3093, 3096, 3099.
  6. A minimum of 12 credits of related courses (2000 level or above) must be approved by the major advisor.

To satisfy the writing in the major competency, one of the courses above must be a 2000 level or above ANTH W course. At least 24 2000-level or above Anthropology credits need to be completed with an average GPA of 2.0 or higher.

How to declare your major in anthropology

More specific information about anthropology and its relationship to other careers can be discussed with the Director of Undergraduate Studies: Dr. Alexia Smith, Beach Hall, room 406. Phone: +1 860 486 4264, Email:

The anthropology major can be declared online using the CLAS Online Program Change form:

It is possible to earn two majors within CLAS (across schools students have option of earning a dual degree instead of a dual majors). If you are declaring Anthropology as a second major, you must fill out a double major declaration form .pdf. This form needs to be signed by an Anthropology Advisor (usually the Director of Undergraduate Studies) and your current main advisor. Soon after you declare your major your anthropology advisor will be indicated in Peoplesoft. If you have general questions about declaring a double major, please reach out to Matthew Donofrio within the CLAS Academic Service Center (

Anthropology majors are expected to meet with their advisors each semester before registering for classes. After this meeting the advising hold on registration will be lifted by the advisor. The Anthropology Major Plan of Study can be downloaded and printed, so that you can begin filling it out prior to your first meeting with your new major advisor. Related courses must be approved by your Anthropology Advisor.

Minor in Anthropology

Because of its focus on the diversity of human cultures and experiences and foundational questions such as what makes us human, an anthropology minor is an excellent complement to most majors and important training for a wide range of careers.

The requirements for this minor are at least 15 credits in Anthropology courses that include:
1. Two courses chosen from ANTH 2000, 2501, and 2502.
2. Nine additional credits at the 2000-level and above, with the exception that no more than three credits of ANTH 3090, 3093, 3095, 3098, 3099, 3521W, 3522W, 3990 may be counted toward the minor.

The Anthropology Minor Plan of Study can be printed and downloaded here.

Students are encouraged to consult with Dr. Alexia Smith, Director of Undergraduate Studies for Anthropology and in their major field to design a plan of study appropriate to their long-term goals.

The anthropology minor can be declared online here.

Minor in Anthropology of Global Health

The Anthropology of Global Health minor provides students with the theoretical and methodological tools needed to analyze health from an anthropological perspective and integrate anthropological analysis into the study of global health problems and solutions. Not open to Anthropology majors or minors.

In order to complete the minor students must complete 15 credits from the following. At least 12 credits must be from the Department of Anthropology. Prerequisite: ANTH 1000, or ANTH 1006, or ANTH 2000/W.

  1. ANTH 3300 and/or ANTH 3325; and
  2. At least nine credits from ANTH 2000/W, 3202W, 3302, 3304, 3326, 3327; GEOG 3240; HRTS/SOCI 3837/WLLAS 3250PUBH 3001; SOCI 3451. Students may use ANTH 3095, 3098 and graduate level seminars in ANTH, depending on content, towards the requirement with approval of minor advisor.

Undergraduate Courses

At the undergraduate level, we offer a number of courses that fulfill requirements in the liberal arts and sciences core curriculum, as well as the writing-intensive requirement. In the anthropology department’s upper-division undergraduate curriculum, we seek to acquaint students with all the subfields of anthropology, and to provide courses that address important anthropological issues in a broad array of geographical settings and time periods. We routinely add new courses and update our offerings. Feel free to reach out to ask about courses that may overlap with your interests!

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Field Opportunities in Anthropology

Field School in Armenian Prehistory
Battlefield Archaeology Field School
Ethnographic Field School
Pre-Contact Archaeology Field School

To see where our faculty operate field sites, please refer to the Field Site map.


Major in Anthropology
Plan of Study

Minor in Anthropology
Plan of Study
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Minor in Religion
Plan of study
Contact: Sara Johnson

Minor in Native American and Indigenous Studies
Plan of study

More information and other university forms can be found at the UCONN CLAS website.