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Anthropology (ANTH)


2010-2012 Catalog

Anthropology (ANTH)

101 The Human Experience (3) Introduction to the principles, concepts and methods of cultural anthropology. Consideration of the ways in which cultural anthropology contributes to the understanding of human diversity. F10, S11, F11, S12

301 Study Abroad (0-6) Field trips designed by the faculty. S11

302 Introduction to Physical Anthropology and Archaeology (3) Explores the fields of physical anthropology and archaeology by studying the origin and development of humans and the non-human hominoids, and the history and process of their adaptation to different environments. Prerequisite: ANTH 101 or ANTH 306 or permission of the instructor. S12

306 African Archeology (3) Introduces the main topics in this field: development of early human life in Africa, origins of human civilization, the relationship of Egypt and Nubia and historical archaeology. Examines archaeological sites like Tassili, Meroe, Jenne, Aksum, Zimbabwe, Kilwa, Lamu, Igbo Ukwu, Benin and Ife to see how we move from artifacts and ruins to theories of history. The contributions of other sciences and sources of history are observed. While this course focuses on Africa, the same principles and techniques of archaeology are used to extract history from archaeology the world over. Cross-listed as HIST 306. Code 3. F11

310 Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective (3) Examines the cultural construction of gender from an anthropological, cross-cultural perspective. Attention is paid to sociocultural factors such as kinship, colonialism, industrialism, and economic development which influence gender definitions, roles, and the structure of gender relations. Cross-listed as WST 310. Prerequisite: ANTH 101 or instructor's permission. F10

315 Cultural Anthropology (3) Detailed study of the human condition by focusing on a selection of specific cultures. Reading, film, lecture, and discussion-based. Prerequisite: ANTH 101 or instructor's permission. F10, F11

320 Environmental Anthropology (3) Exploration of the impact of environmental issues on indigenous and Third World cultures. Such issues as how humans have adapted physically to differing environments as well as how environmental problems affect cultural survival. Reading, discussion and lecture course. Some student research required. Recommended for any student with an interest in environmental issues on a global level. Prerequisites: ANTH 101 or permission of the instructor. (A writing course is strongly recommended.) F11

368 Cultures of Mesoamerica (3) Investigates current and past cultures of Mesoamerica such as Nahua/Aztec, Zapotec and Mayan. Employs both archaeological and ethnographic data in a lecture, readings, film and discussion format. Cross-listed as HIST/FNS 368. ANTH 101 highly recommended. Code 4. S11

490 Selected Topics in Anthropology (3) In-depth study of specialized current topics in Anthropology selected by the instructor. May be repeated once for credit when instructor and/or topics are different. Prerequisite: ANTH 101 or instructor's permission. S11, S12

499/699 Independent Study (1-4) Supervised independent study and/or research in Anthropology. Prior contract with instructor is required. Prerequisite: ANTH 101 and instructor's approval. On demand.


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