Course descriptions

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101. The Human Experience: A Global Perspective on Human Diversity. 3 hrs. Surveys the five major subdisciplines of anthropology (physical anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, social/cultural anthropology and applied anthropology) to provide the student with a holistic understanding of humanity’s social and biological diversity (CC-SOC 2213)

221. Introduction Cultural & Linguistic Anthropology. 3 hrs. A comparative approach to the analysis of human cultural and social diversity (CC-SOC 2243)

231. Introduction to Archaeology and Physical Anthropology. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: ENG 101 and ENG 102. An introduction to the study of anthropological archaeology and an overview of world prehistory

301. History of Anthropology. 3 hrs. This writing intensive course examines the development of the four subfields of anthropology from the 19th century to the present. Particular attention is paid to the interrelationships among the four sub-disciplines and to the socio-cultural contexts of their development. The course provides a broad foundation for the student to benefit maximally from the capstone course (ANT 401). Students will complete a 15-20 page research paper on an agreed upon topic and present their findings to the class.

311. World Cultures. 3 hrs. A survey of cultural and social patterns from each of the primary geographic and cultural areas of the world (Africa, Asia, South America, North America, Oceania, Europe and Australia)

312. Peoples and Cultures of Europe. 3 hrs. Ethnology of Europe and the adjacent North African and Middle Eastern territories

313. Peoples and Cultures of Africa. 3 hrs. An ethnological survey of the major culture areas of the African continent with particular reference to sub-Saharan Africa

314. Peoples and Cultures of Asia. 3 hrs. Ethnological survey of the far East, the Indian subcontinent, Central Asia, and Insular Southeast Asia

315. American Indians. 3 hrs. Focuses on North American, Meso-American and South American Indian cultures

317. Culture and Power in Latin America. 3 hrs. Introduction to the major prehistoric and contemporary peoples of Mexico and Central America, including the Aztecs, Maya and Valley of Oaxaca

318. Peoples and Cultures of the Pacific. 3 hrs. An ethnological survey of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia

321. Immigration and Transnationalism. 3 hrs. An introduction to immigration issues. Considers the political and economic context of immigration, experiences of migration, and the relationship between migration.

331. Survey of Archaeological Methods. 3 hrs. An examination of the conceptual frameworks and methods by which archaeologists learn about the past

333. Archaeology of North America. 3 hrs. A study of the origin and development of prehistoric American Indian cultures

334. Archaeology of the Old South. 3 hrs. A survey of archaeological research conducted on antebellum plantations in the Southern United States

335. Biblical Archaeology. 3 hrs. A survey of ancient Near Eastern peoples and cultures as reconstructed by anthropology and archaeology

336. Archaeology of Ancient Civilizations. 3 hrs. This course offers an archaeological analysis of the complex processes of the rise and decline of state-level societies through the examination of the archaeological remains of ancient civilizations around the world.

342. Forensic Anthropology. 3 hrs. Introduction to anthropological field methods and theory applicable to forensics, including bone identification and sex/age/race identification

401. Senior Seminar in Anthropology. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: ANT 221, ANT 231, ENG 101, ENG 102, and senior standing; capstone course in anthropology; variable content; required for all anthropology majors; limited to anthropology majors

416. Ethnographic Field Methods. 1-6 hrs. Methods of ethnographic fieldwork through participation in organized field studies. Permission of instructor required

420. Culture and Ethnicity. 3 hrs. An analysis of culture and ethnicity with special reference to the problem of modernization

422. Ecological Anthropology. 3 hrs. An examination of human cultural strategies for adaptation to different environments

423. Economic Anthropology. 3 hrs. The evolution of economic systems, cross-cultural analysis of economic systems and the role of economic forces in cultural change

424. Religion and Healing. 3 hrs. This course studies several examples of religious healing practices found in ethnographic literature creating a dialogue between indigenous and academic theories of healing.

425. Kinship and Social Organization. 3 hrs. A comparative study of kinship and social organization, and a survey of the major anthropological theories concerning organizational variability

426. American Folklore. 3 hrs. An analysis of folklore, oral narratives, performance, and material culture with special reference to America and the American South

427. Psychological Anthropology. 3 hrs. Cross-cultural analysis of personality formation, perception and cognition and mental illness

428. Political Anthropology. 3 hrs. A comparative survey of patterns of group decision-making, leadership, resolution of conflict, and social control in human societies

429. Topics in Cultural Anthropology. 3 hrs. Variable content. May be repeated three times in separate topical offerings

431. Advanced Prehistoric Analysis. 3 hrs. Corequisite: ANT 431L. Overview of analytical techniques in archaeology and prehistoric technologies

431L. Advanced Prehistoric Analysis Laboratory. 1 hr. Corequisite: ANT 431. Laboratory to accompany prehistoric archaeology; overview of analytical techniques in archaeology and prehistoric technologies

433. Prehistory of Southeastern Indians. 3 hrs. A survey of the prehistoric archaeology of the Southeastern United States, especially Mississippi and adjoining states, from the first inhabitants to the time of European contact

434. Historical Archaeology. 3 hrs. A study of questions and techniques used on archaeological sites dating from the 15th century to the early 20th century

435. Urban Archaeology. 3 hrs. An examination of archaeological remains recovered in American cities

436. Archaeology Field Methods. 1-6 hrs. Methods of fieldwork through participation in organized field projects. Permission of instructor required

437. Heritage Resources and Public Policy. 3 hrs. The history and present state of public policy issues related to archaeological and historic resources, in their role in the planning process

439. Topics in Archaeology. 3 hrs. Variable content. May be repeated three times in separate topical offerings

441. Human Variation. 3 hrs. An exploration of human biological variation, including its sources, its classification and its expression in different environments

442. Medical Anthropology. 3 hrs. Introduction to the relationship between human culture and disease, especially cross-cultural comparisons of perception and treatment of illness

445. Bioarchaeology. 3 hrs. Methods and theories used in interpretation of skeletal and mortuary data in archaeological contexts

449. Topics in Physical Anthropology. 3 hrs. Variable content. May be repeated three times in separate topical offerings

451. Language Planning, Culture, and Politics. 3 hrs. Study of language planning, cultural identity, and politics around the world

452. Language, Gender, and Culture. 3 hrs. Cross-cultural study of the social basis of gender differences in language

459. Topics in Linguistic Anthropology. 3 hrs. Variable content. May be repeated three times in separate topical offerings

461. Visual Ethnography. 3 hrs. A fieldwork and online class in the study of cultures through visual media. Ethnographic filmmaking techniques are applied to student film projects. Junior Standing.

491. Cooperative Internship. 1-3 hrs. Supervised experience in professional settings.

492. Special Problems. 1-3 hrs. A problem study to be approved by the department chairman. (Students undertaking a Seniors Honor Project will enroll in ANT 492H.)

493. Irish Studies. 4 hrs. Variable content. Lecture series and study in Ireland under the auspices of International Programs

494. Topics in Caribbean Anthropology. 4 hrs. Variable content; lecture series, study and fieldwork (archaeological and ethnographic) in the Caribbean under the auspices of International Programs

499. British Studies. 3-6 hrs. Variable content. Lecture series and research abroad under the auspices of International Programs 


The semester credit hours are listed after the title of each course.

100. Introduction to the Arts. 3 hrs. A team-taught investigation of the music, visual and theatrical arts designed for students who are not otherwise academically involved with these arts (CC 1233)

Southern Miss courses for which there are acceptable junior/community college courses are marked as (CC ____). It should be noted that there is a variance in course sequence between the junior/community colleges and Southern Miss. In addition, courses with the same junior/community college numbers vary from college to college. An adviser should be consulted before course scheduling.

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