Sociology and Anthropology
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Courses and Syllabi

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Anthropology Spring 2017

Undergraduate

100-Level Courses in ANTH

ANTH 114: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3 Credits)

Overview of major ideas and approaches to the study of cultures around the world. Surveys kinship, social organization, political economy, religious beliefs, language and other aspects of non-Western cultures. Read More »

4 Sections Currently Scheduled »

ANTH 120: Unearthing the Past: Prehistory, Culture and Evolution (3 Credits)

Introduction to archeology and bioanthropology. Explore issues and debates in human biological evolution, prehistory and social change, as well as lab and field methods for understanding archaeological remains. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

ANTH 135: Introduction to Biological Anthropology (3 Credits)

Uses an evolutionary perspective to introduce students to the study of humans and non-human primates as biological organisms. The course will analyze the genetic and environmental bases for modern human biological variation, understand primate behavior and biological relationships, and reconstruct the fossil record. Discussions about prehistoric skeletal remains will emphasize biological responses to changes in subsistence and social structure. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

300-Level Courses in ANTH

ANTH 302: Peoples and Cultures of Latin America (3 Credits)

Examines Latin American cultures and selected aspects of historical record. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

ANTH 308: Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East (3 Credits)

Examines the anthropological literature on peoples and cultures of the Middle East, with particular attention to political and social change over the course of the 20th century. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

ANTH 381: Medical Anthropology (3 Credits)

Surveys the discipline of medical anthropology, focusing on traditional medical beliefs and the diverse responses to modern scientific medicine in developing countries and among cultural minorities in the United States. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

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ANTH 382: Urban Anthropology (3 Credits)

Uses tools and resources of social and cultural anthropology to study life in cities, including urban poverty, migration, urban planning, and discrimination. Case studies draw from different urban environments around the world, including Washington, D.C., and New York City. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

ANTH 396: Issues in Anthropology: Social Sciences (3 Credits)

Topic of contemporary interest in anthropology, focusing on social science topics of interest. Read More »

3 Sections Currently Scheduled

ANTH 399: Issues in Anthropology (3 Credits)

Topic of contemporary interest in anthropology, changing from semester to semester, and focusing on topics such as sex roles, anthropology and ethics, and primate social organization. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

400-Level Courses in ANTH

ANTH 400: Engaging the World: Anthropological Perspectives (3 Credits)

Examines selected topics with emphasis on the integration of different kinds of knowledge and the balancing of alternative ways of assessing meaning and relevance. Topics usually drawn from issues of global economic processes, civic rights and responsibilities, ethics, museums, public policy, the environment, and migration. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

ANTH 490: Theories, Methods, and Issues II (3 Credits)

Second of a two-course sequence that reviews major theoretical traditions and schools of thought in anthropology. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

ANTH 496: Evolutionary Theory (4 Credits)

Considers evolution as a biological as well as cultural concept. Parallels and contrasts among conceptual approaches allow a critique of the potential of evolution as a unifying biosocial theory. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

Topics in ANTH

ANTH 396: Issues in Anthropology: Social Sciences (3 Credits)

Topic of contemporary interest in anthropology, focusing on social science topics of interest. Read More »

3 Sections Currently Scheduled

ANTH 398: Study Abroad (not currently offered) (1-6 Credits)

Field project or study abroad experience leading to the production of a written report

ANTH 399: Issues in Anthropology (3 Credits)

Topic of contemporary interest in anthropology, changing from semester to semester, and focusing on topics such as sex roles, anthropology and ethics, and primate social organization. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

Graduate

500-Level Courses in ANTH

ANTH 536: Anthropology and the Human Condition: Seminar II (3 Credits)

Examines contemporary theorists of anthropology, covering ongoing debates over epistemology and the multiple strands that inform anthropological theory and practice. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

ANTH 584: Paleopathology (3 Credits)

Provides an introduction to the field of paleopathology which involves identification of pathological conditions in human skeletal remains, and reconstruction of the natural history and co-evolution of disease with humans. Covers the differential diagnosis and history of infectious pathogens such as tuberculosis and syphilis, skeletal trauma, oral diseases, metabolic abnormalities neoplasms developmental defects joint disease and more. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

600-Level Courses in ANTH

ANTH 650: Methods in Anthropology (3 Credits)

Reviews and examines major research methods commonly employed in cultural anthropological field study, with emphasis on ethnographic research design and the use of standard ethnographic techniques. Includes practice in designing ethnographic research project and using ethnographic methods and techniques in a field setting. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

ANTH 699: Contemporary Issues in Sociocultural Anthropology (3 Credits)

Explores current issues and debates in sociocultural anthropology. Read More »

3 Sections Currently Scheduled

Topics in ANTH

ANTH 635: Regional Ethnography (not currently offered) (3 Credits)

In-depth study of peoples and cultures of a specific world region (Latin America, East Asia, the Pacific, or United States). Content may include cultures defined by diaspora, migration, and other global forces and processes.

ANTH 699: Contemporary Issues in Sociocultural Anthropology (3 Credits)

Explores current issues and debates in sociocultural anthropology. Read More »

3 Sections Currently Scheduled