Anthropology Courses

ANT111: Cultural Anthropology (3 credits)

Is a study of the nature of humanity. It cuts across the boundaries which separate the sciences from the humanities and embraces both. It deals with basic facts concerning humanity in all of its variations, leading to understanding and appreciation of the significant differences in the behavior of various ethnic groups.

ANT 121: Physical Anthropology (3 credits)

Considers human biology. Topics include genetic, developmental, and physiological mechanisms by which human populations adjust to their environment. Also included are the study of human origins as seen in the fossil record and the comparative biology of humans and their primate relatives.

ANT150: Intro Archaeology (3 credits)

Introduces students to archaeological method and theory, while tracing our prehistoric heritage and the processes that led to the evolution of settled villages, agriculture, and eventually civilization. Topics range from early African human origins to the European Stone Age and from Mesopotamia and Egypt to Mexico, and the United States.

ANT211: Comparative Cultures (3 credits)

Is a course in ethnography that studies the wide range and variability of human culture, considers other ways of life, and the continuity of humanity and culture. A number of societies will be studied on the different levels of social organization and on a worldwide basis. Prerequisite: ANT111 or permission of the instructor.

ANT 305: Food, Drink and Culture (3 credits)

Embark on a global eating and drinking adventure to explore the truth behind the saying "you are what you eat (and drink)." This course dishes out a fresh view of food and beverages from the multiple perspectives of culture, nutrition, ancient history, and communication. This cross-cultural and deep chronological approach to food and drink is essential to understand modern world foodways, including those of the United States.

ANT 310: Magic, Science and Religion (3 credits)

Provides a cross-cultural framework for the comparison and analysis of supernatural belief systems. Discussion of local nature-based religions as well as major world religions. Also includes a consideration of the relationship between religion and science.

ANT320: Comparative Gender Roles (3 credits)

Considers gender roles from a cross-cultural perspective and includes material from the United States as well as other cultures. Topics include socialization and gender stratification and the relationship of gender to major social institutions such as the family, religion, and politics. Prerequisite: ANT111.

ANT 330: Mammoth Hunters and Mound Builders (3 credits)

Introduces varied archaeological cultures that inhabited this continent for at least the last 15,000 years, if not longer. Topics range from the early Paleo-Indian mammoth hunters to the whale-hunting cultures of the Pacific Northwest, the Pueblo cliff dwellers of the American Southwest, the mound builders of the Eastern Woodlands, and finally to the period of contact with European Explorers. Course supplemented with slides, films and artifacts.

ANT 341: North American Indians (3 credits)

Considers the many aspects of Native American cultures. Topics include the peopling New World, prehistoric Indians, Aztecs and Mayas, religion and rituals, Columbus and the "discovery" of America, the struggle for the West, cultures of various nations, and contemporary problems. Prerequisite: ANT 111.

ANT350: Medical Anthropology (3 credits)

Includes the cross-cultural consideration of concepts of health, illness, and curing. Differences and similarities between ethnomedicine and biomedicine are considered, as is the historical and current impact of European cultures on the health of indigenous people. Prerequisite: ANT111.

ANT351: Peoples and Cultures of Europe (3 credits)

This course investigates the cultural diversity of Europe from an anthropological perspective. Northern, central, and southern cultures will be surveyed, and selected societies will be investigated with regard to culture history, subsistence, social structure, kinship and marriage, political process, rural-urban linkage, and ritual and religion. Prerequisite: ANT111.

ANT 360: Aztec and Maya Archaeology (3 credits)

Examines archaeological evidence recovered from some of the greatest Pre-Columbian civilizations in the Americas, such as the Olmec, Maya, and Aztec. Addresses factors that led to the rise and fall of the ancient civilizations in the region archaeologists call Mesoamerica. Course supplemented with slides, films and artifacts.