The Environment pathway through the Anthropology major provides diverse tools for thinking about human-environment relations, from quantitative analyses of adaptive strategies to explorations of symbolic ecology, from archeological and historical studies of human-animal relations to contemporary political ecological analyses of resource extraction and climate change. These approaches illuminate the myriad ways humans have shaped, and have been shaped, by the environment and open alternative ways of relating to the non-human world.

Majoring in Anthropology via the Environment Pathway:

Sociocultural requirement:

  • Anthr 1400 The Comparison of Cultures OR
  • Anthr 2420 Nature/Culture

Archaeological requirement:

  • Anthr 1200 Ancient Peoples and Places OR
  • Anthr 2201 Early Agriculture

Biological requirement:

  • Anthr 1300 Human Evolution: Genes, Behavior, and the Fossil Record
  • Anthr 3000 Introduction to Anthropological Theory

2 of the following 3000-level courses:

  • Anthr 3230 Humans and Animals;
  • Anthr 3272 Hunters and Gatherers, Past and Present;
  • Anthr 3390 Primate Behavior and Ecology with an Emphasis on African Apes;
  • Anthr 3422 Culture, Politics, and Environment in the Circumpolar North;
  • Anthr 3470 Ethics, Animals and Nonhumans

2 of the following 4000-level courses:

  • Anthr 4437 Development, Humanitarianism, and the Will to Improve
  • Anthr 4267 Origins of Agriculture
  • Anthr 4410 Indigenous Peoples, Ecological Sciences, and Environmentalism

8 credits of electives that could include any of the 3000-level courses above or

  • Anthr 2729 Climate, Archaeology and History;
  • Other courses from Anthropology or other units with departmental approval.
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