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ANTH101 - Intro Social/Cultural Anthropology

(Group B, multicultural, cultural anth) Introduces the concepts, theories, and methods of cultural anthropology in its studies of the diversity and dynamics of human societies. Students learn to think cross-culturally about contemporary social problems and how to address them. Topics include identity, gender, family, ritual, politics, health, and the environment. Content is directly applicable to daily life and a wide variety of careers.

Section 012; asynchronous online; J. Neitzel

Section 013; asynchronous online; K. Thomas

Section 014; asynchronous online; J. Trivedi

Section 015; asynchronous online; G. Ramsay

ANTH104 – Intro Archaeological and Biological Anthropology

(Group D, archaeology or biological anth) Examines the fossil and archaeological record of human biological and cultural evolution. Emphasizes how archaeologists and biological anthropologists conduct their research. Considers the questions, methods, and data that distinguish these two sub-fields of anthropology as scientific disciplines.

Section 010; MWF 1:25-2:15pm in person; T. Rocek

Section 080 (honors); MWF 1:25-2:15pm in person; T. Rocek

ANTH105 – Archaeology of the Modern World

(Group B, archaeology) An introduction to the methods, practice, and foundations of historical archaeology as well as to how historical archaeology can study and has interpreted the modern world. Introduces students to the emergence and evolution of the modern world through a discipline that is global in scope, theoretically and methodologically diverse, and highly interdisciplinary.

Section 010; TR 11:00am-12:15pm in person; L. DeCunzo

ANTH106 – Anthropology of Health

(Group D, biological or cultural anth) Introduces biocultural approaches and social determinants of health. Topics include explanatory models of illness and disease, medical pluralism, infections, chronic disease, aging, diet and nutrition, reproductive health, stress and mental health, racism and health disparities, structural vulnerability and violence, climate change and health, and environmental justice.

Section 010; asynchronous online; D. Ansari

ANTH200 – Intro to the History of Anthropological Theory

Provides a foundation in anthropological theory and insights into the relationship between theory, method, and social context. Examines the history of anthropology as an academic discipline and intellectual enterprise.

Section 010; TR 8:40-9:55am in person; C. Guerron-Montero

ANTH202 – Genes, Bones​​, and Human Evolution

(Group D, biological anth) Surveys human evolution from our earliest bipedal ancestors to the origins and spread of modern humans. Evaluates fossil evidence as well as the scientific methods of comparative and functional anatomy, paleo-genetics, and prehistoric archaeology. Key questions include how humans are different from and similar to our closest ape relatives, and when, why, and where we started walking on two legs, making tools, and burying our dead.

Section 010 ; TR 9:30-10:45am in person ; K. Rosenberg

ANTH209 – Contempo​​rary South Asia

(Group B, multicultural, cultural anth) Applies anthropological perspective to the social, cultural, political, historical, and development aspects of South Asia including India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh. Major topics include gender, caste system, labor relations, social movements, religious and border conflicts, environmental issues, and popular forms of entertainment.

Section 010 ; TR 2:00-3:15pm in person ; V. Thakur

ANTH228 – Peoples and Cul​​tures of the Southwest

(Group B, multicultural, archaeology or cultural anth) Survey of pre-European, historic period, and contemporary Native cultures of the US Southwest. Introduces basic concepts of anthropology and archaeology and considers theoretical issues related to culture change with an emphasis on the adoption of agriculture, social transformations, and migration.

Section 010 ; MWF 10:10 – 11:00am in person T. Rocek

ANTH229 – Indians of North America

(Group C, multicultural, cultural anth) Provides an overview of North America's indigenous peoples. Emphasis on understanding Native American cultures just prior to and during the early phases of their disruption by European Contact. Separates what we “think we know" about American Indian people from what is “truly known."

Section 010 ; asynchronous online; J. Custer

ANTH232 – Anthropology of Global Youth

(Group C, multicultural, DLE, cultural anth) Joins diverse students in mutual learning about cultural similarities and differences as young, privileged, and connected citizens of today's globalized world. Students teach each other about their lives and cultures with the goal of generating deeper cross-cultural understanding and interaction.

Section 010; asynchronous online; J. Neitzel

ANTH234 – Environmental Anthropology

(Group C, multicultural, cultural anth) Examines the dependence, interactions, and impacts of humans on their natural environments. Topics include how the environment determines human behavior and shapes people's identities. Also considers how changing political institutions and social values affect the environment, conflicting claims to natural resources, environmental degradation, and struggles for conservation.

Section 010 ; TR 11:00am-12:15pm in person V. Thakur

ANTH236 – Anthropology of Sport

Group C, multicultural, cultural anth) Examines sports from a cross-cultural perspective. The unifying theme is how sports interact with and reflect other aspects of culture, such as economics, politics, religion, identity, gender, and change. These inter-relationships are examined in case studies drawn from traditional and contemporary cultures.

Section 010; MW 3:35-4:50pm online; J. Neitzel

ANTH302 – M​edical Anthropology

(Group D, biological or cultural anth) Overview of health and illness across different socio-cultural contexts worldwide. Case studies include COVID-19, HIV/AIDS, other infectious diseases, chronic illness, political violence, and environmental health with emphasis on the effects of race, gender, and class. Also considers aspects of Western medicine, such as the mind/body dichotomy, doctor/patient relationship, and dominance of pharmaceuticals.

Section 010 ; MWF 2:30-3:20pm online; D. Ansari

ANTH304 –​​ Culture, Health, and the Environment

(Group C, biological or cultural anth) Examines how people's cultural beliefs and behaviors affect health and the environment, how health issues shape cultural responses to risk and decisions about the environment, and how environments impact cultural perceptions and health. Case studies consider questions about inequality, food, agriculture, disasters, pollution, and climate change.

Section 010 ; W 5:00-8:00pm in person; J. Trivedi

ANTH344 – Anthropology​ of Clothes

(Group A, multicultural, cultural anth) Uses clothing as a starting point for examining the themes of gender/sexuality, race and the body, and colonialism. Considers the ritual significance of clothing and bodily adornment in traditional societies and the role of style in contemporary social movements and identity categories. Also investigates the globalization of the fashion industry, focusing on the relationships among citizenship, consumption, labor, and power.

Section 010; MWF 11:15am-12:05pm in person K. Thomas

ANTH356 – Anthropology of Childhood

(Group D, biological anth) Many aspects of childhood that seem inevitable or natural are, in fact, shaped by culture and not rooted in our biology. Examines childhood from biological and cultural perspectives, how humans compare to nonhuman primates, and how humans vary across cultures today and through time.

Section 010 ; TR 12:30-1:45pm in person; K. Rosenberg ;

ANTH379 – Archaeo​​​logy and Colonialism

(Group B, archaeology) Uses comparative archaeological perspectives to study North American colonial and resistant cultures in their historical contexts and to test models of cultural assimilation, creolization, and hybridity. Examines material objects as tools of colonization and cultural disruption and other non-colonizing ways of teaching and researching colonized populations.

Section 010; TR 2:00-3:15pm in person; L. DeCunzo

ANTH381 – Vision​​s of Native Americans

(Group A, multicultural, cultural anth) Critically examines the visual images of Native Americans that have been created in films, photography, commercial art, and media and analyzes how those images function in Euroamerican culture to perpetuate destructive racial stereotypes.

Section 101; asynchronous online; J. Custer

ANTH382 – Anthropology of Capitalism

(Group C, cultural anth) How culture affects business and capitalism in societies worldwide and how modern capitalistic life affects culture. Looks at diverse work cultures from direct-sales organizations to dot-coms, street-vendor businesses to mega-corporations, as well as working women and the working poor in different cultures.

Section 010 ; MW 3:35-4:50pm in person ; P. Benson​

ANTH486 – Tutorial in Social and Cultural Anthropology 

(2nd writing, capstone, DLE) History, theory, and method in the field of social and cultural anthropology. In-depth engagements with classic and contemporary debates about major themes and approaches. Students undertake supervised original research. Open to majors only. Requires permission of instructor.​

Section 010; MW 8:40-9:55am in person; K. Thomas 

ANTH488 – Tutorial in B​iological Anthropology 

(2nd writing, capstone) Applies an explicitly biocultural perspective to contemporary research themes in biological/medical anthropology. Topics include evolutionary medicine, stress and disease, the microbiome, epigenetics, and sex and gender. Students critically evaluate literature, facilitate discussions, write a research proposal, and give constructive feedback to peers. Open to majors only. Requires permission of instructor. 

Section 010; T 3:30-6:30pm in person; M. Melby

HDFS202 – Diversity and Families 

(Group C, multicultural, cultural anth) Examines diverse families in the United States with a focus on issues of race, ethnicity, social class, and gender. Emphasizes the accelerating effects of globalization and social change. 

Section 010; asynchronous online ; B. Sherif-Trask 

Section 011; MWF 11:15-12:05 in person ; B. Sherif-Trask

Section 080 (honors) MWF 11:15-12:05 in person ; B. Sherif-Trask​

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Recommended Courses for Breadth Requirements

Group A 

GEOG345 (Cultural Geography), MUSC227 (Popular Music in the Global South), PHIL204 (World 

Religions)

Group B  

AFRA110 (Intro African American Studies), HIST170 (Plagues and Peoples in Human History), 

HIST203 (Intro Museums)

Group C 

AFRA215 (Race in Society), CGSC170 (Intro to Cognitive Science), GEOG120 (World Regional 

Geography), HLPR110 (Intro Public Health), HLPR233 (Intro Global Health), LING101 (Intro 

Linguistics), POSC220 (Intro Public Policy), WOMS 201(Intro Women’s Studies)

Group D 

GEOL105/115 (Geological Hazards and Their Human Impacts), NMSC220 (Forensic Science), 

STAT200 (Statistical Practice)

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Strongly Recommended Courses for Anthropological Studies

(Does not satisfy breadth requirements, but strongly recommended) 

  • GEOG372 (Intro GIS) 
  • UAPP428 (World Heritage Sites – 1 credit)
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