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.

Core required courses (9 credits):

       Environmental Science core (select one):

       Anthropology core (both required):

Two electives chosen from the following (6 credits):

An Environmental Capstone selected from the following options (Select one):

Program Director:

José Martínez-Reyes, PhD, Associate Professor of Anthropology

Associated Faculty:

Douglas Bolander, PhD, Visiting Assistant Professor

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