James Provinzano, Coordinator
Department Office: Arts & Communication S319
Department Telephone: 920-424-4406

Code 21 or ANTHRO


Behm, Brown, Prine, Provinzano


Undergraduate: A major in Anthropology can lead to the degrees: Bachelor of Arts; Bachelor of Science.


1. GOAL(S)
See the department for a listing of their goal(s).

The Department offers one major: Anthropology.

The Department offers one minor: Anthropology.


To be eligible for graduation, students must meet all requirements for the degree being sought in addition to earning a minimum grade point average of 2.00 in all courses required for the Anthropology major or minor. Refer to the following for complete major/minor course requirements.

Those students seeking Wisconsin teacher certification must earn a minimum grade point average of 3.00 in all courses required for their majors and minors in order to meet the requirements of the College of Education and Human Services.


See sections following for courses required.


Recommended for students who are double majors; who intend to teach secondary level Anthropology or college Anthropology; work in travel, international business or any other area with cross cultural features, such as social work or nursing.
Required Units (crs.): 34 minimum

Required Courses:
  • Anthropology: Anthropology 102, 122 or 232, 202, 250, 272 or 274

Electives: Sufficient courses from the Department's offerings in Anthropology to meet the Minimum Requirement.

Statistics and/or Computer Science courses are recommended.

A maximum of 9 units (crs.) from the following Sociology courses may be counted toward the Anthropology major: Sociology 101, 281, 305, 359 and 381.



Required Units (crs.): 24 minimum

Required Courses:
  • Anthropology: Anthropology 102, 202, 232, 354

Electives: Sufficient courses from the Department's offerings in Anthropology to meet the Minimum Requirement.


Anthropology 102 3 units (crs.)
Introduction to Anthropology (SS)
Basic concepts from the four fields of Anthropology: Social Anthropology, Archaeology, Linguistics, and Physical Anthropology. This general survey course is a prerequisite for a number of advanced courses in Anthropology.

Anthropology 122 3 units (crs.)
World Ethnography (NW)
An analytical and descriptive survey of selected societies and cultures representative of the major culture areas of the world. Not open to students with more than 6 units (crs.) in Anthropology.

Anthropology 123 3 units (crs.)
American Ethnography (ES)
This course is geared primarily for students at the freshmen and sophomore levels. The course is designed in five modules, comprising an introduction to the core concepts of anthropology and ethnic studies, ethnographies of three American ethnic groups - the Menominee, African Americans, and undocumented Mexican migrant workers - and a summary section in which we compare and contrast the experiences of the three groups. Personal experiences of ethnicity will be a major theme in the course; to this end, a number of films and guest speakers representing the ethnic groups studied will be vital components of the class.

Anthropology 202 4 units (crs.)
Physical Anthropology
The genetic foundation for human evolution and human variation; humanity's place in the order of primates; consideration and interpretation of the fossil evidence for human evolution. Prerequisite: Anthropology 102. (3+2)

Anthropology 232 3 units (crs.)
Cultural Anthropology (NW)
Focusing on the concept of 'culture', the course discusses the aims, methods, and achievements of anthropological research and presents a general model for comprehending human society.

Anthropology 250 3 units (crs.)
Introduction to Archaeology
An introduction to the study of humanity's past, and how archaeologists retrieve, process, analyze and interpret surviving prehistoric materials.

Anthropology 272 3 units (crs.)
Nature of Languages
A survey of the following major fields of linguistic study: Historical, comparative, structural, transformational linguistics; psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, semantics, dialectology. Emphasis on methods and problems to give students basic concepts. Prerequisite: Anthropology 102, Anthropology 274.

Anthropology 274 3 units (crs.)
Language in Culture
A study of language as it relates to human culture and the transmission of culture. Genetic and typological variation in language; theories of linguistic universals and relativity. Consideration of social stratification, multidialectal and multilingual societies, selection of national languages.

Anthropology 300 3 units (crs.)
Topics in Anthropology: Optional Content
This course is geared is primarily for upper-division students. Its major goal is to introduce students to the ways ethnographic film has adjusted through time to reflect the changing needs and interests of anthropology as a whole. It is designed to two modules: an introduction to the core concepts of anthropology followed by a chronological review of ethnographic films. These include films that were not expressly made, but which are often used by antropologists. Critical theoretical reading will complement each film.

Anthropology 312 3 units (crs.)
The Indians of North America (ES)
The course is primarily a description of North American Indian culture past and present. In connection with this diverse Indian lifeways are covered in reading, lecture and audio/visual presentations. This course deals inevitably with how these lifeways and cultures similar to and different from western lifeways and culture. It deals with Indian-white relations, genocide, culturecide, ethnocentrism, bias, pluralism, assimilation, cultural pluralism and so on.

Anthropology 318 3 units (crs.)
Peoples and Cultures of Southern Asia (NW)
A description and analysis of societies and cultures in southern Asia with special emphasis on the Indian subcontinent and insular and mainland Southeast Asia.

Anthropology 322 3 units (crs.)
Peoples and Cultures of Africa (NW)
A description and analysis of societies and cultures of sub-saharan Africa. Prerequisite: Sociology 101 or Anthropology 102.

Anthropology 324 3 units (crs.)
Chicanos in America
A survey of Chicano social and cultural adaptations to present day American society. Economic, political, social, educational, religious and other factors in Chicano communities, both rural and urban. Topics as discrimination, minority group status and relations with the larger society will be considered. Prerequisites: Sociology 359.

Anthropology 326 3 units (crs.)
Peoples and Cultures of Oceania (NW)
An ethnographic survey of the native peoples of the Pacific Ocean discussing the settlement of the Pacific Islands, traditional life and the continuing impact of western contact.

Anthropology 328 3 units (crs.)
Peasant and Contemporary Cultures of Latin America
A description and analysis of selected urban and rural cultures of Latin America.

Anthropology 330 3 units (crs.)
Culture Change in Modern Africa (NW)
An analysis of the processes of change in contemporary sub-saharan Africa. Prerequisite: Anthropology 102.

Anthropology 332 3 units (crs.)
Magic and Religion
The analysis and description of religious beliefs and practices in non-literate and literate societies. Prerequisite: Anthropology 102.

Anthropology 336 3 units (crs.)
Social Organization
A comparative study of the social, political, and economic institutions of selected preliterate and complex societies from both the Old and New World. There is an emphasis upon distinction between human and non-human ecology and social organization. Prerequisite: Anthropology 102.

Anthropology 338 3 units (crs.)
The Anthropology of Law and Politics (NW)
Anthropological approach to the processes of political competition and of dispute settlement. It builds on the study of traditional societies and considers problems of change, development and growth. Prerequisite: Anthropology 102.

Anthropology 340 3 units (crs.)
Culture and Personality
A review of cultural personality literature with special attention given to personality development within contemporary American subculture units. Prerequisite: Anthropology 102.

Anthropology 344 3 units (crs.)
Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Gender
Examination of comparative gender roles and the behavior, status, and economic position of the sexes in cultural groups other than contemporary U.S. society. Cross-listed: Anthropology 344/ Women's Studies 344. Students may receive credit for only one of the cross-listed courses. Prerequisite: Anthropology 102 or 122 or Sociology 101 or 151.

Anthropology 348 3 units (crs.)
Economy, Nature, and Culture
A comparative survey and analysis of differing modes of acquisition, allocation and distribution of scarce resources in primarily pre-industrial societies of differing levels of socio-cultural integration and in differing time frames. Prerequisite: Anthropology 102.

Anthropology 350 3 units (crs.)
Culture Methods
This course introduces students to the theory of research in cultural anthropology beginning with an examination of basic principles followed by the development of skills in ethnographic research techniques. Students will complete field projects. Prerequisite: Anthropology 232.

Anthropology 352 3 units (crs.)
Old World Archaeology
A survey of human cultural and biological development in Africa, Asia, and Europe as evidenced in archaeological records from the earliest beginnings to the achievement of civilizations.

Anthropology 354 3 units (crs.)
New World Archaeology
A survey of prehistory in the New World from the earliest migrations to Columbian times, with special emphasis on North America.

Anthropology 356 3 units (crs.)
Primitive Technology
Analysis of material culture of primitive people, historical development and distribution; techniques and methods of manufacture; use and function within society. Prerequisite: Anthropology 102.

Anthropology 358 3 units (crs.)
Theory and Method of Archaeology
A survey of the methodology used in developing archaeological data through excavation and analysis, and an examination of the theory upon which these methods are based. Prerequisite: Anthropology 250.

Anthropology 360 3 units (crs.)
Mesoamerican Culture (NW)
Comparative study of cultural development in ancient Mexico and Central America from pre-Columbian to modern times. Prerequisite: Sociology 101 or Anthropology 102

Anthropology 362 3-8 units (crs.)
Field Work in Archaeology
A course designed to acquaint the student through actual field work with the basic procedures and techniques of archaeological field work, including both site survey and excavation. Students will be allowed to repeat this course for credit (although only 8 units (crs.) can be counted toward the 34 unit (cr.) minimum required for the Anthropology Major or the 24 unit (cr.) minimum required for the Minor). Prerequisite: Anthropology 102 and 250 or consent of instructor. (Summer & Spring Interim)

Anthropology 363 3 units (crs.)
Introduction to Archaeological Analysis
Fundamentals of archaeological analysis. Actual analysis of archaeological materials excavated by the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Summer Field School and problems of description, classification, association and interpretation. Prerequisite: Anthropology 358 or 362. (2+2)

Anthropology 364 3 units (crs.)
Cross-Cultural Approaches to Mental Illness
An investigation of the relationship between culture and mental health, the comparative method for the study of mental health, and survey some of the culture specific syndromes and non-Western native therapies. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Anthropology 376 3 units (crs.)
Culture Change
A review of anthropological theory regarding culture change both micro and macro. The evolution of culture, acculturation, diffusion and invention, relation to ethnographic data. Prerequisite: Anthropology 102.

Anthropology 378 3 units (crs.)
Human Evolution
Analysis of the bio-cultural developmental history of human populations in an ecological context. Human genetics and human paleontology and the biological nature and development of Homo sapiens will be explored in lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: Anthropology 202. (2+2)

Anthropology 392 1-4 units (crs.)
Museum Techniques
A survey of knowledge essential to the successful operation of an anthropological museum. Lectures and labs focus on acquisitions, record keeping, collection preservation, exhibition, public relations, and current policy issues. (3+2)

Anthropology 446 1-3 units (crs.)
Independent Study in Anthropology
See Independent Study under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements.

Anthropology 450 3 units (crs.)
Urban Anthropology
The development and structure of urban societies. The course will focus mainly upon recent anthropological research concerning the problems of complex societies. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Anthropology 456 1-3 units (crs.)
Related Readings in Anthropology
See Related Readings under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements.

Anthropology 494 3 units (crs.)
History of Anthropological Thought
A survey of the history and development of theories and methods in Social and Cultural Anthropology. The intellectual contexts out of which Anthropology developed and the permanence of early theorists and methods in contemporary anthropological research. Prerequisite: 9 units (crs.) in Anthropology.
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