Anthropology Courses

Courses in anthropology (designated ANTH) may be applied as appropriate (according to individual program requirements) toward

  • the general education requirement in the behavioral and social sciences
  • a major in social science
  • a major or minor in East Asian studies
  • a minor in diversity awareness
  • electives

Introduction to Biological Anthropology (3 Credits, ANTH 101)

A survey of general patterns in the development of human culture, addressing the biological and morphological aspects of humans viewed in their cultural setting. The aim is to apply anthropological knowledge to understanding human origins and how human populations adapt to the environment. Discussion examines human evolution and adaptation, including biocultural patterns in humans and other primates. Students who complete both ANTH 101 and ANTH 102 may not receive credit for ANTH 340, BEHS 340, or BEHS 341.

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3 Credits, ANTH 102)

A survey of social and cultural principles inherent in ethnographic descriptions. The objective is to apply anthropological knowledge of human behavior to everyday situations and problems. Students who complete both ANTH 101 and ANTH 102 may not receive credit for ANTH 340, BEHS 340, or BEHS 341.

World Prehistory and Archaeology (3 Credits, ANTH 345)

An intermediate-level exploration of world prehistory and archaeology. The goal is to analyze the cultural and subsistence patterns of prehistoric humans in order to relate these patterns to contemporary human societies and populations. Discussion includes archaeological theories and methods, subsistence strategies, and the application of archaeology to address community, regional and global issues and concerns.

Anthropology of Language and Communication (3 Credits, ANTH 346)

An intermediate-level, anthropological study of language, communication, and culture. The aim is to assess how the concepts, approaches, and methods of linguistic anthropology explain communication in changing cultural environments, recognizing how language both shapes and is shaped by culture. Topics include the evolution and history of human language, structural elements of verbal and nonverbal language, language as social action, speech communities, and linguistic diversity in the contemporary world.

Peoples and Cultures of East Asia (3 Credits, ANTH 417)

An advanced anthropological study of the peoples and cultures of East Asia, focusing on China, Japan, and Korea. The aim is to apply anthropological theories and methods to the interpretation of contemporary East Asian cultures, relate family structure to individual choices and social interactions in East Asian cultures, and analyze how ethnic and national identities and regional differences affect regional and global interactions. Topics include urbanization, social values, social change, and the role of East Asia in the modern world.