ANTH 160 Human Origins
An introduction to human biological evolution and prehistory. Principle 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.
ANTH 171 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
ANTH 176 Introduction to Archaeology
This course introduces students to the basic theories and methods that anthropological
archaeologists use in the study of material culture, 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. Offered as needed.
This course explores how the social production of gender has interacted
with music in select societies around the world and over time. Under
study is the social life of music and the ways in which gender ideology
has impacted how, why, and by whom music is made. Case studies consider
the gendered nature of musical production, interpretation, and
transformation. By tracing changing ideas about the role of women in
society and how those ideas have influenced music and vice versa, the
intellectual traditions that shape and are shaped by music are better
understood. Fulfills general education requirements in Intellectual Traditions and Global Diversity
flag. Offered alternate years.
ANTH 252 Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective
Examination of gender and sex cross-culturally and in evolutionary perspective, with
emphasis on the developing world. 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 sociocultural change
on gender issues. Fulfills general education requirements in Contemporary Social Institutions
and the Writing Intensive and Global Diversity flags. Offered as needed.
ANTH 270 Special Topics
Selected topics in anthropology open to students in all majors. May be repeated for
credit if content is not duplicated. Offered as needed.
ANTH 273 Self and Society in Japan
Aspects of everyday living in social and cultural context, with emphasis on social
relations and the social institutions of family, work, education, medicine, and religion.
Other topics include gender, play, art, and popular culture. Fulfills general education
requirements in Contemporary Social Institutions and Global Diversity flag. Offered
ANTH 274 Peoples and Cultures of East Africa (also Environmental Studies 274)
Survey of select east African societies whose cultural adaptations to varied ecosystems
make interesting case studies for comparative analysis. Reveals the diversity and
the congruity of human social systems. Fulfills general education requirements in
Contemporary Social Institutions and Global Diversity flag. Offered annually, Spring.
ANTH 275 Anthropology of Theatre, Performance & Spectacle
Highlights the social significance of public music and dance rituals performed by
select societies around the world. 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.
ANTH 276 Native Americans and the Environment (also Environmental Studies 276)
Examines the values, principles and laws that Native Americans use to
conceptualize, define, and organize their relationships with the natural
world. Students compare these ideas with their own understanding of the
environment in written and oral assignments. Students interact with
Native Americans, participate in Native American ceremonies, and spend
time outdoors. This course fulfills general education requirements in
Analysis of Values and offers a U.S. Diversity flag. Offered annually, Fall.
ANTH 277 Area Studies
Selected topics in anthropology with regional focus open to students of all majors,
particularly sophomores and juniors. May be repeated for credit if content is not
duplicated. Offered as needed.
ANTH 288 Consuming Passions: The Anthropology of Food (also Environmental Studies 288)
Considers forms of human eating in historical and cross-cultural perspective and their
relationship to the environment. 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
ANTH 295 Travel Course in Anthropology
First hand observations of the social institutions, cultural practices, and daily
life of a particular society, of a distinct cultural group or society. Fulfills general
education requirements in Global Diversity flag. Offered occasionally in May term.
ANTH 310 Re-imagining Culture and Fieldwork
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.
ANTH 330 Language, Communication, and Culture
Explores the relationship between language, society, and thought. The topics include
the evolutionary origins of human language, multilingualism, non-verbal behavior,
and gendered differences in communication styles. Fulfills general education requirements
for a Global Diversity flag. Offered alternate years.
ANTH 350 Health and Healing in Cross-Cultural Perspective
Highlights the variety of ways illness and wellness are conceptualized and the practices
that frame and give meaning to healing. Healers and scholars with expertise in non-western, alternative,
and complementary modalities introduce students to a variety of healing philosophies.
Students select a healer with whom to work closely and produce an ethnography documenting
their research. Fulfills general education requirements for a Global Diversity flag.
Writing intensive. Offered alternate years.
ANTH 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 in May Term.
ANTH 360 Race, Racism, and Anthropology
Traces the relationship of anthropology’s role in both inventing the concept of human
races, and then challenging that conception. Examines how racial identities emerge
from a variety of social and intellectual traditions that attempt to define race.
Considers systems of racial classification and racism in non-Western societies, in
addition to the U.S. Fulfills general education requirements for Intellectual Traditions
and a U.S. Diversity flag. Offered in alternate years.
ANTH 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 of human culture. Offered as needed.
ANTH 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.
ANTH 380 Visual Ethnographic Methods
Critical analysis of ethnographic photography and film followed by the production
of a visual auto-ethnography, and the following collaborative ethnographic research
projects: a photo-essay, poster presentation, and short film. Offered alternate years.
ANTH 397 Internship
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.
ANTH 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. Prerequisite: Junior or
senior standing. Offered each semester.