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ANTH Course Descriptions

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  • ANTH 110 Cultural Anthropology (3)

    Provides an introduction to the field of cultural anthropology, the study of human cultural variation throughout the world, both past and present. This course focuses on the general concepts of anthropology as a discipline, the evolution and structure of human social groups, and in-depth culture description and cross-cultural comparison involving both past and extant societies. [SOSC]
  • ANTH 115 Human Origins (3)

    An introduction to physical anthropology and archaeology, two subdisciplines within the field of anthropology. Physical anthropology has two major objectives: the reconstruction of the evolutionary history of Homo sapiens and the study of human genetic, anatomical and physiological diversity. Archaeology is devoted to the study of the life ways of past peoples through the examination of cultural remains. [SOSC]
  • ANTH 222 Human Environmental Adaptations (3)

    Examines the various ways humans adapt culturally to their physical and biological environments. Societies of a variety of time periods and levels of complexity are studied. Many different types of habitat and settlement are considered, from tropical rain forests to arctic zones, small villages to cities. The impact human societies have on their environments is an important theme in class lectures and discussions.
  • ANTH 252 Archaeological Research Methods (4)

    Provides in-depth exposure to the methods anthropological archaeologists use as they learn about past
    cultures and disseminate the knowledge they acquire; these include field surveys, excavations, artifact analyses,
    quantitative techniques, reporting and literature reviews. Subject matter is presented as lectures, discussion of case studies and hands-on laboratory exercises.
  • ANTH 295 Historical Archaeology (3)

    Deals broadly with anthropological archaeology as it applies to cultures with written records. Students receive
    an introduction to the methods and analytical techniques that historical archaeologists use to learn about past
    literate societies. Issues related to the European colonization of the New World, gender, ethnicity, slavery and
    the development of the capitalist system figure prominently in course material. [SOSC]
  • ANTH 320 Forensic Anthropology (4)

    Explores the methods and concepts of the fields of physical anthropology and human osteology as they relate to
    the criminal justice system. Formal lectures and the discussion of case studies provide a terminological,
    conceptual and theoretical foundation. Through laboratory exercises, students gain a general understanding of
    the identification of human remains and causes of death, including the determination of sex, age, evidence of
    trauma and time of death. Lab fee required.
  • ANTH 365 Human Population Dynamics (3)

    Examines the effects of fertility, mortality and migration on the size and structure of human populations. An anthropological focus is used to link demography to cultural attributes, such as economy, religious practices, education, marriage, gender and class. Environmental issues as they relate to the growth of human populations are important themes.
  • ANTH 410 Cultural Resource Management (3)

    Involves the broad study of cultural resources, which include both material aspects of culture—such as historical
    structures and artifacts—and nonmaterial cultural manifestations—such as music, dance and folklore. Students
    are introduced to the issues surrounding the preservation of cultural heritage. The legal and business
    management aspects of cultural resource management as it relates to archaeology form an important component of coursework.
  • ANTH 440 Anthropological Theory (3)

    Deals broadly with the evolution of anthropological thought from the 19th century to today,
    including the areas of cultural evolution, gender, Marxism, political economy, ethnicity, agency, social justice,
    social structure, symbolism and cultural materialism. Coursework combines formal lectures with group
    discussions of assigned readings.
  • ANTH 488 Special Topics in Anthropology (3)

    An intensive study of an issue or set of related issues in the discipline of anthropology. Content varies
    depending upon the interests of faculty and students. Course may be repeated for credit when the topic changes.
  • ANTH 490 Internship in Cultural Resource Management (3-4)

    Provides students majoring in Applied Anthropology the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working with
    nonprofit institutions, government agencies or private firms associated with cultural resource management.
    Course is eligible for continuing studies grade.
  • ANTH 499 Special Projects in Anthropology (3)

    Capstone experience for Applied Anthropology majors; involves the implementation of a research project
    under the supervision of a faculty member. Work may include primary research, a review paper or another
    type of scholarly research product. Course is eligible for a continuing studies grade. prerequisite:
    permission of division chair