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Environmental Anthropology Minor

Explore the Intersection Between Humans & the Environment.

UMass Boston's Environmental Anthropology Minor program focuses on the influence of humans and human interactions on their environments. You'll study the economic, social, and political factors that impact the environment and community health. The program also explores different belief systems, religions, political ideologies, and cultural knowledge and how they shape human life and behaviors.

The program aims to nurture a new generation of culturally and environmentally aware global leaders and practitioners. After you finish, you'll be prepared to take job roles that focus on creating sustainable communities and finding solutions to address global challenges.

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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

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Core Courses (9 Credits)

  • ANTH 106 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3 Credit(s)
  • ANTH 263 - Environmental Anthropology 3 Credit(s)


  • ENVSTY 101 - The Nature of Environmental Problems 3 Credit(s) OR
  • ENVSCI 120 - Introduction to Environmental Science 3 Credit(s)

Electives (6 Credits)

Take two courses from the list below.

  • ANTH 317 - Human Epidemiology 3 Credit(s)
  • ANTH 341 - Archaeological Method and Theory with Laboratory 4 Credit(s)
  • ANTH 346 - Culture, Globalization, and the Environment 3 Credit(s)
  • BIOL 384L - Game Theory, Evolution and Ecology 3 Credit(s)

Capstone (3 Credits)

  • ENVSTY 301 - Internship in Environmental Studies 1-3 Credit(s) OR
  • ENVSTY 478 - Independent Study 1-3 Credit(s) OR
  • ENVSCI 476 - Environmental Science Capstone 3 Credit(s)

Completion Requirements

Complete 18 credits from six courses, including three core courses, two electives, and one environmental capstone.

GPA: A minimum GPA of 2.75 is required for all courses applied toward 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.


Ping-Ann Addo, PhD, Anthropology Department Chair
McCormack Hall, 4th Floor, Room 436
ping-ann.addo [@]

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