Catalog • 2012-2013

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 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 300 World Archeology- 3 Credits

About 15,000 years ago, humans began a major cultural transition from hunting and gathering to the use of agriculture. Development of ever larger social groups gave rise to complex urban civilizations all over the world. Archeological evidence of ancient civilizations illuminates the path of early globalization and the social, economic and environmental mechanisms of culture change and cultural exchange between peoples. World archeology not only examines the foundations of modern human culture through the evidence of sites from ancient civilizations such as the Hopewell, Aztec, Indus Valley, Mesopotamia and Egypt but also provides a critical analysis of important lessons that help us better understand our own culture and social change.

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.