Anthropology  (Minor)

Are you intrigued by human behavior, history and biology? An anthropology minor gives you the tools to explore the lessons of human nature, preparing you for success in many different careers through a deep understanding of who we are and where we came from.

Program Description

Coursework in anthropology complements many majors and provides critical thinking skills beneficial in any career field that requires understanding human behavior and its motivations, including medicine, marketing, business, consulting and human resources.

A minor in anthropology completes the academic experience by focusing on the lessons and people that make human societies so interesting and challenging to understand, both in the past and in modern times.

A focus in evolutionary anthropology is perfect for a premedical track in which a broad evolutionary perspective is important for understanding disease processes. A focus in sociocultural anthropology provides understanding of human interaction and how social groups function.

Anthropological training provides a competitive advantage in the workforce as students learn how to problem-solve creatively and better understand themselves and others.

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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus, or online
  • Additional Program Fee: No
  • Second Language Requirement: No

Program Requirements

GPA Requirement: None

Incompatible Majors: BA in anthropology; BS in anthropology

Other Enrollment Requirements: None

Current ASU undergraduate students may pursue a minor and have it recognized on their ASU transcript at graduation. Minor requirements appear on the degree audit once the minor is added. Certain major and minor combinations may be deemed inappropriate by the college or department of either the major program or the minor. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward both the major and minor.

Enrollment Requirements

The anthropology minor requires a minimum of 18 credit hours.

Required introductory courses: (choose two)
ASB 102 Culture in a Globalizing World, SB, G (3)
ASB 222 Buried Cities and Lost Tribes, SB, G, H (3) or ASB 223 Aztecs, Incas and Mayas, HU or SB, G, H (3)
ASM 104 Bones, Stones and Human Evolution, SB or SG (4)

However, the particular introductory courses selected may limit the anthropology courses available in the upper division.

Twelve credit hours must be upper-division and represent at least two of the three subfields of anthropology.

The three subfields are:

  • archaeology
  • evolutionary anthropology
  • sociocultural anthropology (with linguistics)

The courses chosen to represent two of the three subfields must be drawn from the distribution requirements of those two subfields. A listing of courses by subfield can be found at

A minimum grade of "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) is required for all courses taken for the minor in anthropology.

Depending upon a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

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ASU offers this program in an online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year. Applicants may view the program description and request more information here.

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