Anthropology Minor

Minimum number of credits required to earn minor 18

GPA requirements to earn minor: Students graduating with a minor in a CLAS field must earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better in those courses credited toward completion of the minor.

Minimum Grade requirements for courses to count toward minor: Students minoring in Anthropology must pass ANT101 and ANT102 with at least a C- grade.

Other requirements: A minimum of 9 credit hours must be completed at the University of Maine. A minimum of 9 credit hours must be at the 200-level or above.


  • Any combination of minors in Anthropology, Archaeology, or Human Dimensions of Climate Change is not permissible.
  • Geography minors can minor in Anthropology, Archaeology, or Human Dimensions of Climate Change, but no more than one course may be double counted.

Contact Information: Samuel Hanes, Chair of Anthropology, 5773 South Stevens Hall, Room 228C, (207) 581-1885,

Anthropology is the study of human cultures, societies, and behavior in all parts of the world throughout all periods of history. There are four sub-disciplines: archaeology, the study of historic and prehistoric cultures and civilizations; socio-cultural anthropology, which is concerned with current cultures of all degrees of complexity; physical anthropology, the biological aspects of the human species; and anthropological linguistics, which is concerned with the scientific study of language and its relationship to thought and society. In the past, anthropologists tended to study people in small, tribal societies. In recent decades, more attention has been given to peasantry and industrialized, urban societies and to the application of anthropology to understanding problems of these societies.

The Department of Anthropology focuses on archaeology and socio-cultural anthropology. Courses in biological/physical anthropology also are offered. In addition, the Department offers courses in folklore, oral history, and geography, which are closely related to anthropology.

Course requirements
Required core courses (6cr)
ANT101-Human Origins and Prehistory (3cr)
ANT102-Diversity of Cultures (3cr)

Elective coursework (12cr)
Any ANT and/or GEO courses