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Anthropology Courses

New spring 2015 course information: Dr. Fellows will be offering 2 new courses in spring crosslisted in Anthropology and History:

ANTH/HIST 491 (section 1, class# 9665) Caribbean Cultures & History: This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the Caribbean as a geo-political and socio-cultural region. The Caribbean has played a central role in the creation of the modern world; the importation and forced labor of various peoples, the exploitation of both mineral and agricultural resources, and the more recent commodification of both peoples and cultures of this region have enabled wealth and power to be accumulated in distant lands. Furthermore, these historical processes have led to global hierarchical systems of race and class, among others. In order to develop a more thorough and nuanced perspective of the Caribbean and the diasporic populations living in the region, it is necessary to take an interdisciplinary approach. This class will draw primarily from the fields of history and anthropology. Topics to be covered include Colonization, Slavery, Resistance and Rebellion; the Building of Caribbean Nation-States; Globalization and Modern Empires; and Transnationalism – the Caribbean Diaspora. Issues of race, gender, sexualities, labor, nationalism, and creolization will be central to many of these discussions.

ANTH/HIST 491 (section 2, class# 23374) Historical Archaeology: Historical archaeology, a subfield of anthropological archaeology, studies the relatively recent past through the analysis of material culture, historical documents, oral history interviews, landscape analysis, and ethnohistorical sources among others. This course will begin with an introduction to the development of the field. An examination of key debates, such as that concerned with the privileging of documents over artifacts, will then lead into an exploration of how the field has responded to sociopolitical changes in the US, like the Civil Rights Movement. More recent theoretical developments and case studies will be reviewed in order to allow students to gain a better understanding of current trends in the field, such as research exploring issues of identity, class, gender, race, consumption, and publicly-engaged projects. When possible, trips to local sites will enable the class to gain a real-world appreciation for the work that goes into historical archaeological research. Final research papers will explore a particular theme or topic within historical archaeology, though final projects centered on original archival, ethnohistorical, or oral historical research are strongly encouraged. 


ANTH 111 Introduction to Anthropology: Introductory overview to anthropology, the holistic study of humans and the diversity of the human experience over space and time. Covers the major fields of anthropology: cultural and biological anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, applied anthropology.

ANTH 204 Archaeology and Prehistory: Introduction to archaeological methods, followed by a survey of world prehistory.

ANTH 205 Human Origins: Examination of the evolution of humans through the investigation of fundamental principles of evolution, human variation, comparative primate behavior, and the fossil record.

ANTH 206 Intro to Cultural Anthropology: Peoples of the World: Core concepts, theories, and practices in cultural anthropology and anthropological knowledge application in a globalizing world. Through rich, engaging ethnographic texts and case studies, focuses on selected societies and culture change in deep sociohistorical contexts. Prereq: ANTH 111.

ANTH 332 Medical Anthropology: Examines cultural conceptions, beliefs, and practices regarding health, illness, disease, and treatment through a cross-cultural and historical perspective. The course includes theoretical, methodological, and case study perspectives from physical anthropology, archaeology, and cultural anthropology.

ANTH 432/632 Human Osteology: The analysis of human bones. Areas of study include skeletal anatomy, human biological individualization and interpretation of archaeological and paleontological skeletal material. Prereq: ANTH 111, 204, 205.

ANTH 433/633 Apes and Human Evolution: A laboratory-oriented survey of living primates describing and comparing the diverse behavioral and morphological adaptations of great apes in a human evolutionary context. Prereq: ANTH 111, 204, 205.

ANTH 441/641 Death and Dying: Examination of research, theories, and case studies on the sociocultural dimensions of death and dying across time and societies. Topics include suicide, funerals, hospice practice, disasters, afterlife beliefs, grief, bereavement and memory, organ donation, death in popular culture, end-of-life issues, cemeteries and body disposition, euthanasia, art, film, music and literature, genocide, and war. Cross-listed with SOC.

ANTH 443/643 Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East & North Africa: Survey of ethnographic research on the Middle East and North Africa. Topics include Islam, colonialism, nation-states, civil society, gender, rights, globalization, economic development, immigration, indigenous peoples, terrorism, youth culture, and revolution. Prereq: ANTH 111.

ANTH 444/644 Peoples of the Pacific Islands: General survey of cultures, past and present, in Melanesia, Polynesia, and Micronesia.

ANTH 446/646 Latin America & Caribbean: Afro-Latino/as, Gender, Indigeneity: Exploration of Latin America and the Caribbean’s diverse societies historically and culturally; focus on gender, indigenous groups, and Afro-Latin Americans. Includes case studies covering social justice movements, political and economic processes, indigenous rights, religion. Prereq: ANTH 206.

ANTH 453/653 Magic and Religion: Comparative anthropological perspectives on religion, religious concepts, practices, and practitioners. Prereq: ANTH 111. Cross-listed with RELS.

ANTH 455/655 Language and Expressive Culture: Examines sociolinguistic and semiotic theories and analysis methods for discourse-centered approaches to communicative culture. Explores the ways in which humans construct and express meaning through written/spoken language, song, folklore, ritual, performance, images, clothing, and food. Prereq: ANTH 111 and at least junior standing.

ANTH 459/659 Global Cultural Heritage: Examines the global relevance of cultural heritage and international cultural resource management. Topics include cultural property, antiquities, UNESCO World Heritage, intangible heritage, landscapes, indigenous peoples, repatriation, rights, conflict, memory, identity, tourism, development. Prereq: ANTH 111.

ANTH 462/662 Anthropology and the Environment: The environment as understood through anthropological research. Focus on ethnographic texts confronting global environmental issues through specific context (place, cultural, historical) and human-environment interactions as shaped by political, economic, and social relations. Prereq: ANTH 111.

ANTH 464/664 Disaster and Culture: Examines human-made and natural disasters through cross-cultural and historical perspectives. Addresses cultural variation across and within relevant communities including those of disaster victims, emergency management systems, and a broad public. Prereq: Junior or Senior standing. Cross-listed with EMGT.

ANTH 470/670 Analysis & Interpretation in Archaeology: Addresses archaeology as both a scientific and interpretive endeavor through historical context and contemporary problem-based approach. Covers basics of a scientific, analytic approach (theories, models, hypotheses, testing) and foundations for interpretation (creativity, preconceptions, contextualization). Prereq: ANTH 204.

ANTH 471/671 Archaeological Research Methods: Overview of the most often used or potentially useful archaeological methods and their applications in fieldwork, laboratory processing, and specialized analytical techniques. Focus on problem-solving skills through the application of different archaeological methods. Prereq: ANTH 204.

ANTH 480/680 Development of Anthropological Theory: Focus on major theoretical orientations in anthropology. Emphasis on the ways in which anthropological theories are used to generate explanations for multicultural phenomena. Prereq: ANTH 111.

ANTH 481/681 Qualitative Methods in Cultural Anthropology: Focuses on qualitative research methods utilized in cultural anthropology and other social sciences. Instruction and application of ethnographic, discourse-centered, visual anthropology, interview/focus group, extended case study, and other qualitative survey methods and forms of analysis. Prereq: ANTH 206 and junior or senior status.

ANTH 489 Senior Capstone In Anthropology: Synthesis of social research methods, anthropological theory, and sub-discipline content material. Emphasis on integrative skills needed to interrelate the basic concepts of the discipline. Prereq: Senior standing.

ANTH 391/491/690 Seminar: Special topics seminars offered in faculty specializations. Past, present, and future topics include:

  • Computer Applications in Human Heritage
  • Cultures of Science & Technology
  • Dakota Tribal Culture
  • Historical Archaeology
  • New World Civilizations
  • North American Archaeology
  • Old World Civilizations
  • Origins and Spread of Agriculture
  • The Ancient Greeks
  • The Romans

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