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Curriculum Information Guide

Anthropology Minor

Dr. Anjana Mebane-Cruz, Coordinator
Sociology and Anthropology Dept.
School of Arts & Sciences

The Sociology and Anthropology Department offers an undergraduate Minor in Anthropology to all students matriculated in a baccalaureate degree program at Farmingdale State College. Students who opt to complete a minor in Anthropology must apply through the Sociology and Anthropology Department.

The discipline of Anthropology provides students with the tools and perspectives necessary for understanding how humans and their cultures have developed and most critically, how we continue to develop and change our cultures and societies. The fundamental concepts, theories, and research methodologies of Anthropology provide students with useful tools for understanding human cultures and the various social institutions in which we all participate, enabling them to meet the many challenges of living and working in what has been termed “the glocal community.”

The Anthropology Minor consists of 15 credits in Anthropology, adjustable to suit the interests of the individual student, with the approval of their Anthropology Advisor and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.. At least nine of the credits must be in advanced courses in Anthropology at the 200 level or higher. Students enrolled in the Anthropology Minor must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 in their Anthropology courses.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of how evolution works and genetic processes.  In particular, students will be able to explain broad outlines of human evolution, including comparison with other primates. 
  • Students will have an understanding of processes and debates about what has been called civilization, including domestication of plants and animals; agricultural origins and possible consequences; settled village and urban life; and state formation.
  • Students will be familiar with four field anthropology, and from that, they will be able to explain the basic methods of each field, e.g. how archaeologists analyze and interpret artifacts and how material culture interacts with attitudes and beliefs.
  • Students will understand what cultural relativity means within anthropology and develop appreciation for cultural explanations of human difference.
  • Students will understand the development of important social constructs/categories such as “race” and gender categories.
  • Students will demonstrate understanding of how anthropologists conduct fieldwork, including ethnographic techniques, analysis, and writing.
  • Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills by analyzing anthropological interventions on contemporary issues like immigration or racism.

About Academic Minors

Farmingdale State College students are invited to enhance their studies with an "Academic Minor." A minor is a cluster of thematically related courses drawn from one or more departments. In addition to department based minors (e.g. computer programming & info systems), interdisciplinary minors are also available (e.g. legal studies).

Academic minors are approved by the College-Wide Curriculum Committee and the Provost. Students must make application for an academic minor through the department offering the minor in conjunction with the Registrar's Office Specific course work must be determined in consultation with a faculty member in the department offering the minor. A statement of successful completion of the academic minor will appear on the student's transcript at the time of graduation.

  • A minor is considered to be an optional supplement to a student's major program of study.
  • Completion of a minor is not a graduation requirement and is subject to the availability of the courses selected. However, if the requirements for a minor are not completed prior to certification of graduation in the major, it will be assumed that the minor has been dropped. Consequently, the student will only be certified for graduation in their primary major.
  • Only students in 4 year baccalaureate programs can apply for a minor.
  • A minor should consist of 15 to 21 credits.
  • At least 12 credits must be in courses at the 200 level or higher.
  • At least 9 credits must be residency credits.
  • Specific requirements for each minor are determined by the department granting the minor. 
  • Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 in their minor.  Some minors may require a higher GPA.
  • Students are prohibited from declaring a minor in the same discipline as their major (e.g. one cannot combine an applied math minor with an applied math major). Academic minors may not apply to all curricula.
  • Students are permitted to double-count courses.
  • Students are only permitted to take more than one minor with appropriate written approval of their department chair or curriculum Dean.

Curriculum Summary

Total Required Credits: 15


Students who plan eventually to major in Anthropology should be advised by an Anthropology faculty member and are encouraged to take a Modern Language; Statistics (MTH 110); SOC 122. Study abroad is recommended. Other courses relevant to the specific interests of Anthropology students might include: BIO 123, 130; 166/170, 193, 197, 210; CON 103; CRJ 201, 203; HIS 213, 215, 216, or 240; MLG 305-308; PCM 425, 426; POL 110; SOC 220, 225, 228-263

Admission to Farmingdale State College - State University of New York is based on the qualifications of the applicant without regard to age, sex, marital or military status, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability or sexual orientation.