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Anthropology

Course Code
ANTH 309  Credits
Title Indians of the Great Plains 
Lasc Area Goal 7  
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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  
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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  
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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  
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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. 



Course Code
ANTH 315  Credits
Title North American Archaeology 
Prerequisite ANTH 115 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description An overview of the prehistory of North America from the end of the Ice Age. 



Course Code
ANTH 316  Credits
Title Magic, Witchcraft and Belief 
Prerequisite ANTH 110 
Lasc Area Goal 8  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Introduction to the study of religion in cross cultural perspective. The origins of supernatural beliefs will be studied. Functional and non-functional explanations of religious beliefs will be examined. The relationship between culture change and religious movements will be explored. MnTC Goal 8. 



Course Code
ANTH 317  Credits
Title Collapse 
Lasc Area Goal 10  
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Description This course explores the notion of societal collapse using ancient societies and archaeological data. A variety of case studies, drawn from diverse cultural and environmental settings, are examined to identify the processes and causes of collapse. Of critical importance is the interplay between society and environment in achieving or failing to attain long-term sustainability. Present day contexts are examined using perspectives gained from the study of the past. MnTC Goal 10. 



Course Code
ANTH 318  Credits
Title Archaeology and the Bible 
Lasc Area Goal 5  
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Description Review of the archaeological record of Palestine during the time periods represented in the biblical chronology. Subjects highlighted are the Near Eastern origins of agriculture, the rise of urbanism, imperial context of Syria-Palestine, and the history of the peoples of ancient Palestine as known from archaeological materials. MnTC Goal 5. 



Course Code
ANTH 325  Credits
Title Reading Landscape: Ways of Seeing 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Writing Intensive Yes  
Description Explores the landscape concept as developed and applied within anthropology and the geosciences. Considers the interaction of culture and perception in the way we view our physical world. Writing Intensive. 



Course Code
ANTH 327  Credits
Title The Aztecs 
Lasc Area Goal 7  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Writing Intensive Yes  
Description This course is an examination of Aztec civilization. Varied perspectives, including native and Spanish chroniclers, archaeological data, and a cross-cultural understanding of archaic states, are employed to derive an understanding of Aztec civilization. MnTC Goal 7. 



Course Code
ANTH 329  Credits
Title The Uses of the Past 
Lasc Area Goal 9  
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Description An examination of how the past is interpreted to satisfy ideological, political and social needs of groups. Ethical responsibilities related to interpreting the past are combined with understanding the importance of being fair-minded toward others' versions of the past. MnTC Goal 9. 



Course Code
ANTH 333  Credits
Title Anthropology of Music 
Lasc Area Goal 8  
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Description An athropological investigation of the relationships between culture and music. It will focus on the core anthropological concepts of cultural relativism, ethnocentrism, and globalization in relation to the cultural contexts of music. It will explore how music relates anthropologically to various aspects of culture, including identity, gender, family, religion, politics, subsistence, economics, and language. Ethnographic examples will be drawn from western and non-western musics. MnTC Goal 8. 



Course Code
ANTH 337  Credits
Title The Maya 
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Description This course explores the archaeology of the Maya. Varied perspectives, including native, Spanish chroniclers, the archaeological record, and a cross-cultural understanding of archaic civilizations, are employed to derive and understanding of Maya civilization. 



Course Code
ANTH 348  Credits
Title Ideas of Culture 
Prerequisite ANTH 110 
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Description Presentation of the major schools of thought in the history of anthropology and related social sciences from the 19th and 20th centuries. The course includes discussion of evolutionism, historicism, functionalism, structuralism and contemporary social theories. 



Course Code
ANTH 350  Credits
Title Geoarchaeology 
Prerequisite ANTH 115 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Examines the application of Geosciences methods and techniques to archaeological deposits and materials. Emphasis on critical evaluation and interpretation of geoarchaeological data using a series of case studies. 



Course Code
ANTH 350  Credits
Title Geoarchaeology 
Prerequisite ANTH 115 - Introduction to Archaeology; OR GEOS 117 - Water, Land, and People; OR GEOS 115 – Physical Geology and Lab  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Examines the application of Geoscience methods and techniques to archaeological deposits and materials. Emphasizes foundational concepts in Geoarchaeology, the role of Geoarchaeology in contemporary archaeology, and the application of geoarchaeological knowledge and skills to inform archaeological interpretation. 



Course Code
ANTH 360  Credits
Title Applied Ethnographic Methods 
Prerequisite ANTH 110 
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Description Training in the standard techniques of ethnographic fieldwork with emphasis on applied applications, including research design, interviewing, forms of observation, and the production of ethnographic writings, as well as introducing important debates concerning this process.  



Course Code
ANTH 380  Credits
Title Traditional Cultures 
Prerequisite ANTH 110 
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Description An examination of traditional cultures before widespread westernization, including a review of the anthropological literature, such as ranking, non-market exchange and systems of production, domestic organization, power, authority, and traditional religious systems. 



Course Code
ANTH 390  Credits 1-3 
Title Topics in Anthropology 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Study of various topics in anthropology. This course may be repeated as topics vary.