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Anthropology Courses (ANT)

ANT 6620

The Rise and Fall of Complex Societies (3)


This course is a survey of the world’s earliest complex societies and the legacy they left behind. Taught from the perspective of anthropological archaeology, the course will cover the basics of method and theory necessary to interpret the evidence of humanity’s transition from a hunting and gathering life to sedentary life. This class compares the rise of complex societies in Americas, Africa, the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent, and East Asia. Evidence and theories put forth to explain the rise and collapse of different civilizations and how this knowledge can be used to both document the past and better understand contemporary life.

ANT 6625

Specialized Study in Anthropology (3)


This course provides the student an opportunity to pursue in-depth study on a topic or issue of personal interest under the guidance and direction of a department faculty member. May be repeated up to a total of six credit hours. See semester hour limits listed under General Regulations section.

ANT 6627

Anthropology of Sex and Gender (3)


This course offers a cross-cultural and anthropological approach to a study of gender and sex. The course will explore some of the main questions that have concerned anthropologist over the years, such as the concept of sex versus the concept of gender, the theoretical debate about the status of women, and the gendering of work and social relations. The course will also cover the relationship between the body, sex, and gender; the historical roots of Western notions of the sexed body, third or alternative genders, and the intersections between gender, race, class, and ethnicity.

ANT 6630

Anthropological Perspectives of Religion (3)


This course introduces students to cross-cultural and anthropological approaches to the study of religion. The course will explore multiple religious beliefs,meanings, experiences, expressions, and practices across diverse environments. Through an engagement with anthropological works on topics such as ritual, sacrifice, and death, the course will cover how religion is understood, experienced, and expressed across the globe. By the end of this course, you will have the theoretical knowledge and analytical tools needed to critically examine dimensions of the religion and situate them within historical and global context.

ANT 6665

Advanced Readings in Anthropology (3)


This course is designed to allow graduate students the opportunity to acquire a basic background in Anthropology literature. The readings will be in specific areas in Anthropology. May be repeated (with different topic) for credit. See semester hour limits listed under Course Restrictions in General Regulations section.

ANT 6680

Field Techniques in Archaeology (3)


Advanced instruction in survey and excavation methods and techniques used in the discipline of archaeology.

ANT 6696

Selected Topics in Anthropology (3)


An examination of a particular subject which is not offered under the normal course offerings. May be repeated (with different topics) for credit. See semester hour limits listed under General Regulations section.