Anthropology Minor, Global Health and Environment Specialization

Program Requirements

  • Total units required: 18

Anthropology minors may choose an optional specialization called Global Health and Environment (GHE) if the student's interests lie primarily within this area of anthropology. Students in the GHE specialization of the anthropology minor must take the departmental, specialization, and elective requirements as outlined below.

Required Courses

Departmental Requirements: 3 units

Any 100-level introductory anthropology course from the following list:

Anthro 150AIntroduction to Human Evolution3
Anthro 160BIntroduction to Cultural Anthropology3
Anthro 190BIntroduction to Archaeology3

 Global Health and Environment Track Requirements: 6 units

Anthro 3283Introduction to Global Health3
Anthro 361Culture and Environment3
Total Units6

Elective Courses

Students must select 9 units of courses from the approved list of GHE electives available on the Department of Anthropology website. GHE electives consist of approved courses listed under the Global Health heading and courses listed under the Environment heading. Students may take no fewer than 3 units from either list, with the remaining 6 units to come from the other list.

Additional Information

  • Students should register under the L48 department code for any courses that will count toward the minor.
  • Courses taken Pass/Fail and courses in which a student earns less than a C- do not fulfill the minor requirements.
  • A maximum of 3 units of course work taken in the School of Continuing & Professional Studies (U69) may be counted toward the minor. Online courses taken through the School of Continuing & Professional Studies do not count toward the minor.
  • A maximum of 6 units of nontraditional courses — including School of Continuing & Professional Studies, study abroad, honors, and directed-research courses — may be counted toward the advanced electives in the minor. For details, please see below.


Many anthropology courses include research components and final projects. Minors can also take part in research at the beginning, intermediate, or advanced level in any subdiscipline and gain credit through approved directed research with faculty who have ongoing research projects. Research opportunities in anthropology labs include projects in archaeology, paleoethnobotany, geoarchaeology, zooarchaeology, genetic studies, GIS, human osteology, human ecology, and primate studies. Students may earn a maximum of 3 units of credit from directed research under a specific faculty member.

Study Abroad

The department recognizes and accepts courses from a number of semester and year abroad programs. Specific information about study abroad policies is available on the anthropology department website or by consultation with the study abroad coordinator. Students may petition to count up to 6 units of study abroad elective credit toward the general anthropology minor or up to 3 units of study abroad elective credit toward the GHE specialization of the minor. Students should contact the anthropology study abroad coordinator to discuss the requirements for study abroad credit and to gain approval for the transfer of credit.

Transfer Credit

Students who wish to transfer credits from other institutions, including those abroad, must have approval from the director of undergraduate studies.


Anthropology minors may gain pre-professional experience by taking part in supervised internships in businesses, cultural institutions, and community agencies. Students must have department approval for an internship and must work with an anthropology faculty sponsor during the fall or spring semester. Internships may only be taken for Pass/Fail credit and do not count toward the minor requirements.

Contact Info

Contact:Kirsten Jacobsen