Description of Anthropology Courses offered in Summer and Fall 2018

Summer 2018

ANT 101 - Human Experience

ANT 101 - The Human Experience: A Global Perspective on Human Diversity

Reg. Code 3279 online 4W1 (June 4-June 29, 2018) Meissner
Reg. Code 3294 online 4W1 (June 4-June 29, 2018) Meissner

ANT 221 - Introduction Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology

ANT 221 - Introduction to Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology.

Reg. Code 3426 online 4W2 (July 2-July 30, 2018) South
Reg. Code 3387 online 4W2 (July 2-July 30, 2018) South


ANT 436/536 - Archaeological Field Methods.

Reg. Code 2647/2648 Jackson 4W1 June 4-July 6, 2018) Jackson

The USM Archaeology Field School will be taught in conjunction with an investigation of a site in Perry County.  Students will learn archeological survey methods, basic excavation and recovery techniques, mapping skills, and other investigative methods. Students will also learn about the prehistory of South Mississippi through field trips to other excavations and archaeological sites. The field school will commute from the Hattiesburg campus to the teaching site.. Check out the flier (pdf) for additional information 


ANT 439/539 - Topics in Archaeology.

Reg. Code 2649/2719  (July 2-July 30, 2018) Jackson

Following the field school, there will be an optional laboratory class, during which students will learn basic processing, artifact identification, and artifact curation skills by working on materials recovered by the fieldwork. It will be held at the Prehistoric Archaeology Laboratory on the USM campus.



Fall 2018

ANT 101 - Human Experience

ANT 101 - The Human Experience: A Global Perspective on Human Diversity

Reg. Code 1051 MWF 8:00-9:00 a.m. Meissner
Reg. Code 1052 MWF 9:45-10:45 a.m. Meissner
Reg. Code 1053 TTH 1:15-2:45 p.m. Smith
Reg. Code 1054 TTH 3:00-4:30 p.m. Smith
Reg. Code 1055 online Meissner
Reg. Code 5918 online South
Reg. Code 5919 online South

Anthropology uses a comparative approach to study humans through all times and places and considers the diverse facets of human experience, from the biological to the cultural.  This provides a broad perspective on what it means to be human.  This course introduces the student to major issues, concepts, perspectives, and methods of anthropology through an exploration of the four sub-disciplines: cultural, linguistic, biological (physical) and archaeological anthropology.  Course requirements include readings, exams, short writing assignments, and one five page essay.

ANT 202 - Anthropological Proseminar

Reg. Code 1056 MWF 9:45-10:45 a.m. Danforth, Hayden, Jackson, and Smith

This class is designed to introduce you to professional standards and resources in anthropology as well as foundational skills for the major.  Each week of this class will be taught by a different professor in the program, giving you the opportunity to get to know all of us early in your career.  Key topics covered include: career planning, quantitative reasoning, basic research skills, critical reading, and writing anthropology.  Required of all new majors.


ANT 221 - Introduction Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology
ANT 221 - Introduction to Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology.

Reg. Code 1057 MW 1:15-2:45 p.m. Hayden

The course focuses on the central role that culture and language plays in our lives from everyday interactions to institutional arrangements. Symbols, meanings, and their social contexts are emphasized in the linguistic part of the course. The course provides the foundation for much of what you do in upper-division anthropology courses. Requirements will include three exams and a paper.

ANT 301 - History of Anthropological Theory.

Reg. Code 1058 MW 3:00-4:30 p.m. Meissner

This writing intensive course examines the development of anthropology from the 19th century to the present. Rather than focusing on just ethnological theory, as many history of anthropology courses do, we will, instead highlight a number of significant ideas (e.g. evolutionism, materialism, idealism) and/or concepts (e.g. culture, structure,) both within anthropology and in related disciplines, and examine how they impacted the four subfields of anthropology. The course is designed to provide students with the broad overview of the discipline that will allow them to gain the maximum benefit from the capstone course ANT 401. Students will complete a 15-20 page paper on an approved research topic of their choice and will present their research to the class.


ANT 317 - Culture and Power in Latin America.

Reg. Code 1059 MW 11:30-1:00 p.m. Hayden

This course will introduce students to social and cultural dynamics of Latin America and the legacy of political and economic inequality in the region. We will exam geographical sub-regions; race, ethnicity, class and gender; political economic forces and the historical development of the region. Requirements will include weekly reading assignments, class participation, two exams and short writing assignments. 


ANT 331 - Survey of Archaeological Methods. 

Reg. Code 1060 TTH 3:00-4:30 pm Jackson

How do archaeologists learn about the unwritten past? This course surveys field and laboratory methods in archaeology, what can be learned by the broad range of archaeological evidence that exists, and what questions modern archaeology poses about past cultures. Principles are put into practice with a series of field and laboratory exercises.



ANT 445/545 - Bioarchaeology.  

Reg. Code 1061/1075 TTH 1:15-2:45 p.m. Danforth

Bioarchaeology is the study of human remains found in an archaeological setting.  We look at the ages and sexes of the individuals buried along with their nutritional conditions and the diseases they endured.  This information is then combined with data from the archaeological record to investigate a number of questions about lifeways in the past, including subsistence practices, settlement patterns, and status differences. 


ANT 449/549 - Topics in Physical Anthropology: Primates.

Reg. Code 1062/1076 TTH 9:45-11:15 a.m. Smith

This course serves as an introduction to the primate order and the field of primate studies.   We will emphasize field studies, both in the wild and in captivity, and will consider topics such as ecology, social organization, learning, dominance, communication, biology, conservation, and intelligence.   This course will provide an overview of the different kinds of primates and their lifestyles as well as an introduction to major concepts in ecology, behavior, and primate biology.   Films and case studies will enhance your understanding of primate lives in their natural habitats and some of the long-term studies of various primate populations.