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ANTH210
Introduction to Medical Anthropology and Global Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
An introduction to the central concepts in medical anthropology and the anthropology of global health. This course is a survey of anthropological notions of health, disease, and the body in cross-cultural and global contexts, including classic and contemporary texts. It will provide an examination of systems of knowledge and practice with regard to illness, healing, and global health inequities.
ANTH221
Introduction to Forensic Sciences
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
Credit only granted for: ANTH298A or ANTH221.
Formerly: ANTH298A.
Provides a brief history of forensic sciences, an introduction to some of the techniques used, and a demonstration of some of the applications of forensic sciences. A survey course designed to give the student some exposure to the kinds of scientific knowledge and techniques applied to the medico-legal investigation of death and other crimes.
ANTH222
Introduction to Ecological and Evolutionary Anthropology
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: LL
GenEd: DSNL, DVUP
Credit only granted for: ANTH220 or ANTH222.
An introduction to the evolution of human physiology and human behavior, the relationship between hominid and non-hominid primates, and the study of relationships between a population of humans and their biophysical environment.
Students must pay a $40.00 materials lab fee.
ANTH240
Introduction to Archaeology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SB, D
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Exploration of the variety of past human societies and cultures through archaeology, from the emergence of anatomically modern humans to the more recent historical past.
ANTH260
Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology and Linguistics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SB, D
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Culture and social relationships in a wide variety of settings from small-scale to complex societies. An overview of how anthropology analyzes human behavior. Particular attention to the relationship between language and culture.
ANTH263
Sexuality and Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Credit only granted for: ANTH298K or ANTH263.
Formerly: ANTH298K.
An overview of sexuality from an anthropological perspective, looking at aspects of sexuality within our own culture and in cultures around the world. Course topics include the biology and culture of sex, gender, physical attraction, sexual orientation, marriage and mating taboos, fertility control, sexually transmitted diseases, and commercial aspects of sex.
ANTH264
Immigration Policy, Immigrant Lives
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP, SCIS
An examination of the phenomenon of international migration, or immigration. Students develop awareness of how immigration has been framed in the general public and examined by social science disciplines, most prominently anthropology. Examination of case studies of different immigrant groups in distinct geographic contexts will illuminate the varied incorporation experiences of immigrants into U.S. society.
Also offered as IMMR219C. Credit granted for ANTH264 or IMMR219C.
ANTH265
Anthropology of Global Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SB
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP, SCIS
An overview of the growing field of global health including health care systems, medical practices, ideas about illness in cross-cultural contexts, issues of health development, global health inequity, and human rights issues. The course will focus on the history of global health, the critique of major international health agencies and their development paradigms, and the political economy of social inequalities and health.
ANTH266
Changing Climate, Changing Cultures
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SB
GenEd: DSHS, DVCC, SCIS
Explore past, present, and future interactions between humans and climate. Discussions, methods-oriented activities, and case study analyses provide students a foundation for appreciating the role of anthropology in understanding, responding to, and preparing for climate change.
ANTH305
Archaeological Methods and Practice
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHS
Prerequisite: ANTH240, ARTH200, or CLAS180.
Also offered as: ARTH305, CLAS305.
Credit only granted for: ANTH305, ARTH305, or CLAS305.
A team-taught, interdisciplinary course discussing theories, methods, and ethical issues in the practice of archaeology.
ANTH322
Method and Theory in Ecological Anthropology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: ANTH220 or ANTH222.
Restriction: Must be in a major within the BSOS-Anthropology department.
Credit only granted for: ANTH320, ANTH322, ANTH425, or ANTH625.
A theoretical consideration of ecological anthropology, focusing on issues related to cooperation, the management of common property, resilience, and sustainability. Explores the methods of sociocultural anthropology, including ethnology, evolutionary game theory and agent-based modeling; and natural-science approaches including behavioral and systems ecology.
ANTH358A
(Perm Req)
Undergraduate Teaching Assistant; Undergraduate Teaching Assistant in Archaeology
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
ANTH358B
(Perm Req)
Undergraduate Teaching Assistant; Undergraduate Teaching Assistant in Bio-Anthropology
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
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ANTH358C
(Perm Req)
Undergraduate Teaching Assistant; Undergraduate Teaching Assistant in Cultural Anthropology
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
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ANTH360
Method and Theory in Sociocultural Anthropology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ANTH260.
Restriction: Must be in Anthropology program; or permission of BSOS-Anthropology department.
Theoretical approaches and research methods in sociocultural anthropology. Emphasis on current debates, new directions, and their historical antecedents.
ANTH380
Culture and Discourse
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contemporary discourse analysis and pragmatics applied to ethnographic research problems with particular attention to roots in recent linguistic anthropological work in ethnographic semantics and ethnography of speaking.
ANTH386
(Perm Req)
Experiential Learning
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Recommended: Completion of advanced courses in relevant subfield of anthropology recommended.
Restriction: Permission of BSOS-Anthropology department; and junior standing or higher; and must be in Anthropology program.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
ANTH398A
(Perm Req)
Independent Study; Research Problems
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
ANTH398N
Independent Study; Career Development for Anthropology Majors
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
ANTH411
Anthropology of Im/migration and Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for: ANTH411 or ANTH611.
The United Nations estimates that some 230 million people around the world are migrants who live outside their country of birth. This course focuses on these migrant populations, considering the implications of movement across borders and settlement in new societies on their health and well-being. We will investigate the social, political, and economic structures that shape disease and illness and produce differential access to health care for migrants. Within that context, we will explore the health effects of migration itself and particular health conditions from which migrants suffer. We will also examine how migrants interface with differently configured health care systems as well as strategies they and their advocates use to promote health and well-being.
ANTH412
Hypermarginality and Urban Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for: ANTH412 or ANTH612.
Using perspectives from medical and urban anthropology, we examine the phenomenon of hypermarginality--the clustering of extreme poverty, chronic disease, addiction, violence and trauma in certain social and spatial contexts, often urban. We will explore both the broader social, political, and economic structures of exclusion that produce hypermarginality, as well as the illness experiences associated with these conditions. As we consider both social suffering and the related institutional responses, we will also discuss the role of anthropological approaches in national discussions about health inequities.
ANTH414
Women's Health: Ethnographic Approaches to Reproduction and Politics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for: ANTH414 or ANTH624.
Ethnographic and cross-cultural approaches to women's health domestically and globally, with particular attention to the ways in which morality, politics, local meanings, and the state influence women's reproductive health outcomes. Gendered, ethnic, and class dimensions that underlie patterning of disease and illness will be explored, with special attention to the long-term health effects of racism, poverty, structural violence, and sexism.
ANTH415
Advanced Studies in Global Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for: ANTH415, ANTH615.
Extends understandings of diverse health conditions facing world populations today and the science being made around them. Critically examines key issues in global aid and public health, with an emphasis on the theories, concepts, and methods of anthropology.
ANTH433
Archaeology of Slavery: Classical, Caribbean and North American Contexts
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for: ANTH433 or ANTH633.
Has slavery always existed? Does it come and go? North American plantation archaeology has become one of the foundations for understanding African American culture from the 1960s. Slavery in Antiquity existed in Greece and Rome on large scales and was essential to making commercial agriculture profitable work. Slavery in the Caribbean showed Europeans how to make a profit from African bodies. Trafficking in human persons today is recorded by the U.S. State Department annually and is regarded as modern slavery. These varying contexts of slavery will be compared in an attempt to understand slavery scientifically.
Also offered as AASP498T, AMST428D, ARCH428L, ARCH628L, ANTH633, and HIST428L. Credit granted for ANTH433, ANTH633, ARCH428L, ARCH628L, AASP498T, or HIST428L.
ANTH447
Material Culture Studies in Archaeology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
Prerequisite: ANTH240.
Credit only granted for: ANTH447, ANTH448C, ANTH647, or ANTH689C.
Formerly: ANTH448C.
An in-depth introduction to the world of material culture studies with focus on the methods and theories in historical archaeology. Students will look at archaeological data as historical documents, commodities and as symbols expressing ideas.
ANTH452
Anthropology and Climate Change
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ANTH220, ANTH222, ANTH240, or ANTH260.
Credit only granted for: ANTH468C, ANTH689C, ANTH452, ANTH652.
Formerly: ANTH468C.
Human activities now influence ongoing global climatic change, and the outcome remains uncertain for communities and cultures around the world. This interaction between humans and climate provides a rich area of study for anthropologists in an interdisciplinary context. Case studies of historic and contemporary evidence will be used to understand impacts of global climate change and assess opportunities and barriers to successful responses and adaptation.
ANTH461
Language as Practice
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for: ANTH461 or ANTH468I.
Formerly: ANTH468I.
An introduction to linguistic variation and the construction of identity, relationship, and community membership through language use. The approach emphasizes language as community-based practice and examines the dynamic construction of social relations through linguistic interactions.
ANTH462
Amazon Through Film
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for: ANTH468D or ANTH462.
Formerly: ANTH468D.
An interdisciplinary course that utilizes film to consider the Amazon basin, its history, peoples, and landscapes through cinematic representations. The course places the films in the context of film history and critical theory. The course takes into consideration the Brazilian, North American, Mexican, European and Argentine creators of the films and their visions of Amazonia, as well as the audiences and markets to which the films are intended.
ANTH464
Anthropology of Cultural Heritage
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
Prerequisite: ANTH260.
Credit only granted for: ANTH469T, ANTH689T, ANTH464, ANTH664.
Formerly: ANTH469T.
A global exploration of how the past is remade in the present. Covers the breadth of scope and specific interventions of heritage practice at the global scale, including the social, political, economic, and ethical dimensions of cultural heritage.
ANTH468W
Special Topics in Cultural Anthropology; Performativity of Law and Justice
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Law is theatre, sport, and business. True stories are creatively told to select audiences and stakes are high. This class will explore the performances and performative power of courtroom trials and testimony, as well as offstage legal culture. We will examine notions of truth, evidence, reason, and justice, and will analyze examples from both the everyday and the sensational.
ANTH476
(Perm Req)
Senior Research
Credits: 3 - 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in Anthropology program.
Credit only granted for: ANTH476 or ANTH486.
Capstone course in which students pursue independent research into a current problem in anthropology, selected with assistance of a committee of faculty. Research leads to the writing of a senior thesis in anthropology.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
ANTH477
(Perm Req)
Credits: 3 - 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ANTH476.
Restriction: Permission of BSOS-Anthropology department; and must be in Anthropology program.
Credit only granted for: ANTH477 or ANTH487.
Capstone course in which students write a senior thesis on independent research into a current problem in anthropology. The thesis is defined before a committee of faculty.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
ANTH486
(Perm Req)
Honors Research
Credits: 3 - 4
Grad Meth: Reg
Restriction: Permission of BSOS-Anthropology department; and must be in Anthropology program; and must be admitted to University Honors Program or Anthropology Honors Program.
Credit only granted for: ANTH486 or ANTH476.
Capstone course in which students pursue independent research into a current problem in anthropology, selected with assistance of a committee of faculty. Research leads to the writing of an honors thesis in anthropology.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
ANTH487
(Perm Req)
Credits: 3 - 4
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: ANTH486.
Restriction: Permission of BSOS-Anthropology department; and must be in Anthropology program; and must be admitted to University Honors Program or Anthropology Honors Program.
Credit only granted for: ANTH487 or ANTH477.
Capstone course in which students write a thesis on the results of independent research into a current problem in anthropology.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
ANTH601
Applied Anthropology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
An overview of the history and current practices of applied anthropology. This includes relationships between applied anthropology and other major subfields of the profession; the interdisciplinary and public context of applied anthropology; and problems of significance, utility, and ethics associated with applied anthropology.
Offered fall only. For ANTH majors only.
ANTH611
Anthropology of Im/migration and Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for: ANTH411 or ANTH611.
The United Nations estimates that some 230 million people around the world are migrants who live outside their country of birth. This course focuses on these migrant populations, considering the implications of movement across borders and settlement in new societies on their health and well-being. We will investigate the social, political, and economic structures that shape disease and illness and produce differential access to health care for migrants. Within that context, we will explore the health effects of migration itself and particular health conditions from which migrants suffer. We will also examine how migrants interface with differently configured health care systems as well as strategies they and their advocates use to promote health and well-being.
ANTH612
Hypermarginality and Urban Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for: ANTH412 or ANTH612.
Using perspectives from medical and urban anthropology, we examine the phenomenon of hypermarginality--the clustering of extreme poverty, chronic disease, addiction, violence and trauma in certain social and spatial contexts, often urban. We will explore both the broader social, political, and economic structures of exclusion that produce hypermarginality, as well as the illness experiences associated with these conditions. As we consider both social suffering and the related institutional responses, we will also discuss the role of anthropological approaches in national discussions about health inequities.
ANTH615
Advanced Studies in Global Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for: ANTH415 or ANTH615.
Extends understandings of diverse health conditions facing world populations today and the science being made around them. Critically examines key issues in global aid and public health, with an emphasis on the theories, concepts, and methods of anthropology.
ANTH624
Women's Health: Ethnographic Approaches to Reproduction and Politics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for: ANTH414 or ANTH624.
Ethnographic and cross-cultural approaches to women's health domestically and globally, with particular attention to the ways in which morality, politics, local meanings, and the state influence women's reproductive health outcomes. Gendered, ethnic, and class dimensions that underlie patterning of disease and illness will be explored, with special attention to the long-term health effects of racism, poverty, structural violence, and sexism.
ANTH630
Quantification and Statistics in Applied Anthropology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be in one of the following programs (Anthropology (Doctoral); Anthropology (Master's)).
An intensive overview of key quantitative and statistical approaches used by social scientists in applied ad policy research. This includes nonparametric and parametric statistical approaches. Students utilize statistical software and analyze existing and student-created databases. Anthropological case studies are emphasized.
ANTH633
Archaeology of Slavery: Classical, Caribbean and North American Contexts
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for: ANTH433 or ANTH633.
Has slavery always existed? Does it come and go? North American plantation archaeology has become one of the foundations for understanding African American culture from the 1960s. Slavery in Antiquity existed in Greece and Rome on large scales and was essential to making commercial agriculture profitable work. Slavery in the Caribbean showed Europeans how to make a profit from African bodies. Trafficking in human persons today is recorded by the U.S. State Department annually and is regarded as modern slavery. These varying contexts of slavery will be compared in an attempt to understand slavery scientifically.
Also offered as AASP498T, AMST428D, ARCH428L, ARCH628L, and ANTH433. Credit only granted for ANTH433, ANTH633, ARCH428L, ARCH628L, or AASP498T.
ANTH647
Advanced Material Culture Studies in Archaeology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Credit only granted for: ANTH447, ANTH448C, ANTH647, or ANTH689C.
Formerly: ANTH689C.
An in-depth introduction to the world of material culture studies with focus on the methods and theories in historical archaeology. Students will look at archaeological data as historical documents, commodities and as symbols expressing ideas.
ANTH652
Anthropology and Climate Change
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for: ANTH468C, ANTH689C, ANTH452, ANTH652.
Formerly: ANTH689C.
Human activities now influence ongoing global climatic change, and the outcome remains uncertain for communities and cultures around the world. This interaction between humans and climate provides a rich area of study for anthropologists in an interdisciplinary context. Case studies of historic and contemporary evidence will be used to understand impacts of global climate change and assess opportunities and barriers to successful responses and adaptation.
ANTH661
Language as Practice
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for: ANTH468I, ANTH461, ANTH688I, ANTH661..
Formerly: Previously offered as ANTH688I.
An introduction to linguistic variation and the construction of identity, relationship, and community membership through language use. The approach emphasizes language as community-based practice and examines the dynamic construction of social relations through linguistic interactions.
ANTH664
Anthropology of Cultural Heritage
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: ANTH260.
Credit only granted for: ANTH469T, ANTH689T, ANTH464, ANTH664.
Formerly: ANTH689T.
A global exploration of how the past is remade in the present. Covers the breadth of scope and specific interventions of heritage practice at the global scale, including the social, political, economic, and ethical dimensions of cultural heritage.
ANTH688A
(Perm Req)
Current Developments in Anthropology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
ANTH689A
(Perm Req)
Special Problems in Anthropology
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
ANTH689L
Special Problems in Anthropology; The Social Life of Spoken Words
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
Also offered as THET608L. Credit granted for THET608L or ANTH689L.

This course will explore how different types of linguistic and physical performance function in and on social life, including slam poetry, spoken word, storytelling, legal testimony, political speech, journalistic reporting, and prayer. We examine how different genres of the narrative are performed (artistically, powerfully, effectively, or not). We analyze the relationship between liveness and recording, repertoire and archive, truth and fiction, genuine and fake.
ANTH701
Anthropology Internship Preparation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Preparation for internship includes practicum training in development, presentation and evaluation of position papers, proposals and work plans; literature search and use of secondary data sources in decision making the effect cultural analysis and resource management; ethics and professional development for work in non-academic settings.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
ANTH712
(Perm Req)
Anthropology Internship Analysis
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: ANTH789.
The preparation and presentation of internship results, and the development of skills in report writing and presentation. Includes the completion of a professional quality report or publishable paper based on the internship experience.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
ANTH722
Ecological Anthropology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Restriction: Must be in one of the following programs (Anthropology (Doctoral); Anthropology (Master's)).
Credit only granted for: ANTH720 or ANTH722.
An overview of important approaches to ecological anthropology. Population, systems, community, political, behavioral and evolutionary ecology will be examined as they have been applied to a range of anthropological questions. Complexity theory (nonlinear dynamics) and topics in game theory will also be addressed. Students will map the field of ecological anthropology and to assess the strengths and weaknesses of contemporary approaches, methods and theories.
ANTH788
(Perm Req)
Internship Research
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
ANTH789
(Perm Req)
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
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ANTH856
Museum Research Seminar
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: HIST610.
Also offered as: HIST810, AMST856.
Credit only granted for: ANTH856, AMST856, or HIST810.
A research seminar focusing on the practice and presentation of cultura and historical scholarship in museums and historical sites. Students will complete an original research project on the challenges and opportunities of public exhibition and interpretation of cultural and historical research.
ANTH857
Museum Scholarship Practicum
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: HIST810.
Restriction: Permission of Museum Scholarship Program required.
Also offered as: HIST811, AMST857.
Credit only granted for: ANTH857, AMST857, or HIST811.
Students devise and carry out a research program using the collections at the Smithsonian Institution or some other cooperating museum, working under joint supervision of a museum professional and a university faculty member.
ANTH898
Pre-Candidacy Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
ANTH899
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.