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Department of Anthropology

Minor in Medical Anthropology

Students on Summer 2021, Fall 2021, or Spring 2022 requirements MEDANTHMIN

Medical anthropology is the study of human health and disease from a cross-cultural and
evolutionary perspective. It considers the many factors –biological, cultural, and structural –
that contribute to the risk of disease and its lived experience and influence the likelihood of a
return to health. It considers the many definitions of health and emphasizes the need for an
integrated and holistic view. Students take a pair of introductory courses in medical
anthropology, one methods course, and two courses from a broad list of anthropology courses
that best suit their interests


The minor requires at least 15 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.
  1. Core.
    1. Biocultural Medical Anthropology. One (1) course:
      • ANTH-B 260 Biocultural Medical Anthropology
    2. Culture, Health and Illness. One (1) course:
      • ANTH-E 260 Culture, Health, and Illness
  2. Methods. One (1) course:
    • ANTH-A 306 Anthropological Statistics
    • ANTH-B 301 Laboratory in Bioanthropology
    • ANTH-E 302 Ethnographic Methods
    • ANTH-E 485 Art and Craft of Ethnography
  3. Advanced Electives. Two (2) courses:
    • ANTH-A 467 Topics in Medical Anthropology
    • ANTH-B 312 Evolutionary Medicine
    • ANTH-B 340 Hormones and Human Behavior
    • ANTH-B 343 Evolution of Human Ecological Footprint
    • ANTH-B 370 Human Variation
    • ANTH-B 400 Undergraduate Seminar
    • ANTH-B 470 Human Adaptation: Biological Approaches
    • ANTH-B 480 Human Growth and Development
    • ANTH-E 328 Ecological Anthropology
    • ANTH-E 337 Food, Sex and Gender
    • ANTH-E 338 Stigma and Taboo
    • ANTH-E 373 Plagues and People
    • ANTH-E 385 Applied Anthropology
    • ANTH-E 400 Undergraduate Seminar (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
    • ANTH-E 421 Food and Culture
    • ANTH-E 445 Seminar in Medical Anthropology
    • ANTH-E 456 Anthropology of Race
    • ANTH-E 464 Body, Power, and Performance
    • ANTH-E 474 The Anthropology of Human Rights
    • ANTH-E 490 Development and Anthropology
    • ANTH-P 375 Food in the Ancient World
    • ANTH-P 380 Prehistoric Diet and Nutrition
  4. Minor GPA, Hours, and Minimum Grade Requirements.
    1. Minor GPA. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the minor—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    2. Minor Minimum Grade. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the minor.
    3. Minor Upper Division Credit Hours. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    4. Minor Residency. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.

Minor Area Courses

Unless otherwise noted below, the following courses are considered in the academic program and will count toward academic program requirements as appropriate:

  • Any course contained on the course lists for the academic program requirements at the time the course is taken--as well as any other courses that are deemed functionally equivalent--except for those listed only under Addenda Requirements
  • Any course directed to a non-Addenda requirement through an approved exception

This program of study cannot be combined with the following:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology (ANTHBA)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Linguistics (ANTHLNGBA)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and Anthropology (LINGANTBA)
  • Certificate in Global Human Diversity (GLHMDVACRT)
  • Certificate in the Ethnography of Communication (ETHCOMACRT)
  • Minor in Anthropology (ANTHMIN)
  • Minor in Archaeology (ARCHMIN)
  • Minor in the Anthropology of Food (FOODMIN)
  • [Discontinued credential name unavailable] (ETHCOMMMIN)

Exceptions to and substitutions for minor requirements may be made with the approval of the unit's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.