Concentration in Medical Anthropology:

Frequently Asked Questions

 

We hope that the questions and answers provided below will address most of the questions that you have.

If not, though, please do contact send an email to our Concentration in Medical Anthropology Faculty Advisor, Prof Sylvia Tidey, for further clarification.

We will try to keep this FAQ list updated as best we can.

 

 

 

 

How many credits from courses outside of Anthropology can be counted towards the Medical Anthropology Concentration?

6 credits, which usually amounts to 2 courses. When picking electives from outside Anthropology, check our list of approved electives to see if your chosen elective already counts toward your major or speak with your advisor about completing a SIS exception form.

I am a double major. How many courses can overlap between or count towards both of my majors?

  • In most cases, 2 courses can overlap between or count towards both majors
  • If one of your majors is an interdisciplinary major (like Global Studies), 3 courses can overlap between or count towards both majors

I am doing both a major and a minor. How many courses can overlap between or count towards both my major and my minor?

  • In most cases, no courses can overlap between a major and minor.
  • If your minor is an interdisciplinary minor, and you declared your interdisciplinary minor prior to the Fall of 2019, up to 2 courses can overlap between your Anthro major and interdisciplinary minor
  • If your minor is an interdisciplinary minor, and you declared your interdisciplinary minor during or after the Fall of 2019, no courses can overlap between your Anthro major and interdisciplinary minor

I am majoring in Anthropology (with the Medical Anthropology Concentration) and am also doing a Bioethics minor. How many credits can be counted towards both the Medical Anthropology Concentration and the Bioethics Minor?  

  • If you declared your Bioethics Minor before the Fall of 2019, you can count up to 2 courses towards your Anthropology Major and Bioethics Minor
  • If you declared your Bioethics Minor during or after the Fall of 2019, no courses can overlap between your Anthropology Major and Bioethics Minor

I am a double major, and this Anthropology major with a Concentration in Medical Anthropology, Ethics, and Care is my second major. If I need to drop this major, how do I do that and what are the consequences?

In order to drop the second major, you visit the Registrar’s office in Monroe Hall to notify them of your desire to drop the second major. The second major will then disappear from your record with no consequences at all.

What do I do when I find an elective that I think should count towards my Medical Anthropology Concentration but that is not on the list with approved electives?

Let Prof Sylvia Tidey or Prof China Scherz know about this course and send her the course description, syllabus, contact info of the professor, and a short justification for why you think it should count as a Med Anthro elective. If she agrees to count the course, make an appointment with her to fill out an “exception form” to ensure SIS will count the course towards your major and Concentration.

I plan to study abroad for a semester. Can any courses I take abroad count towards my Concentration?

On appropriate topics, in most cases: yes. You can count up to 2 courses (6 credits) that you have taken abroad towards your major and Concentration. Make sure to discuss with Prof Sylvia Tidey or Prof China Scherz whether these courses are eligible. If they are, make an appointment with her to fill out an “exception form” to ensure SIS will count the course towards your major and Concentration.

Can my major seminar count towards the concentration electives?

On appropriate topics, in most cases: yes. Make sure to discuss this with Prof Sylvia Tidey or Prof China Scherz to make sure.

I am thinking of doing a DMP (Distinguished Major Program). Are there any courses I should take to qualify for that?

Yes, you should take both ANTH 3010 and ANTH 3020.