Anthropology Courses

ANTH SS/DV1000. Introduction to Anthropology (3)
Anthropology is the study of humankind, past and present: our origins and the development of cultural behavior and biological attributes. This course examines what it means to be human, describing and explaining human differences and similarities throughout time and across the world.

ANTH LS/DV1020. Biological Anthropology (3)
Explores the human fossil record, human evolution, population genetics, primatology, and modern human biological diversity from a biocultural perspective.

ANTH HU/DV1040. Language and Culture (3)
Explores the nature of human language and its role in sociocultural settings. Surveys a world sample of languages from the perspective of anthropological linguistics including language structure, social functions, geographical and historical variation, and cultural values.

ANTH SS/DV2010. Peoples and Cultures of the World (3)
A survey of cultures around the world, exploring their similarities and differences as observed by anthropologists.

ANTH SS2030. Principles of Archaeology (3)
Archaeology attempts to reconstruct prehistoric and early historic human life ways as well as long term cultural and biological evolutionary processes through the scientific study of material remains. This course focuses upon the history of archaeology, the ways in which archaeologists recover and analyze data, and the major theoretical perspectives used to interpret the past.

ANTH 2810. Experimental Courses (1-3)

ANTH 2920. Short Courses, Workshops, Institutes, and Special Programs (1-3)
Consult the semester class schedule for the current offering under this number. The specific title and credit authorized will appear on the student transcript.

ANTH 2950. Elementary Anthropological Field Trip (1-3)
Students will visit areas and events of anthropological interest. The course will include relevant lectures, readings, and exercises designed to maximize and evaluate the learning experience. Pre- and post-trip meetings for student preparation, feedback, and course evaluation will occur. When the course number is used, it will be accompanied by a specific title and authorized credit which will appear on the student's transcript. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. A maximum of three credit hours of Anthropology 2950 can be applied toward graduation.

ANTH 2990. Special Topics in Anthropology (1-3)
A course allowing examination of selected topics and current issues in Anthropology. When the course number is used, it will be accompanied by a specific title and authorized credit which will appear on the student's transcript. Offerings of same title may not be repeated for credit toward graduation.

ANTH 3100. Prehistory of North America (3)
A general survey course concerning the archaeology of North America and an interpretation of its prehistory. The course material spans the time of initial human occupation of the continent through the early historic period, and emphasizes the three major cultural stages (Paleo Indian, Archaic, and Formative) which characterize the archaeological record of North America.

ANTH DV3200. Archaeology of Early Civilizations (3)
This course is designed to survey the broad range of early civilizations worldwide as they are known archaeologically, including the variety of ways and places in which they have arisen and the great diversity of peoples who created them. It examines highly complex societies in sub-Saharan and North Africa, native North and South America, East and South Asia, the Middle East, the Aegean and Celtic Europe, discussing in detail the diverse ways of life in these civilizations and how they shaped cultural forms, practices and ideas in the modern life of these regions today.

ANTH 3300. Archaeological Field Techniques (3-6)
Intensive field school involving archaeological excavation and/or survey, emphasizing modern field techniques, data recordation and recovery, map interpretation and production, and the proper conduct of problem-oriented archaeology. Prerequisite: ANTH SS2030 and consent of instructor.

ANTH 3400. Archaeological Laboratory Techniques (3)
Emphasizes student analysis and write-up of an artifact assemblage from an archaeological site. Weekly lectures familiarize students with analyses of prehistoric and historic archaeological materials, as well as the production of text, figures, tables, maps, and bibliographies for technical reports. Prerequisite: ANTH SS2030, or consent of instructor.

ANTH DV3500. Advanced Cultural Anthropology (3)
The nature of culture, its structure and function in the variety of human activities. Prerequisite: ANTH SS/DV1000 or ANTH SS/DV2010, or consent of instructor.

ANTH DV3600. Culture Area Studies (1-3)
Surveys selected societies in ethnographically different cultural areas of the world, such as Africa, Asia, North American Indians, Latin America, the Middle East, the Pacific, or the modern United States. When the number is used, it will be accompanied by a descriptive title and the credit authorized, which will appear on the student transcript. Offerings of same title may not be repeated for credit toward graduation. Prerequisites: ANTH SS/DV1000 or ANTH SS/DV2010, or consent of instructor.

ANTH DV3700. Sex Roles: Past, Present and Future (3)
An overview of the differences and similarities in human sex roles, cross-culturally and over time, with special emphasis on the influences of biology, socialization, and ecology in their origin, perpetuation, and change. (Cross-listed with Sociology 3120.)

ANTH DV3900. Magic, Shamanism and Religion (3)
A comparative study of the origins, development, and social functions of magic, shamanism, and religion within cultural systems around the world.

ANTH 4100. Archaeological Method, Theory, and Cultural Resource Management (3)
Explores means by which archaeological inferences are made to decipher the material record of past human behavior. Includes the history of archaeological thought from the beginnings of scientific archaeology through the new profession of cultural resource management. Prerequisite: ANTH SS2030.

ANTH 4200. Anthropological Theory (3)
Historical and theoretical development of the major anthropological schools of thought including 19th century evolutionism, historical particularism, social anthropology, symbolic analysis, neoevolutionism, and cultural ecology. Prerequisite: ANTH SS/DV1000 or consent of instructor.

ANTH 4300. Anthropological Research Methods (3)
Students will learn and apply the scientific methods of inquiry used in anthropological research. Required for majors and recommended for minors. Prerequisite: ANTH SS/DV1000 or a 2000-level course; ANTH 4200 and SOC SI3600, or consent of instructor.

ANTH 4810. Experimental Courses (1-3)

ANTH 4830. Readings and/or Projects (1-3)
Individual readings and/or projects for anthropology students. (Maximum of 3 hours may be applied toward graduation.) Prerequisites: ANTH SS/DV1000, permission of instructor and approval of program coordinator.

ANTH 4920. Short Courses, Workshops, Institutes, and Special Programs (1-3)
Consult the semester class schedule for the current offering under this number. The specific title and credit authorized will appear on the student transcript.

ANTH 4950. Advanced Anthropological Field Trip (1-3)
Students will visit areas and events of anthropological interest. The course will include relevant lectures, readings, and exercises designed to maximize and evaluate the learning experience. Pre- and post-trip meetings for student preparation, feedback, and course evaluation will occur. When the course number is used, it will be accompanied by a specific title and authorized credit which will appear on the student's transcript. Prerequisite: ANTH SS/DV1000 or ANTH SS2030 and consent of instructor. A maximum of three credit hours of Anthropology 4950 can be applied toward graduation.

ANTH 4990. Seminar in Anthropology (1-3)
An advanced course allowing in-depth study of selected topics and current issues in Anthropology. When the course number is used, it will be accompanied by a specific title with the credit authorized, which will appear on the student's transcript. Offerings of same title may not be repeated for credit toward graduation. Prerequisite: ANTH SS/DV1000 or consent of instructor.