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Anthropology

Course Code
ANTH 100  Credits
Title Debating Humankind 
Lasc Area Goal 2  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Designed to instruct students in critical thinking skills using multicultural examples spanning time and space. Students will review and engage in a series of debates, including among others, topics on race, the importance and nature of science, cultural norms, how humans are different from other animals, and the validity of research methods presently used in social science. MnTC Goal 2. 



Course Code
ANTH 110  Credits
Title Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 
Lasc Area Goal 8  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Introduction to the concept of culture and to the study of language. MnTC Goal 8. 



Course Code
ANTH 115  Credits
Title Introduction to Archaeology 
Lasc Area Goal 5  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Review of archaeological study with special emphasis on the interdisciplinary nature of archaeology. Archaeological methods and techniques are explained as aspects of the process of discovery. Introduction to the major phases in human culture history from the earliest toolmakers to the rise of civilization. MnTC Goal 5. 



Course Code
ANTH 120  Credits
Title Introduction to Physical Anthropology 
Lasc Area Goal 3  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description A survey of the field of physical anthropology. The course will include a review of the fossil record, concentrating on theories about human evolution. Other topics include taphonomy, primate behavior and taxonomy, and the origins of contemporary human variation. MnTC Goal 3. 



Course Code
ANTH 202  Credits
Title American Indian Culture 
Lasc Area Goal 7  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description A historical perspective on living, traditional cultures of American Indian groups. Topics include tribal entities, religion, arts, life-styles and ecological adaptations. MNTC Goal 7. 



Course Code
ANTH 217  Credits
Title The Rise of Civilization 
Lasc Area Goal 5  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Examines the origins of agriculture and civilization, with special attention to a comparison of long-term cultural developments in the Old World and New World. MnTC Goal 5. 



Course Code
ANTH 248  Credits
Title Ideas of Culture 
Prerequisite ANTH 110 
Lasc Area No Goal  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Examination of some of the major ideas in the history of anthropology from the 19th and 20th centuries. This will include concepts such as evolution, culture, structure, function, and relativism.  



Course Code
ANTH 265  Credits
Title Language and Culture 
Prerequisite ANTH 110 
Lasc Area Goal 5  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description The relationship between language and culture with emphasis on historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, and ethnolinguistics. MnTC Goal 5. 



Course Code
ANTH 290  Credits 2-3 
Title Topics in Anthropology 
Prerequisite ANTH 115 ANTH 110 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Topics from the subdisciplines of anthropology. 



Course Code
ANTH 300  Credits
Title Contemporary Archaeology 
Prerequisite ANTH 115 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description An overview of the practice of archaeology emphasizing methods, theoretical foundations, and the role of cultural resource management in contemporary society.  



Course Code
ANTH 301  Credits
Title Archaeological Prospection 
Prerequisite ANTH 115 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Examination of geophysical prospecting methods available for archaeological research. Emphasis on the conceptual basis of different prospecting methods and their application in archaeological and geotechnical studies. Hands-on experience with geophysical instruments. Same as GEOS 301



Course Code
ANTH 303  Credits
Title Cross Cultural Gender 
Prerequisite ANTH 110 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description A survey of gender roles in various cultures. This class examines the relationship of gender to kinship, economics, political and biological factors. It also addresses culture change and the effect on gender role assignments. 



Course Code
ANTH 306  Credits
Title Medical Anthropology 
Prerequisite ANTH 110 
Lasc Area Goal 8  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description A survey of the distributions of illness throughout the world with emphasis on the definitions, treatments, and practitioners as well as the cultural settings producing them. MnTC Goal 8. 



Course Code
ANTH 307  Credits
Title Ecological Anthropology 
Prerequisite ANTH 110 
Lasc Area Goal 10  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description An anthropological examination of cultural adaptation to the environment. Detailed analysis of the major human subsistence strategies in diverse ecological settings worldwide. MnTC Goal 10. 



Course Code
ANTH 308  Credits
Title Migration and Human Adaptation 
Lasc Area Goal 8  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description An examination of migration as an adaptive strategy used by people in adjusting to changing conditions in their environment. Explores types of migration as well as motivations and consequences of human movement in both the past and present and around the world. Same as INTL 308. MnTC Goal 8. 



Course Code
ANTH 309  Credits
Title Indians of the Great Plains 
Lasc Area Goal 7  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course focuses on past and present cultures of Plains Indians. Individual tribal traditions are compared and contrasted. The interdependence of techno-environment, socio-political organization and ideology is stressed, with emphasis on culture change. Present day adaptations to reservation and urban life are examined. MnTC Goal 7. 



Course Code
ANTH 311  Credits
Title American Indians and the Environment 
Lasc Area Goal 10  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description To what degree does the image of the "ecological Indian" faithfully reflect American Indian ideas about the environment through time? This course will examine the idea of the "ecological Indian," the idea of American Indians were/are model ecologists and conservationists. We will explore the concept of sustainability among American Indians and the relationship between American Indian communities and the environment through an examination of their unique adaptations that they have made within the 10 major geo-cultural regions of native North America: Arctic, Subarctic, Great Basin, Plateau, Northwest Coast, California, Great Plains, Northeast and Southeast. MnTC Goal 10. 



Course Code
ANTH 312  Credits
Title Anthropology of Tourism 
Lasc Area Goal 9  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Anthropological examination of the global tourist industry, with particular emphasis on impacts on local populations and ecosystems. The ethical dimensions of tourism will be the primary concern in this course. Case studies will be used to illustrate principles of sustainable, responsible, participatory tourism. MNTC Goal 9. 



Course Code
ANTH 313  Credits
Title Understanding Contemporary Africa 
Lasc Area Goal 8  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course examines societies and cultures of contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa to promote a better understanding of the continent's place in the global system. MnTC Goal 8. 



Course Code
ANTH 314  Credits
Title American Indian World Views 
Lasc Area Goal 7  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course examines the cultural knowledge of American Indian groups that they employ to understand the world around them. It examines their belief systems, religious rituals, oral traditions, and cosmologies. MnTC Goal 7.