Anthropology (ANTH)


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1301. Understanding Multicultural America (3). Cultural diversity in the U.S. as studied by anthropologists. Ethnographic descriptions of African-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans and other groups. Fulfills the state standard requirement in multicultural education for education major and fulfills the university's multicultural requirement.



2100. [ANTH 2100, 2401] Physical Anthropology Laboratory (1). Corequisite: ANTH 2300. Study of human and nonhuman primary biodiversity via skeletal biology and evolution concepts. Topics include anthropometrics, diet surveys, genetics, and exercises designed to explore human biodiversity issues. Partially fulfills core Life and Physical Sciences requirement.

2300. [ANTH 2301] Physical Anthropology (3). Corequisite: ANTH 2100. Topics include human genetics, health, diet, and issues of human and nonhuman primate evolution. Partially fulfills core Life and Physical Sciences requirement.

2301. [ANTH 2302] Introduction to Archaeology (3). Introduces archaeology and what it has told us about our past, from the earliest beginnings to the birth of civilization. Fulfills core Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement.

2302. [ANTH 2346, 2351; HUMA 2323] Introduction to World Cultures and Ethnology (3). The rich complexity of peoples and cultures in the world as studied by anthropologists. Discussion of basic concepts such as ethnography, linguistics, and social organization. Fulfills core Social and Behavioral Sciences and multicultural requirements.

2304. Global Forces and Local Peoples (3). Anthropological perspective on critical problems facing humanity: the aftermath of colonialism, the fate of indigenous peoples, changing family systems, and the reassertion of ethnic identity.

2306. Anthropology at the Movies (3). Examines how anthropology, archaeology, and physical anthropology are portrayed in mainstream movies as a springboard for discussing important topics about culture and science. Fulfills core Language, Philosophy, and Culture requirement.

2308. Forensic Sciences (3). An introductory course focusing on basic principles of criminalistics. Experts from academia and law enforcement will provide guest lectures on specific topics.

2315. Introduction to Language and Linguistics (3). An introductory course in the scientific study of language, including grammatical description and analysis as well as the study of relationships between language and society.



3300. Special Topics in Anthropology (3). Examines selected topics in the discipline of anthropology. Content varies. May be repeated for credit.

3303. Forensic Anthropology (3). Examines the field of forensic anthropology, including osteological assessment of cases, ethics, and courtroom responsibilities.

3310. Human Evolution (3). Prerequisites: ANTH 2100 and 2300. Study of human origins and evolution as a mammal, primate, and bioculturally adapting species. Emphasizes principles in evolution and systematics and recent discoveries in paleoanthropology. (Writing Intensive)

3311. Human Variation (3). Prerequisites: ANTH 2100 and 2300. ANTH 3310 is not a prerequisite. Study of human heredity, biodiversity, and adaptations. Survey of the physical and genetic variations of modern populations throughout the world. (Writing Intensive)

3312. Primate Behavior (3). A survey of the biological and behavioral diversity of nonhuman primates. Emphasizes issues concerning evolution, social organizations, and conservation of prosimians, anthropoids, and hominoids. (Writing Intensive)

3313. Primate Evolution (3). Introduces the field of primate evolution with attention to primate anatomy. Topics to be covered include non-human primate osteology, living primate anatomy, theories of primate origins, and the fossil record of primates.

3314. Human Osteology (3). Prerequisites: ANTH 2100 and 2300. Detailed study of human bones and teeth to facilitate the field identification of intact and fragmentary specimens. Includes basic identification of age and sex.

3316. Anthropological Theory: Understanding Language and Culture (3). Prerequisite: C or better in ANTH 2302. Overview of history and development of anthropological theory. Explores theoretical debates within the fields of cultural anthropology, linguistics, and archaeology. (Writing Intensive).

3317. Food and Culture (3). Explores cross-cultural variation in foodways, examining how groups utilize food to express their cultural identities. Topics include food taboos, feasting, and regional cuisines.

3320. Material Culture: People and Things (3). Explores ways in which humans use food, clothing, monuments, and other material objects to construct and express their identity.

3322. Anthropology of Religion (3). Provides a basic foundation in the anthropological approach to the understanding of religious behavior.

3331. Indians of North America (3). The experience of Native American peoples from contact to the present. Incorporates historical and ethnographic approaches; selected case studies.

3335. Anthropology of the Plains Indians (3). An introduction to Plains Indian cultures past and present. Explores a variety of topics, including world view, sacred sites, traditional arts, powwows, and language revitalization.

3339. Methods in the Study of Culture and Language (3). Training in cross-cultural research methods employed by ethnographers and linguists. Topics include interviewing, participant observation, digital audio recording, transcription, and data analysis.

3341. Laboratory Archaeology (3). Provides hands-on training in processing and analysis of archaeological materials in the laboratory and exposure to other aspects of archaeological research centered in the lab.

3342. Prehistory of the Southwest (3). Introduction to the prehistory of the Southwest beginning with the first humans to enter the area up to the period of Spanish colonization.

3343. Maya Archaeology (3). A survey of ancient Maya prehistory and archaeology with emphasis on religion, world view, iconography, and hieroglyphic writing.

3344. South American Archaeology (3). Covers the prehistory of South America from the earliest colonization to the development of civilizations with special emphasis on the Central and South Central Andes.

3347. Texas Prehistory (3). Prerequisite: ANTH 2301. A comprehensive survey of 12,000 years of human activity in Texas; the major prehistoric sites and findings of archaeological studies.

3348. Introduction to Historical Archaeology (3). Introduces students to the methods and theories of historical archaeology. The course will focus on the post-1492 era in North and South America.

3349. Archaeology of the Northern Spanish Frontier (3). Familiarizes students with the history and archaeology of the Spanish occupation of the borderlands in the New World with particular emphasis on the Southwest U.S.

3350. Archaeology of Death (3). Explores the archaeology of death. Topics include treatment of the dead, mortuary practices, and belief systems surrounding death.

3375. Topics in Latin American Archaeology (3). Examines the ancient civilization of Latin America through exploration of specific topics (e.g., cities, regions, cultures). May be repeated for credit when topics vary.



4000. Individual Problems in Anthropology (V1-3). Prerequisites: ANTH 2300, 2301, or 2302; advanced standing; and consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit.

4310. Cultural Resource Management (3). Introduction to the practice of cultural resource management archaeology in the United States, including historical and legal background, methods, and employment opportunities. (Writing Intensive)

4320. Forensic Archaeology (3). Prerequisites: ANTH 2301 and 2305. Covers the history of forensic archaeology case studies and archaeological principles and methods as applied to forensic cases.

4343. Human Skeletal Biology and Forensic Techniques (3). Prerequisite: ANTH 2300 and 2100 or consent of instructor. Intensive study of skeletal biology emphasizing subadult and adult morphological variation. Includes analysis of paleopathology, trauma, age sex, and stature estimation. (Writing Intensive)

4640. Field School in Cultural Anthropology (6). A field school providing training in basic ethnographic methods, including interviewing, participant observation, the documentation of cultural performance events, and the analysis of material culture.

4642. Field Archaeology (6). A summer session field school providing instruction in basic archaeological field techniques, including site survey, test excavations, record keeping, mapping, and collection documentation.

4643. Field Research in Skeletal Biology (6). A field experience providing hands-on learning specific to human skeletal biology and forensic methods. May be repeated.



5305. Method and Theory in Cultural Anthropology (3). The history of research in cultural anthropology; development of methodological and theoretical approaches, and the exploration of ethnographic fieldwork and writing.

5310. Seminar in Cultural Resource Management (3). Seminar covering the practice of cultural resource management archaeology in the United States, including historical and legal background, business models, methods, and employment opportunities.

5311. Human Origins (3). A comprehensive examination of hominid evolution with emphasis on current discoveries, interpretations, and theories. Seminar on selected topics.

5312. Human Diversity (3). Survey of biological variation and the processes producing it in human populations and races; seminar in selected topics. Laboratory emphasizing research approaches to current problems.

5313. Human Skeletal Biology and Forensic Anthropology (3). Analysis of human skeletal remains for legal purposes. Methods of identification, techniques of recovery and examination, facial reconstruction, report writing, limits of inference, expert testimony.

5315. Advanced Human Osteology (3). Rigorous study of human skeleton to facilitate the identification of intact and fragmentary bones. Includes ageing, sexing, measurement techniques, report writing, and some legal issues.

5319. Topics in Physical Anthropology (3). Selected topics or examination of a currently important topic in physical anthropology. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 hours credit.

5322. Social Anthropology (3). Seminar in contemporary social anthropology. Selected topics in kinship, social, and political organization; warfare and conflict resolution; and ritual and symbolism.

5323. Topics in Cultural Anthropology (3). May be repeated for credit.

5341. Method and Theory in Archeology (3). An intensive survey of the development and present status of method and theory in archeology.

5343. Topics in Anthropological Archeology (3). Examination of either a currently important methodological topic in archeology or the archaeological knowledge extant from a site or geographic unit. May be repeated for credit. Also offered as a summer field course.

5352. Ethnolinguistics (3). Survey of the nature of the interrelationships between language and culture.

5642. Advanced Field Archaeology (6). Field school providing instruction in crew supervision and advanced archaeological field techniques, including site survey, excavations, record keeping, TDS mapping, and photography.

5643. Field Research in Skeletal Biology (6). A field experience providing hands-on learning specific to human skeletal biology and forensic methods.



6000. Master's Thesis (V1-6).



7000. Research (V1-12).

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