2009-2010 Anthropology Courses

ANTH 160 Introduction to Anthropology, LE (4)
The four sub-fields in anthropology are examined. Sociocultural 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.
 
ANTH 200/300 Special Topics in Anthropology (1-4)
Illustrates 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 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 socio-linguistics, environmental adaptation, and symbols.
 
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 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 366 Political Anthropology (4)
Offers a comprehensive overview of political anthropology, how it has evolved as a sub-discipline through an emphasis on different theories, and the results of some of its important research. Topics include the different types of preindustrial political systems and their relation to subsistence strategies; the politics of rebellion and warfare; the politics of identity in gender and ethnic power relations; the maintenance of identity in different types of diaspora, and the consequences of globalization.
 
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 (1-4)
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 or permission of instructor), minimum 2.5 GPA, completion of the Career Resource Center Internship Workshop, and consent of program director and Career Center Internship Coordinator.