The listing below shows anthropology courses available. To see courses offered for the Fall 2021 semester see the Schedule of Courses

Explores careers for students with an Anthropology background. Students research careers, job listings, and internships, and prepare materials that highlight skills learned in Anthropology courses.

Credit(s): 1.00

An exploration of the incredible inventory of the world's languages, addressing language universals and the breadth of language variation. Students investigate how linguists group and compare languages and the complex relations between global processes, world languages, and political/cultural boundaries. Cross-listed with: LING 014.

Credit(s): 2.00 to 3.00

Survey of how human languages are represented orthographically, both historically and in the present day. We examine the origins of writing, writing system change over time, and the connections between spoken and written language. Cross-listed with: LING 088.

Credit(s): 3.00

Introduction to cultural anthropology, using fieldwork-based concepts and methods to study diverse cultural views and practices, varied forms of social organization, and contemporary global issues.

Credit(s): 3.00

Introduction to the critical anthropological analysis of efforts to explain and alleviate global poverty through development interventions.

Credit(s): 3.00

Examination of the origins and development of culture from the earliest human fossils through the appearance of civilization; the nature of archaeological data and interpretations.

Credit(s): 3.00

Introduction to the study of the evolution and physical variation of humanity from a biocultural perspective.

Credit(s): 3.00

Introduction to linguistic anthropology, focusing on language and communication as they pertain to human culture and human social interaction.

Credit(s): 3.00

Introduction to the anthropology of parenting and childhood from birth to adolescence. Both biological anthropological and cultural anthropological approaches are explored through a cross-cultural perspective.

Credit(s): 2.00 to 3.00

Combines practical and academic perspectives in the cross-cultural study of business values and practices. Comparative studies include business cultures, cross- cultural marketing, management issues, and globalization. Online, Summer session only.

Credit(s): 3.00

Integrated Social Science Program seminar exploring the importance of anthropological and cultural perspectives for critical understanding of global environmental issues.

Credit(s): 3.00

Comparative and cross-cultural exploration of the relationships between religion, health, and healing. Cross-listed with: REL 040.

Credit(s): 3.00

Examination of the cultivation, preparation, and consumption of food as rich symbolic processes through which humans interact with our natural and social environments.

Credit(s): 3.00

Introduction to cultural variation in human views and practices related to sex, gender, and health in contemporary societies. Through anthropological concepts and social science findings, examines global diversity in cultural ways of approaching sex, gender, and health.

Credit(s): 3.00

An anthropological exploration of connections between global health, economic development, and cultural diversity in contemporary times. Considers ways in which informed global citizens can make a positive difference in human health, taking socioeconomic and cultural diversity into account. Cross-listed with: HSOC 089.

Credit(s): 3.00

An on-site supervised work experience combined with a structured academic learning plan directed by a faculty member or a faculty-staff team in which a faculty member is the instructor of record, for which academic credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.

Credit(s): 1.00 to 3.00

See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.

Credit(s): 1.00 to 18.00

See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.

Credit(s): 1.00 to 18.00

This course examines the cultural significance of sports from around the world. Prerequisite: ANTH 021.

Credit(s): 3.00

This course explores the cultural aspects of political institutions, structures, and processes in societies from around the world. Prerequisite: ANTH 021.

Credit(s): 3.00

Archaeological overview of North and South America from the peopling of the New World to European contact in the sixteenth century. Prerequisite: Minimum Sophomore standing.

Credit(s): 2.00 to 3.00

Seminar-style introduction to the Anthropology major focusing on skill-building, course selection, internships, service learning, research or teaching assistantships, study abroad, fieldwork, senior projects/theses, and grant opportunities. Prerequisites: Anthropology major and one of the following: ANTH 021, ANTH 024, ANTH 026, or ANTH 028.

Credit(s): 1.00

Explores approaches to cultural heritage worldwide and the political, economic, and legal contexts that influence the preservation and destruction of cultural resources such as archaeological sites and architecture. Prerequisite: ANTH 021 or ANTH 024.

Credit(s): 3.00

Introduction to the syntax of natural languages and a rigorous approach to the analysis of sentence structure. Pre/co-requisite: LING 080 or ANTH 028. Cross-listed with:LING 166.

Credit(s): 3.00

Students will engage with language as a logical system and explore how it is that linguistic utterances mean what they mean. They will learn to express linguistic constituents as logical expressions. Other topics include modification, entailments, quantification, negation, and idioms. Prerequisite: LING 080 or ANTH 028. Cross-listed with: LING 163.

Credit(s): 3.00

Considers the field's emergence and evolution in relation to sociolinguistic and feminist theory. Examines how gendered identities are socially and linguistically constructed from a range of theoretical and methodological perspectives. Maintains a focus throughout on queer linguistic scholarship - looking beyond binaries, disentangling gender, sex, and sexuality, interrogating relationship of language to systems of power/oppression. Prerequisites: LING 080 or LING 085 or ANTH 028 or GSWS 001. Cross-listed with: LING 175, GSWS 115.

Credit(s): 3.00

Examination of the cultural responses to events and situations defined as crises or catastrophic at both the individual and collective levels. Prerequisite: ANTH 021.

Credit(s): 3.00

Focus on social inequality, toxin exposure, and human health impacts within the context of place, culture, history, and political economy. Examination of the interaction of political economy, toxic waste, history, culture, and place, and how constellations of inequality translate into exposure to various toxins. Prerequisite: ANTH 021.

Credit(s): 3.00

Examination of the major theories, theorists, and socio-political contexts central to historical develop- ment of the discipline of Anthropology. Prerequisite: ANTH 021, ANTH 024, ANTH 026, or ANTH 028.

Credit(s): 3.00

Explores intermediate level topics in cultural anthropology. May be repeated for credit with different content. Sample topics include: Cultural Anthropology in the Media, Indigenous Cultures and Social Change, Economic Anthropology. Prerequisite: ANTH 021.

Credit(s): 3.00

Covers anthropological theories and case studies of modernity and consumption including circulation and reproduction of objects, consumer culture, globalization, and material aspects of cultural change. Prerequisite: ANTH 021.

Credit(s): 3.00

Archaeological overview of North America from the peopling of the New World to European contact in the sixteenth century. Prerequisite: ANTH 024.

Credit(s): 3.00

Archaeological overview of the American Southwest, from the peopling of the New World to European contact in the sixteenth century. Prerequisite: ANTH 024.

Credit(s): 3.00

Explores intermediate level topics in archaeology. May be repeated for credit with different content. Sample topics include: Archaeology of Disaster, Ruins, Archaeology in the Media. Prerequisite: ANTH 024.

Credit(s): 3.00

A survey of behavior and anatomy of nonhuman primates (monkeys, apes and prosimians) from an anthropological perspective. Prerequisite: ANTH 021 or ANTH 026.

Credit(s): 3.00

An examination of how different cultures approach issues and customs surrounding death. Drawing on evidence from cultural and biological anthropology and archaeology, students will explore widely, examining how death illuminates life in different cultures around the world and through time. Prerequisite: ANTH 021 or ANTH 024 or ANTH 026 or ANTH 028.

Credit(s): 3.00

This course serves as an introduction to the syntax of natural languages and a rigorous approach to the analysis of sentence structure. Prerequisite: ANTH 028 or LING 080. Cross-listed with: CSD 166, LING 166.

Credit(s): 3.00

Survey of cultures of Central and Eastern Europe during the socialist and post-socialist periods with an emphasis on social, cultural and economic transformation since 1985. Prerequisite: ANTH 021 or a 100-level Russia/East European Studies course.

Credit(s): 3.00

Introduction to Chinese culture and society, examining core cultural values and practices, gender and the lifecycle, sociocultural diversity, impacts of economic development and social change.

Credit(s): 3.00

Exploring gendered aspects of religion, colonialism, anti-colonial struggles, feminism, revolution, family law, citizenship, expressive culture, and conflict through ethnography of the Middle East. Prerequisite: ANTH 021.

Credit(s): 3.00

Ethnographic study of religious practice and social life of contemporary Muslim communities worldwide, including shared tradition, cultural diversity, community and personhood, gender, politics, and Islamic revitalization. Prerequisite: ANTH 021 or ANTH 028.

Credit(s): 3.00

Examines how anthropology is socially and politically organized as a discipline, relations between subfields, and conditions under which anthropologists do research and communicate about it. Focuses on developing practical skills involved in the actual doing of anthropology. Prerequisite: ANTH 021, ANTH 024, ANTH 026 or ANTH 028.

Credit(s): 3.00

Ethnographic survey of major Native American cultures the United States against background of aboriginal culture history and problems of contact with European cultures. Alternate years. Prerequisite: ANTH 021 or 3 credits in a social science.

Credit(s): 3.00

Ethnographic survey of major native American cultures south of Mesoamerica against background of aboriginal culture history, and their relation to present day culture spheres. Prerequisite: ANTH 021. Alternate years.

Credit(s): 3.00

Ethnographic survey of representative native societies of sub-Saharan Africa and major colonial/immigrant minorities emphasizing changes resulting from colonialism, independence, and modernization. Prerequisite: ANTH 021. Alternate years.

Credit(s): 3.00

Native peoples of Vermont from their earliest appearance in the region until today. Archaeological and ethnographic data reviewed in the broader perspective of aboriginal Northeastern cultural history. Prerequisite: ANTH 021 or ANTH 024. Cross-listed with: VS 164.

Credit(s): 3.00

Culture and social organization of peoples of Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. Theoretical issues in anthropological analysis of these societies discussed. Prerequisite: ANTH 021. Alternate years.

Credit(s): 3.00

Culture and social organization of peoples living in lands from Morocco to Afghanistan, including a consideration of Islam. Prerequisite: ANTH 021. Alternate years.

Credit(s): 3.00

Survey of peoples of Latino/Hispanic descent living in the U.S. Course examines their similarities and differences in history, ethnic identification, and cultural practices. Prerequisite: ANTH 021.

Credit(s): 3.00

Cross-cultural study of gender, sex, sexuality, and race including exploring the cultural construction of categories and cultural practices related to the body and gender, sex, sexuality, and race. Prerequisite: ANTH 021 or GSWS 001. Cross-listed with: GSWS 165.

Credit(s): 3.00

Explores global health and global health challenges affecting people primarily in developing or resource-constrained countries. Prerequisite: Minimum Sophomore standing. Cross-listed with: HSCI 103, HSOC 103.

Credit(s): 3.00

Introduction to medical anthropology. Social and cultural perspectives on health and illness experiences, doctor-patient interactions, healing practices, and access to health and health care. Prerequisite: ANTH 021 or ANTH 089 or three hours of Sociology. Cross-listed with: SOC 155.

Credit(s): 3.00

Explores intermediate-level topics in linguistic anthropology. May be repeated for credit with different content. Sample topics include: Language, Peace, and Conflict; Languages of Asia. Prerequisite: ANTH 028 or LING 080.

Credit(s): 3.00

Exploration of language and nonverbal interactions as cultural activities. Focus on rules and patterns people display appropriate to communication and social interaction. Prerequisite: ANTH 028 or LING 080. Cross-listed with: LING 178.

Credit(s): 3.00

Introduction to how culture mediates human- environmental interactions. Topics include cultural, spiritual, and political ecology; forms of resource management; environmentalism; sustainable development; and environmental justice. Prerequisite: ANTH 021, ANTH 023, or ANTH 024 or Instructor permission.

Credit(s): 3.00

Examines the role of culture in shaping personhood, identity, experience, cognition, emotion, mental illness, interpersonal relations, socialization processes, and human development across the lifecycle. Prerequisite: ANTH 021 or ANTH 089.

Credit(s): 3.00

Introduction to the anthropology of law and conflict management emphasizing the cultural fora and social organization of disputes and efforts to deal with conflict. Prerequisite: ANTH 021.

Credit(s): 3.00

Examines large-scale killing from an anthropological perspective using the comparative method, social-structural, cultural, and political-economy models. Proposed solutions are also critically assessed. Prerequisite: ANTH 021.

Credit(s): 3.00

Explores elements that both connect and distinguish populations of street children worldwide from an anthropological perspective. Prerequisite: ANTH 021.

Credit(s): 3.00

This course examines how the cultivation, preparation, and consumption of food are rich symbolic processes through which humans interact with our natural and social environments. Prerequisite: ANTH 021. Cross-listed with: NFS 185.

Credit(s): 3.00

Description and analysis of ethnic, racial, and religious groups in the United States. Examination of social/cultural patterns in the larger society and in these groups themselves. Prerequisite: Three hours of Anthropology or Sociology. Cross-listed with: SOC 119.

Credit(s): 3.00

Survey of field, lab, and archival research methods; specialized studies of material culture; selected topics on ethnicity in the Americas, gender and status. Prerequisites: ANTH 024.

Credit(s): 3.00

Aging from an anthropological perspective. Topics include exploration of biological and sociocultural aspects of human aging across the adult lifecycle in a variety of cultural groups. Prerequisites: ANTH 021 or ANTH 026 or ANTH 089.

Credit(s): 3.00

Independent design, research, and writing of a thesis in the Liberal Arts Scholars Program (LASP) under the Social Sciences Scholars (SSS) designation. Prerequisites: LASP-SSS students only; Instructor permission.

Credit(s): 3.00

Undergraduate student service as a teaching assistant, usually in an introductory level course in the discipline, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.

Credit(s): 1.00 to 3.00

A course which is tailored to fit the interests of a specific student, which occurs outside the traditional classroom/laboratory setting under the supervision of a faculty member, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.

Credit(s): 1.00 to 18.00

On-site supervised work experience combined with a structured academic learning plan directed by a faculty member or a faculty-staff team in which a faculty member is the instructor of record, for which academic credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.

Credit(s): 1.00 to 18.00

See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.

Credit(s): 1.00 to 18.00

See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.

Credit(s): 1.00 to 18.00

Undergraduate student work on individual or small team research projects under the supervision of a faculty member, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.

Credit(s): 1.00 to 18.00

Undergraduate student work on individual or small team research projects under the supervision of a faculty member, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.

Credit(s): 1.00 to 18.00

A required component of a curriculum that is an on-site supervised work experience combined with a structured academic learning plan directed by a faculty member or a faculty-staff team in which a faculty member is the instructor of record, for which academic credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.

Credit(s): 1.00 to 18.00

Methods and techniques of archaeological investigation in field situations and the laboratory analysis of data. Prerequisites: ANTH 024, and one 100-level course in Anthropology or History, or Instructor permission.

Credit(s): 1.00 to 6.00

Examines the major analytical frameworks, theoretical debates, and methodological tools for studying contemporary media technologies and expressive cultures anthropologically. Prerequisites: ANTH 021, one 100-level Anthropology course.

Credit(s): 3.00

Examining tourism from an anthropological perspective, including: museums; souvenirs and tourist art; national, racial, ethnic, and indigenous identities; gender; and theories of performance and re-enactment. Prerequisites: ANTH 021 and one 100-level Anthropology course.

Credit(s): 3.00

Designed to be taken in conjunction with any 200-level class, this capstone pro-seminar in Anthropology will provide a forum for majors to build and package anthropological skill sets and to identify, explore, and plan for future educational and career opportunities. Prerequisites: Minimum Junior standing; Anthropology major. Pre/co-requisite: Any three-credit 200-level Anthropology course.

Credit(s): 1.00

Examination of past Amerindian and Colonial era cultures in the Caribbean and the major theoretical and methodological issues surrounding their investigation. Prerequisites: ANTH 024 and one 100-level Anthropology course.

Credit(s): 3.00

Development of archaeology from the 19th century to the present including concepts of form, space and time, intellectual attitudes, current systems theory, and research strategies. Prerequisites: ANTH 024 and one 100-level Anthropology course, or HST 121, HST 122, or HST 149, or HP 201, or graduate standing in Historic Preservation Program.

Credit(s): 3.00

Seminar examines the application of anthropological knowledge and methodologies to alleviate social problems around the world, with a special focus on the cultural politics of expertise. Prerequisites: ANTH 021 or ANTH 023, three 100-level courses, or Instructor permission. Alternate years.

Credit(s): 3.00

Schools of anthropological thought examined in relation to data on non-Western societies and the historical and social context in which the anthropologist works. Prerequisites: Prerequisites: ANTH 021, one 100-level course.

Credit(s): 3.00

Examination of the basic anthropological concepts and theories used in the cross-cultural analysis of kinship and marriage. Prerequisites: ANTH 021, one 100-level course.

Credit(s): 3.00

An exploration of the human skeleton as a means of reconstructing past lives both at the level of individuals (forensics) and populations (archaeology and bioarchaeology). Prerequisites: ANTH 024, ANTH 026, one 100-level Anthropology course in archaeology or biological anthropology (see major requirements for subdisciplinary designations), or Instructor permission.

Credit(s): 0.00 or 4.00

Advanced seminar integrating perspectives from biology and biological anthropology to investigate human evolution and diversity. Through critical analysis, reflective and analytical writing, and discussion, we will engage with a broad range of readings from both disciplines. Prerequisites: BCOR 101 or (ANTH 026 and one 100-level Anthropology course); Minimum Junior standing. Cross-listed with: BIOL 241.

Credit(s): 3.00

Lab-based course that explores methods from biology and biological anthropology to study human evolution and diversity through skeletal anatomy and genetic analyses. Heavy focus on research design and proposal development, literature research, data collection and interpretation, and dissemination of results. Prerequisites: BCOR 101 or (ANTH 026 and one 100-level Anthropology course); Minimum Junior standing. Cross-listed with: BIOL 242.

Credit(s): 4.00

Exploration of laboratory methods for analyzing excavated materials, such as ceramics, chipped stone, or fauna. May be repeated for credit when material and emphasis vary. Prerequisites: ANTH 024, one 100-level course in Anthropology

Credit(s): 3.00

The cultural context of selected archaeological and ethnographic collections at Fleming Museum; cataloguing, conservation, research, and interpretation of objects; exhibition design and ethical issues. Prerequisites: Three credits in Anthropology at the 100-level; Anthropology major or minor; minimum Sophomore standing. Alternate years.

Credit(s): 3.00

Examines different theoretical approaches to understanding gender and sexuality through the study of language use, emphasizing analysis of cross-cultural data from a linguistic anthropological perspective. Prerequisites: ANTH 028 or LING 080 and one Anthropology or Linguistics course at the 100-level or above or Instructor permission. Cross-listed with: LING 272.

Credit(s): 3.00

Advanced special topics in linguistics, sociolinguistics, and linguistic anthropology. Prerequisites: ANTH 028 or LING 080 and one Anthropology or Linguistics course at the 100-level or above or permission of the Instructor.

Credit(s): 3.00

The concepts, ideologies, and practice(s) of colonialism within a sociocultural and historical context emphasizing the cultures of the colonizer and the colonized and the interaction thereof. Prerequisites: ANTH 021, one 100-level course. Alternate years.

Credit(s): 3.00

Exploration of key methodologies in linguistic anthropology, including theories and practice of eliciting linguistic data, conducting interviews, transcribing audio- and video-taped interactions, and analyzing conversations. Prerequisites: ANTH 028 or LING 080 and one Anthropology or Linguistics course at the 100-level or above. Cross-listed with: LING 284.

Credit(s): 3.00

Through investigating the ways that people work through, around, and with food in the public sphere, we will unpack the political, cultural, and economic dimensions of both local and global food systems. Prerequisites: ANTH 021; one course at the 100-level in cultural anthropology.

Credit(s): 3.00

Examines core concepts, approaches, and findings of discipline of medical anthropology in examining problems of global health in resource-poor settings and considers the contributions of anthropology to interdisciplinary global health research. Trains students in critical review of related scholarly literature, research design, and proposal writing. Prerequisites: ANTH 021 or ANTH 026 or ANTH 089; ANTH 173 or ANTH 174.

Credit(s): 3.00

Examination of theoretical and ethical premises of field work methodology with practical experience in research design, proposal writing, participant observation, interviewing, and qualitative data analysis. Prerequisite: ANTH 021, one course at the 100-level in cultural anthropology.

Credit(s): 3.00

Undergraduate student service as a teaching assistant, usually in an introductory level course in the discipline, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.

Credit(s): 1.00 to 3.00

A course which is tailored to fit the interests of a specific student, which occurs outside the traditional classroom/laboratory setting under the supervision of a faculty member, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.

Credit(s): 1.00 to 18.00

On-site supervised work experience combined with a structured academic learning plan directed by a faculty member or a faculty-staff team in which a faculty member is the instructor of record, for which academic credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.

Credit(s): 1.00 to 18.00

See Schedule of Courses for specific titles. Prerequisites: ANTH 021, one 100-level course.

Credit(s): 1.00 to 18.00

See Schedule of Courses for specific titles. Prerequisites: ANTH 021, one 100-level course.

Credit(s): 1.00 to 18.00

Undergraduate student work on individual or small team research projects under the supervision of a faculty member, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion. Prerequisite: Minimum Junior standing.

Credit(s): 1.00 to 18.00

Undergraduate student work on individual or small team research projects under the supervision of a faculty member, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion. Prerequisite: Minimum Junior standing; Instructor permission

Credit(s): 1.00 to 18.00

A required component of a curriculum that is an on-site supervised work experience combined with a structured academic learning plan directed by a faculty member or a faculty-staff team in which a faculty member is the instructor of record, for which academic credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.

Credit(s): 1.00 to 18.00