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Environmental Anthropology (Minor)

Why Declare a Minor in Environmental Anthropology?

An academic minor are of great value professionally. They are designed to complement or augment your academic studies and demonstrate additional unique skills and competencies in an area of study outside of your major. Completing a minor allows you to stand out among applications for jobs, professional school, and graduate school by showing that you not only possess unique skills but that you have broad interests and that you are an ambitious learner. These traits will distinguish you from students who pursued only their major course of study.

Pursuing a minor in environmental anthropology augments not only knowledge gained in the sciences but adds depth to any degree.  Environmental anthropology studies specific patterns of economic activity, social and political practices, and institutional arrangements, as well as their environmental and health effects. It explores the ways in which different belief systems, religions, political ideologies, and cultural knowledge shape the practices and consciousness of people. All of these factors are considered when anthropologists work to explain human-environment interactions that lead to both local and global environmental change. Therefore the minor makes the ideal partner to any major as it adds significant depth and skills around the interface of various disciplines with the human condition. 

Who Is This Program For?

If you’re interested in how humans interact with the environment and how cultures are shaped by these interactions, this minor is for you.

What Courses Will I Take?

You will complete 6 courses (18 credits).

Environmental Science Core (choose 1): ENVSTY 101 Nature of Environmental Problems or ENVSCI 120 Introduction to Environmental Science
Anthropology Core: ANTH 106 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology and ANTH 263 Environmental Anthropology
Anthropology Electives (choose 2): ANTH 317 Human Epidemiology, ANTH 341 Archeological Method and Theory, ANTH 346 Culture, Globalization, and the Environment, ANTH 349 Anthrpology of Development, ANTH 357 Culture, Disease, and Healing
Environmental Capstone (choose 1): ENVSTY 301 Internship in Environmental Studies, ENVSTY 401 Environmental Problem Analysis and Policy Formulation, ENVSCI 476 Capstone in Environmental Science, ANTH 478 Directed Study

How Do I Declare a Minor in Environmental Anthropology?

Students interested in declaring a minor in environmental chemistry should complete a declaration form and have the form signed by the Chair of the Anthropology Department.  The Anthropology Department office is located in McCormack Hall, 4th Floor, Room 00434. 

Program Contact

For more information contact Prof. José Martínez-Reyes (jose.martinez-reyes@umb.edu; 617.287.4871)