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Introduces major ideas and areas in study of social and cultural anthropology. Use of ethnographic data and film to illustrate the anthropologist's view of societies in their sociocultural and ecological dimensions.
Survey of human evolution from our earliest bipedal ancestors to the origins and spread of modern humans. Considers the fossil evidence as well as the scientific methods of comparative and functional anatomy, paleo-genetics, and prehistoric archaeology.
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 the two sub-fields of anthropology as scientific disciplines.
Introduces anthropology's biocultural approaches to health. Topics include evolutionary perspectives, social determinants, ethno-medical systems, disease vs. illness, infections and chronic disease, diet and nutrition, growth and development, reproductive health, aging, stress and mental health, health disparities, and alternative medicine.
Introduces social science research methods using examples from anthropology's sub-disciplines. Topics include selecting questions, ethics, data collection, and basic qualitative and quantitative statistical analyses. This course is required for anthropology majors who entered the University in the 2020-21 academic year or later.
Introduces students to material culture studies, broadly defined as the study of all of the things people make and all of the ways people have altered the physical world. Explores the approaches, concepts, and methods of numerous disciplines that investigate material culture.
Explores how preparing, eating, and thinking about food demonstrates culturally determined gender and power relations in different societies. Uses cross-cultural and interdisciplinary perspectives to explore the topics of nutrition, eating disorders, body images, and gender differences.
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."
ANTH232 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 understanding and interaction.
Uses an evolutionary perspective to examine health and disease among contemporary humans. Topics include infectious diseases, cancer and other diseases associated with modern lifestyle, birth difficulty, sleep patterns, back ailments, fallen arches, dental problems, hemorrhoids, and mental disorders.
Considers the challenges, contradictions, and aspirations of global health. Emphasis on how culture, race, gender, class, and other social contrasts shape conditions of life and death across the world. Topics include poverty, industrial harm, corporate philanthropy, pharmaceuticals, and social justice.
Utilizes evolutionary, comparative, materialist, and symbolic perspectives to examine the interaction of biology and culture for food systems and nutrition. Topics include food as medicine, diet and the microbiome, under- and over-nutrition, hunger, child and infant feeding, and solutions to diet-related problems.
Considers historical and contemporary debates about the ways Islamic religious texts, discourse, norms, law, and practices create and sustain gender and hierarchy in Muslim religious, social, political, and familial life. Utilizes ethnography, film, fiction, and scholarship by and about Muslim women and men within and beyond the Arab core.
Examines the origin and varied meanings of the concept of development as a socioeconomic and historical phenomenon. Uses case studies to explore the positive and negative impacts of development on urban and rural spaces and on gender and race relations in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
Focuses on the social, cultural, and political dimensions of historical and contemporary refugee crises and forced migrations. Draws on anthropological modes of inquiry to critically understand the lives of refugees and what their experiences imply about global structures of inequality.
Examines the cultural dimensions of law, human rights, and their changing relationship to state power, the global economy, social movements, and everyday life. Investigates how law, politics, and economics are enmeshed and how the law provides tools for both social control and social justice.
Explores Latin America as a region of continuity and change. Focuses on the historical, political, economic, and social processes that have shaped and continue to shape this region. Main themes
include gender and ethnic/racial relations, the role of the state and the military, human rights, globalization, and migration.
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.
An overview of anthropological studies of disasters, crises, and emergencies. Considers theories, methods, and finding for both man-made and natural hazards and the role of anthropologists in interdisciplinary research.
History, theory, and method in the field of archaeology. Open to majors only. Requires permission of instructor.
Examination of 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.
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GEOG345 (Cultural Geography), MUSC227 (Popular Music in the Global South), PHIL204 (World
AFRA110 (Intro African American Studies), HIST170 (Plagues and Peoples in Human History),
HIST203 (Intro Museums)
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)
GEOL105/115 (Geological Hazards and Their Human Impacts), NMSC220 (Forensic Science),
STAT200 (Statistical Practice)
(Does not satisfy breadth requirements, but strongly recommended)