ANTH 6020 Anthropological Theory
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites ANTH 2020 or consent of instructor
Description

Historical treatment of the major theoretical trends in anthropology.

ANTH 6040 Gender, Race, and Class in Complex Societies
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Experiential learning in the urban setting through direct exposure and experience in an ethnic community. Informed awareness of the knowledge, attitudes, and practices of ethnic communities within the community and larger society.

ANTH 6060 Environmental Anthropology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites ANTH 1102, ANTH 2010, ANTH 2020, or ANTH 2030 with grade of C or higher, or consent of instructor
Description

During this course we will examine how humans interact with and are influenced by environmental resources, as well as how our actions impact natural resources and ecological systems. Human populations and cultural groups are therefore (re)situated in nature. To explore environmental anthropology as a subfield, the course is structured as a survey of the discipline, examining topics such as historical ecology, population ecology, cultural constructions of “nature,” the anthropology of environmentalism, political ecology, and global environmental issues.

ANTH 6070 Ethnobotany is the study of the use of plants by humans
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course provides an overview of the field of ethnobotany and its methods. Students will explore how ethnobotanists collect, analyze, and interpret data and will learn some of the applications of ethnobotany outside of an academic setting.

ANTH 6080 Consumption and Material Culture
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Anth 2020 or consent of instructor
Description

This course examines anthropological approaches to material culture and consumption: the practices, relations, and rituals through which things “from food and clothing to shell valuables or money” become meaningful and are used in the organization of social life. Readings include classic works of anthropology and social theory as well as recent ethnographies of western capitalist, colonial/postcolonial and postsocialist settings.

ANTH 6090 Language and Culture
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Introduction to anthropological subdiscipline of linguistics; history of anthropological linguistics; language, cognition, and cultural meaning; metaphor and symbols; lexical structure; analysis; and interpretation.

ANTH 6111 Anthropology of Self and Emotion
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites ANTH 2020 or consent of instructor
Description

This course draws upon readings in anthropological theory and ethnography to consider the cultural construction of selfhood, identity, and feelings, with an emphasis on the historical specificity of particular experiences, how they may be influenced by factors such as capitalism, how they may change over time, and the significance of gender.

ANTH 6112 Modernity and Identity
Credit Hours 4.0
Description

Representations of modernity in postcolonial and metropolitan nation-states. National identities and their articulation with gender, race, and class.

ANTH 6140 European Prehistory
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites ANTH 2030 or consent of instructor
Description

This course is a survey of the prehistory of Europe from the Paleolithic period until the Roman conquest. Because of the temporal and geographic variability of Europe this survey is selective, focusing on major transitions and themes (e.g., subsistence adaptations, island settlement, trade, technology, the emergence of social complexity, early states, and so forth) and using specific examples (case studies) of regions or sites to highlight them.

ANTH 6170 Mesoamerican Archaeology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites ANTH 2030 or consent of instructor
Description

This course highlights some of the major cultural achievements of Mesoamerican peoples. The class begins with the peopling of the New World over 10,000 years ago and proceeds to cover the origins of agriculture and the development of complex societies from the Olmec to the Aztec. The course draws from the rich iconographic, epigraphic, and archaeological data of the region to explore concepts and specific sites up until the time of Spanish Contact, A.D. 1521.

ANTH 6180 Archaeology of Southeastern United States
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites ANTH 2030 or consent of the instructor
Description

The appearance of the earliest inhabitants of the Southeast, the development of complex societies, the effects of Europeans on indigenous culture, and the archaeology of the historic period. Students will be required to participate in three field trips.

ANTH 6190 Archaeological Practice and the Public
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites ANTH 2030 or consent of instructor
Description

This course on Public Archaeology covers a great number of fields where professional archaeologists work with public interests, upholding legislation designed to conserve ancient sites and artifacts, managing museum collections, presenting the past to the public, working with developers to reduce the impact of building and construction projects on the remains of the past. At the same time Public Archaeology covers the general public’s interest in the archaeological past: from fakes and illicit trade of antiquities to Indiana Jones, to the search for Atlantis.

ANTH 6200 Urban Anthropology
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites ANTH 2020 or consent of the instructor
Description

Urban space and social stratification; theories of space, place, and identity; the city in the social imaginiary.

ANTH 6240 Food: History, Ecology, and Political Economy
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites ANTH 2010 or ANTH 2020, or instructor's consent
Description

Explores the cultural histories of foods or types of food that have had major impacts on global political economy, ecology, and culture from the 14th century to present day.

ANTH 6300 Human Evolution
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Principles and mechanisms of hominid evolution.

ANTH 6310 Human Variation
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites ANTH 1102 or ANTH 2010 or consent of instructor
Description

Variation within and between human populations: morphology, gene frequencies and behavior. Biological concepts of race, race classification, and evolutionary processes acting on humans in the past, present, and future.

ANTH 6330 Primate Behavioral Ecology
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Examination of the diversity of free-ranging primates in their natural habitats. Ecological factors affecting diet, locomotor repertoires, body size, and the evolution of social behavior will be emphasized.

ANTH 6340 Applied Anthropology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Limited to graduate students
Description

This course examines historical, contemporary, and interdisciplinary perspectives of applied anthropology: a way of life and work informed by scientific and scholarly knowledge, expressed as socially responsible conduct, and defined by ethical principles and strategies of social reform. We will explore, evaluate, and critique (1) anthropologists’ claims of a “new anthropology” concerned with the study of humanity at the service of humanity; (2) epistemological, theoretical, and methodological frameworks of applied anthropology across the sub-disciplines of archaeology, biological anthropology, sociocultural anthropology, and linguistics; and (3) empirical case studies of policy and practice.

ANTH 6360 Methods and Theories in Biological Anthropology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites ANTH 2010 or consent of the instructor
Description

A survey of theories in skeletal biology, bioarchaeology, paleoanthropology, biomedical anthropology, population genetics, and contemporary human biological adaptation. Bioanthropological methods for testing hypotheses and creating explanatory models.

ANTH 6370 Forensic Anthropology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites ANTH 2010 or consent of instructor
Description

Laboratory-based identification of skeletal remains of unknown individuals with an emphasis on determining age, sex, evidence of trauma, and cause of death. Crime scene recovery, documentation of evidence, the criminal justice system, and human rights initiatives will be explored.

ANTH 6390 Diet, Demography, and Disease
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites ANTH 1102, ANTH 2010 or ANTH 2030 or consent of the instructor
Description

Overview of human/disease interactions from prehistoric to contemporary populations. Emphasis on major social transformations such as sedentism, animal and plant domestication, urbanism and globalism.

ANTH 6420 Gender and Power in Ethnographic Perspective
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites ANTH 2020 or consent of the instructor
Description

Ethnographic and theoretical examination of the role of gender in human societies, including role differences and inequalities between women and men cross-culturally; the cultural significance and social institutions associated with public and domestic spheres; power, ideology, and the production of historically specific gender identities and sexualities; global perspectives on feminism and approaches to women’s empowerment.

ANTH 6440 Epidemiology and Anthropology
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites ANTH 1102 or ANTH 2020
Description

Basic principles of epidemiology, including outbreak investigation, disease control, and analytic epidemiology. Overview of the work of anthropologists in interdisciplinary public health settings.

ANTH 6460 Health and Culture
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites ANTH 2020 or consent of the instructor
Description

Interrelationship of health care delivery systems within the context of the culture and structure of societies; impact of health planning and policy on subcultural groups. Importance of epidemiology, nutrition, transcultural nursing, and mental health in a holistic view of health.

ANTH 6470 Visual Culture
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites ANTH 2020 or consent of instructor
Description

Study of the visual politics of social organization with emphasis on the images and the arenas of everyday life in North American culture. Includes explorations of the fashion system, the medical body, the cosmetic and fitness industry, visual colonialism, museum displays, and high and popular art.

ANTH 6480 Ethnographic Analysis
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites ANTH 2020 with grade of C or higher or consent of instructor
Description

Critical survey of current ethnographic theories and analysis of classic ethnographies. Includes a workshop during which students will improve their ethnographic writing skills. Students will also participate in WebCT discussion forums.

ANTH 6490 The Anthropology of Globalization
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites ANTH 2020 with grade of C or higher
Description

This course critically analyzes the concept of globalization by examining the various components that are often invoked in defining/discussing the concept and the current world structure. We will explicitly examine the anthropological components of globalization and determine the manner in which it shapes culture, constructions of identity, restrictions of the body, distributions of economic and natural resources, intercultural contact, and patterns of global inequality.

ANTH 6520 Anthropology of Public Culture
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites ANTH 2020 or consent of instructor
Description

The circulation of commodities, ideas, and practices that produce the condition of being public (and in public) as well as the notion and experience of privacy. Analyzes the production and usage of public and private space (e.g. plazas, malls, homes), museum displays, the social life of commodities (e.g. fashion, antiquities, collectibles), and the role of theatricality in everyday life.

ANTH 6530 The Archaeology of Ancient Cities
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Cross-listed (undergraduate section: ANTH 4530) . Target Student Groups: Anthropology Majors and Graduate Students. Summary of course activities/topics: This course provides an archaeological perspective to help us better understand the historical trajectory of cities cross-culturally. Through critical evaluation of archaeological research on ancient cities, students will come to understand the dramatic impact of cities on human populations across the globe.

ANTH 6550 Field School in Anthropology
Credit Hours 4.0 TO 8.0
Prerequisites consent of the instructor
Description

Anthropological field methods. Students will develop skills in ethnographic, archaeological, and biological methods through field projects. Emphasis will be on providing a holistic interpretation of conditions at the field location.

ANTH 6560 Advanced Field School in Anthropology
Credit Hours 4.0 TO 8.0
Prerequisites ANTH 4550 or consent of instructor
Description

Advanced anthropological field methods. Students expand upon the ethnographic, archaeological, linguistic, and/or biological methods learned in ANTH 6550 through supervised development and completion of their own professional research project.

ANTH 6590 Archaeological Methods
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites ANTH 2030 or consent of the instructor
Description

Data recovery techniques, analytic methods, and theoretical concepts. Experience with archaeological materials.

ANTH 6600 Archaeological Theory
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites ANTH 2030 with grade of C or higher or consent of instructor
Description

Review of the history of theory in anthropological archaeology, followed by a comprehensive overview of the state of contemporary theory and new theoretical directions in the discipline.

ANTH 6670 Research Methods in Sociocultural Anthropology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites ANTH 2020 with grade of C or higher
Description

Examines various research approaches that constitute sociocultural anthropology. This course dissolves the divisions between qualitative and quantitative research to form an inclusive research methodology. Topics covered include qualitative and quantitative approaches, history of research methodology, defining a population, coding, modeling, social impact analysis, and linguistic and cognitive research.

ANTH 6850 GSU Exchange and Non-GSU Study Abroad
Credit Hours 3.0 TO 9.0
Prerequisites Permission of faculty member in the Department of Anthropology at GSU
Description

This course provides students with an opportunity to receive Anthropology credit hours in a study abroad program or field school, including GSU exchange programs (but not GSU faculty-led study abroad programs) and non-GSU programs. Students may receive credit for programs that involve travel to a society overseas that exposes them to anthropological perspectives and methods of studying and interpreting different ways or life and that provides them with experience in anthropological methods.

ANTH 6980 Selected Topics
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites ANTH 2020 or consent of the instructor
Description

May be repeated if topics are different.

ANTH 8000 Anthropological Theory and Praxis
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites consent of the instructor
Description

Principal intellectual trends and debates in historical and contemporary anthropological thought and praxis. Emphasis on demonstrating the manifold interconnections, and erasing the conceptual divides, between academic and applied anthropology.

ANTH 8010 Qualitative Methods in Anthropology
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Advanced study in ethnographic research design, data collection and management, analysis, and application. Special emphasis is placed on applied anthropological research methods relative to community intervention, policy formation, and program evaluation in the public and private sectors.

ANTH 8020 Graduate Professionalization Seminar
Credit Hours 1.0
Prerequisites Limited to graduate students in Anthropology unless otherwise permitted by instructor
Description

This weekly seminar centers on graduate-level topics and skills in anthropology. Its primary aim is to provide a well-rounded supplement to the core graduate curriculum: to give graduate students a space in which to benefit from their peers and from scholars in GSU anthropology, GSU departments in related fields, or elsewhere in the greater Atlanta area. The course will include discussion of selected articles and book chapters from areas of interest; practice presentations of conference posters or defenses by interested students; invited guest lectures by local scholars; tutorials in literature research and other skills; and similar.

ANTH 8030 Research Seminar
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites ANTH 8000
Description

Keystone course to prepare students to properly design and execute their internship and thesis research projects. Readings, lectures, discussions, and site visits will address the many challenges in conducting applied anthropological research.

ANTH 8040 Seminar in Anthropology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites consent of instructor
Description

Advanced topics in anthropology that vary each offering; may be taken more than once when topics differ.

ANTH 8050 Seminar in Applied Anthropology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites consent of the instructor
Description

Advanced topics in applied anthropology. May be repeated if topics vary.

ANTH 8065 Non-thesis research
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 15.0
Description

For graduate lab assistant (GLA) or graduate research assistant (GRA) students only.

ANTH 8240 Public Archaeology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites consent of the instructor
Description

Laws and regulations governing cultural resource protection and preservation, the conduct of archaeology in a contract format, and mechanisms for public education.

ANTH 8900 Directed Study
Credit Hours 3.0 TO 9.0
Description

Independent Study.

ANTH 8910 Internship
Credit Hours 3.0 TO 9.0
Description
ANTH 8990 Research Practicum
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

For non-thesis students only. This course serves as a research practicum in lieu of a thesis for the M. A. degree. May be retaken but only three credit hours can count toward the M.A.

ANTH 8999 Thesis Research
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 9.0
Description