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Anthropology Minor

The anthropology minor is intended to acquaint students with the cross-cultural study of people and cultures through the diverse discipline of anthropology. The anthropology minor includes an overview of anthropological theory and research methods, of interdisciplinary approaches and cultural studies, as well as an examination of the four sub-fields of anthropology. This minor can be combined with any major and minor. A minimum of 9 credits must be exclusive to the minor and cannot be counted toward any other majors/minors/certificate programs.

Anthropology Minor Requirements
(18 credits)

ANTH 1020 - Introduction to Anthropology (3 credits)

This course is an interdisciplinary examination of the ways in which anthropologists study people and their ways of life across cultures and across time. The four major fields of anthropology will be introduced with an overview of each of the following perspectives: cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, archaeology, and linguistics.

ANTH 2300 - Cultural Anthropology (3 credits)

The course compares and contrast cultures, the ways people live, through an anthropological lens. It will include examination of how humans create and transmit culture and cultural artifacts. Analysis of how humans view cultures other than their own and the ways in which this impacts the study of anthropology will also be addressed. Prerequisite: ANTH 1020.

SOCL 1020 - Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)

This course is concerned with the nature and needs of people, their relationships to their societies, and the manner in which they govern those relationships by establishing groups and institutions, engaging in social processes and bringing about social change. Special emphasis will be placed on culture in the United States and the impact of technology on the modern person. 

SOCL 3000 - Research Methods in the Social Sciences (3 credits)

Introduction to qualitative research designs commonly used in the social sciences. Discussion of data collection methods such as participant observation and interviewing, focus groups, case studies and ethnographies. Prerequisites: SOCL 1020 or ANTH 1020. 

Select 3 credits from the following courses:

SOCL 3500 - Race and Ethnicity in the U.S. (3 credits)

This course covers race and ethnic divisions, discrimination, conflict and cooperation. Further, it explores the impact of global processes on race and ethnicity in the United States. There will be a comparison of US racial and ethnic patterns to other countries. Prerequisite: SOCL 1020. 

SOCL 3600 - Environmental Sociology (3 credits)

This course examines the relationships between societies and the physical environment in the U.S. and at the global level as well as the ways in which environmental problems are also social problems. It will explore materialism, technology, development, population, and environmental activism and attitudes including the pivotal role that social inequality plays in relation to environmental problems. Prerequisites: SOCL 1020 or ENVS 1100 or ENVS 1200. 

Select 3 credits from the following courses:

HIST 2130 - Formation of Latin America (3 credits)

An interdisciplinary study of ancient American and Latin American systems and societies. The course examines ways in which essential elements of indigenous cultures have had an impact on the development of Latin American political, social, and economic institutions; the impact of Iberian history and socioeconomic systems on the discovery, colonization, and development of American nations; the legacy of Spanish and Portuguese colonialism to emerging Latin American states; and the major goals and consequences of 19th century neocolonialism. Prerequisite: COMP 1500 or COMP 1500H. 

HIST 2300 - Caribbean History (3 credits)

This course traces the history of the Caribbean from the fifteenth century to the present, examining such issues as indigenous peoples and the early years of European settlement and colonization, the construction of African slavery, the changing place of the Caribbean in the world economy, various aspects of slave society, and the abolition of slavery. Revolution and struggles for independence will be emphasized, as will be U.S. imperialism, migration, and the rise of intellectual, artistic and literary movements in Caribbean island nations. Prerequisite: COMP 1500 or COMP 1500H. 

HIST 2400 - African History (3 credits)

This class will focus on Africa as a vast continent that is characterized by enormous ethnic, religious, geographic, and historical diversity. Emphasis will be on the transatlantic slave trade and its impact on Africa and Africa's relations with the outside world. European colonization of Africa and the extent to which it shaped the modern history of the continent; and the history of South Africa and the rise and fall of the Apartheid Regime. Prerequisite: COMP 1500 or COMP 1500H. 

INST 1500 - Global Issues (3 credits)

This course examines some of the increasingly complex and diverse issues confronting humanity. It examines the great diversity of opinion that people hold on important global issues, such as population, natural resource utilization, development, human rights, and values. Students may not receive credit for both INST 1500 and GLBS 1500.

The academic program and curriculum requirements listed on this page are from the NSU Undergraduate Student Catalog. Students are bound by policies and curricula published in the catalog in effect the semester they enter the university, unless an agreement is made with appropriate NSU administration officials allowing them to abide by policies published in a later catalog.

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