Anthropology (ANTH) Undergraduate Course Descriptions
ANTH 101. Introduction to Anthropology [Goal 5, Goal 8] (Diversity/MGM)
What it means to be human. Human nature through time and around the world; human evolution, culture, kinship, religion, politics, economics, and language. 3 Cr. F, S.
ANTH 130. Introduction to Prehistoric Cultures [Goal 5] (Diversity/MGM)
The origins and development of human cultural systems from the earliest stone age through prehistoric complex civilizations with many archaeological case studies from around the world. 3 Cr. S.
ANTH 140. Human Origins [Goal 3] (Diversity/MGM)
Summary, based on the last 7 million years of fossil evidence, of the major biological events leading to the development of modern human beings. 3 Cr. F.
ANTH 188. Indians of the Americas [Goal 5] (Diversity/MGM)
Origins, distribution and development of the human cultures found in North, Central and South America. Impact of European contact on the indigenous people of the Americas. 3 Cr. F.
ANTH 198. The Anthropology of the United States [Goal 5]
Is there a distinctive culture in the United States? Popular culture, public spectacle, sport, work, and education in the United States today. 3 Cr. DEMAND.
ANTH 201. Anthropology of Popular Fiction
Content analysis of popular fiction in cultural terms. Cultural analysis and special topics of popular novels and films. 3 Cr. DEMAND.
ANTH 230. Introductory Archaeology
The scientific study, based on material remains, of the human past; research activities, including problem orientation, site location, excavation, analysis and interpretation. 3 Cr. S.
ANTH 240. Introductory Bioanthropology
Physical anthropology; variations, adaptations, and adjustments of the human species. 3 Cr. F.
ANTH 250. Introductory Cultural Anthropology
Culture in the human experience, how anthropologists study it, and how it changes. Its dimensions in societies around the world. 3 Cr. F, S.
ANTH 260. Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology
Anthropological study of language use in social, cultural, and political contexts. Ethnoliguistic case studies from around the world. 3 Cr. S.
ANTH 275. Introduction to Museology
The operation and functions of anthropology museums for education, research, and preservation; practicum in various aspects of museum work including preparation of exhibits, cataloging, conservation. Prereq.: 250 or consent of instructor. 3 Cr. F.
ANTH 301. Anthropology and the Arts
The arts - which may include consideration of music, drama, dance, plastic, and graphic arts - considered anthropologically. The relation of the arts to other aspects of culture; the arts as communication; the arts as molders of culture. 3 Cr. Odd F.
ANTH 310. Society and Culture in Latin America
Aspects of society and culture in Latin America. Equal emphasis will be placed on exploring distinctive features of Latin American social and cultural patterns and examples drawn from a variety of Latin American societies. 3 Cr. Odd S.
ANTH 311. Peoples and Cultures of Asia
Survey and analysis of cultural diversity and unity on the continent of Asia. Prereq.: 250. 3 Cr. DEMAND.
ANTH 312. Society and Culture in Africa
Society and culture in modern Africa, with attention to diversity of cultures and contemporary social and cultural processes. Prereq.: 250. 3 Cr. DEMAND.
ANTH 313. Hmong Culture and Society
Hmong history and sociocultural issues from a comparative perspectives of the Hmong communities in Asia and the diaspora communities in the Western world, their migration patterns, contemporary issues, and transnational movements. 3 Cr. DEMAND.
ANTH 315. Topics in Asian Homelands and/or Diaspora Communities
Historical, economic, sociocultural, and political impacts of various transnational movements on specific Asian nations and their peoples. May be repeated with different nations to max. of 9 credits. 3 Cr. DEMAND.
ANTH 332. Sickness and Health in Prehistory
Sickness and health from earliest prehistory to modern times, from the perspective of anthropological archaeology. Includes medicinal and health practices, the ethics of studying human remains, and application to present-day concerns. Prereq.: 230 or 240. 3 Cr. Odd F.
ANTH 346. Race and Human Variation
Human biological variation, its meaning, function, and significance for human adaptation and the race concept. 3 Cr. Even F.
ANTH 347. Case Studies in Forensic Anthropology
Investigation of theory and method in forensic anthropology through critical analysis of forensic cases. 3 Cr. DEMAND.
ANTH 350. The Ethnographic Enterprise
Anthropological writing and recent directions in interpretation through reading of classic and contemporary works on different societies. Prereq.: 250. 3 Cr. S.
ANTH 351. Food, Society, and Culture
The production, provision, and consumption of food which occupies human beings everywhere. The social and cultural significance of food, including the logic of food systems, food and reproduction, food and gender, food and power, and how food creates and symbolizes collective life. Prereq.: 250. 3 Cr. Odd F.
ANTH 352. Human Ecology [Goal 10]
An anthropological study of the interrelationship between human groups and their biological environments. Critical analysis of rapid population growth and urbanization in the context of scarce resources. Prereq.: 101 or 250. 3 Cr. S.
ANTH 361. A Global World
Effects of the modern world on tribal and peasant peoples. Colonialism, neocolonialism, sacred and secular missionary activity, industrialization, multinationals, tourism. The responses of native peoples. Prereq.: 150 or 250, or permission. 3 Cr. S.
ANTH 364. Sex and Gender
The social and cultural construction of sex and gender cross-culturally. Examples from selected societies. Prereq.: 101 or 250. 3 Cr. DEMAND.
ANTH 369. Myth, Magic and Religion
A cross-cultural investigation of religion. Anthropological approaches to origins and functions of religion, myth, ritual, magic and witchcraft, dynamics of religion. Prereq.: 101 or 250 or permission. 3 Cr. Odd S.
ANTH 370. Applied Anthropology
Applications of anthropology to problems of social change. Emphasis on ethical problems inherent in social engineering. Prereq.: 250. 3 Cr. Even S.
ANTH 371. Urban Anthropology
An introduction to use of anthropological theory and methods in the urban milieu. Prereq.: 250. 3 Cr. Even F.
ANTH 372. Business and World Culture
Role of culture in influencing business practices and cross-cultural business interaction. Culture theory and its application to the business world. The impact of international business on cultural process and national development. Prereq.: 250. 3 Cr. DEMAND.
ANTH 375. Medical Anthropology
Health, disease, illness, and sickness from a holistic anthropological perspective, emphasizing both uniformity and variation in human health and influenced by cultural, biological, linguistic, and historical variables. 3 Cr. Odd S.
ANTH 390. Topics in Archaeology
Selected topics-either regional (e. g. European, North American, Mesoamerican), temporal (e. g. historic, prehistoric, classical), or topical (e. g. experimental, cognitive, environmental) in contemporary anthropological archaeology. Different topics may be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits. 3 Cr. F, S.
ANTH 391. Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology
Topics in subdisciplines of sociocultural anthropology. Different topics may be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits. Prereq.: 250. 3 Cr. DEMAND.
ANTH 392. Topics in Biological Anthropology
Selected topics in contemporary biological anthropology. May be repeated under different topics for a maximum of 9 credits. Prereq.: 240. 3 Cr. DEMAND.
ANTH 435. Field Methods in Archaeology
Field research in archaeology. Prereq.: 101 or 250 or SOC 160 or consent of instructor. 6 Cr. Even SUM.
ANTH 438. Cultural Resource Management and Applied Archaeology
Management of ethnic, historic, and prehistoric cultural resources; emphasis on site location and identification, determination of level(s) of significance, impact assessment, and mitigation procedures. Prereq.: 230 or permission of instructor. 3 Cr. DEMAND.
ANTH 442. Primate Biology and Evolution
Evolutionary history of non-human primates, their origins and the emergence of major primate groups. Prereq.: 240 or consent of instructor. 3 Cr. DEMAND.
ANTH 443. Primate Behavior and Ecology
Behavior of living primates and their interaction with environment. Prereq.: 240 or consent of instructor. 3 Cr. DEMAND.
ANTH 444. Internship
A maximum of 6 credits may be used toward a major; 3 credits used toward a minor; remainder will be used in general electives. 1-9 Cr. DEMAND.
ANTH 455. Field Methods in Ethnography
Field research in social and cultural anthropology. Prereq.: 101, 250, SOC 160 or consent of instructor. 6 Cr. Odd SUM.
ANTH 470. Anthropological Analysis and Interpretation
A survey of anthropological methods and techniques of analysis and interpretation applied to data obtained from prior field work. Prereq.: 435 or 455 or permission. 3 Cr. F.
ANTH 471. Cognitive Anthropology
Personality development in context of cultural patterns for behavior in both preliterate and modern societies. Prereq.: 250. 3 Cr. SELF-PACED.
ANTH 480. Theory and Practice in Anthropology
History of anthropological thought. Emphasis on basic problems and theoretical approaches in various subdisciplines of anthropology, relation of theory to practice. Prereq.: 350. 3 Cr. S.
Anthropology (ANTH) Courses for Advanced Undergraduate and Graduate Students
ANTH 430/530. Research Methods in Archaeology
Basic categories of archaeological methodology; general research, field, analytical, and quantitative methods. Prereq.: 230, 390, and/or permission. 3 Cr. Even SUM.
ANTH 431/531. Laboratory Methods in Archaeology
Laboratory processing, classification and analysis of archaeological materials. Laboratory methods for the artifacts and ecofacts commonly recovered from archaeological contexts. 3 Cr. S.
ANTH 432/532. North American Archaeology
Native American settlement and life in North America north of Mexico from 15,000+ years ago to the recent past, based on archaeological study. Examination of major debates and ethical issues in the excavation, analysis and interpretation of North American archaeological sites. 3 Cr. S.
ANTH 433/533. Archaeology of the Upper Midwest
Environmental and geological setting, history or archaeology in the region, tribal archaeology and historic preservation, and legal aspects of archaeology in the upper Midwest as well as a chronological overview of regional prehistory. 3 Cr. S.
ANTH 447/547. Essentials of Forensic Anthropology
Techniques for the location, recovery and laboratory analysis of human skeletal remains including sex, age, population affinity, stature, pathology and trauma. 3 Cr. Odd S.
ANTH 450/550. Ethnographic Research Methods
Practice and theory of ethnographic research. Research design, participant observation, interviewing, questionnaires, field note taking and management, data analysis, ethics. Hand on exercises. Prereq.: 250, 3 addl. Cr., or permission. 3 Cr. Odd SUM.
ANTH 463/563. Seminar
Discussion and readings in advanced anthropology. A specific topic selected each time offered. May be repeated. Prereq.: 101 or permission of instructor. 3 Cr. DEMAND.
ANTH 472/572. Topics/Field Work in Asian Homelands or Diaspora Communities
Travel and field experience in Asian Homelands or Diaspora Communities. May be repeated with different nations to max. of 9 credits. Winter Intersession. Prereq.: ETHS/ANTH 315 for ETHS/ANTH 472 3 Cr. DEMAND.
ANTH 474/574. Culture and Family
Family structure and dynamics in non-Western countries. Cultural variations, historical and contemporary family patterns, relationship of family to other institutions, comparisons of non-Western and Western families. Prereq.: 250 or SOC 160, or consent of instructor. 3 Cr. DEMAND.