Introduction to Anthropology

This is an introduction to the principles and procedures of anthropology. The course is divided into two main areas: Physical Anthropology, which covers the physical nature of humans and the evolution of this nature; and Cultural Anthropology, which covers the cultural nature of humans including the origin and development of social institutions. Prerequisite: None / 3 credits. Satisfies a Behavioral and Social Sciences general education requirement. Offered: Fall, Spring


World Archaeology

This introduction to world prehistory traces our shared human past from the emergence of human material culture to the rise and establishment of ancient states and empires. Special attention devoted to the study of the early civilizations of Western Asia, Europe, China, India, Africa, and the Americas provides for the understanding of how and why the various continents developed their unique civilizations. Archaeological discoveries provide the basis and background for this study. Prerequisite: None / 3 credits. Offered: Fall


Cultural Anthropology


Comparative Cultures

This course provides an in-depth examination of selected contemporary societies focusing on their customs, language, values, key social institutions and stratification systems. The various internal and external forces affecting political, economic, religious and social cultural dynamics in different, distinct cultures are examined. Students explore the differing social relationships within the family and the community in selected societies. The course also provides a review of selected anthropological case studies from many world cultures. Prerequisite: SOC106 or ANT107 / 3 credits. Offered: Varies This course satasfies the Behavioral or Social Science General Education requirement.


People & Cultures of Middle East

This course is an overview of the cultures of the contemporary Middle East. Emphasis is placed on understanding the regionís cultural, social, political, and religious diversity. Popular and academic conceptions (and misconceptions) of the region are examined and a general history of the region is introduced in order to develop an anthropological perspective on the contemporary culture as observed in the villages, towns, cities, and nations of the region. Prerequisite: ANT107 or SOC106 / 3 credits. Satisfies a Behavioral and Social Sciences general education requirement. Offered: Fall, Spring


Special Topics in Anthropology

This course will serve as a vehicle to either deepen students' knowledge of subjects addressed in introductory Anthropology courses or explore topics in anthropology not covered in these courses. Prerequisite: ANT107 or ANT108, or SOC106) / 3 credits. May be repeated once; 6 credit maximum. Offered once pending academic approval (Spring 2009)


Anthropology of Women

From a comparative perspective, students will examine gender constructs, sexuality, and diverse cultural systems. Topics will include: the nature of "motherhood," private v. public spheres, global feminisms, gender and communication, rituals and religion, health and healing, the impact of colonialism, and economic development. Special attention will be paid to the role of power in women's lives, and women's strategies to negotiate power within their own environments. Prerequisite: SOC106 (HB106) or SOC107 (HB107)/3 class hours. 3 credits. Note: Offered once pending academic approval.