160 Human Origins
An introduction to human biological evolution and prehistory. Principal topics include the nature of modern science, primate adaptation, human variation and adaptation, the human fossil record, history of evolutionary thought, and the mechanics of evolution. Fulfills general education requirements in Life Sciences (Issues). Offered each Fall.
171 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Introduces the study of cultures and social processes throughout the world today, with attention to anthropological theory and method. Topics include kinship, exchange systems, political organization, religion, and the expressive arts. Case studies from the non-western world as well as the contemporary U.S. Fulfills general education requirements in
Contemporary Social Institutions and Global Diversity flag. Offered each semester.
175 Introduction to Archaeology
This course introduces students to the basic theories and methods that anthropological archaeologists use in the study of material cultural, past and present. Students examine the history and evolution of field archaeology paying close attention to the contemporary excavation methods being used by archaeologists working on active sites in Illinois and around the world.
250 World Music
Uses an anthropological approach known as ethnomusicology to study the music of Native North America, Latin America, Africa, India, and Indonesia. Includes workshops with international musicians and hands on interaction with instruments from around the world. Fulfills general education requirements in Arts and Global Diversity flag. Offered alternate years, May Term.
270 Special Topics
Selected topics in anthropology open to students of all majors, particularly sophomores and juniors. May be repeated for credit if content is not duplicated. Special topics courses currently offered include Forensic Anthropology; Primates; and Environmental Change & Human Adaptation.
273 Self and Society in Japan
Students are introduced to the aspects of everyday living in Japan. Japanese history, language, schooling, work, play, gender, popular culture, and village life are examined. Activities include visit to a tea ceremony and an interview of an individual from Japan. Fulfills general education requirements in Contemporary Social Institutions and Global Diversity flag. Offered alternate years.
274 Peoples and Cultures of East Africa (also Environmental Studies 274)
This course traverses the East African past and present paying special attention to the cultural ecology of Maasai pastoralists, Akamba agriculturalists, Mbuti hunter-foragers, and Swahili coastal merchants. Students gain in-depth understanding of the creative ways East Africans have adapted their cultures and modes of subsistence to thrive in their natural environments. Fulfills general education requirements in Contemporary Social Institutions and Global Diversity flag. Offered annually, Spring.
275 Anthropology of Theatre, Performance & Spectacle
Highlights the social significance of public music and dance rituals performed by select societies around the world. Interaction with cultural experts and hands-on learning experiences are central to the course. Of special interest to majors of anthropology, music, dance, and theater arts. Fulfills general education requirements in Arts and Global Diversity flag. Offered annually, Fall.
277 Area Studies: Special Topics
These courses focus on a regional area of study, often one in which the professor has conducted ethnographic field research. These courses are open to students of all majors, and may be of particular interest to students pursuing a correlating area concentration in the International Studies major.
288 Consuming Passions: The Anthropology of Food
Considers forms of human eating in historical and cross-cultural perspective. Examines various systems of subsistence, from hunting and gathering to horticulture to pastoralism, as well as the symbolic aspects of food choice. Fulfills general education requirements for a Global Diversity flag. Offered alternate years.
295 Travel Course in Anthropology
295 (A): Meeting the Swahili of Kenya
First hand observations of East African social institutions, cultural practices, and the daily life of communities along the Kenya coast. Fulfills general education requirements for a Global Diversity flag. Offered when possible, May Term.
310 Issues and Ethnography in Anthropology
Examines issues and controversies in classical and contemporary ethnographic literature. Prerequisite: ANTH 171. Fulfills general education requirements for a Global Diversity flag. Writing intensive. Offered alternate years.
330 Language, Communication, and Culture
Explores the relationship between language, society, and thought. The topics include the evolutionary origins of human language, multilingualism, nonverbal behavior, and gendered differences in communication styles. Fulfills general education requirements for a Global Diversity flag. Offered alternate years, Spring.
350 Healing, Birthing & Dying
Emphasizing cross-cultural data, highlights the rituals that frame and give meaning to health-related experiences, the human relationships necessary for healing to occur, and variety of ways illness is communicated by individuals. Fulfills general education requirements for a Global Diversity flag. Writing intensive. Offered as needed.
352 Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective
An examination of gender and sex cross-culturally and in evolutionary perspective, with emphasis on the developing world. Some of the topics include women and men in prehistory; notions of masculinity, femininity, and sexuality; the sexual division of labor and economic organization; gender roles in ritual contexts; and the impact of socio-cultural change on gender issues. Fulfills general education requirements in Contemporary Social Institutions and a Global Diversity flag. Offered as needed.
355 African Expressive Arts
This course introduces students to a variety of African expressive art forms in historical particularist and cross-cultural perspective. Artists, scholars, and performers, who specialize in specific African media will share their expertise in lecture-demonstrations and workshops, providing students with hands-on learning experiences. This course fulfills general education requirements in The Arts and offers a Global Diversity flag. Offered alternate years, May Term.
360 Race, Racism & Anthropology
Traces the relationship of anthropology's role in both inventing the concept of human races and then challenging that conception. Questions of racial identity such as "What does it mean to be black, or white, or Asian?" are explored. Considers systems of racial classification and racism in non-Western societies, including Japan and Brazil. Fulfills general education requirements for Intellectual Traditions and a U.S. Diversity flag. Offered alternate years.
366 That Complex Whole: Co-Evolution of Biology & Culture
Believing behavior cannot be reduced to distinct biological or environmental causes, course seeks a full appreciation of complexity as it applies to the human experience. Analyzes classical debates about the "causes of human behavior and highlights the relationship of biological evolution to the evolution of human culture. Offered as needed.
370 Special Topics
Specially-designed courses of a topical nature intended for juniors and seniors. May be repeated for credit if content is not duplicated. Offered as needed.
380 Visual and Ethnographic Methods
Analysis of the production of and use of visual ethnographic material from the turn of the century to the present is followed by hands-on training in collaborative ethnographic field methods toward the production of ethnographic photo-essays and student-produced ethnographic films. Offered alternate years, Spring.
Directed research and work in an appropriate social agency, lab, or museum. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing and approval of the Sociology and Anthropology Department. See Career Center for preliminary details and internship forms. Offered each semester.
450 Independent Study
Individual study in an area of special interest. Student must devise a plan of study in cooperation with instructor. Limit: two units of credit. Junior or Senior standing. Offered each semester.
475 Seminar in Anthropology
Intensive examination of selected topics in the history of anthropology and/or contemporary anthropology. Development of skills in analysis and criticism. Junior or senior standing and advance consent of instructor required; completion of required courses in the anthropology minor strongly recommended. Offered as needed.
Skill Set Acquired through the Anthropology Curriculum
* anthropology's intellectual traditions
*reflexive research ethics
*interconnections between biology and culture
*production of ethnographic narratives (written and visual)
*using visual media as a tool for ethnographic inquiry
*independent field research (on and off-campus)