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Anthropology (ANTH) Courses


ANTH 101 BIOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY (3-0-3)(F,S,SU)(FN). Introduction to human evolution through the study of variation, genetics, adaptation, living primates, the fossil record, and the relationship between biology and behavior.


ANTH 102 CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY (3-0-3)(F,S,SU)(FS). Introduction to the descriptions, analysis, and explanations of the different ways of life, or cultures, through which human groups have adapted to their environments. Explanation of the nature and characteristic of culture as an adaptive mechanism for human survival.

ANTH 103 INTRODUCTION TO ARCHAEOLOGY (3-0-3)(F/S)(FN). Introduction to the historic background and basic techniques of anthropological archaeology. Methods and theory used to reconstruct prehistoric cultures, their environmental settings, activities, and histories.

ANTH 105 EVOLUTION AND HUMAN BEHAVIOR (3-0-3)(F,S,SU)(FN). An introduction to the evolutionary study of human behavior. The evolution of reproductive and somatic behavior, epigenetic processes of group living.

ANTH 216 MAGIC, WITCHCRAFT AND RELIGION (3-0-3)(F/S)(FS). Comparative survey of beliefs, ceremonies, and ritual in a range of societies. Religious practices, syncretism, shamanism, and revitalization movements are discussed in terms of origins, elements, forms, and symbolism.


ANTH 303 HISTORY AND THEORY IN ANTHROPOLOGY (3-0-3)(F/S). Investigation of scientific events in the development of the basic concepts, theory, and methods of contemporary anthropology. PREREQ: ANTH 101 or ANTH 102 or ANTH 103 or ANTH 105 or PERM/INST.

ANTH 306 KINSHIP AND SOCIAL ORGANIZATION (3-0-3)(F/S). Hominid kinship and social organization in comparative perspective. Residence, descent, developmental familiarity, dominance, pair bonding, intergroup pacification, kin terminology, and social networks. PREREQ: ANTH 101 or ANTH 102 or ANTH 103 or ANTH 105 or PERM/INST.

ANTH 307 INDIANS OF NORTH AMERICA (3-0-3)(F/S). An ethnographic survey of the native peoples of North America, emphasizing cultural diversity and adaptation. Ethnographic data will cover the time span from the settling of North America to the present. PREREQ: ANTH 102 or ANTH 105 or Global Studies major or minor, and upper-division standing or PERM/INST.

ANTH 312 PREHISTORY OF NORTH AMERICA (3-0-3)(F/S). Survey of prehistoric archaeology and environments of North America. Examines evidence of prehistoric human adaptation for different regions of the continent during the Pleistocene and the Holocene. PREREQ: ANTH 103 or PERM/INST.

ANTH 314 ENVIRONMENTAL ANTHROPOLOGY (3-0-3)(F/S)(FC). Examines human perception of the environment and natural resource management in small-scale and industrial societies. Strategies for resolving collective action problems are discussed, as well as cases of conflicts of interest and paths of resolution between conservationists, indigenous peoples, and national governments. PREREQ: ENGL 102, ANTH 101 or ANTH 102 or ANTH 103 or ANTH 105 or Environmental Studies or Global Studies major or minor, and upper-division standing, or PERM/INST.

ANTH 320 LATIN AMERICAN PREHISTORY (3-0-3)(F/S). Overview of the Pre-Columbian cultures of Central and South America. Special emphasis is upon Archaic to Formative transitions in Mexico and Peru with discussion of Toltec, Aztec, Mayan, and Inca cultures. PREREQ: ANTH 103 or PERM/INST.

ANTH 325 HUMAN VARIATION (3-0-3)(F/S). Human biological variation both among and within living populations. Evolutionary, genetic, ecological, demographic and cultural factors which contribute to biological variation. PREREQ: ANTH 101 or PERM/INST.

ANTH 330 OSTEOLOGY (3-0-3)(F/S). Fundamentals of skeletal analysis applicable to bioarchaeological, paleontological and forensic context. Determination of age, sex, stature, population affinity as well as identification of bone trauma and pathological conditions will be addressed. PREREQ: ANTH 101 or PERM/INST.

ANTH 350 HUMAN BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). Fundamental principles of evolutionary theory and their application to human behavior within ecological contexts. Surveys current understanding of human sexuality, parenting, kinship, cooperation, and foraging behavior. PREREQ: ANTH 101, or ANTH 105, or PERM/INST.

ANTH 352 EVOLUTION OF THE HUMAN LIFECYCLE (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). Timing of life course events resulting from our evolutionary history. Explores behavior and biology from birth to death from multiple explanatory perspectives in the context of fitness trade-offs. PREREQ: ANTH 101, or ANTH 105, or PERM/INST.

ANTH 400 HUNTER-GATHERERS (3-0-3)(F/S). Survey of prehistoric and existing peoples who live primarily by hunting and gathering. Examines techniques and patterns of subsistence, population dynamics, settlement patterns and land use, ideology, and perceptions of nature. PREREQ: ANTH 102 or ANTH 103 or ANTH 105 or PERM/INST.

ANTH 401 HUMAN EVOLUTION AND PALEOANTHROPOLOGY (3-0-3)(F/S). Explores human origins by reviewing the biological and behavioral aspects of primate adaptations. Applied evidence from the fossil and archaeological record to evaluate interpretations of human and primate evolution. PREREQ: ANTH 101 or PERM/INST.

ANTH 402 GEOARCHEOLOGY (3-0-3)(F/S). Examines theories and methods of the earth sciences to determine the location, age, and composition of the archaeological record. Emphasizes application of the natural sciences to study the human past by the study of sediments and ancient environments. PREREQ: ANTH 103, upper-division standing and PERM/INST.

ANTH 414 QUATERNARY PALEONTOLOGY (3-0-3)(F/S). Fundamental of paleoecology and taphonomy applied to the study of Pleistocene and Holocene paleobiology. Primary focus on animal adaptation, evolution, and extinction, plant and animal connections to environmental and climate change and human prehistory, and identification and measurements of biotic materials. PREREQ: ANTH 103, upper-division standing and PERM/INST.

ANTH 418 RESEARCH METHODS FOR SOCIAL SCIENTISTS (3-0-3)(F/S). A survey and practicum of methods commonly used by social scientists to answer research questions on quantifiable human behavior. Course includes hands-on projects to learn research design, application of mixed methods, and interpretation and presentation of results. PREREQ: Upper division standing or PERM/INST.

ANTH 425 MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY: DISEASE, CULTURE AND HEALING (3-0-3)(F/S). Introduces the student to the dynamic relationship that exists between health and culture. Topics include epidemiology, medical ecology, nutrition, ethnomedicine, the social meaning of illness, medical and cultural change, and alternative health models. Emphasis will be on a cross-cultural approach. Ethnographic data will be provided from cultures around the world. PREREQ: ANTH 101 or ANTH 102 or ANTH 105, or PERM/INST.

ANTH 444 FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY (3-0-3)(F/S). Provides students with intensive practical knowledge of methods, procedures and theories of forensic anthropologists through lectures, labs, and field exercises. Culminates in analysis and presentation of written case report. PREREQ: ANTH 101, or PERM/INST.

ANTH 480 SEMINAR IN ANTHROPOLOGY (3-0-3)(F/S). Philosophical and theoretical issues in anthropology. Developments in methodology and technical advances in anthropology research. Seminar topics will vary. PREREQ: PERM/INST.

ANTH 490 ARCHAEOLOGY FIELD SCHOOL (1-20-6)(SU). Six weeks on-site field training in the archaeological techniques of site reconnaissance and excavation. Focus will be placed on the observation, recording, and recovery of field data. Instruction includes preliminary laboratory processing and artifact analysis. Special fee required for room and board. PREREQ: ANTH 103 and PERM/INST.

ANTH 492 SENIOR PRACTICUM-PORTFOLIO (1-0-1)(F/S)(FF). A capstone course designed to help seniors develop and construct their senior portfolio. Included in the course is the departmental “portfolio review.” PREREQ: ANTH 303 and ANTH 306 and senior standing.

ANTH 495 SENIOR THESIS (0-6-3)(F/S). An individual research project involving an original investigation in Anthropology culminating in a written thesis. A research proposal will be submitted to a supervising faculty member and approved by the chair during the semester prior to initiation of the project. The thesis will be read by two faculty members. Recommended for students planning graduate studies.

Anthropology Programs