Anthropology is the study of the origin and development of mankind and human culture. It attempts to provide the student with an understanding of human physical characteristics, language systems, and the way cultures function today and in the past. Also included is the study of primate development and how it compares with human development. Anthropology is divided into the following branches: Cultural Anthropology, Physical Anthropology, Linguistic Anthropology and Archaeology.
101 PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
Anthropology 101 is a study of human genetics; the relationship of humans to the animal world; evolutionary theory; fossil humans; racial differentiation, classification, and distribution; and current and ongoing evolution.
102/102H CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY/ HONORS CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
Anthropology 102 is a study of the origin and development of human cultures and includes description of the material culture as well as social organization. It includes description of the material kinship patterns, political systems, religious beliefs and insights gained through linguistic study. The emphasis is placed on recent and contemporary tribal societies.
Anthropology103 is an introductory course where students interpret archaeological materials and information to see how archaeologists can reconstruct and inform our understanding of prehistory and periods of early history. Stress is placed on studying worldwide prehistoric cultural sequences and exploring the transformative processes and cultural changes leading into the historic periods of developing civilizations. The course specifically addresses early and significant examples of domestication, urbanization, developing social stratification, social conflict, manifestations of religious activities and advances in technological development.
104 MAGIC, RELIGION, AND WITCHCRAFT
Anthropology 104 is a cross-cultural survey of religion and the supernatural. The course includes an examination of magic, witchcraft, and forms of religious expression in a wide variety of cultures around the world. The course considers the forms and functions of supernatural beliefs and rituals in various societies to derive insight into the roles of religious beliefs and institutions in human life. The course covers ritual, witchcraft, magic, symbolism, altered states of consciousness, and religious change.
105 CULTURE AND COMMUNICATION
Anthropology 105 provides students with an overview of what is known about human languages, including the unique nature of human language, its structure, its universality, and its diversity. The course includes an introduction to linguistics: the universal and structural properties of language; as well as a look at language use in its social and cultural settings. This includes analysis of the ways in which culture and communication shape each other, with discussions of language socialization, gender, and socioeconomic factors in language use.
111 PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY LABORATORY
Anthropology 111 is the laboratory course for Physical Anthropology. Laboratory exercises include the observation and interpretation of: natural selection and evolution; Mendelian, molecular, and population genetics; nonhuman primate taxonomy and behavior; fossil evidence of hominid evolution; forensic anthropology; and human physical variation.
114 GENDER, SEXUALITY, AND CULTURE
Anthropology 114 examines how people identify and experience gender, sex, and sexuality in a variety of cultural and historical contexts. The course considers the construction and performance of gendered identities and sexual practices from the holistic perspective of anthropological theories and methodology. Students will consider the interplay of the biological with the cultural.
This course is an introduction to the study of concepts, theories, data and models of anthropological archaeology that contribute to our knowledge of the human past. The course includes a discussion of the nature of scientific inquiry; the history and interdisciplinary nature of archaeological research; dating techniques; methods of survey, excavation, analysis, and interpretation; cultural resource management; professional ethics; and selected cultural sequences.