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A note on our numbering system:

  • 1000-level courses are intro courses, for both majors and non-majors
  • 2000-level courses are 'outreach' courses designed for non-majors, open to majors also
  • 3000-level courses are upper-division geographical area courses
  • 4000-level courses are upper-division topical courses
  • 5000-level courses are for juniors, seniors, and grad students

Both 3000 and 4000 courses are suitable for anyone who has taken an intro course in the relevant area, and many have no prerequisites at all. Please speak to the instructor if you are in doubt about your preparation.

A note on undergraduate-graduate cross-listed courses:

Many of our 3000 and 4000-level courses are cross-listed with a 6000-level graduate course.   What this means in practice is that a few (usually 1-4) graduate students will attend lectures simultaneously with the undergraduates, and have additional grad-only requirements.   Lectures are taught at a level appropriate to the undergraduate numbering, and undergraduates and graduate students are always graded on a separate scale. 


Click HERE for the Anthropology Spring 2015 Class Schedule. 

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New Class Descriptions for Spring 2015:

 ANTH 2281 - Primates: Studying our Closest Relatives

3 Credit(s)  Draft Course Syllabus

Requirement Designation: Physical/Life Science Exploration

Components: Lecture 

There are over 500 species of living primates. this course provides an introduction to the biology and behavior of our closest living relatives. Students will learn about evolutionary theory and primate evolution classification, morphology, evolution, biogeography and distribution, socioecology, communication, and conservation. 

ANTH 3123 - Pueblo Peoples of the South West United States: An exploration of the Hopi and Zuni

3 Credit(s)

Components: Lecture

This course exposes students to the early beginnings and current lifestyles of the Hopi and Zuni Tribes, who are geographically members of the Western Pueblos. The course begins by reviewing the anthropological literature of creation myths, social organization, subsistence techniques, warfare, arts, and religion, and culminates with readings and discussions of current struggles of these unique people in the early 21st century such as current health disparities and chronic diseases both on and off the reservations. 

ANTH 4333 - Evolution of Technology: Biological & Behavioral Views of Tool Use

3 Credit(s)

Components: Lecture

Meets with ANTH 6333. An important aspect of what makes us human is the unique diversity of technological behaviors practiced by hominins. This class addresses the evolution of technological behaviors that can be inferred from the archeological record, hominin functional morphology, comparisons with other primate tool use, and examination of modern traditional technologies.

ANTH 4501 - Language in Its Social Context

3 Credit(s)

Components: Lecture

Meets with ANTH 6501. The purpose of this course is to develop an understanding of the social factors correlated with language variation within Western and non-Western societies. Course topics include multilingualism, the consequences of language contact, and language endangerment. Students will learn the methodology necessary for studying linguistic variation and change in addition to the political and educational implications of language variation.