Some of these courses are offered on a regular basis, while others are only offered occasionally.
Lab in Diversity (0)
Lab associated with specific courses so that students receive credit for meeting the general education diversity
requirement. Students are not required to attend a lab in addition to the
associated course unless otherwise noted.
Lab in Engaged Civic Learning (0)
Lab associated with specific courses so that students receive credit for meeting the general education engaged civic
learning requirement. Students are not required to attend a lab in addition to
the associated course unless otherwise noted.
Lab in Experiential Learning (0)
Lab associated with specific courses so that students receive credit for meeting the general education experiential
learning requirement. Students are not required to attend a lab in addition to the associated course unless otherwise noted.
Lab in Writing (0)
Lab associated with specific courses so that students receive credit for meeting the general education writing requirement.
Students are not required to attend a lab in addition to the associated course unless
Physical Anthropology (3)
The study of human evolution and living populations today. Reading the
fossil records; man's primate heritage; culture and biological
evolution; heredity and environment in human development; human biological variation; the codevelopment
of culture, language, and biology; current trends in the study of human
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (G) (R) (3)
Introduces the student to the study of culture. Topics include the
nature and diversity of culture among different peoples; the fieldwork
process; cultural change; political, economic, and social
organizations; worldview and values; socialization; social and
religious movements; and applications of anthropology to the
The department recommends that students wishing to take advanced courses begin with Introduction to Cultural Anthropology.
Psychological Anthropology (3)
Relation between sociocultural factors and psychological processes among members of different groups: socialization of the individual, culturally determined variations in personality structure, evaluation of theories of personality in light of cross-cultural evidence, and psychological factors in sociocultural change.
Childhood and Culture (G) (3)
The study of childhood in various societies with attention to the socialization process in a variety of cultural contexts (e.g., family, peer groups, and social or religious institutions).
Childhood Health and Illness (3)
Introduces issues and trends facing health care professionals,
policymakers, and researchers involved in the health, medical care, and
treatment of persons under 18 years. Addresses major health problems faced by
children; how illness relates to a
child's developing selfhood; children's knowledge about such issues as health,
illness, death, and bodily functions; how care should be given to best serve
children's physical, emotional, and cognitive needs; and health policy related to children's
Gods, Cults, and Ritual (G) (3)
Introduction to the basic theoretical approaches anthropologists bring to the study of religious institutions, symbols, and practices. Ethnographic case studies of religious groups in the United States and around the world used to explore how these groups adapt to and explain their larger social worlds, especially in the current era of transnational migration and economic change.
Health and Healing (G) (3)
The impact of sociocultural factors on illness and health. Causation, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease in non-Western and Western societies; ethnomedical beliefs and practices; the impact of social and cultural changes on the health care system.
Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
Death and Dying (G) (3)
Death, dying, and bereavement in a variety of cultures as contexts for understanding the relation between biological and social processes, society and the individual, technology and social change, and socialization and communications. Application of research results in the area of death and dying for improved care of the dying and the bereaved.
Anthropology of American Culture (3)
Examines unity and diversity of American culture; methods of study; class, race, and ethnicity; marginal and central groups; and community studies and ethnography.
North American Indians (D) (3)
History, cultural background, and contemporary situation of major North American Indian groups. Special attention to social relations, political and religious movements, and cultural change.
Women, Men, and Culture (G) (3)
Sex roles compared in various societies, from hunting-and-gathering to modernizing and industrialized societies, including economic, political, and domestic roles; social status; personality; and sexuality.
Peoples and Cultures of Latin America (G) (3)
Cultural and historical background and contemporary situation of the peoples of Latin America including pre-Columbian Indian, European, and African influences. Consideration given to ethnic relations, stratification, religion, family, socioeconomic development, and current economic and political problems.
Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
Dance of the African Diaspora (D) (3)
Exploration of how African dance forms and institutions were transported to and transformed in the New World. Includes studio component in which students learn and analyze the development of African-American dances.
Immigration and Families (3)
Examines how migration affects families and family life, for both those who migrate and those who do not, with particular focus on new forms of immigration to the United States since 1965. Topics include political, economic, and social forces that motivate migration; impact of U.S. culture, law, and policy on immigrants' traditions; assimilation and family life; and issues related to maintaining family structure and ties transnationally.
Applied Anthropology (3)
Familiarizes students with
the field of applied anthropology, its broadening sphere of influence in
anthropology and research, and its unique methodological and conceptual
contributions to practical issues. Students explore applied anthropology
through readings and a hands-on project for a nonprofit community organization.
Peoples and Cultures of Africa (G) (3)
Examines the processes of continuity and change in Africa today and Africa's
relationship to globalization through the Atlantic slave trade, European
colonization, the drilling and production of materials like oil and coffee, and
international migration. Focuses on the major institutions of kinship and
family, economics, politics, and religion, and on contemporary issues such as
socioeconomic development, urbanization, gender, and youth.
Anthropology Learning Abroad (G) (3)
A course focusing on the culture of a foreign country. Includes regular class
meetings, required readings, and written assignments, as well as a short-term
learning/service experience in a foreign country.
Food and Culture (G) (3)
Culinary customs studied cross-culturally. Food in relation to sex, kinship, politics, economics, and religion. Examines sociocultural factors that influence what people eat; how, when, where, and how much; and the ways in which these factors relate to the problem of nutritional adequacy. Considers the interrelation between the sociocultural and biological aspects of "foodways."
Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
Special Topics in Anthropology (1-3,1-3,1-3)
Courses may be offered under this general title, dealing with special topics intended to involve students in topics not currently represented in the curriculum.
Methods and Theory in Cultural Anthropology (3)
Analysis and comparison of the major contemporary theoretical approaches in cultural anthropology. Methods and techniques of cultural and social structural analysis.
Special Topics in Anthropology (3,3,3,3)
Each year several courses may be offered under this general title, dealing with special topics intended to involve students in intensive study and investigation of specific issues in anthropological study and research. Topics usually change each year.
Individual Study in Anthropology (1-3,1-3)
Prerequisites: Permission of department and agreement by a department member to supervise the work. No more than 3 credits can be counted toward the minor in anthropology. No more than 6 credits can be counted toward the major in sociology.