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ANTH - Anthropology

ANTH 1105. Cultural Anthropology (3-0-3)
A comparative, descriptive, non-technical study of non-literate folk societies. Topics include: basic institutions; value systems; the nature of culture, its content, patterns and changes; the impact of the cultural milieu on socialization and personality development.

ANTH 1107. Discovering Archaeology (3-0-3) Emphasizes scientific techniques and methodologies employed by archaeologists to reconstruct extinct cultures and lifeways, stages of archaeological investigation from hypothesis development to data interpretation, and heritage conservation. Provides opportunity for students to critically contrast the scientific nature of archeology with pop and pseudo-archaeology popularized by media.

ANTH 1145. Human Origins (3-0-3) A survey of modern scientific evidence and thought on the biological origins of modern humans. Topics included are early human and primate ancestors, their fossil record, modern evolutionary theory, and techniques of dating early human and primate remains.

ANTH 2105. Ancient World Civilizations (3-0-3) Course traces rise of world's first major civilizations from emergence of Homo sapiens to the advent of written history. The emergence of food production, social inequality, cities and conquest states in each world area will be examined, as will the major anthropological theories devised to explain them. Emphasized is diversity of world civilizations, the variety of paths to civilization taken around the globe, and especially "non-western" civilizations of sub-Saharan Africa, the Far East and the Americas.

ANTH 2136. Language and Culture (3-0-3) A study of the relationship between language and culture in multilingual and multicultural societies throughout the world. Topics include: language practices (i.e. name giving in Africa, oral tradition of the Caribbean, use of proverbs), language attitudes towards dialects, multilingualism and identity, the immigrant experience, effects of language contact (i.e., language mixing and borrowing), and language planning and choice in multilingual societies.

ANTH 2137. Languages of the World (3-0-3) A survey of languages spoken in different regions of the world, including Africa, Asia, the Americas, and Europe. Students will examine similarities and differences in sounds, words, sentences/grammar, and writing systems of a variety of languages. Students will learn about grouping of languages into language families.

ANTH 3125. People and Cultures of Africa (3-0-3) Prerequisite: SOCI 1101. A survey of the African continent, its archaeology, prehistory, and culture history, but with a focus on the great diversity of contemporary cultures and on the political and economic developments in the post-colonial era. Current problems of political conflict, economic development, health and environment will also be highlighted.

ANTH 3127. Social Problems of Globalization (3-0-3) Prerequisite: SOCI 1101. A study of modern global social problems related to the benefits, transformations, technology, and new modes of production, all of which is often grouped under the term "globalization." Special attention will be paid to the origins of Western industrial capitalism and the history of European colonialism.

ANTH 3225. Model African Union (3-0-3) Prerequisite: Either ANTH 1105 or SOCI 1101 and ANTH 3125 or SOCI 3125. This course is designed to follow and to elaborate on topics studied in People and Cultures of Africa, particularly by preparing for and participating in the Southeast Model African Union, a simulation exercise that involves teams from universities throughout the Southeast (during a 3-day simulation). This will involve individual research into one or two African countries that the CSU teams will represent, the history of the African Union, and current political, economic, and social issues confronting Africa. Students will become familiar with parliamentary procedure and presentation of resolutions in committee debates. Offered only in fall semester, limited to a maximum of 20 students (10 students per team).

ANTH 4107. Evolution of Social Stratification and Inequality (3-0-3) Prerequisite: SOCI 1101. An examination of social stratification (class, estate, caste) systems throughout history and their overlap with social inequalities based on ethnic group, gender, or other social characteristics. Description will be supported by theoretical explanations of both stratification and equality offered by major theorists, as well as by study of some possibilities for more egalitarian solutions in the contemporary world.

ANTH 4698.  Internship in Anthropology (3-6) Prerequisite: ANTH 1107 with a minimum grade of A.  Offers students closely directed hands-on learning and practical experience in the many aspects of anthropological research. Usually involves participation in faculty ethnographic, biological, archaeological and/or museum-related research. May involve project design, field work, laboratory work museum curation and/or project administrative tasks.

ANTH 4899. Independent Study (1-6) Prerequisite: Department Chair Approval. May be taken up to four times for a maximum of six semester hours.

ANTH 5115. Religion, Culture and Society (3-0-3) Prerequisite: ANTH 1105 or SOCI 1101. An overview of major sociological and anthropological studies of the structure, function, and evolution of religious thought and behavior including contributions of major theorists. Religion will be studied as an aspect of human sociocultural systems that has cognitive, emotional, social, and moral components. This will be based on a description of major religious traditions including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, and Animism as well as on efforts at classification of types.

ANTH 5116. Lab Methods in Archaeology (1-4-3) Prerequisite: ANTH 1105 or ANTH 1106 with minimum grade of B. Students learn how artifacts and other field samples are processed before they finally come to rest in a museum or other repository; emphasizes the importance of precision and thoroughness required to properly conserve, analyze and curate a broad variety of material culture and documentation for perpetuity using standardized, state-of-the-art techniques.

ANTH 5125. Human Ecology (3-0-3) Prerequisite: One of the following: ANTH 1105, 1106, 1145, or 5175; ENVS 1105 or ENVS 6207; or Department Approval. Course provides an inter-disciplinary perspective blending biological ecology with social science approaches to examine the interrelationships between human societies and their environments. Problems examined include past and present intellectual frameworks, population ecology, environmental stressors, human subsistence strategies, processes of cultural and environmental change. Course aims to provide basic tools that will help students evaluate problematic human-environment relationships in order to confront them effectively.

ANTH 5175. Physical Anthropology and Archeology (3-0-3) Prerequisite: Junior standing. A survey of primate and human origins, the paleontological record of human evolution and the study of Paleolithic cultures and the diverse biologies of modern human populations. Course work will include techniques of lithic archeology and focus on North American native prehistory.

ANTH 5305. Field Methods in Archaeology (0-12-4) Prerequisite: Approval of Department Chair. First-hand experience in data recovery methods in archaeology either in the greater Columbus and western Georgia, or in Latin America. Students will learn methods of archaeological site survey, site recording and surface mapping, excavation and field laboratory documentation. (Course fee required.)

ANTH 5515. Selected Topics in Anthropology (3-0-3) Prerequisite: ANTH 1105. Examination of selected topics in anthropology. Topics will vary, with no topic repeated over four consecutive semesters to accommodate students earning a minor in anthropology. May be repeated for credit when topic is different.

ANTH 5555. Selected Topics in Archaeology (3-0-3) Examination of selected topics in archaeology. Topics will vary, with no topic repeated over four consecutive semesters to accommodate students earning a minor in anthropology. May be repeated for credit when topic is different.


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