ANT 204 - Peoples and Cultures of the World (Gen Ed, Social and Behavioral Sciences; Global Perspectives)
Introduces the discipline of anthropology by examining the diversity
of human cultures that have been described by anthropologists over the
last 100 years. The principles of anthropology are explained with
examples drawn from non-Western culture. Comparisons are drawn with
our own. Fulfills one of the Foundation - Social and Behavioral
Sciences. Fulfills Cultures - Global Perspectives. Offered fall and
ANT 206 - Human Origins (Gen Ed, Life Sciences Foundation)
Examines the dynamic interplay between human biology and culture
through the study of human evolution. Grounded in the mechanisms of
evolution, the class examines the emergence of our species and our
relationship to nonhuman primates, among other topics. Fulfills
Foundation -Life Sciences. Offered fall and winter semesters.
ANT 207 - Language and Culture (Gen Ed, Social and Behavioral Sciences and U.S. Diversity)
Explores the interaction between language, communication, and
culture, employing cross-cultural analysis to reveal cultural models
and to understand how linguistic variation is linked to gender, age,
region, ethnicity, and class. Several practical activities are used to
apply analyses to anthropological problems. Fulfills one of the
Foundations - Social and Behavioral Sciences. Fulfills Cultures - U.S.
Diversity. Offered fall semester.
ANT 210 - History of Anthropological Theory
Considers the major historical development and theoretical trends in
anthropology since 1860. The approach is both topical and historical.
Connections with developments in related disciplines are noted.
Offered fall and winter semesters. Prerequisite: ANT 204 or ANT 206.
ANT 215 - Origins of Civilization (Gen Ed, Historical Analysis Foundation; Global Perspectives)
This course examines the consequences of decisions made by our
ancestors, the successes and failures of past civilizations, so that
we may better understand our own behavior. Development of world
civilizations is explored using historic, archaeological, and other
perspectives that inform us about the past. Fulfills Foundations -
Historical Analysis. Fulfills Cultures - Global Perspectives. Offered
fall and winter semesters.
ANT 220 - Introduction to Archaeology (Gen Ed, Social and Behavioral Sciences)
Introduction to the methods and techniques of archaeology, including
the methods of excavation, analysis, dating techniques, and data
presentation. Course has fieldwork opportunities and draws on examples
from local and worldwide research. Fulfills one of the Foundations -
Social and Behavioral Sciences. Offered fall and winter semesters.
ANT 305 - Methods in Biological Anthropology
Overview of research methods used in biological anthropology,
emphasizing living humans. It includes a discussion of current
theoretical arguments within the field of physical anthropology and
the techniques used to examine them. The course will introduce
students to the process of research design, data analysis, and
interpretation. Offered fall semester. Prerequisite: ANT 206.
ANT 307 - Field Techniques and Laboratory Methods in Anthropology
Training in the application of research methods under field
conditions to problems in major areas of anthropology; supervised
instruction in anthropological laboratory techniques, including data
collection and storage, analysis, and interpretation. Offered
spring/summer semester. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
ANT 308 - Field Experience Abroad
Of varying focus, the course makes use of the history, culture, and
society of a host country in order to highlight disciplinary
perspectives in context. To be taught in that country (or countries)
as part of an approved study abroad program. By permit only. Credit
ANT 311 - Native Peoples of North America (Gen Ed, U.S. Diversity, Identity Issue)
A multifaceted examination of North American Indians and a comparison
of that culture with the Americans'. Focus on origin, early history,
and present disposition of American Indian populations. Fulfills
Cultures - U.S. Diversity. Part of the Identity Issue. Offered fall
and winter semesters. Prerequisite: Junior standing.
ANT 312 - Human Osteology
The course explores skeletal biology, growth and development,
identification, and assessment of pathological and traumatic
conditions. The course focuses on standard forms of data acquisition
in traditional physical anthropology and for forensic anthropological
applications; including bone identification, aging, sexing, stature,
siding, biological affinity, pathology, taphonomy, trauma, and
collection of metrics. Offered winter semester. Prerequisite: ANT 206.
ANT 313 - Primate Behavior and Ecology
This course is an overview of the behavior of nonhuman primates
within an ecological framework. Topics include a survey of living
primates, constraints of body size on locomotion and diet,
conservation, communication, conflict resolution, and the role of the
environment in diet, on reproductive strategies and in social
interaction. Offered fall semester of odd numbered years.
ANT 314 - Bioarchaeology
Bioarchaeology is the study of human remains
from archaeological settings. Its study encompasses the ethical
treatment of human remains, reconstruction of patterns of subsistence,
disease, activity, status, ethnicity, diet and demography from the
human skeleton to better understand the way that people chose to live
in the past. Offered fall semester of even-numbered years. Prerequisite: ANT 206.
ANT 315 - Comparative Religions (Gen Ed, Global Perspectives, Identity Issue)
A cross-cultural study of contemporary religions. Examines the
diversity of religious meanings through the lived experiences of
cultures, traditions, and sects around the world. Exposes students to
anthropological interpretations of religion through a range of
methods, including ethnography. Themes include symbolisms, ritual,
death, shamanism, healing, magic, pilgrimage, and interfaith
movements. Fulfills Cultures - Global Perspectives. Part of the
Identity Issue. Offered fall and winter semesters. Prerequisite:
ANT 317 - Advanced Cross-Cultural Linguistics
Survey and comparison of global linguistic diversity focusing on ways
different cultures and languages represent, organize and express,
through knowledge and emotion in life, political relations, rituals,
and personal experience. Survey includes case studies from around the
world with emphasis on languages and dialects other than standard
English. Offered winter semester of even-numbered years. Prerequisite:
ANT 207 or permission of instructor.
ANT 320 - Culture and Disease (Health Issue)
Introduces students to the anthropological study of disease ecology
and medical systems cross-culturally. Explores the impact of disease,
ecology, and sociocultural behavior throughout human evolution.
Investigates the efficacy and nature of non-Western curing procedures
and the cultural and psychodynamic features of illness. Part of the
Health Issue. Offered fall and winter semesters. Prerequisite: Junior standing.
ANT 325 - Archaeology of North America
A survey of prehistoric developments from Alaska to Central America,
including the Mesoamerican civilizations. Offered winter semester of
even-numbered years. Prerequisite: ANT 220 or ANT 215 or instruction permission.
ANT 330 - Anthropology of Selected World Areas
Current topics and methodology will be examined within one
anthropological subdiscipline from the perspective of a particular
geographic area. Focus will be on the fundamental question: What does
anthropology contribute in terms of our understanding of people and
cultures? Offered on demand, with each offering devoted to the study
of a particular area. Students may repeat provided each repeat is for
a different area.
ANT 340 - Culture and Environment (Gen Ed, Global Perspectives, Sustainability Issue)
Compares different adaptive strategies of cultures from around the
world and seeks understanding of ethical and social values different
groups have related to the environment. Attention is focused on how
humans relied on cultural mechanisms in the past to adapt and change
their physical and natural environment. Fulfills Cultures - Global
Perspectives. Part of the Sustainability Issue. Offered fall and
winter semesters. Prerequisites: Junior standing, fulfillment of
general education Foundations - Writing, and either Historical
Perspectives or U.S. Diversity.
ANT 345 - Perspectives on Globalization (Gen Ed, Global Perspectives, Globalization Issue)
The anthropology of globalization examines the emergence of
"globalized local cultures." Students employ the
ethnographic approach to understand globalization as the
intensification of interconnectedness, in which anthropologists learn
that fundamental problems of deep and universal concern to humans
everywhere will need to be addressed at local, national, and global
levels. Offered fall semester of even-numbered years. Fulfills
Cultures - Global Perspectives. Part of the Globalization Issue.
Prerequisite: Junior standing.
ANT 350 - Archaeology of Mid-East
The Middle East is recognized as the birthplace of several major
cultural traditions. This course examines the evidence
of archaeology that informs us on the origins and settlement of the
Middle East from at least one million years ago to the seventh century
A.D. from the perspective of cultural ecology. Offered winter semester
of odd-numbered years. Prerequisite: ANT 215 or ANT 220 or MES 201 or
prior approval of the instructor.
ANT 370 - Cross-cultural Perspectives on Gender
Examines gender as a fundamental organizing theme of culture. Also
emphasizes the sociocultural basis for gender differences using a
cross-cultural and comparative approach. Discusses how gender
relations affect all other aspects of human life. Offered winter
semester of even numbered years. Prerequisite: ANT 204 or ANT 206.
ANT 375 - Language, Identity, and Diversity (Gen Ed, U.S. Diversity, Identity Issue)
Examines how language reflects and constitutes social identity and
hierarchy. Language variation, with respect to place, gender,
sexuality, class, race, and ethnicity, is explored in U.S. and global
contexts from multiple disciplinary perspectives. Students learn to
critically analyze their own and others' unique speaking and writing
practices and related identities. Fulfills Cultures - U.S. Diversity.
Part of the Identity Issue. Offered fall semester. Prerequisite:
ANT 380 - Special Topics in Anthropology
A series of courses providing an in-depth study of a problem in
anthropology and the methods of investigating it. Various topics of
cross-cultural interest, such as human evolution, peasant cultures,
preliterate societies, kinship pattern, and culture and personality
will be examined. Offered on sufficient demand.
ANT 399 - Independent Readings
Independent supervised readings in selected topics. A student may
take only one reading course for one to three credits per semester. No
more than six hours of 399 and 499 combined may count toward a major
or three hours combined toward the minor. Offered every semester.
204 or ANT
206 and the written consent of the instructor before registration.
ANT 400 - Ethnographic Methods
Students will examine and evaluate the practice of anthropological
ethnography through hands-on exercises, collaborative workshops,
discussions on conducting ethnographic field research, ethics, and
applications of responsible ethnographic research. Through in-class
simulations and assignments, students will develop skills in
participant observation techniques, taking ethnographic field notes,
conducting interviews, and recording and transcribing discourse.
Offered winter semester. Prerequisite: ANT 204 or SOC 101 or CJ 101 or
permission of the instructor.
ANT 405 - Contemporary Anthropological Theory
This course surveys contemporary topics in anthropological theory.
Included are an overview of current issues, topics and debates
in archaeology, physical/biological, socio-cultural, and linguistic
anthropology. Students will gain an understanding of recent trends in
anthropology and the trajectory of the discipline. Connections with
developments in related disciplines are noted. Offered fall semester.
Prerequisites: ANT 210 and senior standing in anthropology.
ANT 420 - Applied Anthropology
The course engages students in contemporary anthropological practice.
Students explore applied anthropology through anthropological
theories, methods and practices for engaging communities and
addressing "real world" problems. Topics may include the
history of engaged anthropology, public and advocacy anthropology,
action/participatory research, and the ethical issues of engagement
and social change. Offered fall semester. Prerequisites: ANT 204 and
ANT 421 - Anthropology of Social Movements (Human Rights Issue)
This course overviews a wide range of processes and practices related
to social movements, and anthropology's central role in expanding the
definition of collective resistance beyond the scope of formalized
protest (and strategic outcomes) to include and examine everyday forms
and lived experience of resistance and dissent. Part of the Human
Rights Issue. Offered winter semester. Prerequisite: Junior standing.
ANT 430 - Issues in Contemporary Anthropology
This course is an upper-division examination of contemporary issues
being explored in the field of anthropology. Topics may include
advanced theory, controversies in the discipline, methodological
questions and changing approaches to anthropological research. Offered
fall semester. Prerequisites: ANT 201 and one of the following ANT 204
or ANT 206 or ANT 215; and junior standing.
ANT 431 - Historical Perspectives in Anthropology
Students will explore historical, theoretical, and methodological
developments from an anthropological perspective, focusing on trends
in interpretation of material culture, cultural resources management,
experimental archaeology, and the contribution of anthropology to
understanding major social issues. Students will critically examine
the practice and application of anthropological research from a
historic perspective. Offered winter semester of even years.
Prerequisites: Two upper-division anthropology courses.
ANT 490 - Practicum: Career-Service
Agency experience in the community relating practical training and
independent study in a specialized area. Limited to 10 credits
maximum. Offered every semester. Prerequisites: 15 hours of course
preparation and permission of instructor. Graded credit/no credit.
ANT 495 - Practicing Anthropology (Capstone)
Provides students with a broad and comprehensive perspective on the
fundamental assumptions and issues in anthropology. Emphasis on the
application of anthropological knowledge to solve social problems.
Given the diverse dimensions of current trends in anthropology,
students will work to establish their particular interests with the
field. Offered winter semester. Prerequisites: Senior standing in
anthropology and ANT 405.
ANT 498 - Honors Research in Anthropology
Original research conducted individually with faculty supervision,
based on a formal proposal. Project is the culmination of
undergraduate research incorporating anthropological theory,
methodology, data collection, and analysis. Research will be presented
in a public forum. Syllabus and guidelines for honors research
available from faculty. Offered every semester. Prerequisites:
Acceptance of formal written proposal and permission of faculty member.
ANT 499 - Independent Study and Research
Research conducted individually with faculty supervision. Attention
given to written and oral presentation of research findings. A student
may take only one independent study per term. No more than six hours
of NAT399/499 may count toward a major or three hours of ANT399/499
toward the minor. Offered every semester. Prerequisites: Nine hours in
the department and written permission of instructor before registration.
ARC 400 - Archaeological Method and Research Design
Provides advanced study of the practical and methodological aspects
of research in archaeology. Students will learn how to develop
independent projects and embed them in multistage regional research.
Prerequisites: ANT 220 and one area course in archaeology (ANT 325,
ANT 350, CLA 350).