2003 - 2004 Anthropology Courses

ANTH

160

Introduction to Anthropology, LE

(4)

The four sub-fields in anthropology are examined. Socio-cultural anthropology studies modern humans; archeology is concerned with human material remains; linguistics looks at human communication; and physical anthropology emphasizes human biology and includes the study of human variation and fossils. Includes lab work.

ANTH

200/300

Special Topics in Anthropology

(1-4)

Ilustrates the importance of a holistic, cross-cultural approach to the study of human behavior. Highlights a specific topic and then makes use of all the sub-fields of anthropology in the study of this topic.

ANTH

200FN

Social Sciences Foundation Course II, LE

(4)

This course is designed to increase students' breadth of knowledge of the field of social science by providing an opportunity to think about and discuss issues relevant to the field. Students will be introduced to specific disciplines, but the focus of the course is to integrate them into an interdisciplinary understanding of human behavior. The objectives of the course are: (1) to familiarize students with the research methods used by social scientists; (2) to allow students the opportunity to apply a social science perspective to real world situations; (3) to facilitate an understanding of the similarities and differences found among the various disciplines. Same as PSYC/SOC 200FN.

ANTH

252

Cultural Anthropology, LE

(4)

Focuses on the different ways cultures adapt to the conditions of the environment. Examines subsistence strategies, economic and political systems, religious beliefs, and gender distinctions. Some topics include ethnographic field methods, enculturation, cultural relativism, ethnocentrism, ethno- and sociolinguistics, environmental adaptation, and symbols. Includes lab work.

ANTH

311

Human Evolution and Archeology

(4)

Combines two of the four sub-fields that make up the discipline of anthropology. Its biological component illustrates that humankind cannot be adequately understood without taking into account the biological basis of behavior. Combined with archeology, or the study of material remains, it explores prehistory and the evolutionary development of our species. ANTH 160 is recommended but not required.

ANTH

322

Myth, Magic and the Supernatural

(4)

The study of religion from an anthropological perspective with an emphasis on non-ecclesiastical religions found in simple societies. Similarities and differences are identified and discussed within the context of such components as myth, ritual, belief, symbolism, magic, ancestor worship, healing, religious specialists, and revitalization movements. ANTH 160 or 252 are recommended but not required.

ANTH

344

Social Anthropology

(4)

A cross-cultural examination of social organization and social relationships, or the way that humans form groups and interact within them. Comparisons are made with the social behavior of other primates. Topics include the organization of reproduction, production, exchange, and consumption. Focus is on the division of labor, socialization, age, gender roles, associations, class, stratification, social control, and what leads to social structural change. ANTH 160 or 252 are recommended but not required.

ANTH

355

Indian Peoples in the United States

(4)

Discusses archeological evidence of the lifestyle of early humans in the New World, and historical reports about European expansion and its effects on the indigenous population. It covers such topics as 20th Century policy changes and their impact, and issues surrounding sovereignty. Cultural differences and similarities among groups, generations and urban/rural dwellers are also discussed. ANTH 160 or ANTH 252 are recommended but not required.

ANTH

401

Directed Studies

(1-4)

This tutorial-based course is used only for student-initiated proposals for intensive individual study of topics not otherwise offered in the Anthropology Program. Prerequisite: consent of instructor and school dean.

ANTH

440

Internship

(1-6)

Offers students the opportunity to integrate classroom knowledge with practical experience. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing (for transfer students, at least 15 hours completed at Westminster), minimum 2.5 GPA, completion of the Career Resource Center Internship Workshop, and consent of program director and Career Center Internship Coordinator.