Anthropology Course Descriptions
ANT 100 — Interpreting Cultures
An introduction to the types of critical thinking necessary for the study of culture. A focus on the ways in which cultural anthropologists gather evidence, analyze that evidence, and synthesize conclusions. The course includes material from a variety of cultures around the world and a significant discussion of the diversity of human social life. 3 credits.
ANT 101 — Cultural Anthropology
Study of living cultures, stressing such aspects of social organization as religion, economics, political behavior, language, kinship, and art. While the models used are primarily so-called traditional societies, efforts are directed toward the comparison of all types of cultures and societies existing in the world today. 3 credits.
ANT 102 — Biological Anthropology
Study of humans as bio-cultural organisms and our place in the animal kingdom. Human origins and the fossil record bearing on humankind’s evolution. Mechanisms of evolution with population genetics emphasized. Human variation (race) considered from an evolutionary perspective and the biological variability between and among modern populations. 3 credits.
ANT 201 — The Global Community
Globalization as a cultural process. The impact of globalization on communities throughout the world with attention to political, social, and economic aspects in regard to gender equity, poverty and inequality, cultural diversity, environment, and social justice and human rights. 3 credits.
ANT 204 — Language and Culture
An introduction to the anthropological study of language including the nature, structure of language; the sociocultural functions and uses of language; theory and the study of meaning; language variations; the evolution and learning of language, and the nature of language change. 3 credits.
ANT 205 — Archaeology and the Human Past
Introduction to the nature and meaning of the archaeological record. Students learn the broad story of the human past—in both prehistoric and historic time periods and in both the Old and New Worlds—as well as the basic methods and theories in archaeology. 3 credits.
ANT 206 — Cultural Ecology
The place of ecology in human evolution and anthropological theory. The adaptation of hunters and gatherers, agriculturalists, pastoralists, peasants, and city dwellers – past and present – to their respective environments. Prerequisite(s): LEP Critical Thinking, ANT 101, or ANT 205. 3 credits.
ANT 211 — Writing Culture: The Art of Ethnographic Writing
An introduction into ethnographic writing. Students will be expected to write about the society and culture which surround them in their everyday lives. Students will also be reading some examples of ethnographic writing by professional anthropologists. Engagement with the work of fellow students is an important component of this class. 3 credits.
ANT 214 — American Tongues: Everyday Politics of Speaking
Investigates the ways that language practice constructs, maintains, and complicates ideas about social cohesion with an emphasis on inequality. Stresses intersections of race, class, and gender. 3 credits.
ANT 222 — Modern Human Variation
A survey of the extraordinary range of human biological variability seen today. Emphasizes the functional and adaptive nature of human biological variation, as well as the influence of behavior and environment on biology. Issues examined include the “race” concept, genetic disorders, the influence of the environment on human appearance (e.g. high altitude adaptations), sex differences, and intelligence. 3 credits.
ANT 224 — Children, Language, Socialization
Examines the development of children from a cultural perspective. Special emphasis placed on the induction of children into speech communities and on the social nature of learning. Cognitive abilities are explained in relation to the complex dynamics of socialization. 3 credits.
ANT 225 — Peoples and Cultures of Central and South America
Major patterns characterizing Latin American cultures of Spanish heritage. Mesoamerica is studied intensively; the world view and major social institutions of indigenous and Spanish antecedents as well as of contemporary tribal and national culture are considered. Prerequisite(s): LEP Critical Thinking or ANT 101.
ANT235 — Archaeological Fact and Fiction
A critical examination of what and how we know about the human past through the comparison of fi ctional accounts with the actual archaeological record. Emphasis will be placed on the methods, logic, and analogies used to identify past human behavior. Famous prehistoric frauds and myths conceived by pseudoarchaeologists and novelists also are discussed. 3 credits.
ANT 252 — Introduction Forensic Science
An overview of the scientifi c method and its application to the analysis of physical evidence as it impacts investigations and court proceedings. Topics include the study of basic methods of documentation, collection and preservation of physical evidence; general schemes for the analysis of chemical and biological evidence; identification and individualization of firearms, fi ngerprints, imprints, documents, hairs, fibers, blood and body fluids, paint, drugs and poisons, patterns, and other materials associated with crimes. The course material is reinforced through the use of actual case studies, hands-on exercises, and class exercises. 3 credits.
ANT 260 — Anthropology of Media
Examines myth, ritual, and kinship fi ltered through the lens of various forms of media in the United States. Explores films and case studies of movies, TV sitcoms and dramas and news broadcasts. Prerequisite(s): LEP Critical Thinking, ANT 101, PSY 100, SOC 100, or SOC 211. 3 credits
ANT 302 — Issues in Biological Anthropology
Race, hominid behavior, socio-biology, creationism, molecular genetics, psychosis, brain measures, formative causation, frauds, discoveries, and taphonomy. Prerequisite(s): LEP Critical Thinking, ANT 101, or ANT 102 or PSY 100 and 3 credits of BIO. 3 credits
ANT 311 — Applied Anthropology
Application of the science of anthropology to solutions of contemporary social change problems. Research and experience of anthropologists in various developing areas are examined. Prerequisite(s): LEP Critical Thinking or ANT 101. 3 credits.
ANT 312 — Medical Anthropology
The cross-cultural approach to health behavior, with emphasis on social factors related to the success of public health programs in underdeveloped Third World countries. Prerequisite(s): LEP Critical Thinking or ANT 101. 3 credits.
ANT 320 — Visual Anthropology
An exploration of how different cultures are depicted in film, photography, and other visual media, and of the analytical, ethical, and artistic issues such ethnographic images pose. Prerequisite(s): LEP Critical Thinking, ANT 101, PSY 100, SOC 100, or SOC 211. 3 credits.
ANT 321 — Indians of North America
Analysis of contemporary, traditional and precontact Indian cultures using ethnological reconstruction, anthropological accounts, and historical records. Origins, languages, and current affairs are examined. Considered are major indigenous societies of North America, as well as the Maya and Aztec civilizations. Prerequisite(s): LEP Critical Thinking and INQ 101 or (3 credits of ANT or SOC). 3 credits.
ANT 322 — Forensic Anthropology
Identification, analysis, and interpretation of human remains in a medico-legal context. Provides training in osteology, forensic method and theory, forensic taphonomy, and research methods. Numerous “real-life” cases are used to illustrate the theory and ideas involved with human remains recovery and identification in the contexts of homicide, suicide, mass disasters, and accidental death. Prerequisite(s): LEP Critical Thinking, ANT 101, PSY 100, SOC 100, or SOC 211. 3 credits.
ANT 323 — Women in Prehistory
Examines the roles of women in ancient societies including their roles as healers, warriors, chiefs, and queens.
Prerequisite(s): 6 credits in ANT, SOC, or WMS. 3 credits
ANT 330 — Anthropology of Religion
A cross-cultural analysis of the dynamic aspects of religion and ritual as expressions of cultural values, with examples drawn from every level of culture and diverse world societies. Prerequisite(s): 3 credits in ANT.
ANT 331 — People and Cultures of the Caribbean
An exploration of cultural diversities and continuities of the Caribbean region through ethnographic case studies. Topics include a historical overview, the role of slavery in the construction of these societies, and current issues: political economy, labor and migration, tourism, religion and resistance, kinship and the division of labor. Prerequisite(s): LEP Critical Thinking, ANT 101 or 205 or SOC 100. 3 credits.
ANT 332 — Bioarchaeology
Study of human remains from archaeological sites as a means to reconstruct the biological and cultural past. Explores topics such as prehistoric health and disease, subsistence patterns, biological relatedness, cultural modification, violent conflict, ancient medical treatments, and physical activity. Case studies drawn from burial populations covering a wide temporal and spatial distribution. Prerequisite(s): ANT 102 or 205.
ANT 335 — African Prehistory
An examination of the prehistoric archaeological record in Africa, from the earliest archaeological traces (approximately 2.6 million years ago) to the rise of the early African kingdoms. The most prominent sites, particularly in eastern and southern Africa, are featured. Recent discoveries and current debates within the fi eld of Africanist archaeology are highlighted. Prerequisite(s): ANT 205 or 102. 3 credits.
ANT 340 — Ritual Expressions
An exploration of one of the primary forms of human expressions and creativity, from the humble handshake to senior proms to the complex rituals of birth, initiation, and death. Prerequisite(s): LEP Critical Thinking, ANT 101, PSY 100, SOC 100, or SOC 211. 3 credits.
ANT 342 — African Culture Change
Survey of prehistoric and historic African cultures. Problems arising out of cultural contact with non-African societies, and the effect of sub-Saharan African peoples’ development in rural Africa. Processes of change faced by indigenous cultures, governments and international agencies of development in rural Africa. Prerequisite(s): LEP Critical Thinking or ANT 101. 3 credits.
ANT 352 — Crime Scene Investigation
Provides students with knowledge of basic concepts of case and crime scene investigation; scene and investigative personnel management; nature of investigative personnel roles; steps in the processing of scenes and evidence; methods of documentation; general and specialized techniques for the recognition, identifi cation, and individualization of evidence; sources of investigative information; interview techniques; reconstruction of events; and legal and ethical considerations during criminal investigations. Prerequisite(s): ANT 252 or ANT 322. 3 credits.
ANT 355 — Native American Women
Examines the lives of Native American women with an emphasis on their roles in the economic, political, and ideological domains. Prerequisite(s): 6 credits in ANT, SOC, or WMS. 3 credits.
ANT 376 — Anthropology of Education
Examines how the classroom and other learning environments can be understood as cultural spaces. Emphasis is placed upon the intertwined nature of education and socialization, cultural perspectives on the cognitive features of learning, and cross-cultural understanding in the classroom. Prerequisite(s): LEP Critical Thinking. 3 credits.
ANT 380 — Anthropology of Women and Health
Anthropological analysis of local to global processes impacting women’s health around the world. Ethnographic case studies that look at social organization, kinship, marriage, race, class, religion, etc. that contribute to the well-being of women. Exploration of non-Western healing techniques employed by women through time and space. Prerequisite(s): LEP Critical Thinking, ANT 101 or 205 or SOC 100. 3 credits.
ANT 390 — Ethics in Anthropology
Explores the ethical dilemmas faced by anthropologists in their search to study the cultural and biological diversity in the human species. Employs numerous case studies in cultural, medical, and biological anthropology and archaeology to examine contemporary ethical issues. Prerequisite(s): LEP Critical Thinking, ANT 101, PSY 100, SOC 100, or SOC 211. 3 credits.
ANT 422 — Human Osteology
The identification and analysis of the human skeleton, focusing on functional anatomy. Students acquire profi ciency in the names and landmarks of all the bones in the skeleton, along with details of the musculoskeletal system and bone growth and biology. Methods taught include the determination of age and sex, biological affinity, stature, and paleopathological conditions. Students receive hands-on experience with skeletal material in a laboratory setting. Prerequisite(s): ANT 102 or 322. 3 credits.
ANT 430 — Global Women’s Issues
Theories of globalization and feminist anthropology are used to examine how globalization affects the well-being and potential of women in the areas of work, reproduction, religion, leadership and activism. Prerequisite(s): 6 credits in ANT/SOC/WMS and junior status. 3 credits.
ANT 432 — Evidence of Human Evolution
A hands-on examination of the fossil evidence of human evolution. Topics include the skeletal anatomy of modern humans and great apes and the fossil evidence of early hominids including Orrorin, Sahelanthropus, Ardipithecus, Australopithecus, early Homo, Homo erectus, Homo neanderthalensis and Homo sapiens. Recent discoveries and controversies in paleoanthropology are highlighted. Prerequisite(s): ANT 102.
ANT 442 — Advanced Forensic Anthropology
An advanced study of research themes in forensic anthropology. Students examine the primary literature to critically evaluate new research on human skeletal remains. In this seminar-style class, students lead and participate in discussions and produce critical writing pieces on several topics related to forensic anthropology. Topics include trauma and pathological conditions, positive identifi cation, and the use of forensic anthropology in human rights investigations. Prerequisite(s): ANT 322. 3 credits.
ANT 445 — Stones and Bones
An introduction to the methods used by archaeologists to catalog, curate, and analyze artifacts and ecofacts. Topics include taphonomy, middle-range research including experimental, actualistic and ethnoarchaeological methods, introduction to flintknapping and lithic artifact analysis, and introduction to zooarchaeological identifi cation and faunal analysis. Prerequisite(s): ANT 102 or 205. 3 credits.
ANT 470 — Ethnographic Fieldwork Methods
Explanation and analysis of ethnographic field methods. Applying anthropological theory to research. Designing and conducting anthropological research and ethnographic writing. Exploration of ethical issues of fi eldwork. Prerequisite(s): 9 credits in ANT or SOC; junior status. 3 credits.
ANT 475 — Methods in Archaeology
Introduction to and participation in the various methods involved in archaeological fi eldwork, laboratory analysis and experimental techniques. Emphasizes hands-on experience, demonstrations, and applications of modern techniques to archaeological problems. Prerequisite(s): 3 credits in ANT or GEO. 4 credits.
ANT 480 — Theory in Anthropology
Major theoretical contributions to the field. Development and evaluation of: culture as a scientifi c concept, early evolutionism and other determinisms, diffusionism, neo evolutionism, functionalism, culture and personality, formal semantic analysis, and ethnoscience. Prerequisite(s): 9 credits in ANT and junior status.
ANT 490 — Seminar in Anthropology
Students apply theoretical and field knowledge to selected topics drawn from current issues in anthropology. A major research paper and presentation are required. Prerequisite(s): 18 credits in ANT. 3 credits.
ANT 497 — Anthropology Internship
Practical field training and work assignment in physical anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, or ethnology, under qualified supervision in conjunction with departmental faculty. Prerequisite(s): departmental permission. Repeatable 3-12 credits.
ANT 499 – Independent Study
Prerequisite(s): 15 credits in ANT. Repeatable 1-12 credits.