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Anthropology Minor

Explore Diverse Cultures to Broaden Your Understanding of Global Societies.

UMass Boston’s Anthropology Minor program is designed for students who want to supplement their major with an anthropological perspective. 

In this program, you’ll learn about the history of humanity in all its cultural, social, and biological complexities. You’ll explore issues ranging from the diversity of local neighborhoods to the global struggles of Indigenous and African Diasporic people, from the rise of ancient civilizations to the impacts of modernity and environmental change.

Courses are focused on critical thinking, research, and communication skills to help you navigate the challenges of a rapidly changing world and contribute to meaningful social change.

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How to Apply/Declare

Current Undergraduate Students: Declare or change your minor by completing an Undergraduate Program Add/Change form

Prospective Undergraduate Students: Apply for admission to UMass Boston by completing an application. Start by reviewing the first-year and transfer application pages for important information about requirements, deadlines, and application status checks. Use the links below to apply: 

Apply as a First-Year Student

Apply as a Transfer Student


Introductory Courses (6 Credits)

Take two courses from the list below. 

  • ANTH 105 - Introduction to Biological Anthropology 3 Credit(s)
  • ANTH 106 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3 Credit(s)
  • ANTH 107 - Intro To Archaeology 3 Credit(s)

Electives (12 Credits)

Take four additional anthropology courses between ANTH 211 and 491. At least two courses must be 300-level or higher.


Please note: Only one directed study, internship, or cooperative education course may be applied toward this requirement.

Completion Requirements

Complete 18 credits from six courses – two introductory courses and four electives.

GPA: A minimum GPA of 2.0 from all courses for the minor.
Pass/fail: No courses taken pass/fail may be applied toward the minor.
Residency: At least four courses for the minor must be completed at UMass Boston.
Course level: At least two courses applied toward the minor must be at the 300-level or higher.


Department of Anthropology
McCormack Hall, 4th Floor, Room 0434
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Anthropology Department

UMass Boston's Department of Anthropology in the College of Liberal Arts offers a diverse range of programs and research opportunities aimed at understanding the complexities of human societies and cultures across the globe.

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