Department of Sociology and Anthropology
*ANTH 195. Cultural Anthropology and Linguistics. 3 credits.
An introduction to the nature of culture and language and their relationship
to economics, politics, kinship and other social institutions in diverse
cultures. The course also provides an overview of the theories and methods
used by cultural anthropologists in the study of cultural systems. (See
note after ANTH 499.)
*ANTH 196. Physical Anthropology and Archeology. 3 credits.
Introduction to the concepts, methods and theories of physical anthropology
and archeology. The course examines the biological and cultural origins
of humans and human societies. Practical applications of these anthropological
areas are emphasized. (See note after ANTH 499.)
*ANTH 227. World Prehistory. 3 credits.
A survey of world prehistory focusing on the transition from foraging to
agricultural and state-level societies. Included is an examination of the
origins and nature of both Old and New World civilizations.
ANTH/SOCI 236. Race and Ethnic Relations. 3 credits.
Comparative study of the causes and consequences of racial and ethnic inequality
in the United States and around the world. Black/white relations in the
United States and South Africa, native American rights and other ethnic
and racial issues are discussed.
ANTH 284. Introduction to Folklore. 3 credits.
A survey of the field of folklore including narratives (myths, legends,
tales), superstitions and witchcraft, and artifacts. Investigates the history,
problems and issues of folklore.
ANTH 299. Prehistoric and Pioneer Virginia. 3 credits.
A study of the development and diversity of Indian society in Virginia,
the initial European settlement and westward expansion. Economic and social
problems of initial settlement and the interaction between European and
Indian cultures is emphasized.
ANTH 312. North American Indians. 3 credits.
A study of the nature of Indian societies occupying different environmental
areas of North America at the time of earliest historic contact. Indian
groups such as Shawnee, Mandan, Nuunamiut, Natchez, Creek, Iroquois and
Sioux will be considered.
*ANTH/SOCI 313. Processes of Social and Cultural Change. 3 credits.
Investigates the procedures through which a society operates and the manner
in which it introduces and incorporates changes. Issues considered include:
belief, innovation, directed change, coercive change, revitalization and
ANTH 315. Human Evolution. 3 credits.
An examination of the evidence for the emergence of humans and the factors
which influenced it. Includes a review of fossil and artifact evidence for
biological and cultural evolution.
ANTH 325. Aztec, Maya and Their Predecessors. 3 credits.
Survey of the Olmec, Toltec, Teotihuacan, Maya and Aztec civilizations and
the factors leading to their development, persistence and decline.
ANTH 327. North American Prehistory. 3 credits.
Studies the emergence of Native American societies prior to historic contact.
Emphasizes prehistoric developments in the eastern United States.
ANTH 335. Ethnographic Genres. 3 credits.
This course introduces students to the distinct theories and methods anthropologists
use in crafting ethnographies of different cultures, the historical context
in which ethnographies are written, and their creative and analytical merits
and drawbacks. Prerequisite: ANTH 195.
ANTH 345. Economic Anthropology. 3 credits.
Anthropological perspectives on subsistence patterns and economic organization
in non-western and western societies. A comparative perspective is used
to consider the extent to which neoclassical and political economic assumptions
based on capitalist societies are applicable to other forms of economic
organization. Prerequisite: ANTH 195.
*ANTH/SOCI/SOWK 348. Third World Societies: An Introduction. 3 credits.
This course will provide a critical examination of Third World societies
within the global system. The course will address theoretical frameworks
used to analyze Third World problems. Special attention will be given to
persistent problems in the areas of population, poverty, health care, housing
and social welfare.
*ANTH 350. Magic, Witchcraft and Religion. 3 credits.
Anthropological study of religion in society. The influence of religion
on the development of social, legal, governmental and economic aspects of
culture is emphasized.
ANTH 355. Culture and Ecology. 3 credits.
A comparative study of cultures from an ecological perspective. The course
focuses on the effects of climate, environment and population interaction
on shaping and determining human behavior. Basic ecological concepts and
theories are introduced as they relate to the study and explanation of human
*ANTH/SOCI 368. Modern American Culture. 3 credits.
Analysis of American society as reflected in popular cultural forms. Cultural
expressions such as music, literature, theater, films and sports will be
examined as they reflect the values, quality of contemporary life and social
structure of the United States.
ANTH 380. Chinese and Japanese Society and Culture. 3 credits.
An examination of the social structures of the Chinese and Japanese peasantries
from the mid-18th century to present. Emphasis is placed on local level
systems (town, village, lineage, household) in order to assess their importance
for China and Japan's different paths to modernization. Particular attention
is paid to China's "revolution" versus Japan's "evolution" and the social
and cultural factors which led to their emergence.
ANTH 382. Cultures of Appalachia. 3 credits.
An overview of the peoples, cultures and special problems of the Appalachian
ANTH 385. Peoples and Cultures of Latin America. 3 credits.
A survey of various cultures of Latin America from an anthropological perspective
through a discussion of such themes as colonialism, nationalism, ethnicity,
development, aesthetic traditions, and urban and rural resistance movements
within a historical context.
ANTH 410. The History of Anthropological Theory. 3 credits.
An examination of the historic emergence of modern anthropological theory.
The contributions of major theoreticians and schools of approach are considered.
ANTH 450. Ethnographic Methods and Analysis. 3 credits.
An introduction to ethnographic strategies, methods and analysis including
participant observation, key informant interviewing, direct and indirect
observation, field note management, scaling, decision modeling and network
analysis. Students will also gain experience with computer programs developed
by anthropologists to analyze various types of data. Prerequisite: At least
12 credit hours in anthropology, including ANTH 195 and ANTH 335.
ANTH 455. Archeology: Methods of Analysis and Interpretation. 3 credits.
A review of the nature of inquiry, recent theory and its practical implications
and applications of various methods of acquiring, analyzing and interpreting
archeological data. In addition to training in methods of analysis used
in contemporary practice, students will gain experience in archeological
report preparation. Prerequisite: ANTH 195 and 196. (Formerly ANTH 374).
ANTH 490. Special Studies in Anthropology. 3 credits.
Course offers students an opportunity to do independent study under staff
supervision. (Admission only by recommendation of the instructor and permission
of the department head.)
ANTH 494. Field Techniques in Archeology. 4-8 credits.
Laboratory course directed at teaching students the basic field techniques
and procedures of historic and prehistoric archeology. Classroom lectures
will present techniques and relevant aspects of method and theory.
ANTH 495. Special Topics in Anthropology. 3 credits (repeatable).
Examination of selected topics which are of current importance to anthropology.
(May be taken for a maximum of six hours credit toward the major.)
ANTH 499. Honors. 6 credits. Year course.
An independent research topic initiated and completed by qualified senior
majors who wish to graduate with distinction.
NOTE: ANTH 195 replaces ANTH 150 and 210. ANTH 196 replaces ANTH 213. If
you have taken ANTH 150 or 210, do not take ANTH 196. If you have taken
ANTH 213, do not take ANTH 196. If you have only taken ANTH 227, you still
need to take ANTH 196.
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