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Lower Division Courses 

ANTH 199 Special Studies
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ANTH 209 Practicum
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ANTH 211 Archaeology and Prehistory: Perspectives on Humanity's Past
4 credits
Introduces the archeological perspective, giving a comprehensive treatment of the way the human past is investigated. Topics include archeological theory; methods of analysis; the application of dating techniques; and a survey of the major themes and subject areas of the study of human prehistory, including our Paleolithic path, the adoption of farming, and the emergence of civilization. Approved for University Studies (Explorations).

   

ANTH 213 Cultural Anthropology: Perspectives on Humanity
4 credits
Introduces a comparative study of human culture. Covers kinship systems, politics, economics, language, ritual, cultural change, ecological adaptations, and ethnographic methodology. Explores cultural similarities and differences and the linkages among cultural, social, political, and economic institutions. Approved for University Studies (Explorations).

 

 

Upper Division Courses

 

ANTH 301 Practicing Anthropology
4 credits
Engages students in building the fundamental skills needed to succeed in anthropology. Writing, critical thinking, oral presentation, and library research prepare students for further upper division work. Illustrates the holistic, four-field approach of anthropology and its relevance to contemporary life. Prerequisites: USEM 103; ANTH 211 or 213.

   

ANTH 310 American Culture
4 credits
Provides an overview of U.S. culture and society. Examines a wide range of specific cultural expressions, historical social institutions, and economic influences. Explores aspects of culture, including class, race, ethnicity, gender, immigration, ideology, globalization, and institutional structures as interconnected factors influencing various experiences of “being American.” Approved for University Studies (Synthesis/Integration). Prerequisite: Completion of all lower division University Studies requirements.

 

ANTH 317 Pacific Cultures
4 credits
Examines the social and cultural diversity of indigenous Pacific Island societies and the changes that followed contact with the West. Considers settlement prehistory, voyaging, linguistic diversity, contact history, subsistence patterns, globalization, indigenous rights, and other dimensions of local life. May be applied to the Native American studies minor and certificate. Approved for University Studies (Synthesis/Integration). Prerequisite: Completion of all lower division University Studies requirements.

   

ANTH 318 Native North America
4 credits
Offers a comparative examination of cultures indigenous to North America. Explores the pre-contact economies, social and political organizations, and ceremonial systems of selected groups; the historic period of contact, treaties, and federal legislation and the cultural basis of Indian responses; and present-day issues of concern to Native American peoples in reservation communities and urban settings. May be applied to the Native American studies minor and certificate. Approved for University Studies (Synthesis/Integration).

   

ANTH 319 Cultures of the World
4 credits
Provides an overview of culture and society in one specific culture area or region of the world such as Latin America or the Caribbean. Examines a range of cultural expressions, the history of social and political institutions, and economic influences. Explores class, race, ethnicity, gender, immigration, ideology, globalization, and other relevant factors influencing local lifestyles. Latin American Culture topic may be applied to the Latin American studies minor. Indigenous Peoples topic may be applied to the Native American studies minor and certificate. Approved for University Studies (Synthesis/Integration). Prerequisite: Completion of all lower division University Studies requirements.

   

ANTH 320 Topics and Regions in Archaeology
2 to 4 credits
Introduces the archaeology of the world on a regional or topical basis. Regions studied may include Oregon, the Southwest, Africa, Europe, and South America. Possible topics include historical archaeology, zooarchaeology, and complex societies. Students may accumulate up to 12 credits of ANTH 320 under different topics. Prerequisite: ANTH 211.

 

ANTH 332 Ritual and Religion
4 credits
Focuses on ritual, religion, and spirituality as dynamic and universal cultural institutions. Case studies draw from a wide range of indigenous, third-world, and Western societies. Covers such topics as shamanism, witchcraft and sorcery, myth, symbolism, trance, healing, and revitalization movements. Prerequisite: ANTH 213.

   

ANTH 334 Anthropological Perspectives on the Native American Frontier
4 credits
Explores, through detailed case studies, the process of colonial and American expansion into and across North America and its impact on Native American culture, health, economy, and politics. Considers the agency by which Native American society survived this maelstrom of change, the strategies pursued by individuals and groups—both Euro-American and Indian—and the policy of the United States government to address the so-called "Indian Problem" through the end of the nineteenth century. Approved for University Studies (Synthesis). Prerequisite: Completion of all lower division University Studies requirements.

   

ANTH 340 Gender Issues
4 credits
Uses the concept of gender to explore contemporary status, roles, categories, and ideologies associated with women and men. Extensive case studies provide comparative insights and help students develop their understanding of the complex role gender plays in human society. May be applied to the women’s studies minor. Prerequisite: ANTH 213.

 

ANTH 350 Human Evolution
4 credits
Offers a detailed review of human evolution. Topics include primate morphology, behavior, and phylogeny; the emergence of australopithecines and bipedalism; the evolution of the genus Homo; the social behavior and diet of early hominids; the emergence of anatomically modern humans; and the methods of human osteology, hominid fossil identification, hominid skeletal morphology, and taxonomy. Prerequisite: ANTH 211.

   

ANTH 360 Ethnographic Research Methods
4 credits
Includes instruction and field experience in qualitative research. Addresses formulating a research proposal, selecting and using suitable methodologies, analyzing and interpreting data, and assessing ethical concerns. Prerequisite: ANTH 213.

 

ANTH 370 Archaeological Research Methods
4 credits
Provides instruction and laboratory experience in archaeological research. Topics include the theoretical basis of research design, site surveying and mapping, archaeological geology and stratigraphy, dating, typological and technological analysis of artifacts (e.g., lithics, ceramics, and historical artifacts), and faunal/floral analysis. Prerequisite: ANTH 211.

   

ANTH 375 Archaeological Field School
4 credits
Introduces methods for recovering artifacts and other information from sites. Instruction is performed in field conditions at a prehistoric or historic site. Covers research design, excavation, mapping, and recording. Includes a special course fee. May be applied to the Native American studies minor and certificate. Prerequisite: Instructor consent.

   

ANTH 399 Special Studies
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ANTH 401 Research
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ANTH 403 Thesis
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ANTH 405 Reading and Conference
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ANTH 407 Seminar
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ANTH 409 Practicum: Field Study
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Applies anthropological concepts and methods. Settings may include schools, museums, medical facilities, government agencies, businesses, subcultural groups, and other social institutions. Encourages a community service or cultural resource management orientation. Prerequisites: Upper division standing and instructor consent.

   

ANTH 410 History of Ethnographic Theory
4 credits
Surveys the development of anthropological concepts. Students read extracts from anthropological classics and contemporary theorists to gain an understanding of the history of anthropological thought. Prerequisites: ANTH 213, anthropology major or minor, and senior standing.

   

ANTH 414 Senior Capstone
4 credits
Senior seminar for anthropology majors. Provides the basis for a synthesis paper and public presentation through coursework, practicum, experience/research, conceptual and theoretical understandings, and methodological skills. Includes a reflective component linking applied experiences to professional goals. Prerequisite: Completion of major core requirements.

   

ANTH 450 Culture Change
4 credits
Examines culture change and stability. Covers such topics as theories of change; innovation, evolution, adaptation, and acculturation; movements and other forms of organized, purposeful change; change agents; and tradition, persistence, and resistance to change. Prerequisite: ANTH 213.

 

ANTH 451 Cultural Ecology
4 credits
Considers the range and variation of the relationships between humans and their habitats throughout prehistory into the present day. Illustrates the dynamic interplay between culture, society, physiology, settlement and subsistence practices, technology, and the natural and built environment. Draws case studies from a range of ethnological, archaeological, ethnohistoric, and current perspectives. Prerequisite: ANTH 213; or ANTH 211 and the ES social science sequence.

 

ANTH 455 Anthropological Film
4 credits
Explores film as a tool for the investigation of cultures, subcultures, and cultural elements. Takes a critical approach to visual anthropology and examines filmmaking styles, contemporary issues, and ethical concerns. Prerequisite: ANTH 213.

  

ANTH 460 Applied Anthropology
4 credits
Traces the historical development of anthropological practice. Relates contemporary uses of anthropological methods in a variety of institutional and cultural settings to applied concepts and issues. Examines ethical concerns. Examples may be drawn from public policy, community development, education, health and medicine, business, resource management, and evaluation and assessment. Prerequisite: ANTH 213.

 

ANTH 462 Cultural Resource Management
4 credits
Examines the contested values inscribed onto places of historic or cultural significance. Reviews objectives, legislation, and ethics for the management of prehistoric and historic cultural resources. Studies field survey methods for identifying and evaluating archaeological sites. May be applied to the Native American studies minor and certificate. ANTH 211 and 301 recommended.

 

ANTH 464 Cultural Rights
4 credits
Explores issues related to the rights of individuals and groups to practice culture and participate in cultural community. Discusses cultural rights as a critical concept in public policy and practice. Examines how groups assert cultural uniqueness, how dominant institutions respond to cultural diversity, and how cultural rights are limited. May be applied to the Native American studies minor and certificate. Prerequisites: ANTH 213 plus 4 credits of upper division anthropology.