Anthropology (ANTH) Courses



ANTH 1300: Introduction to Anthropology

[TCCN—ANTH 2346]

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: credit for or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 1303 or equivalent. Nature and principles of anthropology, discussion of variation in culture, language, and human biology in time and space.

ANTH 2301: Introduction to Physical Anthropology

[TCCN—ANTH 2301]

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in or completion of ENGL 1303 or equivalent. Physical anthropology emphasizing origins and biological diversity of human populations.

ANTH 2302: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

[TCCN—ANTH 2351]

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in or completion of ENGL 1303 or equivalent. Survey of basic concepts and data in cultural anthropology, focusing on contemporary and recent human groups.

ANTH 2303: Introduction to Archaeology

[TCCN—ANTH 2302]

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in or completion of ENGL 1303 or equivalent. An introduction to the history, methods, and theory within modern archaeology, including discussion of data collection, analysis, dating techniques, and interpretation.

ANTH 2304: Introduction to Language and Culture

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in or completion of ENGL 1303 or equivalent. Anthropological perspectives on the relation of language and culture including social use of language, language as behavior, and non-verbal communication.

ANTH 2320: Ritual and Performance

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites: ENGL 1304, ANTH 2302. Introduction to the anthropology of ritual and performance theory in comparative cultural and historical perspectives through a series of concrete ethnographic case studies focusing on ritual in religious experience.

ANTH 2365: Aztec and Maya Beliefs and Cosmologies

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites: ENGL 1304. Survey of the major religious beliefs of Precolumbian people of Mesoamerica; how these people thought about their spiritual life and how on can still find echoes of the beliefs today.

ANTH 3304: Demographic Anthropology

Cr. 3. (3-0). Demographic methods as applied to small populations. Contributions of anthropologists to general theoretical questions about human populations.

ANTH 3312: Mexican-American Culture

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: ANTH 2302. Society and culture of Mexican-Americans.

ANTH 3315: Muslim Peoples of the Middle East

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: ANTH 2302 or consent of instructor. Tenets of classical Islam and beliefs of popular Islam as contexts for considering ethnic groups of the Middle East.

ANTH 3316: Society and Culture of India

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: three semester hours in anthropology or consent of instructor. Basic social units of Indian life; traditional Indian values.

ANTH 3324: Peoples and Culture of Latin America

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: ANTH 2302 or consent of instructor. Societies and cultures of the peoples of Central America today.

ANTH 3335: Black Atlantic Religions

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: ENGL 1302, ANTH 2302. African religious traditions and rituals in the Americas. Considering the role and legacy of slavery, as well as the challenges of freedom. Genesis and transformation of Afro-American cultural forms.

ANTH 3338: Peoples of Africa

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: ANTH 2302 or consent of instructor. An introduction to African cultures and societies. Emphasis on anthropological contributions to African Studies and the wider historical and political context in which this continent has been studied. Demography and languages, religions, healing and health care, the arts, kinship and marriage, politics, social differentiation and ethnicity, gender, and economics in cultural encounters and globalization.

ANTH 3341: Cultural Ecology

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: ANTH 2301, 2302, or 2303. A survey of the method and theory involved in the study of the relationship of culture and environment, stressing long-term evolutionary change within cultural systems.

ANTH 3342: Food and Culture

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: ANTH 1300 or 2302 or consent of instructor. Role and importance of food in different cultures: nutrition, social use of food, and symbolic significance.

ANTH 3347: Anthropology of Women

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: ANTH 2302 or consent of instructor. The status of women in cross-cultural perspectives.

ANTH 3348: Anthropology of Religion

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: ANTH 1300, 2302 or consent of instructor. Cross-cultural survey of religious beliefs and practices.

ANTH 3350: Women and Health: Anthropological Perspectives

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: ANTH 2302 or consent of instructor. Cultural foundations contributing to women's health status in industrial and developing societies.

ANTH 3360: Human Variation

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: ANTH 1300 or ANTH 2301 or consent of instructor. Survey of human biological diversity arising from genetic evolution and responses to diverse environmental conditions.

ANTH 3361: Human Origins

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: ANTH 1300, ANTH 2301 or consent of instructor. A survey of primate behavior, primate biology, and the human fossil record for insights into human evolution.

ANTH 3362: Monkeys, Apes, and Humans

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: ANTH 1300 or 2301 or consent of instructor. Natural history, social life, and organization of nonhuman primates, stressing studies of free-ranging animals and primate origins of certain human behaviors.

ANTH 3363: Race in Anthropological Perspective

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: three hours of anthropology or consent of instructor. Reviews major theories of the origin of racial variation and examines the effect of these theories on biosocial research and political action.

ANTH 3364: Disease in Antiquity

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment or completion of ENGL 1303. Effects of disease and health on past populations. Includes the origin of syphilis and the impact of new diseases on Native Americans.

ANTH 3375: North American Archaeology

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: ANTH 2303 or consent of instructor. Synthesis of current data and hypotheses concerning cultural development within America north of Mexico prior to European contact.

ANTH 3377: Archaeology of Central America

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: ANTH 2303 or equivalent or consent of instructor. Surveys the archaeologically known cultures which once occupied the region from Mexico southward to Nicaragua from approximately 40,000 B.C. to 1519 A.D.

ANTH 3378: Archaeology of Historic North America

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: ANTH 2303 or equivalent or consent of instructor. Results of the archaeological investigation of historically known locations in North America, including colonial settlements, plantations, factory sites, and battle fields.

ANTH 3379: Methods in Historical Anthropology (formerly 4378)

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: ANTH 1300 or ANTH 2303, or consent of instructor. Survey of methods and techniques in historical archaeology.

ANTH 3380: Archaeological Method and Theory

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: ANTH 2303 or consent of instructor. A survey of methods employed by archaeologists in gathering artifacts and interpreting human behavior from them.

ANTH 3395: Topics in Archaeology

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: ANTH 2301 or 2303. Topics focus on detailed studies of methods and concepts in archaeology. May be repeated when topics vary.

ANTH 3397: Topics in Physical Anthropology

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: ANTH 2301 or consent of instructor. A detailed survey of concepts and data on a select topic of physical anthropology. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

ANTH 3399: Senior Honors Thesis

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: approval of the chair.

ANTH 4192: Research Practicum I

Cr. 1. Prerequisites: six semester hours in anthropology and consent of instructor. Practical training and experience in anthropological analysis procedures and write-up of primary data.

ANTH 4193: Research Practicum

Cr. 1. Prerequisites: six semester hours in anthropology and consent of instructor. Practical training and experience in anthropological analysis procedures and write-up of primary data. No more than three hours of research practicum may be applied to the major or the minor.

Effective beginning Fall 2011 (see also listing below): ANTH 4198: Independent Study

Cr. 1 per semester, or more than four by concurrent enrollment. Prerequisite: six semester hours in anthropology or consent of instructor.

Effective through end of Summer 2011 (see also listing above): ANTH 4198: Special Problems

Cr. 1 per semester, or more than four by concurrent enrollment. Prerequisite: six semester hours in anthropology or consent of instructor.

ANTH 4292: Research Practicum I

Cr. 2. Prerequisites: not more than 12 semester hours from ANTH 4193,4293, 4342, 4391, 4395, 4396, and consent of instructor. Practical training and experience in anthropological analysis procedures and write-up of primary data.

ANTH 4293: Research Practicum

Cr. 2. Prerequisites: six semester hours in anthropology and consent of instructor. Practical training and experience in anthropological analysis procedures and write-up of primary data. No more than three hours of research practicum may be applied to the major or the minor.

Effective beginning Fall 2011 (see also listing below): ANTH 4298: Independent Study

Cr. 2 per semester, or more than four by concurrent enrollment. Prerequisite: six semester hours in anthropology or consent of instructor.

Effective through end of Summer 2011 (see also listing above): ANTH 4298: Special Problems

Cr. 2 per semester, or more than four by concurrent enrollment. Prerequisite: six semester hours in anthropology or consent of instructor.

ANTH 4301: Language and Cultural Cognition

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: ANTH 2304 or consent of instructor. Explores key issues and debates in classic and contemporary works in anthropological linguistics, as well as ethnographic approaches derived from linguistics and literary criticism. Chomskyian "revolution", semantics, structuralism, post-structuralism and postmodernism, semiotics, discourse analysis, ethnography of speaking, verbal art performance, metaphor and other symbolism, and connections between myth, history, and memory.

ANTH 4310: Theories of Culture

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: ANTH 2302. Historical development of anthropological thought, with emphasis on contemporary theoretical systems.

ANTH 4325: Data Analysis in Archaeology

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: ANTH 2302. Historical development of anthropological thought, with emphasis on contemporary theoretical systems.

ANTH 4330: Applied Anthropology (formerly ANTH 3302)

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: ANTH 2302 and consent of instructor. Artifact processing, cataloging, classifying, entering variables into computer databases, and computer based statistical analysis of artifacts to determine behavioral patterns.

ANTH 4331: Medical Anthropology

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: ANTH 2302 or consent of instructor. Relationship between health and culture including aspects of human culture that affect acceptance of health care and adaptation to disease.

ANTH 4337: Anthropology of the Life Cycle

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: ANTH 2302 or consent of the instructor. Cross-cultural analysis of the life cycle, including household cycle, health, gender issues, and aging.

ANTH 4338: Visual Anthropology

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: ANTH 2302 . Visual anthropology uses theories of ethnography to understand human behavior and meaning through visual media.

ANTH 4340: Anthropology Through Literature

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: ANTH 1300 or 2302 or consent of instructor. Discusses a selection of well-known novels as reflections of the cultural contexts of the authors and compares their uses and meanings as cultural documents for modern readers.

ANTH 4342: Anthropology of Wine

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites: ANTH 1300, 2302, and 2303 or consent of instructor. Cross-cultural study of the origin and development of wine and its nutritional, economic, social, and ideological uses.

ANTH 4351: Human Osteology

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: ANTH 2301 or 3361 or Anatomy or Physiology. Use of the human skeleton in anthropological research.

ANTH 4352: Biomedical Anthropology

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: ANTH 2301 or consent of instructor. Interrelationships between disease and culture and the role of adaptation in the disease process.

ANTH 4372: Maya Archaeology (formerly ANTH 3372)

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: ANTH 2303 or consent of instructor. Current data and hypotheses concerning the evolution of human behavior within the "Maya Area" of southern Mexico, Honduras, Belize, and Guatemala prior to Spanish contact.

ANTH 4373: Archaeology of the Aztecs and Their Neighbors(formerly ANTH 3373)

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: ANTH 2303 or consent of instructor. Current data and hypotheses concerning the evolution of culture within Mexico north of the Maya area prior to Spanish contact.

ANTH 4375: Archaeology of the Southeastern United States

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: ANTH 2303 or consent of the instructor. Data and hypotheses concerning the prehistoric cultures of the southeastern United States with particular emphasis on their evolution.

ANTH 4376: Archaeology of Texas (formerly ANTH 3376)

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: ANTH 2303 or consent of instructor. Prehistoric cultures and lifestyles of Texas Indian groups.

ANTH 4377: Archaeology of the African Diaspora

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: ANTH 2303 or consent of instructor. Survey of archaeological research conducted on sites occupied by Africans and African Americans in the New World since 1600. Origins and evolution of the cultures constructed by enslaved and free people of African descent from 1600 to 1900.

ANTH 4379: Archaeology of the Southwestern United States

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: ANTH 2303 or consent of instructor. Data and hypotheses concerning the prehistoric cultures of the southwestern United States with particular emphasis on their evolution.

ANTH 4380: Field Methods in Anthropology

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: six semester hours in anthropology or consent of instructor. Methods applied by the anthropologist living among primitive and peasant peoples.

ANTH 4381: Archaeological Theory

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: six semester hours in anthropology or consent of instructor. Theoretical approaches currently used in archaeology. Emphasis on comparison of data and interpretation based upon the theoretical approach of the researcher.

ANTH 4382: Laboratory Methods in Archaeology

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: ANTH 2303 or consent of instructor. Techniques of classification, taxonomy, functional analysis, processing, and curation of artifacts recovered from archaeological sites.

ANTH 4383: Applied Archaeology

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: ANTH 1300 or 2303 or consent of instructor. Methods in archaeology as they relate to salvage and research on sites located on public lands.

ANTH 4384: Anthropology of HIV

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites: ANTH 2301 or 2302 or consent of instructor. Overview of AIDS as both a biological and sociocultural phenomenon. What is AIDS, what causes it, who gets it, and how to control it.

ANTH 4388: Anthropology Internship Practicum

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites: Prerequisite: ENGL 1304. Independent study option to document acquired experience in an approved internship program under the supervision of a faculty member. Requires approval of the CCS Chair.

ANTH 4389: Ethnographic Field Work I

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites: not more than twelve semester hours from ANTH 4193, 4293, 4342, 4391, 4395, 4396, and consent of instructor. Practical field training and experience in ethnographic research procedures. 

ANTH 4390: Ethnographic Field Work II

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites: not more than twelve semester hours from ANTH 4193, 4293, 4342, 4391, 4395, 4396, and consent of instructor. Practical field training and experience in ethnographic research procedures.

ANTH 4391: Archaeological Field Work I

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites: not more than twelve semester hours from ANTH 4193, 4293, 4342, 4391, 4395, 4396, and consent of instructor. Practical field training and experience in archeological research procedures.

ANTH 4392: Archaeological Field Work II

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites: six semester hours in anthropology and consent of instructor. Practical field training and experience in anthropological research procedures.

ANTH 4393: Research Practicum

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites: six semester hours in anthropology and consent of instructor. Practical training and experience in anthropological analysis procedures and write-up of primary data. No more than three hours of research practicum may be applied to the major or minor.

ANTH 4394: Selected Topics in Anthropology

Cr. 3. (3-0). May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

ANTH 4399: Senior Honors Thesis

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: ANTH 3399 and approval of the chair.

Effective beginning Fall 2011 (see also listing below): ANTH 4398: Independent Study

Cr. 3 per semester, or more than four by concurrent enrollment. Prerequisite: six semester hours in anthropology or consent of instructor.

Effective through end of Summer 2011 (see also listing above): ANTH 4398: Special Problems

Cr. 3 per semester, or more than four by concurrent enrollment. Prerequisite: six semester hours in anthropology or consent of instructor.

Effective beginning Fall 2011 (see also listing below): ANTH 4498: Independent Study

Cr. 4 per semester, or more than four by concurrent enrollment. Prerequisite: six semester hours in anthropology or consent of instructor.

Effective through end of Summer 2011 (see also listing above): ANTH 4498: Special Problems

Cr. 4 per semester, or more than four by concurrent enrollment. Prerequisite: six semester hours in anthropology or consent of instructor.