Minors & Certificate | Department of Anthropology

Minors & Certificate

Anthropology Minor

A minor requires completion of 18 hours in anthropology to include ANTH 1010, one introductory (2000) level course, and 6 hours from the upper-division level (3000 / 4000).

NOTE: Advanced standing or consent of the department is a prerequisite for enrollment in 3000 and 4000 level courses.

Medical Anthropology Minor

Program Description

The Medical Anthropology Minor Program at UNT will provide non-Anthropology major students with broad training covering the breadth of the field. The objective of the program is to train future medical anthropologists, physicians, nurses, PA's, and other health professionals to recognize and understand the complex relationships that exist between social, cultural, psychological, biological, economic, and environmental determinants and health, and to analyze and evaluate how contemporary health services are organized and delivered. Students minoring in medical anthropology will be introduced to the literature and methods of medical anthropology, and topics such as the social history of sickness and medicine, medical ethics, complementary and alternative therapies, and the medical humanities.

We anticipate that such a minor will enable students to become competitive, humanistic applicants to programs that continue their graduate education, such as medical school, nursing school, physician assistant programs, occupational therapy, clinical psychology, or graduate programs in anthropology, sociology, international and public health, community development, and more. Within the Medical Anthropology Minor Program, some flexibility is built in to allow students to choose from a diversity of advanced support courses in Sociology, Applied Gerontology, Psychology, Biology, and Philosophy and Religious Studies.

Program Curriculum

Foundation Courses (3 credit hours)
Choose 1 of these courses:

  • ANTH 1010 Introduction to Anthropology
  • ANTH 1100 World Cultures
  • ANTH 2300 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Core Courses (3 credit hours)
Choose 1 of these courses:

  • ANTH 4801 Bio-cultural Perspectives on Health
  • ANTH 4200 Health, Healing, and Society: an Introduction to Medical Anthropology
  • ANTH 4220 Anthropology in Public Health

Advanced Electives (12 credit hours)
The student may choose 4 from among the following courses to fulfill this requirement. Other courses from the Undergraduate catalog may be substituted with the permission of the Medical Anthropology Minor Advisor:

  • ANTH 3331-001 Forensic Anthropology
  • ANTH 4801-001 Human Evolution
  • ANTH 4801-002 Biocultural Perspectives on Health*
  • ANTH 4801-003 Human Adaptation & Ecology
  • ANTH 4210-001 Culture and Human Sexuality
  • ANTH 4701-005 Holistic Health and Alternative Healing Systems
  • ANTH 4200-001 Health, Healing, and Society: an Introduction to Medical Anthropology*
  • ANTH 4701-006 Ethnicity, Poverty, and Health: Cultural Issues of Health and Disease
  • ANTH 4220-001 Anthropology in Public Health*
  • ANTH 4900 Special Problems (to focus on medical issues)

*Provided class has not been used to satisfy core course requirement (see above)


  • SOCI 3110 Sociology of Mental Health, Mental Illness and Mental Health Care
  • SOCI 3120 Sociology of Health and Illness
  • SOCI 4550 Sociology of Aging
  • SOCI 4250 Sex Roles: Male and Female in Contemporary Society

Applied Gerontology

  • AGER 3480 Psychology of Adult Development and Aging
  • AGER 4020 Psychology of Death and Dying
  • AGER 4750 Sexuality and Aging

Behavior Analysis

  • BEHV 3200 Science and Human Behavior

Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • PHIL 1400 (2306) Introduction to Contemporary Moral Issues


  • PSYC 3490 Psychological Dynamics of Women
  • PSYC 4020 Psychology of Death and Dying
  • PSYC 4300 Psychosocial Issues in HIV/ AIDS

Kinesiology, Health Promotion, and Recreation

  • HLTH 2200 Family Life and Human SexualityI


  • BIOL 2401 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIOL 3350 Human Heredity (providing course prerequisites have been met)

Certificate in Applied Anthropology

You can receive a certificate in applied anthropology. The certificate is 12 hours and includes:

  • ANTH 2300 Culture and Society
  • ANTH 4000 Applied Anthropology
  • Select 2 courses from:
    • 4200.001 Medical Anthropology
    • 4220.001 Anthropology in Public Health
    • 4230.001 Psychological Anthropology
    • 4300.001 Migrants and Refugees
    • 4400.001 Environmental Anthropology
    • 4601.001 Anthropology of Education
    • 4701.004 Urban Anthropology
    • 4701.007 Anthropology of Business
    • 4701.008 Design Anthropology
    • 4701.027 Community Engagement Through Action
    • 4701.043 Environment, Culture, and Health

If you wish to file for an applied anthropology certificate, or if you have any questions, please make an appointment with Professor Nelson.

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