Major and Minor


Major in Anthropology

Anthropology is the holistic study of human life. The department believes that undergraduate students should acquire a general knowledge of human diversity, basic understanding of the theory and methods of the four traditional sub-disciplines, as well as training in anthropology’s intellectual history.

All majors must take the following courses: Anth 1000 or 1006, as well as Anth 2501, 2000, and 2502.

Students must take at least one course in an ethnographic area; Anth 3021, 3022, 3023, 3025, 3026, 3027, 3028, 3029, 3030, 3038, 3041, 3042.

To satisfy the writing in the major competency, all majors must pass at least one 2000-level W course approved for this major.

To fulfill the information literacy requirement, Anthropology majors must take one of the following courses: Anth 3200, 3003, 356W, 3004.

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 at:

If you are declaring Anthropology as a second major, you must fill out a double major declaration form and then stop in at the departmental administrative office to have it signed by Andrea Booth, Beach Hall, Room 438, Phone: (860)486-2137. Soon after you declare your major your anthropology advisor will be indicated in Peoplesoft. 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. CLAS Online Program Change can be found here.

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. Over the past two years we have extensively revised our undergraduate course offerings, deleting those no longer taught and adding new courses that tap current faculty strengths.

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