Dec 06, 2021  
Spring 2020 Update 
Spring 2020 Update [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Forensic Anthropology Minor

(18 credits)

The Department of Anthropology offers a minor in forensic anthropology. Emphasis is on forensic archaeological recovery and documentation, forensic osteology, and pathology, all taught within the context of the cross-cultural perspective of anthropology. The minor is a grouping of both basic and upper division courses in forensic anthropology, providing an adequate undergraduate specialization in this area of study. The required courses, listed below, can be supplemented (optional) by additional elective courses, recommended through advisement, to satisfy specific needs. All requisite courses carry an essential 25-hour component of field/laboratory work. The course sequence for the minor is designed so that it can be completed within four academic semesters. Students selecting a forensic anthropology minor will be assigned to an adviser to best integrate their work with that of their major field.



The following required courses (18 credits) for the forensic anthropology minor are drawn from the existing Department of Anthropology inventory, and are offered on a regular basis:

Additional Information:

The minor is supported by our laboratory facilities, including the repository areas for our unique archaeological and anthropological collections. Our skeletal collections, on official loan status with associated research and publication rights, present a singular hands-on opportunity for our students. We utilize instrumentation ranging from the traditionally employed tools to the latest computerized equipment. Our students are trained during laboratory study on the analysis of various assemblages that include lithics, ceramics, organic perishables, ecofacts, geoarchaeological materials, faunal remains, and both dry and cremated human remains.