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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Anthropology (ANTH)

ANTH 001 (GS;US;IL) Introductory Anthropology (3) Prehistoric and traditional peoples and cultures; traditional customs and institutions compared with those of modern society.
Effective: Summer 2005
 

ANTH 002 (GS) Introduction to Archaeology (3) Survey of basic approaches used by archaeologists to interpret basic prehistoric human cultural patterns.
Effective: Spring 2000
 

ANTH 008 (GS;IL) Aztecs, Mayas, and Incas (3) Comparative survey of the development of the pre-Columbian Latin American civilizations.
Effective: Summer 2005
 

ANTH 009 (GS;IL) Rise of Civilization in the Old World (3) Evolution of Old World complex societies, especially the first great civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, and the Indus Valley.
Effective: Spring 2006
 

ANTH 011 (GS;IL) Introductory North American Archaeology (3) Introduction to archaeology of the North American Indians; sites, methods, and results of research interpreted in cultural history.
Effective: Summer 2005
 

ANTH 021 (GN) Introductory Biological Anthropology (3) The role of human biology and evolution in culture, society, and behavior.
Effective: Spring 2001
 

ANTH 022 (GN) Humans as Primates (3) The biological basis of human behavior within the context of primate biology, behavior, and evolution.
Effective: Spring 2009
 

ANTH 040 Biocultural Evolution (3) Examination of evolutionary models of the development of the human capacity for culture, and of culture as an adaptive mechanism.
Effective: Fall 1986
 

ANTH 040H Biocultural Evolution (3) Examination of evolutionary models of the development of the human capacity for culture, and of culture as an adaptive mechanism.
Effective: Fall 2014 Ending: Fall 2014
 

ANTH 040H Biocultural Evolution (3) Examination of evolutionary models of the development of the human capacity for culture, and of culture as an adaptive mechanism.
Effective: Fall 2015 Ending: Fall 2015 Future: Fall 2015
 

ANTH 045 (GS;US;IL) Cultural Anthropology (3) Beginnings of human culture; economic life, society, government, religion, and art among traditional peoples.
Effective: Summer 2005
 

ANTH 045U (GS;US;IL) Cultural Anthropology (3) Beginnings of human culture; economic life, society, government, religion, and art among traditional peoples.
Effective: Fall 2014 Ending: Fall 2014
 

ANTH 045U (GS;US;IL) Cultural Anthropology (3) Beginnings of human culture; economic life, society, government, religion, and art among traditional peoples.
Effective: Fall 2015 Ending: Fall 2015 Future: Fall 2015
 

ANTH 060 (GS;IL) (J ST 060, PL SC 060, SOC 060) Society and Cultures in Modern Israel (3) An introduction to the society and cultures of the State of Israel from 1948 to the present.
Effective: Summer 2006
 

ANTH 083S (GS) First-Year Seminar in Anthropology (3) This seminar introduces students to anthropology as a scientific discipline with ties to other social and natural sciences.
Effective: Summer 1999
 

ANTH 120 (GS;IL) First Farmers (3) Cross-cultural comparison of the origins of plant and animal domestication and the earliest farming societies.
Effective: Summer 2013
 

ANTH 146 (GS;US) North American Indians (3) An introduction to the cultures of the indigenous peoples of North America, north of Mexico, and the effect of contact.
Effective: Spring 2006
 

ANTH 152 Hunters and Gatherers (3) A comparative study of hunter/gatherer societies using both archaeological and ethnographic evidence.
Effective: Fall 1986
 

ANTH 197 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject that may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Spring 1995
 

ANTH 197A Archaeology and Popular Culture (3) This course examines the representation of archaeology and past cultures "through the lens: of popular movies. Will examine how interpretation and meaning are generated through representation in film. Will touch on important topics including archaeological and anthropological methods, development of anthropology as a science. The history of western imperialism and its influence, myth, looting of archaeological sites and the cultural patrimony, ethics in science, women in science, control of science for political purposes and laws. This course will encourage critical thinking and writing skills.
Effective: Spring 2015 Ending: Spring 2015 Future: Spring 2015
 

ANTH 197H (RL ST 197H, HIST 197H) Religions and Society in Russia (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject that may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Fall 2014 Ending: Fall 2014
 

ANTH 197H (ASIA 197H, PL SC 197H) From Recipients to Donors: Unpacking the Global Development Apparatus (1) How often have you seen a call to end poverty coupled with images of brown people presumably located on the other side of the globe? Much of the public discourxe about international development focuses on recipients of aid in the so-called "Global South" and their problems and needs. This course shifts your gaze in other directions. We begin by looking from recipients to donors - at the global development apparatus and the development professionals that staff development agencies; we then consider how the tidy formulations of 'donor' and 'recipient' have been upset by the recent phenomenon of the so- called 'emerging donors'. We examine two such donor countries: Russia and China. You will go out and retreive current examples of discourse about donors and recipients of international development assistance and will critically unpack it. The goal of the class is to foster a different way of seeing the workd and the relationships within it.
Effective: Spring 2015 Ending: Spring 2015 Future: Spring 2015
 

ANTH 199 (IL) Foreign Studies (1-12) Courses offered in foreign countries by individual or group instruction.
Effective: Summer 2005
 

ANTH 216 (GN;GS) Sex and Evolution (3) Introduction to evolutionary theory and its application to understanding human sexuality and sex differences.
Effective: Summer 2009
 

ANTH 218 (GN) Genes, Evolution and Behavior (4) This course explores how genes influence our traits and how our traits evolve, with special emphasis on behavior.
Effective: Summer 2013
 

ANTH 220 (GA;GH;IL) Anthropology and Art/ifacts (3) This coure examines anthropological approaches to the study of art works, their production, and function in diverse human societies, both past and present.
Effective: Summer 2012
 

ANTH 221 (GS;IL) The Ancient Maya (3) The Maya and their neighbors: Origin and Evolution of Classic Maya civilization.
Effective: Spring 2012
Prerequisite: any anthropology course on 100 level or below  

ANTH 222 (GS;IL) Archaeology of Domesticated Animals (3) Biological, ecological and cultural history of animal domestication.
Effective: Summer 2013
 

ANTH 223 (GS;IL) European Prehistory (3) The prehistory of European societies from the Upper Palaeolithic to the Iron Age.
Effective: Summer 2013
Prerequisite: 3 credits in 100 level or below ANTH course  

ANTH 241 (IL) Peoples and Cultures of Highland New Guinea (3) History, ecology, social, economic, religious, and political systems of the aboriginal peoples and cultures of highland New Guinea.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: ANTH 001 orANTH 045  

ANTH 260H (GN) Building the Human Animal (3) An exploration of how the same genetic and developmental properites that shape animal evolution produced the unique human form.
Effective: Summer 2014
 

ANTH 271H (GN) Parasites and Human Evolution (3) Advance our understanding of human evolution by studying the ecologies and evolutionary histories of our parasites.
Effective: Spring 2014
Prerequisite: one introductory course that covers some aspects of evolutionary biology or parasitology for example: ANTH 021 BIOL 110 ENT 202 MICRB 106 or MICRB 201.  

ANTH 285 (GS;IL) Culture Contact (3) Survey of changes in indigenous societies following contact with colonial powers.
Effective: Summer 2005
Prerequisite: ANTH 002, ANTH 045  

ANTH 294 Research Project (1-12) Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis.
Effective: Summer 1994
 

ANTH 296 Independent Studies (1-18) Creative projects, including research and design, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.
Effective: Summer 1987
 

ANTH 297 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject which may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Fall 1986
 

ANTH 297H (SOC 297H, LER 297H) Business As Usual: From Your Street to Wall Street (1) This course will allow students to gain new perspectives on business formations, corporate cultures, capitalist practices and ideologies. Businesses - be they individuals, families, corporations, nation-states or multi-lateral corporations - have identities that are invariably distinct from one another and which are forged upon and promote particular social relationships. With a strong emphasis on the stock market, ethnographic case studies will provide the basis for discussing how these social relationships that enact power are embedded in broader cultural processes such as ethnicity, nationalism, migration, and kinship as well as ideologies of gender, aesthetics and religion among others.
Effective: Fall 2014 Ending: Fall 2014
 

ANTH 298 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject which may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Fall 1992
 

ANTH 299 (IL) Foreign Studies (1-12) Courses offered in foreign countries by individual or group instruction.
Effective: Summer 2005
 

ANTH 321W Intellectual Background of Archaeology (3) Introduction to primary sources on the development of archaeology as a scientific discipline.
Effective: Spring 1995
Prerequisite: ANTH 002, ANTH 045  

ANTH 380 Anthropology Museum Studies (3) Introduction to the history, significance, and operation of anthropology museums.
Effective: Spring 2002
 

ANTH 395 Internship (1-18) Supervised off-campus, nongroup instruction including field experiences, practica, or internships. Written and oral critique of activity required.
Effective: Summer 1996
 

ANTH 399 (IL) Foreign Studies (1-12) Courses offered in foreign countries by individual or group instruction.
Effective: Summer 2005
 

ANTH 401 Human Evolution: The Material Evidence (3) Human origins as seen in the fossil record and comparative biology of humans and their primate relatives.
Effective: Fall 1986
Prerequisite: ANTH 021  

ANTH 403 Evolution of Human Walking (3) An in depth analysis of the biology, biomechanics, evolutionary history of human walking and running.
Effective: Spring 2013
Prerequisite: ANTH 021  

ANTH 403H Evolution of Human Walking (3) An in depth analysis of the biology, biomechanics, evolutionary history of human walking and running.
Effective: Spring 2015 Ending: Spring 2015 Future: Spring 2015
Prerequisite: ANTH 021  

ANTH 405 Primatology (3) Nonhuman primate origins, evolution, comparative physical and behavioral characteristics, ecological context, phylogeny and taxonomy; and their importance in anthropology.
Effective: Spring 2001
Prerequisite: ANTH 021  

ANTH 408 Anthropological Demography (3) Analysis of demographic studies in traditional and very small populations.
Effective: Fall 2003
Prerequisite: 3 credits in anthropology  

ANTH 410 Osteology (4) Introduction to the systematic study of the human skeleton from an evolutionary developmental biological perspective.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: 3 credits in anthropology 3 credits in the biological sciences or concurrent enrollment inANTH 401 orANTH 501  

ANTH 411 Skeletal Forensic Anthropology (3) An introduction to anthropological forensic science with an emphasis on what can be learned from human skeletons and archaeological recovery methods.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: ANTH 021 orANTH 410 or Forensic Science major  

ANTH 412 Settlement Demography (3) Examination of the demography and ecology of human settlement systems in the preindustrial past.
Effective: Summer 2008
Prerequisite: ANTH 408  

ANTH 413 Molecular Forensic Anthropology (3) An introduction to the field of the application of DNA methods to estimating forensically useful phenotypes.
Effective: Summer 2006
Prerequisite: ANTH 021 or Forensic Science major  

ANTH 416 The Evolution of Human Mating (3) The Evolution of Human Mating is a science course designed to familiarize students with the primary literature on the evolution and development of human mating behavior and sex differences.
Effective: Spring 2013
Prerequisite: C inANTH 216 or permission of program  

ANTH 420 (J ST 420) Archaeology of the Near East (3) Culture of the Near East and India from Paleolithic times through the Bronze Age.
Effective: Summer 1999
Prerequisite: ANTH 008, ANTH 009, ANTH 011 orANTH 012  

ANTH 421 Intro to Geospatial Science in Anthropology and Archaeology (3) This course is a practical, data driven, introduction to applications of Geospatial tools in anthropological and archaeological research.
Effective: Summer 2009
Prerequisite: ANTH 001 orANTH 002  

ANTH 422 Meso-American Archaeology and Ethnography (3) Survey of ethnohistorical and ethnographic patterns of Meso-American society; origin and development of ancient civilization in Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras.
Effective: Spring 1999
Prerequisite: ANTH 008, ANTH 009, ANTH 011 orANTH 012  

ANTH 423 The Evolution of American Indian Culture (3) Historic and archaeological sources used to trace American Indian lifestyles from the first immigrants to the period of Euro-American contact.
Effective: Spring 1999
Prerequisite: 3 credits in anthropology  

ANTH 424 Andean Ethnology and Archaeology (3) Cultures of the Andes from earliest settlements to Inka Empire; includes discussion of life in modern Andean communities.
Effective: Spring 2002
Prerequisite: ANTH 002, ANTH 045  

ANTH 425 Zooarchaeology (3) Introduction to the systematic study of animal skeletal remains from archaeological sites.
Effective: Summer 2013
Prerequisite: ANTH 002 orANTH 021  

ANTH 426W Archaeological Laboratory Analysis (3) Scientific laboratory methods used in the analysis of ceramic and lithic artifacts.
Effective: Summer 2004
Prerequisite: ANTH 007, ANTH 008, ANTH 009 orANTH 011  

ANTH 427W Forensic Archaeology (3) Application of archaeological techniques to crime scene investigations, with practical experience in field and laboratory contexts.
Effective: Summer 2007
Prerequisite: ANTH 002  

ANTH 428 Archaeological Methods and Theory (3) Scientific methods as applied to archaeological data: evolution, ecology, diffusion, and cyclicism theory.
Effective: Spring 1999
Prerequisite: ANTH 007, ANTH 008, ANTH 009, ANTH 011 orANTH 012  

ANTH 429 Paleoethnobotany (3) Introductory course in paleoethnobotany, the study of the interrelationships between people of the past, natural environment, and plant resources.
Effective: Spring 2010
Prerequisite: ANTH 002  

ANTH 430 The Aztecs (3) This course examines the development and organization of the great Aztec culture of highland Mexico.
Effective: Summer 2013
Prerequisite: ANTH 002, ANTH 008, ANTH 009 or permission of the program  

ANTH 431 Advanced Geospatial Science for Anthropologists and Archaeologists (3) This course is an intensive, data driven, treatment of the use of geographic information systems in anthropological and archaeological research.
Effective: Summer 2009
Prerequisite: ANTH 421  

ANTH 432 Environmental Archaeology (3) Introductory course in Environmental Archaeology, with empahsis on method and theory in the subfields archaeobotany, pedoarchaeology, and zooarchaeology.
Effective: Spring 2010
Prerequisite: ANTH 002  

ANTH 433 Archaeological Ethics and Law (3) Introductory course that examines prominent ethical and legal issues in archaeology integral to modern applied research and practice.
Effective: Spring 2010
Prerequisite: ANTH 002  

ANTH 435 (IL) Ancient Economy (3) The course examines the comparative organization and development of ancient economies in both the Old and New Worlds.
Effective: Summer 2013
 

ANTH 440 South American Tribal Societies (3) Ethnographic survey of tribal societies in South America. Special emphasis on non-Andean area.
Effective: Fall 1986
 

ANTH 441 (IL) From Stone Ax to Uzi: Tradition and Change in the New Guinea Highlands (3) This course explores cultural change and innovation among tribal peoples of Highland New Guinea from stone tool technology to globalization.
Effective: Fall 2009
Prerequisite: ANTH 045  

ANTH 444 Primitive Warfare (3) Critical overview of the ethnography and theory of primitive warfare.
Effective: Summer 2002
Prerequisite: ANTH 045 ; andANTH 002 orANTH 021  

ANTH 445W Ethnographic Film (3) Comparisons of written and visual ethnography; critical assessment of ethnographic film; cross-cultural variation.
Effective: Summer 2000
Prerequisite: ANTH 001 orANTH 045  

ANTH 446 Mating and Marriage (3) An examination of human mating mainly from the viewpoint of behavioral ecology, centering on the species-typical institution of marriage.
Effective: Summer 2006
Prerequisite: ANTH 045, ANTH 021  

ANTH 448 (AM ST 448) Ethnography of the United States (3) Ethnographic descriptions of various dimensions of life in the United States.
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: ANTH 045  

ANTH 450 Comparative Social Organization (3) Social structure and cultural change among nonliterate societies.
Effective: Fall 1986
Prerequisite: ANTH 045  

ANTH 450W Comparative Social Organization (3) Social structure and cultural change among nonliterate societies.
Effective: Summer 1996
Prerequisite: ANTH 045  

ANTH 451 Economic Anthropology (3) Different approaches to the study of the economics of non-Western societies, emphasizing the interrelationships between noneconomic factors and economic behavior.
Effective: Fall 1986
Prerequisite: ANTH 045  

ANTH 453 Anthropology of Religion (3) Traditional and modern religions and historical and contemporary religious movements from an anthropological perspective.
Effective: Fall 2003
Prerequisite: ANTH 001 orANTH 045  

ANTH 455 Global Processes and Local Systems (3) Ethnographic, comparative, historic, evolutionary treatment of global economic, political, and cultural processes and their consequences for local systems.
Effective: Fall 2001
Prerequisite: ANTH 045  

ANTH 456 Cultural Ecology (3) Survey of the methods and concepts of cultural ecology, focusing on the interaction between cultural and geographical systems.
Effective: Fall 1986
Prerequisite: 3 credits in anthropology  

ANTH 457 (US;IL) (J ST 457, SOC 457) Jewish Communities: Identity, Survival, and Transformation in Unexpected Places (3) Examines the global array of smaller Jewish communities that have flourished outside the main urban centers of Jewish settlement.
Effective: Summer 2006
Prerequisite: ANTH 001 orANTH 045, HEBR 010, J ST 010, SOC 001, SOC 005, SOC 007, SOC 015  

ANTH 458 Ethnographic Field Methods (3) Course introduces students to ethnographic field methods, includes student projects and simple analyses that don't require statistical sophistication.
Effective: Spring 2009
Prerequisite: ANTH 045  

ANTH 459 Applied Anthropology (3) A survey of the development of applied anthropology and the current issues facing anthropologists working in non-academic settings.
Effective: Summer 2002
Prerequisite: ANTH 045  

ANTH 460 (BIOL 460) Human Genetics (3) The human genome, its variation, origins, and relation to disease and other traits.
Effective: Fall 2012
Prerequisite: BIOL 230W or 3 credits in genetics (BIOL 133 or BIOL 222 or BIOL 322)  

ANTH 460H (BIOL 460H) Human Genetics (4) Gene mapping in humans; molecular basis of genetic disease; genomic structure; immunogenetics; and genetic evidence for human evolutionary history.
Effective: Fall 2001
Prerequisite: 3 credits in genetics orANTH 021 orBIOL 222 orBIOL 230W ; and 3 credits in statistics  

ANTH 461 Molecular Anthropology (3) Provides framework to understand current issues in biology, genetics, and anthropology as they relate to the evolution of our species.
Effective: Spring 2005
Prerequisite: 3 credits in biological anthropology or 3 credits in biology  

ANTH 465H Fifteen Great Biology Papers (3) Reading and discussion of the most influential papers in the history of biology that illustrate exceptional insight and elegant reasoning.
Effective: Spring 2003
Prerequisite: ANTH 021 or 3 credits in evolutionary biology or genetics and 3 credits in statistics  

ANTH 466 The Skull (3) Survey of the mammalian skull from many perspectives including evolution, development, anatomy, function, and variability of the skull.
Effective: Spring 2003
Prerequisite: ANTH 021  

ANTH 468 Evolution and Development of Human Origins (3) In depth analysis of the genetic and developmental basis for phenotypic variation and evolution of humans and primates.
Effective: Summer 2013
Prerequisite: ANTH 021  

ANTH 470H Our Place in Nature (3) An evolutionary and genetic consideration of our understanding of human beings as a part of the natural world.
Effective: Fall 2001
Prerequisite: 3 credits each in genetics evolutionary biology and statistics  

ANTH 471H Biology, Evolution, and Society (3) Exploration of the genetic theory of evolution and development, its history and application within Biology and beyond.
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: ANTH 021, BIOL 222, BIOL 230, BIOL 322 orBIOL 460 ; 3 credits in statistics  

ANTH 472 The Ecology of Traditional Farming (3) This course will examine the ecology of traditional farming, focusing on the farming household, its farm, and its subsistence needs.
Effective: Summer 2013
Prerequisite: ANTH 045 or equivalent  

ANTH 476W Anthropology of Gender (3) Cross-cultural construction of gender and sex roles; theories of gender construction; case studies and practical effects.
Effective: Summer 2011
Prerequisite: 3 credits in women's studies or anthropology  

ANTH 477 (US;IL) Language, Culture, and Society (3) Relationships among language, culture and society, with an anthropological emphasis.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: ANTH 045 orANTH 001  

ANTH 478 (IL) Cannibalism (3) Explores the cultural institution of cannibalism, uses of the "cannibal" label, and cannibalism's meaning among those who practiced it.
Effective: Spring 2010
Prerequisite: ANTH 045  

ANTH 492 Intermediate Field Methods (3-6) On-site experience in collecting archaeological, behavioral, or biological data.
Effective: Spring 2001
Prerequisite: ANTH 002  

ANTH 493 Field Techniques (3-6) Training in techniques involving analyses of archaeological, behavioral, or biological data.
Effective: Spring 2001
Prerequisite: ANTH 002  

ANTH 494 Research Project (1-12) Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis.
Effective: Summer 1994
 

ANTH 494H Research Project (1-12) Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis.
Effective: Fall 2007
 

ANTH 495 Internship (1-18) Supervised off-campus, nongroup instruction including field experiences, practica, or internships. Written and oral critique of activity required.
Effective: Spring 2000
Prerequisite: prior approval of proposed assignment by instructor  

ANTH 496 Independent Studies (1-18) Creative projects, including research and design, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall ouside the scope of formal courses.
Effective: Fall 1986
 

ANTH 496H Independent Studies (1-18) Independent Studies with honors option.
Effective: Fall 2014 Ending: Fall 2014
 

ANTH 497 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject which may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Fall 1986
 

ANTH 497A Peoples of South Asia (3) The course will cover nation states of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Maldives. This course looks at the diverse peoples of South Asia and their dynmaic cultures. In Nepal along, over hundred langauges ares spoken and over fifty indigenous groups are officially recognized. Hindi and Bengali are the most common languages spoken in the region followed by Talegu and Panjabi. Major world relgions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Christianity are practiced in South Asia. Muslim population of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Maldives and Pakistan make the largest population of Muslims in the world. This course will explore contemporary cultural, political and economic issues that affect peoples of South Asia. This course begins by looking at the origins of religions pluralities in South Asia and discussions of how it influences South Asia today.
Effective: Spring 2015 Ending: Spring 2015 Future: Spring 2015
 

ANTH 498 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject which may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Fall 1992
 

ANTH 499 (IL) Foreign Studies (1-12) Courses offered in foreign countries by individual or group instruction.
Effective: Summer 2005
 

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