Anthropology Undergraduate 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  101 HUMANKIND EMERGING      (3)

Introduces human evolution, primates, fossil hominids, race, population genetics, and the development of culture.  Letter grade only. SAS

 

ANT  101H HUMANKIND EMERGING - HONORS      (3)

Introduces human evolution, primates, fossil hominids, race, population genetics, and the development of culture.  Letter grade only.  Prerequisite: Honors Student Group SAS

 

ANT  102 EXPLORING CULTURES      (3)

Introduces diverse cultures, focusing on technology, social organization, and ideology of hunter-gatherer, horticultural, agricultural, pastoral, industrial, and post-industrial societies around the world, with primary emphasis on non-western societies.  Letter grade only.  CUG

 

ANT  103 CULTURE IN COMMUNICATION      (3)

Offers a comparative global perspective on communicative forms, especially languages, as systems of social signs. Primary emphasis on case studies are from non-western societies.  Letter grade only.  CUG

 

ANT  104 LOST TRIBES AND BURIED CITIES      (3)

An archaeological window on the rise and fall of the most spectacular cultures of the ancient past.  Explores the ancient foundations of culture diversity among a variety of prehistoric civilizations including the Aztec, Maya, Shang China, Stonehenge, Iraq, and Iran.  Letter grade only.  SPWG

 

ANT  104H LOST TRIBES AND BURIED CITIES - HONORS      (3)

An archaeological window on the rise and fall of the most spectacular cultures of the ancient past.  Explores the ancient foundations of cultural diversity among a variety of prehistoric civilizations including the Aztec, Maya, Shang China, Stonehenge, Iraq, and Iran.  Letter grade only.  Prerequisite: Honors Student Group SPWG

 

ANT  105 ANTHROPOLOGY TODAY:  GLOBAL ISSUES      (3)

An introduction to the field of anthropology and the application of anthropological approaches to the understanding of contemporary global issues, with particular emphasis on non-western societies and their cultures, histories, and differences.  The course focuses on a different issue each semester.  Letter grade only.  May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units.  SPW

 

ANT  105H ANTHROPOLOGY TODAY:  GLOBAL ISSUES - HONORS      (3)

An introduction to the field of anthropology and the application of anthropological approaches to the understanding of contemporary global issues, with particular emphasis on non-western societies and their cultures, histories, and differences.  The course focuses on a different issue each semester.  Letter grade only.  May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units.  Prerequisite: Honors Student Group SPW

 

ANT  106 THE ART OF ANCIENT TECHNOLOGY      (3)

Hands-on course examining the constraints ancient technologies placed on prehistoric artisans.  Explores the interface between arts, culture, and nature as artists respond to technological developments.  Letter grade only.  AHI

 

ANT  109 ANTHROPOLOGY OF SPORTS: ANCIENT AND MODERN SPORTS IN CROSS-CULTURAL PERSPECTIVE      (3)

Explores ancient and modern sports from the viewpoints of anthropology.  Topics include definitions; evolution, form, and capabilities of the human body; anthropological theories of sports; ancient sports; and modern sports.  Letter grade only.

 

ANT  199 SPECIAL TOPICS      (1-3)

Foundations of intellectual inquiry.  In-depth study of substantive problem.  Letter grade only.  May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units.

 

ANT  199H MODULAR LEARNING EXPERIENCE-HONORS      (1-3)

Foundations of intellectual inquiry.  In-depth study of substantive problem.  Letter grade only.  May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units.  Prerequisite: Honors Student Group

 

ANT  205 NATIVE PEOPLES OF NORTH AMERICA      (3)

Ethnographic survey of Indian societies in the United States and Canada, their cultural and linguistic development, and their current status.  Letter grade only.  CUE

 

ANT  206 ANCIENT NORTH AMERICANS: THE PREHISTORIC LEGACY      (3)

From the earliest Ice Age hunters through European contact, the course traces the development of a mosaic of indigenous cultures and explores their contributions to American democracy.  Letter grade only.  CUE

 

ANT  209 FOLKLORE OF THE WORLD:  ANTHROPOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES      (3)

A cross-cultural, global survey of contemporary folklore of the world.  Case Studies emphasize non-western societies, including Southeast Asia, Australian Aborigines, Maya, and Celtic subcultures of Europe.  Letter grade only.  CUG

 

ANT  211 THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF EVERYDAY LIFE      (3)

In this introductory level anthropology course, students will conduct observations and analyses of everyday life and "college culture," uncovering the worldviews that define our sense of self, values and relationships.  Letter grade only.  CU

 

ANT  250 PRINCIPLES OF ARCHAEOLOGY      (3)

Method, theory, goals, and history of archaeology as a subdiscipline of anthropology.  Letter grade only. SAS

 

ANT  250H PRINCIPLES OF ARCHAEOLOGY - HONORS      (3)

Method, theory, goals, and history of archaeology as a subdiscipline of anthropology.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite: Honors Student Group SAS

 

ANT  253 AZTEC AND MAYA:  ARCHAEOLOGY OF ANCIENT MEXICO      (3)

Archaeological exploration of the development of complex societies in Mesoamerica, with emphasis on subsistence and technological factors that shaped socio-political development and collapse.  Letter grade only.  SPWG

 

ANT  270 PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY I:  HUMAN ORIGINS      (4)

Comparative primate anatomy and behavior, primate and human paleontology, human evolution. 3 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  LAB

 

ANT  271 PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY II:  HUMAN VARIATION      (4)

Evolutionary trends in modern humans, biology of contemporary population, population genetics. 3 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  LAB

 

ANT  299 SPECIAL TOPICS      (1-3)

In-depth study of an aspect, concept, or problem.  Letter grade only.  May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units.  

 

ANT  299H SPECIAL TOPICS - HONORS      (1-3)

In-depth study of an aspect, concept, or problem.  Letter grade only.  May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units.  Prerequisite: Honors Student Group

 

ANT  301 PEOPLES OF THE WORLD      (3)

Ethnographic survey of selected native peoples and cultures of the world.  SPWG

 

ANT  301H PEOPLES OF THE WORLD-HONORS      (3)

Ethnographic survey of selected native peoples and cultures of the world.  Prerequisite: Honors Student Group SPWG

 

ANT  302 WORLD AREA STUDIES      (3)

Anthropology of selected areas, including contemporary societies in Asia, Africa, Oceania, and other regions of the world.  Letter grade only.  May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units.  

 

ANT  302H WORLD AREA STUDIES - HONORS      (3)

Anthropology of selected areas, including contemporary societies in Asia, Africa, Oceania, and other regions of the world.  Letter grade only.  May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units.  Prerequisite: Honors Student Group

 

ANT  303 PEOPLES OF LATIN AMERICA      (3)

Indian and folk societies of Latin America. Topic-oriented course focuses on technology, social organization, and ideology of contemporary peoples using selected case studies.  SPWG

 

ANT  306 PEOPLES OF THE SOUTHWEST      (3)

Introduces the greater Southwest as a major world culture area, including recent and contemporary peoples, the nature of multi-ethnic society, current directions of change, and pockets of persistence.  SPWE

 

ANT  307 CENTRAL AMERICA      (3)

Ethnographic survey of peoples and cultures of Central America.  SPWG

 

ANT  309W CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY      (3)

Surveys the major theoretical, methodological, and empirical foundations of cultural anthropology. This course fulfills NAU's junior-level writing requirement.  Letter grade only.  Prerequisite: Admission to Anthropology Major (BA) or Anthropology-Extended Major (BA) or Anthropology-International Cultural Immersion-Extended Major (BA) or  Anthropology (BAILS) and Senior Status or higher JWRT

 

ANT  329 LANGUAGE IN SOCIETY      (3)

Surveys the role of language in society and culture as well as methods of analyzing speech events as sociocultural phenomena. Required for major.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  Prerequisite: Admission to Anthropology Major (BA) or Anthropology-Extended Major (BA) or Anthropology-International Cultural Immersion-Extended Major (BA) or  Anthropology (BAILS) and Senior Status or higher

 

ANT  330 STUDY ABROAD ORIENTATION      (1)

Examines anthropological concepts, field methods, indigenous issues, and culture change processes underway in host countries to enhance experience of traveling, living, and studying abroad. Pass-fail only.  CU

 

ANT  331 STUDY ABROAD CULTURAL IMMERSION      (1)

This web-based course is designed for students participating in the International Cultural Immersion Program or International Study Abroad Program to provide them with a cross-cultural anthropological study abroad experience.  Prerequisite:  ANT 310 or ANT 330 or International Exchange Student Group CU

 

ANT  332 STUDY ABROAD RE-ENTRY      (1)

This web-enhanced course is designed to assist students participating in the International Cultural Immersion Program or International Study abroad Program for re-entry to the U.S. following a study abroad experience.  Prerequisite:  ((ANT 310 or ANT 330) and ANT 331) or International Exchange Student Group CU

 

ANT  340 MUSIC IN CULTURE      (3)

This is a course in ethnomusicology--the anthropology of music, focusing on what music means to different peoples worldwide.  Students will compare musical forms, approaches, and uses cross-culturally.  Letter grade only.  GLB

 

ANT  350 ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS:  THE ROOTS OF CULTURAL DIVERSITY      (3)

Comparative study of the origins and growth of civilizations in ancient Egypt, Iraq, India, Pakistan, China, Mexico, and Peru.  Case studies are drawn from the Sumerians, Egyptians, Harappans, Shang, Inca, Maya, and Aztec.  SPWG

 

ANT  351 SOUTHWESTERN ARCHAEOLOGY      (3)

Origins, characteristics, and relationships of the prehistoric cultures of the American Southwest.  SPWE

 

ANT  355 ARCHAEOLOGY OF ROCK ART     (3)

Explore aesthetics, science, interpretation, ethics, management, and conservation of rock engravings and paintings worldwide.  We contrast western and non-western modes of interpretation, understandings of landscape, and ethics of site management, focusing on indigenous perspectives in the Americas, Australia, and Africa.  3 hrs. lecture; 3 hrs. lab, including field trips.  Prerequisites: junior, senior, or graduate status; at least one upper-division or graduate course in anthropology, art history, AIS, or recreation management; and successful completion of liberal studies writing requirements.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  AHIG

 

ANT  355H ARCHAEOLOGY OF ROCK ART - HONORS      (3)

Explore aesthetics, science, interpretation, ethics, management, and conservation of rock engravings and paintings worldwide. 3 hrs. lecture; 3 hrs. lab, including field trips. Prerequisites: junior, senior, or graduate status; at least one upper-division or graduate course in anthropology, art history, Native American studies, or recreation management; and successful completion of liberal studies writing requirements.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  Prerequisite: Honors Student Group AHIG

 

ANT  359W PROSEMINAR IN ARCHAEOLOGY      (3)

Method and theory in archaeology; lab experience with major materials classes. Required for major. This course fulfills NAU's junior-level writing requirement.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  Prerequisite: Admission to Anthropology (BA) or Anthropology-Extended (BA) or Anthropology-International Cultural Immersion-Extended (BA) or Anthropology (BA or BS IS) and Junior Status or higher and (PSY 230 or STA 270 or SOC 365) JWRT

 

ANT  365 CULTURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT      (3)

This course covers the basic philosophies and legal frameworks of cultural resource management; the knowledge, technical expertise and managerial skills necessary to obtain, administer and fulfill legal requirements of cultural resource management projects.  Prerequisite: ANT 359W

 

ANT  370 HUMAN ECOLOGY      (3)

General survey of ecological relationships and the cultural environment as these affect human behavior, demographic characteristics, and variations in human types, past and present, including discussion of current issues and future prospects of human population development, and practical applications of current knowledge.  SPW

 

ANT  377 ANTHROPOLOGY OF RACE: HUMAN PHYSICAL VARIATION AND ITS CULTURAL INTERPRETATION      (3)

Explores the topics of race and worldwide human physical variation from the viewpoints of anthropology.  Critically evaluates typological vs. population approaches to understanding the full range of worldwide human variation.  Letter grade only.  SAS

 

ANT  379 BIOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY      (3)

In-depth survey of topics and methods in physical anthropology: paleoanthropology, primate ecology, method and theory.  Required for major.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  Prerequisite: Admission to Anthropology (BA) or Anthropology-Extended (BA) or Anthropology-International Cultural Immersion-Extended (BA) or Anthropology (BA or BS IS) and Junior Status or higher and (PSY 230 or STA 270 or SOC 365)

 

ANT  389 COOPERATIVE EDUCATION      (1-12)

Individualized preplanned cooperative employment experience related to your filed of study or career objectives.  Pass-fail only.  May be repeated for a maximum of 12 units.  

 

ANT  390 CULTURAL SIMULATION      (3-4)

An introduction to the simulations in anthropology used to explore human cultures and cultural dynamics.  Variable credit:  3 hrs. lecture (4 if lab is included).  May be repeated for a maximum of 8 units.  Letter grade only.  SPW

 

ANT  390H CULTURAL SIMULATION      (3-4)

An introduction to the simulations in anthropology used to explore human cultures and cultural dynamics.  Variable credit:  3 hrs. lecture (4 if lab is included).  May be repeated for a maximum of 8 units.  Letter grade only.  Prerequisite: Honors Student Group SPW

 

ANT  399 SPECIAL TOPICS      (1-3)

In-depth study of an aspect, concept, or problem within a program of study.  Letter grade only.  May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units.  

 

ANT  399H SPECIAL TOPICS-HONORS      (1-3)

In-depth study of an aspect, concept, or problem within a program of study.  Letter grade only.  May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units.  Prerequisite: Honors Student Group

 

ANT  404 WOMEN IN CONTEMPORARY CULTURES      (3)

Cross-cultural, global approach to the study of the roles of women in various cultures.  Case studies emphasize non-western societies including Polynesia, Africa, and Latin America.  Prerequisite: ANT 102 or ANT 301 or ANT 309W or WST 200 or WST 291 or International Exchange Student Group GLB

 

ANT  406 THE CONTEMPORARY UNITED STATES INDIANS      (3)

Inquiry into the adaptation of Indian societies to U.S. culture.  ETNC

 

ANT  407C APPLYING ANTHROPOLOGY      (3)

Introduction to theory and practice with an emphasis on conceptual models, areas of specialization, methodology, and ethics of involvement. Required for major.  Prerequisite: Admission to Anthropology Major (BA) or Anthropology-Extended Major (BA) or Anthropology-International Cultural Immersion-Extended Major (BA) or  Anthropology (BAILS) and Senior Status or higher CAP

 

ANT  408 FIELDWORK EXPERIENCE      (1-12)

Supervised field experience in an appropriate agency or organization. Pass-fail only.  May be repeated for a maximum of 12 units. Department consent required.  

 

ANT  409 SYMBOL, MYTH AND RITUAL: ANTHROPOLOGICAL APPROACHES      (3)

Anthropological theories of religion, cross-cultural comparisons of belief systems, myths, rituals, magic, witchcraft, ritual healing in both western and non-western cultures.  Prerequisite:  ANT 102 and ANT 301 GLB

 

ANT  414 ANTHROPOLOGICAL LIFE HISTORIES      (3)

Skills in collecting life histories and diverse approaches to analysis, based on one hundred years of anthropological research using this method.  Prerequisite: (ANT 102 or ANT 201) and Junior Status or higher

 

ANT  438 SOCIAL LIFE IN SOUTH ASIA      (3)

Explores social structure, family life, discourse and cultural construction of personhood in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.  Co-convenes with ANT 628.  Prerequisite: Junior Status or higher or International Exchange Student Group GLB

 

ANT  438H SOCIAL LIFE IN SOUTH ASIA - HONORS      (3)

Explores social structure, family life, discourse and cultural construction of personhood in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.  Coconvenes with ANT 628.  Prerequisite: Honors Student Group GLB

 

ANT  439 AMERICAN CULTURE      (3)

Surveys American culture, ideology, and paradigms from an anthropological perspective.  Prerequisite: 3 hours of ANT - Anthropology coursework or International Exchange Student Group

 

ANT  459 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-convened with ANT 559.  Letter grade only.  Prerequisite: Junior Status or higher or International Exchange Student Group ETNC

 

ANT  460 APPLIED INDIGENOUS CULTURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT      (3)

This course explores the developments in the working relationships of Indigenous peoples and archaeologists in cultural resource management (CRM).  Tribal CRM strategies and case studies across Indian country will be reviewed.  Cross-listed as AIS 460.  Letter grade only.  Prerequisite:  ANT 365 and ANT 459 ETNC

 

ANT  470 ANTHROPOLOGY OF HEALTH AND HEALING      (3)

A cross-cultural approach to understanding the causes and cures for disease and poor health, different cultural views of illness and curing, and global health issues, with an emphasis on non-western health and healing systems.  Prerequisite: ANT 102 or ANT 201 or International Exchange Student Group GLB

 

ANT  480 MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY      (3)

 

ANT  485 UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH      (1-6)

Original research under the supervision of a research adviser. Letter grade or pass-fail.  May be repeated for up to 12 units of credit.  Department consent required.

 

ANT  497 INDEPENDENT STUDY      (1-6)

Individualized approach to selected topics by guided reading and critical evaluation. Pass-fail only.  No repeat limit.  Department consent required.  

 

ANT  499 CONTEMPORARY DEVELOPMENTS      (1-3)

Examines recent trends and investigations in a selected area of a particular major field of study.  Letter grade only.  No repeat limit.