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There is no departmental major as such. Interdisciplinary
majors and B.S.S. concentrations may be developed involving anthropology and
other disciplines, especially economics, ethnic
studies, history, politics,
psychology, religion, sociology, and
women's studies by filing with the Registrar a
Contract for an Interdisciplinary Major. See Index.
Interdisciplinary Majors. See also the interdepartmental major in
Sociology and Anthropology and the Teaching Majors
and in sociology and anthropology.
Note: Students may not combine an interdisciplinary
major in Anthropology with the interdepartmental major in Sociology and
Teaching Major: An interdisciplinary major in
Anthropology, which includes at least six course credits in
Anthropology. In addition to the foregoing requirements, prospective
teachers must also apply for admission to the
Teacher Education Program (preferably at the start of their sophomore
year) and complete a second major in Secondary
Education described under Education.
Second Teaching Area in Anthropology: The following program in conjunction with a teaching major in Economics and Business, History, Politics, Psychology, or Sociology will enable the student to apply for licensure to teach both the major subject and Anthropology: four course credits in Anthropology approved by the chair of the Department.
Minor: A minimum of six course credits in Anthropology which
include ANT 101, 320, 322, one
area studies course (ANT 202, 203,
204, or 206), and two electives, at least one
of which must be at the 300 level. Note: the Anthropology minor is
not available to students with a Sociology and Anthropology major.
101. Cultural Anthropology
Cross-cultural, critical perspective on human behavior and culture.
Diversity of human cultures from hunter-gatherers to industrialized city
dwellers. Implications of economic, social, political, symbolic, and
religious systems for the lives of men and women. Emphasis on
non-Western cultures. Not open to seniors without permission of the
instructor. (Social Science)
105. Human Origins
prehistoric development of humankind, including primate and human
evolution, ``race'' and racism, behavioral evolution, sexual evolution,
the Darwinian revolution, and modern evolutionary theory. Offered every
Theories, methods, and techniques of the interpretation of the material
remains of human cultures. Reconstruction of human behavior, technology,
and cultural developments. Offered every third year. (Social Science)
202. Indigenous Peoples and Cultures of North
Ethnographic survey of the sociocultural
systems developed by indigenous Americans north of Mexico. Ecological
factors, subsistence practices, social organizations, and belief
systems, along with contemporary issues of change, contact, and cultural
survival. Offered every third year. (Social Science)
203. Amazonia: People, Culture, and
Ethnographic survey of the sociocultural systems
developed by the indigenous Amerindians of Amazonia and the lowland
forests. Ecological factors, subsistence practices, social
organizations, politics, cosmology, and belief systems. Contemporary
issues of change, contact, cultural survival, and the destruction of the
Amazonian rain forest. Offered every third year. (Social Science)
204. Cultures of Mesoamerica and the
Ethnographic survey of the peoples and cultures of Mesoamerica
and the Andes, especially the Maya, Aztec, Inca, and their present-day
descendants. Texts, narratives, and documents are interpreted in light
of critical theory and analysis, employing the approaches of ethnology,
ethnohistory, archaeology, and literature. Colonial history,
colonialism, representation of the ``other,'' indigenous ``voices,'' and
strategies of resistance. Registration, when the course is taught off
campus, entails additional costs. Offered every third year. (Social Science)
206. West Indian People and Culture
Ethnographic examination of the descendents of East Indian and Chinese
indentured servants, and African slaves. Topics include maroonage,
retentions, kinship and gender roles, the spirit world, fiesta, and
cultural pluralism. Registration, when the course is taught off campus,
entails additional costs. Alternate years. (Social Science)
208. Cross-Cultural Love and Family
Cross-cultural examination of family and kinship systems, with a focus
on mixed families in the United States, the West Indies, and Brazil.
Implications for kinship, syncretism, social stratification, values, and
the cultural definitions of race, color, and ethnicity. Alternate years.
(Social Science) MONAGAN
210. Religion, Magic, and
Religion, religious behavior and practices,
world view, and the supernatural. Rites of transition, death and
afterlife, ritual, religious leaders, traditional curing, religious
movements, revitalization, cults, witchcraft, magic, and especially
shamanism are examined cross-culturally. Prerequisite: ANT
101. Alternate years. MONAGAN
222. Applied Anthropology
The relevance of anthropological theories, methods, and findings in solving practical problems. Contemporary issues will include acculturation, modernization, tourism, overpopulation, health, and cultural survival. Prerequisite: either ANT 101 or EST 123. Alternate years. (Social Science) MONAGAN
256 through 260. Topics in Anthropology
Selected topics of current interest in anthropology. Recent topics have included Latin America - Cultural Politics and Social Movements; Language, Culture, and Communities; and The Black Woman in America. (Social Science)
271. Women's Roles in Cross-Cultural Perspective
Study of gender roles in cross-cultural perspective, with an emphasis on the symbolic approach to roles of women. Topics include socialization, religion, female symbols, matrifocality, rites of passage, taboos, work, aging, and modernization. Prerequisite: either ANT 101 or WST 171. Alternate years. (Social Science) MONAGAN
280/380. Internship: see Courses 280/380.
290/390. Individual Project: see Courses 290/390.
308. Ritual, Symbol, and Behavior
Exploration of various theories of symbolic anthropology. Emphasis on
mythology, festivals, and rites of passage. Topics include secular and
religious ritual analysis, ritual drama, tricksters, and communitas.
Prerequisite: ANT 101. Alternate years. (Social Science)
320. Qualitative Research Methods and
Introduction to the theory and practice of
anthropological research methods, including ethnographic interviewing,
participant observation, photography, and qualitative approaches to the
analysis of cultural data. Students engage in ethnographic research.
Prerequisite: ANT 101. Alternate years. (Social Science) MONAGAN
322. The History of Ethnological
Critical and historical study of theories of
culture. Historical and contemporary schools of thought and major trends
in ethnological theory, along with seminal theorists. Theoretical
approaches in relation to biography, historical era, and sociocultural
milieu of theorists, and to the function of anthropology in Western
thought. Prerequisites: ANT 101 and junior standing.
Alternate years. (Social Science)
356 through 360. Advanced Topics in Anthropology
Selected topics and current issues in anthropological theory. Recent topics have included The Anthropology of Fishing Communities; Medical Anthropology; and Culture, Environment, and Economy. Prerequisite: ANT 101.
485. Readings/Research in Anthropology
Student-designed individual research in
selected areas. May be repeated for credit; however, no more than one
term of 485 may be counted toward an interdisciplinary major in
Anthropology or the Sociology and Anthropology major.
Prerequisites: ANT 101 and one other course in Anthropology. (OP)
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