Anthropology (ANTH)

ANTH-100 GEM6 course AASID course WCHE course Introduction to Anthropology
3 Credits

Lecture: 3 hours per week

Offering: Fall, Spring, and Summer, All Years

This course provides a basic understanding of the four sub-fields of anthropology: biological anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, and sociocultural anthropology. The course introduces foundational concepts, theories, and methods used by anthropologists to examine human cultural and biological variation through time and space. Emphasis is placed upon how the science of anthropology can be applied to help understand and solve contemporary problems.

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ANTH-220 GEM6 course WCHE course Peoples of the World
3 Credits

Lecture: 3 hours per week

Offering: Fall and Spring Only, All Years

This course provides a detailed overview of cultural anthropology. The course examines foundational concepts, methods, and theories used by anthropologists to examine the diversity of cultural practices and beliefs that exist throughout the world. Topics include: language, kinship, religion, magic, witchcraft, political systems, gender, and inequality among others. Emphasis is placed upon the comparative study of indigenous communities and how the science of cultural anthropology can be applied to help understand and solve contemporary problems.

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ANTH-225 Native People of North America
3 Credits

Lecture: 3 hours per week

Offering: Fall, Spring, and Summer, All Years

This course provides a general overview of North American Indian cultures. The course includes foundational concepts and methods used by anthropologists to better understand the diversity of indigenous beliefs and practices historically and today. This includes the examination of language, religion, subsistence, political systems, kinship, political systems, and contemporary issues among others. Emphasis is placed upon understanding and solving contemporary issues.

Recommended Prerequisites: ANTH-100

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ANTH-230 Introduction to Archaeology and World Prehistory
3 Credits

Lecture: 3 hours per week

Offering: Spring Only, All Years

This course provides a detailed overview of world prehistory through archaeology. The course introduces foundational concepts, methods, and theories used by archaeologists to examine human biological and cultural diversity in prehistory. This includes the examination of the origin of humans, evidence of first stone tools, artifact analysis, dating techniques, origins of agriculture, and the rise of early states. Emphasis is placed upon how knowledge gained from past human experiences can help us to understand and solve contemporary problems.

Recommended Prerequisites: ANTH-100

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ANTH-251 Introduction to Biological Anthropology
3 Credits

Lecture: 3 hours per week

Offering: Fall and Spring Only, All Years

This course provides a detailed overview of biological anthropology. The course comprises foundational concepts, methods, and theories used by anthropologists to better understand human biological diversity across time and space. This includes the examination of evolutionary theory, genetics, comparative anatomy, primate studies, and key archaeological finds to evaluate where, when, how, and why humans have evolved to be the organisms that we are today. Emphasis is placed upon how the science of biological anthropology can be applied to help understand and solve contemporary problems.

Recommended Prerequisites: ANTH-100

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