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OUTCOMES: Anthropology minors will be expected to meet the following program outcomes:
  1. Identify the elements of the anthropological perspective and apply the perspective to current topics and her or his own life. (All AN)
  2. Effectively employ quantitative and qualitative methodologies to gather and interpret data about anthropological topics (AN 121, 122, 451).
  3. Recognize and appreciate diversity in individuals, cultures and social systems. (All AN)


AN 121. Human Evolution and Archaeology. (3)
An introduction to physical anthropology and archaeology. The course will include an examination of human prehistory, primates and primate behavior, the evolution of the human species, and early human cultures. The theoretical basis and methods used in physical anthropology and archaeology will also be covered throughout the course. Includes a field experience. FA.

AN/SO 122. Introduction to Cultural Anthropology. (3)
A survey of world cultures, both past and present. Of particular importance will be an examination of cultural universals and cultural variations throughout the world. The theoretical basis and methods used in cultural anthropology will also be covered throughout the course. CORE-II. SP.

AN/SO 221. Cultures of the World. (3)

A survey of the cultural and social processes that influence human behavior with comparative examples from different ethnic groups around the world. The course will focus on a comparative analysis of economic, political, religious, and family structures in Africa, the Americas, Oceania, and the Orient. May be repeated for credit, not to exceed course maximum credit of 12 credit hours. FA, SP.

AN 305. Aging in Other Cultures. (3)
A systematic examination of the variations in aging experienced throughout the world. Some topics which are examined include: the status of the aged, the aged and family life in various cultures, and the aged and work in different societies. Alternate years.

AN/WS 318. Women in Other Cultures. (3)
A cross-cultural study of women’s status and roles in selected ethnic or cultural groups in differing stages of development including forager, agrarian, industrial, and post-industrial societies.

AN/SO 337. Family in Other Cultures. (3)
This course is a comparative, cross-cultural study of the family in selected societies. Through a discussion of different family systems, a comparison will be made with the American system. FA. SP, alternate years.

AN/SO 364. Forensic Science. (3)

This course focuses on the use of physical and biological evidence for both legal and humanitarian reasons. The course will explore methods by which forensic scientists, especially forensic anthropologists, search for, recover and identify evidence from a variety of crime scenes. Topics include the history of forensic science, the physical and biological parameters of evidence, the methods of life history reconstruction of a crime victim, and the ethics of forensic analysis. Recovery methodologies will be addressed through field trips to forensic laboratories and mock excavations. Prerequisite: AN 121 or SO 101. FA, SP, alternate years.

AN 380. Topics in Anthropology. (3)
Seminar on topics of current interest within the field of anthropology. Possible topics are generated from the anthropology subfields of cultural anthropology, physical anthropology and archaeology. Consent of instructor. FA, SP.

AN 451. Field Experience in Anthropology. (3)
This course gives students with a minor in anthropology the opportunity to utilize the theoretical background and methods learned in other classes in an actual field experience. Prerequisites: AN 121 and 122. FA, SP.

"Are you as interested as I am in knowing how, when, and where human life arose, what the first human societies and languages were like, why cultures have evolved along diverse but often remarkably convergent pathways, why distinctions of rank came into being, and how small bands and villages gave way to chiefdoms and chiefdoms to mighty states and empires?"

-- Marvin Harris, Our Kind
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