Courses

ANTH 103/INTL 103 Introduction to Anthropology
Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. A general survey of anthropology with emphasis on learning about and from global cultures, and on the four fields of anthropology.

ANTH 105/INTL 104 Introduction to Archaeology
Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. A survey of archaeological sites, methods and theories from around the world, from the earliest human cultures, to the rise and spread of civilizations, to the modern era.

ANTH 200/AFAM 200/INTL 200 Introduction to African Societies
Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. This course introduces the student to the African continent, its peoples and cultures. It covers such general characteristics as the physical and geographical features, climate, topography, traditional economies, languages, religions, social systems and other cultural features that are traditional to its people.

ANTH 301/BIOL 341 Human Evolution
Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: A "C" or better in ENGL 200. Introduces the range of human diversity as well as a broad understanding of evolution and evolutionary biology, particularly as it applies to hominid evolution. Specific topics include basic genetics, primatology, paleontology, and growth and development. Not applicable for credit toward the B.S. in Biology.

ANTH 302 Archaeological Theory
Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: ANTH 105 and a "C" or better in ENGL 200. Covers the basic theoretical perspectives and tools of archaeology, including analysis and interpretation of archaeological materials. Students will review the intellectual history of archaeology, applying a variety of theoretical approaches to archaeological data sets and sites.

ANTH 303 Archaeological Methods and Research Design
Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: ANTH 105 and a "C" or better in ENGL 200. Introduces the basic practices of archaeology, including planning, excavation, artifact analysis, documentary research, mapping, dating sites and artifacts, and interpretation and presentation of findings. Students will participate in an active field research program and will apply methods at an active site and lab.

ANTH 304/SOCY 304/WMNS 304 The Family

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: SOCY 101 or ANTH 103. The family in its social and cultural context. Analysis of child rearing, marriage, kinship, family crises, and family change in various societies around the world.

ANTH 309/AFAM 309/INTL 309/WMNS 309 Global Women's Health
Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Explores issues in women's health from a national and international perspective with an emphasis on the experiences of women in the African diaspora. Theories in medical anthropology are employed to examine key themes.

ANTH 310/FRSC 310 Forensic Anthropology
Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. A comprehensive overview of forensic anthropology, including its development and the theory and methodology on which it is based.

ANTH 312/GEOG 312 History of Human Settlement

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. A cultural and historical geography of human migration and settlement over the earth. Topics may include agricultural and urban systems, exploration, colonization and imperialism, and changing relationships with the environment, during and since the middle ages.

ANTH 315 Anthropological Field Methods and Research Design
Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: ANTH 103. Overview of quantitative and qualitative anthropological field techniques as well as the ethical dimension of anthropological fieldwork. Basics of research design, effective methodology, and writing grant proposals.

ANTH 331 Public Culture: Anthropology Through Film

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Explores how anthropology can contribute to a critical analysis of films as cultural representations. Class discussion will relate particular films both to the cultural context they depict and to the cultural context in which they were produced. Will also examine films as images that produce cultural meanings with the potential to affect the viewer's understanding of the world and comprehension of self.

ANTH 348/INTL 348 South American Ethnography
Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: ANTH 103 and a "C" or better in ENGL 200. General ethnographic survey of both highland and lowland indigenous cultures of South America and cultural changes as a result of European contact.

ANTH 349/INTL 349 Rethinking a Continent: Latin America
Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: ANTH 103 and a "C" or better in ENGL 200. This course surveys contemporary cultures of Latin America. It addresses historical sociocultural developments from an anthropological perspective and introduces concepts from social justice studies, development anthropology, and applied anthropology.

ANTH 350/INTL 350 Rethinking a Continent: Europe
Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: ANTH 103 and a "C" or better in ENGL 200. A survey of historical sociocultural developments from an anthropological perspective with an emphasis on integrative and disintegrative forces that have shaped cultures and identities in Europe. Introduces concepts from sociocultural anthropology, social justice studies, and applied anthropology.

ANTH 364/ENGL 364 Introduction to Folklore
Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 211, 215, 236, 291, or 295. A study of one or more forms of folklore, such as folktales, fairy tales, legends, myths, proverbs, riddles, ballads, and/or games, with some attention to literary, social, or historical significance and contexts. This course may also include approaches to collecting material or to examining later literary forms and texts inspired by folklore.

ANTH 375 Field Archaeology
Semester course; 3 lecture and 8 field and laboratory hours. 6 credits. Introduction to archaeological field and basic laboratory techniques. Archaeological data collection (excavation or survey) forms the core of the course.

ANTH 381/INTL 381 Modern Identities: Nation Building
Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Critically explores how nation building and national identities have developed over the last two centuries among peoples across the globe. Class discussions will examine theoretical perceptions of these processes and focus on how they shaped and shape realities in different times and places.

ANTH 390/LING 390/ENGL 390 Introduction to Linguistics
Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 211, 215, 236, 291 or 295. An introduction to methods of language analysis, emphasizing the study of sounds and sound patterns, and units of meaning and their arrangements

ANTH 391 Topics in Anthropology

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Maximum 6 credits per semester; maximum total of 18 credits in departmental topics courses that may be applied to the major. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Seminar on current specialized areas of anthropological interest. See the Schedule of Classes for specific topics to be offered each semester.

ANTH 394/HIST 394 Historical Archaeology
Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: ANTH 105 and any history course. A review of historical archaeology, recognizing its contemporary emphasis on the spread of European cultures across the globe beginning in the 15th century. Methods and findings of archaeological research from the United States, Europe, and Africa will be covered with special emphasis on the study of documents and artifacts related to the emergence and present state of the modern world. Students will participate in field research.

ANTH 403/BIOL 403 Primatology
Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: ANTH 301. Primatology investigates the taxonomic relationships among primates through comparative anatomy, comparative behavior, and comparative biochemistry. Study of primate evolution, demography, subsistence, reproduction, social organization, communication systems, and ecology. Not applicable for credit toward the B.S. in Biology.

ANTH 415/INTL 415 Economic Anthropology
Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Provides an overview of the anthropological approach to the "economic" in social life. Analyzes the role played by systems of reciprocity and exchange in ethnographic contexts. Concepts employed by anthropologists in the study of traditional subsistence economies are used to examine modern industrialized societies.

ANTH 416/AFAM 416 The Origin and Evolution of the Idea of Race
Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: ANTH 103 or AFAM 103 or permission of instructor. This course is an exploration of the origins and social history of the "idea" of race from the Middle Ages to the end of the 20th century. Using both historical and anthropological scholarship, the course presents an analytical framework for race as a sociocultural phenomenon.

ANTH 420/AFAM 420/INTL 420 Women of Africa
Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: ANTH 103 or AFAM 103 or permission of instructor. This course looks at the traditional roles of women in African Societies and examines how women have coped in different environments. It focuses on the institutionalized aspects of similarities and differences in women's lives in pastoral and horticultural societies and those with mixed economies, and will contrast these with women's roles in large state societies of Africa and in the modern urbanized context.

ANTH 425/RELS 425/INTL 425 Religion, Magic and Witchcraft

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: ANTH 103 and a "C" or better in ENGL 200. A survey of the nature and variety of beliefs outside of the major streams of Religious thought. Among topics considered are myth, totemism, taboo, and sorcery. Emphasis on understanding supernatural beliefs and practices in relation to culture and society.

ANTH 448/FRLG 448/ENGL 448/LING 448 Language, Culture and Cognition

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Introduces theoretical and methodological foundations for the study of language from sociocultural perspectives. The perspectives include linguistic, philosophical, psychological, sociological and anthropological contributions to the understanding of verbal and nonverbal communication as a social activity embedded in cultural contexts. No prior training in linguistics is presupposed.


ANTH 450/ENGL 454/INTL 454 Cross-Cultural Communication
Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. A study of the dynamics of cross-cultural communication that applies linguistic tools to understanding cultural issues and solving communication problems.


ANTH 454 Anthropological Theory and Practice
Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: ANTH 103; a minimum of six credits of 300-, 400- and 500-level anthropology courses; limited to seniors. A study of the connections between theoretical work that addresses understandings of culture and methodological practice centered on creating ethnography.

ANTH 455/INTL 455 Anthropology of Development and Globalization
Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: INTL 101. May be taken for a maximum of nine credit hours in three different world areas. Consists of a global study of the developing Third World with particular emphasis on rural populations, subsistence farmers, indigenous groups, and small entrepreneurs. Focuses on development and globalization while providing insights into the peasantry as a class, women in peasant societies, changes in peasant societies, and the peasantry as a player in the policies of the modern state.

ANTH 457/INTL 457 Comparative Perspectives on Cultures and Societies
Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Examination of the theoretical, methodological and ethical problems that arise from anthropological comparisons of cultures.

ANTH 492 Independent Study
Semester course; variable hours. Variable credit. Maximum of 6 credits per semester; maximum total of 12 credits for all independent study and internship courses. Prerequisites: Determination of the amount of credit and permission of the instructor and the group coordinator must be procured prior to enrollment in the course; a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the major. Generally open only to students of junior or senior standing who have acquired at least 12 credits in the anthropology program.

ANTH 493 Internship
Semester course; variable hours. 1-3 credits (40 clock hours per credit). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits for majors and 3 credits for minors. Prerequisites: completion of 9 credits in anthropology courses at the 300 level or above, and permission of the internship coordinator. Student must be in good academic standing with a minimum major GPA of 2.25. Designed for the advanced student to gain workplace experience in a local, national, or international business or agency offering opportunities in anthropological field methods or research.

ANTH 497-498 Honors in Anthropology
Continuous courses; 3 lecture hours. 3-3 credits. Design and completion of a long-term research project in the major. The thesis project is the culmination of an advanced course of study within the anthropology program. Under the supervision of a faculty mentor, students must demonstrate a thorough understanding and use of anthropological research techniques and analysis, a knowledge of relevant literature, and sophisticated writing and research abilities. Students must apply to program for participation in honors thesis work. See Bulletin for eligibility criteria and application procedure.

ANTH 499 Senior Seminar
Semester course; 1 lecture hour. 1 credit. Prerequisites: Completion of 15 credits in anthropology at the 300 and 400 level or the equivalent in anthropology; senior standing. Focuses on self-assessment, compilation of a portfolio and curriculum vitae, career and graduate school preparation, and on lifelong application of skills and knowledge acquired in the program. Students will critically assess their experience in the anthropology program.

ANTH 551 Anthropology for the Museologist
Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. A discussion and investigation of contemporary anthropological themes and questions and identification of how they can be depicted with museum materials. Students are expected to develop a research design for an exhibit.

ANTH 556/ENVS 556 Historical and Cultural Landscapes
Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Open only to seniors who have completed ANTH 302 or 303 and graduate students with permission of instructor. Students will study historical and contemporary landscapes as the products of the producers of human culture, with particular attention to riverine landscapes. Focus will be on the ways in which humans shape and respond to their ecosystems. Students will participate in an active field research program, including the archaeological recovery and analysis of historical landscapes.