Academic Catalog

Anthropology (3230)

3230:150. Human Cultures. (3 Credits)

This course examines what culture is, how human cultures vary and how they change. We then explore opportunities/conflicts presented by contemporary human cultural issues.

3230:151. Human Evolution. (4 Credits)

Study of biological evolution of Homo Sapiens, including primate comparisons and cultural development. One-hour laboratory using interactive computer programs, casts and Anthropology's cultural collection.

3230:251. Human Diversity. (3 Credits)

This course examines human diversity in global perspective by considering how and why human beings vary physically and ways categories of difference are culturally constructed.

3230:304. Primates: Behavior, Morphology and Evolution. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: 3230:151. Extant primate diversity, behavior, morphology and primate paleontology.

3230:309. Medicine & the Humanities. (3 Credits)

Medical history, literature, and ethics from the perspective of the Humanities, with readings from original sources and literary works on medical subjects.

3230:310. Human Paleontology: The Australopithecines. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: 3230:151. A study of the fossil record of the earliest hominids of the Miocene and Pliocene epochs.

3230:311. Human Paleontology: Genus Homo. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: 3230:151. The origins of the Genus Homo and the evolution of anatomically modern Homo sapiens.

3230:340. Human Osteology. (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: 3230:151 and 3240:100 or permission. An intensive study of bone, bone growth, and the human skeleton; ageing and sexing techniques; application of demographic techniques to paleoanthropological populations.

3230:357. Magic, Myth, & Religion. (3 Credits)

Analysis of the origins, roles, and functions of myth, magic and religion in a broad range of societies, with emphasis on the non-Western, pre-industrial societies.

3230:358. Indians of North America. (3 Credits)

Ethnographic survey of native cultures of North America, with emphasis on variations in ecological adaptations, social organization and modern American Indians in anthropological perspective. Lecture.

3230:359. Anthropological Theory. (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: 3230:150 and 3230:151. Advanced seminar addressing the history of anthropological theory and current theoretical debates within the discipline.

3230:370. Globalization and Culture. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: [3230:150 or 3850:100]. A critical examination of socio-cultural processes of globalization that serve to complicate conventional notions of culture. Emphasizes how globalization affects a range of local places.

3230:397. Anthropological Research. (1-3 Credits)

(May be repeated) Individual study of problem areas of specific interest to an individual student under guidance of a faculty member.

3230:398. Introduction to Anthropological Data. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: 3230:150, 3230:151 and 3240:100. This course focuses on the characteristics of anthropological evidence through hands-on activities and examination of the uses of data in published works.

3230:400. Seminar: Human Origins. (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: 3230:151 and 6 credit hours of 300-400 courses in biological anthropology. Advanced seminar addressing current discoveries and theoretical issues in human paleontology. Content varies by semester.

3230:401. History of Physical Anthropology. (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: 3230:151 and [3230:310 or 3230:311] or instructor's permission. History of evolutionary theory pertaining to the biological origins of humans covering pre-Darwinian thought to the most recent fossil discoveries.

3230:410. Evolution and Human Behavior. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: 3230:151. Critical examination of the theory of natural selection and its usefulness for understanding the origins and evolution of early hominid and modern human social behavior.

3230:416. Anthropology of Sex and Gender. (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: 3230:150 or 3850:100. This course explores cross-cultural variation regarding sex, gender and sexuality. It examines the ways that cultures create, maintain and reproduce gender concepts and gender relations.

3230:420. The Anthropology of Food. (3 Credits)

Utilizing anthropological approaches and theories, this course explores the social relations and cultural beliefs associated with food cross-culturally.

3230:457. Medical Anthropology. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: 3230:150 or permission of instructor. Analyzes various aspects of Western and non-Western medical systems from an anthropological perspective. Compares traditional medical systems around the world.

3230:460. Field Methods in Cultural Anthropology. (4 Credits)

Prerequisite: 3230:150 or permission of instructor. Community-based research and service-learning course in which students design and undertake a project. Addresses ethics, data collection, management and analysis in collaboration with community partners.

3230:472. Special Topics: Anthropology. (3 Credits)

(May be repeated) Prerequisites: 3230:150 and permission. Designed to meet needs of student with interests in selected topics in anthropology. Offered irregularly when resources and opportunities permit. May include archaeological field school, laboratory research or advanced course work not presently offered by department on regular basis.

3230:474. Special Topics in Biological Anthropology. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: 3230:151. Advanced topics in biological anthropology, human paleontology and primate behavioral ecology. May be repeated, but no more than six credits can be applied towards the major in Interdisciplinary Anthropology.

3230:497. Senior Honors Project in Anthropology. (3 Credits)

The topic and scope of this individually chosen project is directed by an Anthropology faculty member in conjunction with Honors College preceptors under the guidelines of the Honors College.