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Following certain course descriptions are the designations: F, Sp, Su. These indicate the semesters fall, spring, summer in which the course is normally offered and are intended as an aid to students planning their programs of study.


Anthropology (ANTH prefix)

ANTH 101 Introduction to Anthropology (3) (deleted January 28, 2011)

ANTH 111 Introduction to World Cultures (3) This course explores the human condition from a cross-cultural perspective and introduces the basic concepts, theories, and methodologies of cultural anthropology. No prereq.

ANTH 121 Introduction to Archaeology (3) An introduction to archaeological methods and theories. Students will learn how archaeologists investigate, reconstruct, and interpret both prehistoric and historic cultures to learn what life was like in the past. No prereq.

ANTH 131 Introduction to Physical Anthropology (3) This course examines fundamental aspects of the physical nature of humans and human variability. It selectively reviews the long record of human biological adaptations that have existed from the appearance of the earliest hominids up to the development of anatomically modern forms. Topics include principles of evolution, human variation and adaptability, non-human primate behavior, human and nonhuman osteology (study of the skeleton), and the human fossil record. No prereq.

ANTH 200 Special Topics in Anthropology (3) A study of selected topics of current interest and importance in anthropology. These topics will vary in accordance with the interests of the students and faculty. Students may repeat the course without limit as the topic changes. No prereq.

ANTH 211 Introduction to Forensic Anthropology (3) This course examines the fields of forensic anthropology and human osteology.  It places emphasis on field recovery techniques, management of the death scene, estimation of time since death, and cause and manner of death.  In addition, students will learn human osteology and its application to human identification in legal contexts. Prereq: BIOL 105 or 133 or 141, or permission of instructor

ANTH 221 Archaeology: Fact and Fiction (3) This course will investigate popular myths about the past, such as the lost continent of Atlantis and ancient alien astronauts. Students will learn to distinguish facts from fiction, understand how archaeologists know what they know, and more generally, learn how to check what we hear. Prereq: ANTH 121

ANTH 235 American Life (3) This course explores both differences and commonalities, and what defines "American" despite the nation's diversity. The United States is made up of diverse peoples, more-or-less bound together by a common government, laws, and economy and family histories reach into many different ethnic groups and traditions.

ANTH 241 The Supernatural (3) Religious belief is a cultural universal -- all peoples have some form of belief in the supernatural. Though there are very few specific beliefs that all religions share, there are a number of common ways in which humans relate to and interact with the supernatural. This course will examine religion from a worldwide perspective, drawing upon examples from many areas of the globe. Prereq: ANTH 111

ANTH 251 Peoples of Latin America (3)(changed to ANTH 325)

ANTH 255 The Cultures of Asia (3) (changed to ANTH 324)

ANTH 261 Introduction to Archaeology (3) (changed to ANTH 121)

ANTH 262 Archaeology of North America (3)(changed to ANTH 342)

ANTH 305 Indians of North America (3) (changed to ANTH 323)

ANTH 322 Cultural Ecology (3) This course explores how the natural environment provides both opportunities and limitations on human culture, subsistence patterns, technology, and socio-political structure. Students will examine the concept of cultural ecology tracing its history in anthropology to the present day. Prereq: ANTH 111, Junior standing

ANTH 323 Native Peoples of North America (3) The ethnography of Native North American cultures through a detailed study of representative tribal units by cultural areas. The course includes an examination of historic native cultures from first contact with Europeans to the role of North American Indian populations as an important ethnic group in modern American life. Prereq: ANTH 111, Junior standing

ANTH 324 People of Asia (3) An introduction to the diverse cultures of Asia through the reading of ethnography and other relevant anthropological literature. Emphasis will be place on such topics as belief systems, ethnic identity, marriage, kinship, and social organization. Prereq: ANTH 111, Junior standing

ANTH 325 Peoples of Latin America (3) This course provides students with an introduction to the ethnography and ethnology of Latin America, examining the cultural diversity present in Latin America while also looking at the commonalities among its diverse populations. Prereq: ANTH 111, Junior standing

ANTH 326 Peoples of Africa (3) This course is a survey of sub-Saharan Africa that will provide a look at African culture, emphasizing economic, religious, and political aspects, both traditional and modern. Prereq: ANTH 111, Junior standing

ANTH 342 Archaeology of North America (3) An introduction to the prehistoric past of North America prior to European contact. Topics covered include: the peopling of the Americas, the archaeology of eastern North America, and the prehistory of the American Southwest. Prereq: ANTH 121, Junior standing

ANTH 343 Archaeology of Mesoamerica (3) An introduction to the archaeological record of Mesoamerica, from the first inhabitants of the Americas to the European arrival in the sixteenth century. Cultures such as the Olmec, Maya, Toltec, and Aztec will be discussed, with particular emphasis on subsistence, architecture, social systems, and the development of social inequality. Prereq: ANTH 121, Junior standing

ANTH 344 Archaeology of Greece (3) This course is a survey of Greek archaeology, covering the period from the Stone Age to the death of Alexander the Great. The material culture of ancient Greece will be examined in its sociopolitical, economic, and religious context, exploring how ancient Greeks lived. Prereq: ANTH 121, Junior standing

ANTH 345 Prehistory of Europe (3) This course will examine the five main periods within the prehistoric past of Europe, from the Ice Age through the end of the Iron Age. Students will explore the archaeological remains from these periods, focusing on topics such as subsistence strategies, technology, social organization, mortuary practices, the arts, and warfare. Prereq: ANTH 121, Junior standing

ANTH 352 Primatology (3) This course is an exploration of the taxonomic divisions, ecology, social organization, and reproductive behavior of the non-human primates. Both living and fossil primates will be considered. Prereq: ANTH131, Junior standing

ANTH 353 Human Origins (3) An examination of the biological bases of human society and culture. This course surveys human evolution from pre-human ancestors to the appearance of Homo-Sapiens. Prereq: ANTH 101.

ANTH 354 Human Osteology (3) This course is devoted to a detailed examination of the descriptive and functional morphology of the human skeleton, with an emphasis on its applications in physical anthropology and archaeology. Students will explore methods used in determining age, sex, stature, trauma, and paleopathology. Prereq: ANTH 131, Junior standing

ANTH 355 Human Variation (3) The range of contemporary human biological variation is explored from an evolutionary and adaptive perspective. Also considered is the concept of "race" and the history of its use (and abuse) within the discipline of anthropology. Prereq: ANTH 131, Junior standing

ANTH 370 Cultural Anthropology Seminar (3) An intensive, small-group discussion of current interest in cultural anthropology. The seminar format will emphasize critical thinking and discussion. Students may take the course more than once as the topic changes. Prereq: ANTH 111, Junior standing

ANTH 380 Archaeology Seminar (3) An intensive, small-group discussion of recent, provocative books on topics of current interest to archaeological anthropology. The seminar format will emphasize critical thinking and discussion. Students may take the course more than once as the reading list changes. Prereq: ANTH 121, Junior standing

ANTH 390 Physical Anthropology Seminar (3) An intensive, small-group discussion of recent, provocative books on topics of current interest to physical Anthropology. The seminar format will emphasize critical thinking and discussion. Students may take the course more than once as the reading list changes. Prereq: ANTH 131, Junior standing

ANTH 397 Archaeological Field School (3) This course is designed to give students experience in archaeological field methods through participation in a site excavation. Students learn basic excavation techniques, mapping, and artifact identification. Prereq: ANTH 101 and permission of instructor. Su

ANTH 401 Anthropology Lab Methods (3) This course will explore the means by which anthropologists analyze the material remains and derive conclusions. A variety of prehistoric and historic artifacts will be covered, including stone tools and ceramics. Each student will complete a research project involving the analysis of a collection. Prereq: ANTH 111, 121, and 131

ANTH 402 Ethnography (3) This course provides a historical perspective on the changes that have taken place in ethnographic inquiry. Topics covered include the historical foundations of ethnography, the crisis of representation in cultural anthropology, the ethics of ethnography, and methodologies for doing ethnography. Major themes will be addressed through readings and discussions of various ethnographic texts. Prereq: ANTH 111, 121, and131

ANTH 407 Psychological Anthropology (3) Examines theories of the relationship of culture and the individual. Topics covered include cognition and perception, enculturation processes, emotional patterning, “national character,” culture change, and deviant behavior, from a cross-cultural perspective. Prereq: ANTH 101 or SOC 121 or PSY 201.
(Is not longer offered)

ANTH 475 History of Anthropological Thought (3) This course covers the major intellectual trends in cultural anthropology from the nineteenth century to the present. Topics include evolutionary anthropology, functionalism, materialism, structuralism, cognitive anthropology as well as more recent postmodern approaches to understanding culture. Prereq: ANTH 111, 121, and 131

ANTH 489 Independent Study in Anthropology (3) An extensive examination of the main anthropological ideas on a specific topic. The major paper is a product of critical reading or advanced research. The course may be taken up to six hours. Prereq: nine hours sociology/anthropology and consent of instructor.

ANTH 499 Internship in Anthropology (3) An opportunity for work experience in the area of anthropology. For students interested in graduate school, the internship will involve field research. The course may be taken for up to six credit hours with different placements. Prereq: nine hours in anthropology/sociology and consent of instructor.