Anthropology Course Descriptions

Anthropology Course Descriptions


 

Anthropology Spring Schedule | Anthropology Major Requirements
Anthropology Minor Requirements | Archaeology Minor Requirements

 


Anthropology - ANTH: Administered by Department of Anthropology, Effective Fall, 2006

ANTH.101 Introduction to Anthropology (3) - A beginning course for students with no background in anthropology. Provides an overview of peoples and cultures of the world today and of the past as well as the fossil evidence for human evolution. Topics may include living primates, magic and religion and kinship, marriage and sex roles. Not for students who have taken ANTH.200, ANTH.210 or ANTH.220.

ANTH.102 Anthropology and World Problems (3) - Explores the origins of global problems and evaluates the variety of cultural solutions to those problems. Investigates cultural values and solutions of tribal peoples holistically and compares them to those of industrialized nations in terms of their consequences and implications. Approved as a diversity course.

ANTH.200 Principles of Cultural Anthropology (3) - Provides a cross-cultural study of all human behaviors in contemporary cultures. Topics surveyed include socialization; language; sex, age and kinship roles; religion and magic; marriage and the family; political and economic behavior; cultural change; and the arts. Anthropological methodology and the concept of culture also are stressed. Approved as a diversity course.

ANTH.210 Prehistoric Archaeology (3) - Provides a worldwide examination of human prehistory from the origins of humankind to the development of early writing. Focuses on regional differences and similarities in key evolutionary transitions including sedentary lifeways, urban origins and the rise of states. Field methods are also discussed.

ANTH.220 Human Origins (3) - Studies the emergence and development of humans, the biological basis of human culture and society and the origin of the social units of fossil humans. A review of non-human primates and their behavior is also addressed.

ANTH.221 Forensic Anthropology (3) - this course is designed to provide students with knowledge of the process of decomposition from fleshed bodies to skeletonized remains, how these remains are identified, and cause of death.

ANTH.240 Native North America (3) - Surveys native cultures of North America in prehistoric and early historic periods with emphasis placed on issues facing today's Native American population. Prerequisites: ANTH.200, ANTH.210, ANTH.220 or consent of the instructor. Approved as a diversity course.

ANTH.250 Neanderthals (3) - Explores the origin and fate of the prehistoric population called Neanderthals. It will explore the historical and social foundations of the Neanderthal debate and show how this debate is relevant to our understanding of human biological, behavioral, and cultural differences. .

ANTH.290 Race and Racism (3) - Examines race from holistic and cross-cultural perspectives. The biological nature of race will be explored through the investigation of the origins of human skin color, genetics, adaptation, and variation. The socio-cultural aspect of race will be considered through the comparative study of racial categories in cultures and societies from around the world. Prerequisites: none. Approved as a diversity course.

ANTH.300 Archaeological Method and Theory (3) - Explores the modern theoretical foundations of archaeology. Students read and discuss original contributions to the field and learn methods in preparation for actual fieldwork. Prerequisite: ANTH.210 or consent of the instructor.

ANTH.301 Field Archaeology (3-6) - Provides field investigation of various prehistoric cultures in northeastern United States. Students learn excavation and recording techniques, visit important sites during field trips and become part of a unique community that studies our past.

ANTH.310 Aztecs and Mayans (3) - Surveys the prehistoric cultures of Mexico and Central America. Emphasis on the development of Aztec and Mayan civilizations. Approved as a diversity course.

ANTH.311 Archaeology of Northeastern North America (3) - Surveys the prehistoric cultures of the area from arrival of the first inhabitants through early historic times. Provides a laboratory for the study of broader issues of socio-cultural processes. Prerequisite: ANTH.210 or consent of the instructor.

ANTH.312 South American Archaeology (3) - A survey of prehistoric cultures of South America. Emphasizes the civilizations of the Andean zone and the role played by the Amazonian region in the development of Andean Cultures. Prerequisites: ANTH.101 or ANTH.200 or ANTH.210 or consent of the instructor. Approved as a diversity course.

ANTH.320 Contemporary World Cultures (3) - Presents a comparative analysis of selected non-European societies in contrasting cultural and natural areas. Indicates stresses on the natural and social environment; national character; religion and world view; and literary, artistic and musical expression. Approved as a diversity course.

ANTH.330 Peoples of Sub-saharan Africa (3) - Surveys introduction to the aboriginal, non-literate cultures of Sub-saharan Africa including the ecological background, archaeology and cultural patterns.

ANTH.333 Ethnic Identity in the United States (3) - Explores the varieties of ethnic experience in the United States. A uniquely anthropological perspective is utilized to give students a sense of how a cultural-ethnic identity is formed and maintained in our society. Special attention paid to Italians and Latinos (including Puerto Ricans) as examples of extremely different immigrant experiences. Prerequisite: ANTH.200. Approved as a diversity course.

ANTH.350 Medical Anthropology (3) - Studies of cross-cultural concepts of health, illness and curing as well as health care delivery in industrialized cultures. Includes the topics of divination and diagnosis, sorcery and witchcraft in healing, public health and preventive medicine, alcoholism and drug use and the medical knowledge of tribal and peasant societies. Approved as a diversity course.

ANTH.360 Pseudoscience (3) - Sharpens critical thinking skills and deepens understanding of human belief systems and ethics by examining how science operates and evaluating extraordinary ideas that claim to be scientific. Investigates scientific-creationism, ESP, UFOs, fantastic archeology, dowsing and others.

ANTH.370 Indigenous Cultures of Modern Mexico (3) - Presents an introduction to the indigenous cultures of modern Mexico, including Nahua, Otomi, Purépecha, Huastec, Zapotec, Mixtec and Maya. Focus is both historical and contemporary. Treats such subjects as religion, sacred and secular rituals, customs, folk art, sociopolitical organization, economics and culture change from an anthropological perspective. Prerequisite: ANTH.101 or ANTH.102 or ANTH.200 or ANTH.310 or ANTH.430 or ANTH.333 or ANTH.340 or consent of instructor.

ANTH.380 Men and Women: An Anthropological Perspective (3) - A cross-cultural and evolutionary perspective on sex role behavior in past and contemporary cultures. Examines sex roles in nonhuman primates and humans. Examines sex roles in hunting and gathering, horticultural, pastoralist, peasant and other preindustrial societies are described as well as sex roles in modern industrial societies. Covers genetic and environmental theories of sex role behavior. Prerequisite: 3 semester hours of anthropology. Approved as a diversity course.

ANTH.385 Anthropology Research and Writing Skills (3) - Familiarizes students with information sources in anthropology. Students learn how to access those sources and to write and present research paper in anthropology. Basics of statistical analysis are covered. Students write, revise and present a research paper on an anthropological topic. Prerequisite: ANTH.200, ANTH.210, ANTH.220.

ANTH.390 Socialization of the Child (3) - Examines life experience and adjustment of the individual through infancy, middle childhood and youth. Reviews contrasting methods of introducing children to adult economic, social and religious activities. Prerequisite: ANTH.200. Approved as a diversity course.

ANTH.405 Primates (3) - Studies the various phenomena affecting primate behavior; ecology, social life and socio-cultural adaption, with emphasis on the development of socio-biological traits relating to human origins. Prerequisite: 9 semester hours of anthropology or ANTH.220 or any biology course.

ANTH.440 Language and Culture (3) - The place of oral or non-oral language in human evolution and contemporary cultures. Topics discussed include: dialectal variation, discourse analysis, multilingualism, language and cognition and the role of language in education. Approved as a diversity course.

ANTH.450 Peoples and Cultures of South America (3) - Surveys introduction to the aboriginal, non-literate cultures of South America including the ecological background, archaeology and cultural patterns. Approved as a diversity course.

ANTH.460 Applied Anthropology (3) - Provides an introduction to and critical evaluation of the various specializations, ethical issues, career opportunities, methods and theoretical orientations of applied anthropology, which involves the application of anthropological knowledge to identify and solve human problems. The course will utilize a holistic perspective throughout the synthesis of applied specializations in cultural, biological, linguistic and archaeological anthropology. Prerequisites: ANTH.200, ANTH.210, ANTH.220 or consent of the instructor.

ANTH.466 Independent Study in Anthropology (3) - Independent study by a student with faculty guidance of a particular research problem in anthropology. The research problem either extends current course content or deals with an area not covered in the current course offerings in anthropology. A problem is chosen by the faculty member and the student working together.

ANTH.470 History of Anthropological Thought and Theory (3) - Intensive survey of the leading methods and theories of anthropological and ethnological interpretation with special emphasis on the concept of culture and its practical application to modern problems.

ANTH.475 Field Methods in Cultural Anthropology (3) - Provides class discussion and field experience in participant observation. Experience in interviewing, surveying, kinship charting, mapping, studying complex organizations and writing ethnographic field reports.

ANTH.480 Religion and Magic (3) - A comparative analysis of the origins, forms, elements and symbolism of religious beliefs and behavior; the role of religion in society with particular reference to nonliterate societies. Anthropological theories and methods of religion, historical and contemporary. Approved as a diversity course.

ANTH.495 Special Topics in Anthropology (3) - Provides for instruction and student research within selected areas of interest not available in other courses. Prerequisite: 18 semester hours of anthropology or consent of the instructor.

ANTH.497 Internship in Anthropology (3-15) - An on-site training and learning experience in anthropology that provides opportunities to apply theoretical and descriptive knowledge of archaeology, cultural anthropology and physical anthropology in private and government institutional settings.