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Anthropology is the study of what makes us human. Anthropologists take a broad approach to understanding the many different aspects of the human experience, which we call holism. They consider the past, through archaeology, to see how human groups lived hundreds or thousands of years ago. They consider what makes up our biological bodies and genetics, as well as our bones, diet, and health. Anthropologists also compare humans with other animals (most often, other primates like monkeys and chimpanzees) to see what we have in common with them and what makes us unique. Even though nearly all humans need the same things to survive, like food, water, and companionship, the ways people meet these needs can be very different. For example, everyone needs to eat, but people eat different foods and get food in different ways. Thus, anthropologists look at how different groups of people get food, prepare it, and share it. Anthropologists also try to understand how people interact in social relationships (for example with families and friends). They look at the different ways people dress and communicate in different societies. When trying to understand the complex issues of humanity, they keep in mind what they know about biology, culture, communication, and how humans lived in the past. "(Source: American Anthropology Association)"

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.

Anthropology 102 explores the diversity of contemporary human cultures, including indigenous populations from around the world as well as the rich cultural tapestry of our own society. This course examines how people from different cultures acquire food and resources (subsistence patterns); what they find meaningful; how they organize themselves socially, politically and economically; the variety of patterns of marriage, kinship, and family structures; how they express themselves creatively (expressive culture);how gender, ethnic, and age distinctions are expressed in different cultural settings; and how populations have been shaped by colonialism and globalization. Ethnographic case studies highlight the differences and similarities that we find in the human condition.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.