Department of Anthropology
PAUL LESLIE, Chair
Arturo Escobar, Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld, Dorothy C. Holland, Dale L. Hutchinson, Fatimah L.C. Jackson, Paul W. Leslie, Patricia A. McAnany, Donald M. Nonini, James L. Peacock, Vincas P. Steponaitis.
Brian Billman, Robert E. Daniels, Glenn D. Hinson, Valerie L. Lambert, Christopher T. Nelson, Charles R. Price, Peter Redfield, Michele Rivkin-Fish, C. Margaret Scarry, Karla Slocum, Mark Sorensen, Silvia Tomášková, Margaret J. Wiener.
Anna Agbe-Davies, Jocelyn Chua, Jean Dennison, Christopher T. Middleton, Amanda Thompson, Colin T. West.
Research Associate Professors
William H. Jansen II, Scott L.H. Madry.
Jonathan Boyarin, R.P. Stephen Davis, Sue E. Estroff, Richard G. Fox, Lawrence Grossberg, John Pickles, Debra G. Skinner.
Adjunct Associate Professors
Lorraine V. Aragon, Marisol de la Cadena, Kia Caldwell, William S. Lachicotte Jr., Michael C. Lambert, Lauren Leve, Brett H. Riggs, Barry F. Saunders, Patricia Sawin, John F. Scarry, Philip W. Setel.
Adjunct Assistant Professors
Mara Buchbinder, Jennie Burnet, Hannah Gill, Flora Lu, Todd Ramon Ochoa, Karaleah Reichart, Beverly A. Sizemore, Sandy Smith-Nonini, Laurie C. Steponaitis.
Carole L. Crumley, Terence M.S. Evens, Norris B. Johnson.
Anthropology, as a distinctive social science, provides students with the theories and methods associated with the systematic study of cultural, historical, and biological dimensions of human diversity. A hallmark of anthropology is field work in which studies are carried out in everyday settings beyond the abstractions of the classroom, library, or laboratory. This perspective derives from the history of anthropology as the systematic study of other cultures and populations—that is, those that appear especially different from the anthropologists’ own standpoint. Today, anthropologists also study their own societies, seeking to cultivate the perspective that all societies call for explanations within the wider scope of human experience. As such, anthropology offers the undergraduate student one of the best introductions possible to our past and to contemporary worlds characterized by increasing diversity; by global, international, and regional interconnectedness; by important cultural innovations; and most recently, by interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary discovery.
At UNC–Chapel Hill, the Department of Anthropology does this through a major that seeks to integrate students’ experiences by 1) providing the analytical skills and methods needed to understand the physical world and the human place within it in the evolution and ecology of the human species, 2) cultivating the capacities needed to interpret the widely differing cultural and meaning systems of our world, and 3) offering methods and skills needed for analyzing and interpreting the unequal relations between human collectivities and groups encountered in everyday practices and language.
Anthropology majors thus develop the written and oral skills needed to live and work in a complex world marked by an accelerated rate of social and cultural change. Anthropology majors acquire the general preparatory attitudes and skills valued within a large number of occupations and professions, including but not limited to professional anthropology.
Given anthropology’s unique foci, the department’s courses are intended to open systematic perspectives on the nature of humankind. To achieve this objective, the department organizes its anthropology courses into the following three concentrations: 1) evolution and ecology, which examines the evolution of humans and related species, and human adaptations to the environment in all their variability; 2) history, meaning, and materiality, which seeks to interpret the meanings and symbols of cultures; and 3) social formations and processes, which studies collectivities, social change, and relations between groups marked by inequalities of various kinds. In addition, the graduate program in anthropology includes courses from the archaeology and medical anthropology programs that may be of interest to many undergraduates.
The basic division in undergraduate anthropology courses is between lower-division courses numbered below 300 and upper-division courses numbered between 300 and 699. Sophomores should not hesitate to take courses numbered 300 to 699 because of fears of their difficulty but may wish to consult with the instructor before enrolling.
Programs of Study
The degree offered is the bachelor of arts with a major in anthropology. The department offers minors in general anthropology and medical anthropology.
Majoring in Anthropology: Bachelor of Arts
• One course from biological anthropology chosen from the following list: ANTH 143, 148, 315, 319
• One course from archaeology chosen from the following list: ANTH 121, 145, 220, 222, 231, 232, 250, 454
• One course from sociocultural anthropology chosen from the following list: ANTH 102, 120, 147, 240, 280, 284
• One theoretical perspectives course chosen from the following list: ANTH 291, 294 297, 298
• ANTH 490
• Four additional three-hour courses (12 hours) in anthropology
• No more than three courses used to fulfill the major can be numbered below 200
• No more than six hours of field-oriented course work (ANTH 393, 395, 451, or 453) can be counted toward the major
• No more than three hours of course work from the following list may be counted toward the major: ANTH 92, 93, 195, 196, 295, 296, 396, 691H, 692H
The theoretical perspectives requirement (ANTH 291, 294, 297, or 298) serves as the major’s core course; it offers an integrative perspective on the theories and history of anthropology and explores what it means to be an anthropologist. Majors should fulfill this requirement in their junior year. If they cannot do so, they should consult with the director of undergraduate studies.
The department recommends that majors enroll in some field-oriented course work such as 393 Internship in Anthropology, 395 Independent Fieldwork, 451 Field School in North American Archaeology, 453 Field School in South American Archaeology, or in study abroad coursework.
Students interested in choosing anthropology as a major or minor should visit the department’s Web site at anthropology.unc.edu and click on the link for the undergraduate program. Students planning a major in anthropology should inform the department’s director of undergraduate studies. Students should consult with the director of undergraduate studies on a regular basis.
Minoring in General Anthropology
The minor in general anthropology consists of five three-hour courses taken in the department. A maximum of two courses may be numbered below 200. Credit hours for independent study or independent field research may not count towards the minor, including ANTH 195, 196, 295, 296, 393, 395, and 396. Students must have a grade of C or better in at least four of the five courses, and at least three courses must be taken at UNC–Chapel Hill or in a program officially sponsored by the University. Students planning on a minor in anthropology should inform the department’s director of undergraduate studies.
Minoring in Medical Anthropology
This option is especially appropriate for those planning for careers in medicine and health professions. The minor consists of five three-hour courses taken from the following list of courses: ANTH 147, 151, 278, 280, 315, 318, 319, 320, 323, 325, 414, 422, 437, 439, 441, 442, 443, 444, 445, 446, 470, 473, 474, 585, 623, 624, and 650. Students must have a grade of C or better in at least four of the five courses, and at least three courses must be taken at UNC–Chapel Hill or in a program officially sponsored by the University. Students planning on a minor in medical anthropology should inform the department’s director of undergraduate studies. For more information about medical anthropology see medicalanthropology.unc.edu.
Honors in Anthropology
The department encourages students with an overall grade point average of 3.2 or higher to apply for candidacy for the B.A. with honors. The aim of the honors program is to free the serious and well-qualified student from some restrictions of the usual undergraduate course format by allowing the student to work closely with a small number of department faculty members. The anthropology honors program requires an independent study and research project presented in the form of a thesis to the department.
Honors candidates must meet the same course requirements as other anthropology majors. In their senior year, honors candidates take ANTH 691H and 692H in two consecutive semesters. These courses provide candidates with the opportunity to pursue original research for the thesis. ANTH 691H and 692H are controlled enrollment courses, which means that students must first confer with the director of undergraduate studies. Honors candidates are encouraged to identify and contact an honors thesis advisor by the end of their junior year and to apply for financial aid for their thesis project.
Candidates who complete and successfully defend a thesis before a committee consisting of their advisor and two readers may graduate with honors or highest honors. The awarding of highest honors for theses written in the department is rare and reserved for those cases in which the examining committee determines that the project is exceptional even among honors degrees.
Students who are interested in becoming honors candidates should contact the department’s director of undergraduate studies.
All majors and minors have a primary academic advisor in Steele Building. Students are strongly encouraged to meet regularly with their advisor and review their Tar Heel Tracker each semester. The department’s director of undergraduate studies, Dr. Margaret Scarry (firstname.lastname@example.org), works with current and prospective majors and minors by appointment. Students are encouraged to consult with Dr. Scarry about course choices and field work opportunities. Departmental academic advising is particularly important for those majors who are considering going on to graduate school. Further information on courses, undergraduate research opportunities, and the honors program may be obtained from the department’s Web site.
Special Opportunities in Anthropology
Internships, Field Work, and Independent Study
Students who wish to explore an anthropological concern outside the conventional classroom setting, or who desire advanced or specialized work beyond current course offerings, should consider ANTH 393, 395, 396, 451, and 453.
ANTH 393 provides anthropology students the opportunity to engage in internships or other field experiences within or beyond the University that have a significant anthropological learning component. Variable credit may be obtained for this course. ANTH 393 is a controlled enrollment course; it requires the permission in advance of the faculty member sponsoring the internship, of a responsible official of the agency in which the internship is carried, and of the director of undergraduate studies. It is essential that students make arrangements and secure permissions prior to the semester of the internship.
ANTH 396 provides anthropology students the opportunity to engage in independent study, and ANTH 395, the opportunity to engage in field research, in both cases under the mentoring of a specific faculty member. Variable credit may be obtained for these courses, although three units are usually expected. ANTH 396 and 395 require the permission of the faculty member under whom the student wishes to conduct research prior to the semester in which ANTH 396 or 395 is taken. Both are controlled enrollment courses. In general, these courses should be taken only by students with some prior coursework in anthropology or a related social science.
ANTH 451 and 453 are six-unit field school courses in which the student gains hands-on experience in research and study in the field under the direction of a faculty member.
Anthropology majors are limited to having no more than six credit hours of field-oriented coursework (ANTH 393, 395, 451, or 453) count toward meeting the major requirement, although they are not restricted from enrolling in more than six credit hours of these courses combined.
Anthropology majors are encouraged to enroll in a study abroad program. These programs can offer direct experience of another culture and intensive language training, as well as excellent coursework in anthropology. By consulting with their departmental advisors as well as with the University’s Study Abroad Office, students can assess the relevance of available programs to their interests and arrange to transfer credit hours to count toward their undergraduate degree and, where appropriate, the anthropology major. Study abroad programs are often affordable even to students who require financial aid. Information about student loans and scholarships for the purpose of studying abroad can be obtained from the Study Abroad Office.
The Honigmann Undergraduate Honors Thesis Award is given each year to the student who completed the best undergraduate honors project.
Graduate School and Career Opportunities
There are three basic career routes for B.A.-level anthropology majors:
• Anthropology majors have open to them all of the career options of any student with a bachelor of arts degree in the liberal arts and social sciences, with the added advantage that they surely are more prepared than most in the growing international arena of business, government, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). The resources and professional staff of University Career Services and the department’s director of undergraduate studies can provide guidance.
• Anthropology majors can seek a career that puts their anthropology degree directly into practice.
• Lastly, anthropology majors can continue with graduate education in order to seek a career in education, either as a social studies teacher in a school or a professor in a university. See Careers in Academic Anthropology—Graduate School Route at anthropology.unc.edu/ugrad/grad_career.
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Anthropology, CB# 3115, 301 Alumni Building, and/or visit the Web site and click on the section for the undergraduate program at anthropology.unc.edu.
50 First-Year Seminar: Skeletons in the Closet (3). In this first-year seminar, students explore the use of the human skeleton to modern behavioral and biological investigations, focusing on observations that are used as evidence to prove or disprove hypotheses.
51 First-Year Seminar: Environmentalism and American Society (3). This first-year seminar examines United States environmentalism and its relationship to power and privilege, consumer desire, and attachment to place. Students conduct original group research on the environmental movement.
52 First-Year Seminar: Asian Cultures, Asian Cities, Asian Modernities (3). Introduction to the processes of cultural productions and the making of social diversity in large Southeast Asian cities, as they have experienced modernity and globalization during the last 30 years.
53 First-Year Seminar: Darwin’s Dangerous Idea (3). Exploration of how natural selection works, how it has been used and misused for understanding human nature, health and disease, aging, social behavior, how we choose mates, and more.
54 First-Year Seminar: The Indians’ New Worlds: Southeastern Histories from 1200 to 1800 (AMST 54) (3). See AMST 54 for description.
55 First-Year Seminar: The Modern Corporation: From the English East India Company to Wal-Mart (3). This seminar examines the modern public corporation as a governance institution. Broad themes explored empirically through an extended comparison of the English East India Company (1600) and today’s largest corporation, Wal-Mart.
56 First-Year Seminar: The Art of Healing, the Science of Curing. (3). This seminar focuses on cross-cultural healing beliefs and practices and on how social, economic, political, and ethical aspects of our lives relate to health and healing.
57 First-Year Seminar: Today in Africa (3). Examination of the daily news as reported online by African newspapers, the BBC, etc. Readings and class discussions of ethnographic and historical background. Student projects based on following major stories.
59 First-Year Seminar: The Right to Childhood: Global Efforts and Challenges (3). Do children have special needs and rights? This seminar will answer this question.
60 First-Year Seminar: Crisis and Resilience: Past and Future of Human Societies (3). Adopting a long view of human societies, students examine responses to crises engendered by political, economic, and environmental factors. Perspectives on societal change—apocalyptic, transformational, and resilient—undergo scrutiny.
61 First-Year Seminar: Deep Economies (3). Using cultural case studies, the course examines how communities organize an economy to promote local well-being. Readings emphasize cross-cultural problems of status, trust, property, exchange and political authority.
62 First-Year Seminar: Indian Country Today (3). This course examines current topics in American Indian country through the use of films and interactive case studies.
63 First-Year Seminar: The Lives of Others: Exploring Ethnography (3). Can we truly access, understand, and represent the lives of others? In this class, students take on these questions by taking up the practice of ethnography, a research method consisting of entering into a community, interacting with its members, observing social life, asking questions, and writing about these experiences.
64 First-Year Seminar: Public Archaeology in Bronzeville, Chicago’s Black Metropolis (3). In the early 20th century millions of African Americans migrated to large northern cities. The Phyllis Wheatley Home for Girls was run by black women to provide social services for female migrants to Chicago starting in 1926. The course combines elements of archaeology, anthropology, and history to study their lives.
77 First-Year Seminar: Windows of Mystery and Wonder: Exploring Self-Taught Art (3). Folk, outsider, visionary: these terms invoke artistry that unfolds outside of mainstream artistic traditions. This seminar explores these worlds of self-taught art, addressing issues of inspiration, authenticity, and cultural (mis)representation.
89 First-Year Seminar: Special Topics (3). Special topics course; content will vary each semester.
92 UNITAS (3). Fall component of a two-semester course. A seminar that explores issues of social and cultural diversity. Students must be residents of UNITAS residence hall.
93 UNITAS (3). Prerequisite, ANTH 92. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. Spring component of a two-semester course. Students engage in service learning through APPLES and produce a final product that thoughtfully reflects on their experience. Students must be residents of UNITAS residence hall.
101 General Anthropology (3). An introduction to anthropology, the science of humans, the culture-bearing animal. Topics considered: human evolution and biological variations within and between modern populations, prehistoric and historic developments of culture, cultural dynamics viewed analytically and comparatively.
102 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3). An introduction to non-Western cultures studied by anthropologists. Includes an in-depth focus on the cultural and social systems of several groups.
103 Anthropology of Globalization (3). The study of different approaches to globalization and of inequalities in power between nation-states, ethnic groups, classes, and locales experiencing globalization. Uses ethnographic materials to examine effects of transnational migrations and other processes of globalization.
120 Anthropology through Expressive Cultures (3). Introduction to cultural analysis and the anthropological point of view through analytic and interpretive readings of films, fiction, and ethnography. Emphasis on social conditions and native points of view.
121 Ancient Cities of the Americas (3). An introduction to archaeology through the study of towns and cities built by the ancient peoples of the Americas. The focus is on historical processes by which these centers arose.
123 Habitat and Humanity (3). Cross-cultural survey of building and landscape architecture, including prehistoric dwellings and sacred structures such as shrines and temples. Emphasis on architecture as symbolic form and cultural meaning.
130 Anthropology of the Caribbean (FOLK 130) (3). Theories and examples of how Caribbean people live, act, and see themselves within various cultural, social, economic, and political contexts across time. Attention to North American views of the Caribbean.
142 Local Cultures, Global Forces (3). Globalization as a cultural and economic phenomenon, emphasizing the historical development of the current world situation and the impact of increasing global interconnection on local cultural traditions.
143 Human Evolution and Adaptation (3). Evolutionary and ecological approach to understanding the human species’ past and contemporary human variation. Emphasis on evolutionary processes, biological adaptation, and biocultural interactions with diverse environments.
145 Introduction to World Prehistory (3). Introduction to world prehistory and archaeological methods. Examines the development of human society from the emergence of modern human beings 100,000 years ago through the formation of ancient civilizations.
146 The Nature of Moral Consciousness: A Course in General Anthropology (3). An introductory course in general anthropology focusing on the development of moral consciousness. Western and non-Western patterns of thought and culture are compared and contrasted. The course has a strongly philosophical orientation.
147 Comparative Healing Systems (3). In this course we compare a variety of healing beliefs and practices so that students may gain a better understanding of their own society, culture, and medical system.
148 Human Origins (3). Study of human evolution. Focus on the fossil record of humans and human-like ancestors. Topics include communication, aggression, dietary adaptations, locomotion, major anatomical changes, and behavioral shifts in an evolutionary framework.
151 Anthropological Perspectives on Food and Culture (3). Anthropological perspectives on foodways. This course examines the biological basis of human diets as well as the historical and cultural contexts of food production, preparation, presentation, and consumption.
190 Special Topics in Anthropology I (1–4). Examines selected topics from an anthropological perspective. Course description is available from the departmental office.
191 Peoples of Siberia (ENST 191) (3). Comparative study of the cultural and biological diversity of peoples of Siberia from prehistoric through contemporary times. Course topics include the biological diversity, culture, behavior, and history of Siberian populations.
194 Anthropology and Community Development (3). The course examines ethnographic, theoretical, practical, and policy approaches to community development and community organizations in America and the English-speaking Caribbean. Students can work with a local community organization.
195 Research in Anthropology I (1–3). Permission of the instructor. Data collection, analysis, and interpretation for independent research project.
196 Independent Reading or Study in Anthropology I (1–3). Permission of the instructor. Reading and study under a faculty member whose interests coincide with those of the individual student.
198H First-Year Honors in Anthropology II (3). Open to honors candidates. Permission of the instructor is required. Reading or study under a faculty member whose interests coincide with those of the individual student.
202 Introduction to Folklore (ENGL 202, FOLK 202) (3). See ENGL 202 for description.
206 American Indian Societies (3). Explores the tremendous diversity that exists within and across American Indian nations, together with the concerns, issues, and challenges that shape the futures American Indians are charting for themselves.
210 Global Issues in the 20th Century (GEOG 210, GLBL 210, HIST 210, POLI 210) (3). See GLBL 210 for description.
220 Principles of Archaeology (3). Introduction to method and theory in archaeology. An examination of how archaeologists make inferences about past societies, including reconstruction of culture histories; lifeways; ideologies; and social, political, and economic relationships.
222 Prehistoric Art (3). A survey of prehistoric art in Africa, the Americas, Australia, and Europe.
226 The Peoples of Africa (3). Introductory ethnographic survey emphasizing 1) diversity of kinship systems, economies, polities, religious beliefs, etc.; 2) transformations during the colonial era; and 3) political and economic challenges of independent nations. Lectures, films, recitation.
230 Native American Cultures (FOLK 230) (3). Broad survey of contemporary American Indian societies and cultures in the United States. Explores sociocultural and historical diversity of tribes through film, autobiography, literature, current issues, guest speakers, archaeology, and history.
231 Archaeology of South America (3). An examination of the prehistory of Andean South America (Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia) from first colonization 12,000 years ago to the fall of the Inca Empire in 1532 CE.
232 Ancestral Maya Civilizations (3). Maya civilization is prominent among American societies that flourish prior to European incursions. Archaeological, epigraphic, and historical materials provide the foundation for understanding this past and its romance allure.
234 Native American Tribal Studies (AMST 234, HIST 234) (3). See HIST 234 for description.
238 Human Ecology of Africa (3). Course examines human adaptations to environments across Africa. Focuses on livelihood systems such as farming, herding, and hunting/gathering.
240 Action Research (3). Action research is a strategy for answering important questions, solving problems, and generating meaningful and democratic relationships. Through this course students will learn action research through academic and experiential techniques.
248 Anthropology and Public Interest (3). Explores how anthropologists can impact or participate in policy debates regarding contemporary social problems. Involves professional and internship options in public service fields. APPLES service-learning course.
250 Archaeology of North America (3). The history of North American Indian cultures from 10,000 BCE to the time of the European colonization as reconstructed by archaeological research. Special emphasis on the eastern and southwestern United States.
252 Prehistoric Foodways (3). Archaeological investigations of prehistoric and historic foodways. Surveys the questions asked, the data and methods used to answer those questions, and the contributions of subsistence studies to archaeological knowledge.
259 Culture and Identity (3). Introduces anthropological approaches to identity. Explores the relationship of identity, cultural contexts, and social life. Emphasizes contemporary global cultural interchange and visual media as tools of self-expression.
277 Gender and Culture (WMST 277) (3). Examines what it means to be male, female, and other gendered categories in different societies. Focus on institutions, groups, and individuals that both shape and challenge how gender is understood, organized, and enacted.
278 Women in Science (WMST 278) (3). See WMST 278 for description.
280 Anthropology of War and Peace (PWAD 280) (3). Cross-cultural perspectives on war in its relation to society, including Western and non-Western examples. Surveys political, economic, and cultural approaches to warfare and peacemaking.
284 Culture and Consumption (3). A cross-cultural look at gift giving, commodities, and status symbols. Course explores branded commodities, materialism as a factor in cultural change, global consumer culture, and local alternatives.
290 Special Topics in Anthropology II (3). Examines selected topics from an anthropological perspective. Course description is available from the departmental office.
291 Archaeological Theory and Practice (3). A review of historical and theoretical developments that have framed archaeological research, including a discussion of substantive changes in research questions, topics, methods, and analyses that reshaped the field. Course will place American archaeology in a wider international context.
294 Anthropological Perspectives on Society and Culture (3). Restricted to anthropology majors. Examines major theoretical perspectives that anthropologists have used to explain cultural diversity, social organization, and relations among societies. The class will offer a historical look at how anthropology developed its commitment to holism and ethnography and how contemporary debates have reshaped the field.
295 Research in Anthropology II (1–3). Permission of the instructor. Data collection, analysis, and interpretation for independent research project.
296 Independent Reading or Study in Anthropology II (1–3). Permission of the instructor. Reading or study under a faculty member whose interests coincide with those of the individual student.
297 Directions in Anthropology (3). Open only to and required of anthropology majors in their junior or senior year. Historical and contemporary issues and directions in the discipline as reflected in various concepts, theories, and research strategies.
298 Biological Anthropology Theory and Practice (3). Biological anthropology theory and practice, including human natural history, human genetics, epigenetics, and evolution; primatology; paleoanthropology; human biological variation; human biology and ecology; natural selection and adaptation in human evolution; and evolutionary, ecological, and biocultural perspectives on health and disease.
302 Language and Power (LING 302, WMST 302) (3). See LING 302 for description.
303 Native Languages of the Americas (LING 303) (3). See LING 303 for description.
312 From the Equator to the Poles: Case Studies in Global Environmental Change (3). Case studies in environmental change, highlighting human and environmental dynamics in terrestrial and marine ecosystems on multiple spatial and temporal scales. Includes active learning modules, group presentations, writing assignments.
315 Human Genetics and Evolution (3). Interaction of heredity, environment, and culture in shaping human biological diversity and behavior, and what such patterns of diversity reveal about our evolutionary past.
317 Evolutionary Perspectives on Human Adaptation and Behavior (3). Critical, partially historical discussion of evolutionary theories, including Darwinism, neo-Darwinism, ethnology, and sociobiology, and their social-science analogs. Focus on the relevance and limitations of these theories for anthropology.
318 Human Growth and Development (3). Comparative study of human growth and development from conception through adulthood. Special emphasis on evolutionary, biocultural, ecological, and social factors that influence growth.
319 Global Health (3). This class explores some of the historical, biological, economic, medical, and social issues surrounding globalization and health consequences.
320 Anthropology of Development (3). Critical exploration of current debates in the anthropology of Third World development, the production of global inequality, and the construction of parts of the world as underdeveloped through discourses and practices of development.
323 Magic, Ritual, and Belief (FOLK 323) (3). Permission of the instructor. Starting with the late 19th-century evolutionists, this course discusses, intensively, major anthropological theories of magico-religious thought and practice, then offers an approach of its own.
325 Emotions and Society (3). Survey of the interplay between emotional experience and social life. Emotions as learned, culturally variable, and socially performed perceptions, understandings, and actions.
330 Melancholy Japan: Myth, Memory, and Everyday Life (3). Ethnographic study of the profound social and cultural transformations that accompanied the capitalist modernization of Japan. Considers the emergence of native ethnology and state interventions into everyday life.
331 The Anthropology of Memory (3). This course is a historical and ethnographic study of the problems of history, memory, and forgetting in contemporary society.
334 Art, Myth, and Nature: Cross-Cultural Perspectives (FOLK 334) (3). Cross-cultural study of form, image, and meaning in painting, drawing, and sculpture. Emphasis on the interrelationship of religion and art in selected prehistoric and contemporary sociocultural traditions.
340 Southern Style, Southern Culture (FOLK 340) (4). A journey into the worlds of Southern meaning, exploring aesthetics, faith, race, class, gender, and the politics of culture. In this class, students explore culture through semester-long, group-based fieldwork projects.
342 African American Religious Experience (FOLK 342, RELI 342) (3). See RELI 342 for description.
343 African Masquerade and Ritual (AAAD 319, ARTH 353) (3). See ARTH 353 for description.
360 Latin American Economy and Society (3). Examines economic and cultural diversity of Latin America. Using case studies, class focuses on community social organization, work habits, family life and cosmologies, and the problem of inclusion in national cultures.
375 Memory, Massacres, and Monuments in Southeast Asia (ASIA 375) (3). The past in Southeast Asia’s present, focusing on global, national, and local processes; individual and collective memory; and the legacies of violent death.
377 European Societies (3). This course explores many cultural factors and diverse peoples, non-Greco-Roman as well as Greco-Roman, that have formed the European identity from the earliest human occupation of Europe to present.
380 Anthropological Perspectives on Cultural Diversity (3). Introduction to theories of cultural and social difference. Encourages students to use social theory and ethnography to understand how various societies imagine and enact their cultural and political worlds.
390 Special Topics in Anthropology III (3). Examines selected topics from an anthropological perspective. Course description is available from the departmental office.
393 Internship in Anthropology (1–12). Permission of the instructor and the director of undergraduate studies.
395 Independent Fieldwork (1–12). Permission of the instructor.
396 Independent Reading or Study in Anthropology (1–12). Permission of the instructor.
400 Introduction to General Linguistics (LING 400) (3). See LING 400 for description.
406 Indigenous Ethnography (3). Explores texts written by indigenous or native anthropologists and social commentators about social, political, and economic realities and aspirations. Compared globally and historically are indigenous experience, sovereignty, and colonization.
411 Laboratory Methods in Archaeology (3). An examination of the laboratory techniques used by archaeologists to analyze artifacts and organic remains, including the analysis of stone tools, pottery, botanical remains, and bone.
412 Paleoanthropology (3). This course traces the evolution of humans and nonhuman primates—including behaviors, tools, and bodies of monkeys, apes, and human hunters and gatherers—evolutionary theory, and paleoanthropological methods.
413 Archaeobotany Lab Methods (3). Required preparation, any course in archaeology or permission of the instructor. A general survey of the laboratory techniques used to study and draw social and behavioral inferences from plant remains recovered from archaeological sites.
413L Archaeobotany Lab (1). Required preparation, any course in archaeology or permission of the instructor. This is a required one-hour laboratory section to be taken in conjunction with ANTH 413.
414 Laboratory Methods: Human Osteology (3). This course will focus on the analysis of human skeletal materials in the laboratory and in the field, with an emphasis on basic identification, age and sex estimation, and quantitative analysis.
414L Human Osteology Lab (1). Corequisite, ANTH 414. The laboratory analysis of human skeletal materials with an emphasis on basic identification, age and sex estimation, and quantitative analysis.
415 Laboratory Methods: Zooarchaeology (3). This course will focus on the analysis of animal remains from archaeological sites. Introduction to laboratory methods, analytical approaches, and interpretive frameworks for zooarchaeology.
415L Zooarchaeology Lab (1). Corequisite, ANTH 415. Required preparation, an archaeological course or permission of instructor. Examination of identification techniques, quantitative methods, and interpretive frameworks used to analyze animal remains recovered from archaeological sites.
416 Bioarchaeology (3). The study of human skeletal remains from archaeological contexts. The collection and interpretation of quantitative and qualitative data is emphasized to assess the relationship between past biology, environment, culture, and behavior.
417 Laboratory Methods: Lithic Seminar (3). Laboratory techniques in stone tool research and experimental practice.
417L Lithic Analysis Lab (1). Corequisite, ANTH 417. Required preparation, any course in archaeology or permission of the instructor. This is a required one-hour laboratory section to be taken in conjunction with ANTH 417.
418 Laboratory Methods: Ceramic Analysis (3). A survey of the laboratory techniques used by archaeologists to study and draw social and behavioral inferences from ancient pottery.
419 Anthropological Application of GIS (3). Permission of the instructor. GIS experience required. This course explores applying GIS science technologies to anthropological problems. Students will learn GIS skills and apply them using spatial data.
421 Archaeological Geology (GEOL 421) (3). See GEOL 421 for description.
422 Anthropology and Human Rights (3). An examination of human rights issues from an anthropological perspective, addressing the historical formation of rights, their cross-cultural contest, and the emergence of humanitarian and human rights organizations on a global scale.
423 Written in Bone: CSI and the Science of Death Investigation from Skeletal Remains (3). This course combines laboratory training, field projects, lectures, films, discussion, and student presentations into a course on the science of human skeletal analysis. Students learn the laboratory methods scientists use to study human remains and the role of skeletal analysis in the study of contemporary forensic cases.
428 Religion and Anthropology (FOLK 428, RELI 428) (3). Religion studied anthropologically as a cultural, social, and psychological phenomenon in the works of classical and contemporary social thought.
429 Culture and Power in Southeast Asia (ASIA 429, FOLK 429) (3). The formation and transformation of values, identities, and expressive forms in Southeast Asia in response to forms of power. Emphasis on the impact of colonialism, the nation–state, and globalization.
435 Consciousness and Symbols (CMPL 435, FOLK 435) (3). This course explores consciousness through symbols. Symbols from religion, art, politics, and self are studied in social, psychological, historical, and ecological context to ascertain meanings in experience and behavior.
437 Evolutionary Medicine (3). This course explores evolutionary dimensions of variation in health and disease in human populations. Topics include biocultural and evolutionary models for the emergence of infectious and chronic diseases and cancers.
438 Religion, Nature, and Environment (3). A seminar on concepts of nature within religions and a variety of world-wide spiritual traditions. Emphasis on sacred space, place, and pilgrimage as a vital intersection of religion and nature.
439 Political Ecology (3). Examines environmental degradation, hunger, and poverty through the lens of power relationships, particularly inequality, political and economic disenfranchisement, and discrimination. Discussion of global case studies, with a Latin American focus.
441 The Anthropology of Gender, Health, and Illness (WMST 441) (3). The course explores cultural beliefs, practices, and social conditions that influence health and sickness of women and men from a cross-cultural perspective.
442 Health and Gender after Socialism (3). This course examines post-socialist experiences of the relationship between political, economic, social, and cultural transitions, and challenges in public health and gender relations.
443 Cultures and Politics of Reproduction (3). This course takes a cross-cultural approach to understanding how reproduction and associated phenomena become arenas where political debates are played out and where global and local social relations are contested.
444 Medicine, Politics, and Justice (3). This course brings an anthropological approach to understanding the intersections between medicine, politics, and public health.
445 Migration and Health (3). This course examines the intersections between migration processes and the political, economic, and social dimensions of health and well-being among migrants, their families, and their communities.
446 Poverty, Inequality, and Health (3). This course examines poverty, inequalities, and health from a global and historical perspective. We will study the role of sociopolitical context, individual behavior, and human biology, and will pay particular attention to the roles of psychosocial stress, material conditions, and policy in shaping health differences within and between populations.
447 The Anthropology of Work (3). Anthropological investigations of work and the relationship between work, family life, and community in contemporary societies in the United States, Asia, and Latin America, within the framework of globalization.
449 Anthropology and Marxism (3). Critical study of Marx’s mature social theory and its relationship to contemporary anthropology.
451 Field School in North American Archaeology (6). Intensive training in archaeological field methods and techniques. Students participate in the excavation, recovery, recording, and interpretation of archaeological remains. Instruction given in survey, mapping, photography, flotation recovery, etc.
452 The Past in the Present (3). Memory and history, history and politics, national narratives, the past in the present, and the present in the past; a cross-cultural examination of ways of connecting the present and the past.
453 Field School in South American Archaeology (6). Intensive study of archaeological field and laboratory methods and prehistory of the Andes through excavation and analysis of materials from archaeological sites in Peru. Includes tours of major archaeological sites.
454 The Archaeology of African Diasporas (3). Considers how archaeological evidence is used to understand the movement of Africans and their descendants across the globe, with an emphasis on the transformation of societies on the African continent and in the Americas.
455 Ethnohistory (FOLK 455) (3). Integration of data from ethnographic and archaeological research with pertinent historic information. Familiarization with a wide range of sources for ethnohistoric data and practice in obtaining and evaluating information. Pertinent theoretical concepts will be explored.
456 Archaeology and Ethnography of Small-Scale Societies (3). The study of small-scale hunter-gatherer and farming societies from archaeological and ethnographic perspectives. Methods and theories for investigating economic, ecological, and social relations in such societies are explored.
458 Archaeology of Sex and Gender (WMST 458) (3). A discussion of gender and sex roles and sexuality in past cultures; a cross-cultural examination of ways of knowing about past human behavior.
459 Ecological Anthropology (3). Examines how human-environmental adaptations shape the economic, social, and cultural lives of hunter–gatherers, pastoralists, and agriculturalists. Approaches include optimal foraging theory, political ecology, and subsistence risk.
460 Historical Ecology (ENST 460) (3). Historical ecology is a framework for integrating physical, biological, and social science data with insights from the humanities to understand the reciprocal relationship between human activity and the earth system.
461 Colonialism and Postcolonialism: History and Anthropology (3). This course examines colonialism and postcolonialism through the lenses of history and anthropology respectively. Through history, it asks, What were the dynamics of colonialism then? Through anthropology, it questions, What are the conditions, quandaries, and possibilities of postcolonialism now? Regional focus varies by instructor and year.
466 Alternative Economic Systems (3). An investigation of economic systems that are sustainable alternatives to the prevailing economic order. Topics include markets, the commons, cooperatives, local trading systems, and social movements working to achieve alternatives.
467 Culture, Wealth, and Poverty (3). Examines three broad perspectives used to explain inequality: ecological, cultural, and political. Students read theoretical works and evaluate arguments using ethnographies that describe local economies, institutions, and adaptive practices.
468 State Formation (3). The course examines the state, from its initial appearance 5,000 years ago to newly established nation–states, exploring the concepts of ethnicity, class, race, and history in state formation and maintenance.
469 History and Anthropology (3). Studies links between history and anthropology; cultures in historical perspective and history in cultural perspective; and effects of relations of power and historical interconnections on the peoples of the world.
470 Medicine and Anthropology (FOLK 470) (3). This course examines cultural understandings of health, illness, and medical systems from an anthropological perspective with a special focus on Western medicine.
473 Anthropology of the Body and the Subject (FOLK 473) (3). Anthropological and historical studies of cultural constructions of bodily experience and subjectivity are reviewed, with emphasis on the genesis of the modern individual and cultural approaches to gender and sexuality.
474 The Anthropology of Disability (3). Investigates the social, cultural, and historical variation in the conception of disability, in its practical meaning and performance, and in its social and medical management. Special attention is paid to the interplay of embodiment, identity, and agency in work and everyday life and in political action and advocacy.
477 Visual Anthropology (3). This course introduces students to visual forms of communication through both the analysis and production of still and video materials. Ethics, cross-cultural representations, and ethnographic theory will all be explored.
484 Discourse and Dialogue in Ethnographic Research (FOLK 484, LING 484) (3). Study of cultural variation in styles of speaking applied to collection of ethnographic data. Talk as responsive social action and its role in the constitution of ethnic and gender identities.
490 Undergraduate Seminar in Anthropology (3). Restricted to junior and senior anthropology majors; generally the course is limited to 18 students. The subject matter will vary with the instructor. Each course will concern itself with a study in contemporary anthropology and new directions in research or applications.
491 Political Anthropology (3). Introduction to political anthropology. A thematically organized investigation of political processes in state societies, including state formation, with special attention to ethnographic and historical approaches.
502 Globalization and Transnationalism (3). Anthropological examination of processes of globalization and transnationalism, with special attention to transnational migration, emergence of transnational (“global”) institutions, commodity flows, and dissemination of ideologies, cultural frameworks, and media imagery.
520 Linguistic Phonetics (LING 520) (3). See LING 520 for description.
523 Phonological Theory I (LING 523) (3). See LING 523 for description.
525 Culture and Personality (FOLK 525) (3). Systems theory used to conceptualize relationship between cultural patterns and individual minds. Functional, dysfunctional, and therapeutic processes considered. Examples from Africa, Asia, Europe, and Native America. Lectures, films, recitations.
538 Disease and Discrimination in Colonial Atlantic America (3). Colonization of Atlantic America between 1500 and 1900, through landscape change, agriculture, poverty, labor discrimination, and slavery differentially placed subsets of the general population at risk for infectious disease and other insults to their health. Lecture and discussion using archaeological and bioarchaeological studies, modern disease studies, and historic documents.
539 Environmental Justice (3). Course examining issues of race, poverty, and equity in the environmental movement. Cases include the siting of toxic incinerators in predominantly people-of-color communities as well as resource exploitation on indigenous lands.
541 Sociolinguistics (LING 541) (3). See LING 541 for description.
542 Pidgins and Creoles (LING 542) (3). See LING 542 for description.
545 The Politics of Culture in East Asia (ASIA 545) (3). Examines struggles to define culture and the nation in 20th-century China in domains like popular culture, museums, traditional medicine, fiction, film, ethnic group politics, and biography and autobiography.
550 Archaeology of the American South (3). Current issues and interpretations in the archaeology of the American South. Through weekly readings and discussions, students will explore the lifeways and changes that characterized each major period of the South’s ancient history, from 12,000 years ago to the beginnings of European colonization.
559 History in Person (3). Extends anthropological approaches to identity in social life. Examines social position, power, and cultural imagination; the personal and collective dynamics of sociocultural change; and the concept of agency.
567 Urban Anthropology (3). Comparative study of the political economy and cultural politics of populations in spaces and landscapes in cities in America and the Third World undergoing globalization, economic restructuring, and transnational immigration.
574 Chinese World Views (ASIA 574, RELI 574) (3). Explores the indigenous Chinese sciences and the cosmological ideas that informed them. Topics include astronomy, divination, medicine, fengshui, and political and literary theory. Chinese sources in translation are emphasized.
578 Chinese Diaspora in the Asia Pacific (ASIA 578) (3). Examination of the histories, social organization, and cultures of the Chinese diasporas in the Asia Pacific region, focusing on contemporary issues in the cultural politics and identities of “overseas Chinese.”
585 Anthropology of Science (3). Cultural perspectives on science and technology at a global scale, including research settings and social contexts, knowledge claims and material practice, and relations between scientific worldviews, social institutions, and popular imagination.
586 The Gardens, Shrines, and Temples of Japan (ASIA 586) (3). The religious landscape and built environments of Japan. Attention to palace, courtyard, and teahouse architecture and gardens, with emphasis on Shinto shrines and the Zen Buddhist temple and garden.
590 Special Topics in Anthropology I (3). Subject matter will vary with instructor but will focus on some particular topic or anthropological approach. Course description is available from the departmental office.
623 Human Disease Ecology (3). This seminar considers cultural ecologies of disease by examining how social, cultural, and historical factors shape disease patterns. We examine how ecosystems are shaped by disease, how disease shapes ecosystems, and how cultural processes (e.g., population movements, transportation, economic shifts, landscape modifications, and built environments) contribute to emerging infectious disease.
624 Anthropology and Public Health (3). This course compares disciplinary approaches of public health and anthropology. We begin by examining the social determinants of health paradigms and relationships between inequality, poverty, and global health. We will explore epidemiological, biocultural, and symbolic approaches to these problems. Public policy and health development will also be examined.
625 Ethnography and Life Stories (3). The course focuses on the practical and research uses of ethnography and oral history, emphasizing life histories, life stories, biographies, and how these intersect with communities.
626 African Cultural Dynamics (3). In-depth reading of several books and articles that consider the interaction between indigenous African traditions and intrusive colonial and postcolonial forces. Emphasis on class discussion. Short papers and individual projects.
629 Language Minority Students: Issues for Practitioners (EDUC 629) (3). See EDUC 629 for description.
639 Beyond the Tragedy of the Commons (3). Reexamination of the “tragedy of the commons” concept in light of recent work on environmental problems, property rights, and community-based conservation. Case studies include fishery, waterway, forest, and pasture management.
650 Reconstructing Life: Nutrition and Disease in Past Populations (3). This is an advanced course in the reconstruction of nutrition and health in past populations. Among the topics explored are epidemiology, disease ecology, dietary reconstruction, and paleopathology.
660 Kinship, Reproduction, Reproductive Technology, and the New Genetics (WMST 660) (3). This course focuses on the relationship between family, kinship, new reproductive technologies, and the new genetics from a cross-cultural perspective.
675 Ethnographic Method (FOLK 675) (3). Intensive study and practice of the core research methods of cultural and social anthropology.
682 Contemporary Chinese Society (ASIA 682) (3). Presents recent anthropological research on the People’s Republic of China. In addition to social sciences sources, fictional genres are used to explore the particular modernity of Chinese society and culture.
688 Observation and Interpretation of Religious Action (FOLK 688, RELI 688) (3). Permission of the instructor. Exercises (including field work) in learning to read the primary modes of public action in religious traditions, e.g., sermons, testimonies, rituals, and prayers.
690 Special Topics in Anthropology II (3). Subject matter will vary with instructor but will focus on some particular topic or anthropological approach. Course description is available from the departmental office.
691H Seniors Honors Project in Anthropology (3). Permission of the instructor. Open only to honors candidates.
692H Senior Honors Thesis in Anthropology (3). Permission of the instructor. Open only to honors candidates.