Minor in Anthropology

Anthropology is the study of human diversity throughout the world and throughout time. A minor in anthropology at OLLU offers an opportunity to focus on the biological and cultural diversity of humans both past and present. Anthropology is divided into three general areas of study:
  • Archaeology
  • Physical/Biological
  • Cultural

While the focus of the minor is on biological anthropology, students will have a strong grounding in cultural and archaeological anthropology as well. In addition to providing the basis for careers in these areas or sub-disciplines, anthropology provides a background for professional careers in governmental and non-governmental institutions that include social services, international affairs, business and law. A grade of C- or better must be earned in all courses taken in fulfillment of the requirements for the anthropology minor.

Hours required: 18
Lower division hours required: 9
Upper division hours required: 9

Required Foundation Courses (9 hours):
  • ANTH 2351 - Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 2353 - Origins and Prehistory
  • ANTH 2352 - Introduction to Archaeology

Course Descriptions

ANTH 2351 Cultural Anthropology (3 credits):
Cross-cultural overview of the ways human societies organize themselves. Socialization, kinship, gender and family relations, community structures and general lifestyle are compared. Examination of diverse societies to clarify commonalities and dissimilarities of human experience.

ANTH 2353 Human Origins and Prehistory (3 credits):
Scientific research findings are used to trace the emergence of the human species. Importance of the distinctive biological makeup of humans and their early cultural creations. Details the human inclination to engage in the construction of culture.

ANTH 2352 Introduction to Archaeology (3 credits):
An introduction to the history, methods, and theory within modern archaeology, including discussion of data collection, analysis, dating techniques, and interpretation. Specifically, kinds of sites, classification of stone artifacts, methods of archaeological survey and excavation, and the theoretical approach to archaeology will be discussed.


9 credit hours required

ANTH 23XX Forensic Anthropology (3 credits):
This course is designed to introduce students to forensic anthropology, an applied field of biological anthropology. Students will gain a firm foundation in the various aspects of forensic anthropology, including cause of death, management of the death scene, chain of evidence, and proper storage and handling of human skeletal remains.

ANTH 33XX Bioarchaeology (3 credits):
This course examines the study of archaeological human remains. Biological data from archaeological skeletal material provides life history information on past populations concerning diet, disease, demography, and genetic relationships. This course examines the history of bioarchaeology, recent issues and debates, and methodological approaches employed in the discipline.

ANTH 33XX Introduction to Medical Anthropology (3 credits):
Overview of methods and contemporary topics in medical anthropology. The linkage between culture and health is central toward understanding human adaptations to a variety of environments around the world. Explores how health, illness and healing have been conceptualized and socially patterned across diverse human cultures. Processes and structures within economic systems (including poverty, political violence, and toxic waste disposal) impacting well-being will be examined.

ANTH 33XX Human Osteology (3 credits):
This course introduces the student to an in-depth study of the human skeleton. Lecture and laboratory sessions are interwoven to cover topics that include developmental biology, functional morphology, and skeletal identification. Determination of sex, age, and ethnicity will be examined.

ANTH 3190-3390 Selected Topics (one to three credits):
Introduction to specialized topic or topics chosen by instructor. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

Contact Us
Jennifer Rice, PhD 
Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology
210-434-6711, ext. 7064