Minor Programs


Minor in General Anthropology

Twenty-one credit hours are required, including Anth 1001, 1002, 1003, and 1004, and three additional courses in anthropology, which must be taken in different fields. For the purposes of this minor, courses are divided into fields as follows: Biological Anthropology — 1005, 2406, and 3401-3491; archaeology — 3801-3891; anthropological linguistics — SpHr 1071 and Anth 3601-3691; sociocultural anthropology — Anth 2501-2506, 2750, and all other 2000- and 3000-level courses except 3995 (independent research). Anth 3991, in which the topic varies, is included wherever pertinent.

Minor in Archaeology

Eighteen credit hours are required. Required courses are Anth 1003, 3838, and 12 hours of upper-level courses in archaeology, chosen from among Anth 3801-3891 or 6806. An independent study in archaeology or an appropriate art history course may be substituted for one of the upper-level archaeology courses.

Minor in Biological Anthropology

At least 19 credits, including Biological Anthropology (Anth 1001) and at least four additional upper-level courses chosen from Anth 24063401-3491, and 3802. Students must also take at least one approved field experience (Anth 3839 or Anth 3832 or with undergraduate advisor approval in advance) or class in a related field, such as biological sciences, geology, psychology, or statistics. Approved classes can be found on the GW bulletin. 

Minor in Sociocultural Anthropology

Eighteen credit hours are required, including Anth 1002, one course in ethnography (Anth 2750 and 3701-3791); and four courses in aspects of culture or methods and theory (Anth 2501-2533, 3501-3531, 3991 [when appropriate] or 2008).

Minor in Cross-Cultural Communication

Eighteen credit hours are required, including Anth 1002 and 1004; Anth 3601 or 3602 and a second course in linguistic anthropology (Anth 3600s); one aspects of culture course (Anth 2501-2506, 3500s) or approved special topics course (Anth 3991); one ethnography course (Anth 2533, 3701-3791). See the Bulletin for details.

Interdisciplinary Minor in Linguistics

The linguistics minor is designed to provide students with training in the analysis of both the formal structures and social functions of language. Through critical analysis of key readings and approaches in linguistics, students learn how to interpret linguistic data, and apply these analyses to theoretical debates and practical issues in both linguistics and related fields. Eighteen credits are required, including Anth 1004, Sphr 1071 and 12 credits in elective courses (6 credits in the Language, Form, and Cognition Group and 6 in the Social and Cultural Contexts of Language Group). See the Bulletin for details..


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Alumna working for NGO in India

Nisha Ramachandran, BA '09, is currently worked as an intern for Jagori, an NGO in New Delhi. She focused on an action research project regarding water and sanitation, with an emphasis on women's safety.

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