Department of Anthropology

Anthropology Undergraduate Upper-Division Courses

Quantitative Methods in Anthropology

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 


A survey of quantitative methods emphasizing the nature of hypothesis testing. Attention is given to special problems of bioanthropological, archaeological, and ethnographic data. Prer., 9 Completed hours in anthropology or consent of instructor.

Women Around the World

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 


Provides a global, cross-cultural perspective on women, using an anthropological framework to examine women's status, issues, and general cultural experience in the context of gender systems of different types of societies. Approved for LAS Social Science area and Global Awareness requirements. Prer., ANTH 1040, WEST 2010, or permission of instructor. Meets with WEST 3040.

Special Topics in Anthropology:

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 


Examination of selected topics in anthropology in lecture or seminar format. Topics will change according to the interest of the instructor and students. Students may repeat the course for credit as long as the topic is different. Consult the Schedule of Courses for topics.

Anthropology of Art and Expressive Culture

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 


This course introduces students to the anthropological study of art, aesthetics and expressive culture by considering several cross-cultural examples. Students will examine how aesthetics express and inform about the cultures in which they are found. Prer., ANTH 1020, ANTH 1030, ANTH 1040, or AH 1000.

Field Practicum in Native American Archaeology

6 Credits (Minimum) 6 Credits (Maximum) 


A practicum course wherein students will work as part of a professional prehistoric archaeological project in a setting that is also conducive to learning. While working on a prehistoric site, they will gain experience in basic archaeological field techniques such as mapping, excavating, recording, and artifact storage. Prer., ANTH 1020 and consent of instructor.

Archaeology and Public Policy

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 


Explores the role of government and public opinion in the development and enforcement of cultural resource legislation. Students will have hands-on exposure to documenting and evaluating resource significance and will explore issues of cultural patrimony and tribal rights. Prer., ANTH 1020.

Field Practicum in 19th/20th Century Archaeology

6 Credits (Minimum) 6 Credits (Maximum) 


A practicum course wherein students will work as part of a professional archaeological project in a setting that is also conducive to learning. While working on a historic period site, they will gain experience in primary document analysis and basic archaeological field techniques. Prer., ANTH 1020 and consent of instructor.

Lab Techniques in Archaeology

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 


Provides hands-on experience cataloging and analyzing materials from archaeological sites. Topics will include analysis, computer applications, materials conservation, and artifact illustration, and also the methodological decision-making that affects how we describe, analyze, and interpret data. Prer., ANTH 1020 or consent of instructor.

Geospatial Archaeology 3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 


Archaeology of Native North America

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 


The prehistory of North America, emphasizing the peopling of the new world, earliest American cultures, and later regional developments. Prer., ANTH 1020 or consent of instructor.

Archaeology of Complex Societies in the Americas

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 


Prehistoric, protohistoric, and historic cultural analysis of the Aztecs, the Mayans, and the Incas. Includes discussion of their archaeological developments, cultural attainments, and influence on other peoples. Prer., ANTH 1020 or consent of instructor.

Paleolithic Archaeology

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 


The cultural evidence for human development from the earliest stone tool assemblages of the Plio-Pleistocene to the Mesolithic and Archaic cultures of the old and new worlds. Prer., ANTH 1020 or consent of instructor.

Native Peoples of the Southwest

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 


The prehistory and ethnography of the Indian cultures of the Southwest. Approved for LAS Cultural Diversity requirement. Prer., ANTH 1020, ANTH 1040, WEST 2010. Meets with WEST 3250.

Agricultural Origins and the Emergence of Urban Society

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 


The evidence for the origins of agricultural economies and the emergence of complex social and political institutions in both the old and new worlds. Approved for LAS Social Science area requirement. Prer., ANTH 1020 or consent of instructor.

Archaeology of the Recent Past

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 


History and practice of the sub-discipline of historical archaeology. Covers archaeological method and theory, some of which is unique to this subfield. Students will explore diverse perspectives brought to historical archaeology by its practitioners, and critically examine individual case studies. Approved for LAS Social Science area requirement. Approved for Compass Curriculum requirement: Explore: Society, Institutions, and Health. Prer., ANTH 1020 or consent of instructor.

Archaeological Approaches to Gender and Sexuality

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 


Course covers archaeological approaches to studying gender and sexuality in past societies. Students will discuss the theoretical and methodological implications of these archaeological approaches and analyze various case studies, spanning periods from the Paleolithic to the recent past. Prer., ANTH 1020. Meets with WEST 3270.

Human Reproduction: Dating, Mating, and Parenting

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 


This course examines various facets of human reproduction, including attraction, sex, anatomy and physiology, and parenting. The information presented in this class will be based on a cross-cultural, evolutionary understanding of human sexuality. Throughout this course, we will discuss topics including mate preferences; the neuroendocrine responses of sex and love; the human sexual response; cultural patterns of sex, marriage, and parenting; and sexual health.

Primatology

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 


Behavior, ecology, and evolution of nonhuman primates. Emphasis on field studies, and on evolutionary explanations of social groups, mating systems, and behavior toward kin. Approved for LAS Natural Science area requirement. Approved for Compass Curriculum requirement: Explore-Physical and Natural World. Prer., ANTH 1030 or consent of instructor.

Human Evolution

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 


A detailed examination of the fossil evidence for human evolution, emphasizing functional analysis of human structure and the process of natural selection. Approved for LAS Natural Science area requirement. Prer., ANTH 1030 or consent of instructor.

Hormones and Behavior
3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum)

This course covers the topic of behavioral endocrinology. Students will learn about various hormones, the role of those hormones in humans and non-human animal models, and the role of hormones in the study of behavior. Prer., ANTH 1030 or sufficient coursework in Biology or Health Sciences.

Human Biology and Ecology
3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum)

The study of variation and adaptations of human populations in an ecological framework. Includes interactions between cultural and biological factors in health and in reproduction, and anthropological aspects of demography. Approved for LAS Natural Science area requirement. Approved for Compass Curriculum requirement: Explore-Physical and Natural World. Prer., ANTH 1030 or consent of instructor.

Evolutionary Medicine and Health

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 


Why do we get fevers? Are high cholesterol and arthritis an inevitable part of aging? And what's the deal with the "Paleo diet"? In this course, we will learn about how modern health issues are impacted by human's evolutionary history. We will look at data from biology, osteology, primatology, and cross-cultural studies to gain a deeper, holistic understanding of modern medicine and health. Topics will include diet, nutrition, chronic diseases, reproduction and contraception, and sleep

Cultural Diversity in the United States

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 


Examines prejudice and discrimination in the United States from a variety of anthropological perspectives. It addresses such topics as racism, sexism, homophobia and religious intolerance. 

North American Indians

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 


A survey of the native cultures of America north of Mexico. Examines major institutions by culture area and type of social organization. Approved for LAS Cultural Diversity requirement. Approved for Compass Curriculum requirement: Inclusiveness (Global/Diversity). Prer., ANTH 1040 or consent of instructor. Meets with WEST 3420.

Anthropological Approaches to Globalization

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 


Through specific case studies, seminar analyzes how cultural identities and societal changes both respond to and shape global agendas. Addresses innovative anthropological and ethnographic approaches to globalization studies, and considers why they form a critical component of contemporary anthropological research. Prer., Junior/Senior, ANTH 1040 or permission of instructor.

Anthropology of Latin America

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 


Provides in-depth anthropological introduction to themes of broad relevance throughout Latin America. Goals include strong grasp of Latin American geography, regional historical patterns and cultural responses, and principal factors influencing modern Latin American cultures and societies. Prer., Junior/Senior, ANTH 1040 or permission of instructor.

Ethnographic Methods and Theory

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 


Theoretical, case-oriented introduction to ethnographic research. Practical training provided in basic ethnographic research and analytical methods. Designed to engage students in grounded ethnographic research in the local setting. Research students design, conduct, analyze, and present as members of a team. Prer., ANTH 1040 and either ANTH 2800 or other cultural anthropology course.

History and Practice of Archaeology

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 


This course offered only in spring. A seminar designed for students who already have some archaeology coursework and are interested in the history and development of the discipline as well as more recent methodological and theoretical debates. Prer., ANTH 1020.

Field Experience in Applied Anthropology

6 Credits (Minimum) 6 Credits (Maximum) 


This intensive field course introduces students to the practice of anthropological research methods in an applied setting. Students work with community members to develop and implement locally appropriate and sustainable projects aimed at preserving local ecosystems while providing vital infrastructure. Open only to juniors/seniors. Prer., Application. Permission of instructor.

Applied Community Studies

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 


A service-learning, community-based research course in which students, professors, and community members work together to reach community-identified goals. Working in teams, students will learn to apply anthropology and human geography research methods in developing effective community outreach programs. Prer., two courses in anthropology, sociology, geography, or education, or permission of instructor. Meets with GES 3660.

Language, Culture, and Society

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 


An examination of the social and cultural functions of language, emphasizing the use of linguistic methods and theories in anthropology and sociology. Prer., Sophomore standing. ANTH 2800 or permission of instructor.

Native American Languages and Cultures

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 


Examines Native American languages focusing on their cultural value in traditional/historic and contemporary contexts. Students study comparative linguistic typology of Native American languages, endangerment and revitalization efforts, and explore relations among Native American languages, cultures, nations, and bilingual needs. Prer., ANTH 2800 or ANTH 3420 or WEST 3420 or WEST 2010. Meets with WEST 3820.

History and Theory of Anthropology

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 


This course is only offered in fall. History of the growth of anthropology from the earliest times, various schools of thought, outstanding contributors and their work, to the mid-20th century. Prer., ANTH 1040 or consent of instructor.

Advanced Topics in Archaeology

1 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 


Intensive study of selected topics in archaeology and prehistory. Prer., Vary depending on course topic. Meets with ANTH 5200.

Wild Cognition

6 Credits (Minimum) 6 Credits (Maximum) 


After appropriate academic and skills training, qualified students will spend several days in the wilderness using prehistoric techniques of hunting and gathering. At the same time they will be engaged in testing specific hypotheses concerning the cognitive challenges involved in these activities.

Landscape Archaeology

3 Credits (Minimum)  3Credits (Maximum) 


We will use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to produce maps of archaeological sites, view the archaeological record from new perspectives, reconstruct past landscapes, perform spatial analysis on artifacts, and ask spatial questions of past human behavior. Prer., ANTH 1020 and one other archaeology course.

 Advanced Topics in Physical Anthropology

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 


Intensive study of selected issues in human evolution, human biology, and primate behavior and ecology. Different years deal with different topic areas. Prer., ANTH 1030 or consent of instructor.

Cognitive Evolution

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 


Examines the evolution of primate and hominid cognition. Content includes basic neuroanatomy, relevant evolutionary theory, and neuropsychology (brain damage patterns), but the emphasis will be placed on the primate comparative evidence, paleoneurology (fossil endocasts), and the archaeological record. Open to Juniors and Seniors only. Meets with ANTH 5310.

Advanced Topics in Cultural Anthropology

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 


Intensive study of selected topics in cultural anthropology. In different years deals with different topic areas. Prer., Vary depending on course topic. Meets with WEST 4400.

Internship in Anthropology

1 Credits (Minimum) 6 Credits (Maximum) 


A program of study and learning outside the classroom. Practical exposure to field of interest is intended to provide appropriate experience related to a student's career orientation. Students must have departmental permission. Anthropology majors only. Prerequisites vary depending on area of specialization.

Advanced Topics in Anthropological Linguistics

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 


Intensive study of selected topics in anthropological linguistics. In different years deals with different topic areas. Prer., Consent of instructor.

Senior Seminar in Anthropology

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 


This course offered only in spring. A one semester special topics course designed to provide a synthesizing cap to the student's undergraduate program in anthropology. Topics vary by semester. Approved for Compass Curriculum requirement: Capstone Experience. Prer., ANTH 3970. Senior status.

Honors Thesis

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 


For honors in Anthropology. a one semester research project. The student will write a formal research paper drawing on primary sources and pertinent secondary material. The student will work under the direction of a full time member of the department and will have a second member as an additional reader. The student will prepare an oral presentation to the faculty to include a thesis defense and responses to general questions in the four subfields. Prer., Senior status and consent of department chair.

 
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