Anthropology (ANTH)

ANTH 2302 Introduction to Archaeology

The study of the human and material remains of previous civilizations humans left behind on or below the surface of the earth. Different theories of the interpretations of archaeological evidence are presented. In addition to course work, a field trip will be included.


ANTH 2346 Introduction to Anthropology

This introductory course considers the emergence of humans, and traces the development of their physical characteristics and culture to the present. The course covers the four basic subfields of anthropology: cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, physical anthropology, and archaeology.


ANTH 3301 Urban Anthropology

A study of how humans adapt culturally and biologically to increasingly dense settlement patterns. Examines the process by which complex societies emerge, from ancient times to the present: the strategies humans use to cope with demands posed by urban environments; and a cross-cultural study of format and informal cultural use of urban space. (Cross-listed with URBS 3301).

ANTH 3302 Indians of North America

Survey of the archeology, history, culture, social organization, ecology, and contemporary conditions of the indigenous people of North America, including the Indians of Mexico. Special emphasis is placed on the impact of contact, resistance, and the reservation experience of Indians in Texas.

ANTH 3303 Biological Anthropology

Anthropology is the holistic study of humans and our culture. Biological anthropology, a sub-discipline of anthropology, is the study of human biological and cultural evolution. This course introduces foundational concepts pertaining to human evolution, including evolutionary theory, genetics, geology,paleontology, primatology, archaeology, and osteology. The course also covers the detailed history of the biocultural evolution of our species. This class also includes an extensive examination into the applied side of biological anthropology, particularly as it pertains to forensics and bioarcheology.

ANTH 3304 Lang, Culture and Oral Trad

Overview of the nature of language and a non-technical introduction to linguistic science, with major emphasis on language as the foundation of culture and on the role of oral tradition -- creative expression, memory, and ways of knowing -- in non-literate societies.

ANTH 3305 North American Archaeology

This course introduces students to the archaeology of North America by examining the different time periods and cultural areas. The latest archaeological interpretations and debates are provided to understand the peopling of the continent, the origins of North American agriculture, and the development of complex societies. The course also discusses significant archaeological interpretations of historical sites.

ANTH 3306 Cultural Change, Crisis&Dev

An examination of how humans adapt to change, with an emphasis on the impact of development of non-industrial societies. Issues include the impact of development at the household level, forced resettlement, environmental degradation, and cultural extinction. The underlying goal is to explore ways that anthropological methods and theories contribute to understanding and sovling problems facing human populations everywhere.

ANTH 3308 Latin American Cultures

The study of the impact of Spanish and Portuguese colonization upon the indigenous cultures and political economy of Latin America. Analysis of the development of new syncratic Latino cultural forms reflecting Iberian, Native American and African heritage in contemporary Central and South America and the Caribbean (Cross-listed with SOCI 3308).

ANTH 3351 Cultural Anthropology

Major aspects of culture (social organization, economics, religion, etc.); cultural patterns and sociocultural change; pre-history of humans and the development of variant cultures.

ANTH 4301 Special Topics in Anthropology

Selected topics in an identified area. May be repeated if topic changes. May be taken for graduate credit.

ANTH 4302 Myth, Magic and Religion

Why have humans populated their universe with unseen beings, imagined places, and supernatural powers? Why have they created elaborate rituals and mythic stories that must be believed in if human life is to prosper? Humans have been trying to find order and meaning in the universe for thousands of years, and their attempts to do so—belief in the supernatural, stories to explain the unknown, and all the types of the behaviors these manifest—are as diverse and creative as anything that can find in popular books and movies.

ANTH 4351 Cultural Anthropology

Major aspects of culture (social organization, economics, religion, etc); cultural patterns and sociocultural change; prehistory of humans and the development of variant cultures.