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ANTH 100 – Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Fulfills a course requirement in the Anthropology + Sociology Core Concentration
Fulfills a course requirement in the Graphic Design Core Concentration
Cultural Anthropology examines the diversity of beliefs, values, structures and practices in the vast range of human social life in the contemporary world. This course introduces the principal concepts, methods and ethics that anthropologists employ to study culture and cross-cultural diversity by engaging ethnographic case studies, films and practical research exercises. Specific topics may include economic adaptation, political organization, kinship, gender, ethnicity, language, art religion and issues in applied anthropology. (3 credits) Fall, Spring

ANTH 200 – Native North Americans
Fulfills a course requirement in the Anthropology + Sociology Core Concentration
Prerequisite: ANTH 100
A survey of native North American peoples. One group from each of the ten subculture areas is considered ethnographically. Topics may include Kwakiuti of the Northwest Coast, the Cheyenne of the Plains and the Iroquois of the Eastern Woodlands. The course introduces contemporary social problems related to the reservation system and urban migration. (3 credits) Fall, Spring

ANTH 205 – Religious Diversity in Global Perspectives
Fulfills a course requirement in the Anthropology + Sociology Core Concentration.
This course is a cross-cultural exploration of religious belief, myth, and ritual. The course emphasizes anthropological research and perspectives, but also draws on interdisciplinary sources. Specific topics include the origins and functions of religion in society, diverse interpretations of the supernatural, the symbolic meanings of myth and ritual, the roles of religious specialists, and religious experience. Assignments examine religious belief and practice within particular cultural contexts as well as in comparison to other cultures in the global context. (3 Credits) Fall

ANTH 212 – Studies in Anthropology
Fulfills a course requirement in the Anthropology + Sociology Core Concentration
Prerequisite: ANTH 100
Field methods: offered in conjunction with pre-approved study abroad programs. Emphasizes methodologies for collecting data. (3 credits) Special Offering

ANTH 220 – Self, Culture and Society
Fulfills a course requirement in the Anthropology + Sociology Core Concentration
Prerequisite: ANTH 100
Study of the role of culture in the formation of personality and the problems of individual adjustments to the demands of culture. (3 credits) Fall

ANTH 222 – Environmental Anthropology
Fulfills a course requirement in the Anthropology + Sociology Core Concentration
Prerequisite: ANTH 100
Explores the principles through which non-human environments shape human cultures and cultures in turn affect their environments. Students will become familiar with how a range of societies comes into relation with their environments both through their material transformations of ecosystems and the ideological and symbolic frameworks through which peoples envision human-nature interactions. Topics will include indigenous environmental knowledge, sustainable development, interspecies relations, environmental governance regimes, gender relations, and the global environmental movement. (3 credits) Alternate Fall

ANTH 230 – Political Anthropology
Fulfills a course requirement in the Anthropology + Sociology Core Concentration
Prerequisite: ANTH 100
An overview of questions of power and politics through an anthropological perspective, with special attention on inequality and violence in the non –Western world. Anthropologists have long been concerned with how different cultures organize themselves politically; in this course, we build from classical topics towards an investigation of how differences in power and political inequalities manifest themselves in the daily lives of people throughout the world. The course material blends a broad range of theoretical approaches to studying power with the close detail of ethnographic case studies. (3 credits) Spring

ANTH 240 – Ethnology
Fulfills a course requirement in the Anthropology + Sociology Core Concentration
Prerequisite: ANTH 100
Ethnology is a study of human cultures from a comparative perspective. This course surveys global diversity by examining cultural differences and similarities in a variety of societies across the world. Through systematic cross-cultural comparisons of specific dimensions of society (e.g. family structure, gender roles) students will gain an understanding of the role culture plays in shaping human thought, behavior and social organization. (3 credits) Special Offering

ANTH 244 – The Anthropology of Sport
Fulfills a course requirement in the Anthropology + Sociology Core Concentration
This course is an introduction to anthropology of sport. In the first third of the course students will learn about history of the anthropology of sport and see how each of five subfields of anthropology examines sport. During the rest of the course students will examine a variety of case studies through books and films, not only about North American sports and culture but also outside our borders, including Europe, South America and Asia. (3 credits) Fall

ANTH 260 – The Anthropological Lens
Fulfills a course requirement in the Anthropology + Sociology Core Concentration
Prerequisite: ANTH 100
How do anthropologists investigate culture? What makes anthropology unique as a social science? The aim of this course is to provide an overview of perspectives and trends in cultural and social anthropology. Students will be introduced to some of the major theories that inspire and inform anthropological analysis and discover what makes anthropology distinctive among the social sciences. While the course is historical and chronological in organization, our central concern will be with how anthropologists have defined the field, the kinds of questions they have asked, and the methods used to attempt to answer those questions. (3 credits) Fall, Spring

ANTH 270 – Global Health
Fulfills a course requirement in the Anthropology + Sociology Core Concentration
Fulfills a course requirement in the Public Health minor
Prerequisite: ANTH 100
The public health subfield of Global Health examines illnesses that affect human populations across national boundaries. This course introduces the subfield and emphasizes social science perspectives on the social, cultural, and political-economic forces that influence global health problems. Specific topics include longstanding health problems such as malaria and tuberculosis as well developing issues such as emerging infectious diseases and climate change. (3 Credits) Spring

ANTH 299 – Special Topics in Anthropology
Prerequisite: ANTH 100
Examines topics from the subfields of cultural anthropology.
Initiated by student demand, interest of instructor, or timelines of offering. (3 credits) Special Offering

ANTH 300 – Reading Ethnographies
Fulfills a course requirement in the Anthropology + Sociology Core Concentration
Prerequisite: ANTH 100
Ethnography has always been the distinctive characteristic of cultural and social anthropology. The focus of this class will be on reading ethnographies to learn about different types of ethnography, as well as explore the writing process for ethnography. It is a seminar style course which will raise questions concerning research, writing, data collection, ethics, the role of researcher, effects on the researched community and contributions to the professional field. The class will include relevant analytical experiences based on reading, research, and writing (3 credits) Alternate Fall

ANTH 310 – Applied Anthropology
Fulfills a course requirement in the Anthropology + Sociology Core Concentration
Prerequisite: ANTH 100
This course focuses on the advocacy and intervention components of anthropology. Students will enhance their assessment skills through an in-depth analysis of problems and solutions for particular cultures. Readings will address issues such as identifying local needs, promoting culturally appropriate responses to change, and protecting the rights of marginalized people. (3 credits) Alternate Spring

ANTH 351 – Cultures of Latin America
Prerequisite: Fulfills a course requirement in the Anthropology + Sociology
Core Concentration.
Prerequisite: ANTH 100
This course introduces students to anthropological work on and ethnographic practice in Latin America. It covers a wide range of topics and aims to provide a solid background to the array of analytical perspectives anthropologists have drawn upon in their scholarly engagement with the region. Course includes a broad historical overview of the cultural and historical diversity of the region, as well as contemporary case studies of cultural transformations within specific countries. (3 credits) Alternate Spring

ANTH 356 – World Cultures
Fulfills a course requirement in the Anthropology + Sociology Core Concentration
Prerequisite: ANTH 100
Survey of world cultures designed to develop understanding of the ways in which diverse people around the world view their own worlds. Focus will depend on faculty expertise and student interest. (3 credits) Alternate Spring

ANTH 370 – Medical Anthropology
Fulfills a course requirement in the Anthropology + Sociology Core Concentration
Prerequisite: ANTH 100; recommended SOC 300.
This course examines the ways that culture shapes the meaning of health and illness in everyday life by engaging the study of Medical Anthropology. This vast subfield of cultural anthropology encompasses the investigations of the cultural construction of health and illness, mind-body interaction, the social relations of healing, and the political-economy of health care, among other more specific topics. The course material merges theoretical and applied approaches to explore research of both Western biomedical and non-western medical traditions as they shape diagnosis, treatment and the experience of suffering. Assignments incorporate instruction in the qualitative methods used in this subfield of cultural anthropology. (3 credits) Alternate Years

ANTH 380 – Culture Change and Development
Fulfills a course requirement in the Anthropology + Sociology Core Concentration
Prerequisites: ANTH 100
Focuses on change that is inherent in all cultures. This course will examine how anthropologists have explained the ways cultures change, by theorizing, for example, processes of evolution, diffusion,and domination, and addressing the long-term positive and negative implications. (3 credits) Alternate Fall

ANTH 430 – Special Topics
Fulfills a course requirement in the Anthropology + Sociology Core Concentration
Prerequisites: ANTH 100
Study of special topics in anthropology. Topics determined by student
needs and the availability of appropriate instruction.
(3 credits)
Special Offering

ANTH 454 – Qualitative Methods
Prerequisites: ANTH 260 ( C- or higher ) and SOC 260; ( C- or higher); Open to Anthropology + Sociology majors; senior standing or consent of instructor
An overview of anthropological and sociological research methods.
Provides an introduction to research design beginning with the concepts and principles of social research. Includes instruction in the development of research questions, sampling, measurement validity and reliability, hypothesis testing, and data collection and analysis with an emphasis on ethnographic techniques. Students will engage in fieldwork as part of the requirements for this class. (3 credits) Fall

ANTH 460/SOC 460 – Senior Seminar
Cross-Listed as SOC 460
Prerequisite: ANTH 454 (C- or higher)
This course is designed to foster a deeper understanding of anthropology and sociology. Students will be required to produce research suitable for presentation at a student-research conference and/or publication in either anthropology or sociology student-level research journals. Topics will be determined by the expertise of the instructor and student interest. (3 credits) Spring

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Sociology

SOC 100 – Introduction to Sociology
Fulfills a course requirement in the Anthropology + Sociology Core Concentration
The study of individuals in society, and an introduction to the basic concepts through which sociology derives its intellectual form, such as socialization, social groups, institutions, stratification, and social change. (3 credits) Fall, Spring

SOC 201 – Social Stratification
Fulfills a course requirement in the Anthropology + Sociology Core Concentration
Prerequisite: SOC 100
Offers a comprehensive foundation in both the classic and contemporary approaches to stratification from a global perspective. Social stratification is the division of a large group or society into ranked categories of people, each of which enjoys different levels of access to scarce and valued resources. This class will address economic, racial, and gender stratification. (3 credits) Alternate Fall

SOC 220 – Sociological Perspectives on Race
Fulfills a course requirement in the Anthropology + Sociology Core Concentration
Prerequisite: SOC 100
W.E.B. DuBois serves as the starting point for discussing race in sociological terms. The class then moves chronologically towards the 21st century, where sociologists still struggle to elucidate race as a social construction. A special focus on the progress and challenges of the post-civil rights era in the United States will be included. Topics include race theory, race stratification, race identity and representation, trends in racial attitudes, race and power, the intersection of race with class and gender, and the social construction of whiteness. (3 credits) Alternate Spring

SOC 230 – Population and Society
Fulfills a course requirement in the Anthropology + Sociology Core Concentration
Prerequisite: SOC 100
Analyzes global population characteristics and trends, and their effect on such social processes and institutions as employment, marriage and family patterns, religion, and government and their impact on society. (3 credits) Spring

SOC 234 – The Family
Fulfills a course requirement in the Anthropology + Sociology Core Concentration
Prerequisite: SOC 100
An analysis of the family as a social institution and intimate group. Topics include the impact of industrialization, marriage and divorce, gender roles, parenthood, the influence of social class, and variations in lifestyle and family structure. The focus is on the contemporary U.S. society, with some cross-cultural comparative material. (3 credits) Alternate Spring

SOC 240 – Sociology of Disasters
Prerequisite: SOC 100 Fulfills a course requirement in the Anthropology +
Sociology Core Concentration
Social science is confronting the consequences of large human-created and human-enabled disasters. Earthquakes, fires, hurricanes, terrorist attacks, and biomedical threats shape modern life. This course examines the manner in which human activity generates, exacerbates, and responds to ‘natural’ and ‘man-made’ disasters. (3 credits) Spring, Alternate Years

SOC 250 – Sociological Perspectives on Social Problems
Fulfills a course requirement in the Anthropology + Sociology Core Concentration
Prerequisite: SOC 100
An overview of the sub-field of social problems focusing on literature of local and global social problems with an effort made to address possible solutions. (3 credits) Alternate Fall

SOC 260 – The Sociological Imagination
Fulfills a course requirement in the Anthropology + Sociology Core Concentration
Prerequisites: SOC 100
The sociological imagination was first coined by sociologist C. Wright Mills to explain how one moves from casual observation to scientific sociological observation. Examines usefulness of analyzing sociological patterns. The course will illustrate the many uses and contexts of the lens of the sociologist. Content will alternate based on instructor. (3 credits) Spring

SOC 299 – Special Topics in Sociology
Prerequisites: SOC 100
This course examines topics from the subfields of sociology that are not typically offered in the sociology curriculum. The course topic is initiated by interest and expertise of the instructor and student demand. (3 credits) Special Offering

SOC 300 – Social Theory
Prerequisites: SOC 100, SOC 260. and ANTH 100, ANTH 260; open to
Anthropology + Sociology Majors only with at least Junior standing, or consent of instructor
An analysis of the classical origins of contemporary social thought.
This course pays special attention to contemporary anthropological and social theory. Perspectives such as symbolic interaction, critical theory, and contemporary feminist theories are also considered. (3 credits) Spring

SOC 316 – Sociology of Gender
Fulfills a course requirement in the Anthropology + Sociology Core Concentration
Prerequisite: SOC 100
An analysis of the behaviors and social processes underlying the femininity and masculinity of persons. The course examines how gender has been socially constructed in different times and places. Competing theoretical explanations of gender inequality are presented. (3 credits) Alternate Fall

SOC 320 – Sociology of Fashion & Art
Prerequisite: SOC 100
Fulfills a course requirement in the Anthropology + Sociology Core Concentration
The sociological imagination asks ̃how is society structured?™ How does it change over time? Who prevails? In this course we focus our imaginations on the art world and fashion world. We will discuss different sociological approaches to these social worlds. (3 credits) Spring, Alternate Years

SOC 330 – Globalization and Identity
Fulfills a course requirement in the Anthropology + Sociology Core Concentration
Prerequisite: SOC 100
This course examines the consuming trend of globalization from a sociological point of view. Explores relationships between individuals, groups, and institutions in an age of globalization, with emphasis on national identity and global identity. Special attention will be given to sociological commentary on the political, economic, and cultural benefits and limitations to globalization worldwide, Students will explore the competing stories about globalization as it continues to unfold. (3 credits) Alternate Spring

SOC 340 – Comparative Immigration
Prerequisite: SOC 100
This course will focus primarily on the sociological process of immigration from a comparative perspective. Attention will be given to the consistencies of immigration, despite population, destination, and time period, as well as emphasize the differences of the immigrant experience, which help highlight how politics, the economy, and culture shape this dynamic process. Issues such as the construction of race, nationalism, globalization, and technology and how they in turn shape the immigrant’s experience will be covered, with emphasis on how laws and social norms shape our common discourse on immigration. (3 credits) Alternate Years

SOC 348 – Urban Sociology
Fulfills a course requirement in the Anthropology + Sociology Core Concentration
Prerequisite: SOC 100
Students who have taken SOC 238 may not take SOC 348 for credit This course introduces the field of urban sociology. The course covers the main topics and vocabulary associated with urban research. Students will engage in original research will allows them to test the ideas from the course’s readings. This course is research and writing intensive. (3 credits) Spring

SOC 350 – Comparative Social Movements and Social Change
Fulfills a course requirement in the Anthropology + Sociology Core Concentration
Prerequisite: SOC 100
A specialized course on the literature in sociology from a global perspective. Students will review theories and empirical cases on social movements and social change. Topics could include, but are not limited to: labor movements, lesbian and gay activism and environmental activism. (3 credits) Alternate Spring

SOC 430 – Special Topics
Fulfills a course requirement in the Anthropology + Sociology Core Concentration
Prerequisites: SOC 100
Study of special topics in sociology. Topics determined by student needs and the availability of appropriate instruction. (3 credits) Special Offering

SOC 460/ANTH 460 – Senior Seminar
Cross listed as ANTH 460
Prerequisite: ANTH 454 (C- or higher)
This course is designed to foster a deeper understanding of anthropology and sociology. Students will be required to produce research suitable for presentation at a student-research conference and/or publication in either anthropology or sociology student-level research journals. Topics will be determined by the student. (3 credits) Spring

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