An examination of human, physical and cultural development using evidence from archaeology, paleontology, genetics, ecology, cultural anthropology and linguistics with emphasis on the historical, structural and symbolic aspects of human culture. This course is prerequisite for all 3300 and 4400 level courses in anthropology. This course does not count toward the 36-hour major.
An examination of the methods and theory of traditional and contemporary approaches to archaeological research.
An anthropological examination of human cultural development and a survey of both contemporary and past human cultures. May be taken for sociology credit.
An examination of human biological development from the beginning of mankind through the Pleistocene age using evidence from archaeology, paleontology, biology, genetics and osteology.
Instruction in survey and excavation methods and techniques used in the discipline of archaeology.
Instruction in the methods and techniques used in the curation and analysis of cultural materials recovered from archaeological investigations.
Students will be introduced to the basic concepts and major issues in kinship studies, including gender, marriage, social relationships, and descent from a cross-cultural perspective. The course will explore different theoretical approaches to understanding the importance of global kinship practices, variations in kinship practices and gender systems around the world, and the relevance of kinship systems today as new reproductive technologies challenge our traditional ideas on kinship.
An examination of the aboriginal cultures of North American prior to the period of European contact based upon archaeological evidence.
An examination of aboriginal cultures of North America from the period of European exploration, colonization, and settlement to the present using archaeological, ethnographic, and ethnological studies.
This course will explore the historical foundations of food production. Students will critically examine the current system of food production, and specifically how differential production and access to food have created disparities in health and nutrition. The course will also include an exploration of the Food Justice movement and how it is working to restructure and transform our current system of production.
This course explores past environments and the methods and evidence used to reconstruct them. Emphasis is placed on the integration of geological, botanical, zoological, and archaeological data used to reconstruct Quaternary climates and environments. A number of issues central to and addressed by environmental archaeologists using plant, animal, and mineral data sets and working within the larger discipline of archaeological anthropology are considered throughout the course.
An examination of the historical research methods and archaeological techniques used to investigate and interpret archaeological sites dating from the historic period.
An intensive study of the human skeletal system covering the structure, function, growth, and development of human bone as well as methods for the identification and analysis of bone in archaeological and forensic contexts.
An introduction to forensic anthropology, the subspecialty of biological anthropology that focuses on human identification in medico-legal contexts.This course builds on the content from Human Osteology and covers the basic methodology for estimating sex, age, ancestry, stature, trauma, pathology, and time since death. Prerequisite: ANT 3333
A sociological and anthropological examination of language from a descriptive, historical and social perspective.
An anthropological examination of the role of religion and the supernatural among traditional peoples.
The purpose of this course is to provide a structured opportunity to review, learn, and apply quantitative and qualitative anthropological research methods. This course incorporates anthropological examples and theory to assist each student in developing a research question and a general research design report. This course covers a wide variety of methodologies applicable to all four subfields of anthropology (cultural, archaeological, linguistic, and biological)Prerequisite: ENG 1102 or ENG 1104
A detailed description of what anthropologists do with the information they gather. Inferential and descriptive statistics are discussed in terms of univariate and multivariate methods. Particular attention is paid to issues pertaining to anthropological data (e.g., small sample sizes, missing data, autocorrelation). This course also serves as an introduction to statistical software options frequently used in anthropology research. Prerequisites: STAT 2210 or equivalent
Supervised investigation of relevant topics in Anthropology through travel study abroad or within the interior of the United States.
An anthropological examination of the sociocultural systems that formed the foundations of pre-industrial high civilizations of the Old World and a survey of past cultures that achieved this degree of development.
An anthropological examination of the socio-cultural systems that formed the foundations of preindustrial high civilizations of the New World and a survey of past cultures that achieved this degree of development.
This course involves specific archaeological training in a singular area of Archaeological practice. Training in specific areas will be limited to such areas: zooarchaeological analysis, paleoethnobotical analysis, geo-spatial archaeological analysis, cultural resource management, ceramic or lithic analysis, ethnoarchaeology, experimental archaeology, archaeological synthesis, and curation. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor.
The goal of this course is to provide an anthropological perspective on mortuary studies derived from a study of the death experience. A strong emphasis will be placed on the theoretical foundations of mortuary data, drawn from cultural anthropology and ethnography.
This course focuses on the consequential transition in the human past, specifically, that from hunting and gathering of wild plants and animal food resources to agriculture and pastoralism. The course will cover the emergence of cultivation, the adoption of plants foods, and the domestication of animals in key regions across the globe. The course will also discuss the most recent contributions from disciplines including archaeology, climatology, botany, zoology, genetics, and linguistics to these topics. Utilizing data and ideas from these various disciplines, the course will investigate the processes behind and the regional expressions of the development and spread of domestic plants and animals.
This course examines human variation from an evolutionary perspective. We will explore human diversity in terms of genetics, and adaptation at both the individual and population level. The mechanisms and processes of microevolution will be considered, in particular how they influence the diversity that characterizes the human species. Prerequisite: ANT 3311
This course will focus on the ethnography of aboriginal peoples. It will cover such areas of culture as kinship, political systems, social organization, religion, and the interaction between aboriginal people and non-aboriginal people.
This course will focus on gender as a primary organizing principle of society and explore how these categories get created, reproduced and transformed. Topics of discussion will include the social position of women and men in the family, changing social, economic, and political ideologies with respect to gender and the construction and reproduction of gender inequality from a global perspective.
The course examines the origin and evolution of humans in biological terms, though some consideration is given to developments in material culture and cultural behavior. Emphasis is placed on the fundamentals of paleoanthropological research, evidence of human evolution, trends inhuman evolution, important fossil finds and sites, and phylogenetic relationships. Prerequisite: ANT 3311
Explores the history of archaeological thought since the eighteenth century (including evolution, cultural history, and processualism) and concludes with contemporary theory (postprocessualism and feminism). Prerequisites: ANT 2200, ANT 3305
Anthropological examination of a designated topic of special and/or current interest and importance that is generally not covered in regularly offered courses in the department.
This course will expose students to the process of synthesis in the archaeological method. This process includes the incorporation of field and laboratory methods in archaeology towards accomplishing archaeological research projects.
Internship with a recognized, professional anthropology related agency in which the student is assigned specific tasks related to the field of anthropology.
Undergraduate research with attention to critical evaluation of research techniques, methods and procedures. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, permission of guiding professor, approval of department chair or dean. A written request is to be submitted to the department chair at least two weeks in advance of the term in which the study is to be undertaken. May not be used to repeat a course for which a grade of D or below has been earned. Application forms are available in the office of University Records. Guided independent research may be taken only in the applicant’s major or minor field. Also see index for “Independent Study and Research.”
Supervised study through field and laboratory projects, guided readings, creative endeavors or achievement of specific skills. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing, with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, permission of guiding professor, approval of department chair or dean. A written request is to be submitted to the department chair at least two weeks in advance of the term in which the study is to be undertaken. May not be used to repeat a course for which a grade of D or below has been earned. Application forms are available in the office of University Records. Guided independent research may be taken only in the applicant’s major or minor field. Also see index for “Independent Study and Research.”.
This course will focus on the early foundations of Anthropology and a survey of the major theorists in the discipline, emphasizing those who made critical contributions influencing the four subfields of Anthropology. Prerequisite: ANT 3305, ANT 3310, ANT 3311, ANT 3340, ANT 3315, senior status, or permission of instructor.