Program Overview

A minor in anthropology is particularly appropriate for students in professional programs such as psychology, law enforcement, criminal justice, human services, social work and international business. Such a minor is also an excellent complement for liberal arts students who are majoring in history, gender studies, professional communication, ethnic studies or philosophy.

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Requirements

Courses required for your specific program are listed in the right column on this page. They include prerequisite, foundation, core and elective courses. Contact your advisor with questions concerning your degree plan.

Social studies majors may NOT minor in anthropology, political science, or sociology.

At least half of the credits required for the minor must be completed at Metropolitan State University. Students must earn a grade of C- or above in all minor courses.

Transfer courses may be applicable to minor requirements. The university's degree audit will specify transfer courses that are directly equivalent to minor requirements; other transfer courses must be approved by the chair of the Social Science Department. Only one lower division course (100 or 200 level) will be accepted for the minor.

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Course List

Prerequisites

Requirements ( 19-20 total credits)

Lower Division Elective (3-4 credits)

Any 100 or 200 level course in Anthropology

  • ANTH 101 Human Origins
    3 credits

    What is evolution and how does it differ from common beliefs about human origins? Students investigate the evolution of humans and other primates, and the cultural and biological adaptations of modern humans to their environments. The course explores a variety of topics including: the origins of language and culture, fossil evidence for primate and hominid evolution, and human biological variation. Students also examine contemporary debates about human origins.

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Anthropology Minor Survey (4 credits)

  • One of the following classes is required:
    • ANTH 301 Approaches to Cultural Anthropology
      4 credits

      This course introduces the study of humanity from a comparative and cross-cultural perspective. Students learn what anthropologists do, how they do it, and why. Exposure to the range of human possibilities, differences, and similarities will highlight the processes of enculturation in all societies. The course explores topics such as kinship, economics, religion, social control, globalization, culture change, and contemporary cultural issues affecting all humans.

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    • ANTH 302 Gender and Culture
      4 credits

      What is gender? How can we understand differences in gender and sexuality? Through the perspective of cultural anthropology, students examine how gender is perceived and realized in a range of human societies. Discussions on the biological/cultural determinants of gender are considered. Ethnographic materials explore how gender varies cross culturally and historically and is related to social power. Students engage with contemporary debates surrounding such themes as marriage, family, human rights, and sexuality.

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Anthropology Minor Electives ( 12 credits)

  • SSCI 300 Seeing Like a Social Scientist
    4 credits

    Most of us are only dimly aware of how politics, culture, and society influence, and often coerce, our daily lives. The calling of a social scientist is to help us make these invisible social structures visible. In this course, students develop the skills and tools to discover, analyze, and interpret these obscure social processes. Ideally, this knowledge will have a liberating effect on their individual lives. Students will also perceive how their civic and ethical participation can change politics, culture, and society, as well as themselves.

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  • SSCI 311 Research Methods in Social Science
    4 credits

    This course provides an introduction to the basic concepts of social science research. Students learn and implement a variety of research methods, and critically reflect on the relationship of these methods to philosophical traditions within social science. The courses examines two approaches to social science research, quantitative and qualitative, and the unique contribution of each approach for understanding social life. Experiential activities enhance classroom learning.

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  • SSCI 401 Social Science Seminar: Contending Perspectives
    4 credits

    This course provides students with the opportunity to understand, integrate, and apply the core themes and contending perspectives that underline the social studies disciplines. Through guided readings, research and discussion, seminar participants further develop the capacity to analyze selected issues through multiple lenses. Students apply these multiple perspectives to teaching middle and secondary social studies.

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  • SSCI 501 Great Ideas: Classics of Social Science
    4 credits

    The social sciences have been shaping views of the human condition for more than 150 years. This seminar explores those ideas that continue to engage and perplex thoughtful observers of social life. Students become acquainted with writing by major thinkers like Karl Marx, Max Weber, Emile Durkheim, Georg Simmel, Sigmund Freud, Ruth Benedict, Frantz Fanon and Hannah Arendt. The course addresses the social and historical roots of the great ideas as well as the moral aspirations and creative impulses of these social scientists.

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