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ANTHROPOLOGY (ANTH)
College of Liberal Arts
Sociology/Anthropology
 
ANTH 1080 - Understanding Global Cultures (SOC SCI, GLOBAL PER, LE CAT8, LEIP CAT08)
(4.0 cr; A-F only, fall, odd academic years)
Explores nations around the globe towards the goal of developing a cross-cultural understanding of how cultures function. Explores America as a foreign culture, looking at the United States from the viewpoints of foreign anthropologists and other scholars, using comparative ethnographic perspectives to interpret aspects of American culture.



ANTH 1602 - Biological Anthropology and Archaeology (SOC SCI, LE CAT7, LEIP CAT07)
(4.0 cr; =[ANTH 1601]; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Origin and development of extinct and living human forms, primatology, human biological variations, the race concept, evolution, and development of human societies up to the earliest stages of ancient civilizations.



ANTH 1604 - Cultural Anthropology (SOC SCI, GLOBAL PER, LE CAT6, LEIP CAT06)
(4.0 cr; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Introduction to representative cultures of the world and to concepts and methods of cultural anthropology, focusing on range of variation and degree of uniformity in human behavior and in cultural adaptations.



ANTH 1612 - Introduction to Archaeology (SOC SCI, LE CAT6)
(4.0 cr; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Basic principles of archaeology with examples of their application to world prehistory.



ANTH 1620 - Introduction to Public Culture: Citizenship, Science, and Culture
(4.0 cr; A-F or Aud, fall, every year)
Integrative approach connecting culture, science, and law to the practical work of managing critical shared resources for the public good in the 21st century. Course examines how governance of shared natural resources (climate, water, wildlife) is connected to governance of community and cultural resources (internet, electricity grids, knowledge, and storytelling). Topics highlight diverse approaches to citizenship and sustainability as found in cli-sci fiction, public science, public art, land trusts, indigenous land stewa4rdship traditions.



ANTH 2001 - Career Development in Anthropology
(2.0 cr; A-F only, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Overview of career opportunities for anthropological skill sets. The mechanics of career development: locating jobs; matching skills to job requirements; networking; writing resumes, cover letters, CV's, and graduate application essays. A focus on the lifelong process of building a career.



ANTH 3080 - Cultural Constructions of the Body
(4.0 cr; Prereq-Minimum 30 credits or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for CST 3080; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Contemporary cultural constructions of the human body. How biology and culture intersect in body building, menstruation, childbirth, and tattooing. Students gain skills in reading the body as social text and learn core theoretical approaches to cultural studies of the body.



ANTH 3100 - Business Anthropology
(4.0 cr; Prereq-minimum 30 credits; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Demonstrating the rich area of Applied Anthropology, this course surveys the ways in which anthropologist work in and on transnational corporations. Anthropological research in marketing and consumer behavior, as well as in the organizational culture of contemporary and historical businesses influences various industries, particularly in technology and new media products. Contemporary corporations also consume anthropology, often deploying anthropological language and concepts with or without any ethnographic fieldwork. Students will discover various anthropological encounters with the business world, and will have the opportunity to contribute and engage in those encounters over social media.



ANTH 3156 - Digital and Participatory Research Methods
(4.0 cr; Prereq-minimum 30 credits; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
This course teaches participatory research and media production as practiced in anthropology as a transformative process through which students can become agents of change. The course engages students through scholarly and active learning to develop research skills, including digital and participatory methods in collaboration with people studied, to facilitate cultural and visual literacy. Course emphasizes field techniques, data analysis, and interpretation, and the use of digital technologies (such as videos, social media, etc.) as course of data as well as means of communication. Lab.



ANTH 3200 - Exploring Sustainability in Costa Rica
(4.0 cr; =[FORS 3200]; Prereq-minimum 30 credits, minimum cumulative GPA 2.5, instructor consent; A-F or Aud, spring, odd academic years)
Taught on site in Costa Rica. Introduces students to fieldwork based experiences in sustainability and community engaged scholarship. Course generally involves travel, extensive outside of the classroom work, and a service learning component with post project reflection.



ANTH 3300 - Energy, Culture and Society
(4.0 cr; Prereq-minimum 30 credits; A-F or Aud, spring, odd academic years)
This course takes a cross-cultural and interdisciplinary view of energy. It examines the history of energy generation and use in the US with attention to economic and ecological systems as well as cultural assumptions asking how did the US grow to be the largest consumer of energy in the history of the world? By studying case studies of electrification in the global north and south; post-Fukushima nuclear energy politics in Japan and Germany; the impact of global gas and oil markets on local US communities, and the growth of renewable energy, this course aims to give students methods, tools and perspectives to understand, critique, and ultimately influence (personal and societal) assumptions, policies, economics, and technical systems surrounding energy generation and use.



ANTH 3618 - Ancient Middle America
(3.0 cr; Prereq-minimum 30 credits; A-F or Aud, fall, offered periodically)
Survey of major pre-Hispanic cultures of Mesoamerica, including the Olmecs, Maya, Toltecs, Mixtecs, and Aztecs. Using comparative ethnographic and archaeological materials, the course explores the arrival of hunter-gatherer-foragers, the beginnings of agriculture, and formation of early villages, native mathematical and calendar and writing systems, the florescence of regional art styles, and the religious sociopolitical, and economic development of Classical and Postclassical civilizations through the arrival of the Spanish Conquistadors.



ANTH 3622 - Archaeology of the Old World
(3.0 cr; Prereq-minimum 30 credits; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Survey of major themes arising with Homo sapiens, e.g., domestication, urbanism, social inequality, gender relations, development of hierarchical political structure, and human impacts on, and adaption to the environment. Examples drawn from cultural areas in Europe, Africa, and Near East and/or Asia.



ANTH 3624 - Archaeology of North America
(3.0 cr; Prereq-minimum 30 credits; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Survey of archaeological data for major cultural areas of North America north of Mexico.



ANTH 3628 - Women in Cross-Cultural Perspective
(3.0 cr; Prereq-minimum 30 credits; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Cross-cultural survey of gender systems, focusing on contemporary women's lives around the world.



ANTH 3632 - Latin American Cultures
(3.0 cr; Prereq-1604, minimum 30 credits; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Survey of social, political, economic, and religious organization of contemporary national and native cultures of Mexico, Central America, and South America.



ANTH 3635 - Peoples and Cultures of Europe
(3.0 cr; Prereq-minimum 30 credits; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Exploration of European peoples to develop a cross-cultural understanding of how cultures function. Survey of social, political, economic, religious, family and kinship, gender, urban, globalism/globalization.



ANTH 3638 - Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East
(3.0 cr; Prereq-minimum 30 cr or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Examines how anthropologists study the cultures and social institutions of the modern Middle East. Focus on religion, family life, gender, politics, economy, urban ways of life, kinship and marriage, and the impacts of globalism.



ANTH 3640 - What is a City?: Archaeological Perspectives on Urbanism (SUSTAIN)
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Min 30 cr or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Survey of historically and archaeologically documented urban case studies and thematic concepts, e.g., the use of space, political and economic implications of living in a city, abandonment of cities, and the impact of cities on the environment. Liberal Education sustainability credit will be effective fall 2015.



ANTH 3641 - The City in Film
(4.0 cr; A-F or Aud, fall, every year)
Exploration of the modern industrial, postmodern global and relocalized sustainable city through film. Films dramatizing the transformation of urban society by industrialization, the car, globalization, and New Urbanism (US and Europe) as well as the emergent megacities of India, China, and Africa highlight the historical trajectory of the modern urban form and question its future in relation to a sustainable planet. Students produce a short digital city film as a final project.



ANTH 3642 - Exploring Human Origins
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Minimum 30 credits or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Designed to familiarized students with the discipline of paleoanthropology and human evolution. Addresses primate and hominid anatomy, dating techniques, stratigraphy, fossil formation, and paleoecology through the fossil evidence and associated archaeological material of various hominid groups including the australopithecines, Homo erectus, Neanderthals, and early modern humans. Explores human evolution and current debates surrounding the evolutionary relationships of various hominid taxa.



ANTH 3644 - Primatology
(3.0 cr; Prereq-minimum 30 credits or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, spring, every year)
This course is designed to familiarize students with the fundamental of primatology including classification, biology, biogeography, behavior, ecology, social relationships, communication, field work and conservation of non-human primates.



ANTH 3691 - Independent Study in Anthropology
(1.0 - 5.0 cr [max 10.0 cr]; Prereq-preferred minimum 30 credits, instructor consent; A-F only, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Directed reading and research in ethnography leading to preparation of paper.



ANTH 3695 - Special Topics: (Various Titles to be Assigned)
(1.0 - 4.0 cr [max 4.0 cr]; Prereq-minimum 30 credits or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Seminar on topics in selected branches of anthropology.



ANTH 3888 - Anthropology of Food (SUSTAIN)
(3.0 cr; Prereq-minimum 30 credits; A-F only, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Advanced survey and comparative study of the relationship between food and culture in the past and present. Topics include the prehistoric, biological, and cultural aspects of the collection, production, distribution, preparation, and consumption of food, and an analysis of its social, cultural, political, and economic significance.



ANTH 4100 - Visual Anthropology
(4.0 cr; Prereq-minimum 30 credits; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Visual Anthropology encompasses the anthological study of all visual representations. This course will engage students in histories and analyses of representations and visual product artifact from many cultures. Artifacts and visual objects studies may include sand painting, tattoos, sculptures and reliefs, cave painting, jewelry, hieroglyphics, painting, photographs, and new media production,. The study of human vision, properties of media, and relationship between visual and form and function are also central to this anthropological subfield. Student will have the opportunity to create small visual objects on a weekly basis during the bulk of the semester.



ANTH 4500 - The New Commons: Governing Shared Resources for Present and Future Generations (SUSTAIN)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-Minimum 90 credits or grad student; credit will not be granted if already received for CST 4500; A-F or Aud, fall, every year)
This course examines efforts and provides skills to manage water, climate, wildlife, and internet, cultural heritage and other key pieces of ecosystem and community infrastructure at global and local levels as "commons," shared resources governed by culturally diverse, engaged communities for present and future generations.



ANTH 4616 - Culture and Personality
(3.0 cr; Prereq-1604, min 60 cr; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Role of culture in forming of personality; problems of individual adjustment to demands of culture. Psychological and sociopsychological approach to culture.



ANTH 4620 - Archaeological Method and Theory
(4.0 cr; Prereq-minimum 60 credits or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for 1612; no grad credit; A-F or Aud, fall, even academic years)
Principles of archaeology including data collection, data analysis, history of the field, theoretical approaches, laws, and professional ethics.



ANTH 4621 - Myth and Sacred Symbols
(3.0 cr; Prereq-1604, min 60 cr; A-F or Aud, spring, offered periodically)
Interpretation of myths and sacred symbols found in beliefs and rituals of selected traditional cultures.



ANTH 4623 - Anthropology and Contemporary Human Problems
(3.0 cr; Prereq-1604, minimum 60 credits; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Cultural roots of such interrelated contemporary human problems as over-population, food production and distribution, health and nutrition, social and ecological disorders. Review of alternative solutions to such problems as suggested by anthropological study and analyses.



ANTH 4631 - Anthropology and Environment (SUSTAIN)
(3.0 cr; Prereq-1604, min 60 cr; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
In-depth study of some of the methods and concepts concerning the interrelations of certain human populations with their environments in diverse natural, cultural, historical, and evolutionary settings.



ANTH 4632 - Anthropology of Landscapes (SUSTAIN)
(3.0 cr; Prereq-minimum 60 credits or grad student or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Cross-cultural examination of concepts related to landscape and space. Topics include culturally constructed landscapes, notions of belonging, memory, pilgrimage, commemoration, and ways of gaining food and resources. Theoretical background and analytical examples drawn from the four subfields of anthropology: cultural, physical, linguistics, and archaeology. Liberal Education sustainability credit will be effective fall 2015.



ANTH 4633 - Ethnobotany (SUSTAIN)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-minimum 60 credits or instructor consent; A-F only, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Advanced survey and study of interrelations between humans and plants, including material, symbolic, ritualistic and other aspects of human-plant interactions. Combines cultural anthropology and botany to investigate the roles of plants as food, medicine, natural resources and/or gateways to culturally sanctioned religious experiences. Liberal Education sustainability credit will be effective fall 2015.



ANTH 4640 - Medical Anthropology
(4.0 cr; Prereq-minimum 60 credits or grad student, or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Comparative, cross-cultural examination of sickness and healing. Drawing from ethnographic work on indigenous, alternative, and Euro-American medical systems as well as shamanism, the course works with symbolic, social, political, and historical perspectives.



ANTH 4644 - Anthropology of Law
(4.0 cr; Prereq-minimum 60 credits or instructor consent; no grad credit; A-F or Aud, spring, even academic years)
Introduces key concepts, issues, and methods of legal anthropology and considers how, in various parts of the world, legal systems are integrating local and indigenous conceptions of justice with the formal procedures and institutions of the state. Particular attention is given to culturally creative uses of law to achieve public justice with respect to environmental and economic domains.



ANTH 4651 - Development of Anthropological Theory
(4.0 cr; Prereq-minimum 90 credits, no grad credit; A-F or Aud, fall, every year)
Theoretical perspectives from mid-19th century to the present; examines the interrelationship of method and theory, and implications for practice of anthropology.



ANTH 4652 - Cultural Theory for Wicked Problems
(4.0 cr; Prereq-minimum 30 credits; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
A wicked problem is a social or cultural problem difficult to solve for many reasons: incomplete or contradictory knowledge, the number of people or opinions involved, the large economic burden of solutions, and the interconnected nature of these with other problems. This course explores the ways that cultural theory provides critical insights in complex contemporary arenas such as government policy, nonprofit work, law, business, communications, education, health issues, environment and conservation, natural resources management, risk management, natural disaster responses, and more. The goal of the course is to teach students the value of cultural theory in understanding and working within the complexities of the contemporary world.



ANTH 4653 - Senior Seminar
(3.0 cr; Prereq-minimum 90 credits or instructor consent; no grad credit; A-F or Aud, spring, every year)
Contemporary topics in selected branches of anthropology. Active participation in group research project to develop and enhance anthropological research skills.



ANTH 4654 - Biological Anthropology
(3.0 cr; Prereq-minimum 60 credits or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
The human skeleton as source of information about individual variations, population structure, and human evolution. Study of human remains from archaeological sites, morphology, paleopathology, and relevant statistical methods. Lectures and labs emphasize acquiring practical experiences in analysis and interpretation.



ANTH 4655 - Forensic Anthropology
(4.0 cr; Prereq-minimum 60 credit or instructor consent; no grad credit; A-F or Aud, spring, every year)
This class is designed to familiarize students with the fundamentals of forensic anthropology, including identification of skeletal elements, pathology, age, sex, and population affinity, stature, occupational markers and selected other topics.



ANTH 4691 - Independent Study in Anthropology
(1.0 - 5.0 cr [max 5.0 cr]; Prereq-Preferred minimum 60 credits, instructor consent, no grad credit; A-F only, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Directed reading and research leading to preparation of a final written and/or digital project.



ANTH 4695 - Special Topics: (Various Titles to be Assigned)
(1.0 - 5.0 cr [max 10.0 cr]; Prereq-minimum 60 cr; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Seminar on topics in selected branches of anthropology.



ANTH 4696 - Field Research in Archaeology
(1.0 - 10.0 cr [max 10.0 cr]; Prereq-instructor consent; A-F only, summer, offered periodically)
Archaeological excavation, survey, and research in actual sites. Location may vary.



ANTH 4697 - Anthropology Internship
(2.0 - 6.0 cr [max 6.0 cr]; Prereq-preferred minimum 60 credits, instructor consent, no grad credit; S-N only, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Supervised experience in a workplace relevant to studentâ¿¿s academic interests within the major: social service agency, museum, immigration services, school or other, approved by instructor. In consultation with instructor, students will also complete assignments relevant to the job setting, e.g., setting learning objectives, techniques for measuring progress, and/or report writing.



ANTH 4699 - Honors Project
(2.0 - 4.0 cr [max 4.0 cr]; Prereq-instructor consent; no grad credit; A-F only, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Advanced individual project in any area of anthropology demonstrating sound theoretical, methodological, and research foundations. Topic chosen in consultation with the honors advisor. The student will give a public presentation of their written and/or digital final project.



ANTH 4910 - Teaching Assistantship in Anthropology
(1.0 - 3.0 cr [max 3.0 cr]; Prereq-Minimum 60 credits and instructor consent, no grad credit; maximum 3 credits between ANTH 4997 and 4910; A-F only, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Practical experience in teaching-related activities in anthropology courses.



ANTH 4985 - Critical Animal Studies
(4.0 cr; Prereq-minimum 90 credits or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for CST 4985, no grad credit; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
This course explores the ways in which animal lives intersect with human lives, including the evolution of social, cultural, scientific, and religious attitudes toward animals. We will examine the dynamics of power and visualization in the ways animals are culturally framed and constructed. Students will also learn to critically analyze a variety of ethical debates about animals in society, such as the eating of animals, animal experimentation, zoos, hunting, ownership, and legal status.



 
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