Anthropology

Courses

ANTH 101 Introduction to Cultural Diversity 3.0 Credits

Examines the diversity that exists in human culture. Uses lectures, films, and discussions to examine and illustrate the relationship between humans and their social/cultural systems.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ANTH 110 Human Past: Anthropology and Prehistoric Archeology 3.0 Credits

Examines human origins from the australopithecines to the present, including both the physiological and archaeological records. Discusses new finds and new interpretations of evolution.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ANTH 111 Introduction to Biological Anthropology 3.0 Credits

Anthropology is the holistic study of the human condition. Biological anthropology is a subfield of the larger discipline that studies humankind as a zoological species. As biological anthropology is firmly rooted in evolutionary theory, the evolutionary biology of humans is the central focus of the course. Basic concepts of genetics, geology, paleontology, comparative anatomy, primate biology and material culture provide the foundation for understanding humanity’s place in nature.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ANTH 112 Language, Culture & Cognition 3.0 Credits

This course is an introductory survey of three ways language is understood as a central element that glues together human culture; language around categories and taxonomies as shared perception; language origins and evolution; and language as socialization. An additional fourth unit on fieldwork methods in cross-cultural understanding and language starts to prepare you for future qualitative research.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ANTH 120 Biblical Archaeology: The Archaeology of Israel and Jordan 3.0 Credits

Examines the archaeology of Israel and Jordan from the earliest human occupation until the Persian Conquest in 535 B.C. Discusses many places described in the Old Testament in an archaeological context.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ANTH 210 [WI] Worldview: Science, Religion and Magic 3.0 Credits

Examines anthropological and archaeological evidence of the worldviews of non-literate people, as shown in the practice of ceremony, magic, sorcery, and witchcraft, and the role of shamans and priests. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

ANTH 212 [WI] Topics in World Ethnography 3.0 Credits

Examines the peoples and cultures of the selected cultural areas. Emphasizes indigenous cultures and the effects of modernization on these cultures.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

ANTH 215 Anthropology of Gender 3.0 Credits

This course takes an ethnographic approach to the study of gender socializations and gender roles. We will address issues of sex roles, the cultural construction of gender categories, the forms of gender inequality, and the ways cultures engage in gender based power relationships. While these issues will be dealt with in specific and local ethnographic contexts, students will be encouraged to make comparisons across the contexts and to compare these works with their own experience.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ANTH 220 Aging In Cross-Cultural Perspective 3.0 Credits

Examines the status, roles, and treatments of elderly people in various societies throughout the world and among minority groups in the United States.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ANTH 225 Anthropology of Youth 3.0 Credits

What is youth? Is it a universal, biological phase of human life somewhere between childhood and adulthood, or a cultural category, socially constructed and historically contingent? Does it mean the same thing to be young today in the US, Samoa, Indonesia, Nepal, or Japan, or do place, culture, history, media, and politics dramatically influence the feeling and experience of being young? This course addresses these and other questions raised by anthropologists about the culture and nature of “youth.” We will be analyzing youth as an idea, an identity, a moral panic, a branding distinction, and an obsession.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ANTH 240 Urban Anthropology 3.0 Credits

This course will give students the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the major themes in urban anthropology and how they relate to other areas of research in anthropology and the social sciences in general. Students will focus on the research methods used by urban anthropologists as well as read different ethnographic cases of urban life.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ANTH 245 Reflecting on Work Identity 3.0 Credits

Reflecting on Work Identity is an online course developed for students to take during their first co-op cycle. The first phase of the course will focus on the “self”; the student will participate in self-categorization and evaluation of personal expectations in regard to their co-op and future professional life. The second phase will consist of an analysis of power dynamics at the workplace, focusing on the “other” rather than the “self.” The final phase is a synthesis of the “self” and the “other,” in which the student will combine knowledge acquired from the readings and personal experiences in order to address issues facing the modern workplace, as well as reflect on their individual work identity.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

ANTH 250 Anthropology of Immigration 3.0 Credits

By examination of key ethnographical texts, the course covers basic theoretical and topical approaches to the anthropology of immigration, including: immigration and emigration; transnationalism and globalization; reception contexts; ethnic economies, enclaves and ethnic businesses; global economic strategies for migrant households; refugees, the state and immigration; culture, identity, and adaptation and assimilation.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ANTH 255 Psychological Anthropology 3.0 Credits

The course is an overview of the field of Psychological Anthropology. It examines issues live nature vs. nurture; personality and "madness"; ethnopsychologies; and cognition. The attempt is to always recognize the salience and significance of culture when considering these issues.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

ANTH 265 Health & Healing Practices in Cross-Cultural Perspective 3.0 Credits

This course examines the key concepts and research methodologies of medical anthropology. It will explore the various metaphors about health, and their meanings, that can be found across a range of cultural contexts. Students will learn that the distinctive feature of the anthropological approach to the study of health, disease and healthcare is the use of ethnography.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ANTH 310 Societies In Transition: The Impact of Modernization and the Third World 3.0 Credits

Looks at the impact of 20th-century technology on traditional societies. Uses area studies from Africa, Asia, and elsewhere to explore institutions such as the family, the polity, the economy, and religion.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

ANTH 312 Approaches to Intercultural Behavior 3.0 Credits

Examines theory and case studies related to working and living outside the United States. Includes topics such as culture shock, cultural relativity, and ethnocentrism. Selects specific geographic culture areas for case studies.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ANTH 325 DIY Culture 3.0 Credits

Home-recorded albums, self-published books, personal style blogs, and YouTube cat videos. These are just a small portion of the do-it-yourself cultural products we encounter — and perhaps even make ourselves — everyday. This course is a survey of DIY culture in the digital age, from cutting and pasting, to photoshopping, digital video posting, and blogging. Using critical theory, poststructuralist critique, and recent anthropological work in the studies of media production, we will be analyzing the cultural, historical, and political significance of DIY movements and cultures, as well as assessing the theoretical frameworks put forward by social theorists to make sense of them.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ANTH 330 Media Anthropology 3.0 Credits

This course will introduce students to the anthropological study of media including traditional forms of mass media as well as new media such as the Internet. Students will be exposed to the theories and methodologies of media study from an anthropological perspective. Students will also engage in their own ethnographic studies of media to gain first hand experience with the methods of anthropology.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ANTH 335 Anthropology of Education 3.0 Credits

This course will look at key works of anthropologists as they look at educational institutions from a cultural perspective. The course will consider some of the more critical issues of the field, such as issues of class, race and gender relations in schooling by focusing on some more contemporary ethnographies.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ANTH 340 Crete Through The Looking Glass 3.0 Credits

Students are guided through the techniques of fieldwork and participant observation to attend several customs and practices through various fieldtrips. Traveling is a course requirement used toward the completion of a research project. While "at home", students reflect on their experiences through a looking-glass process.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

ANTH 345 Visual Anthropology 3.0 Credits

Introduces students to the subdiscipline of visual anthropology through an overview of visual theory and a survey of ethnographic photography and film. Students will learn to evaluate ethnographic visual representation as well as develop their own skills as visual anthropologists through documenting and representing cultural phenomena.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: ANTH 101 [Min Grade: D]

ANTH 350 Anthropology of Language 3.0 Credits

Explores how humans organize cultural activities though language and vice versa. After covering a short history of linguistic anthropological study and method, materials include ethnographic study of language and socialization, verbal art and linguistic performance, language and cultural categories, writing and literacy, and language ideologies.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ANTH 355 Anthropology of Cyberspace 3.0 Credits

This course will focus on how the internet and new media have changed the way we think about space and time, the ways we works and engage in leisure activities. We will bring the approach of anthropology to the study of these new media in order to ask key questions about social life.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ANTH 360 Culture and the Environment 3.0 Credits

This course explores the interplay between culture and the environment by examining both ethnographic accounts from around the world and archeological materials from the last 14,000 years. Special attention is paid to the changing cultural view of the environment over the last two centuries.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ANTH 363 Sacred Traditions of the East 3.0 Credits

This course introduces the student to sacred traditions of Asia: Hinduism, Buddhism and Confucianism. It will attempt a historical-comparative investigation of these traditions. It will emphasize the practice and philosophical underpinnings of these traditions, as well as the interplay between integration of the folk or popular aspects and the abstracts or esoteric.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ANTH 365 Family and Kinship 3.0 Credits

The course investigates the concepts of family and kinship from an anthropological perspective. It looks at the family as a critical and contradictory location at the intersection of global and transnational forces. Using anthropological concepts such as status and role, it will explore changing gender relationships, sexual expression, parenting and aging.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

ANTH 370 Ethnographic Methods 3.0 Credits

The course introduces students to ethnographic research methods through eight hands-on assignments: 1) selecting a site; 2) establishing rapport; 3) operationalizing hypotheses; 4) using qualitative and quantitative data gathering techniques; 5) taking field notes ; 6) analyzing data collected; 7) synthesizing these data; and 8) writing an ethnographic report.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

ANTH 375 Digital Ethnography 3.0 Credits

This course is the second part in the ethnographic methods series. It introduces students to the research methodologies employed by anthropologists to study online environments, digital communities, and virtual worlds. Students will gain practical, firsthand experience carrying out digital ethnographies and learn to evaluate the quality of digital ethnographic research.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ANTH 380 Special Topics in Anthropology 3.0 Credits

This course will explore current issues and debates in Anthropology. It will be conducted as a seminar. The topic will vary each term.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

ANTH 385 Community Engaged Anthropology 3.0 Credits

Community engaged anthropology is a form of anthropology that employs participatory action research. As such, it is less research done on a community, as research done with the community as an equal partner. This course introduces students to that technic and approach, its philosophical underpinnings and principles. It is a writing intensive course involving the development and assessment of anthropological fieldnotes.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ANTH 390 Seminar in Ethnography 2.0 Credits

The Seminar in Ethnography is a course for anthropology majors. This is a peer-mentoring practicum where students are given the opportunity to present their own ethnographic fieldwork and get feedback from other students in the seminar. All anthropology majors will be in the seminar together. Juniors and seniors will be presenting mature research as well as mentoring the freshmen and sophomores.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 3 times for 8 credits
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is ANTH.

ANTH 410 Cultural Theory I 3.0 Credits

The course is the first of a two part core cultural theory sequence. It tracks the development of anthropological theory beginning in the mid-19th century until the 1980’s. Students are expected to understand the foundational role played by cultural evolution, historical particularism, structural functionalism, structuralism and cultural ecology within the discipline.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

ANTH 411 Cultural Theory II 3.0 Credits

This course is the second part of a two-part core in cultural theory that begins with Anthropology 410. It tracks the major theoretical streams of anthropological thought from the early 1980s to the present and challenges students to begin to place their own thinking within, and in opposition, to these streams of thought. Theoretical frameworks covered in this course include practice theory, post-structural theory, feminist theory, neo-Marxism, affect theory, and critiques of globalization and neoliberalism.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ANTH I199 Independent Study in ANTH 12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

ANTH I299 Independent Study in ANTH 12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

ANTH I399 Independent Study in ANTH 12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

ANTH I499 Independent Study in ANTH 12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

ANTH T180 Special Topics in Anthropology 12.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

ANTH T280 Special Topics in Anthropology 12.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

ANTH T380 Special Topics in Anthropology 12.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

ANTH T480 Special Topics in Anthropology 12.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

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