Anthropology (ANTH)

ANTH 1050  INTRODUCTION TO ANTHROPOLOGY (3 credits)

Anthropology is the humanistic and scientific study of humans, past and present. This course will present an overview of the four subdisciplines of anthropology: sociocultural, archaeological, biological, and linguistic.

Distribution: Social Science General Education course

ANTH 2000  ETHNOGRAPHY (1-4 credits)

This is a self-paced course in which the student views films and reads books and articles regarding a specific culture. Each culture will be a one (1) credit hour module. The intent is to acquaint the student in some depth with other cultures in the world.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): One course in the social sciences and the instructor's permission.

ANTH 2990  GUIDED READING (1-6 credits)

The course is designed to allow the student enrolled in an anthropology course to pursue a specialized interest or topic in greater depth than is or was possible for the other course as a whole.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Concurrent enrollment in an anthropology course or enrollment in an anthropology course in the immediately preceding semester and permission of instructor.

ANTH 3210  CULTURES OF AFRICAN PEOPLE (3 credits)

An introduction to cultures and societies of Africa. Analysis of kinship systems; political, economic and religious institutions; social change. Emphasis on the dynamics of social organization of African people.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Sophomore or above with one three-hour introductory social science course

ANTH 3220  PEOPLES AND CULTURES OF NATIVE NORTH AMERICA (3 credits)

A survey of the native peoples and cultures of North America, past and present. Topics covered include: economics, religion, social organization, kinship, political organization, material culture, gender and culture change through time.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Sophomore or above with one three-hour introductory social science course

ANTH 3260  WORLD CULTURES AND PEOPLES (AREA ETHNOGRAPHY) (3 credits)

An introduction to the ethnography of a to-be-specified area of the world. The intent is to examine the cultures and societies of that part of the world, how they are interrelated with their neighbors and how they change. The specific area will be announced each time the course is offered.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Sophomore with one three-hour introductory course in a social science.

ANTH 3910  INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY (3 credits)

An introduction to physical anthropology through an examination of theories and techniques used to investigate human origins; the relationship between humans and their physical environment; human variation, growth and development; and the evolution of human diseases.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): ANTH 1050 or High School Biology recommended.

Distribution: Natural/Physical Science General Education course

ANTH 3920  ESSENTIALS OF ARCHAEOLOGY (3 credits)

This course introduces students to the essentials of scientific archaeology. Topics addressed include the history of archaeology, site survey, mapping, testing, excavation, laboratory methods, analysis, interpretation, and documentation. Scientific archaeology focuses upon the use of empirical data to test or evaluate our interpretations of past human behavior.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Anthropology 1050 or permission of instructor.

ANTH 4200  URBAN ANTHROPOLOGY (3 credits)

The course is intended to examine the city from an anthropological point of view. Included will be an overview of its history and the processes by which cities are formed and grow as well as the internal structure and processes within the city. The course is intended to be comparative geographically and temporally. Topics covered will include urbanization and cities in both the so-called third-world countries as well as in the developed, industrialized ones. Graduate students will be required to do a substantive term paper on a topic mutually acceptable to both the instructor and the student. In addition to the written work, the student will also be required to make a presentation in class of the research done and the major findings. (Cross-listed with ANTH 8206)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Junior or senior with a minimum of six hours of social science courses.

ANTH 4210  CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY (3 credits)

Art, economics, family, kinship, politics, religion, subsistence, technology, war and world view approached as parts of an integrated whole, a way of life in human society. Illustrations will be drawn from a number of societies, anthropological theories and methods of study. (Cross-listed with ANTH-8216)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Junior or senior with a minimum of six hours of social science.

ANTH 4220  NORTH AMERICAN ARCHAEOLOGY (3 credits)

Utilizing the archaeological record, this course explores more than 20,000 years of Native American culture and lifeways in North America, from Paleo-Indian big game hunters to complex, agricultural societies. Within this broad context, a range of archaeological concepts, methods and theoretical perspectives central to American archaeology will be presented. (Cross-listed with ANTH 8226)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): ANTH 1050 or ANTH 4210.

ANTH 4230  ETHNOMEDICINES OF THE AMERICAS (3 credits)

An anthropological approach to the study of the cultural systems of specific American ethnomedicines (traditional medicines) of North, Central and South America. For each ethnomedicine the historical context, philosophy, practice, therapeutics, and utilization will be examined to understand how and why each ethnomedicine has survived despite tremendous extermination pressure.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): ANTH1050

ANTH 4240  MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY (3 credits)

Medical anthropology is the cross-cultural study of human culture, health and illness. Using multiple theoretical perspectives, this course examines how cultural, social, environmental, and biological factors interact to produce patterns of health and illness in past and present human societies. (Cross-listed with ANTH 8246)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): ANTH1050 and junior or senior standing; or permission of the instructor.

ANTH 4250  ENVIRONMENTAL ANTHROPOLOGY AND NATIVE PEOPLES OF THE GREAT PLAINS (3 credits)

Environmental anthropology seeks to understand the interrelationships between human societies and their biophysical and social environments. This course introduces students to basic concepts and theories used by anthropologists to study environmental influences upon both past and present Native American societies on the North American Great Plains. Particular attention will be given to the rapid and dramatic environmental changes that continue to challenge Native Americans in the Great Plains today. (Cross-listed with ANTH 8256)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Anthropology 1050 and junior standing; or permission of instructor.

ANTH 4260  TOPICS IN ETHNOLOGY (3 credits)

The comparative study of cultures in a particular behavior realm. Each semester the course is offered, one topic will be selected from substantive topics in ethnology, such as: Applied Anthropology, Medical Anthropology, Economic Anthropology, Political Anthropology, Psychological Anthropology (culture & personality), Comparative Analysis of Kinship, or the Anthropology of Religion. Since the topic will vary, students may elect to take this course more than once.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Junior or senior with six hours in any of the social sciences.

ANTH 4520  PSYCHOLINGUISTICS (3 credits)

A discussion of the literature concerned with how such psychological variables as perception, learning, memory and development relate to the linguistic variables of sentence structure, meaning and speech sounds. (Cross-listed with ANTH 8526)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Senior or graduate. Recommended: ANTH 1050.

ANTH 4900  ANTHROPOLOGICAL RESEARCH (1-6 credits)

Supervised experience in anthropological research. The student either (1) joins an ongoing research project undertaken by a member of the faculty and gains experience and competence in anthropological research, or (2) the student has a research project that is suitable for academic credit and that the student wishes to undertake under the aegis of a faculty member.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Since course is individualized and changing, the course number may be repeated in a student's program without implying duplication. The total credits in anthropological research not to exceed six hours.

ANTH 4920  SEMINAR IN ANTHROPOLOGICAL PROBLEMS (3 credits)

The seminar will cover a specific topic which will be announced each time the course is offered. The students will work with the instructor on projects designed to increase the student's depth of knowledge in specific areas. Cross-listed with ANTH 8926.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Permission of instructor.

ANTH 4940  ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD METHODS (3 credits)

This course introduces students to the field methods of scientific archaeology. These field methods include map reading, use of satellite and aerial photographs, instrument survey and mapping, pedestrian survey or reconnaissance, site survey data collection, identification of artifacts (stone tools, ceramics, etc.) and ecofacts (animal remains, macrobotanicals, etc.), systematic artifact collection and documentation, soil probes and coring methods, GPS-based mapping, excavation methods, and data recording. Additional topics include laboratory methods (artifact and ecofact analysis, interpretation, and documentation). This field course ultimately focuses upon the use of empirical data to test or evaluate our interpretations of past human behavior.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): ANTH 1050 and Junior standing. Not open to non-degree graduate students.