Selected topics in anthropology. May be repeated as topics change to a total of 8 credits.
This course focuses on stone tool technology from both a cultural evolutionary perspective and as a technological process. Students will examine stone tool classification and analysis with emphasis on raw material types, artifact typologies, reduction sequences, refitting studies, use wear analysis, and sourcing and dating methods.
This course is designed to provide an introduction to the discipline of forensic anthropology. It will cover the basic information and methods necessary to recognize, collect, identify, and process skeletonized human remains. Cross-listed with CJS-332.
Intensive study of selected topics in anthropology May be repeated as topics change to a maximum of 8 credits.
Introduction to ethnographic field research methods and techniques in anthropology, including research design, ethics, participant-observation, interviewing, notetaking, ethnohistory, report writing, and visual documentation. Students complete assigned and independent ethnographic field research projects. Fieldwork required.
Advanced independent study of an Anthropology area not normally available in the curriculum. Requires written report. May be repeated to a total of 4 credits.
Planning, executing and completing a senior thesis in Anthropology is the goal of this sequence. With guidance from a faculty sponsor and a committee of readers, students will identify and pursue a topic of interest in the field. Written and oral presentation of the project is required for credit. Must be repeated (8 credits total) to qualify for Anthropology/Sociology honors.
Introduction to anthropological knowledge and understanding of human cultures and societies. Cross cultural comparison and review of tribal and industrialized societies. Application of anthropological concepts to provide understanding of other cultures and ones own culture.
An introduction to the biological and cultural evolution of human beings. In addition to the prehistoric record, the course will cover primatology, human variation, and problems of theory and practice in archeology.
In-depth, examination of cultural change and culture process in prehistoric societies in the Americas. The course begins with the first appearance of humans in the Americas and ends with the arrival of the first European explorers and includes multiple theoretical perspectives on prehistoric behavior from the social sciences.
This course will provide a holistic and comparative approach to the study of religious beliefs and practices. Students will explore magical and religious behavior, ritual, myth, shamanism, curing, spirit possession, ancestor worship, witchcraft, and millennial and countercultural movements in a variety of tribal and state societies.
This course focuses on the nature of conflict in human societies around the world and examines the roles of violence from a cross cultural perspective. Conflict and violence are studied in societies ranging from food foragers to complex states, to explore the consequences of what is labeled violence.