Graduate Courses

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Note: the following courses are only a sample of some of the courses that have been offered in recent years. For example, special topics seminars, which are offered on a regular basis under the course numbers ANTH897 and ANTH898, are not represented in this list.

700 ADVANCED SURVEY IN ANTHROPOLOGY (3). Course description is available from the departmental office.

701 THEORY AND ETHNOGRAPHY (3). Permission of instructor. Development of a critical understanding of the anthropological study of society and culture through discussion of problems and issues expressed in classic theoretical and ethnographic literature.

702 SOCIOCULTURAL THEORY AND ETHNOGRAPHY (3). Prerequisite, ANTH 701. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite.

703 EVOLUTION AND ECOLOGY (3). Permission of instructor. Development of a critical understanding of anthropological approaches to evolution and ecology in paleontological, archaeological, and present-day crosscultural contexts through the historical and comparative study of theory, method, and content.

704 EVOLUTION AND ECOLOGY (3). Prerequisite, ANTH 703. Permission of instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. Continuation of topics covered in 703, with an emphasis on ecological and evolutionary perspectives on contemporary human biology and behavior.

705 ARCHAEOLOGICAL THEORY (3). Review of the recent history of archaeology and contemporary approaches to archaeological interpretation.

710 WRITING AND PUBLISHING IN ANTHROPOLOGY (3). A seminar on the peer review and analysis of student writing. Training in writing for academic publication.

715 FEMINISM AND SOCIETY (WMST 715) (3). Selected topics in feminist analysis of social life, with materials drawn from a global range of societies.

717 ADVANCED STUDIES IN ART AND ARCHITECTURE (3). Prerequisite, ANTH 334. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. Intensive study of selected topics and issues in the analysis and interpretation of prehistoric and cross-cultural art, architecture, and other aesthetic forms.

723 SEMINAR IN ANTHROPOLOGICAL LINGUISTICS (Ling 723) (3). Selected topics from general linguistics and sociolinguistics, special emphasis on methods and problems involved in analysis and description of semantic structure of language and its relation to the rest of culture.

724 SEMINAR IN ANTHROPOLOGY AND CYBERNETICS (3). Examination of systems theory, or cybernetics; evaluation of previous applications of cybernetic models in anthropology; and original analysis of anthropological data in these terms by students.

725 QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN ANTHROPOLOGY (3). Survey of standardized data-gathering techniques, problems in research design, and methods of quantitative analysis encountered in anthropological research.

726 QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN ARCHAEOLOGY (3). Introduction to quantitative and computer methods in archaeology. The course stresses exploratory data analysis and graphical pattern recognition techniques.

727 ARCHAEOLOGY OF NORTH AMERICA. (3).  The history of American Indian cultures from 10,000 BCE to the time of the European colonization as reconstructed by archaeological research.  Special emphasis on the eastern and southwestern United States.

728 SEMINAR IN AMERICAN ARCHAEOLOGY. (3). This seminar covers current research topics in North American archaeology, with an emphasis on the eastern or southwestern United States.  Specific topics may vary from year to year.

729 RESEARCH STRATEGIES IN ARCHAEOLOGY (3). This seminar develops students’ skills in crafting research designs, proposals, and presentations. Examples and readings focus on archaeology and bioarchaeology, but the skills covered are widely applicable.

733 ADVANCED SEMINAR IN CARIBBEAN STUDIES (3). Permission of instructor. Survey of Caribbean cultural development for students with some knowledge or experience in the area. Particular attention is given to current problems and recent theoretical issues.

740 POWER (3). Theories of power within anthropology, from Marxism, poststructuralism, feminist studies, studies in race relations, cultural studies, others.

744 SEMINAR IN ETHNICITY AND CULTURAL BOUNDARIES (3). Investigation of recent theoretical approaches to ethnic phenomena; consideration of cases ranging from tribal organization to complex industrial nations; analysis of particular ethnographic and ethnohistorical situations by individual students.

749 CULTURAL PRODUCTION (3). Critical examination of theories of social and cultural (re)production (e.g., Bourdieu’s practice theory, cultural studies and resistance theory) applied to enduring issues (e.g., the relations between power and gender, race and class).

750 SEMINAR IN MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY (3). Specially designed for, but not restricted to, students who are specializing in medical anthropology. Medicine as part of culture; medicine and social structure viewed crossculturally; medicine in the perspective of anthropological theory; research methods. A special purpose is to help students plan their own research projects, theses, and dissertations.

751 SEMINAR ON THE ANTHROPOLOGICAL CONTRIBUTION TO THE UNDERSTANDING OF MEDICAL SYSTEMS (3). Anthropological contributions to the understanding of medical systems, sickness, and public health. Attention is given to the ways in which medical anthropology illuminates social processes, beliefs, and ideologies.

752 TRANSCULTURAL PSYCHIATRY (3). Prerequisite, ANTH 470 or 525. Permission of instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. Considers cross-cultural variations in the perception, definition of, and reaction to course and treatment of deviant behavior-especially mental disorders.

753 GENDER, SICKNESS, AND SOCIETY (WMST 753) (3). This seminar deals in-depth and cross-culturally with the nature of gender and the ways in which social comprehension of gender, gender status, and gender relationships impinge upon differential experience of health and sickness of men and women from a historical and contemporary perspective.

754 PHENOMENOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY (3). Permission of the instructor. The course aims to apply the theories and methods of phenomenology to the practice of anthropology.

755 SEMINAR IN ECOLOGY AND POPULATION (3). Mutual relationships of environment, social structure, mortality, and natality, reviewed in an evolutionary framework.

756 THE EVOLUTION OF HUMAN COGNITION (3). Permission of the instructor. A critical exploration of contemporary evidence on the evolution of human cognition and consciousness, including phylogenetic, comparative (interspecific), ontogenetic, and cross-cultural perspectives.

759 IDENTITY AND AGENCY (3). Sociogenic theories of identity, agency, and human consciousness-the works of Mikhail Bakhtin, Pierre Bourdieu, and others-examined ethnographically and cross-culturally in selected fields of social activity.

760 SEMINAR IN HUMAN EVOLUTIONARY ECOLOGY (3). Permission of instructor for undergraduates. Examination of evolutionary ecology concepts with existing or potential uses in human adaptation research, including adaptation and optimization, effective environmental properties, foraging strategies, niche, competitive exclusion, life history tactics, and biogeography.

765 SEMINAR IN THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF LAW (3). Permission of the instructor. Drawing upon recent work of social anthropologists, this course analyzes the nature of law and conceptions of authority in various Asian, African, and American preliterate societies. The course relates law with the economy, social organization, religious ideology, and political instruments of each society. Underlying theories of social cohesion and process are examined in detail.

766 SEMINAR IN ETHNOBOTANY (3). Permission of the instructor. The focus is on economic plants and primitive technology, ecological relationships between man and plants, and analysis and interpretation of archaeological plant remains. Some laboratory work is expected.

770 SEMINAR ON ANTHROPOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES ON LATIN AMERICA (3). The seminar focuses on the interaction of five major issues in Latin America: class, ethnicity, gender, religion, and health.

777 HUMAN RIGHTS AND HUMANITARIANISM (3). This seminar examines human rights claims and contemporary moral discourse about human suffering from the perspective of anthropology.

788 OBSERVATION AND INTERPRETATION OF RELIGIOUS ACTION (3). Explores religious action through fieldwork as a way of studying method and theory.

790 DIALECTOLOGY (Ling 790) (3).  See Ling 790 for description.

793 LINGUISTIC FIELD WORK I (Ling 793) (3). See Ling 793 for description.

794 LINGUISTIC FIELD WORK II (Ling 794) (3). See Ling 794 for description.

808 RESEARCHING AND WRITING LIVES (3). The course focuses on developing students’ qualitative and analytic skill through a project that culminates in writing a life story. Students will design a research plan, develop a research relationship with an interlocutor, hone methodological techniques, discuss ethical concerns, stregthen analytic interpretation, and produce a polished life narrative.

809 ETHNOGRAPHIC METHODS (3).  Explores method and theory of ethnographic research, including its critical development, ethical challenges, personal transformations, and place as social scientific inquiry.  Field project required.

810 SEMINAR IN ANTHROPOLOGY OF MEANING (1).  Ongoing seminar for students and faculty participating in the Anthropology of Meaning concentration.

817 THE CONCEPT OF TEACHING OF GENERAL ANTHROPOLOGY (3).  Permission of the department.  Directed course preparation and review of teaching techniques, films, and other aids.

818 TRAINING IN THE TEACHING OF ANTHROPOLOGY (3). Prerequite, ANTH 817. Permission of the department.  The trainee teaches a small class in general anthropology under supervision.

860 ART OF ETHNOGRAPHY (FOLK 860) (3).  See Folk 860 for description.



901 READING AND RESEARCH (1 – 4). Permission of the instructor.

902 READING AND RESEARCH (1 - 4). Permission of the instructor.

915 READING AND RESEARCH IN METHODOLOGY (1 - 4). Permission of the instructor.

916 READING AND RESEARCH IN METHODOLOGY (1 - 4). Permission of the instructor.

921 FIELD RESEARCH (3). Permission of the instructor.

922 FIELD RESEARCH (3). Permission of the instructor.

993 MASTER’S THESIS (3 – 6). Individual research in a special field under the direction of a member of the department.

994 DOCTORAL DISSERTATION (3 – 9). Individual research in a special field under the direction of a member of the department.