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Anthropology Minor

From the Greek anthropos (human) and logia (study), the word anthropology itself tells us it is the field that seeks to understand humankind, from the beginnings millions of years ago up to the present day. Anthropology considers how people's behaviors changes over time, and how people and seemingly dissimilar cultures are different and the same.

Anthropology provides a framework for understanding and communicating with people from a variety of backgrounds, which is a critical skill in our world. It also provides the scientific literacy that is necessary for solving the increasingly complex environmental challenges that we face.


Anthropology is divided into four subfields: biological anthropology, archaeology, linguistic anthropology, and cultural anthropology.

Biological Anthropology

is the study of human evolution including comparisons of DNA and skeletal materials with our closest biological relatives, the primates.


supplies a methodology and a framework for understanding and reconstructing both the historic and prehistoric pasts.  Prehistory involves deep time: four million years of human development.

Linguistic Anthropology

involves analyzing the use and development of human language. Language, unlike animal communication systems, has no limits in time and space.

Cultural Anthropology

provides comparative and holistic perspectives on the ways in which people behave, think, and create the distinctive patterns with which they identify as groups.

Campus Coordinators

Dahlonega Campus: Dr. Bill Balco

Gainesville Campus: Dr. Steven Nicklas

Oconee Campus: Dr. Pam Sezgin

Study Abroad in Sicily: Archaeology Program

  • Experience archaeology hands-on in a research environment
  • Participate in practical archaeological fieldwork, including survey, excavation, and laboratory analysis
  • Discover ancient Sicilian culture

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