ANTH 1102 Introduction to Anthropology
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course is designed as an introduction to the discipline of anthropology through a survey of the five subfields: cultural, biological, archaeological, linguistics, and applied anthropology. The course will use a holistic and comparative approach to study the human condition with emphasis on human cultural, behavioral, and biological variation across place and time.

ANTH 2010 Introduction to Biological Anthropology
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This evidence-based course is designed to introduce students to the general concepts of biological anthropology. The course will use lecture and hands-on activities to explore major topics in evolution and natural selection, variation and adaptation, molecular and population genetics, the intersections of biology and cultural behavior, and the fossil record from early hominins through modern populations.

ANTH 2020 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course examines the theories, methods, and basic issues in contemporary cultural anthropology, stressing comparison and interpretation of contemporary social problems cross-culturally. An emphasis will be placed on applied methodologies used in cultural studies such as fieldwork, participant observation, ethnography, and ethnology. Topics include culture and cultural diversity, cultural categories of race, ethnicity, gender, as well as social institutions such as marriage, family, religion, and subsistence patterns.

ANTH 2030 Archaeology and Prehistory
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Brief overview of archaeological methods and concepts followed by an examination of major cultural developments including the geographical spread of humans and the emergence of agriculture and complex societies. Implications for understanding contemporary humanity are included.

ANTH 2040 Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Linguistic anthropology is broadly understood as the study of language as a part of culture. This course shows how language constitutes social action. Language is much more than a transparent medium for communicating ideas. Rather, the way we speak can have profound implications in terms of community membership, social exclusion, economic opportunity, identity, the way we view and understand the world. This course will cover the complexity of human languages and the significance of linguistic and cultural difference.

ANTH 3033 The Anthropology of Violence-CTW
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites ANTH 2010, ANTH 2020, or ANTH 2030 with grade of C or higher, or consent of instructor
Description

Drawing on three subfields of anthropology (biological anthropology, archaeology, and sociocultural anthropology), this course takes a holistic approach to the study of violence. The course fosters critical thinking through writing, and it promotes the understanding of how scholarly-scientific and popular interpretations of violence are rooted in the ideological paradigms of their time. Serves as one of the two Critical Thinking Through Writing (CTW) courses required of all anthropology majors.

ANTH 3100 Sex, Culture, and Sexuality
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course takes a comparative, cross-cultural approach to understanding sex and sexuality/sexualities in anthropological and historical perspective. This will include an examination of beliefs about sex, sexuality, and the body; the interaction of culture and biology in the shaping of sexual identity; the many roles of sex in both nonhuman and human primate societies; evidence of sexual attitudes and practices based on the material culture of past societies; and the variety of sexual practices and their meanings around the world in contemporary society.

ANTH 3120 African Diaspora
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites AAS 1140, AAS 2010, HIST 1140, or ANTH 2020 with grade of C or higher
Description

(Same as AAS 3120.) Investigates the dispersal, growth, and influence of people of African descent throughout the world. A comparative analysis of historical, political, cultural, economic, and social developments of the African diaspora.

ANTH 4020 Anthropological Theory
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites ANTH 2020 with grade of C or higher, or consent of instructor
Description

Historical treatment of the major theoretical trends in anthropology.

ANTH 4040 Race, Class, and Gender in Global Perspective
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites ANTH 2020 with grade of C or higher, or consent of instructor
Description

(Same as WGSS 4040.) Exploration of the various ways that perceptions and designations of race, class, and gender intersect with each other and shape the human experience. This includes an analysis how categories of class, ethnicity, and gender affect daily life for people in multiethnic, stratified societies, particularly in terms of how inequities of access to wealth, power, and resources have emerged on global and local levels. Structural violence is an important theme of many of the readings in the class. The idea of race as a social construct rather than a biological phenomenon is another key topic. We will examine how gender identity and gender roles are shaped by culture. Globalization and immigration, and their relationship to gender, race, and class, are foci of the latter part of the course.

ANTH 4060 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. Global Perspectives Course.

ANTH 4070 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 4080 Consumption and Material Culture
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites ANTH 2020 with grade of C or higher
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. Global Perspectives Course.

ANTH 4111 Anthropology of Self and Emotion
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites ANTH 2020 with grade of C or higher, 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 4112 Modernity and Identity
Credit Hours 4.0
Description

Representations of modernity in postcolonial and metropolitan nation-states. National identities and their articulations with gender, class, and race. Global Perspectives Course.

ANTH 4114 Language and Social Justice
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites ANTH 2020 or ANTH 2040, or AL 2101 or FORL 2101, or AL 2102 or FORL 2102
Description

This course focuses on the linguistic anthropological study of inequality and questions of social justice that arise. From the work of translation in institutional settings that often falls to bilingual children of immigrants to the marked evaluation of African-American English, students will explore how language is integral in processes of exclusion, stigma, and oppression.

ANTH 4140 European Prehistory
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites ANTH 2030 with grade of C or higher, 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 4150 Museum Anthropology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Grade of B or higher in ANTH 2010, ANTH 2020, or ANTH 2030
Description

Museums provide a critical intersection between academic research and the public. This course critiques the mission of museums in a global world and explores how knowledge is conveyed through objects, and how museums can disseminate complex ideas to diverse audiences in accessible and inclusive ways. This course considers the role of museums in identity construction at local, national, and supra-national levels. 3.00 Credit hours.

ANTH 4160 Archaeology of South America
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites ANTH 1102 or ANTH 2030 with a grade of C or higher, or permission of instructor
Description

Students utilize evidence from archaeology to learn about the major cultural groups of the pre-Hispanic Andes beginning with the earliest known human occupations more than 10,000 years ago and ending with the Colonial Period following Spanish conquest of the Inca Empire in the mid-16th Century.

ANTH 4170 Mesoamerican Archaeology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites ANTH 2030 with grade C or higher, 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 4180 Archaeology of Southeastern United States
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites ANTH 2030 with grade of C or higher or consent of 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 4190 Archaeological Practice and the Public
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites ANTH 2030 with a grade of C or higher, 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 4200 Urban Anthropology
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites ANTH 2020 with grade of C or higher, or consent of instructor
Description

Urban space and social stratification; theories of space, place, and identity; the city in the social imaginary. Cities Perspectives Course.

ANTH 4210 The Anthropology of Europe
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites ANTH 2020 or consent of instructor
Description

Cross-listed courses: ANTH 6210. This course exposes students to ethnographic research among peoples of Europe, with a focus on Mediterranean Europe, particularly Portugal, Italy, Greece, and Spain (PIGS) as member states of the European Union (EU), and as nations in crisis.

ANTH 4240 Food: History, Ecology, and Political Economy
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites ANTH 2020 or ANTH 2010 with a grade of C or higher, 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 4280 African-American Anthropology
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as AAS 4280.) Major writings in the field of African-American studies; theories, categories, and methods used in studying complex societies are brought to bear upon the literature; use of ethnographies to provide a comparative perspective for understanding African-American cultures.

ANTH 4300 Human Evolution
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Principles and mechanisms of hominid evolution.

ANTH 4310 Human Variation
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites ANTH 1102 or ANTH 2010 with grade of C or higher, 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. Global Perspectives Course.

ANTH 4330 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 4340 Applied Anthropology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites ANTH 1102 or ANTH 2020 with grade of C or higher, or consent of instructor
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 4360 Methods and Theories in Biological Anthropology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites ANTH 2010 with grade of C or higher, or consent of 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 4370 Forensic Anthropology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites ANTH 2010 with grade of C or higher, 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 4390 Diet, Demography, and Disease
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites ANTH 1102, ANTH 2010, or ANTH 2030 with grade of C or higher, or consent of instructor
Description

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

ANTH 4420 Gender and Power in Ethnographic Perspective
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites ANTH 2020 with grade of C or higher, or consent of instructor
Description

(Same as WGSS 4210.) 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. Global Perspectives Course.

ANTH 4430 Anthropology and Public Health
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites ANTH 1102 or ANTH 2020 with grade of C or higher
Description

The history of public health and role of anthropology and other social sciences in the modern public health setting. Overview of current issues in international and domestic public health.

ANTH 4440 Epidemiology and Anthropology
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites ANTH 1102 or ANTH 2020 with grade of C or higher
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 4460 Health and Culture
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites ANTH 2020 with grade of C or higher, or consent of 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 4470 Visual Culture
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites ANTH 2020 with grade of C or higher, or consent of instructor
Description

(Same as WGSS 4470.) 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 4480 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 4490 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. Global Perspectives Course.

ANTH 4520 Anthropology of Public Culture
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites ANTH 2020 with grade of C or higher, 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 4530 The Archaeology of Ancient Cities
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites ANTH 2030 (C as minimum) grade or professors approval cross-listed (graduate section: ANTH 6530)
Description

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. Target Student Groups: Anthropology Majors and Graduate Students.

ANTH 4550 Field School in Anthropology
Credit Hours 4.0 - 8.0
Prerequisites consent of 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. This course may include a Signature Experience component.

ANTH 4560 Advanced Field School in Anthropology
Credit Hours 4.0 - 8.0
Prerequisites ANTH 4550 with grade of B or higher, or consent of instructor
Description

Advanced anthropological field methods. Students expand upon the ethnographic, archaeological, linguistic, and/or biological methods learned in ANTH 4550 through supervised development and completion of their own professional research project. This course may include a Signature Experience component.

ANTH 4590 Archaeological Methods
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites ANTH 2030 with grade of C or higher, or consent of instructor
Description

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

ANTH 4600 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 4670 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 4830 Anthropology Internship
Credit Hours 3.0 - 9.0
Prerequisites approval of sponsoring faculty advisor and department chair
Description

Academic training and professional experience through short-term internships at public or private agencies. May be taken more than once, but only three credits may be applied toward major requirements. This course may include a Signature Experience component.

ANTH 4850 GSU Exchange and Non-GSU Study Abroad
Credit Hours 3.0 - 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. This course may include a Signature Experience component.

ANTH 4870 Honors Thesis: Research
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Good standing with the Honors College and consent of instructor
Description

Reading or research preparatory to honors thesis or project. This course may include a Signature Experience component.

ANTH 4880 Honors Thesis: Writing
Credit Hours 3.0 - 6.0
Prerequisites ANTH 4870 with grade of C or higher, good standing with the Honors College and consent of instructor
Description

Writing or production of honors thesis or project. This course may include a Signature Experience component.

ANTH 4970 Senior Seminar in Anthropology-CTW
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites 75 hours; ANTH 4020 or ANTH 4600 with grade of C or higher
Description

Integration of theories and methods learned during study for the B.A. in anthropology; specific emphasis placed on how theory and method relate to modern anthropology. Serves as one of the two Critical Thinking Through Writing (CTW) courses required of all anthropology majors.

ANTH 4980 Selected Topics-CTW
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites ANTH 2010, ANTH 2020, or ANTH 2030 with grade of C or higher, or instructor's consent
Description

May be repeated for credit if topic varies; a maximum of six credit hours may be applied toward the major. Serves as one of the two Critical Thinking Through Writing (CTW) courses required of all anthropology majors.

ANTH 4995 Directed Readings B.I.S.-CTW
Credit Hours 3.0 - 4.0
Description

Directed Readings designed for Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies students. This course may satisfy the junior and/or senior-level Critical Thinking Through Writing requirements.