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Foundational Disciplines

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ANTHRO 398- Senior Seminar (satisfies Advanced Expression requirement)

Supervised group discussion of research during preparation of the senior capstone project.


Natural Sciences


ANTHRO 213- Human Origins

The emergence of human species through the process of organic evolution, emphasizing genetics, the fossil record, comparison with our nearest living relatives.

ANTHRO 309- Human Osteology

Knowledge of human osteology forms the basis of physical and forensic anthropology, bioarchaeology, paleoanthropology and clinical anatomy. This course will provide an intensive introduction to the human skeleton; particularly the identification of complete and fragmentary skeletal remains.

ANTHRO 316- Forensic Anthropology

Forensic anthropology focuses traditional skeletal biology on problems of medicolegal significance, primarily in determining the personal identity and trauma analysis from human remains. Prerequisite: 200-level anthropology or biology course or consent of instructor.

ANTHRO 386- Methods in Human Biology Research (satisfies Advanced Expression requirement)

A laboratory-based introduction to international research in human biology and health; methods for assessing nutritional status, physical activity, growth, cardiovascular health, endocrine and immune function.

Social & Behavioral Sciences


ANTHRO 211- Culture and Society (satisfies Global Overlay requirement)

Introduction to the comparative study of culture, exploring different types of social organization and their economic and political correlates in the context of contemporary globalization.

ANTHRO 214- Archaeology: Unearthing History (satisfies Global Overlay requirement)

The evolution of culture from its earliest beginnings through the development of urbanism and the state. Principles of archaeological research.

ANTHRO 215- The Study of Culture through Language (satisfies Global Overlay requirement)

The scope of linguistic anthropology from the study of language as an end in itself to the investigation of cultures through the medium of human languages.

ANTHRO 221- Social and Health Inequalities (satisfies US Overlay requirement)

Bidirectional relationship between social (e.g., class, gender, and racial/ ethnic) and health inequalities, including institutional/ structural, individual/family/psychosocial, and biological mechanisms.

ANTHRO 322- Introduction to Archaeology Research Design and Methods (satisfies Advanced Expression requirement)

Regional and site-specific approaches to the description and analysis of patterns in archaeological data, including settlement survey, site characterization, vertical excavations, and horizontal household excavations.

ANTHRO 382- Political Ecology 

Introduction to a multidisciplinary body of theory and research that analyzes the environmental articulations of political, economic, and social difference and inequality. Topics include environmental scarcity and degradation, sustainability, resilience and conservation. Taught with ENV POL 385-0; may not receive credit for both courses.

ANTHRO 383- Environmental Anthropology

How humans have changed and are changing the environment and what can be done to halt environmental deterioration. Topics include population trends, food supplies, consumerism, environmental regulation, and ecological consciousness.

ANTHRO 389- Ethnographic Methods and Analysis (satisfies Advanced Expression requirement)

Descriptive, naturalistic study of the culture of human social groups. Data gathering through observation and interview. Data analysis for ethnographic reporting. Prerequisites: 211 or 215.

Historical Studies


ANTHRO 327- Historical Archaeology

History of different ethnic groups in America as shown through living quarters, burials, food remains, tools, jewelry, etc. How groups have been portrayed in museums claiming to depict the American past. Focus on African Americans and Native Americans.

ANTHRO 370- Anthropology in Historical Perspective

Major schools of thought in social, archaeological and biological anthropology over the last century. Prerequisite: one 200-level course in anthropology or consent of instructor.

Ethical & Evaluative Thinking


ANTHRO 232- Myth and Symbolism

Introduction to different approaches to the interpretation of myth and symbolism, e.g., Freudian, functionalist and structuralist.