Course Descriptions



Introduction to Anthropology

Credit(s): 3

This course provides a basic understanding of the four sub-fields of anthropology: biological anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, and sociocultural anthropology. The course introduces foundational concepts, theories, and methods used by anthropologists to examine human cultural and biological variation through time and space. Emphasis is placed upon how the science of anthropology can be applied to help understand and solve contemporary problems.


Introduction to Physical Anthropology

Credit(s): 3

This course offers instruction in how the human species has developed over the past five million years. Information includes the African fossil finds, possible ancestors of the first humans, how human populations may differ from each other biologically, and the development of human abilities to live in all of Earth's environments. Lecture: 3 hours per week


Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology

Credit(s): 3

This course is a study of human culture, which involves the information and techniques people use to survive and get along with each other. Included are examples from exotic peoples around the world in the areas of religion, magic, kinship, coming of age ceremonies, marriage rituals, economic activities, hunting techniques, etc. The course includes a broad understanding of how human beings live and how human customs vary throughout the world. Lecture: 3 hours per week


Native People of North America

Credit(s): 3

This course offers an examination of who the North American Indians are and who they were. Various facets of Indian culture are explored, including hunting, religion, art, living styles, foods, and relationships between the Native American tribes, both now and in the past. ANTH 225 is an interesting course for students curious about Native Americans and their relationship with the environment. Lecture: 3 hours per week


Introduction to Archaeology and World Prehistory

Credit(s): 3

This course offers classroom instruction in the ways archaeologists unearth the remains of ancient peoples. Included is a brief look at what those archaeologists have discovered in various places throughout the world from the earliest stone tools to the invention of agriculture. ANTH-230 is an interesting course for those students curious about the human past in both the Old and New Worlds. Seminar: 3 hours per week