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Majors, Minors and More

Anthropology at Miami emphasizes a holistic approach to learning through experiences in a wide variety of courses, independent studies, and field research. The core courses lay a foundation in biological anthropology, archaeology, cultural anthropology and linguistic anthropology. From there, you build knowledge and understanding in areas of your own interests. Students in anthropology are encouraged to study abroad and to participate in both Miami-based and international learning experiences.

The Anthropology Major

All anthropology majors receive a broad introduction to the four subfields of anthropology:

  1. ATH 212: Intro to Archaeological Theory & Methods (4 credits)
  2. ATH 231: Investigating Culture: Theories and Methods in Cultural Anthropology (3 credits)
  3. ATH 255: Introduction to Biological Anthropology (3 credits)
  4. ATH 265: Language and Culture (3 credits)

The major requirements ensure that students are exposed to all four major areas but allow them the freedom explore their individual interests though Course Clusters:

Adaptation - Evolution, Behavior, & Biocultural Change;
Plurality - Global Connections and Diversity; and 
Emergence - Media, Technology and Communication. 


You must take at least three courses from one cluster, and at least one course from each of the two remaining clusters for a total of 17 credit hours. One course must be a Practicum course. You must also ATH 421: Senior Seminar in Anthropology (3 credits)

 Learn more about the anthropology major requirements on the Miami Bulletin

Want to declare anthropology as your major? Have any questions about major requirements? Contact Dr. Mark Peterson, the Lead Department Advisor, at

The Integrated Major: Anthropology and ETBD

The Applied Design Track (Anthropology) in Emerging Technology in Business + Design (ETBD) explores how new technology can affect positive change in almost any aspect of society. In this program, students will learn:

  • Person-Centered Research Methods
  • Communication Skills
  • Critical Thinking
  • Design Thinking
  • Ethical Values & Practices
  • Anthropological Holism
  • Intercultural Appreciation
  • Engaged Scholarship, and
  • Professional Development

Interested in the Integrated Program? Contact Dr. Mark Peterson (ATH/ETDB, or Tracey Hayes (ETBD,

Our Minors

Anthropological holism


Anthropological holism encourages critical thinking and interdisciplinarity, while the cross-cultural approach of anthropology will be of particular importance to those interested in adding global and pan-human perspectives to their major course of study.

archaeology minor students


The Archaeology minor allows students to develop their skills in archarological appraoches to the human past, including field and laboratory techniques, material culture analysis, and cultural heritage management.

Global Health studies minor

Global Health

Global Health Minors gain a unique experience that fosters collaboration, innovation, and ethical engagement to develop future leaders who will take us all to a healthier and more equitable future. 

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