Anthropology Minor Requirements

Students must take a minimum of six (6) courses to complete the Anthropology minor, including:

Required Courses

Code Course Credits

SOC 228

Cultural Anthropology

Offered: Fall Semester

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.

Fulfills the Social Scientific Inquiry requirement.Course may be applied to the Anthropology minor. Course may be applied to the Asian Studies minor. Course may be applied to the Middle Eastern Studies minor.

3

SOC 312

Qualitative Research

Offered: Spring Semester

An in-depth exploration of qualitative research practices in sociology. Students will study theoretical and methodological aspects of qualitative research and engage in hands-on projects utilizing the following methods: oral history interview, or in-depth interview, and ethnography. Students will also be introduced to cutting-edge qualitative methods including arts-based research practices.

Prerequisite(s): SOC 101 and SOC 210.
Course may be applied to the Anthropology minor.

3

Culture Area Courses

Take at least one regionally-based culture area course from the following list:

Code Course Credits

FRN 333

French Culture and Civilization I

Offered: Fall Semester

Study of contemporary French culture and its recent history, social issues, economy, attitudes and institutions.

Prerequisite(s): (Recommended 4 years of high school French) FRN 332 or higher.
Course may be applied to the Anthropology minor

3

ITA 251

Italy: Language and Identity

Offered: Fall Semester

For students who continue to study Italian after ITA 232 or who are placed at the upper intermediate level. ITA 251 is designed to refine and apply language skills in writing, speaking, reading and listening beyond the Intermediate level. Topics on regional and national identity serve as a context for language acquisition and grammar review. Students investigate what constitutes the Italian identity through the study of authentic texts and Internet resources. Class projects involve individual research about the history, art and popular culture of contemporary Italy.

Prerequisite(s): Placement at the upper intermediate level.
This course counts towards the minor in Italian Studies and may be applied to the Anthropology minor.

3

SOC 216

Native Americans in the 21st Century

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

This course analyzes the interactions between Native Americans and non-Natives. It looks critically at meanings of tribal sovereignty and the changing dynamics of international relations. Federal and state policies related to land, constitutional governments, crime and law enforcement, tribal recognition, sacred cultural artifacts, and economic development are assessed.

Course may be applied to the American Studies program. Course may be applied to the Anthropology minor.

3

SOC 316

People & Cultures of Russia & East Europe

Offered: Spring 2012

An exploration of contemporary Russia and East Europe from an anthropology perspective. Topics covered are those of central interest to anthropologists working throughout the world including: kinship, gender, illness, and healing, politics, ethnicity, and religion, as well as issues specific to the region such as post-socialist transitions.

Prerequisite(s): SOC 228 or SOC 101.
Course may be applied to the Anthropology minor.

3

SPA 345

Seminar in Spanish: Afro-Hispanic Culture of the Caribbean

Offered: Alternate Years: Fall 2012, 2014

Study of a specific literary movement, author, or genre.

Prerequisite(s): SPA 332 or higher.
Course may be applied to the Anthropology minor.

3

SPA 346

Seminar in Spanish: Maya, Aztec, and Inca Traditions

Offered: Alternate Years: Spring 2012, 2014

Study of a specific literary movement, author, or genre.

Prerequisite(s): SPA 332 or higher.
Course may be applied to the Anthropology minor.

3

Topical Courses

Take at least one topical course that is guided by an ethnographic approach to the subject matter chosen from the following list:

Code Course Credits

SOC 202

Sociology of Globalization

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

Globalization is shrinking the world. How and why did this happen? This course will explore global change and the global processes which effect political, economic, and cultural realms. Important topics include: globalization and the state, global politics, the global economy and inequality, and globalization's homogenizing and diversifying effects.

Course may be applied to the Anthropology minor Course may be applied to the Asian Studies minor. Course may be applied to the Middle Eastern Studies minor.

3

SOC 220

Political Sociology

Offered: Fall Semester

This class is a sociological review and analysis of political structure and power. The course will critically analyze: state structures, political parties, power, legitimacy, civil society, and the welfare state.

Course may be applied to the Anthropology minor.

3

SOC 230

Families in Cross-Cultural Perspective

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

An examination of concepts of marriage and family as social institutions from a crosscultural perspective. Drawing on both classic and contemporary essays as well as in-depth ethnographic studies of marriage and family in several different cultures, we will examine the way in which intimate relationships are construed in different societies.

Course may be applied to the Anthropology and Gender & Sexuality Studies programs.

3

SOC 233

Language and Culture

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

An overview of linguistic anthropology and sociolinguistics, the study of the relationship between language, culture, and society. The nature of human language will be explored 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 social worlds in which we live.

Course may be applied to the Anthropology minor. Course may be applied to the Asian Studies minor. Course may be applied to the Middle Eastern Studies minor.

3

SOC 234

Racial and Ethnic Diversity

Offered: Alternate Years: Fall 2011, 2013

Immigration, history, patterns of intergroup relations, modes of adaptation, social, economic, and political conditions, and contributions of selected racial and ethnic communities: The English and the Anglo-Saxons; Irish-Americans; Italian-Americans; Jewish-Americans; Native- Americans; African-Americans; Latino- and Hispanic-Americans; and Asian-Americans.

Course may be applied to the American Studies program. Course may be applied to the Anthropology minor.

3

SOC 237

Sociology of Gender

Offered: Spring Semester

Course will distinguish between sex and gender and critically examine how social historical meanings about femininity and masculinity are socially constructed, reinforced, and challenged. Considers how gender differences and gender inequality play out in a variety of institutions including education, the economy, the family, politics, religion, the media and medicine. Critical perspectives, including feminist and multi-cultural approaches, will be employed.

Course may be applied to the American Studies program. Course may be applied to the Anthropology minor. Course may be applied to the Gender & Sexuality Studies program.

3

SOC 304

Introduction to Museum Studies

Offered: Not Offered 2011 - 2012

Survey of museology that introduces students to the history of museums and debates about their role in society. Through case studies of ethnographic, history, and art museums students will explore the relationships between museums, their missions, those they represent, and the communities in which they reside.

Prerequisite(s): SOC 101 or SOC 228.
Course may be applied to the American Studies program. Course may be applied to the Anthropology minor.

3

SOC 329

Anthropology of Violence

Offered: Alternating Fall Semesters

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 SOC 228.
Course may be applied to the Anthropology minor.

3

SOC 334

Anthropology of the Holocaust

Offered: Offered Periodically

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.

Course may be applied to the Anthropology minor.

3

SOC 405

Seminar on Public Sociologies

Offered: Alternate Years: Spring 2014, 2016

Public sociology-sociological research that emerges from dialogues with publics-is both one of the oldest and newest topics within the discipline. This course will examine how sociologists can connect with publics, explore methodologies and concepts, study global public sociologies, and identify ways to promote public sociology.

Prerequisite(s): SOC 101 and one additional Sociology course.
Course may be applied to the Anthropology minor.

3

SOC 415

Seminar: American Inequality

Offered: Alternate Years: Fall 2014, 2016

Survey of the range of stratification systems. Emphasis on the American stratification system – social caste and its relationship to race, age, sex, religion, and ethnicity.

Prerequisite(s): SOC 101 and one additional SOC course.
Course may be applied to the American Studies program.Course may be applied to the Anthropology minor.Course may be applied to the Gender & Sexuality Studies program.

3

SOC 421

Seminar: Oppression

Offered: Alternate Years: Spring 2012, 2014

Introduces the concept of oppression. Conditions of oppression to be explored include exploitation, marginalization, powerlessness, cultural imperialism, and violence. Emphasis on the interaction among racism, sexism, classism, anti-Semitism, heterosexism, and ageism, to show the interconnections among oppressions in everyday life. Reading assignments will challenge/encourage the students to take action to end oppressive behaviors and to affirm diversity and social justice. (Previously Seminar on Racism)

Prerequisite(s): SOC 101 and one additional SOC course.
Course may be applied to the American Studies program. Course may be applied to the Anthropology minor. Course may be applied to the Gender & Sexuality Studies program.

3

Two Additional Courses

Take two additional courses from either of the two lists above or, from the following list of classes that are informed by anthropological theory, ethnographic or archaeological research:

Code Course Credits

ECO 219

History of World Economic Development

Offered: Alternate Years: Fall 2014 and 2016

The world has experienced an extraordinary but unevenly distributed increase in material living standards over the last 250 years. This course examines major developments, issues, and controversies related to long run economic development and change. Themes include the causes of technological leadership, the connection between technological change and business structure, and the spread of industry.

Course may be applied to the Middle Eastern Studies minor and Anthropology minor; consultation with instructor and program director required.

3

HIS 209

Native American History

Offered: Spring Semester

An interdisciplinary survey of the aboriginal inhabitants of North America from pre-history to the present. Confronts long-standing stereotypes of Native Americans and seeks a deeper understanding of native beliefs, values, and historical experiences. Course deals extensively with European and Native American encounters and evaluates their continuing impact on indigenous communities.

Considered a United States or World History.Course may be applied to the American Studies program and the Anthropology minor.

3

REL 251

Introduction to the Old Testament

Offered: Spring Semester

Literature of the Hebrew Bible. Survey of the religious, literary, and political history of ancient Israel. Students may not receive credit for both this course and REL 260.

Prerequisite(s): One 100-Level Religious Studies Cornerstone Course .
Course may be applied to the Anthropology minor

3

REL 275

Hard Rockin' Jews: Judaism and Pop Culture in Israel

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

For 2000 years Judaism has been a minority religion in majority "other" cultures. With the establishment of Israel, Judaism became the majority culture of a nation-state. This course examine how the religion of Judaism both influences and is influenced by the secular culture of the modern State of Israel.

Prerequisite(s): One 100-Level Religious Studies Cornerstone Course.
Course may be applied to the Anthropology minor Course may be applied to the Middle Eastern Studies minor.

3

Note for Sociology Majors

Please note that Anthropology Minors who are Sociology Majors must take five classes in addition to the 10 that count towards their sociology major, and must take at least two of their electives for the Anthropology Minor from outside the Sociology Department.