Anthropology

Courses in Anthropology

Introductory Anthropology Courses

ANTH-A103 Human Origins and Prehistory (3 cr)

The biological evolution and archaeological history of the human species through Stone and Metal Ages.
Offered fall and spring semesters. Summer alternating years.

ANTH-A104 Culture and Society (3 cr)

Introduction to the comparative study of human cultures and social processes that influence behavior.
Offered fall, spring, and summer semesters.

ANTH-A405 Museum Methods (3 cr)

History, philosophy, approaches and practice in Museums and Museology.
Offered spring semester, alternating years.
Prerequisites: Coursework in art and art history and/or introductory anthropology.

Human Origins & Prehistory

ANTH-B200 Biological Anthropology (3 cr)

Introduction to Biological Anthropology. Survey of the field of bio anthropology, emphasizing the ways in which ideas about human evolution are tested using evidence from the fossil record, living non-human primates, and contemporary human groups.

ANTH-P210 Life in the Stone Age (3 cr)

Examination of the major developments in the Stone Age, emphasizing technological innovations, changes in subsistence patterns, and geographic and ecological expansions of human populations. The course will consist of weekly lectures and a laboratory practicum where students will learn to make and use stone tools.
Offered fall semester, alternating years.

ANTH-P301 Archaeological Methods & Analyses (3 cr)

Laboratory analysis of archaeological materials (classification, description, quantification) within a framework of answering specific questions about past human behavior and activities: chronology, subsistence, seasonality, tool functions. Credit not given for both P400 and P301.
Offered occasionally.

  • Prerequisites: P200 or consent of instructor

ANTH-P360 Prehistory of North America (3 cr)

Introduction to antiquity of the American Indian, principal culture areas, and field methods and techniques incidental to recovery of archaeological data and material.
Offered fall semester, odd years.

ANTH-P405 Fieldwork in Archaeology (1-8 cr)

Archaeological work directed toward field techniques: excavation and preservation of materials, surveying, photography, and cataloguing. One credit hour per full week of fieldwork.
Offered occasionally.

 

Social & Cultural Anthropology

ANTH-E200 Social and Cultural Anthropology (3 cr)

Intermediate survey of theories and problems in social and cultural anthropology. Historical development, methods in inquiry, focal problems, and contemporary theoretical perspectives.
Offered occasionally.

ANTH-E300 Culture Areas and Ethnic Groups (3 cr)

Survey of world cultures and ethnic groups, selected topic areas.
Offered fall semester, alternating years.

  • Prerequisites: A103, A104 or consent of instructor

ANTH-E310 Cultures of Africa (3 cr)

Ethnographic survey of culture areas south of the Sahara.
Offered occasionally.

  • Prerequisites: Prerequisites: A104, E200

ANTH-E320 Indians of North America (3 cr)

Ethnographic survey of culture areas from Arctic to Panama plus cross-cultural analysis of interrelations of culture, geographical environment, and language families.
Offered fall semester.

  • Prerequisites: A104, A103 or consent of instructor

 

Museum Studies

ANTH-A405 Museum Methods (3 cr)

History, philosophy, approaches and practice in Museums and Museology.
Offered spring semester, alternating years.

  • Prerequisites: Coursework in art and art history and/or introductory anthropology.

 

Anthropology Topics Courses

ANTH-A150 Freshman Seminar in Anthropology: Topics (3 cr)

Introduction to the study of anthropology through the applicability of anthropological theory and method to specific social and cultural issues. May be repeated twice with different topics.
Offered spring semester, alternating years.

ANTH-A400 Undergrad. Sem. in Anthropology (3 cr)

Seminar in various anthropology topics that are not covered by other anthropology courses, excluding ethnography and ethnology.
Offered occasionally.

  • Prerequisites: A104, A103, or S100 Introduction to Sociology.

ANTH-A495 Ind. Studies in Anthropology (1-4 cr)

A supervised, in-depth examination through individual research on a particular topic selected and conducted by the student in consultation with an anthropology faculty member.

  • Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor