Catalog • 2011-2012

Anthropology Courses

ANT 100 Cultural Anthropology - 3 credits

A cross-cultural examination of contemporary cultures, especially traditional and developing examples, in a descriptive and comparative framework. Topics covered include the methods and ethics of fieldwork, marriage and kinship systems, production and reproduction, gender roles and relations, and the varieties of religious beliefs and rituals. Generally, two case studies are used in addition to a text to demonstrate the impact of globalization.

ANT 210 Introduction to Archaeology - 3 credits

Buried treasure, lost civilizations, Indiana Jones. Archaeology is very exciting but perhaps in different ways than many people believe. This course offers a fundamental introduction to the field of archaeology. Explore the history, theory, and methods of the field of archaeology and the analysis used to reconstruct our human past. Of particular focus is archaeology as a science and the impact of archaeological discourse and research in contemporary society. Content will be addressed through lectures, discussions, multi-media presentations, and field experiences.

ANT 215 World Music - 3 credits

A review of a broad sample of music from around the world and an investigation of how organized sound reflects and reinforces its cultural source. The many topics include the varying contexts for functions of music, types of instruments and their symbolism, the training of music makers, the meaning of song texts and some of the reasons for musical change. Many regional styles are examined, for example, Native North America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, South and East Asia. Special attention is given to musical syncretism – the mutual influence of contemporary musical cultures on one another that has produced many new popular forms of music variously called World Beat or Global Pop. Background in music theory is not required.

ANT 219 Human Evolution and Prehistory - 3 credits

A course in physical anthropology and archeology that covers the evolution of nonhuman and human primates over the past five million years. The chronological organization of the course includes the development of evolutionary theory in the 19th century, genetic theory in the 20th century, the fascinating story of how small, primitive hominids became upright and brainy tool users, and how eventually cultural evolution began to outstrip biological evolution in human development. Special attention is also given to one species of non-Human ape (as Bonobo). The course ends at 20,000 years ago with the emergence of modern Homo sapiens.

ANT 225 Tourism and Pilgrimage - 3 credits

Tourism and pilgrimage are generally regarded as travel for two very different purposes: one for fun and relaxation, the other for spiritual edification through contact with the sacred. But, are they necessarily so far apart? Can a tourist ever be a pilgrim, a pilgrim a tourist? The answer seems to be "yes" in the sense that travelers sometimes do find deeper meaning in a secular journey and end up as "accidental pilgrims." The course reviews the parallel literature on tourism and pilgrimage on theories of sacred and secular travel. The topical issues of the course are explored in selected case studies of tourism and pilgrimage to sacred sites such as Mecca, Jerusalem, and the many in India, as well as secular sites such as battlefields and holocaust museums, celebrity estates (Graceland), and icons of popular culture (Disneyworld). The tourism part of the course considers the impact of tourism (good and bad) in various locals. Field trips are planned to nearby historic sites and a Hindu pilgrimage center.

ANT 230 Cultures of the Caribbean - 3 credits

A survey of the English, Spanish and French speaking regions of the Caribbean and review of the ethnohistory of the area from pre-colonial times to the present. The first part of the course examines the social and economic impact of colonial rule and the independence movements that arose in response to the plantation system and foreign exploitation of the colonies. The second part focuses on the contemporary cultures of the Caribbean with an examination of domestic arrangements, patterns of work and migration, political conflicts, and vibrant expressive forms such as music and carnival that have made the region such a popular destination for visitors from North America and Europe. Special consideration is given to the impact of tourism and tourism work on the cultures and ecologies of the islands. Case studies of particular islands are used, along with videos.

ANT 250 Researching American Communities - 3 credits

This course uses the classroom and a nearby community to examine changes of an economic and social nature taking places in American society over the recent time. We begin with theory and case studies of community from the late 19th and early 20th century. We read a case study of a parallel community in transition (as Lowell, Massachusetts), then focus on Bethlehem and the Lehigh Valley: its history as an industrial area, its transitions away from heavy industry, and the use of colonial and industrial industry to create museums and historic sites. There are several field trips that allow students the opportunity to see and study community dynamics first hand. Students write a research paper based on fieldwork/ or secondary sources with choice of topic.

ANT 310 Women in the Developing World - 3 credits

A survey of different aspects of women’s lives in the developing world with particular attention given to those from the urban underclass and rural peasantry. The assumption is that economic development in the form of foreign aid, technology transfer and industrialization has not benefited women to the same extent as men. The course examines how global restructuring has affected women and their families with respect to employment, education and health. Special focus is given to two issues: how women reconcile their productive and reproductive roles and women’s own attempts to improve the conditions in which they live through mutual co-operation and activism. Case studies are drawn from Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, India and other parts of Asia.

ANT 360 Special Topics/Thesis - 3 Credits

Course designation for research and thesis writing for self-designed majors in the senior year.

ANT 390 Independent Study/Thesis - 3 credits

Individual research projects, and directed readings carried out under faculty supervision. Generally, it is done in the spring of the senior year, but preparation often begins in the previous fall.