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Anthropology Course Descriptions

ANT 120: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Explanation of culture and related concepts. Development of generalizations concerning social, economic, political, and ritual organization, based chiefly on comparative study of various traditional societies. Includes a brief survey of archeology and linguistics. Gen. Ed. VB, VC, or VII (SBS).

ANT 200: Anthropology of Human Society
Study of the evolution of human societies through time and over space. The course focuses on hunter-gatherer, horticultural, agrarian and industrial societies, and their change through time. Credit will not be awarded to students who have credit for both ANT 210 and 211. Gen. Ed. VA, VC, or VII (SBS).

ANT 201: Introduction to Physical Anthropology (3) I, II
General survey of the human biological species and its evolution, emphasizing the study of genetics, osteology, primate behavior and biology, fossil populations, and contemporary human biological variation. 2  Lec/2 Lab. Gen. Ed. E-4.

ANT 306: Human Evolution (3) A
Prerequisite: ANT 201 or departmental approval.  A detailed analysis of primate and human physical development, emphasizing the fossil evidence of humankind’s evolution.

ANT 308:  Quantitative Methods in Anthropology (3) A
Prerequisite: ANT 201. Addresses how anthropologists collect and organize quantitative data, select and utilize appropriate statistical analyses and procedures, and summarize results.  Emphasis is given to physical anthropology applications.

ANT 311: Anthropology of Religion (3) A
Prerequisite: ANT 120 or 200. Anthropological exploration of religious belief systems across cultures and time. Analyzes the intersection of religion with subsistence strategies, economic systems, political systems, and gender structures. Topics include magic, witchcraft, sorcery, monotheism, polytheism, possession, and health.

ANT 321: Historical Archaeology (3) A
Prerequisite: ANT 120 or ANT 200. This course provides an introduction to the material culture of North America’s recent past. Lecture is combined with hands-on exercises using historic artifacts and documentary sources.

ANT 330: American Indians (3) A
Prerequisites: ANT 120 or ANT 200 (effective Spring 2013) . Explores the cultural diversity of American Indians by examining their historical and contemporary lives.  Focus on cultural similarities and differences of American Indian groups living in ecologically diverse areas. Gen Ed Element 6.

ANT 341: North American Archaeology
A basic but comprehensive introduction to Native American archaeology from the earliest evidence through European Contact. Prerequisite: ANT 120 or 200.

ANT 344: Applied Anthropology (3) A
Prerequisite: ANT 120 or ANT 200 (effective beginning Spring 2013). Comprehensive survey of applied anthropology theories, methods, and approaches. Based on extensive cross-cultural case materials,  examines the historical, current, and potential applications of anthropological perspectives to social problems.

ANT 351W: Archaeology: Writing Intensive (Formerly ANT 350)
Prerequisites: ANT 120, 200, and 201, and ENG 102 or ENG 105(B) or HON 102. A comprehensive introduction to archaeological goals, methods, practice and challenges. Data-based problem solving, critical thinking and writing are integral components of this course. Credit will not be awarded for both ANT 351W and ANT 350.

ANT 355: Selected Topics in Archaeology:______ (1-3) A
Prerequisite: ANT 120 or ANT 200 or departmental approval (effective beginning Spring 2013). Topics vary.  Offered occasionally.  May be retaken to a maximum of nine hours, provided the subject matter  differs each time.

ANT 357: Archaeology and the Law
Survey of Federal legislation for the management of cultural resources, and the repatriation of human remains and other materials to descendant Native American tribes. Global heritage issues also addressed. Prerequisite: ANT 120 or 200.

ANT 360: Mesoamerica Before Cortez (3) A
Prerequisite: ANT 120 or ANT 200 (effective beginning Spring 2013). The study of archaeological past, the colonial experience, and the contemporary reality of the Indians of Mesoamerica, focusing primarily on the ancient Maya.

ANT 365: Selected Topics in Physical Anthropology: ______ (1-3) A
Prerequisite: ANT 201 or departmental approval (effective beginning Spring 2013).  Topics vary.  Offered occasionally.  May be retaken to a maximum of nine hours, provided the subject matter differs each time.

ANT 370: Primate Conservation
The local human and biological impact of conservation programs affecting primate communities throughout the world. Topics include forest fragmentation, historical perspectives on conservation, agroforestry, ecotourism, ethnography, and disease. Prerequisite: ANT 201.

ANT: 370 Primate Conservation (3) A
Prerequisite: ANT 201 or departmental approval. The local human and biological impact of conservation programs affecting primate communities throughout the world. Topics include forest  fragmentation, historical perspectives on conservation, agroforestry, ecotourism, ethnography, and disease.

ANT 371: Primate Ecology & Sociality (3) A
Prerequisite: ANT 201(effective beginning Spring 2013) . Ecological relationships within primate communities. Students examine primate social structure, habitat use, diet, locomotion, seasonality, plant-primate interactions, and predator-prey relationships.

ANT 375: Selected Topics: ______ (1-3) A
Prerequisite: ANT 120 or ANT 200 or departmental approval (effective beginning Spring 2013).  Topics vary.  Offered occasionally.  May be retaken to a maximum of nine hours, provided the subject matter differs each time.

ANT 377: Medical Anthropology (3) A.
Prerequisite: ANT 120 or ANT 200 (effective beginning Spring 2013). Exploration of health, healthcare, and healing cross-culturally. Through medical anthropology theory and methods, apply critical perspectives to the health status of populations, the distribution of health in societies, and health outcomes. Credit will not be awarded for both ANT 377 and ANT 377S.

ANT 377S: Medical Anthropology: Service Learning (3) A
Prerequisite: ANT 120 or ANT 200.  Exploration of health, healthcare, and healing cross-culturally.  Through medical anthropology  theory and methods, apply critical perspectives to the health status of populations, the distribution of health in societies, and health outcomes.  Credit will not be awarded for both ANT 377 and ANT 377S.

ANT 380: Forensic Anthropology (3) A
Prerequisite: ANT 201 (effective beginning Spring 2013). Forensic osteology and dentistry; including demographic methods, pathology, and practical methods of collecting human physical evidence; and the role of the expert  witness. 2 Lec/2 Lab.

ANT 385: Human Osteology (3) A
Prerequisite: ANT 201 (effective beginning Spring 2013).  Analysis of individual skeletal remains, focusing on functional anatomy and bone physiology, disease and injury, and nutrition.  Includes introductions to bioarchaeology, forensic anthropology, and biocultural reconstruction.

ANT 391: Marriage & Family Cross-Culturally
An analysis of marital practices, family life, child-rearing, and romance cross-culturally from an anthropological perspective. Prerequisites: ANT 120 strongly recommended.

ANT 393: Kinship and Marriage (3) A
Prerequisite: ANT 120 or ANT 200 (effective beginning Spring 2013). Explores anthropological perspectives of social organization emphasizing kinship structures, families, and marriage across cultures. Through case examples, understand the anthropological methods and theories that guide studies of how cultures and societies organize social units.

ANT 395: History and Theory of Anthropology (3) A
Prerequisites: ANT 120, ANT 200, and ANT 201 and Senior standing.  A capstone investigation of past and present practices and theories used to interpret data from each of anthropology’s four subdisciplines. Professionalism in anthropology also integrated.

ANT 400: Kinship and Social Structure
Explores anthropological perspectives on the organization of social life emphasizing issues such as incest, family, lineage, clan, and fictive kinship. Completion of ANT 120 or ANT 200 is advised before taking ANT 400.

ANT 439: Practicum in Archeology (3) A
Prerequisite and/or Corequisite: ANT 351W, ANT 470, or departmental approval (effective beginning Spring 2013). This course pairs senior anthropology majors with professional archaeologists for on-the-job training. Practicum options may include federal and state governments, private archaeological consultants, and anthropology museums.

ANT 470: Field Methods in Archaeology (4)
Prerequisite: ANT 351W with a minimum grade of “B.” A hands-on study of archaeological field methods including excavation techniques as well as some laboratory analysis of archaeological  remains. May be repeated for 4 additional hours, provided the dig site is different.

ANT 471: Archaeological Materials Analysis (3)
Prerequisite: ANT 351W with minimum grade of “B.” Familiarizes students with processing, analysis, and interpretation of archaeological materials.  This course has a laboratory component where students will work with archaeological materials.

ANT 490: Independent Study in Anthropology (1-6) A.
Prerequisite: student must consult with the faculty supervisor and have the independent study proposal form approved by faculty supervisor and departmental chair prior to enrollment.

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