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Anthropology Courses

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 1109. Introduction to Forensic Anthropology (3-0-3) This course is designed to introduce students to the history, theories, and techniques used in the field of Forensic Anthropology. This course will give students a basic understanding of the importance of forensic anthropology, its connection to criminal investigations, and the variety of research areas addressed in human remain analysis.

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. (Course fee required.)

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 2205. Human Skeletal Analysis (3-2-4) This course is designed to provide students with the ability to identify and analyze human remains using osteological and forensic techniques, while also addressing topics of forensic anthropology, pathology, and trauma.