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Anthropology Courses (ATY)

GE Core denotes General Education Core credit;
GE Marker
denotes General Education Marker credit;
CAR denotes College Additional Requirement credit.

Courses for Undergraduates


100 Contemporary Non-Western Cultures (3:3)

GE Core: GSB

GE Marker: GN

Survey of contemporary non-Western societies which emphasizes their distinctive cultural characteristics and how these relate to changes taking place in the world today.

212 General Anthropology (3:3)

GE Core: GSB

GE Marker: GN

Open to freshmen.

Survey of general anthropology. Includes an inquiry into human origins, prehistory, and comparative study of culture.

213 Cultural Anthropology (3:3)

GE Core: GSB

GE Marker: GN

Students may not receive credit for both ATY 213 and HSS 138.

Cultural anthropology attempts to stimulate interest in basic questions about human nature and human adaptation, including major theoretical approaches, the nature of field work, and an examination of selected topics.

253 Introduction to Physical Anthropology (3:3)

GE Core: GNS


Coreq. ATY 253L

Lecture covering human biology from an evolutionary perspective. Topics include evolutionary theory, human variation, nonhuman primates, the fossil record, human osteology, molecular and population genetics. (Fall & Spring)

253L Introduction to Physical Anthropology Laboratory (1:0:3)

Coreq. ATY 253

Laboratory covering human biology from an evolutionary perspective. Topics include evolutionary theory, human variation, nonhuman primates, the fossil record, human osteology, molecular and population genetics. (Fall & Spring)

258 World Prehistory (3:3)

GE Core: GSB

GE Marker: GN

Development of culture from its Paleolithic beginnings through the rise of early civilizations.

300 The Culture of Baseball (3:3)

GE Marker: GL

Ritual, superstition, racism, language, immigration: the history and culture of baseball provides a familiar lens to examine and contextualize sociocultural experience. Incorporates experience from baseball in the U.S., Caribbean, Mexico, and Japan. (Alt Fall)

305 Experimental Course: The Forensics of Sherlock Holmes and Bones (3:3)

Examines the forensic methods of Sherlock Holmes and Bones within the context of modern forensic science. (Offered spring '10)

310 Brave New Worlds: Biotechnology and Society (3:3)

Examines the interface between science and society, focusing on the sociopolitical import of emerging biotechnologies that impact people's lives—from issues of health and family to immigration and criminal justice. (Alt Fall)

311 Reading Culture and Society (3:3)

Examines key sociocultural issues through classic literary and cinematic works, emphasizing notions of modernity, the contemporary world, and the relationship they entertain; provides foundational reading and critical thinking skills. (Fall) (Same as SOC 311)

315 Experimental Course: World Ethnographies (3:3)

Examines the primary genre and practice of cultural anthropology—ethnography— through a range of geographically and thematically diverse texts. (Offered spring '09)

325 Caribbean Societies and Cultures (3:3)

GE Marker: GL

Types of social systems and cultural patterns in the West Indies arising from relations between Europeans, West Africans, and Asians, with implications for development, social change, and identity.

330 Cultures of North American Indians (3:3)

GE Marker: GN

Traditional ways of life of indigenous people of North America.

331 Human Variation (3:3)

Physical differences within and between human populations: their source and effect.

333 Latin American Societies and Cultures (3:3)

GE Marker: GN

Tribal and peasant groups with special emphasis on their place in contemporary Latin America.

335 Cultures of Africa (3:3)

GE Marker: GN

Study of the peoples of Africa emphasizing family organization, religion, political organization, languages, and urbanism. Includes a study of African novelists.

337 Cultures of the Pacific (3:3)

GE Marker: GN

Ethnographic study of Pacific cultures, focusing on language, physical characteristics, psychology, and culture contact.

340 Ancient North America (3:3)

A survey of the archaeological evidence of North American Indian culture, from earliest time to first European contact. (Alt Years)

342 Experimental Course: Human Growth and Development (3:3)

Examines the bio-cultural perspective on human growth and development and the interaction between genes and the environment, from conception to adulthood, that produce the human phenotype. (Offered fall '07)

355 Medicine, Disease, and Slavery (3:3)

An interdisciplinary examination of the health of enslaved African Americans drawing from anthropology, history, biology, and medicine to comprehend how the interaction of environment, culture, and diet impacted Southern slaves. (Alt Fall)

357 Monkeys, Apes, and Humans (3:3)

An overview of primatology—the study of prosimians, monkeys, apes, and humans. Involves in-depth study of selected primates as well as discussion of major theoretical issues and ways in which the study of nonhuman primate behavior helps illuminate human evolutionary history.

359 Forensic Anthropology (4:3:3)

Pr. 253 or an introductory course in biology or chemistry

Coreq. ATY 359L

Methods of recovery and analysis of human remains in medicolegal contexts, including human and nonhuman skeletal material, decomposition, crime scene recovery, and skeletal signs of age, sex, and trauma. (Spring)

360 Method and Theory in Modern Archaeology (3:3)

Analysis and evaluation of methods, theories, and concepts necessary for recovery and interpretation of cultural information about past societies relevant for anthropological goals. Includes issues of historiography, epistemology, and ethics.

370 Introduction to Historical Archaeology (3:3)

Basic introduction to historical archaeology method and theory. Historical archaeology is a multidisciplinary subfield of Anthropology covering the historic past through to the present. (Alt Spring)

378 Historical Archaeology Field Techniques (3:0:6)

Archaeological excavation of historic period sites. Techniques of excavation, recording, surveying, and artifact analysis.

385 Language and Culture (3:3)

GE Marker: GL

A survey of verbal and nonverbal behavior cross-culturally. Emphasis on the use of language in the speech community, gestures, body languages, expressive behavior, verbal art, and language learning.

387 Modern Linguistics (3:3)

Systematic investigation of the general properties of language, the universal properties found in all languages, and the specific properties of the grammars of individual languages. Includes linguistic differences found in selected dialects of American English.

411 History of Anthropological Theory (3:3)

Not open to freshmen and sophomores.

Developments in history of Western thought and study of culture leading to the emergence of anthropology as a scientific field.

425 Experimental Course: The Beginning and the End: The Anthropology of Early Childhood and Old Age (3:3)

Pr. ATY 212 or 213 or permission of instructor

An examination of the culturally mediated experiences at the opposite ends of the human life span that includes cultural behaviors, traditions, beliefs, and intersections with relevant global health issues. (Offered spring '09)

440 Archaeological Perspectives on Migration and Diaspora (3:3)

Exploration of the effects of voluntary and forced migration in North America and portions of the Caribbean using archaeological evidence and interpretation. (Alt Fall)

442 Evolutionary Medicine (3:3)

Pr. ATY 253 or BIO 105 or BIO 111

Explores the evolution of chronic and infectious disease using an ecosystemic approach. Discusses theory involving host/pathogen "arms race," evolution of virulence, modes of transmission, and the discordance hypothesis.

450 Anthropology in the Environment: Culture, Environment, and Adaptation (3:3)

Pr. junior standing and higher

Through an anthropological lens this course examines various theoretical approaches to culture and the environment. Issues of social justice, cultural preservation, and natural resource access will be addressed through case studies. (Alt Spring)

462 Archaeology of the Southeastern United States (3:3)

Investigation of Indian cultural development in the U. S. from the Mississippi River Basin to the Atlantic Coast, from earliest evidence to the European Contact Period, with special emphasis on the context of the East in the archaeology of North America and North Carolina.

465 An Overview of Medical Anthropology (3:3)

GE Marker: GN

Not open to freshmen and sophomores.

Explores multiple causes of disease and cultural variation in health practices. Topics include culture and political ecologies of disease, ethnomedical systems, and healers in cross-cultural perpectives. (Alt Fall)

476 Methods in Data Collection and Analysis in Cultural Anthropology (3:3)

Review and discussion of major methodological principles and techniques used in anthropology. (Alt Spring)

478 Field Methods in Archaeology (3:3)

Pr. permission of instructor

Methods, techniques, and theories of archaeological field investigation. Includes site survey, mapping, systematic sampling, and controlled excavation.

479 Analysis of Archaeological Data (3:3)

Pr. permission of instructor

Instruction on proper treatment of material recovered through archaeological investigation. Includes classification, statistical manipulation of data, seriation, and analysis of spatial and temporal dimensions. Attention to special analytical techniques (e.g., C14 dating, chemical analysis, faunal analysis) with stress on ecological interpretation.

480 Ethnographic Field Methods in Cultural Anthropology (4:3:6)

Pr. ATY 476 or permission of instructor

Course applies qualitative research techniques (fieldnotes, participant and casual observations, interviews, data interpretation), and statistical techniques that supplement ethnographic description and analysis at field sites. (Alt Summer)

481 Study Abroad Experience for Anthropology Majors (3)

Pr. ATY 213, 253, 258, and two ATY courses at the 300 level or above, or permission of faculty member with whom student wishes to work

This course offers majors the opportunity to broaden their experience by studying anthropology in another country. Cross-cultural exchanges are designed to augment UNCG training. (Fall & Spring & Summer)

493 Honors Work (3–6)

Pr. permission of instructor; 3.30 GPA in the major, 12 s.h. in the major

May be repeated for credit if the topic of study changes.


497, 498 Special Problems in Anthropology (1–3), (1–3)

Pr. permission of faculty member with whom student wishes to work

Opportunity for students to have directed instruction on problems of special interest.

499 Internship in Anthropology (3:1:6–12)

Pr. written permission required; junior status; appropriate prerequisite courses in the relevant anthropology subfield selected for internship: Cultural—ATY 213; Physical—ATY 253; Archaeology—ATY 360; Linguistics—ATY 387.

Faculty supervised practicum experience in an off campus setting. Host organization will provide the student with applied experience directly relevant to a specific subfield of anthropology. (Fall & Spring & Summer)

Courses for Advanced Undergraduates & Graduate Students

501, 502 Selected Topics in Anthropology (3:3), (3:3)

Pr. anthropology major or permission of instructor

May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Opportunity for advanced students to study in depth topic or issue of special interest.

510 Archaeology of South America (3:3)

Pr. junior or senior Anthropology or Archaeology majors, or permission of instructor

Survey of the archaeology of South America from earliest evidence of human habitation up to the arrival of the Spanish. Emphasis placed on the Andean area of western South America.

520 Economic Anthropology (3:3)

Pr. ATY 212, 213, or 3 hours of social science

An analysis of the economic organization of tribal and peasant peoples with special attention given to their participation in a world economy; emphasis is on economic models of social change.

523 Applied Archaeology: Shovel Bums to Managers (3:3)

Pr. ATY 360 or 370 or permission of instructor

Overview of theory and skills needed to work as an applied archaeologist in the public sector. Topics include cultural resource management and public outreach projects. (Alt Spring)

524 Applied Anthropology (3:3)

Pr. junior or senior standing

Application of anthropological method and theory in situations of directed sociocultural change.

526 Anthropological Perspectives on Food and Agriculture (3:3)

Examines the linkages among food producers, marketing strategies, and natural resource use in different cultures, and explores the influence of agriculture on society and the environment. (Alt Spring)

533 Archaeology of Mexico (3:3)

Pr. junior or senior standing in Anthropology or Archaeology, or permission of instructor

Major prehispanic cultural developments in Mexico with emphasis on internal cultural change (from early man to rise of great civilizations such as Aztec and Maya) and relationships with adjacent areas.

547 Myth, Magic, and Religion (3:3)

Examination of sacred and secular beliefs in cross-cultural perspective. Emphasis on symbols, ritual, and their functions.

553 Human Osteology: Description, Data Collection, and Analysis (3:2:3)

Pr. ATY 253 or 3 hours of biological science

Detailed coverage of anatomical structures on bone and methods involving inventory, description, data collection, and analysis of human remains. Topics include functional and comparative skeletal anatomy, bone microstructure, and physiology.

555 Human Evolution (3:3)

Pr. ATY 253 or 3 hours of biological science

Biological and cultural evolution of humans from prehuman forms.

557 Primate Behavior (3:3)

Pr. ATY 253 or permission of instructor

An overview of primatology and of methods for studying the behavior of prosimians, monkeys, and apes. Involves experience in data collection, computerized data analysis, and producing a scientific report.

559 Disease and Nutrition in Ancient Populations (3:3)

Pr. ATY 253 or NTR 213 or 3 hours of biological science

Evaluation of past disease and nutritional status using skeletal remains and other tissues. Topics include differential diagnosis of pathology. Analysis of mummified material, and chemical methods of dietary reconstruction.

576 Culture and Personality (3:3)

Cross-cultural analysis of effect and influence of culture and group membership on development of personality.

578 Research Methods in Historical Archaeology (3:3)

Pr. junior, senior, or graduate status

Advanced training in research methods in Historic Archaeology, involving on-site training in field, laboratory, and library components of Historic Archaeology. (Same as IAR 578 and HIS 578)

583 Culture and Society (3:3)

Not open for credit to anthropology majors

May not be taken for credit by students who have prior credit for ATY 213

Concepts of culture and society and their employment in understanding human behavior in a cross-cultural context.

585 Social Dialects (3:3)

Consideration of differences in social dialects (speech patterns) among males and females, social classes, regions, and ethnic groups. Includes attitudes about social dialects, models for describing social dialect differences, and consequences of social dialects.

587 Foundations of Linguistic Theory (3:3)

Pr. permission of instructor.

An in depth study of modern linguistic theory and its historical antecedents. An extensive background in a language related discipline is required. Application of linguistic theory will be included.

589 Experimental Course: Political Violence and Its Aftermath (3:3)

Examines violent conflict, its causes and effects, as well as attempts to rebuild post-conflict societies, focusing on the lived experiences from examples such as the Holocaust, Rwanda, and former Yugoslavia. (Offered fall '09)

595 Contemporary Issues in Anthropology (3:3)

Pr. senior status and anthropology major, or permission of instructor

A capstone seminar focusing on current issues in various sub-fields of anthropology, how they relate to the discipline, and their significance to anthropology’s role in the modern world.

597, 598 Special Problems in Anthropology (3), (3)

Pr. permission of faculty member with whom student wishes to work

Opportunity for advanced students to undertake independent study or research of special interest.

Please refer to The Graduate School Bulletin
for additional graduate-level courses.