Minor: Biological Anthropology

Anthropology Minors

Anthropology at the University of Michigan emphasizes four-field training. Our majors gain anthropological understanding of the human condition through exposure to Sociocultural Anthropology, Biological Anthropology, Anthropological Archaeology, and Linguistic Anthropology and their many interrelationships. Many students, however, take our courses to supplement other majors or out of general interest and have less need for four-field training. Academic minors in anthropology may benefit these students, providing structure to their course elections, and allowing thoughtful integration of anthropology into their academic plans. The department offers three minors: Anthropology, Biological Anthropology, and Medical Anthropology.

Anthropology Advising +

The department offers undergraduate majors for a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Evolutionary Anthropology: minors are offered in Medical Anthropology, Biological Anthropology, and Anthropology (with tracks in Sociocultural Anthropology, Linguistic Anthropology, and Archaeological Anthropology).

All anthropology faculty members are available for informal discussion with students during scheduled office hours (check the Department office for times).

Department advisors are available to explain program objectives and requirements and to help with the planning of your  program.

Students wishing to pursue a minor in the Department of Anthropology should contact the undergraduate advisor with any questions.

Appointments are scheduled in the Department office or online at: www.lsa.umich.edu/anthro/undergraduates/advising


Biological Anthropology Minor

The minor in Biological Anthropology allows students with interests in evolutionary biology or medicine to add an anthropological perspective to their studies. Many students are interested in specific topics covered by Biological Anthropology, such as Human Evolution, the Evolution of Human Behavior, Primatology, Nutrition and Adaptation, Human Genetics, etc. Thus, a minor in biological anthropology offers several "tracks" to students depending on their interests.


An academic minor in Biological Anthropology is not open to students with any major or any other minor in the department of Anthropology.

Prerequisites to the Minor


Academic Minor Program

At least five courses (no fewer than16 credits), to be chosen from the following categories as stated:

  1. ANTHRBIO 161.
  2. At least four upper-level courses in ANTHRBIO, chosen in consultation with an advisor, one of which must be at the 400-level or above.

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