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105. Human Origins
Introduction to the study of human origins through an explicitly scientific anthropological
approach. The processes and products of human evolution are surveyed from the perspectives of
genetics, evolutionary theory, comparative anatomy, primatology, the fossil record, artifactual
evidence, and biocultural behaviors. Course purposes include learning the basic concepts and
terminology of physical anthropology to enable anthropological thinking about biocultural
change through time; becoming acquainted with the basic precepts of evolutionary theory
including Mendelian principles and modern genetics; exploring the relatedness of past and
present human species with living and extinct primates; gaining knowledge about the basic
sequence of human evolution including species names, key attributes, dates of existence, and
hypothesized connections; and considering ongoing issues relating to the interaction of biology
and culture in the contemporary world. Alternate years. (Social Science)

106. Language and Culture – Linguistic Anthro
This class presents a broad survey of linguistic anthropology, focusing on language as a form of
human behavior. We explore the nature and function of human language learning the ways that
language reflects and informs social life. Core topics include differences between human and
animal communication, ways that language functions as a formal system, language patterns that
differ cross culturally, and social strategies that reflect power relationships. We address such
subjects as nonverbal communication, folklore, spoken art, dialects, language origin, language
acquisition and language change, including into the electronic age. This course provides you the
opportunity to connect theoretical perspectives with everyday communication and understand
the significance of language in your own personal and professional life. (Social Science)

110. Archaeology
Intensive introductory-level exploration of how archaeologists use a systematic scientific
approach to investigate the past. Specifics on selected past cultures will be presented although
this course is not intended to be a comprehensive overview of human prehistory. Students will
learn about (1) research methods for the collection of archaeological data; (2) techniques
developed for interpreting archaeological site formation, relative and chronometric dating, and
artifact analyses; (3) a brief history of archaeological inquiry; and (4) essential theoretical
underpinnings of major archaeological paradigms. Alternate years. (Social Science)

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. Alternate years. Prerequisite: one of the following: ANT 101, ANT 106, SOC 101,
SOC 102, HIS 141, LAS 141, or EST 123. (Social Science)

206. West Indian People and Culture
The course will familiarize the student with the anthropological concerns of a number of topics
concerning the people of the West Indies including maroonage, cultural retentions, family,
religion, folklore, and cultural pluralism. In Belize students will focus on the Garifuna and their
interactions with Creoles, Mayans and Hispanics. There will be several fieldtrips to places such
as an archaeological site, a drumming center, a doll maker and storyteller, schools and churches.
Several classes will be held at Belize's first women's co-operative. The class may also travel to
San Pedro to meet with another Cornell College class - EDU 262 "Comparative Education".

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