Anthropology Courses


ANTH101. Introduction to Anthropology

The origins, evolution, and present biological and cultural diversity of the human species using data from the fossil record, archaeological artifacts, the structure of languages, and behavior and world-view of people living in other cultures. 3 credits.

ANTH106. Introduction to Womens Studies

Introduction to Women's Studies. The course will introduce students to literature in the social sciences by and about women. We will explore key roles which women play in society, how they have questioned these roles, and contributions which women make in different societies. We will read about women in our own and other societies as a way to explore these questions. 3 credits.

ANTH202. Archaeology

A survey course of the techniques used to locate, survey, sample and excavate prehistoric and historic archaeological sites. The analysis of artifacts and features, typing of collection of stone tools and pottery, and case studies of well known archaeological sites from various culture areas of the world are covered. 3 credits.

ANTH203. Physical Anthropology

An analysis of prehistoric and contemporary humans as physical organisms. The study of human origins and evolution from 5 million years ago to the present. The study of variation in human populations in characteristics such as skin color, blood type, susceptibility to diseases, and adaptations to extremes of cold, heat, and altitude. 3 credits.

ANTH204. Language and Culture

The analysis of language with stress on the dependence of language upon its sociological context. A survey of linguistic variability, social dialectology, language change, and ethnolinguistic analysis. 3 credits.

ANTH205. Human Life in Prehistoric Wrld

Human Life in the Prehistoric World. An examination of the behavior and values likely to have been central to human groups in prehistoric times. The seminar approach will be employed with continual student dialog based on readings. Collections of stone tools and pottery shards will be analyzed in class. 3 credits.

ANTH280. Archaeological Laboratory Meth

Archaeological Laboratory Methods. This course provides a basic introduction to archaeological laboratory methods as well as illustration. Instruction in the essential elements of any archaeological lab will provide the student with the necessary knowledge to undertake the basic organization and analysis of data recovered from an archaeological site. 3 credits.

ANTH295. Special Topics

The topics may vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit when topics change. 3 credits.

ANTH296. Field Methods in Archaeology

The skills necessary to excavate historic and prehistoric sites and to recognize and recover archaeological artifacts. The site work consists of learning the techniques of excavation, mapping, soil analysis, the recovery, washing and analysis of prehistoric stone tools and historic artifacts, and the interpretation of stratigraphy. Offered during summer session. 6 credits.

ANTH311. Studies Abroad

Primarily intended for transfer of credit earned abroad in courses on anthropology. 1-18 credits

ANTH312. Studies Abroad

Primarily intended for transfer of credit earned abroad in courses on anthropology. 1-18 credits

ANTH314. Indians of North America

Descriptions, comparisons, and analysis of past and present Indian cultures. Possible origins of the various North American Indian tribes will also be discussed and will be supported by the use of archaeological and linguistic data. 3 credits.

ANTH315. South American Indians

A survey course of archaeological and ethnographic focusing on hunter-gatherer and horticulturalist Indian groups. The effects of social-cultural change in contemporary Indian life will be a major component of the course. 3 credits.

ANTH316. People of Africa

An analysis of the human cultures of pre-historic and contemporary Africa. Archaeological and linguistic data will be used to trace the biological and cultural relationships among contemporary African societies. 3 credits.

ANTH317. Peoples of the Pacific

Historical and contemporary descriptions of the varieties of peoples and cultures in Polynesia, Micronesia, and Melanesia. 3 credits.

ANTH318. Moundbuilder Cultures of E US

This course presents an overview of Moundbuilder cultures of the Eastern United States. The course will examine the social, political, economic and other cultural factors that led to the rise and fall of the various Moundbuilders civilizations. Students will learn about these cultures through the textbook materials as well as experientially through site visits to a cross section of archaeological sites in the Southern Unites States.

ANTH320. Folklore

The oral techniques used in literate and non-literate cultures to pass traditions from generation to generation. The forms and functions of folktales, proverbs, curses, folk-songs, riddles, ceremonies, folk art, and games in Western and non-Western culture. 3 credits.

ANTH321. Supernatural Belief Systems

An investigation of the social aspects of religion, its forms of organization, and its relationships to other institutions. 3 credits.

ANTH322. Sustainabil:Peoples N Neck VA

Students will study the natural and cultural ecology of the Northern Neck focusing on variables such as prehistoric and contemporary climate, soil composition, water, and floral and faunal communities. A key concern running throughout the course will be the cultural patterns utilized by prehistoric, colonial and contemporary human populations in this region. 3 credits. WR

ANTH325. Gender and Society

This course provides an examination of the social construction of gender and the social organization of gender inequality, as well as an analysis of gender identity in socialization, interpersonal behavior, the family, the media, and the economy. 3 credits.

ANTH350. Advanced Archeaology

Advanced Archaeology and Cultural Resources Management: This course provides students with in-depth exposure to advanced archaeological practices such as the development of research proposals, pre-excavation planning, excavation management, surveying methods involving a transit or theodolite, mapping, photography, and computer applications in archaeology. Students will also be involved in preparations for upcoming projects to be conducted by the Longwood Archaeology Field School. All of the techniques and methods will be considered within the framework of Cultural Resource Management laws and practices at the local, state and federal level. Prerequisite: ANTH 202. 3 credits.

ANTH351. Archaeology Engl Prhst Roman

This course presents an overview of England through the eyes of archaeology and anthropology, from 5,000 years before the present to 1500 AD. The materials employed in this course include library and archival sources, archaeological artifacts, physical anthropological specimens, and examination of field excavation sites. 3 credits.

ANTH355. The Community

Review of theories of community and analysis of representative community studies. 3 credits.

ANTH390. Directed Study

ANTH391. Directed Study

ANTH395. Special topics

Selected topics in Anthropology. The topics may vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit when topics change. 3 credits.

ANTH403. Forensic Anthropology

This course presents and in-depth examination of forensic anthropological methods of recovery and interpretation of human remains. Students will develop a general knowledge and understanding of the human skeleton and skeletal evidence for determination of age, sex, stature and indications of occupational markers on the skeleton. Students will also learn to discern skeletal indications of antemortem, perimortem and postmortem trauma.

ANTH410. Research Methods in Cult Anthr

Research Methods in Cultural Anthropology. The methods employed by anthropologists in their gathering and analysis of material of the behavior of people living in other cultures. Methods surveyed include participant observation, analysis of speech patterns, collection of genealogies, mapping, collection of oral histories, semantic analysis and the eliciting of symbol systems. 3 credits.

ANTH450. Archaeological Theory

Archaelogical Theory: This course provides students with detailed knowledge of both the theoretical and practical issues facing archaeologists today. By participating in seminar-style discussions students will explore a wide range of topics from the history of archaeology and the beginnings of "archaeological theory" to the most current cultural resource management practices. The course offers students the opportunity to delve into topics such as theoretical archaeology including competing schools of thought and various proponents of important ideas and concepts within the discipline. Prerequisite: ANTH 202 or 296. 3 credits.

ANTH455. Social Change

The study of significant alterations in the organization of society and in patterns of values, norms, and behavior over time. Explores the social and economic development associated with modernization and industrialization and various sources of change found in technology, social structure, population, the environment, and cultural innovation. Prerequisite: SOCL 101 or ANTH 101 or permission of instructor. 3 credits.

ANTH460. Anthropological Theory

The history of theory and models in anthropology. An overview of the intellectual "schools" which have affected research in the past and a survey of present models in anthropological thinking. 3 credits.

ANTH461. Senior Seminar Anthropology

Senior Seminar in Anthropology. A seminar for senior anthropology majors, designed to integrate knowledge of specific subfields into a comprehensive view of anthropology and its role in relation to other sciences. Open only to senior anthropology majors. 3 credits.

ANTH490. Directed Independent Study

Individualized study. Must be approved by the head of the department. 1-18 credits

ANTH492. Internship in Anthropology

Directed student learning in applied settings, that permits a practiced, supervised experience. Students learn through performance in meaningful tasks in a variety of social environments. May be repeated. Prerequisite: 18 hours of anthropology. Student's cumulative GPA must be 2.0 or above to be eligible for internship. Must be arranged in advance with program director or department chair. Variable credit: 1-15 hours per semester.

ANTH495. Special Topics

Selected topics in Anthropology. The topics may vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit when topics change. 3 credits.

ANTH496. Org Execution Arch Fieldwrk

The Organization and Execution of Archaeological Fieldwork. Advanced students with experience in basic field methods in archaeology learn the skills necessary to organize and supervise the execution of archaeological excavations. Students will serve as assistants to the Director of an ongoing excavation and will aid in the design of the field strategy, intra-site sampling techniques, site mapping, and artifact and feature plotting and recording. Offered during summer session. 6 credits.

ANTH496. Org Execution Arch Fieldwrk

The Organization and Execution of Archaeological Fieldwork. Advanced students with experience in basic field methods in archaeology learn the skills necessary to organize and supervise the execution of archaeological excavations. Students will serve as assistants to the Director of an ongoing excavation and will aid in the design of the field strategy, intra-site sampling techniques, site mapping, and artifact and feature plotting and recording. Offered during summer session. 6 credits.

ANTH497. Fieldwrk South American Arch

Fieldwork in South American Archaeology. This course is designed to expose students to the skills and methods needed to excavate prehistoric sites and to recover and analyze artifacts and features. Students will have the opportunity to work in laboratory as well as field settings. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. 6 credits.

ANTH498. Honors Research Anthropology

Students conduct research in anthropology under the direction of a faculty member and the Senior Honors Research Committee. 3 credits.

ANTH499. Honors Research Anthropology

Students conduct research in anthropology under the direction of a faculty member and the Senior Honors Research Committee. 3 credits.