Anthropology Graduate Courses

Some courses may not be offered every year. Check with the college or department office for current information about when specific courses are offered.  

 

For course syllabi, see the departmental website.

 

 

ANT  501 FOOD AND CULTURE      (3)

The nature of food in a cultural setting is explored.  Food and cooking are extremely social providing an innovative avenue towards understanding culture, especially social and gender relations.

 

ANT  511 INTRODUCTION TO ANTHROPOLOGICAL FIELDWORK      (3-6)

Integrated approach to anthropological fieldwork with varying emphases on archaeology and ethnology depending on the field problem.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  Prerequisite: 12 hours of ANT coursework

 

ANT  512 ADVANCED ANTHROPOLOGICAL FIELDWORK      (3-6)

Continuation of ANT 511. Appropriate to take if you have some field experience and wish to specialize in a research topic or methodology and to develop leadership capacity in fieldwork research.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  Prerequisite: ANT 511

 

ANT  514 LINGUISTIC ANTHROPOLOGY LAB       (1-3)

Students analyze their own linguistic anthropology data in collaborative laboratory environment.  Those taking the course for two units make an hour-long formal presentation.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.

 

ANT  517 SOUTHWESTERN ARCHAEOLOGY      (3)

Archaeology of the American Southwest from the arrival of people to the early historic period.  

 

ANT  524 CULTURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT      (3)

History, legislation, and procedures of managing prehistoric and historic cultural resources, including archaeological conservation and mitigation, preparation and review of proposals, and reporting requirements.

 

ANT  528 ANTHROPOLOGY OF EDUCATION      (3)

Surveys anthropological research on education.

 

ANT  546 CULTURE CHANGE      (3)

Anthropological approaches to the study of social and cultural change.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  

 

ANT  547 STUDY OF THE FUTURE      (3)

Definition of the future; reasons for study of the future; people's development of interest in the future; state of futures study today.

 

ANT  548 ANTHROPOLOGY OF DEVELOPMENT      (3)

Anthropological perspectives on development, underdevelopment, and the introduction of socioeconomic change in non-industrial and newly industrializing societies.

 

ANT  550 ANALYSIS OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL MATERIALS      (3)

Overview of lab techniques used to analyze archaeological materials, including ceramics, lithics, and floral and faunal remains.  

 

ANT  551 QUATERNARY ARCHAEOLOGY      (3)

Major events and theoretical and methodological issues of Pleistocene prehistory.

 

ANT  552 CERAMIC ANALYSIS      (3)

Methods and techniques used to analyze archaeological ceramics to interpret technology, economics, function, chronology, formation processes, and social interaction.  

 

ANT  553 FAUNAL ANALYSIS      (3)

Analysis and interpretation of animal bones from archaeological sites, emphasizing both practical and theoretical applications.  

 

ANT  554 PALEOETHNOBOTANY      (3)

Archaeological analysis of the interrelationships between people and plants in prehistory through the study of archaeobotanical macroremains, phytoliths, and pollen.

 

ANT  555 LITHIC ANALYSIS      (3)

Theoretical and methodological approaches to the analysis of archaeological lithic materials emphasizing hands-on experience in analytical and manufacturing techniques.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  

 

ANT  556 ANTHROPOLOGY OF GENDER      (3)

Critically evaluates evidence for evolution of sex differences, sexual divisions of labor, social constructions of gender, and gender hierarchies from prehistory to the present. Letter grade or pass-fail. Prerequisites: undergraduate anthropology major or minor or women's studies minor plus enrollment in anthropology graduate program or at least one previous graduate anthropology course.

 

ANT  558 ORIGINS OF AGRICULTURE      (3)

Examine the differences between hunter-gatherers and agriculturalists, evaluate the theories pertaining to the origins of food production in prehistory, and discuss the areas of the world in which domestication occurred.  Letter grade only.  

 

ANT  559 INDIGENOUS PERSPECTIVES IN CULTURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT      (3)

Introduces Native American perspectives on cultural resource management. Addresses three main questions:  Who owns the past?  Who manages the past?  Who tells the stories?  Co-convenes with ANT 459.  Letter grade only.  

 

ANT  568 QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS      (3)

Emphasizes quantitative ethnological theory and method. Explores a variety of techniques and their rationale for designing and evaluating anthropological research with a problem-oriented focus. Prerequisite: statistics.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  

 

ANT  569 ETHNOGRAPHIC RESEARCH METHODS      (3)

Intensive, in-depth, direct naturalistic observation for the discovery and description of culture.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  

 

ANT  580 MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY      (3)

Advanced concepts and methods in the cross-cultural study of illness, healers, epidemiology, and the political economy of health and their impact in public health. Cross-listed with HP 580.  Letter grade only.  

 

ANT  581 LANGUAGE, POWER AND MEDICINE      (3)

Cross-cultural exploration of power relationships between language, clinical encounters, and medical research and publication in which patients are healed or alienated and medical entities are socially constructed as real.  Letter grade only.  Prerequisite:  ANT 102 or the equivalent and Senior Status or higher.  

 

ANT  597 READING FOR COMPREHENSIVE EXAM      (1-9)

Preparation for comprehensive examination.  Pass-fail only.  

 

ANT  599 CONTEMPORARY DEVELOPMENTS      (1-3)

Examines recent trends and investigations in a selected area of a particular field of study.  May be offered no more than three times before being submitted for a permanent course number.  May be repeated for credit.  Letter grade only.  

 

ANT  600 ANTHROPOLOGY THEORY      (3)

Nature and history of theory in anthropology.  Letter grade only.  

 

ANT  603 APPLIED ANTHROPOLOGY      (3)

Anthropological methods and principles applied to problems of cross-cultural communication and sociocultural change; directed sociocultural change, community development, medical anthropology, and other topics.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  

 

ANT  605 PRE-THESIS SEMINAR      (3)

Development of skills and knowledge necessary for planning, organizing, and carrying out thesis research in anthropology.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  Prerequisite or Corequisite: ANT 569 or ANT 635

 

ANT  607 PRE-INTERNSHIP SEMINAR      (3)

Preparation for internship. Includes training in developing, presenting, and evaluating position papers, proposals, and work plans; literature search and use of secondary data; ethics and professional development for work outside academia.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  Prerequisite: (ANT 569 or ANT 636) and ANT 603  Corequisite:  (ANT 568 or ANT 635)

 

ANT  608 FIELDWORK EXPERIENCE      (1-12)

Applied track internship.  Department consent required.  Pass-fail only.  Course fee required.  

 

ANT  609 POST-INTERNSHIP SEMINAR      (3)

Emphasizes preparing and presenting internship reports and developing skills in report writing and presentation.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  Prerequisite: ANT 608

 

ANT  612 ETHICS IN ANTHROPOLOGICAL RESEARCH      (3)

Explores ethical principles and dilemmas encountered in anthropological research. Includes principles for protecting humans in research and a model for resolving ethical dilemmas in anthropological research. Prerequisite: graduate status plus 6 hours of anthropology coursework, or instructor's consent.  

 

ANT  614 ETHNOGRAPHY OF COMMUNICATION      (3)

Theoretical models of "comparative speaking," treating communicative events as systems of social activity analyzed in relation to cultural contexts.  

 

ANT  615 SOUTHWEST ETHNOLOGY:  PUEBLO     (3)

Surveys Southwest Pueblo Indian cultures and their immediate historical antecedents.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  

 

ANT  616 SOUTHWEST ETHNOLOGY:  NON-PUEBLO      (3)

Surveys Southwest non-Pueblo Indian cultures and their immediate historical antecedents.  

 

ANT  618 LATIN AMERICAN ETHNOLOGY      (3)

Selected topics of contemporary peoples of Latin America. Focuses on the human condition and problems in Latin America.

 

ANT  628 GENDER HEALING INDIA      (3)

Explores social structure, family life, discourse, gender relations, and practices and understandings of healing in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Nepal.  Co-convenes with ANT 438.  Letter grade only.  Prerequisite: ANT 102 and Senior Status or higher

 

ANT  635 ARCHEOLOGICAL THEORY      (3)

Examines the primary theoretical approaches and goals that structure archaeological practice.  

 

ANT  636 ARCHAEOLOGICAL METHODS AND INFERENCE      (3)

Provides extensive and intensive experience in the application of archaeological methods for gathering and analyzing archaeological data.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.

 

ANT  638 PSYCHOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY      (3)

Cultural influences on personality and the individual's impact on society.  

 

ANT  639 ANTHROPOLOGY OF AMERICAN CULTURE       (3)

Surveys American culture, specifically organizations, politics, bureaucracy, and ideology, from an anthropological perspective.

 

ANT  660 SELECTED ADVANCED TOPICS      (3)

Examines specific topical and area problems in physical anthropology, cultural anthropology, linguistics, and archaeology.  

 

ANT  685 GRADUATE RESEARCH      (1-6)

Individualized directed research on selected topics.  Letter grade only.  Department consent required.  

 

ANT  697 INDEPENDENT STUDY      (1-3)

Individualized directed study on selected topics.  No more than 3 hours may be included on a master's program in education.  Letter grade only.  Department consent required.  

 

ANT  698 GRADUATE SEMINAR      (1-3)

Reading and discussion on selected advanced topics.  Letter grade or pass-fail, depending on department policy.  Department consent required.  

 

ANT  699 THESIS      (1-9)

Individualized directed research, writing, and oral defense of selected thesis topic.  Prerequisite:  Admission to master's program.  Department Consent.  

 

ANT  714 ADVANCED SEMINAR IN LINGUISTIC ANTHROPOLOGY      (3)

Advanced theoretical and methodological readings in linguistic anthropology will be applied in a final research project resulting in a paper publishable in a peer-review journal.  Prerequisite:  ANT 614