Sociocultural Anthropology (Minor)

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The minor in sociocultural anthropology is designed to provide students with a substantive understanding of the theoretical assumptions and methodological techniques underlying the field of sociocultural anthropology. 

The minor in sociocultural anthropology, offered by the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, is designed to provide students with a substantive understanding of the theoretical assumptions and methodological techniques underlying the field of sociocultural anthropology.

Courses provide students with knowledge about and theoretical approaches to cross-cultural studies and transnational research, emphasizing culture and political economy in historical context.

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Sociocultural Anthropology (Minor)

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Program requirements

The minor in sociocultural anthropology requires 18 credit hours, at least six hours of which must be in upper-division coursework taken in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Up to nine hours of ASB courses offered by other ASU campuses may be applied toward electives in the minor. Up to six hours of lower-division ASB credit, three hours of ASB 499 Individualized Instruction and three hours of ASB 484 Internship may be applied toward the minor. Up to three credit hours of any study abroad course, in any subject, may apply to this minor. All coursework within the minor must be passed with a minimum grade of "C" (2.00) or better.
Required Courses -- 6 credit hours
Electives (minimum 6 upper-division credit hours) -- 12 credit hours
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Degree requirements

This minor requires 18 credit hours, at least 12 of which must be in upper-division courses.

The required courses are ASB 311 and SBS 302. The remaining 12 credit hours may be drawn from ASB courses and from several key SBS courses. All courses must be passed with a minimum grade of "C" (2.00) or higher. Up to six credit hours of lower-division courses and three credit hours of ASB 499 Individualized Instruction may also be applied toward the minor.

Complete two required courses: (6 credit hours)
ASB 311 Principles of Social Anthropology, SB, G, H (3)
SBS 302 Qualitative Methods (3)

The other 12 hours may be selected from all ASB course offerings, including:
ASB 102 Culture in a Globalizing World, SB, G (3)
ASB 211 Women in Other Cultures, HU or SB, G (3)
ASB 319 The North American Indian (3)
ASB 339 Grassroots Social Movements, SB (3)
ASB 340 Migration and Culture, SB, G (3)
ASB 342 Mexico-U.S. Borderlands, SB, C (3)
ASB 346 Marriage and Family Diversity, SB, C (3)
ASB 350 Anthropology and Art, HU (3)
ASB 353 Death and Dying in Cross-Cultural Perspective, HU or SB, G (3)
ASB 356 Central American Studies, SB, G (3)
ASB 374 Cultures and Politics of the Internet, SB (3)
ASB 389 Ethnographic Field Lab (1-6)
ASB 394 Special Topics (1-4)
ASB 402 Visual Anthropology
ASB 442 Urban Studies, SB (3)
ASB 447 Citizenship, Nationalism and Identity, SB, C (3)
ASB Electives (3)
SBS 301 Cultural Diversity, L or SB, C (3)
SBS 450 Topics in Local/Global, SB, G (3)
SBS 480 Global Justice, G (3)

Depending upon a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Enrollment requirements

GPA Requirement: None

Incompatible Majors: None

Other Enrollment Requirements: None

The minor in sociocultural anthropology is open to all ASU undergraduate majors.

Current ASU undergraduate students may pursue a minor and have it recognized on their ASU transcript at graduation. Students interested in pursuing a minor should consult their academic advisor to declare the minor and to ensure that an appropriate set of courses is taken. Minor requirements appear on the degree audit once the minor is added. Certain major and minor combinations may be deemed inappropriate by the college or department of either the major program or the minor. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward both the major and the minor. Students should contact their academic advisor for more information.

Career outlook

Career opportunities for graduates with a minor in sociocultural anthropology include grant writer, researcher or consultant, cultural resource manager, refugee or immigration officer/counselor, nongovernmental or United Nations staff member.

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