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Anthropology Course Descriptions

ANT 1040 Cultural Anthropology
3 credits
An examination of human cultural diversity. Examples from societies around the world to illustrate basic principles of formation, structure, and distribution of human institutions. The course emphasizes the ideas and methods anthropologists use to develop a scientific and humanistic understanding of the world’s cultures. Distribution Requirement: BSS. Offered Term I and Term II.

ANT-MUS 1070 A Survey of Ethnic World Music
3 credits
This course is intended to introduce the student to the wide diversity of the world’s traditional musics by listening to recordings representing each different culture. Students will listen to the musics of Oceania, South Asia, Southeast Asia, East Asia, the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean, Central and South America as well as others. Students will describe various traditional instruments, vocal techniques and musical scales used to produce each culture’s music; Will identify the ethnic-cultural origin of various pieces of music. Will describe their musical listening experiences using appropriate musical terminology and will be able to “place” geographically random ethnic music selections that they listen to. Distribution Requirement: NW

ANT 1051 Introduction to Biological Anthropology
3 credits
Introduction to the evolutionary processes and evolutionary past of the human species. Biological variation in human and nonhuman primates. The genetic basis of evolution, population biology, and diversity among living populations. Comparative primate behavior, structural anatomy, and the fossil record. Offered as needed.

ANT-NSG 1600 Complementary Health Therapies
3 credits
A study of the nature and philosophies that underlie Non Western Complementary Health Therapies. Modalities such as guided imagery, reflexology and therapeutic touch are discussed. Open to non-nursing majors. Distribution Requirement: NW.

ANT-SOC 2010 Social Inequality
3 credits
Class will examine the processes by which social inequality is created and maintained in society. Will look at stratification based on gender, race, social class, sexual orientation, age, religion, and ability. Will look at inequality mainly within the context of the United States. Prerequisites: SOC 1010 or ANT 1040. Distribution Requirement: US. Offered Term I.

ANT 2020 Sub-Saharan Africa
3 credits
Ethnographic survey of peoples and cultures of sub-Saharan Africa, including ecology and political economy; continuing impacts of colonialism, nationalism, and current challenges for development; changes in social relations, and events in contemporary Africa. Distribution Requirement: NW.

ANT 2045 Peoples of the Pacific
3 credits
Survey of the history and societies of the Pacific Ocean islands. Course will include the prehistory and colonial history of the region, cultural, social and linguistic characteristics; Western images (e.g., “the South Seas”); the contemporary response to modernity and globalization. Distribution Requirement: NW. Offered Term I or Term II.

ANT 2120 Native Peoples of North America
3 credits
Consideration of diversity of Native American cultures from the Arctic to Mexico, including their origins, formation, and development. A comparative focus utilizing ethnographic, ethno historical, ethnological and archaeological materials. Distribution Requirement: NW. Offered Term I or Term II.

ANT 2170 Ancient Mesoamerica
3 credits
Survey of the ancient societies of Mexico and Central America, including the Maya, the Mexican (or “Aztec”), Zapotec, Mixtec, and others. Topics will include the development of these societies and their various interrelationships, the social and political organization of these societies and an introduction to their religion. Distribution Requirement: NW.

ANT 2185 Peoples of Latin America
3 credits
Introduction to cultural patterns and diversity of Latin America with emphasis on indigenous groups, peasants, and urban residents throughout Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and South America. Distribution Requirement: NW. Offered Term I or Term II.

ANT-WMS 3040 The Anthropology of Gender
3 credits
Discussion of the cultural construction of gender roles in simple, tribal, modernizing, and industrial societies; traditional gender roles and the impact of social and cultural change. Prerequisite: Any lower division Social Science course or permission of instructor.

ANT-SOC 3150 Social Theory
3 credits
Introduction to the theoretical perspectives of anthropology and sociology from their early development to contemporary and post modern theory. Prerequisite: ANT 1040 or SOC 1010 and recommended for students with junior or senior status. Offered Term I.

ANT 3200 Psychological Anthropology
3 credits
An introduction to psychological anthropology including its historical development, cross-cultural comparisons of childhood and personality, the relationship between the individual and culture, cognitive anthropology, linguistics, and symbolic anthropology. Prerequisite: ANT 1040. Offered Term I or Term II.

ANT-SOC 3250 The Culture of Global Capitalism
3 credits
This course explores global capitalism as a cultural and social arrangement, drawing on the theories and strategies of anthropology and sociology. Includes the impacts of capitalism on traditional, rural and urban societies. Prerequisites: SOC 1010 or ANT 1040. Offered Term II.

ANT-SOC 3260 Qualitative Methods in Social Sciences
3 credits
Design and execution of a research project incorporating qualitative ethnographic methods in order to comprehend qualitative social science practice. Prerequisite: ANT-SOC 3150. Fulfills W-Course Requirement. Offered Term II.

ANT 3450 Economic Anthropology
3 credits
Introduction to the theories and perspectives of the subdiscipline of Economic Anthropology, including the formalist and substantivist debate, marxism, institutional economics and cultural economics. Prerequisite: ANT 1040.

ANT 3801 Belief, Cosmology and Religion
3 credits
Introduction to the different belief-systems, spiritual concepts and religions found in human societies cross-culturally, exploring specialized areas, including but not limited to, myth, ritual, witchcraft, magic, symbolism, totemism, altered states of consciousness and revitalization. Prerequisite: ANT 1040 or equivalent or permission of instructor.