Anthropology (ANTH)

Courses numbered 100 to 299 = lower-division; 300 to 499 = upper-division; 500 to 799 = undergraduate/graduate.

ANTH 100.  Modern America: Understanding Diversity   3 credit hours

General education introductory course. Introduces the concept of culture and its role in shaping and patterning human behavior. Students learn to apply tools and methods of anthropology in studying the culture of the United States. The concept of diversity is examined in order to understand multiculturalism in both the campus experience and as an important concept for functioning in a global community. Course includes diversity content.

ANTH 101.  Biological Anthropology   3 credit hours

General education introductory course. Provides an introduction to the understanding of biological evolution and behavioral development of humans. Introduces the history and basic concepts of biological/evolutionary thought, genetics and cell biology, human origins, ecology and culture, along with the types of data and modes of analysis currently used in biological anthropology. Formulates explanations of physical and cultural developments of human and nonhuman primates in the last 70 million years. Explores patterns of human variation in biological and behavioral traits among present-day populations and discusses current issues (e.g., the social and biological meaning of variations). Course includes diversity content.

ANTH 102.  Cultural Anthropology   3 credit hours

General education introductory course. The meaning of culture, its significance for human beings and its diverse forms among peoples of the world, past and present. Course includes diversity content.

ANTH 103.  Introduction to Archaeology   3 credit hours

General education introductory course. Introduces the philosophy, theory, tools and techniques of the practicing archaeologist. Illustrates the role of archaeology in understanding cultural change through time, and explains how archaeological method draws on natural sciences and humanities to demonstrate how students learn about past cultures from the material they left behind.

ANTH 106.  Biological Anthropology Lab   1 credit hour

Students collect and analyze data while learning to apply current techniques to the study of human and/or nonhuman primate skeletal, dental and biological specimens. Pre- or corequisite: ANTH 101.

ANTH 107.  Cultural Anthropology Laboratory   1 credit hour

Students participate in organizing, collecting and analyzing data derived from cultural anthropological investigations. Pre- or corequisite: ANTH 102.

ANTH 150.  Workshop in Anthropology   1-3 credit hours

Provides specialized instruction using a variable format in an anthropologically relevant subject. Repeatable for credit.

ANTH 165.  The Blues: Arts and Culture   3 credit hours

The blues is a uniquely American musical form that has made an immense contribution to world popular culture. The history of the blues is also the history of Black America from the late 19th century to the present day. Focuses on major blues artists, both rural and urban, to trace the history and development of the blues as a folk art form that expresses both the joy and the despair of the people who created it.

ANTH 200.  Intercultural Relations   3 credit hours

General education advanced further study course. Examines anthropological perspectives on the contact of individuals and societies which have different cultural histories. Examples are drawn widely from varied contemporary contexts: family life, international business, health and health care, the movement of populations, education in formal and informal contexts, and cultural strategies for survival in the global village. Course includes diversity content.

ANTH 303.  World Cultures   3 credit hours

General education advanced further study course. Comparative case studies of the cultures of existing societies of varying types, including nonliterate peoples, Third World nations and modern industrialized countries. Course includes diversity content.

ANTH 305.  World Archaeology   3 credit hours

General education advanced further study course. Introduces the basic concepts, methods, techniques and modes of analysis of scientific archaeology. These are applied to a series of problems of increasing complexity: the emergence of human culture, the development of domestic plants and animals, and the evolution of cities and complex societies.

ANTH 307.  Peoples of Africa   3 credit hours

General education advanced further study course. Describes and analyzes the culture areas of Africa south of the Sahara Desert from ethnohistoric and ethnographic sources. Course includes diversity content.

ANTH 312.  Asia Pacific Cultures   3 credit hours

General education advanced further study course. Studies the cultures and nations in Eastern Asia bordering the Pacific Ocean, focusing on historical background, cultural beliefs and practices, and the distinctive patterns of each. Course includes diversity content.

ANTH 318.  Psychological Anthropology   3 credit hours

General education advanced further study course. The relationship of individual psychology (personality, emotion, cognition), both normal and abnormal, to group membership and cultural context.

ANTH 327.  Magic, Witchcraft and Religion   3 credit hours

General education advanced further study course. Cross-listed as REL 327. An examination of various concepts concerning the realm of the supernatural as held by various peoples around the world. Relates such religious beliefs and the resultant practices to the larger patterns of cultural beliefs and behaviors. Course includes diversity content.

ANTH 335.  Archaeology of North America   3 credit hours

General education advanced further study course. A survey of the prehistoric cultures of North America north of Mexico from the earliest peopling of the continent to the time of European colonization.

ANTH 344.  Ecological Anthropology   3 credit hours

General education advanced further study course. Investigates the relationships of people both to their physical and sociocultural environments, including the effects of these relationships on economic activities, social organizations, and beliefs and behaviors emphasizing the evolutionary development of survival strategies.

ANTH 351.  Linguistics and Foreign Languages   3 credit hours

Cross-listed as MCLL 351 and LING 351. Introduces general linguistic principles with an emphasis on foreign languages. Covers areas of linguistic structure (e.g. phonetics, phonology, morphology and syntax), as well as social aspects of language (pragmatics, language variation, language contact, language endangerment, and the relationship between language and identity). Prerequisite: LING 151 or any third-semester foreign language course.

ANTH 352.  Anthropological Linguistics   3 credit hours

General education advanced further study course. Provides a learning experience engaging students in a more refined understanding of the linguistic dimensions of human culture through the exploration of the most important methods and theories in linguistics. Students are engaged in case studies taken from various social and cultural contexts. Covers basic elements of the study of various aspects of language including phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics. Prerequisite: ANTH 102 or a social sciences or humanities introductory course, or instructor's consent.

ANTH 356.  Human Variability and Adaptation   3 credit hours

General education advanced further study course. A critical examination of the biological aspects of contemporary human variation, stressing human adaptations. Course includes diversity content. Prerequisite: ANTH 101 or BIOL 210 or equivalent.

ANTH 361.  Law, Politics and Society   3 credit hours

Studies legal and political systems in non-Western societies. Includes the origin of the state, precolonial law and politics, the impact of colonialism, and problems in state building.

ANTH 370.  Uncovering Race and Class in the American Past   3 credit hours

General education advanced further study course. Survey of the history and experience of ethnic groups in the United States through the study of material remains. Attention is focused on the presentation and/or exclusion of ethnic groups in depictions of American history and the birth of ethnic groups in the American context.

ANTH 388.  Cognitive Anthropology   3 credit hours

General education advanced further study course. Concentrates on a trans-cultural comparison of the cognitive constructions of life-space, social reality and world view in foraging, agricultural and industrial societies focusing on the socioculturally conditioned aspects of intellectual functioning and perceptually based behavior.

ANTH 397.  Topics In Anthropology   3 credit hours

Studies current issues in anthropology. Content varies with interests of instructor. Consult current Schedule of Courses for topics.

ANTH 397AJ.  Introduction to Human Osteology   2 credit hours

Course introduces the student to the human skeleton, including basic recognition and identification of skeletal elements, sex and size estimation. Taught in a lab setting giving students access to a hands-on experience working with the human skeleton. Students learn how to complete a skeletal inventory and write a technical report documenting the contents of the skeletal materials assigned to them.

ANTH 398.  Travel Seminar   1-4 credit hours

An interdisciplinary travel seminar that allows a student to gain credit for the study of one of the following: culture, art, literature, architecture, politics, society, science and economics while visiting historic places of interest. Uses the archaeological, biological, linguistic and sociocultural perspectives to better understand overseas cultures. Prerequisite: departmental consent.

ANTH 481.  Cooperative Education in Anthropology   1-4 credit hours

Provides practical experience that complements the student's academic program. Consultation with, and approval by, an appropriate faculty sponsor are necessary. Graded Cr/NCr.

ANTH 481N.  Internship   1-3 credit hours

Complements and enhances the student's academic program by providing an opportunity to apply and acquire knowledge in a workplace environment as an intern. Graded Cr/NCr. Prerequisite: departmental consent.

ANTH 498.  Readings In Anthropology   1-3 credit hours

Repeatable up to 6 hours. Special problems in anthropology. Prerequisite: 12 hours of anthropology.

ANTH 502.  Introduction to Archaeological Laboratory Techniques   1-3 credit hours

Introduction to the laboratory processing of archaeology materials. Direct experience in all phases of preparing excavated materials for analysis, including cleaning, restoring, preserving, numbering and cataloging ceramic and lithic artifacts and other remains. Repeatable to a maximum of 3 credit hours. Prerequisite: ANTH 305.

ANTH 506.  Peoples of the Pacific   3 credit hours

General education advanced further study course. A survey of the populations, languages and cultures of nonliterate peoples of Polynesia, Micronesia and Indonesia. Course includes diversity content.

ANTH 508.  Ancient Civilizations of the Americas   3 credit hours

General education advanced further study course. A cultural survey of the Aztec, Maya and Inca. Prerequisite: instructor's consent.

ANTH 509.  Cultures of Ancient Mexico   3 credit hours

Archaeological and ethnohistoric survey of the numerous civilizations of ancient Mexico from earliest inhabitants to the period of the Spanish invasion. The cultures covered include Olmec, Teotihuacan, Zapotec and Aztec. Explores the environmental, social and political conditions that led to the rise and fall of societies across Mexico. Prerequisite: ANTH 103.

ANTH 510.  Archeology of the Ancient Maya   3 credit hours

Development of the tropical Lowland Maya civilization in Mesoamerica from the origins of agriculture through the Spanish Conquest. Topics include the rise of divine kingship, the Maya calendar and hieroglyphic writing, interstate conflict and warfare, and Maya religion. Explores archaeological, ethno-historical and linguistic data and accounts. Prerequisite: ANTH 103.

ANTH 511.  The Indians of North America   3 credit hours

General education advanced further study course. A survey of tribal societies and native confederations north of Mexico from the protohistoric through the historic period. Course includes diversity content. Prerequisite: ANTH 102.

ANTH 515.  China   3 credit hours

General education advanced further study course. An introduction to the people of China and aspects of their culture: economy, government, society, religion and the arts. Historical attention on the many adjustments the Chinese made during the 20th century following political revolutions, industrialization and expanding trade relations. Course includes diversity content.

ANTH 516.  Japan: People and Culture   3 credit hours

General education advanced further study course. An introduction to the culture of Japan including its history and prehistory, aspects of traditional culture, and 20th century Japan, its economy, politics and social organization. Course includes diversity content.

ANTH 517.  Anthropology of Islam   3 credit hours

Designed to enhance undergraduate and graduate studies in the diversity of Islamic traditions as they are practiced in various geographic areas and social settings around the world. Covers some of the most prominent theoretical approaches in social and cultural anthropology, which are scrutinized by in-depth ethnographic accounts of Islamic practices in various sociopolitical contexts. Course includes diversity content. Prerequisite: ANTH 102.

ANTH 519.  Applied Anthropology   3 credit hours

The application of anthropological knowledge in the solution of social problems in industry, public health and public administration. Prerequisite: ANTH 102.

ANTH 522.  Art and Culture   3 credit hours

General education advanced further study course. A survey of the visual and performing arts of non-Western peoples with special attention to their relationships in the cultural setting. Course includes diversity content. Prerequisite: ANTH 102.

ANTH 526.  Social Organization   3 credit hours

A survey of the varieties of social organization among peoples throughout the world. Deals with family systems, kinship, residence patterns; and lineage, clan and tribal organizations. Course includes diversity content. Prerequisite: 6 hours of anthropology.

ANTH 528.  Medical Anthropology   3 credit hours

General education advanced further study course. Studies the health and behaviors of various human societies, especially in, but not limited to, those outside the Western scientific tradition. Covers attitudes toward the etiology of disease, the techniques of healing, the use of curative drugs and other agents, the roles of healers and therapists, and the attitudes of the community toward the ill. A library or field research project is required. Prerequisite: 3 hours of nursing or 3 hours of anthropology or instructor's consent.

ANTH 538.  Early Man in the New World   3 credit hours

A critical examination of facts and theories concerning early man in the New World from the peopling of the continent to the beginning of the Archaic Tradition, and of the role of cultural contacts between Eastern Asia and North America. Prerequisite: ANTH 305.

ANTH 540.  The Indians of the United States: Conquest and Survival   3 credit hours

An anthropological inquiry into four centuries of cultural contact, conflict, resistance and renascence. Prerequisite: ANTH 102 or instructor's consent.

ANTH 542.  Women in Other Cultures   3 credit hours

Cross-listed as WOMS 542. Deals with the place of women in primitive and other non-Western societies, in various aspects of culture: political, economic, social, religious, domestic, intellectual, psychological and aesthetic. Compares and contrasts societies in order to see how different kinds of roles for women are related to different kinds of societies. Course includes diversity content.

ANTH 555.  Paleoanthropology and Human Paleontology   3 credit hours

General education advanced further study course. A detailed examination of human evolutionary history as evidenced by fossil remains and a survey of various interpretive explanations of the fossil record. Prerequisite: ANTH 101 or BIOL 210 or equivalent.

ANTH 557.  Human Osteology   3 credit hours

Deals with human skeletal and dental materials, with applications to both physical anthropology and archaeology. Lecture and extensive laboratory sessions; includes bone and tooth identifications, measurement and analysis, and skeletal preservation and reconstruction. Individual projects are undertaken. Prerequisite: ANTH 101 or equivalent.

ANTH 562.  Introduction to GIS   3 credit hours

A skills and techniques course that introduces elementary concepts and tools of geographic information systems and the particular tools available in the program ArcGIS Desktop. Application of GIS tools and concepts to data analysis and interpretation, to behavioral pattern interpretation, and management decisions in using the data available from the WSU City Archeologist program and from the Sedgwick County GIS department are emphasized.

ANTH 597.  Topics In Anthropology   3 credit hours

Detailed study of topics in anthropology. Content varies with interest of instructor. Consult Schedule of Courses for current topic.

ANTH 597AF.  The Preservation of Artifacts in Relation to Exhibition   3 credit hours

Explores preservation techniques for artifacts on exhibit and the preparation of artifacts to go on exhibit. Techniques include general conservation, lighting and temperature. Students work independently on a project and work with artifacts to prepare for exhibit.

ANTH 600.  Forensic Anthropology   3 credit hours

Cross-listed as CJ 600. Encompasses the area of criminal investigation involving biological evidence: blood, hair, fingerprint, dentition and skeletal system. Covers procedures of collection, preservation, marking, transportation, referral, laboratory analysis, classification and identification emphasizing anthropological interpretation. Prerequisite: ANTH 101 or equivalent.

ANTH 602.  Archaeological Laboratory Analysis   1-3 credit hours

Students analyze archaeological materials, including ceramic, lithic, faunal and vegetal remains according to accepted methods. Students learn to apply standard methods of identification and modes of interpretation to the materials to produce an acceptable archaeological report. Prerequisites: ANTH 502 and instructor's consent.

ANTH 606.  Museum Methods   3 credit hours

An introduction to museum techniques relating to the acquisition of collections and related procedures, such as accessioning, cataloging, documentation, presentation and storage. Emphasizes current trends in museological philosophy concerning purpose, function and relevance of museums, as well as career opportunities. Prerequisite: instructor's consent.

ANTH 607.  Museum Exhibition   3 credit hours

Contemporary philosophy of exhibition design and the application of recent concepts to the planning and installation of an exhibit. Prerequisite: ANTH 606 or instructor's consent.

ANTH 609.  Biological Anthropology Laboratory Analysis   1-3 credit hours

Analyzes biological anthropology materials including human and nonhuman skeletal material of both forensic contemporary or prehistoric origin according to standardized methods for recording and collecting data in biological anthropology. Learn methods of identification, analysis and interpretation and prepare a standard technical report. Repeatable up to 6 credit hours. Prerequisites: ANTH 101, 106, 356 or 557.

ANTH 611.  Southwestern Archaeology   3 credit hours

General education advanced further study course. A comprehensive survey of the prehistoric, historic and living cultures of the American Southwest particularly emphasizing the cultural continuities and changes covering 11,000 years. Prerequisite: one introductory course in anthropology or departmental consent.

ANTH 612.  Indians of the Great Plains   3 credit hours

An investigation of the cultural dynamics of the Great Plains area from the protohistoric period to the present. Course includes diversity content. Prerequisites: 6 hours of anthropology and departmental consent.

ANTH 613.  Archaeology of the Great Plains   3 credit hours

General education advanced further study course. The archaeology of the Great Plains area from earliest evidence to the historic period. Prerequisite: one introductory course in anthropology or departmental consent.

ANTH 647.  Theories of Culture   3 credit hours

A survey of the main theoretical movements in cultural anthropology, including both historical and contemporary schools of thought. Prerequisite: 6 hours of anthropology.

ANTH 651.  Language & Culture   3 credit hours

Cross-listed as LING 651 and MCLL 651. An introduction to the major themes in the interactions of language and society, and language and culture, including ethnography of communication, linguistic relativity and determinism; types of language contact, the linguistic repertoire, and cross-cultural discourse analysis. Content may vary with instructor. Prerequisite: 3 hours of linguistics or MCLL 351 or 6 hours of anthropology.

ANTH 662.  Topics in Spatial Analysis   3 credit hours

Explores ways, means, techniques and methods to analyze geospatial data. Geographic analysis with GIS can identify patterns, relationships and trends that lead to better decision making. The class begins with six of the most common geographic analysis tasks: mapping where things are, mapping the most and least, mapping density, finding a boundary and what is inside the boundary, finding what is nearby, and mapping what has changed. The second half of the class covers analytical topics that range from identifying patterns and clusters, to analyzing geographic relationships. Prerequisites: grade of C or better in the elementary GIS course or instructor's consent. Knowledge of the Microsoft Windows operating system and Microsoft Office software suite is also a must.

ANTH 680.  CRM Archaeology   3 credit hours

A review of the major federal and selected state laws and regulations affecting the practice of archaeology and anthropology in the area of Cultural Resources Management and historic preservation in the United States. Discussion focuses on the public concern with historic and cultural resources and archaeology, balancing research and planning needs, and interaction between clients and agencies.

ANTH 690.  Field Methods in Anthropology   1-8 credit hours

Instructs the student in archaeological and ethnological field methods through actual participation in a field research program. The project depends upon the specific summer session and varies from year to year. A maximum of 6 credit hours can be counted toward either the BA or MA degree in anthropology. Prerequisite: instructor's consent.

ANTH 736.  Advanced Studies in Archaeology and Ethnohistory   3 credit hours

Special area and theory problems in a historical approach to culture. Prerequisites: graduate standing and 6 hours of anthropology.

ANTH 746.  Advanced Studies in Cultural Anthropology   3 credit hours

Entails an in-depth coverage of selected topics in cultural anthropology, including social structure, economic and political organization, religion, personality, arts and knowledge systems, and current research methods. Prerequisites: graduate standing and 6 hours of anthropology, including ANTH 647 or equivalent as determined by the graduate coordinator.

ANTH 750.  Workshop   1-4 credit hours

Short-term courses focusing on anthropological problems. Prerequisite: instructor's consent.

ANTH 756.  Advanced Studies in Biological Anthropology   1-3 credit hours

In-depth coverage of selected topics in biological anthropology, including the history of evolutionary thought, human variation, growth and development, population dynamics, paleoanthropology and primatology. Focuses on current issues, method and theory in biological anthropology. Prerequisites: graduate standing and 6 hours of anthropology (must include ANTH 101 or instructor's consent).

ANTH 770.  Advanced Readings   1-3 credit hours

Provides opportunities for additional student research and reading on concepts and topics covered in the core graduate courses, ANTH 736, Advanced Studies in Archeology and Ethnohistory; ANTH 746, Advanced Studies in Cultural Anthropology; and ANTH 756, Advanced Studies in Biological Anthropology. Repeatable up to 6 hours. Prerequisites: full graduate standing, completion of one core course (ANTH 736, 746 or 756), departmental consent.

ANTH 781.  Cooperative Education   1-4 credit hours

Provides practical experience that complements the student's academic program. Requires consultation with, and approval by, an appropriate faculty sponsor. May not be used to satisfy degree requirements. Repeatable for credit. Graded Cr/NCr. Prerequisite: graduate status.

ANTH 798.  Introduction to Research   3 credit hours

Research methodology in anthropology, including bibliography, research design and the philosophy of research. Prerequisites: full graduate standing and completion of at least one of the following core courses: ANTH 736, 746, or 756.