Description of Anthropology Courses offered in Fall 2017

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

Reg. Code 1417 MWF 9-9:50 a.m. Meissner
Reg. Code 1418 MWF 11-11:50 a.m. Meissner
Reg. Code 7892 TTH 9:30-10:45 a.m. Smith
Reg. Code 8105 TTH 11-12:15 p.m. Danforth
Reg. Code 6605 TTH 2:25-3:40 p.m. Smith
Reg. Code 8104 online Meissner
Reg. Code 8706 online South
Reg. Code 8707 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 8711 MWF 9-9:50 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 7988 MWF 10-10:50 a.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 5339 MW 2-3:15 p.m. Hayden

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 315 - American Indians.

Reg. Code 8712 TTH 1-2:15 p.m. Jackson

American Indians surveys traditional cultures of Native Americans north of Mexico. Using ethnohistoric and early ethnographic information, it takes a region by region approach to explore variation in subsistence practices, social and political organization, and belief systems. The class serves as an elective in the anthropology major and minor as well as the American Indians Studies minor.


ANT 322/SOC 350 - Race and Ethnicity.

Reg. Code 8713/8731 MWF 11-11:50 a.m. Kozlowski

It’s 2017. Nearly 200 years after slavery and 60 years after the Civil Rights Movement. Pundits and citizens alike often claim that race is no longer an issue, that we are a “colorblind” society full of “colorblind” people who claim to not “see” race or base treatment of people on it. But how can we claim to be colorblind when interracial couples make up a tiny fraction of the dating and marrying population, when black and Hispanic Americans have a fraction of the wealth of whites, or when the name on your résumé affects the likelihood of getting called back for a job? Race is a fundamental axis of our social interactions and institutions, and this course will explore and how, why, and why it still matters.


ANT 439/539 - Topics in Archaeology: Archaeology of the Maya and Mesoamerica

Reg. Code 8714/8715 MWF 1-1:50 p.m. Meissner

Did Maya society actually collapse? Were the Aztecs truly a warlike culture? Public perceptions of the area known as Mesoamerica are filled with romanticized notions of pyramid builders and timekeepers, sometimes wrapped up with imagery of human sacrifice. But what does the archaeological record really say about the prehistory of the modern-day countries of Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, and Honduras? This course will explore the diversity of Mesoamerican cultures through lectures, research, and discussions. Students will challenge preconceptions of Mesoamerica through the examination of ancient politics, economies, subsistence, language, religion, and gender. Such topics are approached through a four-field approach to prehistory that includes not only archaeology, but linguistic, biological, and sociocultural anthropology.


ANT 442/542 - Medical Anthropology.

Reg. Code 8716/8717 TTH 11-12:15 p.m. Smith

"This course is designed to provide an introduction to the field of Medical Anthropology in which we will examine issues related to health and illness from various perspectives within and outside of the Western biomedical perspective.  In this class we will follow an Anthropological perspective – using evolutionary and cross-cultural approaches to understand human health issues.  This course will introduce students to the methods and theories medical anthropologists use and provide them with a greater appreciation for the importance of understanding cultural variation in the categorization, diagnosis and treatment of disease and illness.  We will also explore how food and diet play key roles in determining health.  Finally, through lecture, class discussion, and hands-on experience, students will consider the contribution an anthropological perspective can make in solving human health dilemmas."