Exploration of the scientific principles governing natural systems and their contribution to understanding the emergence and biological evolution of humans, the role of environment in shaping human behavioral and cultural variation, and the consequences of human activity on local, regional, and…

The theory of evolution by natural selection through the natural history of humankind and of our closest relatives, the primates. Concepts of macro and microevolution, adaptation, cell and genetics, paleontology, human and primate origins, brain and language evolution, bioarchaeology, and…

Variation in human culture and biology from the earliest beginnings to the present, including relationships between human biology, culture, and the environment, and an understanding of contemporary cultural differences.

Building Skills and Competencies in Cultural Anthropology

Have you enjoyed learning about cultural anthropology but have no idea how your degree can be applied? Are you a dual major, and wondering how to apply cultural anthropology to the fields of health, international…

Basic concepts and principles of archaeology. Topics covered include history of archaeology, site formation processes, survey and excavation techniques, artifact typology and analysis, chronology, activity analysis, and general archaeological theory.

Relationships between humans and material things, with a strong emphasis on the material culture of Georgia from 10,000 BC until about AD 1900.

Lecture will be presented within laboratory format to allow strong hands-on component to the course.

Roots and rooting are summoned as metaphors for re-territorialization and cultural revitalization among local people, refugees, and immigrants whose senses of place may be undermined in a globalizing world. With modernity and globalization, dislocation and placelessness are…

Introduction to the cultures of Southeast Asia. The topical area covers a vast geographical expanse, a large number of countries, cultures, ethnic groups, languages, religions, and an enormous body of anthropological literature. This course will focus on a select few cross-culturally relevant…

Multicultural diversity of beliefs and practices about health and illness of ethnic groups in the United States as it impacts on health care. Specific consideration of African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, and Asian Americans.

Through readings, discussions, and research projects this course will try to confront what D.W. Meinig’s “central problem,” “Any landscape is comprised not only of what lies before our eyes but what lies inside our heads.”

Provides a broad overview of the history of cultural anthropology, from its beginnings in the Enlightenment to the present. We combine two approaches in this course: (1) an intellectual history approach, and (2) an approach that examines particular ethnographic accounts as exemplars of various…

Anthropology is the study of human diversity. Economics is the study of how people make decisions about resources. Economic anthropology examines the diversity of peoples' preferences, choices, behaviors, habits, activities, customs, and institutions relating to resources.

This course explores the challenges of conservation on a damaged planet from an interdisciplinary range of perspectives. If focuses on the social and ecological dimensions of conservation across multiple scales and contexts.

M/W/F 12:20-1:10pm…

This introductory survey-level course in the field of modern underwater archaeology includes a study of prehistoric and early “historic” archaeological sites in Europe and North America. It will focus on ancient and indigenous watercraft as well as inundated habitation/specialized sites. This is…

Students will become informed users of the historical record of human resource use and of environmental change and stasis that is available from archaeological sites with emphasis on biological data from archaeological sites, the dynamic relationships between humans and their environments, and…

Methods of archaeometric analysis including chronometric and instrumental techniques. Absolute age dating and characterization of archaeological materials by physico-chemical analysis.

Students are introduced to the major concepts, methods, and issues in international development. The course focuses on pervasive rural and urban poverty, the disparity in wealth both between developing and developed countries and within individual countries, the increasing fragility…

Human osteology is the study of our bones. Osteology is relevant to disciplines that depend on detailed knowledge of the human body, e.g., forensic anthropology and paleoanthropology. Students will learn to identify and describe bones and use a comparative approach to understand their function…

Methods of archaeometric analysis including chronometric and instrumental techniques. Absolute age dating and characterization of archaeological materials by physico-chemical analysis.

Through readings, discussions, and research projects this course will try to confront what D.W. Meinig’s “central problem,” “Any landscape is comprised not only of what lies before our eyes but what lies inside our heads.”

Provides a broad overview of the history of cultural anthropology, from its beginnings in the Enlightenment to the present. We combine two approaches in this course: (1) an intellectual history approach, and (2) an approach that examines particular ethnographic accounts as exemplars of various…

Anthropology is the study of human diversity. Economics is the study of how people make decisions about resources. Economic anthropology examines the diversity of peoples' preferences, choices, behaviors, habits, activities, customs, and institutions relating to resources.

This introductory survey-level course in the field of modern underwater archaeology includes a study of prehistoric and early “historic” archaeological sites in Europe and North America. It will focus on ancient and indigenous watercraft as well as inundated habitation/specialized sites. This is…

Students will become informed users of the historical record of human resource use and of environmental change and stasis that is available from archaeological sites with emphasis on biological data from archaeological sites, the dynamic relationships between humans and their environments, and…

Methods of archaeometric analysis including chronometric and instrumental techniques. Absolute age dating and characterization of archaeological materials by physico-chemical analysis.

Human-environment interaction in anthropological perspective from the eighteenth century to the present.

The development of anthropological theory.

Human osteology is the study of our bones. Osteology is relevant to disciplines that depend on detailed knowledge of the human body, e.g., forensic anthropology and paleoanthropology. Students will learn to identify and describe bones and use a comparative approach to understand their function…

Methods of archaeometric analysis including chronometric and instrumental techniques. Absolute age dating and characterization of archaeological materials by physico-chemical analysis.

Basic concepts and principles of archaeology. Topics covered include history of archaeology, site formation processes, survey and excavation techniques, artifact typology and analysis, chronology, activity analysis, and general archaeological theory.