Anthropology is the holistic study of human beings as biological and cultural organisms in both the past and present. It's divided into four subdisciplines: biological, archaeology, linguistics and cultural anthropology.

Anthropology 101

Introduction to Anthropology


Fall, Spring. Credit, four hours. Survey of the study of the human species: bicultural evolution, prehistory, language, and comparative social and cultural systems.

Anthropology 200/Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology 201

Foundations of Behavior


Spring. Credit, four hours. Prerequisite: permission of instructor is required; it is open to all sophomores. First-year students will be added after sophomores register. This course presents an introduction to evolutionary processes and biological bases of behavior. Examples drawn especially from humans and nonhuman primates will be used to place human behavior in the context of other species and to illustrate the dual inheritance of biology and culture in our species.

Anthropology 201

Concepts and Methods in Biological Anthropology


Fall. Credit, four hours. Evolution of the human species, fossil populations, human variation, and primate behavior. Weekly lab.

Anthropology 202

Concepts and Methods in Cultural Anthropology


Fall, Spring. Credit, four hours. Basic concepts and theories of cultural anthropology. Comparative economic and political systems, social organization and the family, belief systems, and modes of communication. Diverse levels of sociocultural complexity from tribal to industrial societies.

Anthropology 204

Introduction to Archaeology


Spring. Credit, four hours. Through comprehensive methods of survey and mapping, excavation and analysis, archaeology studies constructed human environments including those in which we live and the ruined traces of those from the past.

Anthropology 265

Anthropology of Gender


Fall (alternate years). Credit, four hours. No prerequisites. The cross-cultural study of gender and sexuality. We pay special attention to the way genders are performed and the important role of language in the construction of genders. While all cultures identify and mark differences in gender, there is an incredible diversity in the ways that they do so. In this course, we will explore the ways the people from different times and different communities imagine, practice, experience, challenge, and impose ideas of gender and sexuality.

Anthropology 280

South Asia: Anthropology Perspectives


Fall (alternate years). Credit, four hours. Ethnographic study of South Asia, with particular attention given to the Indian subcontinent. Topics in religion, social structure, and personality addressed.

Anthropology 314

Race and Racism: Myths and Realities

Spring (alternate years). Credit, four hours. The history of race—as a scientific concept and as a dominant factor of social identity—from its eighteenth-century origins to the falsification of the biological race hypothesis by modern genetics.

Anthropology 352

Globalization and Transnational Cultures


Spring (alternate years). Credit, four hours. Prerequisite: Anthropology 101, 201, or 202. The course explores the changing shape of the global economy and its relationship to culture. As an upper-division writing course, students should have some familiarity with reading and writing ethnographic text.

Anthropology 353

Economic Anthropology


Spring (alternate years). Credit, four hours. The cross-cultural study of traditional markets and exchange patterns, social relations surrounding production, and urban diverse patterns of consumption. Western economic theory contrasted with other approaches to the study of economic customs.

Anthropology 385R

Special Topics in Anthropology


TBA. Credit, four hours. Prerequisites: Anthropology 101 and permission of instructor and of the chair of the History and Social Sciences Division. Seminar or lecture series on topics of special anthropological concern. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Anthropology 397R

Directed Study

TBA. Variable credit. Prerequisites: Anthropology 101 and permission of instructor. Independent reading and research under the direction of a faculty member. Students must submit for instructor approval a one-page written proposal of the work to be done. This course does not satisfy distribution requirements in history and social sciences.