Anthropology Courses

Code Course Credits

ANT 105

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

This course is an introduction to cultural anthropology and is designed as an exploration into the diversity of ways in which human beings perceive and order the social world. Topics covered include kinship, gender, language, ecology, economy, political organization, globalization, religion and worldview from a diverse array of cultural viewpoints. Course readings and films include both classic and contemporary ethnographies.

This course was formerly offered as SOC 228 Cultural Anthropology.Fulfills the Social Scientific Inquiry requirement.Course may be applied to the Asian Studies and Middle Eastern Studies minors. Course may be applied to the Latin American Studies program with permission of the Program Director.

3

ANT 110

Families in Cross-Cultural Perspective (First-Year Seminar)

Offered: Fall Semester

This course examines concepts of marriage and family as social institutions from a cross-cultural perspective. Drawing on both classic and contemporary essays as well as in-depth ethnographic studies of families, we will examine the ways in which intimate relationships are created, understood, and enacted around the globe.

Prerequisite(s): Open to First-Year Students only.
This course was formerly numbered SOC 230 and is the equivalent to ANT 230 - Families in Cross-Cultural Perspective Fulfills the First-Year Seminar Requirement and may be applied to the Gender & Sexuality Studies program.

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ANT 200

Foundations of Archeology

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Archaeology is the study of the human past through the remains of their material culture. Archaeologists study artifacts, sites, settlements, and landscapes to gain an understanding of how humans lived in the distant and recent past. Students will gain an understanding of the principles, methods, and theories of archaeological research, while exploring the history of the field and case studies.

This course was formerly offered as SOC 115 Introduction to Archeology.Fulfills the Social Scientific Inquiry requirement.

3

ANT 230

Families in Cross-Cultural Perspective

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

This course examines concepts of marriage and family as social institutions from a cross-cultural perspective. Drawing on both classic and contemporary essays as well as in-depth ethnographic studies of families, we will examine the ways in which intimate relationships are created, understood, and enacted around the globe.

This course was formerly SOC 230 Families in Cross-Cultural Perspectives.Course may be applied to the Gender & Sexuality Studies program.

3

ANT 233

Language and Culture

Offered: Spring Semester

This course is an overview of linguistic anthropology and sociolinguists, focusing on the relationship between language, culture, and society. Students will explore the nature of human language by studying language in a variety of social contexts with the goal of better understanding how language and culture interact to reflect, maintain, alter, and create the social worlds in which we live.

This course formerly offered as SOC 233 Language and Culture. Course may be applied to the Asian Studies and Middle Eastern Studies minors. Course may be applied to the Latin American Studies program with permission of the Program Director.

3

ANT 304

Museum Studies

Offered: Fall Semester

A survey of museology, this course introduces students to the history of museums and debates about their role in society. Students will visit and read case studies of ethnographic, history, and art museums among others to explore the relationships between exhibits, museum missions, those they represent, and the communities in which they reside.

Prerequisite(s): SOC 101 or ANT 105.
This course was formerly offered as SOC 304 Introduction to Museum Studies.Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

ANT 315

Latin American People and Cultures

Offered: Spring Semester

This course involves an in-depth exploration of Latin American and Caribbean culture, both historically and today. We will be investigating the interdependence between economically developed and lesser developed parts of the Latin America, the Caribbean, and other regions of the world. Students will be presented with an anthropological perspective on a range of issues related to the region, using primary cultural documents and ethnographic works to more deeply understand specific Latin American populations.

Course may be applied to the Latin American Studies program.

3

ANT 316

People & Cultures of Russia & East Europe

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

Students will explore the culture of contemporary Russia and East Europe from an anthropological perspective using ethnographic research to explore how the socialist past continues to shape contemporary society in the region.

Prerequisite(s): ANT 105 or SOC 101.
This course was formerly offered as SOC 316 People & Cultures of Russia & East Europe.

3

ANT 328

Illness and Society

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

An introduction to Medical Anthropology, this course involves an exploration of the social factors that influence the distribution and treatment of illness in society. The class will also include a critical examination of the U.S. health care system and the evolution of the doctor-patient relationship in our society. Students will be presented with cross-cultural views on a variety of health problems through scholarly articles and ethnographies.

3

ANT 329

Anthropology of Violence

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

War, political and economic oppression, sectarian strife, poverty and disease are pervasive in the world today, ravaging the lives of ever-growing numbers of people. Using a cross-cultural approach, we will explore the impact of violence on society, its cultural legacies, and examples of building peace.

Prerequisite(s): SOC 101 or ANT 105.
This course was formerly offered as SOC 329 Anthropology of Violence.

3

ANT 334

Anthropology of the Holocaust

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

In recent decades social scientists have increasingly turned their attention to the Holocaust. The goal of this class is to examine these studies in order to better understand the events, their causes, and their legacies from a range of perspectives: victims, perpetrators, witnesses, and rescuers.

3

ANT 350

Topics in Anthropology

Offered: Offered Periodically

Examines a topic of current interest in the public sphere from an anthropological perspective. The content and format of the course will be tailored to the topic area.

Course may be taken twice as long as topics differ.

3

ANT 497

Anthropology Senior Thesis

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Fourth-year students will polish their communication skills and build on prior coursework in the development of a thesis. The goal is preparation of a paper suitable for presentation at an annual meeting of a professional association or a writing sample for graduate school.

Prerequisite(s): ANT 105 or SOC 228, SOC 312 Permission of the Instructor and Program Director.

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