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The Anthropology Minor

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The Minor in Anthropology is designed for any undergraduate at Cornell who wants to engage with sociocultural anthropology, archaeological anthropology or biological anthropology but cannot commit to a full academic major. No specific advisor is required; all departmental faculty are available to discuss students' plans for completing the Minor. Students can apply for the Minor at any time before the March 31st prior to their graduation; to be certified for the Minor, a student must submit a completed Minor Form and transcript to the Anthropology Director of Undergraduate Studies by this date.


  • Completion of five anthropology courses, worth 3 credits or more.
  • One of the five courses must be taken at the 1000- or 2000- level (FWS do not count).
  • Of the four additional courses, one must be at the 3000 level, and one must be a seminar at the 4000 level.
  • No S/U classes will be accepted; all classes must be taken for a letter grade.
  • Students must achieve a C- or better in all five courses taken to fulfill the minor.

One of the courses for the minor may be taken as transfer credit and one may be taken through study abroad. A minimum of three of the five required courses must be taken at Cornell.

Anthropology Minor Course Plan - Please complete this form and submit it to the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Prof. Saida Hodzic, during her office hours, which are posted on her office door (204 McGraw Hall).



"I'm majoring in Landscape architecture with a minor in anthropology because my interest lies in studying how cultural and societal systems make changes to the landscapes they live in over time." - Blake Enos

Photo:  Blake in Versailles, France, in the 15th Century tunnels underneath the gardens of Versailles. Two summers ago, Blake had an internship there at the Potager du Roi, in which he studied the historic gardening styles of that region of France and got to perform hands-on work on the grounds.



"As a Nutritional Sciences major I chose to minor in Anthropology to diversify my classes. Taking Anthropology of Food and Cuisine sparked my interest in learning about other cultures and their interpretations and understandings of different topics. Minoring in Anthropology has allowed me to explore various subjects ranging from prisons to hope and how different people interpret these topics.  I plan to use Anthropology after graduation as a tool to better understand other people and cultures that differ from my own." - Moriah Nkosi '17