Anthropology Courses & Curriculum

Major course requirements: (11 courses)

33 credits

ANT 121  Biological Anthropology

3 credits

ANT 122  Sociocultural Anthropology

3 credits

ANT 230 Introduction to Archaeology

3 credits

ANT 351 Qualitative Research Methods

3 credits

ANT 461 Senior Major Capstone

1 credits

Anthropology electives: five courses

15 credits

Free electives:
Free electives are courses in addition to the Core Curriculum and major requirements sufficient to reach a minimum of 120 credit hours for graduation. Students may graduate with more but not less than 120 credit hours.

Anthropology Minor

The Anthropology minor is designed for the student who is interested in the study of anthropology but is not able to complete the requirements of the major. It is highly appropriate for students in Biology, Art History, Classics, Education, or for any student interested in human diversity and prehistory.

ANT 121 Biological Anthropology

3 credits

ANT 122 Sociocultural Anthropology

3 credits

ANT 230 Introduction to Archaeology

3 credits

ANY LINGUISTICS (ANT 310,355,360,365, or 370)

3 credits

Anthropology elective: one Anthropology elective

3 credits

TOTAL  (5 courses)

15 credits


Course Descriptions

ANT 121 Biological Anthropology             3 credits
Our species in nature: evolutionary theory, principles of heredity, population genetics, human variations, fossil hominids, primate classification and behavior studies. (Field 6) Fall and Spring

ANT 122 Sociocultural Anthropology            3 credits
Explores importance of culture in explaining variation in human behavior and beliefs, looking at range of societies from “primitive” to modern industrial states.  (Field 5) Fall and  Spring

ANT 230 Introduction to Archeology              3 credits
Old and New World sites provide insights into human lifestyles and modes of adaptation. (Field 5) Fall

ANT 300 Special Topics in Anthropology               3 credits
Critical examination of a selected topic in anthropology. Subject matter determined by the instructor. (Field 5) Fall and Spring

ANT 310 Codebreaking               3 credits
The evolution of codes and the relevance of codes to contemporary society. Covers the history of codes and the achievements of code breakers who deciphered ancient texts. Students will acquire and practice skills needed to identify structural components of codes.

ANT 320 Myth and Folklore        3 credits
Explores the role of traditional stories and beliefs in cultures and introduces central concepts, vocabulary, theories, and methods of anthropology and folklore. Explores how folklore forms operate within specific groups of people who identify themselves along regional, ethnic, racial, occupational, gender, political and/or class lines.

ANT 333 Forensic Anthropology              3 credits
Anthropological methods and information used to survey the origin and history of crime science. Emphasis on the use of well-known case studies in order to understand and appreciate the value of forensic investigation. Spring

ANT 340 Environmental Anthropology   3 credits
This course examines how the concept of culture can contribute to our understanding of environmental issues, in terms of how human beings adapt to their environment and the way in which they understand and give meaning to the world they live in. Examines the reciprocal relationship between humans and their habitat. Emphasis on

ANT 350 Business Anthropology                3 credits
Applies anthropological theory and methodology in the context of business. Businesses deal with a diverse and fast changing global market place that impacts their products, services, employees, customers and ideas.  Anthropological perspective will provide timely and meaningful information to ensure understanding of a global marketplace from a cultural perspective.

ANT 351 Qualitative Research Methods             3 credits
Survey of research designs from a qualitative perspective, including field research, participant observation, content analysis, ethnomethodology, and focus groups. Analysis and reporting of qualitative data. Spring

ANT 355 Sociolinguistics             3 credits
Investigates the nature of the relationship between social behavior and language change within linguistic communities.   Spring

ANT 360 African American English             3 credits
Explores the development and the structure of dialects of African American English, identifying phonological, morphological, syntactic, semantic and lexical differences that contribute to the richness and vitality of the language.  Spring

ANT 365 Gender Issues in Language             3 credits
Explores the intersection of language and gender, examining gender-related stylistic variation in conversation and communication between and among women and men as cross-cultural communication. Spring

ANT 370 Origin and Evolution of Language             3 credits
Surveys theories of the origin and development of language, exploring early perspectives drawn from mythology, religion and philosophy as well as current views emerging from the social and natural sciences.  Spring

ANT380/580 History and Structure of the English Language             3 credits
Examines the structural changes and the political, social, and intellectual forces that have helped to shape the English language.  Spring

ANT 399 Field Work              3 credits
Offers practical experience in a variety of social situations and cultural settings. Observations and research logs are used to provide a basis for analysis. Prerequisite: Permission of department chair. Fall and Spring

ANT 461 Senior Major Capstone              1 credit

ANT 499 Individual Reading and Research             3 credits
Independent studies allow in-depth study of a specific topic and are most often reserved for seniors who cannot otherwise fulfill a graduation requirement. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor, department chair and associate dean. Fall and Spring


The following courses offered by other departments count as satisfying the requirements for the anthropology major and minor:

RST 221 Native American Religions;

RST 222 African Tribal Religions;

RST 360 Magic, Science and Religion;

RST 332 Islam;

RST 421 Hinduism;

RST 450 Biblical Archeology