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Anthropology 1070-001: Introduction to Linguistics in Anthropology (Instructor: Professor Marianna Di Paolo)

Meets with ANTH 6500. A general introduction to the field of linguistics from an anthropological and scientific perspective as developed in the United States by anthropologists such as Franz Boas and Edward Sapir. The course introduces students to basic linguistic analysis, focusing in particular on topics of interest in linguistic anthropology including the comparison of human language and animal communication, human syntax, semantics, and the study of language change over time.

Anthropology 2300-001: Peopling of the Planet (Instructor: Professor Brian Codding)

How did humans come to occupy continents and islands across the planet? This course surveys the story of one of the worlds most successful colonizers: Homo sapiens. Course lectures detail how humans emerged as a species, left Africa to populate Europe, Asia, and Australia, eventually reaching the New World and the Pacific Islands. Course material focuses on archaeological data sets, methodologies, and theories to investigate the timing, cause and effects of these colonization events. Special attention is given to the relationships between human subsistence, population dynamics and environmental impacts on previously unoccupied lands.

Anthropology 270-001: Languages of the World (Instructor: Professor Marianna Di Paolo)

This course introduces students to the diversity of the world’s languages in their social and historic context. Provides a basic overview of modern languages and language families worldwide, with an emphasis on the dynamic relationships between languages and cultures. By the end of the course, students will have an appreciation of the diversity and distribution of the world’s languages, what factors cause one language to spread while another becomes moribund, and the importance of maintaining our linguistic diversity.

Anthropology 4183-001: Sex and Gender (Instructor: Professor Leslie Knapp)

Meets with ANTH 6183. Humans and other primates will be covered in this course. This course introduces students to an anthropological perspective on the relationship between sex, the biological attributes by which a person is perceived to be male or female, and gender or the ideals and practices associating roles, behaviors and sexualities with men or women. In this course, the students will learn genetic mechanisms of sexual differentiation and how genetic, chromosomal and hormonal factors make males masculine, females feminine, and occasionally vice versa. We will also consider how differences in male and female reproductive biology and physical appearance relate to mate choice and sexual selection.

Anthropology 4245-001: Human Migration and Social Change (Instructor: Professor Adrian Bell)

Meets with ANTH 6245. Every society in the world is currently experiencing rapid economic, social, political and technological changes in response to expanding market economies and diffusion of information. Due to the extent of contemporary migration, society is being shaped by immigrants and the children of immigrants. Migration is highly selective and the outcomes of migration are diverse. This course will enable the student to confront these issues through lectures, readings, discussions and assignments. As students learn of the cause and effects of migration in prehistory and in the contemporary, they will gain a broad understanding of human mobility as a force for social evolution.

Anthropology 4282-001: Primate Evolution (Instructor: Professor Melissa Schaefer)

Meets with ANTH 6282. This course explores the origin and evolution of the Order Primate from its origin in the Paleocene up to the diversification of modern species. Topics addressed include evolutionary theory, phylogeny and systematics, functional morphology, the reconstruction of primate behavior, and the relationship between fossil and living primates.

Anthropology 4351/5351 Anthropological Demography (Instructor: Professor Karen Kramer)

Demographic survey of anthropological populations, including population history, methods of demographic analysis of small populations, skeletal series, population structure, and biological and cultural analysis of population change, marriage, and vital events.

 A note on our numbering system:

  • 1000-level courses are intro courses, for both majors and non-majors
  • 2000-level courses are 'outreach' courses designed for non-majors, open to majors also
  • 3000-level courses are upper-division geographical area courses
  • 4000-level courses are upper-division topical courses
  • 5000-level courses are for juniors, seniors, and grad students

Both 3000 and 4000 courses are suitable for anyone who has taken an intro course in the relevant area, and many have no prerequisites at all. Please speak to the instructor if you are in doubt about your preparation.

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A note on undergraduate-graduate cross-listed courses:

Many of our 3000 and 4000-level courses are cross-listed with a 6000-level graduate course. What this means in practice is that a few (usually 1-4) graduate students will attend lectures simultaneously with the undergraduates, and have additional grad-only requirements. Lectures are taught at a level appropriate to the undergraduate numbering, and undergraduates and graduate students are always graded on a separate scale.

Last Updated: 7/12/17