Course Descriptions 2014-2015

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ANTH 107   Introduction to General Anthropology   3 credits
A general introduction to anthropology. All three sub-fields of modern anthropology: cultural anthropology (archaeology and ethnography), physical anthropology, and linguistics are covered.

ANTH 197   Special Topics   1-6 credits

ANTH 218   Physical Anthropology (with laboratory)   4 credits
An examination of biological variation in modern human populations and biological evolution of humans as shown by the fossil record. Prerequisite: ANTH 107.

ANTH 219   Archaeology (with laboratory)  4 credits
A study of the methods and theory of modern archaeology. The emphasis is on how archaeologists understand the past. A general chronology of world prehistory is presented. Prerequisite: ANTH 107.

ANTH 230   Cultural Anthropology (with laboratory)  4 credits
An exploration of ethnographic theory and methods, and a cross-cultural and comparative examination of societies studied by ethnographers. Prerequisite: ANTH 107.

ANTH 265   Anthropological Writing and Statistics  3 credits
An introduction to the skills employed in the field of anthropology, using data sets and techniques from anthropological research. Prerequisites: ANTH 107, ENG 102, and MATH 140. 

ANTH 297   Special Topics  1-6 credits

ANTH 320  Cultural Ecology  3 credits
An examination of key perspectives, theories, and methods in the study of ecological anthropology. Students learn about the use and definition of the environment by groups from different cultural backgrounds, and build a comparative perspective in so doing. The focus is on contemporary groups, but archaeological examples are used as comparison and to build time-depth in our understanding of cultural ecology. Prerequisite: ANTH 107 or instructor permission.

ANTH 322   Analysis of Material Culture (with laboratory)   4 credits
A lab course training students in analytical methods in anthropology. Students are responsible for a major project in which they carry out all phases of anthropological research, including research design, background research, hypothesis, analysis, and presentation of results. Materials studied include lithics, fauna, ceramics, and botanical remains. An excellent preparation for (or follow-up to) the Archaeological Field School. Prerequisite: ANTH 219.

ANTH 333   Archaeology of Colorado   3 credits
A detailed look at the archaeological sequences of Colorado with an emphasis on western Colorado. Time periods from Paleo-Indian to Historic are described. This course is a recommended preparatory course for the Archaeological Field School in Colorado or the Archaeological Field Trip. Prerequisite: ANTH 219.

ANTH 344   Indians of North America  3 credits
A detailed look at the native people found in North America and their relationships to each other and the non-native settlers of North America.  Several case studies are examined in depth. Prerequisite: ANTH 107 or instructor permission.

ANTH 355   Medical Anthropology  3 credits
An examination of medical systems from various cultural groups, focusing on beliefs, methods of healing, health practitioners, and medical pluralism. Prerequisite: ANTH 107.

ANTH 369   Anthropology Field Trip  1-3 credits
A field study of archaeological and ethnographic cultures in the western United States. Students camp and tour ancient sites, modern Native American towns, and anthropological museums. This course may be taken for a maximum of six credits.

ANTH 392   Independent Study in Anthropology  1-4 credits

ANTH 397   Special Topics  1-6 credits

ANTH 465   Senior Research Seminar  3 credits
A study of the history and intellectual growth of anthropology is paired with individual work on student projects, which employ theory and methods discussed in class.  Students present their work to the college community. Prerequisite: ANTH 265 and senior standing; or instructor permission.

ANTH 467   Ethnography Field School  4 credits
A field experience in cultural anthropology in which students are immersed in the culture, traditions, and lifeways of a group of people, learning methods of inquiry and anthropological perspectives through hands-on experiences. This course may be taken for a maximum of eight credits. Prerequisite: ANTH 230 or instructor permission.

ANTH 469   Archaeology Field School   4 credits
A field-experience course in which students learn and perform proper field
techniques. Some laboratory work may be involved. This course is offered during the summer session and may be taken for a maximum of eight credits. Prerequisites: ANTH 219 or instructor permission.

ANTH 497   Special Topics  1-6 credits