Course Descriptions

Core Curriculum - Majors or Minors

ASB102

 Introduction to Cultural and Social Anthropology:

Principles of cultural and social anthropology, with examples from a variety of cultures. Includes the nature of culture; social, political, and economic systems; religion, aesthetics and language. 

ASB222 

Buried Cities and Lost Tribes: Old World

Introduction to archaeology through discoveries including the development of human social groups, the changing role of religion, the origins of agriculture, and the rise of cities and complex societies. Examples drawn from Africa, Asia, Europe, the Pacific Islands, and Australia. 

ASB223 

Buried Cities and Lost Tribes: New World

Introduction to archaeology through discoveries including the development of human social groups, the changing role of religion, the origins of agriculture, and the rise of cities and complex societies. Examples drawn from North America, Central America, and South America. 

ASM104 

Bones, Stones, and Human Evolution:

Study of human evolution and variation, including fossil hominins and their tools, primate anatomy and behavior, human genetics, and the environment and human biology.
4-credit lab science.

ASB282AA, AB, AC

Volunteerism for Anthropology

A Service Learning Experience Service-learning field experience within private institutions or businesses, governmental agencies, and citizen volunteer groups. 

Other Principle Courses

ASB100

Introduction to Global Health:

The study of human health patterns at an international and local scale. Focus on pressing global health challenges that the world faces today are examined from a broad social, ecological, and cultural context.

ASB202 

Ethnic Relations in the United States:

Historic overview of inter-ethnic relations in the United States: culture, race, ethnicity, ethnocentrism, prejudice, discrimination, racism, assimilation, acculturation, and individual and group responses to inter-ethnic contact. Cross-reference: AFR 202.

ASB211 

Women in Other Cultures:

Cross-cultural analysis of the economic, social, political, and religious factors that affect women's status in traditional and modern societies. 

ASB214

 Magic, Witchcraft, and Healing:

An introduction to comparative religion. Origins, elements, and forms of religion; a comparative survey of religious beliefs, myths, rituals and symbolism including magic, witchcraft and healing as practiced in selected regions of the world; the place of religion in the total culture. 

ASB220

 Anthropology Goes to the Movies:

Archaeology and anthropology through the lens of popular films of the 20th and 21st Century. Explores the popularity of ancient humans as a topic for film ventures and how accurately they are portrayed. 

ASB231 

Introduction to Archaeological Field Methods:

Excavation of an archaeological site; recording and interpreting data collected during the field experience. 4-credit lab science.

ASB245 

Indians of the Southwest:

Comparative study of the cultures, including the histories and present status, of Indians of the Southwest. 

ASM275

 Introduction to Forensic Anthropology:

Survey of the role of forensic anthropologist, from the crime scene to the courtroom. How forensic anthropology is used to decipher historic cases, and how it is depicted in popular culture. Case studies involving criminal investigations, mass disaster incidents, and global human rights issues. Cross-reference: FOR 275. 4-credit lab science.

ASM265 

Laboratory Methods in Archaeology:

Techniques of artifact analysis. Basic archaeological research techniques; methods of report writing. 

Other Anthropology Courses

ASB226 

Human Impacts on Ancient Environments:

Interrelationship between humans and their environments, using archaeological data and case studies beginning with early hominins.

ASB235 

Southwest Archaeology:

Anthropological perspective and comparative study of the cultures of prehistoric native peoples of the North American Southwest. 

ASB252

Sports and Culture:

A cross-cultural examination of symbolic and social dimensions of sports, past and present. 

ASB253 

Death and Dying Across Cultures:

Responses to death and dying in cultures around the world. Explanations for particular cultural responses to death and dying. Examples drawn from ancient and contemporary cultures.

ASB298AA 

Special Projects:

Organized and tailored around the interests and needs of the individual student. Structured to provide an atmosphere of individualized research and study paralleled by professional expertise and guidance.