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Anthropology is from the Greek anthropos (human) + logia (study). It is the science that studies human variation from its beginnings millions of years ago to the present day. To an anthropologist, diversity itself - seen in body shapes and sizes, blood types, different kinds of languages, customs, clothing, religion and ideas about the world - provides a frame of reference for understanding any single aspect of life.


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Real-World Learning Components

Optional internship(s), Research


2 years

Admission Criteria



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McMicken College of Arts and Sciences


481 Braunstein Hall
PO Box 210380
Cincinnati,OH  45221-0380
Heather Norton
Phone: 513-556-2772

Student Success Factors

While each branch of anthropology carries its own special techniques and required skill sets, certain attributes common to all will help a student succeed:

  • open-mindedness and willingness to understand how other social and cultural systems work
  • intellectual curiosity about human similarities and differences
  • desire to find out how things actually are vs. how someone thinks they "should be"
  • analytic ability and, for some branches, some quantitative and statistical skills
  • verbal facility: ability to read carefully and write clearly and concisely
  • desire to cultivate a disciplined imagination

Career Possibilities

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.


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Anthropology Minor Curriculum Guide

Predominant Program

    Anthropology Minor Requirements
    • ANTH1001, Cultural Anthropology, DC, SS, 3
    • ANTH1003, Biological Anthropology, NS, SS, 3
    • ANTH1005, Introduction to Archaeology, HP, SS, 3
    • ANTH2xxx, ANTH Electives at the 2000 level or above (8 hr. min.), 8
    • ANTH3xxx, ANTH Electives at the 3000 level or above (3 min.), 3
    Elective coursework
    • ANTH2xxx, 2000 level course(s) or above, 8
    Advanced Elective Course
    • ANTH3xxx, 3000 level course(s) or above, 3

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

Students in the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-intensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, Tristate location offers exciting opportunities for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies and a highly successful First Year Experience program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources.

Admission Requirements

Students already pursuing a degree in any college at UC can add the minor to their program. Be sure to submit a declaration of the minor using our online form.

In addition, you must meet with the program director so that the department is aware that you are pursuing the minor and can advise you appropriately. Do this early enough to avoid delay in obtaining your minor.

Graduation Requirements

If you have declared the minor, then it will appear on your application for graduation. Apply for graduation as you normally would for your bachelor’s degree.


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