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ANTHROPOLOGY (AN)
 
AN 100 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3 cr
Introduces culture as a set of integrated behaviors and meanings learned in a social environment. Explores the diversity of human cultural practices in terms of kinship, gender, religion, subsistence, and politics. Language is emphasized as the means by which culture is transmitted from one generation to the next. Core Course.
 
AN 101 Introduction to Archaeology 3 cr
  and Physical Anthropology  
The place of people in nature; the origin, development, and differentiation of people as biological organisms; archaeological evidence of early human cultures; basic concepts and principles for understanding human cultures. Introduces students to the topics of evolution, genetics, and primates and integrates cultural aspects associated with early human development. The fundamental orientation and methods of archaeology are introduced and an overview of world prehistory presented. Core Course.
 
AN 105 Honors Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3 cr
Introduces culture as a set of integrated behaviors and meanings learned in a social environment. Explores the diversity of human cultural practices in terms of kinship, gender, religion, subsistence, social inequality, and politics. The Honors Introduction to Cultural Anthropology will provide a more in-depth study of anthropological theories and place more emphasis on discussion of course material than AN 100. It will also involve a fieldwork research project. Prerequisite: students must be enrolled in a University or Departmental Honors Program, or by permission of instructor.
 
AN 106 Honors Introduction to Archaeology and 3 cr
  Physical Anthropology  
The place of people in nature; the origin, development and differentiation of people as biological organisms; archaeological evidence of early human cultures; basic concepts and principles for understanding human cultures. Introduces students to the topics of evolution, genetics, and primates and integrates cultural aspects associated with human development. The fundamental orientation and methods of archaeology are introduced and an overview of world prehistory presented. The Honors course will provide a more in-depth study of the principles, methods, and theories involved in the study of human physical and cultural evolution. Class discussion is emphasized and a class project is required. Prerequisite: students must be enrolled in a University or Departmental Honors Program, or by permission of instructor.
 
AN 200 Language and Culture 3 cr
Brief introduction to descriptive and structural linguistics, language universals, classification and processes of change in language, language and thought, social and cultural factors as expressed in language, origin of language, child language, and non-verbal communication. Prerequisite: AN 100 or 101.
 
AN 210 Physical Anthropology 4 cr
Course focuses on humans as biological and cultural beings and includes a laboratory. Covers variation in modern human populations, as well as evolutionary trends as seen in remains. Also studies nonhuman primates, such as apes and monkeys. Fulfills a College of Arts and Sciences General Education Core Requirement for the Natural Sciences. Fee.
 
AN 290 Special Topics 1-3 cr
Different topics of anthropological importance will be studied as announced. This course may be taken twice for credit when content varies, but not for more than six credits. Prerequisite: AN 100 or 101 or permission of instructor.
 
AN 305 Archaeological Method and Theory 3 cr
The theoretical basis of archaeology, and the various methods used to discover and interpret the human past from material evidence. Prerequisite: AN 100 or 101.
 
AN 313 New World Archaeology 3 cr
The evolution of Native American cultures, from the first arrival of humans across the Bering Straits land bridge to the European settlement of the New World. Prerequisite: AN 100 or 101.
 
AN 335 Field Work in Archaeology 4 cr
Archaeological field and laboratory techniques include excavation, site survey, artifact processing and analysis. Fee. Prerequisite: AN 101 and permission of instructor.
 
AN 340 Native American Cultures 3 cr
An ethnographic and ethnohistorical survey of native cultures of North American, including historical and modern groups, with an emphasis on Indians of the Southeast. Prerequisite: AN 100 or 101.
 
AN 342 Applied Anthropology 3 cr
Issues surrounding theory and method of applied anthropology. Presentation and analysis of case studies concerning problems in areas such as development, both domestic and in foreign settings, community health, homelessness, drug and alcohol abuse, and other. Prerequisite: AN 100 or by permission of instructor.
 
AN 344 Southeast Asian Cultures and Societies 3 cr
This course provides an anthropological assessment of the historical and political development of Southeast Asian societies, and an ethnographic survey of cultures in the region. Prerequisite: AN 100 or by permission of instructor.
 
AN 347 Latin American Cultures and Societies 3 cr
A survey of Latin American society and culture from the precontact period to the present. Precolumbian antecedents, colonial use of land and labor, patterns of race and ethnicity, and problems of development are examined. Prerequisite: AN 100 or by permission of instructor.
 
AN 354 Psychological Anthropology 3 cr
This course provides an introduction to anthropological perspectives of the relationship between culture/society and psychological processes. The course will survey the history of anthropological interest in cross-cultural psychology, and will address current topics of interest of anthropologists in studies of the mind, emotion, and mental illness in a wide range of cultures. Prerequisite: AN 100 or by permission of instructor.
 
AN 355 Gender and Anthropology 3 cr
This course provides an introduction to anthropological themes and debates in gender theory, including an ethnographic survey of women and men in a variety of cultures. Prerequisite: AN 100 or by permission of instructor.
 
AN 356 Kinship and Social Organization 3 cr
Study of the range of variation in family and extended family relations. Marriage, sexuality, and household organization are viewed in comparative perspective. Prerequisite: AN 100.
 
AN 357 Political Anthropology 3 cr
Authority, power, and conflict are examined cross-culturally and in evolutionary perspective. Particular emphasis is placed on the origins of stratification and the state. Prerequisite: AN 100.
 
AN 358 Economic Anthropology 3 cr
An evolutionary survey of production and exchange in diverse societies. Considers the applicability of western economic theory to nonmarket economics, as well as their transformation by global capitalism. Prerequisite: AN 100.
 
AN 394 Directed Studies 1-3 cr
Supervised readings or projects. No more than a total of six hours may be taken for credit. Prerequisite: AN 100 or 101; prior approval of instructor.
 
AN 426 Social and Cultural Change 3 cr
Major theories and processes of social and cultural change, the factors influencing social and cultural change, diffusion of innovations, and adoption of new ideas and practices. Cross-listed as SY 426. Prerequisite: AN 100 or 101 or permission of instructor.
 
AN 430 Forensic Anthropology 3 cr
Techniques by which Physical Anthropologists analyze human remains in order to establish individual identity. Students work in a laboratory setting with human skeletal materials. Prerequisite: AN 210.
 
AN 435 Museum Methods in Archaeology 3 cr
Archaeology as practiced in museums, including the registration and curation of archaeological collections; artifact conservation; public interpretation of the past; and exhibit design, composition, construction, and evaluation. Prerequisite: AN 100 or 101.
 
AN 440 Advanced Archaeological Field Methods 4 cr
This course involves participant instruction in archaeological field and laboratory techniques, including advanced excavation and survey methods, soils analysis, site mapping with electronic instruments, sampling strategy, and site interpretation. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
 
AN 442 Cultural Resource Management 3 cr
This course examines the interaction between archaeologists, architectural historians, historic preservationists, state and federal governments, and the public with regard to cultural resources. The focus of the course is identification, evaluation, and mitigation of cultural resources. Related topics discussed include public perceptions of the past, ethics, and being a professional in historical preservation.
 
AN 454 Anthropological Theory (W) 3 cr
An advanced historical survey of anthropological ideas, with primary emphasis on contemporary theoretical orientations and debates. Examines anthropology's often contested status as a science or humanity. Prerequisite: AN 100.
 
AN 456 Health and Culture (W) 3 cr
This course provides an overview of a broad range of subjects in the fields of medical anthropology and medical sociology. It analyzes the ways in which health, illness, and healing are embedded in their cultural and social contexts. And it investigates healing practices and meanings attributed to health and illness in a variety of cultures and social settings. Prerequisite: AN 100 or by permission of instructor.
 
AN 458 Ethnological Research Methods 3 cr
A survey of methods and techniques used by cultural anthropologists in the collection and interpretation of data. Examines procedures involved in formulating a research proposal and selecting appropriate research methods. Prerequisite: AN 100.
 
AN 490 Special Topics 3 cr
Different topics of anthropological importance will be studied as announced. This course may be taken for credit when the content varies; not more than six credits will be accepted toward the degree. Prerequisite: Senior standing; minimum of nine hours of Anthropology above 300 level; or permission of instructor.
 
AN 492 Senior Seminar 3 cr
Course specifically designed for majors in their senior year. Some topical aspect of the discipline will be analyzed. Prerequisite: AN 100 or 101.
 
AN 496 Anthropology Internship 3-6 cr
Provides an opportunity to combine academic principles with practical experiences in an agency dealing with human relationships, cultural resources, or primate research. Specifics of the assignment result from a mutual agreement among student, course director and agency. Course may be repeated for a maximum of six hours of credit. Prerequisite: Advanced standing in Anthropology major and permission of course director.
 
AN 499 Honors Senior Thesis 3 cr

With the guidance and advise of a faculty mentor, Honors Students will identify and carry out an in-depth, field research project in anthropology. The Honors Senior Thesis will be judged and graded by a committee of three faculty, chaired by the faculty mentor. This course will be repeated, for up to six credits Prerequisites: Anthropology major, Senior status; permission of a faculty mentor, grade-point average of 3.5; and completion of a thesis prospectus, prepared in consultation with the faculty mentor through an AN 394 Directed Studies course taken during the Junior year.

 
 

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