Conflict, Security, and Well-Being


Conflict, Security, and Well-Being is an anthropology minor track designed for international studies majors who are interested in learning what global citizenship means for them personally. With this track, students can earn an anthropology minor by taking three additional courses in the Anthropology Department beyond the track requirements.

Anthropology as a discipline is committed to an understanding of human diversity and making intelligible different ways of inhabiting the world. Whereas anthropology was once seen as confined to the study of primitive societies, contemporary anthropology is fully engaged in asking how the cultural diversity we encounter raises ethical and political questions about the universality of human rights, or the impact of globalization on livelihoods in metropolitan centers, or the resurgence of piracy as an economic activity. The faculty in the Department of Anthropology specialize in several regions of the world, including Africa, South Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, and North America. Courses offered at the undergraduate level cover a wide variety of topics and regional specializations.

The Conflict, Security, and Well-Being major-minor track offers a specialized set of courses, requiring two core courses and three electives, that will allow students to apply anthropological approaches to understand contemporary issues such as the crisis of democracy, the changing nature of war, or what human security entails in precarious environments.

Declaring the Conflict, Security, and Well-Being Major-Minor Track

International studies students wishing to declare the track must complete the following step:

  1. Declare Anthropology as your minor by completing the electronic minor declaration form in SIS under the Registration tab and then Online Forms.
  2. Meet with the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Anthropology and with the International Studies Program Director or International Studies Academic Adviser to notify them of your intent to pursue the track.


  • 070.295 Conflict and Security in a Global World
  • AS.070.273 Ethnographies OR AS.070.317 Methods
  • Three elective courses at the 300-level or higher within the Anthropology Department