Courses and Requirements

Foundation Courses

ANT-110. Introduction to Cultural Anthropology. (Fall, Winter, Spring; Staff). The basic concepts, methodology, and findings of cultural anthropology. Examines the similarities and diversity of human societies through in-depth case studies and cross-cultural comparisons. Emphasis on  non-Western cultures. CC: LCC, SOCS   ANT-214. Language and Culture. (Spring; Cool). This course examines the complex relationship between culture and language. Lectures and readings will use case materials drawn from North America, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, Oceania, and Europe to explore theories about how language is shaped by, and in turn shapes, culture and social relations. We will start by looking at the influence of linguistic categories on the way we view the world around us. We will look at color terminology, racial and ethnic categories, pronoun use, and differences in vocabulary used to talk about men and women. Next, we will turn to cultural differences in communicative behavior. We will examine theories that suggest that males and females, and members of various ethnic groups, use language differently in everyday social interaction. These differences in communicative strategies lead to systematic miscommunication and perpetuate stereotypes. We will then turn to the ways changes in communicative technologies such as the internet and cell phones change social relations. Finally, we will explore the ways that language reflects and supports social class, and the patterning of language use in multilingual nations. CC: LCC   ANT-363. Qualitative Research Methods. (Spring; Witsoe). An introduction to qualitative research methods in anthropology. The course examines the ways anthropologists collect data through participant observation, non-directive interviewing, questionnaires, examining case studies, and doing symbolic and behavioral analyses. We examine the strengths and weaknesses of these methods and compare them to methods of other social sciences to illuminate the anthropological approach to understanding society and culture. Students learn how to formulate research questions and a research project, apply the best methods to a particular research design, and write a proposal. Prerequisite: ANT-110   ANT-390. Thinking about Culture. (Winter; Cool). A broad overview of the history of American and European anthropological approaches to studying individuals and societies. Students examine the strengths and weaknesses of contemporary and historical paradigms through critical reading and analysis papers. Prerequisite: ANT-110 CC:...

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(only one cross-listed course can count for the major or minor) ANT-111. Cultures Through Film. (Not offered 2014-15.). This course explores non-Western cultures as they are portrayed in ethnographic and documentary film. The course introduces students to ethnographic film and to the broad range of cultures and issues that are the subjects of these films. CC: LCC ANT-130. Food and the Self. (Not offered 2014-15). What is the relationship between food and the body? What are the boundaries of food and the body? Are you what you eat or how you eat? This course looks at anthropological approaches to eating, consumption, identity, the body and food, while also examining current controversies such as obesity, genetically modified foods, and food taboos. While much of the course concerns itself with the cultural and historical construction of the American diet, it also draws examples from other cultures. CC: LCC ANT-148. Introduction to World Music. (Same as AMU 120) (Not offered 2014-15). Introduces musics from various world areas including Africa, Latin America, Asia, and Europe through live performance, lecture, video and audio. Students will increase familiarity with a wide range of musical styles while also exploring the relationship between music and society. CC: LCC ANT-170. Myth, Ritual and Magic. (Same as REL 170) (Not offered 2014-15). This course examines some of the theoretical issues surrounding myth, ritual and magic as well as specific examples of their cultural expression. How do people make sense of themselves, their society and the world through myth and ritual? How do cosmology and belief systems help them gain and organize knowledge about the world and themselves? The course will be examining a number of “occult” and “esoteric” practices, that is, practices that were not commonly known to all members of society, including sufism, kabbalah, alchemy, and shamanism.CC: LCC ANT-184. Contemporary Japanese Society. (Not offered 2014-15). An anthropological introduction to contemporary Japanese society and culture. Provides an historical overview, then explores in greater depth such topics as family structure, education, religious traditions, the work place, women, and contemporary social problems. CC: LCC ANT-210. The Anthropology of Poverty. (Spring; Witsoe). Why has urban poverty remained so entrenched in the United States, even amidst the unprecedented economic expansion of the post-war period? This course will seek to answer this question by exploring the relationships between race, public institutions, economic change and inequality within American society. In doing so, the course will examine the theoretical and practical dimensions of anthropology’s engagement with poverty. We will begin by examining theoretical approaches for understanding the persistence of poverty in the United States, as well as the major policy frameworks that seek to reduce poverty. In addition, the course will cover anthropological critiques of these approaches and anthropological accounts of the everyday realities and struggles of poor people. Students will do internships in local organizations dealing with poverty and will use this experience to reflect on larger debates. ANT-220. Women’s Lives Across Cultures. (Not offered 2014-15). Examines women’s lives in different cultures through detailed case studies and film, focusing on common experiences (e.g., motherhood, work), gender-based inequality, and sources of women’s power and influence. It also examines topics that exclusively or disproportionately affect women (e.g., female genital cutting, domestic violence, rape, sex tourism) as well as the varied forms feminism takes in other cultures. CC: LCC ANT-222. Childhood in Anthropological Perspective. (Not offered 2014-15). This course examines childhood across cultures. Lectures and readings will use case materials drawn from North America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, and Asia to explore ways in which culture affects how parents deal with children. We will also examine the acquisition of...

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Mini-Term Abroad Program in Anthropology

AMU-354T. Balinese Performing Arts. This mini-term focuses on the study of the performing arts of Bali. Students will have daily group instruction with master performers of both gamelan (the Balinese orchestra of gongs and xylophones) and dance, as well as additional lessons in an art form of one’s choosing (e.g. painting, puppetry, etc.). This instruction will culminate in final presentations and performances. Students will also visit many important artistic and ritual locations, attend professional performances, and meet with local Balinese peoples in a variety of contexts. No previous experience is required. ANT-490-492. Independent Study. (Fall, Winter, Spring). Tutorial for individual students. Prerequisite: minimum GPA of 3.2. ANT-490T. Independent Study Abroad. (Fall). Tutorial for individual students. ANT-498 & 499. Senior Thesis Parts 1 &...

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