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Anthropology Minor

*To declare a minor, please visit SSB 317 to complete the minor addition form.

Anthropology Core Requirement: (1 unit)

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (ANT 110)
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology covers a survey of the major concepts of social-cultural anthropology. Cross-cultural comparison will be a central concern of the course, as will the process of cultural change. 

Anthropology Options: (1 unit)

Choose one of the following

Introduction to Physical Anthropology (ANT 111)
What makes us human? Is it the use of language, the ability to manipulate material culture or the fact that we are bipedal? This course will focus on evolutionary theory and the theory of natural selection, the behavior and anatomy of non-human primates, and the evolution of modern humans. Students will also learn how anthropology is directly related to other disciplines, including sociology, biology, ecology, and geology. 

Human Evolution (ANT 205)
Prerequisite: SOC 101 or ANT 110
The study of human evolutionary past, using various methods, including archaeology and skeletal interpretation. Evolutionary principles and process of change will be used as a theoretical background to understand human variation and evolution. It is recommended, but not required, that students complete ANT 111 prior to enrolling in this course. 

Ethnicity, Race, and Nation (ANT 315)
This course explores the reasons why people categorize themselves and others into ethnic and racial groups and investigates the effects of these categorizations. The relationship between ethnicity and the creation and perpetuation of nation-states, the roles of indigenous peoples within nation-states, and the implications of migration upon processes of ethnicity and constructions of race are all important themes. 

Global Urbanization (ANT 335)
This course will focus on how cities are changing along with the development and global penetration of industrial capitalism. Special emphasis will be placed on the social problems created by mass urbanization, the movement of peoples within and between nation-states, and on the dynamic interchange between local cultures and the forces of globalization. 

Social Change in Latin America (ANT 340)
Latin America has been the subject for much debate about development in social theory.  This course examines the theoretical debates about development and provides empirical case studies to highlight how social change occurs in Latin America.  These themes include:  economic globalization, gender, migration, resistance to social change, urbanization, environmental degradation, corruption, social movements, structural adjustment, and race relations. 

Research Course in Anthropology (ANT 390)
A small group of students work closely with a faculty member on his/her ongoing research.  Students will learn to use the data collection and analysis methods used for the project and be offered opportunities to present the findings on campus or at a regional professional meeting.

Anthropology Minor Options: (3 units)

2 of the 3 must be ANT courses and 2 of the 3 must be 300- or 400-level courses. 

  • ANT 112 – Introduction to Archaeology
  • ANT 205 – Human Evolution
  • ANT 213 – Language and Culture: Intro. to Linguistic Anthropology
  • ANT 240 – Epidemiology
  • ANT 245 – Modern Arabic Society and the Media
  • ANT 311 – Women and Migration
  • ANT 313 – Vampires and Witches
  • ANT 315 – Ethnicity, Race, and Nation
  • ANT 335 – Global Urbanization
  • ANT 340 – Social Change in Latin America
  • ANT 341 – Dynamics of Cultural Ecology
  • ANT 345 – Politics of Climate Change
  • ANT 370 – Topics in Anthropology
  • ANT/SOC 371 – Culture, Health, and Illness
  • ANT/SOC 372 – Global Public Health
  • ANT/SOC 373 – US Public Health and Social Policy
  • ANT 390 – Research Course in Anthropology
  • ANT 401 – Urban Ethnography
  • AAS 205/HIS 179 – African American History to 1865
  • AAS 206/HIS 180 – African American History Since 1865
  • BIO 231 – Genetics
  • BIO 461 – Evolution
  • COM 411 – Intercultural Communication: Racial Perspectives
  • GES 270 – Topics in Geography
  • HIS 161 – History of Mexico
  • HIS 166 – North American Encounters
  • HIS 167 – US: Indian-White Relations 1800-1890
  • HIS 342 – Modern Middle East
  • HIS 354 – South African History
  • HIS 359 – Modern Latin America
  • LIT 342 – Mythology
  • POL 250 – Politics and Society in Developing Countries
  • SOC 301 – Socio-Cultural Theory
  • SOC 303 – Women in World Perspective
  • SOC 336 – Culture and Social Change
  • SOC 370 – Topics in Sociology
  • WGS 375 – Transnational Feminism
  • WGS 376 – Global Women Writers

 

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