Anthropology
(ANT)


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ANT 101 Cr. 3
Human Nature/Human Culture
This course is designed to focus student participation on discovering and understanding what it means to be human. The interdependency of human biology and culture are deciphered through a modern anthropological perspective.

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ANT 102 Cr. 4
Introduction to Physical Anthropology
This course introduces the basic fields of physical anthropology: population genetics, human osteology, primatology, paleoanthropology, and forensics. The class provides a substantive framework for learning about the biological diversity of the human species through scientific inquiry. The foundations of evolutionary theory and the fossil evidence for human evolution are also presented. Lect. 3, Lab. 2.

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ANT 202 Cr. 3
Contemporary Global Issues
This course will offer a contemporary multi-disciplinary perspective regarding the major issues and trends confronting the global society in the 21st century. Emphasis will be given to a critical review and assessment of the origin and present condition of the plethora of situations and problems affecting modern global society. The student will also learn to critically evaluate current and future events. The course will incorporate the views and approaches of the following disciplines: sociology/anthropology, economics, geography, political science, and history. (Cross-listed with ECO/GEO/POL/SOC/HIS 202; may only earn credit in one department.)

ANT 203 Cr. 3
Culture and Ecology
This course is an introduction to cultural anthropology using the paradigm of cultural ecological theory. Cultural ecological theory is used to study the interaction between humans and their environments including hunting and gathering bands, agricultural tribes, irrigation-dependent chiefdoms, and archaic and modern states. The course examines the impact of globalization on the social systems mentioned above. Much of the course is used to examine contemporary global issues.

ANT 250 Cr. 3
Women and Society
A comparative and evolutionary analysis of the development of sex roles in human society, concentrating on the experience of females. Considers sexual dimorphism; symbolic background of gender; relationships between techno-economy, social structure, political organization and women’s roles; personality and sex roles; and the experience of women in America.

ANT/ARC 285  Cr. 3
Archaeology of Mexico and Central America
This course offers the student an overview of the evolution of the civilizations of ancient Meso-america (Mexico and Central America) from the earliest stages of hunting and food gathering until the conquest of Mesoamerica by Spain in the early 16th century. The course describes the social and economic life as organized by a complex religion which produced human sacrifice, writing, calendrical systems, advanced art forms, iconography, and monument building activities. (Cross-listed with ARC; may only earn credit in ANT or ARC.)

ANT/SOC 300 Cr. 3
Latin America in Transition
The course uses a global studies approach to examine problems in human adaptation at distinct periods of time and place in Latin America. “Global studies” combines cultural ecology with political movements, such as the Mexican Revolution of 1910, the Cuban Revolution of 1959, the Nicaraguan Revolution of 1979, and current neo-liberal political movements on the quality of life in Latin America. Prerequisite: ANT/SOC 202 or POL 202 or GEO 202 or HIS 202, ECO 202. (Cross-listed with SOC; may only earn credit in ANT or SOC.)

ANT/ARC 304 Cr. 3
Hunter and Gatherer Societies
This course focuses on recent human societies throughout the world that have lived by hunting and gathering wild resources. The specific subsistence strategies of a wide range of hunter-gatherer groups are examined relative to their technology, social structure, territory, demography and interaction with food producers. The conclusion of this course will consider hunter-gatherers in prehistory. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing; ARC 200 recommended. (Cross-listed with ARC; may only earn credit in ANT or ARC.)

ANT/ARC 305 Cr. 3
Indigenous Agricultural Societies: Past and Present
This course examines the origins, structure, social organization, and operation of indigenous agricultural societies. A central focus of the course is an inquiry based, sequential examination of geographically related couplets involving (1) contemporary indigenous agricultural tribal societies and (2) archaeological excavation reports. The utility of the ethnographic record as a guide to interpretation of the archaeological record is evaluated. Prerequisite: ARC 200 recommended. (Cross-listed with ARC; may only earn credit in ANT or ARC.)

ANT/ARC 334 Cr. 3
Bones for the Archaeologist: Human Skeletal Anatomy and the Anthropological Study of the Dead
This course is designed for students majoring in archaeological studies or related fields. The focus of this course is a detailed study of the human skeleton. Each student will be required to learn the anatomy of the human skeleton in detail. Also considered are methods of determining an individual’s age, ethnic origins, sex, and stature from skeletal remains. The final three weeks of the course will be concerned with anthropological interpretation of the dead. (Cross-listed with ARC; may only earn credit in ANT or ARC.)

ANT 342 Cr. 3
The Celtic World
Examines origins and dynamic development of Celtic tribes dominating pre-Roman Britain and Europe through the study of physical and social organization, ecological adaptations, religion, art and literature, music, gender, and resistance to Roman occupation. Traces Celtic themes through early Christian and medieval periods to the modern world. Explores Celtic survivals, revivals, and nationalism today, and considers Celtic contributions to U.S. history and culture.

ANT 343 Cr. 3
North American Indians
This course concentrates on the Native peoples of North America (north of Mexico) immediately following the arrival of Europeans. The cultural patterns of representative groups will be studied intensively in each major region of North America. The region by region survey will be preceded by a brief discussion of the place of origin and time of arrival of the first people in the New World. This course will not be considering contemporary Native American issues. Prerequisite: ARC 200 recommended.

ANT 350 Cr. 3
Language and Culture
An investigation into the nature and origins of language, its relationship to other forms of communication, its role in the evolution of our species, and its place in the operation of cultural systems.

ANT 352 Cr. 3
The Anthropology of War
The Anthropology of War examines bio-cultural processes in human evolutionary history and forces in the cultural present contributing to and associated with the emergence and recurrence of war and institutional violence.

ANT/ARC/HIS   353 Cr. 3
Maya Civilization
The course presents an overview of the Maya culture located in southern Mexico and Central America. The class is organized chronologically into several sections that focus on the origins, adaptations to various environments, social, political, and religious organizations, and the belief systems of the Maya beginning at around 3000 B.C. Emphasis will be on Prehispanic Maya; will also explore lifeways of contemporary Maya people. (Cross-listed with ARC and HIS; may only earn credit in ANT or ARC or HIS.)

ANT/SOC 354 Cr. 3
Peoples and Cultures of Latin America
An examination of the peoples and cultures of Latin America from prehistoric times to the present. This survey course will introduce the student to the prehistory of Mesoamerica and the Andes, colonial Latin America, and modern Latin America. Among the important issues discussed are the impact of the Spanish Conquest, the rise of the modern state, the development of the various cultures of Latin America, revolutionary movements, urbanization, gender, religion, and art and literature. Prerequisite: ANT/ECO/GEO/POL/
SOC/HIS 202. (Cross-listed with SOC; may only earn credit in ANT or SOC.)

ANT 355 Cr. 3
Peoples of Africa and the Middle East
Examines the prehistoric antecedents, the histories, and the characteristics of the peoples and cultures of Africa and the Middle East. The course begins with the earliest systems of adaptation of which we have knowledge, and goes on to examine the origins of agriculture, the development of early states, the migrations of people, the cultures of both regions, the impact of colonialism, and the emerging problems of Africa and the Middle East. Prerequisite: ANT 101 or 202 or SOC 110.

ANT/SOC 360 Cr. 3
Catastrophies and Human Societies
An analysis of cultural impact of catastrophic events in human societies - natural and human-engineered disasters. Various dramatic upheavals will be explored across time and cultures as the class examines human and environmental traumas to which societies must adapt, the cultural interpretations/responses which follow, and the manner in which major disasters have redefined and redirected the character and probable future history of each damaged, even endangered society. Study cases will include volcanic and weather cataclysms, plagues and associated population crashes, environmental catastrophes, as well as war, terrorism, and bio-terrorism. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or 120 or 200 or ANT 101. (Cross-listed with ANT; may only earn credit in SOC or ANT.)

ANT/SOC/ARC 399 Cr. 1-3
Anthropological Forum
Investigation of areas and topics of current anthropological interest not covered in the regular curriculum, ranging from local and regional to transcultural issues. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6. (Cross-listed with SOC and ARC; may only earn 6 credits total in ANT, SOC, and ARC.) Departmental option, Pass/Fail grading.

ANT 409 Cr. 1-3
Readings and Research in Anthropology
Directed readings or research under the supervision of an instructor. Prerequisite: consent of supervising instructor and junior standing. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6.

ANT 444 Cr. 3
Comparative Religion and Magic
Religion and magic in human cultural system: origins, adaptations, and change. Analysis of primitive, traditional, modern, and western societies.

ANT 450 Cr. 3-15
Internship in Anthropology
An academically relevant field experience for majors and minors in sociology/anthropology. The field experience will be supervised by the sociology/anthropology staff. Prerequisite: junior standing with at least a 2.50 G.P.A. and approval of the departmental internship committee. No more than six credits may be applied to a major in sociology and no more than three credits toward a sociology minor or an anthropology minor. Repeatable for credit — maximum 15. Pass/Fail grading.


ANT/ARC 454 Cr. 3
Historical and Theoretical Approaches in Anthropology
This course is an examination of historical and theoretical approaches in Anthropology.The goal of the course is to prepare majors for graduate study by examining the history of the discipline and exploring the methods and theories developed by anthropologists to study and explain human behavior. Prerequisite: ARC 200, junior or senior standing.

ANT/ARC 479 Cr. 1-2
Archaeology/Anthropology Laboratory Assistant
An opportunity to assist in the preparation and instruction of an archaeology/anthropology laboratory. Students will be expected to assist in preparation of course materials, demonstrate proper techniques, and evaluate student performance. Admission by instructor consent. Repeatable for credit — maximum 4. Not applicable to the archaeology major or anthropology minor. Pass/Fail grading.

ANT 499 Cr. 2-3
Seminar in Anthropology
Intensive study of some specific area or problem of anthropology. Admission by consent of instructor. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6.



 

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