Department of Anthropology
426 Graham Building
Anthropology is a broad discipline which includes physical anthropology the study of humans as biological animals; cultural anthropology the study of humankind in a cultural perspective; archaeology the recovery and interpretation of ancient human biological and cultural remains; and linguistics the study of language in culture and society.
The general undergraduate major provides an extensive study in cultural anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, and physical anthropology. Majors who develop a particular interest in one of the subdisciplines may pursue a concentration in that area up to a maximum of 60 hours. Majors have opportunities to develop mentoring relationships with members of the faculty on current research projects as well as fieldwork projects. Internships in various agencies are also available.
Anthropology as a major prepares individuals to pursue many avenues of career development. It is the basis for a career as a professional anthropologist. Anthropology combined with other courses of study as double majors enhances career possibilities and professional development. There is, however, a growing demand for anthropologists in government agencies and business. In such settings, the knowledge which they have may be applied to the solution of human problems.
Through the accelerated master's program, an anthropology major may earn both a master's degree in a related field and a bachelor's degree in anthropology in approximately five years. Majors must begin planning early in this program as well as obtaining careful advising. Opportunities exist for an MA in Economics and a Masters of Business Administration.
Required: 122 semester hours
The General Anthropology Major provides training in human biological, social and behavioral science within the broader framework of a liberal arts education. The program presents a holistic view of the nature of humans in society, past and present, through courses in linguistics, prehistory, physical anthropology, and cultural anthropology. It provides a solid foundation for both a basic liberal arts education as well as for one of the concentrations in anthropology.
College of Arts and Sciences Liberal Education Requirements (CLER) (54-55 hours)
All students must meet the All-University Liberal Education Requirements (AULER). The College of Arts and Sciences, however, has established liberal education requirements for its programs which, while including those of AULER, contain additional requirements in several categories. Therefore, students following this program should adhere to the College requirements. Please note that students who satisfy the College Liberal Education Requirements (CLER) will also satisfy the All-University Liberal Education Requirements (AULER). See College requirements and AULER/CLER requirements.
Many of the anthropology courses listed as AULER and CLER courses also count towards the anthropology major:
|ATY 213, 360 Analytic & Evaluative Studies (AE, CAE)|
|ATY 253, 333 Natural & Life Science (NS, CLS)|
|ATY 100, 325, 330, 333, 335, 337, 345 Non-Western Studies (NW, CNW)|
|ATY 201, 212, 258 Social & Behavioral Science (SB, CSB)|
Minimum 24 semester hours in anthropology above the 100-level to include the following.
Core Courses for Anthropology Major and Subdisciplines
Although not a requirement beyond the 24 hours minimum, majors may choose to take additional courses in general anthropology. The additional courses may also be in one of the subdisciplines:
|Majors in consultation with a faculty member in the subdiscipline will select the appropriate courses.
Related Area Requirements
Majors who follow a plan for one of the accelerated master's programs should satisfy the related area requirements for that program.
Electives sufficient to complete the 122 semester hours required for degree.
Because of its holistic approach to human behavior, anthropology connects with many other disciplines both academically and professionally. Completion of anthropology as a second major is a good choice for students in interdepartmental programs in archaeology, linguistics, international studies, social studies, as well as programs in nutrition, history, classical studies, religious studies, geography, environmental studies, biology, women's studies, public health and African American studies. Students who double major in anthropology and another discipline must complete all major requirements in both areas as well as the general requirements for the degree which they are seeking.
All minors are required to take ATY 212. In addition they must select a minimum of 12 hours at the 200 level or above. The following suggested course sequences may be of interest to students pursuing specific majors and with certain career objectives.
Students in consultation with a member of the department may plan a minor to enhance their career objectives as they choose. They may also take approved independent study courses or approved selected topics courses.
Students majoring in anthropology may seek Initial "A" teacher licensure in comprehensive social studies with an endorsement in anthropology. Completion of licensure requirements will allow majors to teach Social Studies as well as anthropology in secondary school. Social Studies as well as licensure requirements are listed in Part 7 of this catalog. Many of the requirements for licensure satisfy liberal education requirements in the college as well as for the major and the Social Studies requirements. Majors who wish to pursue "A" licensure in social studies should consult with the departmental Social Studies committee representative.
The accelerated program in Anthropology/Business Administration provides the opportunity for a student to complete a BA in Anthropology (122 hours) within a four-year period and to shorten the time required to finish the MBA.
Interested students should:
In the spring of the junior year, students should
|A. College Liberal Arts Component (61 hours max)
B. Anthropology Major Requirements (24 hours)
C. Prerequisites for the MBA (18 hours)
D. Other Undergraduate Electives 31
E. Related Requirements for the MBA (43.5 hours)
The accelerated program in Anthropology/Economics provides the opportunity for a student to complete a BA in Anthropology (122 hours) within a four-year period and to shorten the time required to finish the Master of Arts degree in Economics.
Interested students should:
|A. College Liberal Arts Component (61 hours max)
B. Anthropology Major Requirements (24 hours)
C. Economics Prerequisites (30 hours)
D. Other Undergraduate Electives 19
E. Requirements for MA in Economics (30-33 hours)
100 Contemporary Non-Western Cultures (3:3).
A survey of contemporary non-Western societies which emphasizes their distinctive cultural characteristics and how these relate to changes taking place in the world today. [NW, CNW]
201 Man in Nature (3:3).
Anthropology's answers to the question, "What is Man?" A basic understanding of the human condition, i.e., man and his place in nature. Anthropology and human problems. [SB, CSB]
212 General Anthropology (3:3).
Survey of general anthropology. Includes an inquiry into human origins, prehistory and comparative study of culture. [SB, CSB]
213 Cultural Anthropology (3:3).
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. [AE, CAE]
253 Introduction to Physical Anthropology (3:2:3).
Study of human biological variation and evolution; includes contrasting non-human primate traits, fossil man, population genetics of racial formation, individual growth and development and human engineering. [NS, CLS]
258 World Prehistory (3:3).
Development of culture from its paleolithic beginnings through the rise of early civilizations. [SB, CSB]
325 Race and Culture Contact in the Caribbean (3:3).
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. [NW, CNW]
330 Cultures of North American Indians (3:3).
Traditional ways of life of indigenous people of North America. [NW, CNW].
331 Human Variation (3:3).
Physical differences within and between human populations: their source and effect. [NS, CLS].
333 Latin American Societies and Cultures (3:3).
Tribal and peasant groups with special emphasis on their place in contemporary Latin America. [NW, CNW]
335 Cultures of Africa (3:3).
Study of the peoples of Africa emphasizing family organization, religion, political organization, languages and urbanism. Includes a study of African novelists. [NW, CNW]
337 Cultures of the Pacific (3:3).
Ethnographic study of Pacific cultures, focusing on language, physical characteristics, psychology and culture contact. [NW, CNW]
348 Man and the Future (3:3).
Role of anthropology in understanding human problems of today and tomorrow. Emphasis on the sociocultural dimension of human problems and their solutions.
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.
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. [AE, CAE]
378 Historical Archaeology Field Techniques (3:0:6).
Archaeological excavation of historic period sties. Techniques of excavation, recording, surveying, and artifact analysis.
385 Language and Culture (3:3).
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).
Developments in history of Western thought and study of culture leading to the emergence of anthropology as a scientific field.
462 Archaeology of the Southeastern United States (3:3).
Investigation of Indian cultural development in the United States 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 as a part of the East. Involves some field trips and/or laboratory experience. (Formerly ATY 362)
477 Field Methods in Cultural Anthropology (3:3).
Review and discussion of major methodological principles and techniques used in anthropology.
478 Field Methods in Archaeology (3:3). Pr. consent 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. consent 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.
493 Honors Work (3-6).
See prerequisites under Honors Program, XXX 493 (p. 210).
497, 498 Special Problems in Anthropology (1 to 3), (1 to 3). Pr. consent of faculty member with whom student wishes to work.
Opportunity for students to have directed instruction on problems of special interest.
For Advanced Undergraduates and Graduate Students
501, 502 Selected Topics in Anthropology (3:3), (3:3). Pr. major in anthropology or consent of instructor.
Opportunity for advanced students to study in depth topic or issue of special interest.
520 Economic Anthropology (3:3). Pr. 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.
524 Applied Anthropology (3:3).
Application of anthropological method and theory in situations of directed sociocultural change.
529 Culture Change (3:3).
Development of culture and analysis of acculturation stemming from contacts of peoples of different cultural heritages.
531 Latin American Culture (3:3).
Development of Latin American culture, its characteristics, variations, and significance. Directed especially toward present and future teachers.
533 Archaeology of Mexico (3:3). Pr. consent 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.
543 Anthropological Perspectives on Homosexuality (3:3).
Critical examination of sociocultural dimensions of homosexuality in both nonindustrial and industrial societies, with concentration on American culture.
547 Belief and Value Systems (3:3).
Examination of sacred and secular beliefs in cross-cultural perspective. Emphasis on symbols, ritual, and their functions.
550 Anthropological Examination of Sex Roles (3:3).
Nature and variations in sex roles, emphasizing female roles. Biological and sociocultural determinants of role differences.
553 Human Identification (3:2:3). Pr. 253 or 3 hours of biological science.
Anthropological study of aspects of the human body that includes identification of individual bone and fragments, sex differences, age changes in bone and teeth, dermatoglyphics, ABO blood groups, paleopathology, and somatology of living individuals.
555 Human Evolution (3:3). Pr. 253 or 3 hours of biological science.
Biological and cultural evolution of humans from prehuman forms.
557 Primate Behavior (3:3). Pr. 253 or consent 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. 253 or FNS 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.
560 Anthropology and the Teaching of World Studies (3:3).
Concept of culture as a foundation for teaching about cultures. Related anthropological concepts and their significance for social studies. Objectives in teaching world studies. Anthropological materials and resources for social studies teacher.
563 Educational Anthropology (3:3).
Contemporary educational events (systems of cultural transmission) viewed in cross-cultural perspective. Includes case studies of educational systems and practices.
571 Ethnographic Methods (3:3). Pr. graduate status or advanced undergraduate in Anthropology, Geography, History, Political Science, or Sociology.
A guide to the conduct of ethnographic research; an introduction to culture theory, the elements or research design, data collection and analysis, and the sociological significance of an interpretative paradigm.
576 Culture and Personality (3:3).
Cross-cultural analysis of effect and influence of culture and group membership on development of personality.
583 Culture and Society (3:3).
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. consent 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.
595 Contemporary Issues in Anthropological Theory (3:3). Pr. Senior status in anthropology, or permission of instructor.
An analysis of contemporary issues in anthropological theory and in the subfields of anthropology.
597, 598 Special Problems in Anthropology (3), (3). Pr. consent of faculty member with whom student wishes to work.
Opportunity for advanced students to undertake independent study or research of special interest.