Heritage and Global Engagement Minor

Department of Anthropology

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Patricia McAnany, Chair

Anna Agbe-Davies, Director of Undergraduate Studies



The heritage and global engagement minor offers students the opportunity to engage two critical issues of our times: globalization and heritage. Students will learn a wide range of culturally aware approaches to understanding the role of globalization and heritage in the modern world. Emphasizing experiential learning, the minor offers students guided training in a range of anthropological methodologies including ethnography, oral life-history, heritage conservation, and community-based, participatory research. Through designated engagement courses, student completing the minor will have developed a portfolio of extended cases studies, ethnographic projects, and designs for participatory heritage and globally-concerned projects. This emphasis on engagement—i.e. first-hand anthropological research—teaches students to connect new ideas about culture, history, globalization, and identity with real communities. This course of study therein prepares students to navigate the complex issues of globalization and heritage that they will encounter in their personal and professional lives beyond UNC. The minor is designed to complement other majors and careers, where cultural awareness is a must. Affording undergraduates the opportunity to anthropologically engage their world, the heritage and global engagement minor brings together UNC faculty, students, and communities—both abroad and here in North Carolina—to create locally grounded, globally aware understandings of an increasingly interconnected world.

Graduate School and Career Opportunities

There are multiple career paths open to students with a minor in heritage and global engagement. The minor is designed to augment a range of courses of study and careers. From medical and health professions to business, government, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), anthropological perspective is increasingly at a premium in the world writ large. This minor gives students the global awareness and first-hand research skills to distinguish themselves in a variety of local and global fields.

Department Programs



Graduate Programs


In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must:

  • take at least nine hours of their minor "core" requirements at UNC–Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum of 12 hours of C or better in the minor (some minors require more)

For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.

Core Requirements
Select five (5) courses from the following list. At least one course must involve engaged anthropological research. 115
First-Year Seminar: The Indians' New Worlds: Southeastern Histories from 1200 to 1800
First-Year Seminar: Crisis Resilience: Past and Future of Human Societies H
First-Year Seminar: Indian Country Today
First-Year Seminar: The Lives of Others: Exploring Ethnography 1
First-Year Seminar: Public Archaeology in Bronzeville, Chicago's Black Metropolis 1
Anthropology of Globalization
Anthropology through Expressive Cultures
Ancient Cities of the Americas
Local Cultures, Global Forces 1, H
Archaeology and the Media
Introduction to World Prehistory
Anthropological Perspectives on Food and Culture
Introduction to Folklore
Global Issues and Globalization
The Inca and Their Ancestors: The Archaeology of Andean South America
Ancestral Maya Civilizations H
Prehistory of Southwest Asia and Egypt: From the Earliest Humans to the Rise of Civilization
Action Research 1
Anthropology and Public Interest 1
Archaeology of North America H
Archaeology of Food
Culture and Identity 1
Culture and Consumption 1
Melancholy Japan: Myth, Memory, and Everyday Life
The Anthropology of Memory 1
Artisans and Global Culture: Economic, Historical, Experiential, and Cross-Cultural Dimensions 1, H
Community in India and South Asia
Memory, Massacres, and Monuments in Southeast Asia
Native Writers
Public Archaeology
Public Archaeology Practicum 1
Culture and Power in Southeast Asia
Migration and Health 1
The Past in the Present
The Archaeology of African Diasporas
Colonialism and Postcolonialism: History and Anthropology 1
Visual Anthropology
Archaeology of the American South
Ethnography and Life Stories 1
Issues in Cultural Heritage 1
Total Hours15

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Special Opportunities

See the program page here for special opportunities. Students should also meet with the Department of Anthropology’s undergraduate career advisor to explore opportunities that are beyond the classroom yet relevant to this minor.