Conflict, Security, & Well-Being Focal Area

Conflict, Security, & Well-Being is an Anthropology focal area designed for International Studies majors who are interested in learning what global citizenship means for them personally. With this focal area, students can earn an Anthropology minor by taking three additional courses in the Anthropology Department.

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, & Well-Being focal area 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:

  1. the crisis of democracy,
  2. the changing nature of war, or
  3. what human security entails in precarious environments

How to declare the Conflict, Security & Well-Being Focal Area

International Studies students wishing to declare the focal area must complete the following step:

  1. Meet with the DUS in Anthropology and with the Director of the International Studies Program to officially declare the focal area.


  • AS.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 from an approved list that will be published each semester.