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100. Introduction to Anthropology. 3 credits. An introduction to the breadth of inquiry pursued by anthropologists, including the origins and biological evolution of humans, the prehistoric development of world cultures, and the interplay of biological, social, and cultural factors in present day societies. On demand.
120. Introduction to the Forensic Sciences. Introduction to Forensic Sciences is for those who are curious about the many fields of the forensic sciences but have no previous background in a) science; and/or b) forensic science. This course will explore some of the actual techniques illustrated in popular descriptions of the forensic sciences. In additionto lectures and discussions of the fields of the forensic sciences, students will engage in practical group and individual activities that will promote their understnanding of what science is and how it is applied to crime solving and every day life. Students must be able to attend a one-hour laboratory section in addition to lecture times. On demand.
170. Introduction to Biological Anthropology. 3 credits. An introduction to the field of biological or physical anthropology. This course will provide a general background in human evolutionary biology. F,S
171. Introduction to Cultural Anthropology. 3 credits. Examination of diversity and similarities across contemporary world societies. Topics: fieldwork and ethnographic description; theoretical approaches; communication/human language; interrelationships between environment, technology, social and political organization and worldview; socio-cultural change; applied anthropology. Films and case studies illustrate intricacies of culture and how an anthropological perspective provides insights about our own society/culture. F,S
172. Introduction to Archaeology. 3 credits. This course looks at how we investigate past cultures using the artifacts that people have left behind. What questions do archaeologists ask about the past? How do archaeologists find and record archaeological sites? What field and laboratory techniques are used to collect evidence and gather data, and how do these methods work? How do we interpret and understand the past using archaeological hypotheses, explanations, models and theories? Case studies will be drawn from different regions, cultures, and time periods to illustrate course concepts. F,S
200. World Prehistory. 3 credits. In this course we explore the extraordinary five million year-long record of human cultural achievements, as reconstructed by scientific archaeology. We will focus on prehistoric societies (those that existed before the advent of writing and written history), on what happened in the past, and how the major milestones in the development of world cultures came about. These milestones include the cultural evolution of our earliest hominid ancestors from almost 5 million years ago, the two million year-long persistence of the hunting and gathering lifeway, the origins of agriculture and farming societies, and the rise and collapse of prehistoric civilizations. F,S
209. Special Topics. 1-4 credits. Repeatable when topics vary. F,S
270. Introduction to Forensic Anthropology. 3 credits. Forensic anthropology is the study of skeletal remains in a medico-legal context for the purpose of identification and trauma analysis. This course covers the history of this field, its relevance to death investigation in the United States, and the theories and techniques applied to skeletal identification. On demand.
300. Archaeological Laboratory Methods. 3 credits. Prerequisites: Anth 172 and permission of instructor. A hands-on introduction to the basic processing, organizing, and analytical techniques used in the archaeological laboratory. Excavated materials from prehistoric sites will be used for lab exercises and demonstrations. Includes lecture and lab. S
309. Special Topics. 1-4 credits. Repeatable when topics vary. F,S
325. Human Origins. 3 credits. Prerequisites: Anth 170 or consent of instructor. A description of the fossil evidence for primate and human evolution with an emphasis on the origins and evolution of the hominid and human lines. On demand.
330. Human Variation. 3 credits. Prerequisite: Anth 170 or consent of instructor. An examination of the range of human physical variation, with a special emphasis on its adaptive nature. On demand.
335. Primates. 3 credits. A survey of the biology and behavior of the living primates, with a special emphasis on similarities and differences to humans. On demand.
340. Medical Anthropology. 3 credits. An examination of the human biological and cultural responses to health and disease as seen from an anthropological perspective. F
345. Forensic Science. 3 credits. An exposure to the basic methods and theoretical bases and inter-relationships of the forensic sciences. Whenever possible and practical hands-on exercises will reinforce course topics. F,S
346. Analysis of Forensic Evidence. 3 credits. Pre- or Corequisite: Anth 345. Emphasis on the practical applications of the forensic sciences. Whenever possible and practical hands-on exercises will reinforce course topics. F,S
350. Ethnographic Methods. 3 credits. Prerequisite: Anth 171 or by special permission. Introduction to fieldwork methods and analytic approaches used by cultural anthropologists in their ethnographic research; class discussion topics will include ethical issues, framing of research problems, the writing of ethnographic accounts, and modes of presentation of research results. On demand.
370. Language and Culture. 3 credits. Prerequisites: Anth 171 or consent of instructor. Fundamentals of modern linguistics; utility of linguistic concepts of culture analysis; interaction of language with other cultural subsystems. S
371. Cultural Dynamics. 3 credits. Prerequisite: Anth 171. Focus on socio-cultural change along a selected theme, such as “the local and the global,” “ethnic minorities and nation-states,” or “ethnographer as researcher and writer.” Also considered are theoretical orientations in the study of society/culture, fieldwork, ethics, and anthropologists’ roles with respect to public policy. F
372. Culture Theory. 3 credits. Prerequisite: Anth 171. An overview of the ideas and approaches that have played a role in the development of anthropological studies of societies and cultures. Focus on the contributions of major figures in anthropology, in the past and at present, as well as current issues within the discipline. Once every 3 semesters.
373. Indians of Latin America. 3 credits. Prerequisites: Anth 171. Examination of traditional and modern Indian cultures of Latin America. Focus on the adaptation to cultural change, the impact of world economy, and the impact of resource exploitation on indigenous peoples. Every third semester.
375. Women in Prehistory. 3 credits. This course will explore recent research that explicitly illuminates women's roles, behaviors and ideologies in the ancient past, and will examine methodological and theoretical attempts to understand how gender can be retrieved from the archaeological record. On demand.
376. The Aztec, Maya and Inca. 3 credits. Prerequisite: Anth 172. An examination of the high civilizations of Latin America with focus on the Aztec, Maya and Inca. Every third semester.
377. North American Archaeology. 3 credits. Prerequisites: Anth 172 or consent of instructor. Explores the fascinating cultural developments that have taken place throughout prehistory in North America (north of Mexico), ranging from the first peopling of the Americas to the emergence of complex chiefdoms, and from hunting and gathering to the development of intensive agriculture. On demand.
378. Physical Anthropology Method and Theory. 3 credits. Prerequisite: Anth 170. A discussion of current theoretical arguments within the field of physical anthropology and the techniques used to examine them. S
379. Culture Area Studies. 3 credits. May be repeated to maximum of 6 credits. A survey of peoples and cultures of selected areas. Selections based upon staff and student interest. F,S
380. Field Techniques in Archaeology. 1-6 credits. Prerequisite: Anth 172 or consent of instructor. SS
388. Method and Theory in Archaeology. 3 credits. Prerequisites: Anth 172 or consent of instructor. This course explores how archaeologists reconstruct the past: how they formulate research problems and conduct field work; what field and laboratory analytical tools they employ; and how they use data, models, and theory to explain culture change. Techniques, methods, and theoretical frameworks used in modern prehistoric archaeology are examined. Readings in the professional literature, case studies, and guest lecturers provide vivid examples of archaeologists in though and action. S
420. Archaeological Origins of Plant and Animal Use. 3 credits. Prerequisite: Anth 172. This course uses archaeological information to examine the relationships between humans and the plant and animal resources we exploit and will focus on specific examples of economic uses of both wild and domestic species, covering both prehistoric and modern consequences of how we interact with biological resources. Basic issues in floral and faunal analysis such as recovery, quantification, analysis, and interpretation of plant and animal remains from archaeological sites will be presented in depth. On demand.
426. Lithic Technology. 3 credits. Prerequisites: Anth 172 or consent of instructor. Study of prehistoric stone tool technology and examination of the analytical methods used by archaeologists in lithics research. F/2
439. Human Osteology. 4 credits. Prerequisites: Anth 170 or Anth 270 or Anat 204 or consent of instructor. This course is an intensive examination of human skeletal anatomy, covering the features of the entire human skeleton and the relationship of human osteology to other fields, including paleoanthropology, palaeopathology, forensic anthropology, and vertebrate anatomy. F
441. Forensic Anthropology Field School. 1-6 credits. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. This course is a hands-on exposure to the field and laboratory methods of forensic anthropology. SS
465. Culture, Illness and Health. 3 credits. Prerequisites: Anth 171 or consent of instructor. Examination of culturally-based beliefs and practices involved in maintenance of health and the handling of illness in non-Western and modern societies. S
480. Senior Capstone Seminar. 3 credits. Prerequisite: Senior major status and completion of two of the three method and theory requirements (cutural, archaeology, physical); or departmental permission. The seminar will examine current debates or an area of study involving two or more subfields of anthropology. The seminar will provide an opportunity for students to integrate knowledge and skills obtained in anthropology. S
489. Senior Honors Thesis. 1-8 credits, repeatable to 9. Prerequisite: Hon 401. Supervised independent study culminating in a thesis. F,S,SS
492. Independent Studies. 1-4 credits. Consent of instructor. Independent research conducted under advisement with department faculty. Research is student originated and developed. F,S
494. Readings in Anthropology. 1-5 credits. Prerequisites: consent of instructor. Designed for students who want instruction in subjects not covered adequately in usual course offerings. Special arrangements must be made with an instructor prior to registration. F,S
497. Forensic Science Internship. 1-6 credits. Prerequisites: Junior or senior status, satisfactory completion of Chem 122 and Biol 151, and instructor consent. Students may enroll in this course after they have secured an intern position in a law enforcement agency, crime laboratory or other institution providing procedural and/or analytical processing of evidence from criminal or civil proceedings. Credits obtained will be determined based on length and content of the internship and course responsibilities. S/U grading. F,S,SS