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Anthropology (ANTH)

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101 [DIVR] Introduction to Anthropology 3 Explores what it means to be human through the major subfields of anthropology, including biological anthropology (human evolution and variation), archaeology, sociocultural anthropology, and linguistics.

130 [SSCI] Great Discoveries in Archaeology 3 Impact of great archaeological discoveries and the work of archaeologists on our sense of the past.

135 [SSCI] Mythbusting in Archaeology 3 A critical exploration of pseudo-scientific claims and fantastical interpretations of archaeological sites and objects in popular media.

135 (Effective through Spring 2021) Mythbusting in Archaeology 3 A critical exploration of pseudo-scientific claims and fantastical interpretations of archaeological sites and objects in popular media.

201 [HUM] Art and Society 3 Art as an expression of social and cultural systems in non-Western societies.

203 [DIVR] Global Cultural Diversity 3 Introduction to the field of cultural anthropology; examination of how cultures vary and are similar.

205 [SSCI] Health, Healing, and Medicine Across Cultures 3 Anthropological perspective on health, disease, and medical/curing systems; relationships between culture, biology, political-economic environments, disease, and curing examined. Recommended preparation: ANTH 101 or 203.

214 Gender and Culture in America 3 Exploration or variation in gender roles, relationships, values, and institutions among men and women in US, ethnic, and other subcultures.

220 [DIVR] Perspectives on Race 3 Critical examination of racial classification and social hierarchy, influences of biology and culture on human variation, and differences among groups.

220 (Effective through Summer 2021) Perspectives on Race 3 Critical examination of racial classification and social hierarchy, influences of biology and culture on human variation, and differences among groups.

230 Archaeological Methods and Interpretation 3 Archaeological fieldwork methods; lab-based analysis of archaeological materials as applied to reconstructing past human lifeways.

232 [SSCI] The Pyramids of Egypt: Why and How? 3 Archaeology of the social, political, economic, and technological developments that are indicated by the pyramids of ancient Egypt.

232 (Effective through Spring 2021) The Pyramids of Egypt: Why and How? 3 Archaeology of the social, political, economic, and technological developments that are indicated by the pyramids of ancient Egypt.

260 [BSCI] Introduction to Biological Anthropology 4 (3-3) Evidence for human evolution; evolutionary explanations of human variation; techniques of biological anthropology.

268 [BSCI] Sex, Evolution, and Human Nature 3 Human sexuality, male-female relations, cooperation, violence and parent-child relations examined cross-culturally and in nonhuman primates utilizing evolutionary and biocultural perspectives.

275 Special Topics: Study Abroad V 1-15 May be repeated for credit. S, F grading.

280 [BSCI] Skeleton Keys: Introduction to Forensic Anthropology 3 Examination of forensic anthropology techniques to identify human skeletal remains in a medicolegal context.

280 (Effective through Summer 2021) Skeleton Keys: Introduction to Forensic Anthropology 3 Examination of forensic anthropology techniques to identify human skeletal remains in a medicolegal context.

300 Field Methods V 2-8 Course Prerequisite: By instructor permission. Practice in methods of archaeological, ethnological, or linguistic field research.

301 [ARTS] Arts and Media in Global Perspective 3 Contemporary arts and media around the world, and their impact on identity, society, and culture.

302 [SSCI] Childhood and Culture 3 Anthropological theory and methods applied to the study of infant, child, and adolescent development.

303 The Anthropology of Religious Experience 3 Body, meaning, and power in religion cross culturally.

304 [SSCI] Cross-Cultural Perspectives of Mental Health and Illness 3 Cross-cultural mental health and illness; common U.S. mental illnesses and treatments in diverse cultures around the world; mental illnesses specific to particular cultures. Recommended preparation: PSYCH 105; ANTH 101 or 203.

305 [SSCI] Anthropology of Epidemic Disease and Bioterrorism 3 Cross-cultural understanding of how humans respond to epidemics, including high mortality diseases, diseases common in the developing world, and diseases that pose future threats.

307 [DIVR] Contemporary Cultures and Peoples of Africa 3 Introduction to family, social, political, economic and religious institutions of African cultures in context of African social issues.

309 [SSCI] Cultural Ecology 3 Major findings of ecological anthropology relating to problems of population, resources, and environment in small-scale cultures. Recommended preparation: Sophomore standing, ANTH 101 or 203.

316 [DIVR] Gender in Cross Cultural Perspective 3 Cross-cultural examination of the status and roles of women and men, sexuality and marriage, and folk concepts of sexual anatomy in traditional cultures in Western science; concepts of nature and culture are explored through a variety of perspectives. (Crosslisted course offered as ANTH 316, WGSS 316. WGSS 316 formerly offered as WOMEN ST 316.). Recommended preparation: Sophomore standing; ANTH 101, PSYCH 105, SOC 101, or WGSS 101 or 120.

316 (Effective through Summer 2021) [DIVR] Gender in Cross Cultural Perspective 3 Cross-cultural examination of the status and roles of women and men, sexuality and marriage, and folk concepts of sexual anatomy in traditional cultures in Western science; concepts of nature and culture are explored through a variety of perspectives. (Crosslisted course offered as ANTH 316, WOMEN ST 316). Recommended preparation: Sophomore standing; ANTH 101, PSYCH 105, SOC 101, or WOMEN ST 101 or 201.

317 Global Feminisms 3 Course Prerequisite: ANTH 101, WGSS 101, or WGSS 120. An interdisciplinary approach to examining women's roles and experiences throughout the world and different approaches to feminism/feminisms. (Crosslisted course offered as WGSS 332, ANTH 317. WGSS 332 formerly offered as WOMEN ST 332.)

317 (Effective through Summer 2021) Global Feminisms 3 An interdisciplinary approach to examining women's roles and experiences throughout the world and different approaches to feminism/feminisms. (Crosslisted course offered as WOMEN ST 332, ANTH 317).

320 [DIVR] Native Peoples of North America 3 A holistic exploration of various indigenous peoples and cultures of North America, through the lens of anthropology. (Crosslisted course offered as ANTH 320, AIS 320).

327 [DIVR] Contemporary Native Peoples of the Americas 3 Contemporary cultures of Native American communities emphasizing North America. (Crosslisted course offered as ANTH 327, AIS 327).

330 Origins of Culture and Civilization 3 Prehistoric roots of culture from the beginnings of humankind to the rise of the first civilizations in Africa and Eurasia. Recommended preparation: 3 hours ANTH.

331 [SSCI] Archaeology of the Americas 3 Cultures and environments of the Americas from the arrival of the earliest hunter-gatherers to the development of complex civilizations. (Crosslisted course offered as ANTH 331, AIS 331.)

331 (Effective through Spring 2021) [SSCI] Archaeology of the Americas 3 Cultures and environments of the Americas from the arrival of the earliest hunter-gatherers to the development of complex civilizations. (Crosslisted course offered as ANTH 331, AIS 331.) Recommended preparation: ANTH 101.

334 Time and Culture in the Northwest 3 The archaeologically reconstructed environmental and cultural past of the Northwest including contemporary scientific and social approaches and issues. Recommended preparation: ANTH 101.

336 Old World Civilizations 3 Evolution of complex society, urbanism, states and empires in the eastern hemisphere; survey of European, African and Asian civilizations. Recommended preparation: ANTH 101, 230, or 330.

340 [M] Maya, Aztec and Inca Civilizations 3 Examination of the great prehistoric civilizations of Mesoamerica and South America. Recommended preparation: ANTH 101, 330, or 336.

350 [DIVR] Speech, Thought, and Culture 3 The role of language in social situations and as a reflection of cultural differences.

355 [HUM] Historical Linguistics 3 Origins and evolution of human language, relationships between peoples and languages, development of contemporary ethnicities, linguistical change, reconstructive methods, and writing systems.

370 The Archaeology of Climate Change 3 Exploration of the connections between climate change and people from the Ice Age to the present in order to understand the factors that cause environmental change.

380 Human Osteology 3 Introduction to the field of osteology including molecular analysis, paleopathology, taphonomy and forensic analysis.

381 [BSCI] Primate Behavioral Ecology 3 Evolution of primate behavior from ecological and phylogenetic perspective emphasizing methods for understanding primate adaptations and diversity. Recommended preparation: ANTH 101 or BIOLOGY 101, 102 or 150.

390 [M] History of Anthropological Thought 3 Course Prerequisite: ANTH 203; ANTH 230; ANTH 260. Development of theories in anthropology including contributions of significant individuals, representative classics and influential current movements. Recommended preparation: Junior standing.

395 Topics in Anthropology V 3-6 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 6 hours. Examination of selected topics in contemporary anthropological theory and practice. Recommended preparation: Junior standing.

399 Archaeological Field School V 2-8 Course Prerequisite: By instructor permission. Training in methods of archaeological data recovery and analysis.

402 Cross-cultural Gender and Kinship 3 Principles of kinship in anthropology applied to questions of cross-cultural gender definition. Recommended preparation: ANTH 101 or SOC 101.

404 [CAPS] The Self in Culture 3 Course Prerequisite: One course at the 100-level and one course at the 200-level in any of the following subjects: AMER ST, ANTH, CES, COM, ENGLISH, FINE ART, H D, HISTORY, HUMANITY, PHIL, POL S, PSYCH, SOC, or WGSS; junior standing. Survey of anthropological theories exploring self in Western/non-Western cultures through dreams, history, and human development.

404 (Effective through Summer 2021) [CAPS] The Self in Culture 3 Course Prerequisite: One course at the 100-level and one course at the 200-level in any of the following subjects: AMER ST, ANTH, CES, COM, ENGLISH, FINE ART, H D, HISTORY, HUMANITY, PHIL, POL S, PSYCH, SOC, or WOMEN ST; junior standing. Survey of anthropological theories exploring self in Western/non-Western cultures through dreams, history, and human development.

405 Medical Anthropology 3 Relationships among disease, curing, culture and environment; non-Western medical systems; political economy of health care. Recommended preparation: Junior standing.

410 History of American Indian Sovereignty and Federal Indian Law 3 The history of sovereignty and Federal Indian Law against the backdrop of treaties and trust responsibility. (Crosslisted course offered as HISTORY 410, ANTH 410, POL S 410).

417 Anthropology and World Problems 3 Data and methods of cultural anthropology applied to the solution of contemporary human problems, emphasizing sustainable development. Recommended preparation: 3 hours ANTH; junior standing.

418 Human Issues in International Development 3 Interdisciplinary analysis of complex interaction between tradition and modernity in Third World societies. (Crosslisted course offered as ANTH 418, POL S 418, SOC 418).

430 [M] Archaeological Theory and Explanation 3 Archaeological theory and the role of theories of culture change in crafting explanations for the human past. Recommended preparation: ANTH 230; ANTH 330 or 331.

450 Ethnolinguistics 3 Anthropological theory and methods applied to the study of cognitive linguistics, or the interrelation of language, mind, and culture. Credit not granted for more than one of ANTH 450 and ANTH 550. Offered at 400 and 500 level. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

463 Introduction to Anthropological Demography and Epidemiology 3 Small-scale population dynamics; culture change; event history analysis; evolutionary life history; risk; reproduction; morbidity; and mortality in ethnographic, historical, and archaeological populations. Credit not granted for both ANTH 463 and ANTH 563. Recommended preparation: ANTH 260. Offered at 400 and 500 level. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

464 [CAPS] Hormones and Human Reproduction 3 Course Prerequisite: Senior standing. Hormones, diet, and stress in the regulation of human reproduction, behavior, and physiology; menstruation, parenting, and pregnancy; evolution of reproduction. Recommended preparation: ANTH 260, BIOLOGY 107, 150, or equivalent.

465 Human Evolution 3 Human origins in the light of the fossil record and evolutionary theory. Credit not granted for both ANTH 465 and ANTH 565. Recommended preparation: ANTH 260. Offered at 400 and 500 level. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

466 Evolution of Cooperation 3 Human cooperation from an evolutionary perspective, as informed by research from anthropology, biology, ecology, economics, and psychology; discussion-based seminar.

469 Genes, Culture and Human Diversity 3 Relationships between genes, language and culture are explored as a means to understanding world history, genetic and cultural diversity and unity. Recommended preparation: Junior standing.

473 [CAPS] [M] Evolution and Society 3 Course Prerequisite: ANTH 260 or BIOLOGY 301; junior standing. Survey of how the theory of evolution is used to better understand ourselves, the societies in which live, and the biological world on which we depend. Recommended preparation: BIOLOGY 405 or concurrent enrollment. (Crosslisted course offered as BIOLOGY 473, ANTH 473).

480 Special Topics: Study Abroad V 1-15 May be repeated for credit. S, F grading.

490 [CAPS] [M] Integrative Themes in Anthropology 3 Course Prerequisite: ANTH 203; ANTH 230; ANTH 260; ANTH 390; junior standing. Current research crosscutting traditional subdisciplines of anthropology.

495 Research Practicum V 1-6 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 10 hours. Hands-on experience in selection of a research problem, review of literature, developing methodology, data collection, and reporting results.

498 Anthropology Internship V 1-15 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 15 hours. Course Prerequisite: By instructor permission. Participation as archaeological or cultural anthropological intern in public or private sectors; requires special arrangement with faculty advisor. S, F grading.

499 Special Problems V 1-4 May be repeated for credit. Independent study conducted under the jurisdiction of an approving faculty member; may include independent research studies in technical or specialized problems; selection and analysis of specified readings; development of a creative project; or field experiences. S, F grading.

500 Field Methods V 2 (0-6) to 8 (0-24) Course Prerequisite: By instructor permission. Training in gathering and analyzing field data.

504 Culture, Ecology, and International Development 3 Sociocultural properties of ecological systems in developing nations; cultural transformation in dynamic systems; ethnographic description, comparison; mixed and collaborative methods.

507 Advanced Studies in Culture Theory 3 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 6 hours. Evaluation of major theories and methods and their relationship to problems in cultural-social analysis.

510 Fundamentals of Cultural Anthropology 3 Overview of basic concepts and theory in cultural anthropology based on in-depth analysis of selected theoretical and ethnographic materials.

513 Lithic Technological Organization 4 (3-3) Methods and theory of lithic technology.

514 Ceramic Analysis 4 (3-3) Basic concepts, methods, and approaches used in the analysis of archaeological pottery.

519 International Development and Human Resources 3 History of and recent changes in international development emphasizing anthropological perspectives. (Crosslisted course offered as ANTH 519, POL S 538, SOC 519).

521 Psychological Anthropology 3 Psychological and anthropological aspects of personhood, self, human development, gender, sexuality, emotion and cognition in various cultures.

522 Culture and Mind 3 Examination of cultural variation in mind and mental processing, and how shared ideas and personal perceptions are necessarily co-constitutive of one another.

525 Medical Anthropology 3 Examination of the interactions between culture and well-being, including illness concepts, distributions, prevention, and treatments in global perspective.

528 Historical Ethnography 3 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 9 hours. Culture history, ethnography, theoretical, and contemporary problems of selected culture areas.

529 Seminar in Ethnography 3 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 6 hours. Methodological, stylistic and craft issues in the process and product of ethnography.

530 Theory in Archaeology 3 History of archaeological method and theory; analysis of current literature.

535 Cultural Resource Management 3 Role of archaeology in historic preservation and resource conservation; legal and institutional frameworks; research and interpretation in a CRM context. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

537 Quantitative Methods in Anthropology 4 (3-3) May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 8 hours. Sampling, exploratory data analysis, inferential statistics, and use of statistical software in anthropological research.

539 Prehistory of the Southwest 3 Prehistory of the American Southwest; emphasis on Pueblo, Mogollon and Hohokam traditions and relationships to historic native groups.

540 Prehistory of the Northwest Coast 3 Prehistoric cultures, chronologies, and interrelationships on the northwest coast of North America.

543 Prehistory of the Plateau and Basin 3 Archaeology of the interior Northwest and Great Basin.

546 Complexity in Small Scale Societies 3 Seminar focused on classic literature and current issues relevant to complexity in small scale societies, predominately covering hunter-gatherer systems. Recommended preparation: ANTH 530.

547 Models and Simulation 3 Models and model-building as an anthropological approach to present and past cultures.

548 Hunters and Gatherers: Past and Present 3 Introduction to hunter-gatherer studies in anthropology and archaeology exploring uses of evolutionary approaches to modeling and reconstructing hunter-gatherer behavior in contemporary and prehistoric contexts.

549 Environment and Culture Change in Complex Societies 3 Development of food production, and evaluation of environment's role in changing social, economic, and political configurations in past complex societies. Recommended preparation: ANTH 530.

550 Ethnolinguistics 3 Anthropological theory and methods applied to the study of cognitive linguistics, or the interrelation of language, mind, and culture. Credit not granted for more than one of ANTH 450 and ANTH 550. Offered at 400 and 500 level. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

554 Anthropological Field Methods Seminar 3 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 6 hours. Elicitation, recording techniques and analysis of sociocultural and linguistic field data. Recommended preparation: ANTH 450 or 550.

561 Current Trends in Evolutionary Anthropology 3 May be repeated for credit. Intensive review of current trends in biological anthropology.

562 Evolutionary Method and Theory in Anthropology and Archaeology 3 A graduate-level seminar-based course focusing on the evolutionary analysis of past and present human behavior.

563 Introduction to Anthropological Demography and Epidemiology 3 Small-scale population dynamics; culture change; event history analysis; evolutionary life history; risk; reproduction; morbidity; and mortality in ethnographic, historical, and archaeological populations. Credit not granted for both ANTH 463 and ANTH 563. Recommended preparation: ANTH 260. Offered at 400 and 500 level. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

564 Advances in Evolution and Human Behavior 3 Recent trends in the study of evolution and human behavior.

565 Human Evolution 3 Human origins in the light of the fossil record and evolutionary theory. Credit not granted for both ANTH 465 and ANTH 565. Recommended preparation: ANTH 260. Offered at 400 and 500 level. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

566 Evolutionary Psychology 3 Overview of evolutionary psychology; theoretical foundations, insights, and key research contributions and applications from this interdisciplinary field.

567 Primate Behavioral Ecology 3 Seminar-based course focusing on evolutionary analysis of primate behavior, morphology and ecology.

568 Research Design and Grant Writing 3 Project development, research design, and successful proposal writing.

569 Evolutionary Cultural Anthropology 3 Evolutionary nature of culture and its interactions with human biology (genes) and ecology.

570 Sediments in Geoarchaeology 4 (3-3) Sediment-forming processes, sedimentological techniques, reconstruction of Quaternary environments, and sedimentology of site-forming processes.

571 Stable Isotope Analysis in Anthropology 4 (3-3) Lab and seminar course on stable isotope applications, methods, and interpretations within the field of Anthropology.

572 Residue Analysis and Experimental Archaeology 4 (3-3) The science of archaeological residues, identification of organic and inorganic compounds, method and theory of interpretation, experimental archaeology, ethnoarchaeology.

573 Zooarchaeology 4 (2-6) Identification of animal bones from archaeological sites, methodological and theoretical techniques for interpreting faunal remains. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

576 Paleoethnobotany 4 (3-3) Methods of analysis and interpretation of botanical remains recovered from archeological sites, including pollen, phytoliths, starch, wood, and macro-botanical remains.

581 Comparative Biology of Social Traditions 3 Phylogenetic and modeling perspectives used to examine the evolution of social learning and cultural transmission in humans and other animals. (Crosslisted course offered as ANTH 581, BIOLOGY 581).

591 Special Topics in Anthropology 3 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 9 hours. Examination of current areas of anthropological theory and research.

593 Publishing and Professional Communication 3 Preparation of original research reports; survey of types of professional communication, and of standards and techniques.

598 Advanced Anthropology Internship V 1-15 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 15 hours. Course Prerequisite: By instructor permission. Participation as archaeological or cultural anthropological intern in public or private sectors; requires special arrangement with faculty advisor. S, F grading.

599 Archaeological Field School V 2-8 Course Prerequisite: By instructor permission. Training in methods of archaeological data recovery and analysis.

600 Special Projects or Independent Study V 1-18 May be repeated for credit. Independent study, special projects, and/or internships. Students must have graduate degree-seeking status and should check with their major advisor before enrolling in 600 credit, which cannot be used toward the core graded credits required for a graduate degree. S, F grading.

700 Master's Research, Thesis, and/or Examination V 1-18 May be repeated for credit. Independent research and advanced study for students working on their master's research, thesis and/or final examination. Students must have graduate degree-seeking status and should check with their major advisor/committee chair before enrolling for 700 credit. S, U grading.

800 Doctoral Research, Dissertation, and/or Examination V 1-18 May be repeated for credit. Course Prerequisite: Admitted to the Anthropology PhD program. Independent research and advanced study for students working on their doctoral research, dissertation and/or final examination. Students must have graduate degree-seeking status and should check with their major advisor/committee chair before enrolling for 800 credit. S, U grading.

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