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Medical Anthropology Minor

Medical anthropology provides a holistic examination of illness, suffering, and healing. In this minor, you will engage with biological, cultural and political-economic interpretations of how age, sex, race, birthplace, and socioeconomic status affect health.

You will gain greater insight into various cultural perspectives that characterize our rapidly changing world. You will also learn the essentials of medical anthropological research through the required qualitative methods course and directed research project completed as a capstone for the minor.

General Requirements

The minor consists of 18 credits of coursework beyond the prerequisite course, including 6 elective credits with a common intellectual bond approved by the minor advisor.

  • A minimum of 12 credits of minor coursework must be completed in addition to any courses (required courses or program elective) included in the major curriculum.
  • Up to 6 credits of coursework, with an earned grade of “C” or better, taken at another accredited institution may be applied to the course requirements of the minor upon prior approval of the department chair.
  • Interested students should apply to the minor program early in their academic career, usually by the fifth semester of college work, but no later than the end of the drop/add period of the first semester of their last year of didactic work.

Prerequisite Course

  • AN103: Introduction to Anthropology (Credits: 3) 

Required Courses

  • AN301: Medical Anthropology (Credits: 3)
  • SS400: Qualitative Methods in Social Science (Credits: 3)
  • AN498: Directed Research in Anthropology (Credits: 3)
  • An upper-level World Cultures Course (e.g. SO330: World Cultures and the USA, SO422: Race, Culture and Ethnicity, or other course to be determined in consultation with Department Chair).

Elective Courses

The following courses are highly recommended  for completing the minor. This is not a comprehensive list of available courses that can be used as electives. Other courses offered in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences, or other departments, may be approved by the student’s minor advisor.

  • AN201: Health and Societies (Credits: 3)
  • AN202: Forensic Anthropology (cross-listed as FS202) (Credits: 3)
  • SS305: Intercultural Communication (Credits: 3)
  • SS306: Sex, Gender and Equality (Credits: 3)
  • SS321: Intercultural Health Communication (Credits: 3)
  • SS422: Globalization and International Health (Credits: 3)
  • HE750: Behavioral and Social Foundations of Public Health (Credits: 3)   
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