Undergraduate Catalog, 2009-2011

Anthropology

 

Faculty

M. A. Park, Chair; A. E. Adams, K. L. Feder, D. A. Kideckel, W. Perry, E. N. Phillips (Dept. phone: 860-832-2610, 2611, or 2966)


Department Overview

Anthropology means "the study of people." It assumes that generalizing about human life takes an integrated study of human biology and culture, past and present, and simple and complex lifeways. Anthropology is comprised of four sub-fields. Cultural anthropology describes and explains variation in human cultural and social types. Biological anthropology explains the physical nature and development of humankind. Archaeology considers past human life and how societies grow, change, and become extinct. Linguistics examines human communication processes.

The anthropology major at the University provides students with a broad social and behavioral science background and prepares the student for a range of careers, from public service to marketing and international management. The department also offers minors in cultural anthropology, archaeology, practicing anthropology, and biological anthropology. These programs give the student a holistic and cross-cultural perspective to complement most majors.

The Department of Anthropology has a number of special programs and resources. An annual summer archaeological field school provides experience in archaeological excavation and analysis. The microfiche and on-line human relations area files in the Burritt Library Serials department is an easy-to-use system for cross-cultural research. There is also an extensive collection of human skeletal materials and fossil casts for education in biological anthropology. Extensive internship opportunities and summer field schools in cultural anthropology are also available.

 

Programs

Major in Anthropology, BA (39 credits)

ANTH 150 Introduction to Archaeology 3
ANTH 160 Introduction to Biological Anthropology 3
ANTH 170 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3
ANTH 335 Theories of Human Evolution and Behavior 3
ANTH 340 Theories of Culture 3
ANTH 374 Field Research Methods 3
ANTH 375 Anthropological Data Analysis 3
ANTH 490 Senior Thesis 3

 

and 3 credits from the following:

ANTH 401 City Life and Culture 3
ANTH 416 Archaeology of Africa 3
ANTH 418 New England Prehistory 3
ANTH 420 African Diaspora Archaeology 3
ANTH 422 Native Americans 3
ANTH 424 Peoples and Cultures of Africa 3
ANTH 426 People and Cultures of Eastern Europe 3
ANTH 428 Cultures of Latin America 3

 

and one course from the following:

ANTH 433 Independent Study in Anthropology 1-3
ANTH 437 Internship in Anthropology 3
ANTH 451 Field School in Cultural Anthropology 3-6

 

and 9 credits from elective courses in anthropology, with all of the electives at the 300 level or higher. A minor is required for this major.

 

Minor in Anthropology (18 credits)

ANTH 140  Introduction to Anthropology 3

and 15 credits in anthropology. Individual programs will differ according to the particular needs of the student and must be developed jointly with the student's advisor.

 

Minor in Archaeology (24 credits)

ANTH 150 Introduction to Archaeology 3
ANTH 215 Before History 3
ANTH 324 Archaeology of the State 3
ANTH 450 Archaeological Field School 3-6

 

and 12 credits from the following:

ANTH 210 The Ancient World 3
ANTH 230 North American Prehistory 3
ANTH 322 Historical Archaeology 3
ANTH 323 Urban Archaeology 3
ANTH 329 Experimental Archaeology 3
ANTH 416 Archaeology of Africa 3
ANTH 418 New England Prehistory 3
ANTH 420 African Diaspora Archaeology 3

 

For students majoring in anthropology, 6 credits of this minor may be applied to the major.

 

Minor in Biological Anthropology (18 credits)

ANTH 160 Introduction to Biological Anthropology 3
ANTH 245 Laboratory in Biological Anthropology 3
ANTH 335 Theories of Human Evolution and Behavior 3
ANTH 365 The Anthropology of Human Differences 3
ANTH 425  Human Ecology 3
Minor-related elective 3

For students majoring in anthropology, 3 credits of this minor may be applied to the major.

 

Minor in Cross-Cultural Analysis (18 credits)

ANTH 170 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3
ANTH 200 Dimensions of Diversity and Inequality 3
ANTH 340 Theories of Culture 3

 

and 6 credits from the following:

ANTH 352 Ethnicity and Ethnic Identity 3
ANTH 422 Native Americans 3
ANTH 424 Peoples and Cultures of Africa 3
ANTH 426 People and Cultures of Eastern Europe 3
ANTH 428 Cultures of Latin America 3
ANTH 475 Topics in Anthropology 3

and, if devoted to a specific world area, one additional course approved by an advisor

 

For students also majoring in anthropology, 3 credits of this minor may be applied to the major.

 

Minor in Practicing Anthropology (18 credits)

ANTH 170 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3
ANTH 200 Dimensions of Diversity and Inequality 3
ANTH 270 Applying Anthropology 3
ANTH 374 Field Research Methods 3
ANTH 401 City Life and Culture 3
ANTH 437 Internship in Anthropology 3

For students majoring in anthropology, 3 credits of this minor may be applied to the major.



CLICK HERE FOR COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

 

 


powered by finalsite