Minor in Cultural Anthropology

Open your eyes to the people around you

If you’re curious about the many ways people live and interact, a minor in Cultural Anthropology could be right up your alley! Anthropologists and other sociology professionals study how people live in different cultures and different parts of the world, from the forests of Polynesia to the bustle of New York City, and use what they learn to solve issues in their own social spheres. Anthropologists dig into the pressing questions of not just what people do, but how and why they do it.

Frostburg State University’s Cultural Anthropology program offers an engaging collection of courses and experiences to hone your anthropological skill set.  As a student, you’ll look at a variety of communities side-by-side, both in the classroom and out in the field, discovering surprising similarities and unique traits along the way. You’ll have opportunities to conduct your own research project and present at conferences and symposiums, building up a portfolio filled with your experiences.

  • Dive into the fascinating study of groups, their behavior and the forces that influence them.
  • Complete your minor in Cultural Anthropology in 18 credit hours.

Cultural Anthropology Highlights

  • Thrive in small classes that give you one-on-one learning opportunities and access to great resources.
  • Connect your studies to the world beyond your classroom. FSU offers tons of programs and activities that pair well with your studies in cultural anthropology, such as guest speakers, festivals, study abroad programs, international celebrations and research opportunities.
  • Stay engaged with courses that frequently travel off-campus for conferences, field trips, special events and more!

About Our Cultural Anthropology Faculty:

  • Meet diverse professors from departments all across the university, including art, biology, English, geography, history, international studies and music!
  • Get involved in your community with professors who lead cultural festivals and other events and can help you turn your classroom lessons into real-world experiences.

Sample Cultural Anthropology Courses:

Sociology of Religion – A comparative study of the social organization and development of religious groups. The interrelations between religion and other facets of society and social behavior.

Introduction to Ethnobotany – Introduction into the discipline of ethnobotany focusing on the role of plants in Appalachian and other cultures. Field trips to local parks and visits with people active in the use of plants will provide opportunities for hands-on experience with techniques and methods used by field ethnobotanists.

Human Geography – Systematic consideration of factors influencing the distribution of human beings in relation to population dynamics and migration, economic development and urbanization, and cultural diversity.

Find out more about Frostburg State University’s Cultural Anthropology program

Career Outlook for Cultural Anthropologists

While going into anthropology professionally typically requires a Master’s degree, the skills gained through a cultural anthropology program are highly valuable in any discipline. Employers often look for candidates with stand-out observation and communication skills, which can be harder to teach, and graduates with a background in anthropology are recognized for their ability to understand and appreciate cultural diversity. For more information on opportunities in sociological fields, check out the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ pages on Anthropologists and Sociologists.

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