Spring 2024 Classes

Published: Dec. 12, 2023

Are you still wondering what to take for spring 2024? Look no further as we may have classes that are right up your alley! Let us know if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you in spring 2024American Archeology Association

ANTH 3402 Lost Worlds and Crystal Skulls

This class explores the differences between science and pseudoscience specifically within the realm of anthropology.  Scientific method and critical thought are employed in a way that trains students to question and recognize the difference between fact and fiction in data.  Max hours:  3 Credits.

ANTH 3142 Cultural Diversity in the Modern World 

An in-depth analysis of the phenomena of culture and application of the culture concept to understanding cultural diversity in the modern world. Applies the concept of culture to several basic aspects of human social life, for example: social class and gender relations, ethnicity, racism and sexism, education, health and economic behavior. Students explore these issues in the context of case studies of particular groups and/or communities, focusing primarily on the diversity of cultural expression in contemporary U.S. Note: This course may count for the International Studies major or minor. See your INTS advisor for more information. Term offered: fall, spring, summer. Max hours: 3 Credits.

ANTH 3301 World Prehistory

Explores of 3.5 million years of human cultural development that examines the prehistory of Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Patterns and processes that underlie the earliest hominid expansion out of Africa, tool use, origins of fire, the peopling of the Americas, the development of metallurgy, the domestication of plants and animals and the rise of cities and the state are examined. Emphasis is on both regional developments and landmark projects that have helped clarify prehistory. Note: Introductory course in Archaeology (ANTH 1302) recommended. Term offered: fall, spring. Max hours: 3 Credits.

ANTH 3315 North American Archaeology

In this course, we will explore the deep history of North America from a broad and integrative perspective by incorporating insights from archaeology, ecology, geology, genetics, oral histories, and cultural heritage. We will explore human-environmental interactions by learning about the ecosystems that exist/existed across North America and how humans have interacted with those systems.  In doing so, we will read books written about North American history by indigenous authors, and archaeologists involved with repatriation. We will also study the political and cultural ramifications of European colonization of North America. We will debate controversial topics such as the role that scientific exploration plays in the investigation of history and the effect that it has on human lives.  

ANTH 4000/5000 Special Topics in Anthropology: Morphometrics and 3D Imaging

Designed to give students a chance to evaluate critically some practical or theoretical problem under faculty supervision and to present results of their thinking to fellow students and instructors for critical evaluation. Prereq: Junior standing or higher. Cross-listed with ANTH 5000. Repeatable. Max hours: 9 Credits.

ANTH 4050/5053 Quantitative Methods in Anthropology

Surveys the ways of deriving meaning from anthropological data by numerical means, including, but not confined to basic statistical procedures.  Prereq: Junior standing or higher.  Cross-listed with ANTH 5053.  Max hours: 3 Credits.

ANTH 4500/5500 Advanced Issues in Human Evolution

This flexible course offers an advanced treatment of issues in human biological evolution. Topics may emphasize morphological evolution, behavioral evolution, the environment of human evolution, non-human primate comparative information.  Prereq: Junior standing or higher.  Cross-listed with ANTH 5500.  Max hours: 3 Credits.

ANTH 4580/5580 Neanderthals and the Origin of Modern Humans

Focuses on the human fossil record for the taxon Homo sapiens, including the earliest members of this group ("early" or "archaic" Homosapiens), the Neanderthals and so-called "anatomically modern" Homosapiens. The goal of the course is to survey the major issues within the area of modern human origins, and to learn about the evolutionary relationships, lifeways and behaviors of these groups.  Prereq: Junior standing or higher.  Cross-listed with ANTH 5580.  Max hours: 3 Credits.

ANTH 4600/5600 Medical Anthropology

Introduces students to the theories and concepts of medical anthropology, the study of human health and illness. Explores conceptions of the body, modalities of healing, the clinical encounter, and new medical technologies. Prereq: Junior standing or higher. Cross-listed with ANTH 5600. Max Hours: 3 Credits.