2011 - 2012 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 prehistoric, historic, and modern day American Indian populations. Includes a survey of major archeological sites and historical reports of the effects of European expansion on indigenous populations. Topics also include the social impact of 20th century policy changes, issues surrounding sovereignty, and cultural differences and similarities among groups, generations and urban/rural dwellers.
 
ANTH 366 Political Anthropology (4)
Looks at contemporary human problems as they relate to environmental factors. Discusses the significance of cultural scale, cultural evolution and adaptation, biodiversity, patterns of consumption, population pressure, and poverty. Includes discussion of the politics of rebellion, warfare, and peace; the politics of identity in class, gender and ethnic power relations; and the politics of globalization.
 
ANTH 390 Qualitative Research Methods (4)
This is a hands-on course that teaches students how to make use of qualitative research methods as a research strategy to collect and analyze empirical evidence to form explanations about human behavior. First, students learn how qualitative methods differ from quantitative methods and how they can complement each other. They then learn about different types of qualitative research such as ethno-historical documentation, analysis of archival records, interviews, direct observation, participant observation and analysis of cultural artifacts. At this point they work in groups to choose a particular question(s) of interest, collect data from multiple sources of qualitative evidence, and then link their data to an analysis of social phenomena. Designed for juniors and seniors in the social sciences, but others can take this course with the consent of the instructor.
 
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.