Ruthbeth Finerman, Ph.D., Chair
Room 316, Manning Hall
In addition to the courses below, the department may offer the following Special Topics
ANTH 4990-99. Special Topics in Anthropology. (3). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours credit when topic varies.
ANTH 1100 - Biol Anth & Prehistory (3)
(Same as ESCI 1100). Evolutionary basis of human origins and contemporary biocultural variation; fossil record of primate and hominid evolution; beginnings of human society; discovery of agriculture and emergence of complex societies; controversies in the search for human origins. [G]
ANTH 1200 - Cultural Anthropology (3)
ANTH 1200 - Cultural Anthropology (3)
Global comparison of cultural traits and traditions such as social relations, language, religion and ritual, and problems of developing nations or minority groups in modern world. [G]
ANTH 2300 - Great Discoveries Archaeology (3)
Great discoveries of archaeology that underlie our understandings of ancient societies and social institutions are explored. Overviews of major archaeological investigations, the archaeologists, and contemporary excavation practices; beginnings of society; discovery of agriculture; and the emergence of complex societies provide the basis to emphasize basics of the scientific methods of archaeology and the obligation to learn from prehistory.
ANTH 2301 - Fundamentals of Archaeology (4)
(Same as ESCI 2301). Hands-on experience in archaeological methods; survey of past civilizations; critical evaluation of how modern archaeological methods and theories are applied. PREREQUISITE: ANTH 1100, recommended.
ANTH 3111 - Human Paleontology (3)
Hominid fossil record starting with primate developments; human evolution; human osteology.
ANTH 3200 - Peoples/Cultures World (3)
(Same as ESCI 3200). Major ethnographic areas and selected cultures of the world. Required for Anthropology major or minor. PREREQUISITE: ANTH 1200, or permission of instructor.
ANTH 3242 - Peoples of Africa (3)
Description and distribution of peoples and cultures of Africa; comparisons and inter-relationships during pre- and post-contact periods.
ANTH 3253 - Magic & Religion (3)
Explores magic and religion around the world; links between myth, magic and ritual in broader cultural context; roles of magical and religious specialists; impact of culture change on belief systems. Designed for both majors and non-majors.
ANTH 3282 - American Communities (3)
Cultural historic interpretation of formation, development and transformation of diverse community life patterns in United States; analysis of community as it reflects change in American society; exploration of contemporary approaches to community-building. [G]
ANTH 3300 - Rise To Civilization (3)
The origin of social complexity, agriculture, and urbanism; comparison of early civilizations; was civilization a good thing?
ANTH 3500 - Anth of Global Health (3)
Anthropological approaches to understanding and addressing global health inequalities; cultural, ecological and political economic factors shaping health and illness across the globe; role of states, non-governmental organizations and other institutions in health policy. Designed for both majors and non-majors.
ANTH 3511 - Culture/Kin/Family (3)
Changing structure of family in Western and non-Western societies; cross-cultural approaches to mate selection, courtship rituals, kinship organization, institution of marriage, division of labor and authority in household, and childbearing; variation and flexibility in family structures as adaptive strategies for environmental, social and cultural change.
ANTH 4010 - Ethnographic Methods (3)
Various qualitative and quantitative methods of anthropological research; includes preparing for field research, collecting data, analyzing data and writing ethnographic descriptions of contemporary societies. PREREQUISITE: ANTH 3200, or permission of instructor.
ANTH 4065 - Anthropological Theory (3)
Contemporary growth of theories and methods in anthropology. Required for Anthropology major or minor.
ANTH 4111 - Evolution and Human Health (3)
Implications of human evolutionary history for understanding human variation and contemporary health issues, including chronic and infectious disease; focus on importance of ecological and social context in shaping human development across the lifespan. PREREQUISITE: ANTH 1100, or permission of instructor.
ANTH 4120 - Africa's New World Comm (3)
Survey of African American cultures in the New World emanating from 17th and 18th centuries slave trade; focus on African Diaspora; Caribbean, Central America, South America and North America.
ANTH 4220 - Cultural Perspec/Environment (3)
Role of culture in the use and management of natural resources; discusses how societies construct knowledge about nature and attribute value to it; examines how indigenous knowledge, alternative value systems and traditional management strategies influence policy decisions at the local, national, and international levels.
ANTH 4270 - Ancient Human Soc/Envir Chng (3)
(Same as ESCI 4270). Examination of past people and their environments from the Ice Age to recent times; archaeological and paleoecological data. Three lecture hours per week.
ANTH 4301 - Archaeology of North America (3)
(Same as ESCI 4301). Intensive study of various prehistoric cultures from earliest times until historic contact. PREREQUISITE: ANTH 1100, 1200, or permission of instructor.
ANTH 4302 - Native People of North America (3)
Ethnology of North America; intensive study of various prehistoric cultures from earliest times until historic contact. PREREQUISITE: ANTH 1100, 1200, or permission of instructor.
ANTH 4325 - Archaeol Fld/Lab Techn (3)
(Same as ESCI 4325). Instruction in field excavation, specimen preparation, use of survey instruments and photography, map making, archaeological record keeping; methods and techniques in archaeological laboratory analysis; emphasis on organization and supervision of laboratory procedures. PREREQUISITE: permission of instructor.
ANTH 4335 - Analysis of Stone Artifacts (3)
(Same as ESCI 4335-6335) Much of the prehistoric cultural record is pieced together through the analysis of stone artifacts. The class outlines the basics of stone "lithics" artifact anlysis through an in-depth study of current techniques, instrumentation, and theory. Lecture is augmented by class discussion and hands-on experimentation "flintknapping."
ANTH 4350 - Archaeology of Collapse (3)
(Same as ESCI 4350). Emphasis on archaeology of regional politics and archaic states throughout the world. Overview of social and political collapse of complex societies.
ANTH 4352 - Old World Archaeology (3)
(3351) (Same as ESCI 4352). Old World cultures from first humans to early civilizations.
ANTH 4365 - Cultural Resource Mgmt (3)
The majority of archaeological work in North America is conducted in compliance with tribal, state, and federal legislation in Cultural Resource Management (CRM). The ultimate goals of this course is to prepare students for CRM roles and responsibilities through learning the historic development, current legislation, practices and real world skills needed to conduct CRM work.
ANTH 4411 - Urban Anthropology (3)
Anthropological studies of pre-industrial and industrial cities; urbanization, movements of social transformation and other processes of adjustment to urban milieu; urban slums, ethnic enclaves and housing developments in cross-cultural perspective; urban kinship and social organization; urban community development; urban research techniques.
ANTH 4412 - Neighborhood Development (3)
(Same as PADM 4412). Role of various institutions and their relationship to developmental needs of inner city neighborhoods; evolution of American cities as context for understanding urban neighborhoods and poverty; role of government and foundations in shaping policy at local level; rise of neighborhood associations and non-profits as extensions of family values; contributing to better understanding of neighborhoods and various intervention strategies.
ANTH 4413 - Anth of Tourism/Environment (3)
Anthropological theories on conservation, indigenous rights, sustainability, and development as related to tourism development; assessment of ecotourism strategies, including community-managed conservation tourism, "voluntourism," participatory sustainable tourism, and the role of nongovernmental organizations in tourism management; special emphasis on indigenous rights. PREREQUISITE: ANTH 1200.
ANTH 4415 - Anthropology Human Rights (3)
Anthropological approaches to critical human rights issues, debates, practices including gender, children, health, land, genocide, resettlement; broadly-defined human rights in specific national and cultural contexts; explores what anthropology, practitioners, and ethnographic methods offer our understanding of how human rights are interpreted and negotiated. PREREQUISITE: ANTH 1200, or permission of instructor.
ANTH 4416 - Culture/Identity/Power (3)
Anthropological approaches to human identity in cross-cultural contexts. Examines how culture and power inform understandings and practices related to difference and stratification, and the forces of identity formation and reproduction cross-culturally with emphasis on ways that race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, religion, nation, and community are constructed, negotiated, and resisted. PREREQUISITE: ANTH 1200, or permission of instructor.
ANTH 4417 - Hidden Worlds of Food (3)
Anthropological study at the intersection of the global industrialized food system and emerging alternatives; construction and negotiation of value, taste, and meaning of food throughout the life cycle of the food system, from field to fork and table to trash; marginality, power, and social action in food systems.
ANTH 4431 - Shopping as a Social Science (3)
Advanced study of shopping and consumption from an anthropological perspective; contemporary consumer culture in the U S and around the world; emphasis on how consumption shapes/reflects individual identities and cultural trends; consumer movements and anti-consumerism; sociocultural and environmental impacts of consumer behavior; the role of ethnography in the market.
ANTH 4510 - Health/Culture/Environ Justice (3)
Creation of health inequalities through socio-cultural forces that shape differential exposure to environmental hazards; basic concepts in cultural ecology and environmental health; anthropological approaches to understanding human biology; race and class as influences of disease risk in U. S. and global south; grassroots and community-based research efforts to combat environmental health inequalities.
ANTH 4511 - Medical Anthropology (3)
Surveys the anthropology of health, illness, and curing systems, and how cultural, evolutionary, and environmental forces shape health and healing. Topics include ethnomedicine, nutrition, mental health, reproduction, addictions, health ecology, and evolutionary medicine. Examines how illness perceptions and health behaviors yield deeper insight into identity, values, agency, and health disparities. Considers roles for applied medical anthropology to improve care.
ANTH 4521 - Culture, Soc & Mental Health (3)
Examination of mental health and illness as a set of subjective experiences, social processes and objects of knowledge and intervention; cultural models of mental illness and healing; therapy as a cultural practice; substance abuse and addiction; mental health and relations of power; sociocultural dimensions of psycho-pharmacology.
ANTH 4531 - Alcohol/Drugs/Culture (3)
Cross-cultural comparison of beliefs, meanings and behaviors regarding alcohol and other drug use; biological, social, economic, and political dimensions of alcohol and drugs; implications for prevention and treatment.
ANTH 4541 - Nutritional Anth (3)
Cross-cultural comparison of human diet; assessment; cultural and health value of foods; hunger and malnutrition; acculturation and dietary change.
ANTH 4551 - Culture/Sex/Childbirth (3)
Review of biological, environmental, social and cultural factors influencing human reproduction; comparison of cultural and clinical perspectives on sexual orientation and behavior, sexually transmitted diseases, fertility, birth control, pregnancy, birth and post-partum care; evaluation of alternative delivery systems in Western and non-Western societies.
ANTH 4571 - Race and Health Disparities (3)
History of scientific racism and race in the public and healthcare spheres; current understandings of human biological and genetic variation; role of cultural constructions of race in differential exposures to health hazards and access to health care; racial health disparities; strategies for addressing health inequalities.
ANTH 4660 - Museum Collections (3)
(Same as ARTH 4660). Theory, methods, collection policy, development, preservation, documentation, interpretation of museum collections. PREREQUISITE: permission of instructor.
ANTH 4661 - Collections Research (3)
(Same as ARTH 4661). Introduces students in object based disciplines to museum collections research methods and application to exhibitions, catalogs, scholarly publications. PREREQUISITE: permission of instructor.
ANTH 4662 - Museum Exhibitions (3)
(Same as ARTH 4662). Methods and theory of research, design, layout, object selection and handling, installation, public programming and evaluation. PREREQUISITE: permission of instructor.
ANTH 4680 - Applied Archaeology/Museums (3)
(Same as ESCI 4680). Representations of cultural heritage in a broad array of public venues; repatriation, cultural patrimony, cultural resource management, civic engagement, rights and responsibilities of stakeholders, public involvement in museum representations, performance and education, culture and memory.
ANTH 4840 - Israel/Antqty In Mdrnty (3)
(Same as JDST 4840). Interdisciplinary examination of relationship between ancient traditions and modern issues in Israel; emphasis on relationship between historical conditions, conflicts, and interconnections, and new choices facing Israel.
ANTH 4841 - Biblical Archaeology (3)
(Same as ESCI 4841 and JDST 4841). Relationship between historical texts in Hebrew Bible and historical evidence from archaeological research in Israel and surrounding area; emphasis on how archaeological evidence and biblical narratives illuminate each other.
ANTH 4970 - Directed Anth Internshp (1-3)
Supervised practical experience in application of anthropological principles in agency or facility appropriate to discipline of anthropology. Student selects topic and partner organization in consultation with faculty supervisor and department chair. PREREQUISITE: permission of instructor.
ANTH 4975 - Directed Ind Reading (1-4)
Intensive guided survey of anthropological and related literature; student selects a topic in consultation with a faculty member and department chair.
ANTH 4985 - Direct Ind Research (1-3)
Intensive guided research, data analysis and presentation; student selects a topic in consultation with a faculty supervisor and department chair.