Anthropology

ANT 100 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3 SH
A study of human behavior and the structure of society. Emphasis will focus upon cultures outside the Western European area, using a few selected societies as the framework in which to study the theories and principles of social anthropology. Listed as behavioral and social sciences general education elective. Every semester. General Education: Social Science.

ANT 110 Introduction to Physical Anthropology 3 SH
Examines the relationship between biological and social behavioral aspects of human evolution, with emphasis on basics of evolutionary theory, fossil hominids and social behavior, especially of the non-human primates. Listed as behavioral and social sciences general education elective. Fall semester. General Education: Social Science.

ANT/SOC 204 Culture and Personality 3 SH
The social and cultural factors influencing the structure and development of the personality. Emphasizes studies and cross-cultural analysis. Fall semester of even numbered years. Prerequisite: ANT 100 or SOC 100. General Education: Social Science.

ANT/COM 208 Intercultural Communication 3 SH
Students will investigate theoretical and practical aspects of intercultural communication processes. Spring semester. Prerequisite: COM 161 or 162; ANT 100 or SOC 100. General Education: Social Science.

ANT/AAS 212 Peoples and Cultures of Africa 3 SH
Designed to acquaint the student with the cultures and peoples of Africa as they existed before European colonization. Attention will also be directed to the problem of cultural change. Spring semester of odd numbered years. Prerequisite: ANT 100. General Education: Social Science.

ANT 213 North American Indians 3 SH
Devoted to the study of North American indians as they existed before contact with Europeans. Attention will also be directed toward problems of acculturation, as well as pre-historic background, linguistics and history of the various culture areas. Spring semesters of odd numbered years. Prerequisite: ANT 100 or SOC 100. General Education: Social Science.

ANT 214 Peoples and Cultures of the Pacific 3 SH
Deals with the peoples of the Pacific Islands, especially Australian Aborigines, New Guinea Highland cultures and Polynesian societies, as they existed before European contact. Attention will also be directed to problems of modernization. Offered periodically. Prerequisite: ANT 100 or SOC 100. General Education: Social Science.

ANT 222 Peasant Societies 3 SH
Between two-thirds and three-quarters of the world’s people may be classified as peasants and out of this, the third world, comes today’s principal revolutionary potential. Spring semester of even numbered years. Prerequisite: ANT 100. General Education: Social Science.

ANT 225 An Introduction to Archaeology: Rocks, Bones and Stones 3 SH
This course will examine the prehistory of societies in both the old and new worlds: critically examining the rise of civilization in terms of several theoretical models of interpretation, including warfare, trade, population increase, stratification, specialization and domestication. Students will also be introduced to archaeological methods and the analysis and exhibition of artifacts. Spring semester of odd numbered years. General Education: Social Science.

ANT 226 New England Archaeology 3 SH
Course surveys the archaeology of Indian settlements in the New England area, emphasizing the prehistoric cultural time periods from 12,000 years ago to just prior to European contact in the late sixteenth century. Course focus is upon how archaeologists use site data and documentary records to interpret the past. Fall semester of odd numbered years. Prerequisite: ANT 100. General Education: Social Science.

ANT 229 Archaeological Field Methods 6 SH
Course consists of evaluating local archaeological sites through survey, excavation, analysis and interpretation. The course has two components: approximately three weeks of field survey and excavation and approximately two weeks of laboratory analysis and interpretation. Students will be expected to devote six to eight hours a day in both the field and laboratory. Prerequisite: ANT 100. Summer session only. General Education: Social Science.

ANT/SOC 232 Religion and Culture 3 SH
Analysis of religion as a universal aspect of human culture expressed as belief and ritual concerned with supernatural beings, powers and forces. The function of religion in society. Fall semester of even numbered years. Prerequisite: ANT 100 or SOC 100. General Education: Social Science.

ANT/WS 236 Culture, Sex and Gender 3 SH
Course examines the cross-cultural background of sex and gender, tracing the configurations of gender from egalitarian hunting and gathering societies through gender-stratified horticultural, pastoral, agricultural and industrial societies. The course will address gender issues, such as the feminization of poverty, gender as portrayed by the media, and contemporary theoretical perspectives about the dialectics of power. Not open to first-year students. Offered periodically. General Education: Social Science.

ANT/SOC 242 Buddhism and Culture 3 SH
This course offers a fundamental understanding of the societal context and cultural principles of a major world religion. The course surveys the major events and personalities in Buddhism, and provides a basic understanding of the religion in several of its main “streams” or traditions. Principally, the course seeks to provide for students a foundational understanding of Buddhism and Buddhistic societies through an ethnographic approach. Topically, the course considers Therevada, Mahayana, Vajrayana, Pure Land, Zen and Bon. Spring semester of even numbered year. Prerequisite: ANT 100 or SOC 100 or permission of the instructor. General Education: Social Science.

ANT 298 Faculty Developed Study 1–6 SH

ANT 299 Student Developed Study 1–6 SH

ANT 301 Human Evolutionary Theory: Planet of the Apes 3 SH
This course examines the broad range of primate behavior and what it means to be human. The course depicts the trajectory of human evolution, and emphasizes the biology and behavior or primates. Particular attention will be paid to the higher primates, like chimpanzees and gorillas. Do these animals have a culture or is culture the exclusive product of human societies? Offered periodically.  Prerequisite: ANT 100 or permission of the instructor. General Education: Social Science.

ANT/WS 314 Native Peoples of the Southwest: Women, Spirituality and Power 3 SH
This course examines the native peoples of the American Southwest in terms of their prehistoric background, archaeological traditions, world view, cosmology, mythology, and the diversity of cultures during the historic period. Of particular interest for this course are those groups that are matriarchal, like the Hopi Indian. What kind of power did the women of that tribe possess? Was it real or figurative? This course will also examine women’s narrative of the turbulent history of cultural contact between Indians and the Spanish and later, the Anglos. Offered periodically.  Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. General Education: Social Science.

ANT/SOC 322 Comparative Minority Relations 3 SH
The course examines, from a comparative perspective, the dynamics of minority relations in terms of race, color, class and ethnic identity with special emphasis on selected pluralistic societies. Spring semester of odd numbered year. Prerequisite: SOC 200 or advanced class standing. General Education: Social Science.

ANT/SOC 330 Social and Cultural Theory 3 SH
The course proposes to integrate theoretical perspectives in sociology and anthropology. Focus is upon problems and applications of theory-building. Several major classical and modern theories of society and culture will be analyzed, investigating both their substance and their methods of approach. Fall semester. Prerequisite: SS 201 or advanced class standing.General Education: Social Science.

ANT 341 Cultural Resource Management 3 SH
The course presents a broad overview of the subfield of archaeology called, Cultural Resource Management (CRM). This overview covers everything from federal and state legislation (Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island) to the relationship of anthropologists with Native Americans. Offered periodically. Prerequisite: ANT 100 or ANT 110 and one course in archaeology. General Education: Social Science.

ANT/SOC 350 Modern and Postmodern Societies 3 SH
Using a comparative and historical perspective, this course examines the cultural and social differences between societies that are labeled “modern” and those that are “traditional.” The course explores the development of the cultural and social form known as “modernity” in Western societies and its subsequent spread throughout large portions of the world. The course also looks at more contemporary changes taking place in Western societies, such as the movement towards a postmodern culture, globalization and the information revolution. Spring semester. Prerequisite: ANT 100 or SOC 100. General Education: Social Science.

ANT 400 Advanced Topics in Anthropology 2–6 SH
The content and credit hours of this course will vary from year to year, depending on the interests of the students and faculty. Aspects of anthropology not introduced, or not treated in depth, in other courses of the major will be introduced and/or treated in depth. Offerings will be drawn from physical, cultural and archeological subfields of anthropology. Possible topics might include: Mesoamerican archaeology, non-human primate behavior, ritual and symbolism, or anthropology of dance. The course may be repeated for credit with different content and permission of the department. The department will determine the number of credits prior to the course offering. Offered periodically.  Prerequisite: determined at time of offering. Open to juniors and seniors. General Education: Social Science.


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