Introduction to Anthropology
Fall, Spring. Credit, four hours. Survey of the study of the human species: biocultural evolution, prehistory, language, and comparative social and cultural systems.
Foundation of Behavior
Spring. Credit, four hours. 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.
Concepts and Methods in Biological Anthropology
Fall. Credit, four hours. Evolution of the human species, fossil populations, human variation, and primate behavior. Weekly lab.
Concepts and Methods in Cultural Anthropology
Fall, Spring. Credit, four hours. Prerequisite: Anthropology 101 or permission of instructor. 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.
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 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.
South Asia: Anthropology Perspectives
Fall (alternate years). Credit, four hours. Prerequisite: Anthropology 101 (writing course). Ethnographic study of South Asia, with particular attention given to the Indian subcontinent. Topics in religion, social structure, and personality addressed.
Race and Racism: Myths and Realities
Spring (offered occasionally). 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.