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Undergraduate Program

Courses

Please see below for detailed information on the courses offered this year.

Courses by term:

Check the course schedules/descriptions available via the Registrar's Office for the official schedules for the widest range of terms for which such information is available.


All Courses

Below you will find a list of all undergraduate courses that have been offered.

NOTE: Not all of these courses are offered in any given year.

ANT 101 CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY

Provide an understanding of cultural variation and how anthropologists interpret it.

Last Offered: Spring 2018

ANT 102 INTRODUCTION TO MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY

Exploration of anthropological interpretation, research, and writing on the ways different peoples understand and deal with issues of illness and disease.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

ANT 103 WOMEN IN SOCIETY

Examines duality of women's lives: how they are subordinated in patriarchal systems cross-culturally and how they use indirect aggression to obtain power. Class participants consider race and class variation and the gender specific ways women respond to systemic subordination. Ethnography and ethnographic techniques enable students to interview at least three generations of women regarding their life histories.

ANT 104 CONTEMPORARY ISSUES & ANTHROPOLOGY

The course shows distinctive ways anthropologists study the world, and considers how ethnographic research can contribute to our understanding of pressing contemporary social problems and their solutions.

Last Offered: Spring 2018

ANT 105 LANGUAGE & CULTURE

No description

Last Offered: Fall 2017

ANT 110 INTRODUCTION TO LINGUISTIC ANALYSIS

Investigates the structure of human language, covering the basic techniques and concepts in the subfields of contemporary linguistic analysis.

Last Offered: Spring 2018

ANT 120 JUSTICE AND EQUALITY

No description

Last Offered: Spring 2015

ANT 121 THE CITY: CONTESTED SPACES

No description

Last Offered: Fall 2017

ANT 126 THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF HOME

No description

Last Offered: Fall 2017

ANT 182 RELIGION AND LAW

No description

Last Offered: Spring 2018

ANT 201 THEORY AND METHOD IN ANTHROPOLOGY

A survey of major developments in anthropological thought. Explore the relationship between sociocultural theory and the methodologies used by anthropologists to conduct ethnographic research.

Last Offered: Spring 2018

ANT 202 MODERN SOCIAL THEORY: KEY TEXTS & ISSUES

A close textual analysis by authors who established the framework of modern social theory, such as Karl Marx, Max Weber and Sigmund Freud.

Prerequisites: Two previous anthropology courses or permission of Instructor
Last Offered: Fall 2017

ANT 203 RITUAL, MYTH & COSMOLOGY

Major anthropological approaches to the study of the symbolic knowledge embedded in life-cycle rituals, origin myths and religious scriptures.

Prerequisites: Two previous anthropology courses or permission of Instructor
Last Offered: Spring 2018

ANT 204 ETHNOGRAPHIC THEMES

The role ethnographic texts play in posing and answering questions about human culture and society.

Prerequisites: Two previous anthropology courses or permission of instructor
Last Offered: Fall 2016

ANT 205 THEORIES & DEBATES IN ANTHROPOLOGY

Contemporary and historical debates which have shaped theory and method in cultural anthropology, showing how they have shifted over time and differed between national traditions.

Prerequisites: At least two previous anthropology courses or permission of instructor
Last Offered: Spring 2018

ANT 213 WORLD MUSIC IN CONTEXT

Some of the world's major music traditions, including theater music from China and Japan, Indian and Indonesian classical music, ritual and ceremonial music from West Africa, Eastern Europe, and the United States. Focuses on musical sound structures as well as social, political, and religious contexts for musical performances.

Last Offered: Spring 2018

ANT 215 PUBLIC HEALTH ANTHROPOLOGY

Using a critical lens, this course examines how forms of social organization create good health for some groups and poor health for other groups.

Last Offered: Spring 2018

ANT 216 MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY

Cultural and social dimensions of health and illness including the political and economic dimensions.

Last Offered: Spring 2018

ANT 219 MULDIS TOPICS SUSTAINABIL

The goal of this class is to acquaint students with a range of topics in the natural and social sciences that relate to environmental change.

Last Offered: Spring 2013

ANT 222 MATERIALITY & MEANING

In this course, we will explore the social and communicative roles that objects play in human society and investigate how people use objects to communicate, rebel, exert power, or make sense of the world around them in both market and non-market contexts.

Last Offered: Spring 2015

ANT 223 NATURE, LANDSCAPE, ENVIRONMENT

Anthropological approaches to the environment will be broadly defined.

Last Offered: Fall 2012

ANT 224 ANTHROPOLOGY & DEVELOPMENT

Major trends in the anthropological study of international development through ethnographic case studies from around the world.

Last Offered: Spring 2018

ANT 226 CULTURE AND CONSUMPTION

Anthropological approaches to the study of mass consumption and material culture. Specific topics for investigation include: possessions and personhood; the history of modern consumerism in the West; fashion and social status; and the globalization of markets.

Prerequisites: ANT 101 or 201 helpful
Last Offered: Fall 2013

ANT 228 WOMEN, CLOTH, AND CULTURE

An inquiry into women's predominant roles as textile artists, particularly in the Americas.

Last Offered: Spring 2012

ANT 230 WAR, GENOCIDE & JUSTICE

This course will explore how societies attempt to achieve justice in the wake of political violence such as genocide or civil war.

Prerequisites: This course will explore how societies attempt to achieve justice in the wake of political violence such as genocide or civil war.
Last Offered: Fall 2015

ANT 231 (IL)LEGAL ANTHROPOLOGY

Examines the power of law in the contemporary world through a focus on illegal practices.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

ANT 232 INDIGENOUS RIGHTS AND WORLDS

This course explores the legal, political, and philosophical dimensions of the concept of indigenous people; how it differs from overlapping concepts such as peasantry, race, ethnicity, language, culture, and religion; how its definition varies according to the history of colonialism in different parts of the world; and why this movement gained momentum after the end of the Cold War.

Last Offered: Spring 2018

ANT 235 THE BLACK BODY

No description

Last Offered: Fall 2017

ANT 239 LATIN AMERICAN IMMIGRATION

Contemporary ethnographies of Latin American migration, globalization, transnationalism, and international justice.

Last Offered: Fall 2014

ANT 240 MUS ETHNOGRAPHY & HIV

No description

Last Offered: Spring 2014

ANT 246 ANTHROPOLOGICAL APPROACHES TO GENDER & SEXUALITY

This course will examine gender as a key component of social, economic, and political life.

Last Offered: Fall 2016

ANT 248 COLONIAL & CONTEMPORARY AFRICA

The impact of capitalism on African socioeconomic institutions during and after the era of formal colonialism.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

ANT 253 PREHISTORY OF ANCIENT PERU: The Incas and Their Treasures

The central Andes constitute one of the cradles of ancient civilization. Archaeologists and historians have studied the cultural development of Pre-Hispanic societies, including the Incas and their ancestors. This course reviews the prehistory of Ancient Peru, a core area of the central Andes, focusing on its most remarkable processes of cultural evolution throughout thousands of years of human adaptation to harsh environments and social pressures.

Last Offered: Fall 2012

ANT 254 RELIGION AND POWER IN ANDES

An overview of an anthropological and archaeological perspective of religion and rituals in Pre-Hispanic Andean civilization, specifically in the formation of archaic states of Ancient Peru.

Last Offered: Fall 2012

ANT 257 CHINESE SOCIETY AFTER MAO

Adopts an anthropological approach towards understanding the dramatic socio-cultural transformations that have followed in the wake of China’s post-Mao economic reforms.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

ANT 260 NATIVE AMERICAN ART & RELIGION

This examination of selected spiritual and artistic traditions of the indigenous peoples of North America will range from the Canadian arctic to the desert southwest, as we look at various ways in which the visual arts articulate religious and philosophical systems of thought.

Last Offered: Fall 2016

ANT 261 TRUTH & POWER

No description

Last Offered: Spring 2016

ANT 262 CULTURE AND RELIGION IN THE INDIAN OCEAN

The transformations of the world religions during the colonial and post-colonial periods in the countries bordering the Indian Ocean.

Last Offered: Spring 2011

ANT 264 ISLAM & GBL POLITICS

The response of the Islamic world to European colonialism and American foreign policy.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

ANT 265 GLOBAL HEALTH

The social and cultural circumstances that give rise to religious fundamentalism, explore the reasons for its attraction to adherents, and look at its contrasts with other forms of religious practice.

Last Offered: Spring 2018

ANT 266 ANTHROPOLOGY OF GLOBALIZATN

Discussions of globalization within cultural anthropology and related disciplines. How, why, and with what consequences people and money, ideas and technologies variously move across the planet.

Last Offered: Spring 2018

ANT 267 ANTHROPOLOGY OF SOCIALISM & POST-SOCIALISM

Socialism (and its aftermath) as a cultural, political, and economic system and how it affected the everyday lives of people in China, Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and elsewhere through a holistic, anthropological approach.

Last Offered: Fall 2013

ANT 268 SCIENCE, CULTURE & EXPERTISE

In this course, we will investigate how people develop knowledge about the natural and social worlds. Through these case studies, we will explore the ways in which personal relations, cultural values, and power struggles are essential to scientific production rather than peripheral to it.

Last Offered: Fall 2015

ANT 269 EARLY CIVILIZATION AFRICA

No description

Last Offered: Spring 2016

ANT 270 RADICAL SOCIAL THEORY

This course examines the arguments and the rhetoric of radical thinkers who have tried to change the world rather than just interpret it since the revolutions of 1848.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

ANT 273 ARCHAEOLOGY OF AFRICA

No description

Last Offered: Spring 2016

ANT 277 MUSEUM AND 'THE OTHER'

History and development of ideas about non-Western peoples as presented in North American museums from 1880 to the present.

Last Offered: Spring 2012

ANT 281K SOLVING UR'S ENVIRO-FOOTPRINT

No description

Last Offered: Spring 2010

ANT 283 PREHIST OF ANC PERU:INCAS

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Last Offered: Fall 2017

ANT 284 ANTHROPOLOGY OF TOURISM

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Last Offered: Fall 2016

ANT 285 Res. Coll.: Morgan Bicent.

This colloquium will facilitate research into the life, works and legacies of Lewis Henry Morgan (1818-1881).

Last Offered: Fall 2017

ANT 287 CITIES & URBANISM

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Last Offered: Fall 2016

ANT 288 SOC CONST OF WHITENESS

No description

Last Offered: Spring 2018

ANT 289 HISTORY OF EUROPEAN EXPLORATION

No description

Last Offered: Spring 2012

ANT 290 MALAWI SUPERVISED TEACHING

No description

Last Offered: Summer 2016

ANT 292 SENIOR SEMINAR

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ANT 294 ARCHAEOLOGY AFRICAN DIASPORA

No description

Last Offered: Spring 2018

ANT 296 ETHNOARCHAEOLOGY OF AFRICA

No description

Last Offered: Spring 2018

ANT 298 DIGITAL ARCHAEOLOGY AFRICA

No description

Last Offered: Summer 2017

ANT 299 MALAWI IMMERSION SEMINAR

A three week study abroad/experiential learning program focusing on the health, social, political and cultural issues in Malawi, Africa.

Last Offered: Summer 2017

ANT 301 ADVANCED TOPIC SEMINAR: NATURE

"NATURE" -- As biology, kinship, and environment--in anthropology.

Prerequisites: ANT 101 Cultural Anthropology
Last Offered: Fall 2016

ANT 302 ADVANCED TOPIC SEMINAR: WORK & PLAY

How different cultures classify some forms of activity as work and others as play.

Prerequisites: ANT 101 Cultural Anthropology
Last Offered: Spring 2012

ANT 303 ADVANCED TOPIC SEMINAR: MIGRATION

Migration is a universal part of human life, but it takes on special meanings in a contemporary world divided by the borders of nation-states. This course will investigate migration in a broad anthropological context, with a special focus on recent studies of migration in the Americas (North, South, and Central). Readings will include contemporary studies from the anthropology and sociology of migration, as well as classic texts on topics like: boundaries and the social order, language and nationalism, structure and agency, shifting gender roles, and the politics of cultural identity. Students will also be expected to conduct some original research on a topic related to migration

Prerequisites: ANT 101 Cultural Anthropology
Last Offered: Fall 2017

ANT 304 ADVANCE TOPIC SEMINAR: ALTERNATIVE MODERNITIES

Can modernization result in quite diverse religious, political and economic institutions? Examples are drawn from Christian, Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist societies.

Prerequisites: ANT 201 Theory and Method in Anthropology
Last Offered: Fall 2011

ANT 305 ADV TOP SEM: MONEY AND MORALITY

This course examines classic and contemporary anthropological debates concerning the effects of money and capitalist relations on social life, cultural values, and interpersonal relationships.

Prerequisites: ANT 101 Cultural Anthropology
Last Offered: Spring 2018

ANT 306 ADV TOP SEM:THE CORPORATION

This seminar considers the prospects for an anthropology of corporations that focuses on the specific historical, legal, and structural features of the modern for-profit, investor-owned business corporation.

Last Offered: Spring 2014

ANT 307 ADV TOP SEM: POST-HUMANISM

Investigates recent trends in anthropology and related disciplines that examine and push the limits of being human.

Last Offered: Fall 2013

ANT 308 ADVANCED TOPIC SEMINAR:ANTHROPOLOGY OF LAND & ENERGY

Energy production is tied to land: whether coal, natural gas, oil, biofuel, wind, water, or solar. This seminar focuses on the cultural politics of land use associated with changing forms of energy production and consumption in the world today.

Last Offered: Fall 2014

ANT 309 ADV SEM:INDIGINEOUS PEOP MOV

The legal, political, and philosophical dimensions of the concept of indigenous peoples.

Last Offered: Spring 2015

ANT 310K SOCIAL NETWORK THEORY & ENTREPRENEURIAL ACTIVITY IN SILICON VALLEY I

Network theory is at the forefront of an emerging collaboration among academics, with many new and interesting interdisciplinary implications, especially for entrepreneurship. Students will analyze cutting-edge research and network modeling techniques.

Last Offered: Spring 2016

ANT 312 ADV MONEY AND MORALITY

No description

Last Offered: Spring 2016

ANT 370 CONTEMPORARY ISSUES AND ANT

No description

Last Offered: Summer 2011

ANT 384 VISUAL CULTURE OF HERITAGE & IDENTITY

How people (through the collectivities of gender, ethnicity, race, or nation) construct visual narratives about the past.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

ANT 386V FULL TIME VISITING STUDENT

No description

Last Offered: Fall 2017

ANT 390 SUPERVISED TEACHING

For ANT 101, Cultural Anthropology. By application only. The TA program requires students to work in teams and to lead group discussion.

Last Offered: Spring 2018

ANT 391 INDEPENDENT STUDY

No description

Last Offered: Spring 2018

ANT 392 PRACTICUM IN ANTHROPOLOGY

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Last Offered: Spring 2018

ANT 393 HONORS RESEARCH & ANTHROPOLOGY

No description

Last Offered: Spring 2018

ANT 393W SENIOR PROJECT

No description

Last Offered: Spring 2018

ANT 394 INTERNSHIP

Internships will be graded on a pass/fail basis only.

Last Offered: Spring 2018

ANT 395 READINGS IN ANTHRO

No description

Last Offered: Fall 2017