Anthropology: Medical Anthropology & Global Health, BA

Anthropology is the global social science. It is the study of the human condition everywhere; its cultural, linguistic, and biological diversity; and how it evolved and developed from the prehistoric past into the globalizing present. Anthropology is an interdisciplinary 14 credit major that intersects with programs and departments across the University. Students may major in anthropology as a whole (General Anthropology), or choose to concentrate in Biological Anthropology, Archaeology, Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology, or specialize in two thematic concentrations: Medical Anthropology and Environmental Anthropology.

Medical Anthropology applies anthropological methods to the study of global health, well-being, and disease. The concentration provides students with a theoretical and methodological foundation to address problems of global health inequality. Medical Anthropology majors take introductory courses in all sub-fields of Anthropology, and complete the remainder of their coursework primarily in Medical Anthropology.

The minimum total course units for graduation in this major is 34. Double majors may entail more course units.

For information about the General Education requirements, please visit the College of Arts & Sciences Curriculum page.

College General Education Requirements and Free Electives
Foundational Approaches + Sectors1 + Free Electives20
Major Requirements
Block I: Introductory Courses
ANTH 0020Anthropology, Race, and the Making of the Modern World1
or ANTH 0040 The Modern World and Its Cultural Background
ANTH 0050Great Transformations1
or ANTH 1480 Food and Fire: Archaeology in the Laboratory
ANTH 0030Human Origins, Evolution and Diversity1
Block II: Fundamentals
ANTH 1238Introduction to Medical Anthropology1
ANTH 2730Global Health: Anthropological Perspectives1
Block III
Select 3 course units from approved list: 28
Attribute AAMA - Medical Anthropology
Select 2 course units in Anthropology
Attribute AAAR - Archaeology; Attribute AACL - Cultural and Linguistic; Attribute AABI - Biological Anthropology; Attribute AAEA - Environmental Anthropology; Attribute AAMA - Medical Anthropology
Select 3 Anthropology or Anthropology-related courses in another department 2
Attribute AAMA - Medical Anthropology and Global Health
Capstone Seminar
ANTH 4000Research Seminar in Anthropology1
Total Course Units34

You may count no more than one course toward both a Major and a Sector requirement. For Exceptions, check the Policy Statement.


For up to three of these, non-ANTH courses with anthropological content may be requested. All non-ANTH courses must be approved by the Undergraduate Program Chair.


Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 in the Major and write a senior thesis.


The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2023 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.