Anthropology

Courses

The following is a list of courses offered in this program at Western. The official University Catalog contains more detailed and specific information about degree requirements for this major.

 ANTH 107 - INTRO GENERL ANTHROPOLOGY GSS3 (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 107 - INTRO TO GENERAL ANTHRO GSS3 (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 218 - PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY W LAB (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 W LAB (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 W LAB (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 STAT (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 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 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 369 - ANTHROPOLOGY FIELD TRIP (1 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 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 life-styles 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 469 - ARCHAEOLOGY FIELD SCHOOL ADV (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 469 - ARCHAEOLOGY FIELD SCHOOL BELIZ (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 469 - ST: 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.

Anthropology is the study of human behavior. The discipline is holistic, cross-cultural and explores what it means to be human. You will consider such fascinating questions as how peoples’ behaviors change over time, how people move about the world and how the human species has evolved over millions of years.

What Will You Learn? What Skills Will You Acquire?

At Western, you will build a broad geographical and temporal perspective of human biological and cultural adaptations. This includes an understanding of cultural diversity in our own society, in our world at large and in the past.

Beyond the Classroom

Western students have multiple opportunities for field research and access to state-of-the-art technology. You are encouraged (in many required courses) to develop your own creative and relevant research projects to design, implement and present your results - giving you hands-on opportunities that at many other schools are only available to graduate students.

Your courses will incorporate such programs as the latest Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Total Station survey and mapping, and scanning electron microscopy.

One of the most extraordinary aspects of studying anthropology at Western is our access to the unique archaeology of the Gunnison Valley. Western State Colorado University has conducted field schools on the Tenderfoot Mountain Site since 1991. Tenderfoot, near the campus, is home to structures that date to the earliest Archaic and maybe to late Paleo-Indian periods, which began about 8,000 years ago. (See more about Archaeology Studies at Western.)

After Graduation

With their degrees in anthropology, Western students have continued on to graduate schools and have pursued careers in industry and government research.

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 Western Presidential Scholars Award

The Western Presidential Scholars Award is a full tuition scholarship available to Valedictorians of Colorado high schools (residents only) aimed at increasing the number of high achieving students attending Western State Colorado University.  The scholarship is renewable for eight consecutive semesters (four years) and will cover full in-state tuition charges after the COF stipend is applied.  The Western Presidential Scholars Award would replace any other merit scholarship that may have already been awarded to the student.  The Western Presidential Scholars Award is a competitive scholarship (application is required) as there are a limited number of awards available each year.  Below are some details you should know:

Minimum Criteria

  •          3.80 cumulative High School GPA 
  •          25 ACT score/1200 SAT combined score
  •          Be ranked #1 on high school transcript or certified as ‘valedictorian’ by high school official

Application Process

To apply students must submit a letter of application, one letter of recommendation, and provide verification of Valedictorian status.  Completed applications must be received by April 1st of each year.

Renewal Criteria

  •          Must enroll in and successfully complete 12 credits each semester (24 credits each year)
  •          Must maintain a 3.0 GPA at Western 

Faculty & Staff

Faculty

David M. Hyde
Lecturer in Anthropology, MGES Instructor
B.A., University of Texas at Austin; M.A., Washington State University; Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin.
Phone: (970) 943-2222
Office Location: Hurst Hall 031A
Lynn L. Sikkink
Professor of Anthropology
B.A., University of Colorado; , M.A., Ph.D., University of Minnesota.
Phone: (970) 943-2062
Office Location: Hurst Hall 31C
Mark Stiger
Professor of Anthropology
B.A., M.A., University of Colorado; Ph.D., University of New Mexico.
Phone: (970) 943-2073
Office Location: Hurst Hall 25B