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Anthropology

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College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Chair: Cathy L. Costin
  • Sierra Hall (SH) 232
  • (818) 677-3331
  • www.csun.edu/anthropology

Faculty

  • Christina Campbell
  • Cathy Costin
  • Matthew Des Lauriers
  • Michael Love
  • Sabina Magliocco
  • Hélène Rougier
  • Judith Marti
  • Suzanne Scheld

Emeritus Faculty

  • Naomi Bishop
  • Bruce Gelvin
  • Antonio Gilman

Programs

Undergraduate:

  • B.A. in Anthropology
  • Minor in Anthropology

Graduate:

  • M.A., Anthropology
  • General Option
  • Public Archeology Option

Department Programs

Anthropology involves the study of people, their origins, their biological variations and characteristics, their languages and cultural patterns, their social structures and institutions, and their adaptation to their environment. The Department offers a Major, a Minor, an Optional Major Program, and a Master’s program with two options. The major is designed to contribute to a student’s liberal education and to prepare the student for graduate work, teaching, or other professional pursuits. The minor is designed to complement a wide variety of other majors by exposing students to key issues in multiculturalism, human diversity, and anthropological methodology. Anthropological methodology in turn complements methodologies in a wide range of fields: business, health, education and allied fields in the social sciences. The Optional Major Program is for students with highly focused interests and provides for maximum flexibility in the use of instructional resources.

The Department offers two Master of Arts Degree options, one in General Anthropology and one in Public Archaeology. The General Anthropology Option emphasizes broad training in three fields of anthropology (archaeology, biological anthropology and human evolution, and cultural anthropology) while offering students some flexibility in degree planning and requirements. The General Anthropology Option is particularly well suited for students who wish to enter a Ph.D. program in anthropology, but may not have the preparation necessary to enter such a program directly; teach in the Community Colleges; or establish a career in a field that utilizes anthropological methods, theory, and/or data. All students in the General Anthropology Option are required to take seminars in socio-cultural anthropology, archaeology, physical anthropology, and anthropological theory. In addition, students take elective courses to fit with their area of specialization. Students complete their degrees either by passing a series of comprehensive exams or writing a thesis. Students who wish to teach anthropology at the community college level are encouraged, but not required, to choose the comprehensive exam alternative. Students who plan to enter a PhD. program in Anthropology are strongly encouraged to write the thesis. Students who plan other Anthropology-related careers (e.g., Museum work, Public Folklore, etc) will decide between the examination and thesis alternatives in consultation with the Graduate Advisor. The Public Archaeology Master’s Option prepares students to work in the field of cultural resource management. Public Archeology students are required to take seminars in Anthropological Theory, Archaeology, and the Management of Archaeological Resources; Archaeological Laboratory Methods; and elective courses with an archaeological focus. Public Archaeology students complete a Practicum in the Management of Archaeological Resources and write a thesis.

The Department of Anthropology supports the concept of international education and encourages students to investigate opportunities for overseas study. Certain courses taken at CSU International Program Study Centers in foreign countries are equivalent to courses in the Department of Anthropology and may be used to fulfill some of the requirements for degree options offered by the Department and/or certain general education requirements. Students should consult the International Programs Bulletin available in the office of International and Exchange Programs, a departmental advisor or the campus International Programs Advisor for more information.

Careers

Anthropology, the study of humankind in all times and places, helps students to understand the origins of the world’s peoples and cultures, to live more effectively in our own communities, and to prepare for tomorrow’s career challenges. The undergraduate and graduate degrees in anthropology prepare students for work in a wide range of fields, including law, social services, medicine, business, folklore, education, and cultural and natural resources management. Majors receive firm grounding in traditional sub-disciplines, including archaeology, physical anthropology and sociocultural anthropology, preparing students for advanced work in the field. The department’s Careers in Anthropology Mentoring Program helps students prepare for post-graduate careers.

Academic Advisement

All faculty post their office hours outside their offices and in the main office each semester. Undergraduate and graduate advisors are available to answer specific questions about the program during the semester and registration week. Advising is also available through the College of SBS SSC/EOP office, and through the department’s Peer Advisor.

Student Learning Outcomes of the Undergraduate Program

Students completing the undergraduate degree program in anthropology should be able to:

  • 1. Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the concept of culture as a fundamental organizing idea for the discipline of anthropology (Theoretical Appreciation of Culture Concept)
  • 2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of human diversity (Diversity)
  • 3. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the common origins of human societies (Origins of Humans)
  • 4. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the processes of social change that produce and reproduce human cultures over time (Social Change Over Time)
  • 5. Demonstrate an understanding of the politics of inclusion and exclusion in their own societies and others’ (Social Inequalities)
  • 6. Demonstrate an understanding of how anthropology may be used to solve contemporary social problems (Applied Anthropology)
  • 7. Demonstrate the ability to collect, describe, analyze and interpret anthropological data according to generally accepted professional anthropological practice (Research Skills)

Student Learning Outcomes of the Graduate Program

Students completing the Master’s degree program in Anthropology should be able to:

  • 1. Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of how anthropologists develop and utilize the concept of culture as a fundamental organizing idea for the discipline of anthropology (Theoretical Appreciation of the Culture Concept)
  • 2. Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of anthropological explanations for social and cultural diversity (Social and Cultural Diversity)
  • 3. Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the common heritage, evolutionary processes, and biological diversity that produced humankind (Origins of Humans)
  • 4. Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the theory and data used to explain the critical process of social change that produce and reproduce human cultures over time (Social Change Over Time)
  • 5. Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of how anthropologists collect, describe, analyze and interpret anthropological data and how these elements of anthropological research have changed over time (Anthropological Methods and Theory)
  • 6. Demonstrate an understanding of how anthropology may be used to solve contemporary social problems and enhance the stewardship of cultural resources/heritage (Applied and Public Anthropology)
  • 7. Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of current issues and debates in the subfields of anthropology (Current Issues and Debates)
  • 8. Demonstrate the ability to collect, describe, analyze and interpret anthropological data according to generally accepted professional anthropological practice (Research Skills)

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree (42 Units)

Note: See section on “Exceptions and Restrictions” below for important information.

Foundations (12 units)
  • ANTH 151 Physical Anthropology (3)
  • ANTH 152 Culture and Human Behavior (3)
  • ANTH 153 Introduction to Archaeology (3)
  • ANTH 303 Anthropological Thought (3)
Peoples and Places (3 units)

Choose one from the following: 306, 307, 338, 351, 352, 356

Method and Theory (3 units)

Choose from one of the following: 473, 475

Seminar (3 units)

Choose from the following: ANTH 490A-D, 516, 521, 560.

Note “Exceptions and Restrictions” listed below.

Breadth Electives (9 units)

In consultation with the undergraduate advisor for the anthropology department, choose one course from each of the following subdisciplines:

  • Cultural Anthropology (222, 300, 310, 326, 345, 346, 404, 405,
  • 424, 425, 430, 450, 451, 462)
  • Biological Anthropology (212, 311, 341, 421, 423, 453)
  • Archaeology (426, 427, 428, 429, 460)
Additional Electives (12 units)

In consultation with the undergraduate advisor for the anthropology department, choose four additional three-unit upper division courses in anthropology (12 units)

  • Total Units in the Major
  • 42
  • General Education Units
  • 48
  • Additional Units
  • 30
  • Total Units Required for the Degree
  • 120

Optional Program

Students may, on their own initiative, and before the completion of 90 units, devise an anthropology major program which reflects specialized or interdisciplinary interests. Requirements of the option are:

  • 1. a written outline of proposed courses and statement of objectives;
  • 2. at least 42 semester units, of which 36 or more are upper division (exception: ANTH 222 will also be permitted to count for 3 of these 36 units);
  • 3. more total units in anthropology than in any other field;
  • 4. the evaluation and approval of the proposed program by a departmental committee of at least two anthropology faculty members;
  • 5. approval by the Department Chair. Student may present his or her proposed program directly to the evaluating committee for consideration, or consult with one or more faculty advisors before submitting a list of courses. Upon acceptance of the program by the department, a program of study will be prepared and maintained in the student’s file.

Honors Program

Program leads to a B.A. degree in Anthropology with Honors and provides the student with an opportunity to engage in research under the supervision of an individual faculty member.

Anthropology majors with a 3.5 overall GPA, senior standing, and who have completed or are enrolled in ANTH 473 or ANTH 475 may enter the program by enrolling in ANTH 498H, Honors Tutorial in Anthropology.

Students pursuing this option cannot take more than 3 units of Independent Study toward their anthropology degree. ANTH 498 will count as one Upper Division elective.

Graduation with Honors in Anthropology will require the following: Final overall GPA of 3.5 or better and completion of all major requirements in Anthropology, completion of ANTH 498, Honors Tutorial in Anthropology.

Social Science Subject Matter Program for the Single Subject Credential

Anthropology majors interested in teaching social studies at the middle school or high school level may combine their major program with the Single Subject Social Science Subject Matter Program to meet requirements for entering a Single Subject Credential Program. For information on the CSBS Single Subject Social Science Subject Matter Program, look under Social and Behavioral Sciences in this Catalog. The Anthropology Undergraduate Advisor can also provide assistance in coordinating the completion of both the major and the subject matter program simultaneously.

Minor in Anthropology

1. Foundations (3 units)

Choose one of the following:
  • ANTH 150 The Human Adventure: Introduction to Anthropology (3)
  • or ANTH 152 Culture and Human Behavior (3)

2. Peoples and Places (3 units)

Choose one from the following:
  • ANTH 306 Indians of North America (3)
  • ANTH 307 Indians of California and the Southwest (3)
  • ANTH 338 Peoples of Africa (3)
  • ANTH 351 Peoples of Middle America (3)
  • ANTH 352 Peoples of South American (3)
  • ANTH 356 Peoples and Cultures of the Mediterranean (3)

3. Electives (12 units)

  • In consultation with the undergraduate advisor for the Anthropology Department, choose four additional three-unit upper division courses in anthropology. Note: ANTH 222 is not permitted as one of the four electives.
  • Total Units in the Minor
  • 18

Requirements for the General Master of Arts Degree in Anthropology

The General Master’s Option in anthropology offers two tracks for students; one is directed toward a thesis, the other toward a comprehensive examination covering either three subdisciplines or two subdisciplines and a geographical or topical area. See comments below for important information about certain 600-level courses. All entering students must complete the following for admission to classified status in the program:

A. Classified Status:

  • 1. General university requirements for classified status. For those whose cumulative undergraduate grade point average is below 3.0, the Department requires a minimum of the 50th percentile on at least 2 sections at the Graduate Record Exam.
  • 2. Bachelor’s degree with a major in anthropology.
  • 3. Students without a major in anthropology, who meet University standards for admission to Graduate Studies, need to fulfill certain prerequisites in anthropology. These may be determined in consultation with the Graduate Advisor.
  • 4. MATH 140 or equivalent.
  • 5. Anthropology 473 or 475 or equivalent, to be determined in consultation with the Graduate Advisor depending on the students’ area of specialization (required after Fall 2008).
  • 6. ANTH 303 or equivalent (required after Fall 2006).

B. Degree Requirements

  • 1. Minimum of 30 units of approved graduate work; at least 24 units must be in anthropology and 21 units must be 500/600 level courses.
a. Four required graduate seminars in anthropology
  • ANTH 601 Seminar in Anthropological Theory (3)
  • ANTH 602 Problems in Cultural Anthropology (3)
  • ANTH 603 Problems in Physical Anthropology (3)
  • ANTH 606 Problems in Archaeology (3)
b. Four approved electives at the 400, 500, and 600-level, including 499 and 699 (12 units)

C. Thesis option:

  • ANTH 696A Directed Graduate Research (2)
  • ANTH 696B Directed Graduate Research (2)
  • ANTH 698 Thesis (2)
  • or comprehensive option:
  • ANTH 696A Directed Graduate Research (2)
  • ANTH 696B Directed Graduate Research (2)
  • ANTH 696C Directed Graduate Research (2)
  • 1. Research Skill: proficiency in research skill demonstrated by successful completion of one of the following:
  • a. One upper division Geographic Information Systems course
  • b. One upper division statistics course chosen in consultation with department advisor
  • c. Foreign Language Proficiency Exam
  • 2. Satisfactory completion of a graduate thesis, project, or comprehensive examination (ANTH 697) directed by the student’s committee.

Requirements for the Public Archaeology Master of Arts Degree in Anthropology

See comments below for important information about certain 600 level courses. All entering students must complete the following to be admitted to and achieve classified status within the Public Archaeology Option:

A. Classified Status:

  • 1. General University requirements for admission. For those whose cumulative undergraduate grade point average is below 3.0, the Department requires a minimum of the 50th percentile in at least 2 sections of the Graduate Record Exam.
  • 2. Students without a major in anthropology, who meet University standards for admission to Graduate Studies, need to fulfill certain prerequisites in anthropology. These will be determined in consultation with the Option Advisor.
  • 3. ANTH 303 or equivalent;
  • 4. ANTH 427 or equivalent;
  • 5. ANTH 473 or equivalent;
  • 6. ANTH 476A or equivalent;
  • 7. MATH 140 or equivalent.

B. Degree Requirements

  • 1. The required minimum of 33 units of graduate work shall include the following. At least eight courses must be in anthropology and 21 units must be 500/600 level courses.
a. Required 500 and 600-level courses (15 units):
  • ANTH 518/L Laboratory Methods in Archaeology (2/1)
  • ANTH 601 Seminar in Anthropological Theory (3)
  • ANTH 606 Problems in Archaeology (3)
  • ANTH 607 Seminar in Management of Archaeological Resources (3)
  • ANTH 694 Practicum in Cultural Resource Mgmt (3)
b. Electives (12 units)
  • ANTH 426 Old World Archaeology (3)
  • ANTH 428 Archaeology of Mesoamerica (3)
  • ANTH 429 Archaeology of South America (3)
  • ANTH 430 Cultural Ecology (3)
  • ANTH 451 Economic Anthropology (3)
  • ANTH 453 Human Paleontology (3)
  • ANTH 460 The Archaeological Study of Women
  • in the Ancient World (3)
  • ANTH 465 Museum Anthropology (3)
  • ANTH 475 Anthropological Research Methods (3)
  • ANTH 490A Seminar in Archaeology (3)
  • ANTH 521 California Archaeology (3)
  • ANTH 560 Social Evolution (3)
  • Other courses may be chosen in consultation with the Option Advisor.
c. Thesis (6 units)
  • ANTH 696A Directed Graduate Research (2)
  • ANTH 696B Directed Graduate Research (2)
  • ANTH 698 Thesis (2)

Comments on Graduate Coursework

  • 1. For all students writing a thesis (General Anthropology and Public Archaeology Options), ANTH 696A and 696B are designed for completion of an annotated bibliography and thesis proposal respectively.
  • 2. For General Anthropology students choosing the comprehensive examination track, ANTH 696A, B, and C are intended for directed reading in each of 3 areas to be covered in their comprehensive exam.
  • 3. Students choosing the comprehensive examination track must complete ANTH 601, 602, 603, and 606 before taking the comprehensive examinations.
  • 4. Students taking the comprehensive exams must enroll in ANTH 697 course the semester they take the exams. Students are required to enroll in 697, but the units will not count towards their minimum thirty units of graduate study.

Course List

ANTH 108. Latin American Cultures (3)
Study of major social institutions and life styles in Central and South America focusing on contemporary peoples, their traditional cultural base, and current cultural changes. (Available for General Education, Comparative Cultural Studies)
ANTH 150. The Human Adventure: Introduction to Anthropology (3)
Overview of human physical and cultural origins and the development and distribution of diverse populations, languages, social institutions, and beliefs; introduction to the methods and insights of cultural anthropology, archaeology, linguistics and physical anthropology. (Available for General Education, Social Sciences)
ANTH 151. Physical Anthropology (3)
Anthropological perspective on biological variation in human and non-human primates in the past and the present; examines the interaction between biology and culture in the evolution of human society. Evolution and behavior of non-human primates are examined for what they reveal about the human condition. (Available for General Education, Social Sciences)
ANTH 152. Culture and Human Behavior (3)
Study of the variety of cultural patterns that human societies use to adapt to the environment, guide social interaction and understand the human condition. Emphasizes the ideas and methods anthropologists use to develop a scientific and humanistic understanding of the world’s cultures. (Available for General Education, Social Sciences)
ANTH 153. Temples, Tombs, and Treasures? An Introduction to Archaeology (3)
Although we are often captivated by the ancient past, many of the reconstructions of this past found in popular culture are not based on the premises of scientific archaeological practice. This course introduces students to the methods, theories, and results of scientific archaeological study. Students learn how archaeologists collect and analyze data in order to reconstruct the lifeways and culture histories of our prehistoric ancestors from the Pleistocene to the first civilizations. (Available for General Education, Social Sciences)
ANTH 212. Anthropology of Sex (3)
This course will examine human sexuality from a holistic anthropological perspective. Subjects such as sexual anatomy and physiology, sexual intercourse, prostitution, sexual coercion, homosexuality, and masturbation will be examined from a biological perspective: looking to the non-human primates for comparison, and a cultural perspective using ethnographic and archeological data. Additionally, we will examine the role of sex in language and folklore. (Available for General Education, Social Sciences)
ANTH 222. Visions of the Sacred (3)
Study of the varieties of religious beliefs, rituals and experiences showing the relationship between people and their society, culture, environment and universe. (Available for General Education, Arts and Humanities)
ANTH 300. Anthropology and the Modern World (3)
Prerequisites: Lower Division G.E. course in Cultural Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science or Cultural Geography and completion of the lower division writing requirement. Examination of contemporary global issues and problems and their effects on western and nonwestern cultures. Topics include anthropological perspectives on colonialization, modernization, acculturation, poverty, racism, sexism, energy, pollution, and applied anthropology.
ANTH 303. Anthropological Thought (3)
Prerequisite: ANTH 150 or 152. Study of the conceptual foundations of contemporary anthropological thought. Topics include evolutionary theory, functionalism, historicalism, structuralism, and interpretative anthropology.
ANTH 305. Individual and Culture (3)
Prerequisites: ANTH 150, PSY 150, or SOC 150 and completion of the lower division writing requirement. Not to be taken for credit in addition to SOC 305. Comparative study of the relationship between the individuals and their culture. Child-rearing in nonwestern cultures. Exploration of individual identity and group character. Regular written assignments required. (Available for General Education, Social Sciences)
ANTH 306. Indians of North America (3)
Prerequisite: ANTH 150 or 152. North American Indians in prehistoric, historic, and present time.
ANTH 307. Indians of California and the Southwest (3)
Prerequisite: ANTH 150 or 152. Origins, modes of subsistence, social organization, and geographic and historical relationships. European conquest and the present condition of several tribes.
ANTH 308. Women, Sex Roles, and Culture (3)
Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Discussion of women and sex roles in tribal, modernizing, and industrial societies; traditional sex roles and the impact of cultural change. (Available for General Education, Comparative Cultural Studies)
ANTH 310. Language in Culture: Anthropological Linguistics (3)
Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Study of basic linguistic concepts in cultural contexts; an examination of language diversity and sociocultural factors of language use. (Available for General Education, Comparative Cultural Studies and for Section C of the Multicultural Requirement for Credential Candidates)
ANTH 311. Human Variation (3)
Prerequisite: ANTH 151. Morphological, genetic, and physiological aspects of human biological variability; the concept and description of race; the interaction of cultural and environmental factors in human biological adaptation.
ANTH 315. Third World Cultures (3)
Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Compares and contrasts nonwestern, kin-organized societies with class-oriented Western societies. Examines the historic relationship between Western societies and those of indigenous peoples in the Third World. (Available for General Education, Comparative Cultural Studies)
ANTH 319. Prehistoric Archaeology (3)
Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Encompasses the origin and development of prehistoric human culture from hunting and gathering to the origin of urban societies. Surveys the archaeological evidence from both the New and Old World. (Available for General Education, Social Sciences)
ANTH 326. Introduction to Folklore (3)
Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Introduction to the study of folklore from a cross-cultural perspective, including major forms, such as folktale, legend, ballad, joke, riddle, proverb, and festival, and the theories used to interpret them. (Available for General Education, Arts and Humanities)
ANTH 338. Peoples of Africa (3)
This course introduces students to the diversity of African cultures in North Africa, the Sahel, the Horn of Africa, Central Africa, West Africa, East Africa, and Southern Africa. Students will learn about the history and ethnography of colonial and postcolonial African societies and develop a more balanced understanding of Africa’s diversity, complexity, and relationship to contemporary globalization.
ANTH 339. Peoples of South Asia (3)
Prerequisites: ANTH 150 or 152 and completion of the lower division writing requirement. Survey of the cultures of South Asia reviewing the culture, history, language distribution, and principal culture types. (Available for General Education, Comparative Cultural Studies)
ANTH 341. Bones: An Introduction to the Study of Human Remains (3)
Prerequisites: ANTH 150 or ANTH 151 or BIOL 100 or BIOL 101 or BIOL 106; completion of lower division writing requirement. Forensic Anthropology has been popularized in recent years by a range of popular media. But what can human remains really tell us? In this class, we will review the methods used by physical anthropologists to study the human skeleton and critically examine the array of information that can actually be scientifically extracted from human skeletal remains. Based on this knowledge, we will analyze the biological and cultural information bones may yield about past human populations. (Available for General Education, Social Sciences)
ANTH 345. Ethnicity in the United States (3)
Prerequisites: ANTH 150 or 152; completion of the lower division writing requirement. Examination of individual and group ethnic identity. Interaction of mainstream culture, ethnic groups and social classes in U.S. society. Illustrations drawn from particular groups. (Available for General Education, Comparative Cultural Studies)
ANTH 346. Urban Anthropology (3)
Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Cross-cultural urbanism, urbanization and migration, both with macro and micro focus. Regular written assignments required.
ANTH 351. Peoples of Middle America (3)
Prerequisite: ANTH 150 or ANTH 152 or CAS 100. Survey of the cultures from Mexico to Panama tracing their characteristics and changes from the 16th century until the present.
ANTH 352. Peoples of South America (3)
Prerequisite: ANTH 150 or 152. Survey of the cultures of South America, including peasant and tribal societies, emphasizing their historical background, emergent characteristics and present changes.
ANTH 353. The Maya: Ancient and Modern (3)
Prerequisite: ANTH 319. The Maya form one of the largest indigenous linguistic groups in the Americas. This course is an introductory survey of their culture and society from prehistoric times to the present. The course addresses the cultural history, social organization, and political history of the Maya, as well as their artistic and intellectual achievements. Discussions include examination of Ancient Maya sites, architecture, art, and writing, as well as examining the state of the Maya in the modern world.
ANTH 356. Peoples and Cultures of the Mediterranean (3)
Prerequisite: ANTH 150 or 152. Examines people and cultures of the Mediterranean region, including Spain, southern France, Italy, Greece, the Middle East and North Africa, through contemporary ethnography and film.
ANTH 360. Immigration and Ethnicity (3)
Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Counts as credit toward the anthropology minor, but not toward the anthropology major. Examines the basic concepts that inform our understanding of immigration and ethnicity: race, class, gender; the politics of multiculturalism and cultural diversity; and the conflicts and problems inherent in the immigrant experience.
ANTH 385A-O. Site Visits California and Southwest (1-3)
Prerequisite: ANTH 306 or 307. Prehistoric and modern cultures of Native Americans in the Southwest and California. Emphasis on understanding their technologies, cultures, and ecology through direct field observation. Examines the impact of Spanish and American people on Native American culture. (No more than 3 units may be counted toward the major)

Courses Acceptable for the Master’s Degree

Note that 300-level courses in Anthropology do not carry graduate credit for a master’s degree in anthropology. Prerequisites may be waived with instructor’s consent.

ANTH 404. Comparative Social Organization (3)
Prerequisite: ANTH 150 or 152. Comparative study of social divisions in human societies.
ANTH 421. Primatology: Morphology, Behavior and Social Organization (3)
Prerequisites: ANTH 151 and 150 or 152. Detailed examination of that part of physical anthropology which seeks to add to understanding of human behavior and evolution by elucidating the social organizations and behavioral adaptation of the primates.
ANTH 423. Human Behavior: Evolutionary Perspectives (3)
Prerequisites: ANTH 151 and completion of the lower division writing requirement. Introduction to the various methods and approaches anthropologists use to understand human behavior from a biocultural perspective. Examines the determinants of human behavior, past and present. Regular written assignments required.
ANTH 424. The Supernatural in the Modern World (3)
Prerequisite: ANTH 152. Ethnographic approach to supernatural belief in the post-Enlightenment Western world through religions, narratives, folk healing, folk drama, ritual and media accounts. Analyzes scholarly approaches to these topics.
ANTH 425. Culture, Health and Healing (3)
Prerequisites: ANTH 151 or ANTH 152. Introduction to medical anthropology, the study of the interaction of biological, psychological and sociocultural factors in human promotion of health and adaptation to disease.
ANTH 426. Old World Archaeology (3)
Prerequisite: ANTH 153. Survey of the culture history of the Old World from Paleolithic times to the rise of the major Old World civilizations, with an emphasis on the prehistory of the Southwestern Asian, Mediterranean, and European regions. Regular written assignments are required.
ANTH 427. Archaeology of North America (3)
Prerequisites: ANTH 153 and completion of the lower division writing requirement. Examination of the origins and adaptations of Native American Cultures. Regular written assignments are required.
ANTH 428. Archaeology of Mesoamerica (3)
Prerequisites: ANTH 153 and completion of the lower division writing requirement. Overview of the cultural achievements and developments in Mesoamerica prior to the Spanish Conquest.
ANTH 429. Archaeology of South America (3)
Prerequisites: ANTH 153 and completion of the lower division writing requirement. Overview of the cultural achievements and developments in South America prior to the colonialization by the European countries.
ANTH 430. Ecological Anthropology (3)
Prerequisites: ANTH 150 or 152; completion of the lower division writing requirement. Ecological anthropology attempts to understand the structure, distribution, and evolution of human societies on the basis of ecological principles. Regular written assignments are required. Available for graduate credit.
ANTH 450. Historical Anthropology (3)
Prerequisites: ANTH 150 or 152; completion of the lower- division writing requirement. Introduction to the anthropological study of cultures within a historical context. Examines the importance of a diachronic approach to the study of contemporary societies and introduces anthropological methods for a study of the past. Teaches critical analysis of documentary materials relevant for anthropological research. Regular written assignments required.
ANTH 451. Economic Anthropology (3)
Prerequisites: ANTH 152 plus one regional area course. Comparative study of the economic component of human cultures. Emphasizes the problems of theoretical conceptualization.
ANTH 453. Human Paleontology (3)
Prerequisites: ANTH 151 and 153. Origin of humanity and the history of physical evolution beginning in Miocene times and continuing through to the present.
ANTH 460. The Archaeological Study of Women in the Ancient World (3)
Prerequisites: Upper Division standing, completion of the lower division writing requirement, ANTH 150 or 152. Examines the data which deals with the status and roles of women in prehistoric societies. Discussion of fundamental issues such as the origins of the gendered division of labor, the origins of gender hierarchy, the universality of female subordination, and variability in women’s activities, status and power in human societies. Taught from a cross-cultural perspective, and combines insights provided by cultural anthropology, archaeology, art history, physical anthropology, and history.
ANTH 462. Anthropology of the Arts (3)
Prerequisites: ANTH 150, 152 or 153; completion of the lower division writing requirement. Anthropological approaches to the study of artistic expression in diverse sociocultural settings from the prehistoric to the present. Regular written assignments are required.
ANTH 465. Museum Anthropology: Principles and Practices (3)
Prerequisites: ANTH 152 or equivalent; UDWPE. This course introduces students to the theoretical and technical aspects of museum work as it relates to ethnographic and archaeological materials, as well as to the political and ethical ramifications of these practices. The course explores museum practices, skills, and resources as they relate to the collection, curation, exhibition, and administration of ethnographic and archaeological materials. Practices, principles, and resources are considered not only for the United States but also as they pertain to museums and collections worldwide. Available for graduate credit.
ANTH 470. Anthropological Film Study (3)
Prerequisites: ANTH 150 or 152 and one upper division cultural Anthropology course. Study of ethnological experiences, especially in non-literate societies, that lend themselves best to translation into films.
ANTH 473. Theory and Method in Archaeology (3)
Prerequisites: ANTH 153 and ANTH 308 or equivalent; UDWPE. This course provides students with the basic theoretical and methodological skills and background needed to become practicing archaeologists. By the end of this course, students will be able to analyze and evaluate archaeological arguments on a range of key topics in terms of their theoretical approach, research design, and logic. Students will master the key concepts that provide the underpinnings to successful research design, and allow them to intelligently engage with other scholars at the national and international level. Available for graduate credit.
ANTH 475. Anthropological Research Methods (3)
Prerequisites: ANTH 150 or 152; Upper Division standing. Completion of Lower Division Writing Requirement. Introduction to the integration of anthropological perspectives with other social scientific research, including quantitative and advanced qualitative methods.
ANTH 476A-E. Field Study (3)
Fieldwork in any branch of anthropology, taken either in conjunction with, or subsequent to, an upper division course in that particular branch. (A) Archaeology: Research on Excavated Materials; (B) Biological Anthropology; (C) Cultural Anthropology; (D) Linguistics; (E) Archaeology: Excavation and Survey.
ANTH 486. Interrogating Globalization: the Ethnography of Global Problems (3)
Prerequisites: ANTH 300 or ANTH 315 or completion of regional distribution requirement. This course studies globalization using ethnography. It examines both the debates related to characterizing globalization, and ethnographies that analyze some of its aspects, such as the rise of high tech societies, the decentralization and feminization of labor, the dynamics and consequences of international migration, and the causes and impacts of international commodity trade. Available for graduate credit.
ANTH 490A-D. Seminar in Anthropology (3)
Prerequisites: Past or concurrent enrollment in ANTH 473 or in ANTH 475 (after Fall 2006) and one upper division course in appropriate subdiscipline. Faculty-directed research on primary data in the major subdisciplines of anthropology. Selected subjects in the same subdiscipline may be repeated up to 3 times. (A) Archaeology; (B) Biological Anthropology; (C) Cultural Anthropology; (D) Linguistics.
ANTH 496A-Z. Experimental Topics Courses in Anthropology (3)
Prerequisite: Appropriate introductory course. Selected topics in Anthropology with course content to be determined.
ANTH 498H. Honors Tutorial in Anthropology (4)
Prerequisite: Admission to Honors Program in Anthropology. Writing an honors thesis, based on primary research, under the supervision of a member of the faculty.
ANTH 499A-C. Independent Study (1-3)

Graduate

Prerequisites may be waived with instructor’s consent.

ANTH 516. Seminar on Ethnography As Narrative (3)
Prerequisite: ANTH 303 and/or instructor consent. Critical examination of ethnographic writing from a historical perspective. Ethnography is more than just a factual account about a cultural group; it reflects the perspectives and prejudices of its author and her/his culture, and the unique set of factors he/she encountered in the field. Ethnography is studied as a narrative created by anthropologists. Discusses different types of ethnographies to understand the underlying narratives they construct about the culture under examination and how these narratives have changed in response to social and political changes.
ANTH 518/L. Lab Methods in Archaeology (2/1)
Prerequisite: ANTH 473. Corequisite: ANTH 518L. Participation in description, analysis and interpretation of archaeological collections. Classification, measurement and description, cataloging and recording of pottery, lithic, and other materials are discussed. Two hours lecture; one two hour lab per week.
ANTH 521. California Archaeology (3)
Prerequisite: ANTH 473. Study of the archaeology of California from the earliest times through the Mission Period, with particular attention to the ecology of foraging and the causes of the cultural changes exhibited in the sequence.
ANTH 560. Social Evolution (3)
Prerequisite: ANTH 404. Study of the ethnological evidence for human social evolution from primate troops to tributary states. Particular attention paid to the application of ethnological perspectives to the archaeological record for social evolution.
ANTH 601. Seminar in Anthropological Theory (3)
Prerequisite: Classified status or instructor consent. Survey of the development of anthropological theory across the subdisciplines of anthropology, with particular emphasis on cultural anthropology.
ANTH 602. Problems in Cultural Anthropology (3)
Prerequisite: Classified status or instructor consent. Survey of current issues and debates in cultural anthropology.
ANTH 603. Problems in Physical Anthropology (3)
Prerequisite: Classified status or instructor consent. Advanced study of theories, methods, problems and data pertinent to contemporary physical anthropology.
ANTH 606. Problems in Archaeology (3)
Prerequisite: Classified status or instructor consent. Intensive review of current issues and concepts critical to general understanding of archaeology.
ANTH 607. Seminar in Management of Archaeological Resources (3)
Prerequisite: Classified status or instructor consent. Covers the practical, scientific, and ethical aspects of conducting archaeological research for public and private agencies.
ANTH 694. Practicum in Cultural Resource Management (3)
Prerequisite: ANTH 607 or instructor consent. Internship involving the student directly in a work experience in cultural resource management.
ANTH 696A-B-C. Directed Graduate Research (2-2-2)
Supervised research in thesis and comprehensive exam preparation.
ANTH 697A-C. Directed Comprehensive Studies (1-3)
Prerequisite: Completion of all courses required in the program. Intended for students taking the comprehensive exam.
ANTH 698. Thesis or Graduate Project (2)
ANTH 699A-C. Independent Study (1-3)
Prerequisite: Classified graduate status.