Environmental Anthropology Program (Minor)

Environmental Anthropology Program Minor

Why Environmental Anthropology?

Environmental anthropology focuses on how culture mediates the dynamic interactions between human populations and their ecosystems. It studies specific patterns of economic activity, social and political practices, and institutional arrangements, as well as their environmental and health effects. It explores the ways in which different belief systems, religions, political ideologies, and cultural knowledge shape the practices and consciousness of people. All of these factors are considered when anthropologists work to explain human-environment interactions that lead to both local and global environmental change. The field is growing rapidly and becoming of greater importance not only in academia, but also among policy makers.

The new minor in environmental anthropology will help nurture a new generation of culturally and environmentally aware global citizens and practitioners who are prepared to take leadership roles in creating sustainable communities and in finding solutions for the uneven processes of globalization.

The interdisciplinary minor incorporates courses from the Anthropology Department and the Environmental Studies Program.


The minor consists of 6 courses (18 credits), including core requirements, electives, and a capstone.

Required courses:

  • Envsty 101 Nature of Environmental Problems
  • Anth 106 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • Anth 263 Environmental Anthropology

Two electives chosen from the following:

  • Anth 317 Human Epidemiology

  • Anth 341 Archaeological Method and Theory

  • Anth 346 Culture, Globalization, and the Environment
  • Anth 349 Anthropology of Development

  • Anth 357 Culture, Disease, and Healing

An Environmental Capstone selected from the following options:

  • Envsty 301 Internship in Environmental Studies
Envsty 401 Environmental Problem Analysis and Policy Formulation
  • Evnsty 478 Independent Study

Program Director:

José Martínez-Reyes, PhD, Associate Professor of Anthropology

Associated Faculty:

Patrick Clarkin, PhD, Associate Professor of Anthropology
Alan Christian, PhD, Associate Professor of Biological
Sciences, ESP Director
Stephen Silliman, PhD, Professor of Anthropology

Contact Us:

For further information, please contact

José Martínez-Reyes