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- ANTH 110 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology. (3 credits) (General Education/Social Sciences or Multicultural Studies)
- Survey of basic concepts and approaches of anthropology to the study of human beings. Study of worldwide cultures from prehistoric to the present. IAI: S1 901N.
- ANTH 111 Introduction to Physical Anthropology and Archeology. (3 credits) (General Education/Social Sciences)
- Study of human evolution from the perspectives of both biological and social sciences. Examination of the evolution of culture and the methods of its interpretation. IAI: S1 902.
- ANTH 201 World Culture Regions. (3 credits, repeatable to 9 for different culture regions)
- Surveys of the cultural adaptations of different regions of the world. Either the peoples of Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, or the Pacific will be studied each time the course is offered. The region will be announced in the time schedule. Prerequisite: Anth 110 or consent of instructor.
- ANTH 249 Native North American Cultures. (3 credits) (General Education/Multicultural Studies)
- Introduction to aboriginal North American cultures with an examination of the rich diversity of cultural development and its relationship to the natural environment. Prerequisite: Anth 110 or consent of instructor.
- ANTH 281 Old World Archaeology. (3 credits)
- Study of major developments in the prehistory of Africa, Europe, and Asia. Examination of early populations and cultures through the rise of complex societies.
- ANTH 305 Anthropology, Technology, and Social Change. (3 credits)
- Examines the utility and application of anthropological theories, methods, and knowledge for the solution of specific human problems including discrimination, hunger, disease, and underdevelopment. This course pays particular attention to the role technology plays in culture and social change. Prerequisite: Anth 110 or consent of instructor.
- ANTH 315 Gender and Anthropology. (cross-listed with WS 315) (3 credits)
- Exploration of cross-cultural ethnographies of variations in gender roles in economic, religious, and political domains. This course also addresses gender identity and gender diversity issues. Not open to students with credit in WS 315. Prerequisite: Anth 110 or consent of instructor.
- ANTH 320 New World Archaeology: North America. (3 credits)
- Special emphasis on pre-Columbian culture adaptations of eastern United States and the Mississippi Valley, particularly the Illinois region. Prerequisites: 6 s.h. of anthropology coursework including Anth 111, or consent of instructor.
- ANTH 321 New World Archaeology: Central and South America. (3 credits)
- Special emphasis on the prehispanic civilizations of Mexico and Peru. Prerequisites: Anth 111 or consent of instructor. Anth 110 recommended.
- ANTH 324 Religion, Magic, and Shamanism. (3 credits)
- Survey of cross-cultural perspectives on beliefs and practices dealing with the supernatural, magic, and religion. The functions and social positions of shaman are explored. Prerequisite: Anth 110 or consent of instructor.
- ANTH 325 Laboratory Analysis of Archaeological Material. (1-3 credits, repeatable to 6 for different projects)
- Instruction in the study of material remains recovered from archaeological sites. Processing techniques and methods of analysis presented to introduce students to research in prehistory. Only 3 semester hours may count toward major. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
- ANTH 326 Archaeological Field Methods. (1-6 credits, repeatable to 12 for different projects)
- Intensive field training in theory, problems, methods, and ethics of archaeological research. Usually taught during summer months at a camp located some distance from campus. Only 6 semester hours may count toward major. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
- ANTH 330 Sex and Gender in Archaeology (3 credits)
- The study of sex, gender, and power in archaeological investigations and theory, including a cross-cultural comparison of gender and social differentiation in past societies. Changing perspectives on the roles of females in human evolution and prehistory are emphasized. Prerequisite: Anth 110 or Anth 111 or WS 190, or consent of instructor.
- ANTH 343 Psychological Anthropology. (3 credits)
- Cross-cultural applications of ethnographies, methods, concepts, and theories used by applied psychological anthropologists. Prerequisite: Anth 110 or consent of instructor.
- ANTH 379/679 Overseas Study (3 credits, repeatable for different topics)
- Coursework undertaken as part of an approved university overseas study program. Current offerings include Cultural Anthropology Field School in Germany (May 14-27, 2013) and Stories of India (January 2014)
- ANTH 395 Gender, Race, and the Environment. (cross-listed with WS 395) (3 credits) (General Education/Multicultural Studies)
- Explores research, scholarship, and fictional ecofeminist works. Students will consider the influence of women, feminists, and ecofeminist writings on local and global environmental movements. Prerequisite: Anth 110 or WS 190 or permission of instructor.
- ANTH 405 Forensic Anthropology. (3 credits)
- Deals with the medicolegal problem of identifying human skeletal remains. This course provides an elementary understanding of human skeletal biology, forensic archaeology, and the recovery and identification procedures involved when unknown skeletal remains are discovered. Prerequisite: Anth 111 or consent of instructor.
- ANTH 410G Anthrozoology. (3 credits)
- Examines human-animal relationships from the perspective of anthropology, with an emphasis on culture and how attitudes toward animals are culturally determined. Prerequisite: Anth 110 or consent of instructor.
- ANTH 415 Environmental Anthropology. (3 credits)
- A survey of environmental issues from the perspectives of different cultures; students will study ecological and cultural adaptations of humans, and explore strategies for solving environmental problems involving multi-cultural stakeholders. Topics include global climate change, biodiversity, and sustainable communities. Prerequisite: Anth 110 or consent of instructor.
- ANTH 451 Special Topics in Anthropology. (1-2 credits, repeatable for different topics to 6)
- In-depth investigations of special topics from broader subfields of anthropology. Prerequisite: 6 semester hours of anthropology coursework including Anth 110 or 111 (as most relevant), or consent of instructor.
- ANTH 463 Ethnobotany. (cross-listed with BOT 463). (4 credits)
- A survey of how indigenous people use and classify plants in comparison to modern, scientific principles of botany and plant chemistry, and the use of traditional knowledge by modern science. May require field work travel at student expense.
- ANTH 475 Primate Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution. (3 credits)
- An interdisciplinary perspective on primates and their environment, including evolution, the ecological role of living primates, and conservation of endangered primates and their habitats. Prerequisites: ANTH 111 or permission of the instructor.
- ANTH 489 Seminar in Anthropology. (3 credits, repeatable for different topics)
- Topics to be announced. Prerequisites: 6 semester hours of anthropology coursework including Anth 110 or 111 (as most relevant) or permission of instructor.
- ANTH 490 Individual Investigation in Anthropology. (1-3 credits, repeatable to 3)
- Students will pursue a topic of special interest to the individual to be chosen in consultation with an instructor. Prerequisites: permission of instructor and department chairperson.
- ANTH/SOC 535G Qualitative Research Methods. (3 credits, cross listed with SOC 535G)
- This course is designed to expose students to several qualitative research methods used in the social sciences. In this course, students will learn how to select the appropriate qualitative method based on the strengths, limitations, and ethical dilemmas each method poses. Students will also learn how to conduct research, analyze data, and write qualitative research findings.