Anthropology: Course Descriptions
Anthro 102: Introduction to Anthropology
3 credits Basic concepts from the various areas of study within anthropology (cultural, linguistic, biological, and Archaeological) brought together to examine and explain, in an integrated fashion, aspects of the human condition.
Anthro 122: Living and Learning in a Global Community (formerly World Ethnography)
3 credits This course engages the particular approaches and methods of Cultural Anthropology to investigate the global processes that affect the lives and experiences of people around the world. This course also emphasizes the creative and complex ways individuals have responded to globalization that preserve, change, and hybridize their cultures to ensure their own survival.
Anthro 123: Cultural Diversity in the U.S.
3 credits An analytical and descriptive survey of selected cultures representative of major American ethnic groups.
Anthro 150: The Ancient World
Anthro 202: Intro to Biological Anthropology
4 credits Physical anthropology is the study of the human biology and behavior in the framework of evolution. This course provides an introduction to the scientific approaches and methods used by physical anthropologists, including evolutionary theory and the mechanisms of heredity, the ecology and behavior of nonhuman primates and what they can teach us about human origins, the fossil evidence for human evolution, and modern human variation and adaptation. Students should leave this class with a broader understanding of humanity’s place in nature and a grasp of our unique evolutionary history. (3+2)
Anthro 204: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
3 credits Focusing on the concept of ‘culture’, the course discusses the aims, methods, and achievements of anthropological research and presents a general model for comprehending human society.
Note: This class was formerly known as Anthropology 232.
Anthro 206: Language in Culture
3 credits A study of language as it relates to human culture and the transmission of culture. Genetic and typological variation in language; theories of linguistic universals and relativity. Consideration of social stratification, multidialectal and multilingual societies, selection of national languages.
Note: This class was formerly known as Anthropology 274.
Anthro 208: Introduction to Archaeology
3 credits An introduction to the study of humanity’s past and how archaeologists retrieve, process, analyze and interpret surviving prehistoric materials.
Anthro 220: Culture and Health
Anthro 225: Celebrating Culture through the Arts
Anthro 300: Topics in Anthropology
1-6 credits A variable topics course covering a theme of current interest in anthropology. Each time the course is offered, the topic and number of credit hours will be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated with different content.
For Fall ’18: Global Landscapes in Aging– This course will acquaint students with experiences of aging across cultures and will examine the intersection of local cultural beliefs and practices centered on aging with wider policies and global dynamics. This cross-cultural analysis destabilizes and challenges stereotypes, helps build empathy, and critically examines our own beliefs and practices surrounding aging. Through this course, students will develop knowledge and skills concerning the fast-growing, global elder population.
Anthro 301: Reading Theory
Anthro 308: Race and Human Variation
Anthro 310: Anthropology and Film
3 credits A survey of anthropological films, focusing on the ways that filmmaking and ethnographic authority have developed together through time No formal prerequisites, however, students should be aware of the basic anthropological concepts presented in the department’s lower-division courses.
Anthro 312: Native North America: Contemporary Issues, Culture and History
3 credits The course is primarily a description of North American Indian culture past and present. In connection with this, diverse Indian life-ways are covered in reading, lecture and audio/visual presentations.This course deals inevitably with how these life-ways and cultures similar to and different from western life-ways and culture. It deals with Indian-white relations, genocide, culturecide, ethnocentrism, bias, pluralism, assimilation, cultural pluralism and so on.
Anthro 314: Native American Women
3 credits This class explores the diverse experiences, perspectives, histories, cultures and contemporary issues of Native North American women as well as the ethics of research and representation. Relevant topics include family and gender roles, health, alcoholism, education, language, cultural preservation and change. Examples will be drawn from ethnography, ethnohistory and autobiography. Cross-listed: Anthropology 314/Women’s Studies 314. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses.
Anthro 318: Peoples and Cultures of Southern Asia
3 credits A description and analysis of societies and cultures in southern Asia with special emphasis on the Indian subcontinent and insular and mainland Southeast Asia.
Anthro 322: People and Cultures of Africa
3 credits A description and analysis of societies and cultures of Sub-Saharan Africa.
Anthro 324: Latino Culture and Society
3 credits This course discusses a survey of Chicano social and cultural adaptations to present day American society. Economic, political, social, educational, religious and other factors in Chicano communities, both rural and urban. Topics as discrimination, minority group status and relations with the larger society will be considered.
Anthro 328: Peasant & Culture of Latin America
Anthro 332: Magic and Religion
3 credits The analysis and description of religious beliefs and practices in non-literate and literate societies.
Anthro 340: Culture and Personality
3 credits A review of cultural personality literature with special attention given to personality development within contemporary American subculture units.
Anthro 342: Expressive Culture
Anthro 343: Masculinity Across Cultures
Anthro 344: Kinship, Gender and Sexuality
3 credits Examination of comparative gender roles and the behavior, status, and economic position of the sexes in cultural groups other than contemporary U.S. society. Cross-listed: Anthropology 344/ Women’s Studies 344. Students may receive credit for only one of the cross-listed courses.
Anthro 348: Economy, Nature and Culture
3 credits A comparative survey and analysis of differing modes of acquisition, allocation and distribution of scarce resources in primarily pre-industrial societies of differing levels of socio-cultural integration and in differing time frames.
Anthro 350: Ethnographic Methods
3 credits This course introduces students to the theory of research in cultural anthropology beginning with an examination of basic principles followed by the development of skills in ethnographic research techniques. Students will complete field projects. Prerequisites: Junior standing, Anthropology 232, Anthropology 274 or consent of instructor
Anthro 352: Old World Archaeology
3 credits A survey of human cultural and biological development in Africa, Asia and Europe as evidenced in archaeological records from the earliest beginnings to the achievement of civilizations. Prerequisite: Anthropology 250: Introduction to Archaeology or consent of instructor.
Anthro 354: Archaeology of North
3 credits A survey of prehistory in the New World from the earliest migrations to Columbian times, with special emphasis on North America. Prerequisite: Anthropology 250: Introduction to Archaeology or consent of instructor.
Anthro 355: Wisconsin Archaeology
Anthro 356: Preindustrial Technology
3 credits Analysis of material culture of primitive people, historical development and distribution; technique and methods of manufacture; use and function within society. Prerequisite: Anthropology 250: Introduction to Archaeology or consent of instructor.
Anthro 358: Archaeological Theory
3 credits A survey of the methodology used in developing archaeological data through excavation and analysis and an examination of the theory upon which these methods are based. Prerequisite: Anthropology 250: Introduction to Archaeology or consent of instructor.
Anthro 359: Fantastic Archaeology
Anthro 360: Mesoamerican Culture
3 credits Comparative study of cultural development in ancient Mexico and Central America from pre-Columbian to modern times.
Anthro 362/562: Field Work in Archaeology
1-8 credits Students will be allowed to repeat this course for credit (although only 8 credits can be counted toward the 34 credit minimum required for the Anthropology Major or the 24 credit minimum required for the Minor). Prerequisite: Anthropology 250 or consent of instructor.
Anthro 363: Archaeological Analysis (SS)
Anthro 366: The Evolution of Human Language
Anthro 368: Human Dimensions of Wildlife Conservation
Anthro 372: Primate Behavior and Ecology
Anthro 374: Human Osteology
3 credits This course focuses on the human skeleton and the data it provides forensic anthropologists, paleoanthropologists, and archaeologists. Skeletal and dental anatomy is covered in detail, with special attention given to anthropologically important aspects of specific bones and teeth. Students will also learn how to recover bone from forensic and archaeological contexts, recognize bone fragments, estimate age-at-death, sex, and biological affinity from skeletal elements, diagnose bone pathologies, collect metric data, and identify trauma.
Anthro 377: Forensic Anthropology
3 credits In this course, students will be introduced to the methods and analytical techniques of forensic anthropology. The topics covered will include the stages of soft tissue decomposition, estimation of the post-mortem interval, forensic entomology, using skeletal elements to estimate demographic information, forensic odontology, skeletal trauma, and determining the cause of death. Additionally, students will analyze simulated forensic cases using real human skeletons and learn to construct case reports for law enforcement agencies.
Anthro 378: Human Evolution
3 credits Analysis of the bio-cultural developmental history of human populations in an ecological context. Human genetics and human paleontology and the biological nature and development of Homo sapiens will be explored in lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: Anthropology 202. (2+2)
Anthro 380: Globalization
Anthro 382: Food & Culture
Anthro 384: Urban Anthropology
Anthro 386: Ethnography of Communication
3 credits This course emphasizes the dual functionality of the ethnography of communication, approaching EOC as both a theory for explaining human communication as well as a method for generating and collecting situated cultural discourses. Students will read, discuss, and critique ethnographic accounts that theorize the uses and meanings of various communicative phenomena.
Anthro 392: Museum Techniques (SS)
Anthro 394: Field Experience
Anthro 400: Senior Seminar
3 credits This course serves as the culminating capstone experience for Anthropology Majors by integrating students’ training throughout their career in the program. Pre-requisites: ANT 202, ANT 204, ANT 206, ANT 208, ANT 301, one of the following: ANT 350, ANT 362, ANT 363, ANT 377, or ANT 394
Anthro 446: Independent Study
1-3 credits See Independent Study under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites and proper contract form requirements.
Anthro 456: Related Readings
1-3 credits See Related Readings under Course and Academic Advisement Policies for general course description, general prerequisites and proper contract from requirements.
Anthro 494: History of Anthropological Thought
3 credits A survey of the history and development of theories and methods in Social and Cultural Anthropology. The intellectual contexts out of which Anthropology developed and the permanence of early theorists and methods in contemporary anthropological research. Prerequisites: Physical Anthropology 202, Cultural Anthropology 232, Intro Archaeology 250, Language and Culture 274; and junior standing or consent of instructor.