Anthropology Courses

General Course Listings

Sub CRSE Title
ANT 101 Introductory Cultural Anthropology
Prerequisites & Notes

(Fall and Spring)

Instructor
Staff

Cross-cultural study of systems of knowledge and belief, social and political institutions, economic behavior, and human ecological adaptation. Anthropological approaches to traditional tribal and peasant societies as well as complex contemporary societies.

Required course for the major in Anthropology.

Satisfies a requirement for the minor in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

ANT 102 Humankind Evolving
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2016-2017; offered in alternating years.)

Instructor
Cho

Introduction to humanity's biological heritage. Topics include introductory evolutionary theory, population genetics, primate biology and behavior, and the primate fossil record. Principal emphasis upon the fossil evidence for human evolution, with particular focus on biological adaptations and the emergence of culture.

Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Liberal Studies distribution requirement.
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ANT 108 Introduction to Archaeology
Prerequisites & Notes

(Fall; offered in alternating years.)

Instructor
Ringle

Introduction to how archaeologists reconstruct the past. Methods of dating, artifact analysis, excavation, and interpretation, using examples drawn from prehistory. Contributions of archaeology to anthropology, as well as the use of other disciplines by archaeologists.

Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

ANT 205 Ethnic Relations
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2016-2017; offered in alternating years.)

Instructor
Bowles

Comparative and historical study of social processes related to ethnic differences in modern complex societies. Readings in theoretical and descriptive literature, focusing on issues of unequal distribution of power and privilege, racism, and ethnic prejudice.

Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

ANT 207 Foragers, Farmers, and Chiefs of the Ancient World
Prerequisites & Notes

(Spring; offered in alternating years.)

Instructor
Ringle

The development of human society from the late Ice Age through complex agricultural communities. Topics include hunting and gathering, post-glacial adaptation, world colonization, causes and consequences of agriculture, and the rise of social inequality. Examples include the Near East, Europe, North America, and Polynesia.

Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Historical Thought distribution requirement.

Satisfies depth and breadth course requirement in the Social Science track of the Environmental Studies major or interdisciplinary minor.
 

ANT 208 Early Cities and States
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2016-2017; offered in alternating years.)

Instructor
Ringle

Archaeology of prehistoric and early historic complex societies. Early chiefdoms and states of South America, Egypt, and Asia. Anthropological theories of state formation, including the roles of ecology, ideology, technology, warfare, and economic organization.

Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Historical Thought distribution requirement.

ANT 219 Reproduction and Childrearing: Biology and Culture
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2016-2017)

An overview of the anthropology of pregnancy, childbirth, and childrearing. Topics addressed include fertility and infertility (female and male), maternal and child healthcare systems, infant feeding, and motherhood, fatherhood, and childhood in cross-cultural and historical perspective. ​

Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Anthropology.

Satisfies a distribution requirement in Social-Scientific Thought

Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies

Meets the cultural diversity graduation requirement

ANT 220 Religion, Society, and Culture
Prerequisites & Notes

(Fall; offered in alternating years.)

Instructor 
Samson

Social and cross-cultural aspects of religious belief and practice in local and global context.  Special emphasis on ritual behavior and collective identity in ethnographic perspective, religious revitalization, new religious groups, and the shifting global religious landscape.

Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

ANT 227 Environment and Culture in Latin America
Prerequisites & Notes

(Spring; offered alternating years.)

Instructor
Samson

This course addresses human-environment relations in Latin America from the standpoint of environmental history and ethnographic case studies in the region. Issues such as biodiversity, land use and agriculture, transnational flows of natural and food resources, ethnoecology, and social mobilization around environmental issues are examined using theoretical perspectives from cultural and political ecology.  Particular attention is given to the relationship between indigenous peoples and the environment and to alternative models of "development" in Mesoamerica, the Andes, and Brazil.

Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Liberal Studies distribution requirement.

Satisfies depth and breadth course requirement in the Social Science track of the Environmental Studies major or interdisciplinary minor.
 

ANT 232 Contemporary Ghanaian Society and Culture
Prerequisites & Notes

(Summer 2016; offered in alternating years as part of the Davidson in Ghana summer program.)

Instructor
Staff

Examination of Ghanaian family structure, gender roles, religious beliefs, social stratification, political economy, and inter-ethnic relations. Special emphasis is placed on understanding the legacy of colonialism and efforts to develop a national culture.

Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

ANT 233 Performing Arts in West Africa
Prerequisites & Notes

Co-requisite: ANT 232 Contemporary Ghanaian Society and Culture (Davidson in Ghana Summer Program). (Summer 2016; offered in alternating years.)

Instructor
Staff

Course in traditional Ghanaian music and dance. Students learn singing, dancing, and drumming at the School of African Rhythm and Dance with a master drummer and several Ghanaian instructors. In addition to the historical and sociocultural perspectives taught by the master drummer, students will visit churches and celebrations that incorporate music and dance. Coursework will include lectures and reading assignments on African performing arts, a reflective and analytical essay, practices, appreciation of performing arts in contemporary sociocultural contexts, and a student performance at the end of the program. This course meets for a minimum of 50-60 semester hours. Graded on a P/F basis.

Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Anthropology with permission.

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.

ANT 234 Anthropology of Contemporary Africa
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2016-2017; offered in alternating years.)

Instructor
Bowles

Though ethnographic texts, this course explores the intersections of gender, ethnicity and class in African societies in the 20th and 21st centuries. This course also examines representations of Africa within the nation-state and transnationally. Topics of discussion include tourism, national identity and ethnicity, popular culture, the dichotomies of urban and rural Africa and the cultural politics of development and the state.

Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

ANT 251 Mesoamerican Civilizations
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2016-2017; offered in alternating years.)

Instructor
Ringle

Origins and development of the major civilizations of Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize from the earliest times to the Spanish conquest. Emphasis upon the Olmecs, Mayas, Toltecs, and Aztecs. Examination of social and political organization, economic systems, ecological adaptations, major artistic achievements, and writing systems.

Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Historical Thought distribution requirement.

ANT 253 Latin American Society and Culture Today
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2016-2017; offered in alternating years.)

Instructor
Samson

Overview of Latin American culture from an anthropological perspective.  An ethnographic focus demonstrates linkages between life in local communities and forces of cultural, social, and political change at the level of the nation-state.

Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

Satisfies one of the introductory course requirements in Latin American Studies.

ANT 257 African Roots, American Soils
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2016-2017; offered in alternating years.)

Instructor
Bowles

This course introduces the African Diaspora as a theoretical framework within anthropology for investigation of the dispersal of people of African descent throughout the world. This course examines African cultural influences that inform a diaspora connected through migrations, both voluntary and involuntary, as well as colonization and the globalization of capitalism. Topics of discussion include the cultural production of blackness, roots tourism, resistance to oppression, revolutions, rebellions and maroon communities.

Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

ANT 261 Science, Policy, and Society
Prerequisites & Notes

(Fall; offered in alternating years.)

Instructor
Lozada

Inquiry into the production and cultural meanings of scientific knowledge and technological change. Comparison of the function and rhetoric of scientific "truths" to other modes of truth-production, such as religion, and its application in policy. Topics include the conflict and dialogue between science and religion, rationality, the practice of science, environmental issues, and social change.

Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

Satisfies depth and breadth course requirement in the Social Science track of the Environmental Studies major or interdisciplinary minor.
 

ANT 263 Social Change
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2016-2017.)

Instructor
Ruhlen

This course examines issues in social activism from both a theoretical and ethnographic perspective. How do social activists think about and make social change happen? By examining theories and issues in social justice, from macro-level issues in the international arena to local mobilization for community issues, this course will introduce students to social movement and civil society theory. This course will study social movements, community activism, and the cultural practices of community groups.

Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

ANT 265 Contemporary Chinese Society and Culture
Prerequisites & Notes

(Spring 2017; offered in alternating years.)

Instructor
Lozada

Examines Chinese society from the bottom up, with an emphasis on the structure of everyday life. The periods under examination include pre-revolutionary China (including Taiwan and Hong Kong), socialist China, and post-socialist China. Topics include marriage and reproductive strategies, lineage organization, inheritance patterns, gender roles, and religion and life cycle rituals.

Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

ANT 267 Food and Culture
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2016-2017; offered in alternating years.)

Instructor
Lozada

This course introduces the ways in which food practices shape societies and cultures throughout the world. Food ways will be examined from an anthropological perspective for their social and cultural implications; this is not a survey of nutritional or dietetic sciences. Topics to be covered include: the use of food in social contexts, the symbolism of food, and the political economy of food.

Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

Satisfies depth and breadth course requirement in the Social Science track of the Environmental Studies major or interdisciplinary minor.
 

ANT 271 Human Ecology
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2016-2017; offered in alternating years.)

Instructor
Cho

Human biological variation among and within living populations. Evolutionary, genetic, ecological, demographic, and especially cultural factors that contribute to biological variation are explored. Topics include biological adaptations to hot/cold climates, high altitudes, and lactose intolerance, among others.

Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

Satisfies depth and breadth course requirement in the Social Science track of the Environmental Studies major or interdisciplinary minor.

ANT 272 Forensic Anthropology
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2016-2017; offered in alternating years.)

Instructor
Cho

The application of the techniques used in biological anthropology to the law. Various topics and methodologies related to the identification of human skeletal remains, including the excavation of human remains, estimation of age-at-death and sex, trauma analysis, cause and manner of death, and mass disasters are introduced.


Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Liberal Studies distribution requirement.

ANT 273 Bioarchaeology
Prerequisites & Notes

(Spring; offered in alternating years.)

Instructor
Cho

The study of human and non-human remains from archaeological sites to reconstruct past human behavior and biology, and their environmental and cultural conditions. Topics include human skeletal indicators of diet, activity level, and disease, and faunal skeletal indicators of ancient human behavior, such as hunting and paleoecology.

Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Historical Thought distribution requirement.

Satisfies depth (not breadth) course requirement in the Natural Science and Social Science tracks of the Environment Studies major.

ANT 275 Monkeys, Apes, Humans
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2016-2017; offered in alternating years.)

Instructor
Cho

Examination of the anatomy and social behavior of living primates. To better understand the human species, we will examine topics such as infanticide, mating systems, intelligence, locomotion, concealed ovulation, menopause, and extensive culture.

Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Liberal Studies distribution requirement.

ANT 290 Ethnographic East Asia
Prerequisites & Notes

(Fall)

Instructor
Ruhlen

This course introduces students to the major themes in the anthropology of China, Japan, South Korea, and North Korea. Through studying recent transformations in kinship, political economy, constructions of gender, and national identities, students will also gain a basic grounding in the geography and twentieth-century history of the region as a whole.

Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

 

ANT 291 Digital Anthropology
Prerequisites & Notes

(not offered 2016-2017; offered in alternating years)

Instructor
Lozada

This course introduces students to the theories and methods necessary for doing research in digital anthropology. Digital anthropology is the study of the impact of information technology on social relationships and human culture. Because of advancements in information and communication technology (as well as globalization), the everyday life of the people and communities that we study are increasingly being shaped by cyberspace, digital media and communication, and online social groups. Throughout the semester, students will conduct fieldwork, communicate, and write commentary on the internet, including social media, websites, and digital media production. Emphasis is placed on developing the critical and methodological skills needed for doing fieldwork virtually, but no previous computer programming is expected or required.

Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

ANT 310 Politics, Society, and Culture
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2016-2017; offered in alternating years.)

Instructor
Staff

Examines authority, organization, power, and legitimization of authority using a comparative perspective. Community-based learning model facilitates exploration of environmental justice and grassroots change with an emphasis on the symbolic aspects of power, structural inequity, and social movements.

Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

Satisfies depth and breadth course requirement in the Social Science track of the Environmental Studies major or interdisciplinary minor.
 

ANT 319 Contradictions in Contemporary Motherhood: Culture, Biomedicine, Political Economy
Prerequisites & Notes

(Spring)

Instructor
Ruhlen

Contemporary mothering happens at the crossroads of conflicting forces and discourses. This seminar frames motherhood as a window on women's changing rights and status, and as a fruitful topic for feminist theorizing. Readings will situate the topic in its historical, rhetorical, and cross-cultural contexts and will also explore the globalized networks of migration that increasingly affect motherhood.

Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

ANT 321 Borderlands, Identity, and Rights
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2016-2017; offered in alternating years.)

Instructor

Samson

Advanced study of how borders and borderland regions shape social, religious, political, and economic relationships in Latin America, and examination of the tensions created when people and resources cross cultural and political borders. Particular emphasis on Mexico and Central America, as well as the Latino experience in the United States.

Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

ANT 323 Human Rights in Latin America
Prerequisites & Notes

(Fall; offered in alternating years.)

Instructor
Samson

Anthropological perspectives on human rights agendas in Latin America. Case studies examine the tension between universal and culturally relative conceptions of human rights in relation to issues such as state violence, violence directed toward minorities, and social justice movements.

Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

ANT 325 Environment, Economy, & Culture
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2016-2017; offered in alternating years.)

Instructor
Samson

Cultural perspectives on human-environment relations and linkages between the environment and the global economy. Special emphasis on the integration of current knowledge in ecological anthropology, economic production, and the impact of human activity on the environment. Environmental justice issues and proposals for sustainable development are included.

Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

Satisfies depth and breadth course requirement in the Social Science track of the Environmental Studies major or interdisciplinary minor.
 

ANT 327 Religious Pluralism in Twenty-first Century Latin America
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2016-2017.)

Instructor
Samson

The emphasis in this course is on the contemporary religious pluralism that has resulted from the encounter of the Old World with the New. Religious change in Latin America since Vatican II and the advent of liberation theology is examined alongside the burgeoning presence of Protestantism in the region during the last quarter of the twentieth century. Particular attention is given to indigenous and Afro-Latin American traditions. Case studies in the course are selected for their use of ethnographic methods, and the geographic focus centers on the Andean region, Mesoamerica, Brazil, and the Caribbean.


Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Philosophical and Religious Perspectives distribution requirement.

ANT 335 Debunking Race
Prerequisites & Notes

(Spring; offered in alternating years.)

Instructor
Cho

Examines the concept of race from a biocultural perspective, deconstructing race by exploring evidence from population genetics and human origins. Contemporary racial issues such as classification of racial/ethnic groups, and evaluating intelligence and achievement on the basis of race/ethnicity are explored.

Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

ANT 340 Medical Anthropology
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2016-2017; offered in alternating years.)

Instructor
Cho

Cross-cultural study of belief systems concerning health and illness, practices of diagnosis and treatment, and roles of patients and practitioners. Western biomedicine and non-Western health care systems are examined. The interaction of ecological and cultural factors that influence disease manifestations, and the bio-cultural context of sickness and therapy are explored.

Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

ANT 341 Globalization
Prerequisites & Notes

(Fall; offered in alternating years.)

Instructor
Lozada

Explores globalization and the social and cultural processes transforming local life throughout the world. Introduction to the impact of global capitalism, transnational culture and political flows, and the role of global non-government organizations in different regions. Topics include global capitalism, state power and sovereignty, diaspora ethnicity and migration, and the localization of transnational culture.

Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

ANT 343 Feminist Anthropology
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2016-2017; offered in alternating years.)

Instructor
Bowles

Explores how gender ideologies shape the exercise of power upon men and women in different societies and cultures. Topics include the construction of masculinity and femininity, commodification and consumption of gender, social position, agency, and the political economy of gender. Emphasis on developing an understanding of different theoretical perspectives in the cross-cultural study of gender.

Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

ANT 351 Anthropology of the Senses
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2016-2017.)

Instructor
Bowles

Guided by the premise that the body mediates human understanding about the world, this seminar examines anthropological investigations about the cultural production of the senses (sight, touch, taste, hearing and smell). The readings for the course focus on the diverse ways the senses are organized across cultures and shaped by context, language, identity and society. Students will have an opportunity engage in various sensory related projects through the semester.

Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

ANT 354 Art and Writing of the Ancient Maya
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2016-2017; offered in alternating years.)

Instructor
Ringle

The sculpture and painting of the ancient Maya, including an introduction to hieroglyphic decipherments concerning Maya dynastic history, warfare, and political organization. Other topics include Maya myth, ritual, and astronomical knowledge.

Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.

ANT 356 Art, Myth, and History of Ancient Central Mexico
Prerequisites & Notes

(Fall; offered in alternating years.)

Instructor
Ringle

Study of Aztec and Mixtec religion, ritual, and philosophy as exemplified in works of art, architecture, civic planning, cosmology, literary works, and painted books (codices). Case studies include the Aztec Great Temple, the Codex Borgia, and the Codex Mendoza, as well as the art of the ancestral city of Teotihuacan.

Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Historical Thought distribution requirement.

ANT 357 Language Before History
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2016-2017; offered in alternating years.)

Instructor
Ringle

This course considers three questions concerning the early history of language: 1) at what stage of human evolution did language appear; 2) what were the reasons behind the spread of the major language families; 3) when and where did literacy first develop and under what circumstances.

Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Liberal Studies distribution requirement.

ANT 360 Anthropology of Development and Environmental Sustainability
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2016-2017; offered in alternating years.)

Instructor
Samson

Issues of development and sustainability from the standpoint of environmental anthropology and anthropological approaches to development theory. Considers the human face of development, including local and global scales of analysis, environmental justice, and discourses of community sustainability.

Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

Satisfies depth and breadth course requirement in the Social Science track of the Environmental Studies major or interdisciplinary minor.
 

ANT 370 Theory in Anthropology
Prerequisites & Notes

ANT 101 or permission of the instructor. (Fall)

Instructor
Ruhlen

Theoretical and interpretive perspectives in modern cultural anthropology. Issues include functionalism, historical analysis, cultural evolution, ecology, cultural materialism, structuralism, and symbolic analysis. Writings of major thinkers, including Radcliffe-Brown, Harris, Levi-Strauss, Douglas, Geertz, Turner, Godelier, and Sahlins.

One of the courses satisfying the Theory requirement for the major in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

ANT 371 Ethnographic Writing and Research
Prerequisites & Notes

ANT 101 or permission of the instructor. (Spring)

Instructor
Samson

Approaches to ethnographic and ethnohistorical research and analysis in cultural anthropology. Examination of selected studies that demonstrate a variety of approaches to the study of single cultures and to cross-cultural comparisons. Students design and complete research projects. With advance departmental approval, an off-campus ethnographic field school course may be substituted for credit toward the major.

One of the courses satisfying the Methods requirement for the major and minor in Anthropology.

ANT 372 Visualizing Anthropology
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2016-2017; offered in alternating years.)

Instructor
Lozada

Introduction to the theories and methods necessary for making ethnographic films. Students will conduct fieldwork and make a documentary film on a particular aspect of social and cultural behavior. Emphasis is placed on developing the critical skills needed for resolving some of the ethical, technical, and aesthetic problems that may emerge during the documentation of social and cultural behavior.

One of the courses satisfying the Methods requirement for the major and minor in Anthropology.

ANT 373 Decolonizing Anthropology
Prerequisites & Notes

ANT 101 or permission of the instructor. (Not offered 2016-2017)

Instructor

Bowles

This course examines the theoretical and interpretive perspectives of contemporary anthropologists outside of the US and Europe. Disciplinary issues such as the "crises of representation" alongside the decolonization of the Global South will be explored. Writings that explore the tensions between the universal and particular, theory and practice, power and knowledge and the limits of objectivity and subjectivity will also be discussed.

One of the courses satisfying the Theory requirement for the major in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

ANT 374 Methods in Forensic Anthropology
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2016-2017; offered alternating years.)

Instructor
Cho

This course concerns forensic taphonomy, the study of postmortem and postdepositional processes that occur in human and non-human animals in the medicolegal context. Students will design research projects on the decomposition process in piglets, and learn to collect, analyze, interpret, and present data.

One of the courses satisfying the Methods requirement for the major and minor in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Liberal Studies distribution requirement.

ANT 375 Human Osteology
Prerequisites & Notes

(Spring; offered in alternating years.)

Instructor
Cho

Identification of bones in the human skeleton and basic skeletal biology. Osteological methods and analyses applicable to bioarchaelogy and forensic anthropology are introduced.

One of the courses satisfying the Methods requirement for the major and minor in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Liberal Studies distribution requirement.

ANT 376 Comparative Skeletal Anatomy and Function
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2016-2017; offered in alternating years.)

Inxtructor
Cho

A comparative study of animals in various taxa, including humans, and the reconstruction of diet, locomotion, and evolutionary history from skeletal anatomy. Applications in paleoanthropology, primatology, zoology, and biomechanics.

One of the courses satisfying the Methods requirement for the major and minor in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Liberal Studies distribution requirement.

ANT 377 Imaging the Earth
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2016-2017; offered in alternating years.)

Instructor
Ringle

The use of geographical information systems (GIS) to analyze, model, and present spatial relationships in the biological and social sciences, supplemented by other packages such as Google Earth. Field collection of spatial data with GPS units. Course is computer-based and emphasizes individual research projects.

One of the courses satisfying the Methods requirement for the major and minor in Anthropology.

ANT 380-9 Seminars in Anthropology
Prerequisites & Notes

Not open to first-year students.

Instructor
Staff

One-time seminars in selected topics in anthropology. Topics announced in advance.

Satisfies a major requirement in Anthropology
 

ANT 382 Seminars in Anthropology: Renewable Natural Resources: Science & Policy (= BIO 366, ENV 366)
Prerequisites & Notes

Successful completion of BIO 112/114, ANT 101, ENV 201, or ENV 202 is required. (Not offered 2016-2017)

Instructors
Lozada, Paradise

This interdisciplinary seminar course focuses on developing a scientific understanding of renewable natural resources such as fisheries and forests and how resources are then used, overused, managed, and conserved by humans.  The course primarily consider smodern methods of resource management, including adaptive and ecosystem-based management.  The course builds upon knowledge gained in the foundation courses of Anthropology, Biology, or Environmental Studies.  It addresses natural resource and environmental issues from ecosystem and policy perspectives.  Through case studies, readings, class discussions, and knowledge construction, students gain deep knowledge of ecosystem ecology and management policies and approaches.  Students then apply their knowledge to identify management principles that are consistent with a more holistic ecosystem approach and develop a case study of one natural resource and how it is managed.

Satisfies depth or breadth course requirement in Natural or Social Science track of the Environmental Studies major or interdisciplinary minor or the breadth requirement of the Humanities track.

Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Anthropology.

ANT 386 Seminars in Anthropology - Feminist Anthropology
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2016-2017)

Instructor
Staff

One-time seminars in selected topics in anthropology. Topics announced in advance.

Satisfies a major requirement in Anthropology

Counts in the Gender and Sexuality Studies major
 

ANT 388 Stuffology: The Anthropology of Material Culture
Prerequisites & Notes

(Spring)

Instructor
Ringle

A seminar-format overview of how culture is constituted by material objects and practices. Topics may include the semiotics of objects, exchange and commoditification, the evolution of material culture, dress & fashion, material spaces, material culture & ideology, museums and/or the display of material culture.

Satisfies a major&minor requirement in Anthropology.
 

ANT 396 Independent Research in Anthropology
Prerequisites & Notes

Two previous courses in anthropology. Limited to sophomores and juniors. (Spring)

Instructor
Staff

Independent research under the direction of a faculty member who reviews and approves the topic(s) of the research and determines the means of evaluation.

Satisfies a major requirement in Anthropology
 

ANT 490 Senior Colloquium in Anthropology
Prerequisites & Notes

Limited to senior majors and minors. (Fall)

Instructor
Staff

Advanced seminar required of all senior majors, exploring in depth an anthropological issue of critical importance. Students choose a topic related to this issue and prepare seminar presentations and a major research paper.

Required course for the major in Anthropology.

ANT 498 Honors Research
Prerequisites & Notes

Departmental permission required. (Fall)

Instructor
Staff

Proposal formulation, research and writing of the honors thesis. ANT 498 is taken in the fall semester by qualifying senior majors and is graded in P/F mode. ANT 499 follows in the spring semester. Both courses are required for the granting of honors.

Required for honors but does not count as a course satisfying the anthropology requirements.

ANT 499 Honors Thesis
Prerequisites & Notes

Departmental permission required. (Spring)

Instructor
Staff

Research and writing of the honor thesis. Concludes with a departmental oral examination. Open to qualifying senior majors.

Required for honors and may be counted as one of the upper-level seminar requirements for the anthropology major.

BIO 366 Renewable Natural Resources: Science & Policy (= ANT 382, ENV 366)
Prerequisites & Notes

Successful completion of BIO 112/114, ANT 101, ENV 201, or ENV 202 is required.

Instructors
Lozada, Paradise

This interdisciplinary seminar course focuses on developing a scientific understanding of renewable natural resources such as fisheries and forests and how resources are then used, overused, managed, and conserved by humans.  The course primarily consider smodern methods of resource management, including adaptive and ecosystem-based management.  The course builds upon knowledge gained in the foundation courses of Anthropology, Biology, or Environmental Studies.  It addresses natural resource and environmental issues from ecosystem and policy perspectives.  Through case studies, readings, class discussions, and knowledge construction, students gain deep knowledge of ecosystem ecology and management policies and approaches.  Students then apply their knowledge to identify management principles that are consistent with a more holistic ecosystem approach and develop a case study of one natural resource and how it is managed.

Satisfies depth or breadth course requirement in Natural or Social Science track of the Environmental Studies major or interdisciplinary minor or the breadth requirement of the Humanities track.

ENV 366 Renew Natural Resources: Science and Policy (= BIO 366, ANT 382)
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructors
Lozada, Paradise

This interdisciplinary seminar course focuses on developing a scientific understanding of renewable natural resources such as fisheries and forests and how resources are then used, overused, managed, and conserved by humans.  The course primarily consider smodern methods of resource management, including adaptive and ecosystem-based management.  The course builds upon knowledge gained in the foundation courses of Anthropology, Biology, or Environmental Studies.  It addresses natural resource and environmental issues from ecosystem and policy perspectives.  Through case studies, readings, class discussions, and knowledge construction, students gain deep knowledge of ecosystem ecology and management policies and approaches.  Students then apply their knowledge to identify management principles that are consistent with a more holistic ecosystem approach and develop a case study of one natural resource and how it is managed.

Satisfies depth or breadth course requirement in Natural or Social Science track of the Environmental Studies major or interdisciplinary minor or the breadth requirement of the Humanities track.