Stephanie May de Montigny, Chairperson 

Department Office: Swart 317
Department Telephone: (920) 424-4406

Code 21 or ANTHRO 

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Behm May de Montigny
Brown Spehar

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

  • Graduate: None

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Summary of Fields of Study

Summary of Fields of Study

  1. Goal(s)

    • See the department for a listing of their goal(s).
  2. The Major(s)

    • The Department offers one major: Anthropology.
  3. The Minor(s)

    • The Department offers one minor: Anthropology.

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Admission/Graduation Requirements

Admission/Graduation Requirements

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.

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Required Core Courses

Required Core Courses

See Majors section.

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The Major(s), with Emphases and/or Options

The Major(s), with Emphasis and/or Options

Anthropology Major

    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.): 37 minimum

    • Required Courses:

      • Anthropology: Anthropology 202, 204, 206, 208, 301, 494.

      • Methods Requirement: One class from the following list: 350, 362, 363, 377, 378, 394.

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

    Comment: Statistics, foreign language, writing and/or science courses are recommended.

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    The Minor(s)

    The Minor(s)

    Anthropology Minor

    • Required Units (crs.): 24 minimum

    • Required Courses:

      • Anthropology: Anthropology 202, 204, 206, 208.

      • One course from the following: Anthropology 301, 342, 344, 348, 350, 356, 358, 362, 378, 380, 394, 494.

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

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    Course Offering(s)

    Course Offering(s)

    Anthropology    102

    3 (crs.)

    Introduction to Anthropology (SS)(XS)(NW)

    Basic concepts from the various areas of study within anthropology (cultural, linguistic, biological, and Archaeological) brought together to examine and explain, in an integrated fashion, aspects of the human condition.



    Anthropology    122

    3 (crs.)

    Living and Learning in a Global Community (NW) (SS)(XS)(GC)

    This course, and Anthropology in general, draws on cross-cultural examples to learn from a broad view of the world while reflecting critically on the ways we live within it. The course engages the particular approaches and methods of Cultural Anthropology to investigate the global processes that affect the lives and experiences of people around the world. In particular, the course draws on ethnographic and ethnohistorical case studies to examine nations, cultures, and societies beyond the U.S. A central goal of Anthropology is to develop one's cultural relativism, suspend one's ethnocentrism, and thereby better understand and appreciate the ideas, beliefs, perspectives, practices, and experiences of diverse peoples. This course, in particular, focuses on the impact of global forces and entities on local cultural groups. The course also emphasizes the creative and complex ways individuals have responded to globalization that preserve, change, and hybridize their cultures to ensure their own survival.



    Anthropology    123

    3 (crs.)

    Cultural Diversity in the U.S. (ES)(HU)(XC)

    An analytical and descriptive survey of selected cultures representative of major American ethnic groups.



    Anthropology    150

    3 (crs.)

    The Ancient World (XS)(SS)(NW)

    A survey of important archaeological sites and data illustrating the important changes in subsistence practices, settlement patterns and social-political organizations for humans over the past 2.5 million years. This includes the emergence of human culture, the development of the modern mind, the transition to agriculture and the development of urbanism.



    Anthropology    202

    4 (crs.)

    Introduction to Biological Anthropology (NS)(XL)

    Physical anthropology is the study of the human biology and behavior in the framework of evolution. This course provides an introduction to the scientific approaches and methods used by physical anthropologists, including evolutionary theory and the mechanisms of heredity, the ecology and behavior of nonhuman primates and what they can teach us about human origins, the fossil evidence for human evolution, and modern human variation and adaptation. Students should leave this class with a broader understanding of humanity's place in nature and a grasp of our unique evolutionary history. Special fees may apply.



    Anthropology    204

    3 (crs.)

    Cultural Anthropology (NW)(SS)(XS)(GC)

    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    206

    3 (crs.)

    Language in Culture (HU)(XC)(NW)

    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    208

    3 (crs.)

    Introduction to Archaeology (SS)(XS)(NW)

    An introduction to the study of humanity's past, and how archaeologists retrieve, process, analyze and interpret surviving prehistoric materials.



    Anthropology    220

    3 (crs.)

    Culture and Health (XS) (SS)

    This course is focused on anthropological approaches used to explore the dynamic relationship between culture and health. Throughout the semester, students will also assess how certain cultural practices, economic systems, and forms of political organization either prevent or contribute to the creation of a more sustainable world. In this class, students will learn some of the methods anthropologists use to monitor the interaction between cultural variables and human physiological wellbeing, including auxological techniques as well as how medical anthropologists apply ethnographic methods and anthropological theory to address many pressing issues in global health.



    Anthropology    225

    3 (crs.)

    Celebrating Culture through the Arts (HU)(XC)(ES)

    This course will focus on community engagement with people of diverse ethnic groups utilizing anthropological approaches to visual art, music, and dance. In the course, students will examine how people of various cultural and ethnic backgrounds communicate through visual art, music, and dance about issues such as gender, family, identity, tradition, historical consciousness, ideology, experience, and more. At the same time, students will learn about anthropological approaches to art and performance, how art illuminates diverse cultures, and how knowledge of culture facilitates deeper understanding of the arts. In addition, the class will explore art and performance as experiential modes of learning that go beyond verbal and written means. As part of this process, students will learn about how anthropologists work with people, especially through ethnographic methods. These purposes converge in the students' engagement in diverse peoples and arts in the local community. Prerequisites: Quest I and Quest II. (Quest III when offered). Special fees may apply.



    Anthropology    272

    3 (crs.)

    Nature of Languages (SS)

    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.



    Anthropology    300

    1 - 6 (crs.)

    Topics in Anthropology: (SS)

    A variable topics course covering a theme of current interest in anthropology.  Each time the course is offered, the topic and number of credit hours will be announced in the Schedule of Classes.  May be repeated with different content.



    Anthropology    301

    3 (crs.)

    Reading Theory

    This is a mid-level theory course designed to prepare students to read and analyze theory in Anthropology. The topics and instructors are variable, however the goal is to understand theory, both in broad concept and in particular cases. Prerequisites: Prerequisite: Two of the following courses: Anthropology 202, 204, 206, or 208; or consent of instructor.



    Anthropology    308

    3 (crs.)

    Race and Human Variation

    This course explores what studies of human biological variation can tell us about the reality of race. We first deconstruct the concept of race, examining the history of race in the United States and how biology has been used to justify racial categories and oppression. Then we examine what studies of modern human genetics and biology tell us about the biological validity of racial categories. We trace the evolutionary history of modern humans, from their origins in Africa to their spread to every corner of the globe. Topics include genetic variation, skin color, height, and adaptation to altitude and disease. We then discuss the implication of this variation for the concept of race and how racial categories impact our lives in the United States (covering issues such as genetic ancestry testing, IQ, racially-based medicine, and persistent social inequalities). Prerequisites: None



    Anthropology    310

    3 (crs.)

    Anthropology Film (SS)

    A survey of anthropological films, focusing on the ways that filmmaking and ethnographic authority have developed together through time. No formal prerequisites, however, students should be aware of the basic anthropological concepts presented in the department's lower-division courses.



    Anthropology    312

    3 (crs.)

    Native North America (ES) (SS)

    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    314

    3 (crs.)

    Native American Women (ES)

    This class explores the diverse experiences, perspectives, histories, cultures, and contemporary issues of Native North American women as well as the ethics of research and representation. Relevant topics include family and gender roles, health, alcoholism, education, language, cultural preservation and change. Examples will be drawn from ethnography, ethnohistory, and autobiography. Cross-listed: Anthropology 314/Women's and Gender Studies 314. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses.



    Anthropology    318

    3 (crs.)

    Peoples and Cultures of Southern Asia (NW) (SS)

    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 (crs.)

    Peoples and Cultures of Africa (NW) (SS)

    A description and analysis of societies and cultures of sub-Saharan Africa.



    Anthropology    324

    3 (crs.)

    Latino Culture and Society  (SS)

    An examination of Latino social and cultural adaptations to and influence on contemporary American society and culture. Economic, political, historical, social, educational, and other factors are considered. Identity, discrimination, and other issues are addressed.



    Anthropology    325

    3 (crs.)

    Displacement and Refugees

    People move for a variety of reasons: in search of territory to forage, fields to till, spouses to marry, enemies to fight, material and symbolic valuables to acquire, or looking for a refuge due to a fear of harm to their well-being in their habitual places of residences. In this global scholar course offered by the anthropology program, our orientation is toward a particular form of human movement and its consequences: forced displacement and refugees/asylum seekers. We begin by inquiring into the main conceptual and typological issues regarding human mobility and coercion. We then examine the global history of displacements by offering an inventory of forced migration in the recent past. We will also analyze issues of gender, sociocultural integration, coping mechanisms, transnational identities, and socioeconomic processes as they relate to displacement and refugees in different parts of the world.



    Anthropology    326

    3 (crs.)

    Peoples and Cultures of Oceania (NW) (SS)

    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 (crs.)

    Peasant and Contemporary Cultures of Latin America (SS)

    A description and analysis of selected urban and rural cultures of Latin America.



    Anthropology    330

    3 (crs.)

    Culture Change in Modern Africa (NW) (SS)

    An analysis of the processes of change in contemporary sub-Saharan Africa. Prerequisite: None.



    Anthropology    332

    3 (crs.)

    Magic and Religion (SS)

    The analysis and description of religious beliefs and practices in non-literate and literate societies.



    Anthropology    336

    3 (crs.)

    Social Organization (SS)

    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.



    Anthropology    338

    3 (crs.)

    The Anthropology of Law and Politics (NW) (SS)

    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.



    Anthropology    340

    3 (crs.)

    Culture and Personality (SS)

    A review of cultural personality literature with special attention given to personality development within contemporary American subculture units.



    Anthropology    342

    3 (crs.)

    Expressive Culture

    This course will delve into the anthropological study of a broad range of expressive practices including visual art, material culture, body decoration, display events such as pageants and folk festivals, music, dance, and verbal art such as storytelling. The course will explore how through expressive practices we communicate about identity, historical consciousness, ethnicity, gender, and much more. The course will investigate how socio-cultural factors influence our definitions, practices, and meanings or art and performance. Conversely, we will explore how culture and social relations emerge out of the artistic production and performance.



    Anthropology    343

    3 (crs.)

    Masculinity Across Cultures

    By taking a cross-cultural approach with examples from all over the world, the course aims to interrogate notions of masculinity that have become naturalized in wider American society. Some of the topics of the course may include issues of men and violence, emotion, invulnerability, independence, kinship, the body, trans-sexuality, masculinity and national identity, and rites of passage. The course will examine the relationships between particular masculinities and femininities and gendered hierarchies, power, and inequality in culture and society. Implicit in all these discussions will be the relationships between men and women, definitions of masculinity and femininity, gender, gender roles and expectations, and how factors of race, class, and gender shape definitions and expressions of masculinity. Cross-listed: Anthropology 343/Women's and Gender Studies 343. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses.



    Anthropology    344

    3 (crs.)

    Kinship, Gender and Sexuality (SS)

    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 and Gender Studies 344.  Students may receive credit for only one of the cross-listed courses.



    Anthropology    348

    3 (crs.)

    Economy, Nature, and Culture (SS)

    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.



    Anthropology    350

    3 (crs.)

    Ethnographic Methods (SS)

    This course centers on ethnographic research methods that are fundamental to Cultural Anthropology. Drawing on a collaborative approach with a community partner, the course stresses empowering research participants, addressing the ethical issues of research, interrogating the positionality of the researcher, and building equitable relationships with research participants. The students will be engaged in research practices such as participant-observation, informal interviews, focus groups, and life histories. The course explores Social Justice issues, especially the intersectionality of various factors, race, class, gender, sexual orientation, age, and more, in the everyday lives of individuals. Prerequisite: Anthro 204 or Social Justice 101 or consent of instructor.



    Anthropology    352

    3 (crs.)

    Old World Archaeology (SS)

    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. Prerequisites: Introduction to Archaeology (Anthropology 250) or consent of instructor.



    Anthropology    354

    3 (crs.)

    Archaeology of North America (SS)

    A survey of prehistory in the New World from the earliest migrations to Colombian times, with special emphasis on North America. Prerequisites: Introduction to Archaeology or consent of instructor.



    Anthropology    355

    3 (crs.)

    Wisconsin Archaeology

    This course is a survey of the archaeological records of Wisconsin, starting with the earliest documented inhabitants just before the end of the Pleistocene and proceeding chronologically to recent times.  While the overwhelming majority of the course will focus on the archaeological record of prehistoric and historic Native Americans, Euroamerican and African-American archaeology is also included.  Prerequisites: Introduction to Archaeology (Anthropology 250) or consent of instructor.



    Anthropology    356

    3 (crs.)

    Preindustrial Technology (SS)

    Analysis of material culture of primitive people, historical development and distribution; techniques and methods of manufacture; use and function within society. Prerequisites: Introduction to Archaeology or consent of instructor.



    Anthropology    358

    3 (crs.)

    Archaeological Theory (SS)

    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. Prerequisites: Introduction to Archaeology (Anthropology 250) or consent of instructor.



    Anthropology    359

    3 (crs.)

    Fantastic Archaeology

    Fantastic Archaeology describes those claims and interpretations about the archaeological record that are outside the orthodox mainstream of the scholarly and professional world of archaeology. This can range from the new, and as yet untested and unaccepted theories that may eventually be the orthodox interpretations in the future to the outrageous that can be easily refuted with a careful and rigorous evaluation of the data. The entire range of competing, non-orthodox interpretations of the archaeological record are considered in this course.

    Prerequisites: Introduction to Archaeology (Anthropology 250) or consent of instructor.



    Anthropology    360

    3 (crs.)

    Mesoamerican Culture (NW) (SS)

    Comparative study of cultural development in ancient Mexico and Central America from pre-Columbian to modern times. Prerequisite: None.



    Anthropology    362

    1 - 8 (crs.)

    Field Work in Archaeology (SS)

    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 250 or consent of instructor.



    Anthropology    363

    3 (crs.)

    Archaeological Analysis (SS)

    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. Prerequisites: Introduction to Archaeology (Anthropology 250) or Theory and Method of Archaeology (Anthropology 358) or consent of instructor.  (2+2)



    Anthropology    364

    3 (crs.)

    Cross-Cultural Approaches to Mental Illness (SS)

    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. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.



    Anthropology    366

    3 (crs.)

    The Evolution of Human Language

    This course introduces students to the interdisciplinary study of the nature and emergence of human language, "the most human thing about being human". We will examine the cognitive, neurological and genetic underpinnings of language, and evidence for its biological innateness in human beings. We will investigate the key characteristics of human language and their possible basis in the abilities of other animals, focusing particularly on language studies with the great apes. We also will examine the fossil and archaeological record of human evolution for anatomical and cultural clues as to when and why language might have evolved. Finally, we will discuss how the first language(s) might have morphed into the over six thousand languages spoken by human beings today.



    Anthropology    368

    3 (crs.)

    Human Dimensions of Wildlife Conservation

    This course focuses on the most central issue in the conservation of wildlife: people. This course will integrate perspectives from conservation biology and environmental anthropology, focusing particularly on the interaction between humans and the environment and how this influences the effectiveness and appropriateness of measures taken to preserve biodiversity. The course includes a discussion of perspectives on the value of biodiversity; a careful exploration of human-generated threats to biodiversity, including habitat destruction, overhunting, the wildlife trade, invasive species, and global warming; and an extensive overview and critique of conservation solutions, such as the creation of protected areas, community-based conservation, ecotourism, economic incentives programs, debt-for-nature swaps, and more. The effects of globalization on international conservation will be an integral part of this discussion. Cross-listed: Anthropology368/Environmental Studies 368. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses.



    Anthropology    372

    3 (crs.)

    Primate Behavior and Ecology

    This course is designed to introduce students to our closest living relatives, the nonhuman primates (monkeys, apes, and prosimians). The course will focus on primate diversity and characteristics, ecology, social behavior, communication, cognition, and conservation. We will also discuss the relevance of primate studies to understanding human evolution. This course will involve at least one field trip to the Milwaukee zoo. Cross-listed: Anthropology 372/Environmental Studies 372. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses.



    Anthropology    374

    3 (crs.)

    Human Osteology

    This course focuses on the human skeleton and the data it provides forensic anthropologists, paleoanthropologists, and archaeologists. Skeletal and dental anatomy is covered in detail, with special attention given to anthropologically important aspects of specific bones and teeth. Students will also learn how to recover bone from forensic and archaeological contexts, recognize bone fragments, estimate age-at-death, sex and biological affinity from skeletal elements, diagnose bone pathologies, collect metric data, and identify trauma. The information covered in this course is the foundation for future studies in bioarchaeology, paleoanthropology, and forensic anthropology. Prerequisite: Anthropology 202 or consent of instructor.



    Anthropology    376

    3 (crs.)

    Culture Change (SS)

    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: None.



    Anthropology    377

    3 (crs.)

    Forensic Anthropology

    In this course students will be introduced to the methods and analytical techniques of forensic anthropology. The topics covered will include the stages of soft tissue decomposition, estimation of the post-mortem interval, forensic entomology, using skeletal elements to estimate demographic information, forensic odontology, skeletal trauma, and determining the cause of death. Additionally, Students will analyze simulated forensic cases using real human skeletons and learn to construct case reports for law enforcement agencies. Prerequisites: Anthropology 202 or Anthropology 374, or consent of instructor.



    Anthropology    378

    3 (crs.)

    Human Evolution (SS)

    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    380

    3 (crs.)


    "Globalization" has become an all-encompassing term for describing a series of processes which are reshaping the society, economy, politics, culture and environment of the planet.  This course will introduce some of the main, often competing perspectives on globalization.  Through intensive readings and discussion, we will try to understand the ways in which the local and the global are increasingly intertwined, and to assess both the risks and the promises of the global society that lies ahead.  Cross-listed: Environmental Studies 380/Anthropology 380.  Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses.



    Anthropology    382

    3 (crs.)

    Food: A Bio-cultural, Socioeconomic Examination

    The fundamental question guides an exploration of the relation between food and people: biologically, economically, socially, and culturally. The course critically examines the "unnatural" current state of food and its impact on humans and the environment. The course also provides practical knowledge of food, food production, and nutrition with which students can make informed decisions about their food.



    Anthropology    384

    3 (crs.)

    Urban Anthropology (SS)

    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    386

    3 (crs.)

    Ethnography of Communication

    This course emphasizes the dual functionality of the ethnography of communication, approaching EOC as both a theory for explaining human communication and a method for generating and collecting situated cultural discourses. Students will read, discuss, and critique ethnographic accounts that theorize the uses and meanings of various communicative phenomena (terms for address, leave-taking practices, and "ways of speaking"). Students will also put into practice techniques for apprehending and analyzing communication phenomena (participant observation, interviewing, and collection of public documents). Prerequisite: COMM 104 and COMM 213 or COMM 214 or corequisite COMM 368 or ANTHRO 204 or instructor consent.



    Anthropology    392

    1 - 4 (crs.)

    Museum Techniques (SS)

    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    394

    1 - 6 (crs.)

    Field Experience

    This is a field research course. Students are given the opportunity to travel to a field site(s), collect data, and consider theoretical conclusions. This course is field based and requires travel. It may be taken or repeated for up to six credits. Prerequisites: consent of instructor.



    Anthropology    446

    1 - 3 (crs.)

    Independent Study (SS)

    See Independent Study under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements.



    Anthropology    456

    1 - 3 (crs.)

    Related Readings (SS)

    See Related Readings under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements.



    Anthropology    474

    3 - 6 (crs.)

    Honors Thesis

    Honors thesis projects include any advanced independent endeavor in the student's major field of study, e.g. a written thesis, scientific experiment or research project, or creative arts exhibit or production. Proposals must show clear promise of honors level work and be approved by a faculty sponsor. Course title for transcript will be Honors Thesis. Completed projects will be announced and presented to interested students and faculty. Prerequisite: The Honors College and junior standing. Maximum of 6 units (crs.).



    Anthropology    494

    3 (crs.)

    History of Anthropological Thought (SS)

    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. Prerequisites: Physical Anthropology 202, Cultural Anthropology 232, Intro Archaeology 250, Language and Culture 274; and junior standing or consent of instructor.

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