Forensic Anthropology Minor

The faculty advisors for the minor in Forensic Anthropology are:
Dr. Hugh Berryman
Office: TODD 315
Phone: 615-494-7896
Email: hugh.berryman@mtsu.edu

Dr. Shannon Hodge
Office: Peck Hall 109A
Phone: 615-494-7681
Email: shannon.hodge@mtsu.edu


Forensic Anthropology Minor

Sociology and Anthropology 

The minor in Forensic Anthropology requires 18 semester hours.

Required Courses (9 hours)

  • ANTH 3650 - Forensic Anthropology

    3 credit hours

    An intensive overview of forensic anthropology--an applied field of physical anthropology that seeks to recover, identify, and evaluate human skeletal remains within a medicolegal context.

  • ANTH 3660 - Forensic Sciences

    3 credit hours

    Explores a variety of fields in forensic science, specifically their history, basis in science, and specific techniques/equipment used. Emphasis on crime-scene investigation. EXL component. Lecture.

  • ANTH 4300 - Human Osteology  3 credit hours  

    ANTH 4300 - Human Osteology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: BIOL 1030/BIOL 1031 or BIOL 1110/BIOL 1111; ANTH 2210 or ANTH 3210 or ANTH 3310; or permission of instructor. Lab-intensive. Explores methods used in physical anthropology to study individual skeletal remains including human skeletal anatomy and bone physiology. Emphasis on identification of fragmentary remains from archaeological sites.

Electives (9 hours)

The remaining nine (9) hours are to be chosen from the following electives.

  • ANTH 3210 - Archaeology  3 credit hours  

    ANTH 3210 - Archaeology

    3 credit hours

    Introduces methods used to study the nature and development of prehistoric societies. Approaches to survey, excavation, analysis, and interpretation explored through lectures, case studies, and problem assignments.

  • ANTH 3710 - Topics in Anthropology  1 to 6 credit hours  
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    ANTH 3710 - Topics in Anthropology

    1 to 6 credit hours

    An in-depth study of a special topic which is significant in current anthropological literature.

  • ANTH 4310 - Bioarchaeology  3 credit hours  

    ANTH 4310 - Bioarchaeology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: BIOL 1030/BIOL 1031 or BIOL 1110/BIOL 1111; ANTH 2210 or ANTH 3210, or ANTH 3310; or permission of instructor. ANTH 4300 recommended. Human skeletal remains interpretation from an archaeological perspective to understand past human culture through the lens of health, nutrition, and activity patterns. Emphasis on technical aspects of bioarchaeological research including a substantial component of case studies, issues, and ethics.

  • ANTH 4360 - Zooarchaeology  3 credit hours  

    ANTH 4360 - Zooarchaeology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: BIOL 1030/BIOL 1031 or BIOL 1110/BIOL 1111; ANTH 3210; or permission of instructor. Lab-intensive. Explores methods used by zooarchaeologists to identify, quantify, and summarize nonhuman animal remains from archaeological contexts using comparative collections. Emphasis on implications for human subsistence, environmental reconstruction, and human behavior.

  • ANTH 4910 - Anthropology Undergraduate Research

    1 to 6 credit hours

    Field experience or reading courses through which special interests or needs of the student may be pursued under individual supervision. No more than three hours may be used in the major. Arrangements must be made with an instructor prior to registration.

  • ANTH 4950 - Archaeological Field School

    3 to 6 credit hours

    Course may be taken for three to six credits after consultation with instructor. The basic techniques of archaeology and paleoecology through participation in actual excavation and laboratory work.

  • ANTH 4960 - Anthropology Internship  1 to 6 credit hours  

    ANTH 4960 - Anthropology Internship

    1 to 6 credit hours

    Supervised independent study in which student is placed in an organization on a contractual basis as a means of applying the principles of his/her training in preparation for eventual employment. Arrangements must be made with the intern supervisor prior to registration. No more than six hours may be used in the major.