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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)
(3.0 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, 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 2001 - Career Development in Anthropology
(2.0 cr; Prereq-1602 or 1604 or equivalent, or instructor consent; 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 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 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 peoples such as the Olmecs, Maya, Toltecs, Mixtecs, Aztecs. Using comparative ethnographic and archaeological materials, the course explores the earliest arrival of hunter-gatherer-foragers, the beginnings of agriculture, the 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. It features well-known sites such as La Venta, Tikal, Palenque, Chichén Itzá, Monte Albán, Teotihuacán, Tula, and the Aztec capitol of Tenochtitlán.



ANTH 3622 - Prehistoric Archaeology: Old World
(3.0 cr; Prereq-1604, minimum 30 credits; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Archaeological survey of Europe, Africa, and Asia.



ANTH 3624 - Archaeology of North America
(3.0 cr; Prereq-1604, minimum 30 credits; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Archaeological survey of major cultural areas of North America north of Mexico.



ANTH 3628 - Women in Cross-Cultural Perspective
(3.0 cr; Prereq-1604, minimum 30 credits; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Worldwide survey of the structure of gender systems, focusing on women's lives in selected, primarily non-Western, cultures, how gender relations are impacted by colonialism, industrialism, and economic development



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 and the European Union (EU) on all of the above.



ANTH 3638 - Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East
(3.0 cr; Prereq-1604, min 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 Islamic Middle East. Focus on religion, family life, gender, politics, economy, urban ways of life, kinship and marriage, and the impacts of globalism on the Middle East.



ANTH 3640 - What is a City?: Archaeological Perspectives on Urbanism
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Min 30 cr or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Focus on a variety of historically and archaeologically documented urban case studies and important concepts, e.g., the use of space, the physical manifestation of cities, urban abandonment, and the impact of cities on the environment.



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 familiarize students with the discipline of paleanthropology or human evolution. Addresses primate and hominid anatomy, dating techniques, stratigraphy, fossil formation and paleoecology as well as human evolution 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-1602; 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-Minimum 60 credits or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, 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-1604, 30 credits or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Seminar on contemporary 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 domestication and evolution of plants and animals, biological and cultural aspects of the production, distribution, preparation, and consumption of food, and an analysis of the social and cultural significance of food--including food preferences and taboos, food and religion, food and identity, food and power, gendered division of labor in foodways, beliefs and values about foods, food symbols and metaphors, new food technologies, and the globalization of contemporary food systems.



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-1602, minimum 60 credits; 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
(3.0 cr; Prereq-1604, minimum 60 credits or grad student or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Concepts of landscape and space in anthropology. Topics include culturally constructed landscapes, memory, pilgrimage, commemoration, and ways of making a living from the landscape. Theoretical background and analytical examples drawn from the four subfields of anthropology: cultural, physical, linguistics, and archaeology.



ANTH 4633 - Ethnobotany
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1604, minimum 60 credits; 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.



ANTH 4640 - Medical Anthropology
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1604, 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; 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-1604, 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 4653 - Senior Seminar
(3.0 cr; Prereq-1604, 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-1602, minimum 60 credits; 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-1602, minimum 60 credit; 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-Minimum 60 credits or instructor consent, no grad credit; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Directed reading and research in ethnology leading to preparation of paper.



ANTH 4695 - Special Topics: (Various Titles to be Assigned)
(1.0 - 5.0 cr [max 10.0 cr]; Prereq-1604, min 90 cr or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Seminar on contemporary topics in selected branches of anthropology.



ANTH 4696 - Field Research in Archaeology
(1.0 - 10.0 cr [max 10.0 cr]; Prereq-1602 or 1612, instructor consent; A-F or Aud, summer, offered periodically)
Archaeological field excavation, survey, and research in historic and prehistoric sites.



ANTH 4697 - Anthropology Internship
(2.0 - 6.0 cr [max 6.0 cr]; Prereq-instructor consent, no grad credit; S-N or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Supervised experience in an anthropological work related setting: social service agency, museum, immigration services, school or other, approved by instructor. Setting learning objectives, techniques for measuring progress and report writing will be taught.



ANTH 4699 - Honors Project
(2.0 - 4.0 cr [max 4.0 cr]; Prereq-1604, instructor consent; no grad credit; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Advanced individual project in any area of anthropology demonstrating sound theoretical and research foundations and resulting in a written report, oral presentation. A web page or poster presentation may be done in consultation with the honors advisor.



ANTH 4910 - Teaching Assistantship in Anthropology
(1.0 - 3.0 cr [max 3.0 cr]; Prereq-Minimum 60 credits, 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.



 
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