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Spring 2021 Anthropology Courses

Principles of Forensic Anthropology

ANTHROPOLOGY 2990/4990 (CRN 32603 and 32604)
Dr. Joanna Gautney

Our evolutionary history has shaped our bodies, but it has also shaped our minds. This course explores how natural selection has shaped human behavior.  In it, we will discuss basic evolutionary theory and we will examine how these processes have impacted cultural learning, mating practices, parenting, and cooperation. Contact with questions.

History of Archaeology

ANTHROPOLOGY 2990/4990 (CRN 31023 and 31177)
T 5:30 – 8:10pm
Dr. Francis Harrold

This course traces the origins and growth of archaeology, the study of past cultures through excavating and analyzing their material remains. Originating among adventurers and collectors like Schliemann at Troy and the Wetherills at Mesa Verde, archaeology has developed into a science which is our main source of knowledge for most of the human past.


Myths & Mysteries In Anthropology

ANTHROPOLOGY 2900/4900 (CRN 31029 and 31166)
MWF 10:30 – 11:20am
Dr. Francis Harrold

This course will examine popular beliefs about the past, including ancient astronauts, Atlantis, and the Moundbuilders, from the perspective of archaeological science.


Anthropological Theory

T & TH  1:00 – 2:15 pm
Dr. Ron Holt

 This course focuses on the historical and theoretical development of the major schools of anthropological theory and investigates how fieldwork, science, debates and controversies have shaped anthropologists’ way of understanding our human past and present. We will evaluate the utility and limitations of various theoretical orientations within their historical context.

Prehistory of North America

MWF 9:30 – 10:20am
Dr. Brooke Arkush

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.

Internship in Anthropology 


Dr. Joanna Gautney

Anthropology majors may apply for internship opportunities that provide the student with both practical and research experiences.
Pre-requisite(s): 6 hours of upper-division anthropology courses, Anthropology major status, approval of Program Coordinator.
Number of Times this Course May Be Repeated: A student may complete a total up to 6 hours of internships for credit, with a maximum of 3 hours to be applied towards the Anthropology major.