Introduction to anthropological knowledge and understanding of human cultures and societies. Cross-cultural comparison and review of tribal and industrialized societies. Application of anthropological concepts to provide understanding of other cultures and one's own culture. Fall, Spring.
An introduction to the biological and cultural evolution of human beings. In addition to the prehistoric record, the course will cover primatology, human variation, and problems of theory and practice in archeology. Fall, Spring.
Selected topics in anthropology. May be repeated as topics change to a total of 8 credits. Prerequisite: ISANTH 110. Occasionally.
In-depth examination of cultural change and culture process in prehistoric societies in the Americas. The course begins with the first appearance of humans in the Americas and ends with the arrival of the first European explorers and includes multiple theoretical perspectives on prehistoric behavior from the social sciences. Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and QL. Fall, odd years.
This course examines the ideology and social reality of sex, gender, and sexuality cross-culturally. The intersection of these identities with class, race and other social categories will be emphasized. The course covers various theoretical approaches and explores the ethnographic literature. Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and QL, and one course from the IS category.
A cultural anthropological investigation of the diversity of cultures in Southeast Asia. Focuses on the large variety of economic and religious traditions in the area and how these interrelate. Prerequisite: ISANTH 110 or permission of instructor. Occasionally.
This course will provide a holistic and comparative approach to the study of religious beliefs and practices. Students will explore magical and religious behavior, ritual, myth, shamanism, curing, spirit possession, ancestor worship, witchcraft, and millennial and counter-cultural movements in a variety of tribal and state societies. Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and QL, and one course from the IS category.
This course focuses on stone tool technology from both a cultural evolutionary perspective and as a technological process. Students will examine stone tool classification and analysis with emphasis on raw material types, artifact typologies, reduction sequences, refitting studies, use-wear analysis, and sourcing and dating methods. Prerequisite: ISANTH 111. Fall, even years.
This course focuses on the nature of conflict in human societies around the world and examines the roles of violence from cross-cultural and interdisciplinary perspectives. Conflict and violence are studied in societies ranging from food-foragers to complex states to explore the consequences of what is labeled "violence." Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and QL course. Spring, even years.
This course is designed to provide an introduction to the discipline of forensic anthropology. It will cover the basic information and methods necessary to recognize, collect, identify, and process skeletonized human remains. Crosslisted with CJS 332. Prerequisite: ISANTH 111 or CJS 240. Spring.
Intensive study of selected topics in anthropology. May be repeated as topics change to a total of 8 credits. Prerequisite: ISANTH 110. Occasionally.
Introduction to ethnographic field research methods and techniques in anthropology, including research design, ethics, participant-observation, interviewing, notetaking, ethnohistory, report writing, and visual documentation. Students complete assigned and independent ethnographic field research projects. Fieldwork required. Spring.
This course focuses on the role of violence in terms of the disruption and maintenance of order as socio-cultural adaptive strategies. Various forms of violence in human societies around the world are examined from cross-cultural and multi-ethnic perspectives with an emphasis on differing worldviews and the reasons for violence. This course is crosslisted with CJS 478. Prerequisites: ISANTH 110 or CJS 101 and SOC 301. Spring, even years.
Advanced independent study of an Anthropology area not normally available in the curriculum. Requires a written report. May be repeated to a total of 4 credits. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Occasionally.
Planning, executing and completing a senior thesis in Anthropology is goal of this sequence. With guidance from a faculty sponsor and a committee of readers, student will identify and pursue a topic of interest in the field. Written and oral presentation of the project is required for credit. Prerequisites: Senior standing; two 300-level ANTH electives; overall and major GPA of 3.50 or above; and application to and approval by the Department Faculty. Must be repeated (8 credits total) to qualify for Anthropology/Sociology honors. Fall, Spring.