There is no departmental major as such. Individualized majors may be developed involving Anthropology and other disciplines, especially Art, Biology, Ethnic Studies, Music, Psychology, and Religion. See Declaration of Degree Candidacy, Majors, and Minors. See also the interdisciplinary major in Sociology and Anthropology and the Teaching Majors in Anthropology and in Sociology and Anthropology.
Note: Students may not combine an individualized major in Anthropology with the interdisciplinary major in Sociology and Anthropology.
Teaching Major: An individualized major in Anthropology, which includes at least eight 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 coursework leading to secondary certification described under Education. Prospective teachers should request a current list of the specific course requirements from the Education Office.
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 certification 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 205, 206, or 222 when taught in the Bahamas), 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
Physical and prehistoric development of humankind, including primate and human evolution, "race" and racism, behavioral evolution, sexual evolution, the Darwinian revolution, and modern evolutionary theory. Alternate years. DOERSHUK
106. Language, Culture, and Community
An introduction to linguistic anthropology. Students will become familiar with contemporary issues, themes, and theories about language. Topics include communication as a sign system; language as a formal abstract system; and the relationship between language and culture, language and social identity, and language and ideology. Students will become critical thinkers about ways language and language use affect and are affected by individuals, social groups, cultural practices, and politics. Alternate years. (Social Science) SIEBERT
Theories, methods, and techniques of the interpretation of the material remains of human cultures. Reconstruction of human behavior, technology, and cultural developments. Alternate years. (Social Science) DOERSHUK
205. The Maya
An introduction to the intriguing cultures, philosophies, and achievements of the Maya. Ancient Maya culture, Spanish colonialism, modern events and recent Maya response, as well as history, culture, society, language, and beliefs are addressed. Materials written by Maya authors used when possible. Prerequisite: ANT 101, HIS 141, or LAS 141. Alternate years. (Social Science) SIEBERT
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 and permission of instructor. Prerequisite: ANT 101. Alternate years. (Social Science) MONAGAN
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. Prerequisite: ANT 101 or EST 123. Offered every third year. (Social Science) MONAGAN
210. Religion, Magic, and Witchcraft
Cross-cultural perspective on religious beliefs, practices, and world views. Topics include rites of passage, the spirit world, witches, magic, myths, syncretism, shamanism, and revitalization. Special attention is given to ethnomedicine. Prerequisite: ANT 101. Alternate years. (Social Science) 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. Registration, when the course is taught off campus, entails additional costs. Prerequisites: ANT 101 and permission of instructor. A second anthropology course is recommended. Alternate years. (Social Science) MONAGAN
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 women and war, socialization, religion, work, aging, and modernization. Prerequisite: ANT 101 or WST 171. Offered every third year. (Social Science) MONAGAN
308. Ritual, Symbol, and Behavior
Exploration of various theories of symbolic anthropology. Emphasis on foods, mythology, festivals, and death and dying. Topics include secular and religious ritual analysis, ritual drama, tricksters, and communitas. Prerequisites: ANT 101 and sophomore standing. Alternate years. (Social Science) MONAGAN
311. Introduction to Archaeological Field Methods
Field course involving direct student participation in archaeological data collection through excavation of buried historic or prehistoric site deposits. Standard archaeological excavation techniques, recording of excavation context through mapping and photography, regional culture history sequences and artifact identification. Registration entails additional costs. Prerequisite: ANT 101, 105, or 110. Alternate years. (Social Science) DOERSHUK
312. Medical Anthropology
Cross-cultural perspectives on the cause and treatment of physiological and psychological illnesses. Topics include ethnomedicine, ethnobotany (bush medicine), health-related practices in traditional and industrial societies, culturally appropriate nutrition education, and caring for patients from different cultures. Prerequisite: ANT 101. Alternate years. (Social Science) MONAGAN
320. Qualitative Research Methods and Fieldwork
Introduction to the theory and practice of anthropological research methods, including research proposals, ethnographic interviewing, participant observation, and qualitative approaches to the analysis of cultural data. Students engage in ethnographic research. Prerequisites: ANT 101 and junior standing. Alternate years. (Social Science) MONAGAN
322. The History of Ethnological Theory
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)
485. Readings/Research in Anthropology (1/2-1)
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 individualized major in Anthropology or the Sociology and Anthropology major. Prerequisites: ANT 101 and one other course in Anthropology. (OP)