Anthropology Courses


ANTH 1240 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3 credits)—A comprehensive examination of the human experience. Major topics include the relationship between biology and culture; cultural diversity; and the cultural evolution of communication, kinship, religion, art, political organization, and foodways.

ANTH 1260 Introduction to Archaeology (3 credits)—Examination of archaeological field techniques, laboratory methods, and requisite federal and state laws. The archaeology of world prehistory is surveyed from the beginnings of the human lineage and the rise of anatomically modern humans through the development of fully agricultural societies.

ANTH 1280 Introduction to Physical Anthropology (3 credits)—An examination of the evolution of humankind focusing on genetic, paleontological, and primatological evidence. Human biological variation is also considered with respect to the dynamics of evolution and the interaction between biology and culture.

ANTH 2040 Folk Culture in the Modern World (3 credits)Prerequisite(s): ANTH 1240, SOCI 1020, or permission of instructor. An introduction to the major theories, concerns, and methods of modern folklore scholarship with strong emphasis upon field studies of family and regional traditions and the practical applications of folklore research in cultural outreach and public educational programs.

ANTH/BLUE 2150 American Folk Music (3 credits)—A multicultural survey of America’s diverse ethnic and regional traditions of folk music, how they have been revived and popularized in the twentieth century, and their contributions to contemporary popular culture around the world.

ANTH 3028 Honors Cultural Anthropology (3 credits)—Open to those in the Honors Scholars Program only. An introduction to ethnography and the world of cultural diversity as well as to ethnographic research methods.

ANTH 3070 Medical Anthropology (3 credits)Prerequisite(s): ANTH 1240 or permission of instructor. An introduction to the crosscultural, holistic, and evolutionary study of illness and health. Major topical areas include ethnomedical belief systems, the interaction of biology and culture, and culture as an adaptive mechanism. Oral intensive.

ANTH 3080 Nutritional Anthropology (3 credits)Prerequisite: ANTH 1240. This course examines the biological and social forces that shape human food use and the nutritional status of individuals from an evolutionary and cross-cultural perspective.

ANTH 3250 Environmental Anthropology (3 credits)—Study of the political economy and cultural ecology of global development policies and their social and material impacts for peoples of the world. Special focus will be given to indigenous populations whose lifeways and worldviews are most compromised. Oral intensive.

ANTH 3260 Visual Anthropology (3 credits)Prerequisite: ANTH 1240. An exploration of the impact that technological advances in capturing images on film has made in the field of anthropology. Ethnographic films and associated literature will be investigated.

ANTH 3400 Human Osteology and Paleontology (3 credits)— An intensive study of the evolutionary history of humankind from early hominids to anatomically modern humans.


ANTH 3450 Introduction to Forensic Anthropology (3 credits) - An introduction to the field and laboratory methods, legal and scientific standards, and contexts in which forensic anthropologists work. 

ANTH 3500 Appalachian Folk Medicine (3 credits)—The study of folk medical beliefs and practices, focusing on Southern Appalachia from the late 1800s to 1940. Topics examined include folk materia medica and therapeutics, magico-religious beliefs and practices, folk healers, folk concepts of illness and human physiology.

ANTH 4007/5007 Archaeology of the Southeastern United States (3 credits)Prerequisite or co-requisite: ANTH 1260. Intensive survey of the prehistory of the Southeastern United States. Course covers the span of time from the peopling of the New World, some 13,000+ years ago, up through European contact. Writing intensive.

ANTH 4017/5017 Historic Native American Cultures of the Southeastern U.S. (3 credits)—An archaeological survey of the historically known Native American tribes of the Southeastern U.S. Study of native lifeways and the effects of European influence and colonization efforts on aboriginal societies.

ANTH 4018 Honors Thesis (1-6 credits)—Repeatable up to a total of 6 hours. Open only to students in Anthropology. Directed research in an approved topic. Required for departmental honors.

ANTH 4037/5037 Old World Archaeology (3 credits)Prerequisite: ANTH 1260. An intensive survey of the prehistory of Africa, Asia, and Europe from the Palaeolithic Era (including human origins and early hunter gatherer adaptations) through the Iron Age (including the transition to domestication and agriculture as well as the rise of complex societies).

ANTH 4070 Practicing Anthropology (3 credits)Prerequisite: ANTH 1240. This course focuses on the practice of anthropology in real-world settings, including medicine, education, international and community development and business. The course focuses on tools and skills for practicing anthropology as well as establishing a career as an applied anthropologist.

ANTH 4240 Primatology (3 credits)Prerequisites: ANTH 1240, 1260, and 1280. A survey of the study of nonhuman primates, especially the apes. Topics include the evolution of primates, morphology, ecology, social organization, sexual behavior, tool use, play, communication, and protoculture.

ANTH 4400 Archaeological Field School (3-6 credits)—Fieldwork intensive course designed to introduce students to archaeological excavation methods. Students will learn to map, recover, catalog, and process archaeological artifacts. The significance and context of archaeological investigations will be addressed.

ANTH/APST 4567/5567 Scottish Ethnology (3 credits)Prerequisite(s): ANTH 1240, SOCI 1020, or APST 2010. A survey of Scottish ethnic and regional groups and their folk traditions.

ANTH 4630 Native American Culture in Contemporary Society (3 credits)—An introduction to Native American populations of the United States. Classical anthropological study of indigenous mythologies and pre-contact traditions will be addressed, as well as contemporary issues of poverty, health, public policy, and pan-Indianism. Writing intensive.

ANTH 4830 Anthropological Theory (3 credits)Prerequisites: ANTH 1240, 1260, and 1280. An examination of the historical development of anthropological theory from the late nineteenth century to the present. Oral Intensive.

ANTH 4900 Independent Studies (1-3 credits)Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

ANTH 4957/5957 Special Topics in Anthropology (1-6 credits)

ANTH 5500 Topical Seminar (3 credits)

ANTH 5900 Independent Studies (1-3 credits)

SOAA (Sociology and Anthropology Cross-Listed Courses)

SOAA 1000 Academic Advantage (2 credits)—This course helps the first-year student make the transition to the university, develop a better understanding of the learning process, and enhance essential academic skills. The course provides a support group for students in a critical transitional year by examining problems and issues common to the first year of college. Elective credit only. Does not apply toward major or minor requirements.

SOAA 3050 Appalachian Culture (3 credits)—Prerequisite: ANTH 1240 or SOCI 1020 OR APST 2060. This course explores varied aspects of Appalachian culture to consider issues of regional identity and culture change. Topics may include, for example, coal-mining, folk and faith healing, kinship and community, media and legend, folk art, and social protest.

SOAA 3350 Social Statistics (3 credits)Prerequisite: MATH 1530. An introduction to applied statistics in the field of sociology and related disciplines.

SOAA 3700 Peoples and Cultures of Latin America (3 credits)Prerequisite(s): ANTH 1240 or SOCI 1020. An introduction to various cultures and nations in Latin America. Topics include indigenous cultures, cultural variation, economic development, political change and demographic processes.

SOAA 3800 Religion, Society, and Culture (3 credits)Prerequisite(s): ANTH 1240, SOCI 1020, or permission of instructor. Analysis of the social and cultural dimensions of religion and the origins, functions, and place of religion in human societies.

SOAA 4357/5357 Popular and Consumer Culture (3 credits)
Prerequisite(s): ANTH 1240, SOCI 1020, or permission of instructor. An examination of the impact of modern communications technology upon traditional lifestyles and world views, particularly entertainment during the 20th century. Writing intensive.

SOAA 4627/5627 Ethnographic Field Work Techniques (3 credits)Prerequisite(s): ANTH 1240, SOCI 1020, or permission of instructor. An introduction to the information-gathering techniques and strategies employed by modern anthropologists, folklorists, and qualitative sociologists—including interviewing, recording, photography, transcription, and data analysis. Practical applications and cultural situations are also stressed.

SOAA/APST 4907 Foodways of Appalachia (3 credits)—Traditional and developing food cultures of the Mountain South. Topics include: the historical roots of Appalachian cookery; food and class in Appalachia; Native American and African influences on mountain cuisine; immigrant cooking in the mountains; the rituals of the mountain table; the products of the land and larder; traditional food preservation techniques and beliefs; and the emergence and viability of sustainable agriculture and aquaculture.