Medical Anthropology Minor

Anthropology is the integrative study of human beings at all times and in all places. Anthropological expertise has special application for hidden histories and the ancient past; the intersection of human biology and ecology; and the way communities create and use meaning, values, and history in everyday life. We support studies, research, and professional applications in these areas with three programs of foundational training: archaeology; human biology, ecology, and evolution; and sociocultural anthropology.

The medical anthropology minor is especially appropriate for those planning careers in medicine and health professions.

Requirements 

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 cumulative GPA of 2.000 in the minor core requirements. Some programs may require higher standards for minor or specific courses.

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

Core Requirements
Five three-hour courses taken from the following list:15
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Cultures of Health and Healing in Africa
IDEAs in Action General Education logo HIV/AIDS in Africa and the Diaspora
IDEAs in Action General Education logo First-Year Seminar: Saving the World? Humanitarianism in Action
Human Evolution and Adaptation
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Comparative Healing Systems
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Human Origins
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Anthropological Perspectives on Food and Culture
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Human Biology in Comparative Perspective
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Living Medicine
Healing in Ethnography and Literature
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Women in Science
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Anthropology of War and Peace
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Human Genetics and Evolution
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Human Growth and Development
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Global Health
Anthropology of Development
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Emotions and Society
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Practicing Medical Anthropology
Special Topics in Medical Anthropology
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Mental Health, Psychiatry, and Culture
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Laboratory Methods: Human Osteology
Anthropology and Human Rights
Written in Bone: CSI and the Science of Death Investigation from Skeletal Remains
Making Magic
Evolutionary Medicine
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Political Ecology
The Anthropology of Gender, Health, and Illness
Health and Gender after Socialism
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Cultures and Politics of Reproduction
Medicine, Politics, and Justice
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Migration and Health
Poverty, Inequality, and Health
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Health and Medicine in the American South
Medicine and Anthropology
Biocultural Perspectives on Maternal and Child Health
Anthropology of the Body and the Subject
The Anthropology of Disability
IDEAs in Action General Education logo The Archaeology of Health and Well-Being
Disease and Discrimination in Colonial Atlantic America
Anthropology of Science
Human Disease Ecology
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Anthropology and Public Health
Politics of Life and Death
Reconstructing Life: Nutrition and Disease in Past Populations
Total Hours15

Students planning on a minor in medical anthropology should inform the department’s director of undergraduate studies. For more information about medical anthropology see medicalanthropology.unc.edu.

See the program page here for special opportunities.

Department of Anthropology

Visit Program Website

301 Alumni Building, CB#3115

(919) 962-1243

Chair

Amanda Thompson

althomps@email.unc.edu

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Colin West

ctw@email.unc.edu