Courses and Descriptions

ANTH 161 Cultural Anthropology (Gen. Ed. Goals 9, 11)
An exploration of how culture influences us to believe, think, and act. The course presents cross-cultural perspectives on aspects of human life, which may include how we get the things we need to survive, what sort of family life is desirable, and how we govern ourselves and maintain social order. Both Western and non-Western ideas and practices are explored. Students are introduced to the methods used by anthropologists in the study of culture.

ANTH 172 Interpreting the Past: Archaeological Perspectives (Gen. Ed. Goals 9, 11) 
An exploration of past Western and non-Western social worlds through the examination of their material remains. The course investigates past beliefs and practices, including those involving treatment of the dead, power and prestige, art, architecture, and gender. Students learn how archaeologists use techniques such as excavation, survey, and interpretation to study past behavior.

ANTH 207 Global Issues in Anthropology (Gen. Ed. Goal 11)
An anthropological analysis of the interconnections among issues such as the culture of capitalism, the global economy, global inequality, warfare and violence, hunger and starvation, human trafficking and the drug trade, and the unequal effects of climate change. Perspectives on paths to addressing global problems are also discussed.

Prerequisite: ANTH 161 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology or sophomore standing.

ANTH 243 Native American Cultures (Gen. Ed. Goals 11,12)
An investigation of the lifeways and histories of several Native American cultures from an anthropological perspective. Issues of gender, class, and race, as they affect Native Americans, are an important focus of this course.

Prerequisite: SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology, or ANTH 161 Cultural Anthropology, or permission of instructor.

ANTH 258 Critical Approaches to Men and Masculinities
(Gen. Ed. Goal 12)
An examination of the cultural forces that drive men to assume particular masculine identities, with a strong emphasis on cross-cultural alternatives. Students also learn about the social and cultural forces that shape a person’s experience of being a man, including race/ethnicity, social class, sexual orientation, and ideas about gender. The course addresses contemporary issues men face.

ANTH 290 Non-Western Cultural Studies Tour (Gen. Ed. Goal 11)
Taught through an extensive field trip or series of field trips, combined with more traditional methods of teaching, Students gain direct experience of a non-western culture or cultures through first-hand, intensive exposure to aspects of the culture of a particular area. The cultures and locations may vary from year to year, and are announced in the course schedule for a given semester. Students prepare in advance for their field excursions through assigned readings and discussion meetings with the instructor, and are evaluated on their learning experience. This course may be repeated for credit through travel to an alternate site.

ANTH 360 Language and Culture
An examination of language and culture from an anthropological perspective. The course investigates how language shapes our perceptions, and how language is controlled by powerful groups, such as politicians and the media, to influence our ideas and behaviors. It poses the question: Why do women and men, members of different racial/ethnic groups, and people of different social classes speak the same language differently?

Prerequisite: ANTH 161 Cultural Anthropology or permission of instructor.

ANTH 370 Psychological Anthropology
An investigation of how culture shapes our perceptions, motivations, and ways of thinking and learning. The course also explores ideas of the “person” in Western and non-Western societies, and how these ideas affect beliefs and practices surrounding child rearing, mental illness and its treatment, and the question of whether the individual or the group should come first.

Prerequisite: ANTH 161 Cultural Anthropology or permission of instructor.

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