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Anthropology and Museum Studies

Course Descriptions

Subfield identification key:

A=Archaeology

B=Biological Anthropology

C=Cultural Anthropology

L=Linguistics

S=Seminar

ANTH 107. General Anthropology (5).  Human biological and cultural adaptations: survey of concepts, methods, and perspectives on past and present. SB-Foundations of Human Adaptation, Behavior.

 

ANTH 110. Introduction to Biological Anthropology (5).  A survey of the history, philosophy and theory of biological anthropology including biological relationships to other primate forms, the fossil record, and evolutionary adaptations. Co-requisite: ANTH 110LAB. NS Patterns, Connections, Natural World

 

ANTH 110LAB. Biological Anthropology Laboratory (1). Practical laboratory experience with data in human osteology, comparative primate anatomy and ethology, forensic anthropology, genetics, and the fossil record of human evolution. Two hours laboratory per week.  ANTH 110LAB required for anthropology majors and minors; optional for students completing breadth requirements of General Education.

 

ANTH 120. Introduction to Archaeology (5). Introduction to the concepts, methods, and development of archaeology. SB- Foundations of Human Adaptation, Behavior (W)

 

ANTH 130. Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (5). Understanding human cultures: concepts, methods, and basic data involved in the comparative study of human cultural adaptations. SB-Perspectives on World Cultures.

 

ANTH 180. Introduction to Linguistics (5). Backgrounds, developments, and relation to other fields of study. ANTH 180 and ENG 180 are cross-listed courses; students may not receive credit for both.

 

ANTH 296. Individual Study (1-6). May be repeated for credit. By permission.

ANTH 298. Special Topics (1-6).

 

ANTH 301. Anthropology: Principles and Assessment (2). Principles and assessment course for majors: current topics and careers, research, funding; development of assessment portfolios and individual program plans. Required for all BA and BS anthropology majors at admission.

 

ANTH 309LAB. Skeletal Analysis and Comparison (2). Upper division introductory laboratory course which provides critical visual and hands-on exposure essential to students planning to continue with coursework in fossil primate studies, human evolution, and other applications, such as forensic anthropology. Meets anthropology subfield Biological Anthropology (B).

 

ANTH 310. Research/Laboratory in Biological Anthropology (1-2). Laboratory research analysis of biological anthropology materials. May be taken concurrently with and as a supplement to other 300-level courses in biological anthropology. Prerequisite: previous college work in biological anthropology or other natural sciences, and permission of instructor. No more than 10 credits of ANTH 310 and 485 are allowed to fulfill BA or BS requirements. Meets anthropology subfield Biological Anthropology (B). The course may be repeated for a cumulative max of 8 credits.

 

ANTH 311. Advanced Biological Anthropology: Principles of Human Evolution (4). Analysis and interpretation of major principles of modern biological anthropology from an evolutionary perspective: genetics, population genetics, ecology, comparative anatomy and human paleontology. Prerequisites: ANTH 110 and 110LAB. Meets anthropology subfield Biological Anthropology (B).

 

ANTH 312. Human Origins: The Fossil Evidence (4). The fossil record of human and protohuman forms. Basic data and interpretation. Three hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week. Meets anthropology subfield Biological Anthropology (B).

 

ANTH 313. Primate Social Behavior (4). Survey of field studies of nonhuman primates relevant to the study of human social systems and adaptation. Prerequisites: ANTH 107 or 110 or 130 or BIO 183. Meets anthropology subfield Biological Anthropology (B).

 

ANTH 314. Human Variation and Adaptation in Living Populations (4). Survey of genetic, morphological and physiological variability of living human populations and their biological source mechanisms. Current population dynamics are used to project future alternatives for change. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or above. NS-Applications Natural Science


 

ANTH 315. Forensic Skeletal Analysis (4). A survey of the human skeleton and techniques of human skeletal analysis. Identification of age, sex, and other traits in modern and extinct populations. Meets anthropology subfield Biological Anthropology (B).

 

ANTH 320. Research/Laboratory in Archaeology (2). Analysis of archaeological materials. Prerequisite: ANTH 120. Minimum of 4 hours laboratory per week. No more than 10 credits of ANTH 320 and 486 allowed to fulfill BA or BS requirements. Meets anthropology subfield Archaeology (A).

 

ANTH 321. Archaeological Methods (4). Introduction to methods used by archaeologists, with an emphasis on laboratory methods for analysis of chipped stone, ceramics, faunal remains, and other archaeological materials. Meets anthropology subfield Archaeology (A).

 

ANTH 321LAB. Archaeological Methods Laboratory (2). Hands on application of typical methods used in archaeological investigations, with an emphasis on laboratory techniques for studying chipped stone, ceramics, faunal remains, and other archaeological materials. Co- or prerequisite: ANTH 321. Meets anthropology subfield Archaeology (A).

 

ANTH 322. World Prehistory (4). Old and New World prehistory from late Pliocene to the early historic period, including the ecology and development of hunting-gathering, agriculture and state-level societies. ANTH 322 and HIST 322 are cross-listed courses; students may not receive credit for both. Meets anthropology subfield Archaeology (A).

 

ANTH 323. Field Archaeology (3-6). Identification, mapping and recording of archaeological sites; techniques of excavation. Prerequisite: ANTH 120. Meets anthropology subfield Archaeology (A). Grade will be either S or U.

 

ANTH 324. North American Archaeology (4). Prehistoric cultures of North America, with emphasis on adaptation to changing environments. Meets anthropology subfield Archaeology (A).

 

ANTH 325. Prehistory of the Pacific Northwest (4). Prehistoric cultures of Washington State and adjoining regions. Meets anthropology subfield Archaeology (A).

 

ANTH 333. Culture & Marriage (4). The reciprocal relationships between the biophysical and cultural components in mating, nurturing and sexual access. Cross-cultural patterns in marriage. ANTH 333 and FS 333 are cross-listed courses; students may not receive credit for both. Meets anthropology subfield Cultural Anthropology (C).

 

ANTH 341. Native American Cultures of the Pacific Northwest (4). Ecological settings and cultural adaptations of Pacific Northwest Native Americans in historical and contemporary contexts. Culture change and continuity, language, religion, resource management, and tribal sovereignty. Meets anthropology subfield Cultural Anthropology (C).

 

ANTH 342. Hispanic Cultures of the Western U.S. (4). This course provides an overview of Hispanic cultures in the American Southwest, California and the Pacific Northwest. Culture change and maintenance through language, religion and an economic resource base are highlighted. Meets anthropology subfield Cultural Anthropology (C).

 

ANTH 344. Cultures of Asia (4). Setting and cultural adaptation of the peoples of Asia. Representative groups from cultural regions of East Asia and Central/ Inner Asia. Meets anthropology subfield Cultural Anthropology (C).

 

ANTH 345. Cultures of Southeast Asia and Oceania (4). Setting and cultural adaptation of the peoples of Southeast Asia and Oceania. Meets anthropology subfield Cultural Anthropology (C).

 

ANTH 346. Cultures of Latin America and the Caribbean (4). Survey of anthropological research on cultures of Latin America and the Caribbean in historical and contemporary contexts. Meets anthropology subfield Cultural Anthropology (C).

 

ANTH 347. Native American Cultures of North America (4). Ecological settings and cultural adaptations of North American Native Americans in historical and contemporary contexts. Culture change and continuity, language, religion, resource management and tribal sovereignty. Meets anthropology subfield Cultural Anthropology (C).

 

ANTH 351. Visual Anthropology (4). Provides methodological, theoretical and practical background to produce and evaluate imagery in films and video; guidelines and practice of image presentation/ manipulation in anthropological and social contexts. ANTH 351 and COM 351 are cross-listed courses; students may not receive credit for both. Prerequisites: ANTH 130 or ART 225 or COM 321 or COM 330. Meets anthropology subfield Cultural Anthropology (C).

 

ANTH 352. Anthropology of Environmental Issues (4). Anthropological approaches to environmental issues and debates, from climate change to the availability of clean water and beyond. Students use critical thinking in assessing the role of culture nationally and internationally in current environmental issues. Meets anthropology subfield Cultural Anthropology (C).

 

ANTH 354. Anthropology of Religion (4). A cross-cultural analysis of religion, cosmology and world view. Meets anthropology subfield Cultural Anthropology (C).

 

ANTH 355. Culture, Person, Self (4). A cross-cultural analysis of the relationship of individuals to cultural beliefs and practices. Meets anthropology subfield Cultural Anthropology (C).

 

ANTH 356. Gender Roles in Cross-cultural Perspective (4). Biocultural factors affecting human gender roles. Meets anthropology subfield Cultural Anthropology (C).

 

ANTH 357. Medical Anthropology: Cross-cultural Perspectives on Health and Healing (4). Emphasizes cultural and biological factors influencing health maintenance in human populations and cross-cultural perspectives on illness, healingand the provision of health care. Meets anthropology subfield Cultural Anthropology (C).

 

ANTH 358. Culture and Politics in a Global Economy (4). Comparative perspectives on cultural processes of change
within the global economic system. Meets anthropology subfield Cultural Anthropology (C).

 

ANTH 359. Survey of Music in Cross-cultural Perspectives (2). An introduction to ethnomusicology: the cultural context of music with emphasis on Africa, Asia, Native North and South America, Oceania. ANTH 359 and MUS 359 are cross-listed courses; students may not receive credit for both.

 

ANTH 360. Introduction to Museum Studies (4). Concepts relating to museums in society: history, ethics, philosophy,
administration, legislation and education. Meets anthropology subfield Cultural Anthropology (C).

 

ANTH 361. Museum Exhibit Design (4). Principles of design applied to visual presentation of material culture, ideas and concepts through educational exhibits.

ANTH 362. Museum Curation and Management (4). Application of techniques of environmental security, restoration and preservation in the management of museum collections.

 

ANTH 380. Non-verbal Communication (4). Fundamentals of non-verbal communication including codes, relationship to biology and culture, usage, and interrelationships. COM 380 and ANTH 380 are cross-listed courses. Meets anthropology subfield Linguistics (L).

 

ANTH 381. Language in Culture (4). Language as a culture trait. Influence of language on other human institutions. Includes psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, ethnographic semantics, and multilingualism in its socio-cultural setting. Meets anthropology subfield Linguistics (L).

 

ANTH 382. Descriptive Linguistics (4). Introduction to the basic concepts and mechanics of formal linguistic analysis. Meets anthropology subfield Linguistics (L).

 

ANTH 384. Language and Gender (4). This course is designed to guide students to explore the active and rapidly expanding field of gender studies and language research dealing with how biological and cultural awareness of sexes are reflected in speech. ANTH 384 and WS 384 are cross-listed courses; students may not receive credit for both. Meets anthropology subfield Linguistics (L).

 

ANTH 398. Special Topics (1-6).

 

ANTH 404. Intermediate GIS (5). Applied concepts, principles, and operation of fundamental GIS applications, including raster - vector data models, topology, digitizing, and various analytical techniques such as overlay, buffers, and Boolean queries. Lecture and practical applications. ANTH 404, GEOG 404, and GEOL 404 are cross-listed courses; students may not receive credit for both. Prerequisites: students must have completed either GEOG 303, GEOL 303, or ANTH 303.

 

ANTH 410. Biological Anthropology: Theoretical and Research Issues (4). Exploration of the theoretical underpinnings of biological anthropology, their expression in current research topics in the field, and the
transition from earlier approaches to their current implementation. Seminar structure. Prerequisites: ANTH 110 and an additional 5 units of biological anthropology. Meets anthropology subfield Biological Anthropology (B) and Seminar (S). May be repeated for a total of 8 credits.

 

ANTH 411. Primate Conservation (4). A seminar that focuses on conservation issues of particular relevance for non-human primates, including deforestation, bush-meat hunting, and pet trade; and on conservation strategies, including reintroduction, captive management, and ecotourism. ANTH 411 and PRIM 511 are cross-listed courses; students may not receive credit for both. Prerequisites: ANTH 110 and ANTH 313. Meets anthropology subfield Biological Anthropology (B) and Seminar (S).

 

ANTH 412. Long-term Primate Studies (4). A survey of major long term field research projects including apes, monkeys, and lemurs; comparisons across sites and results of long term observation of non-human primates. Prerequisite: ANTH 313. Meets anthropology subfield Biological Anthropology (B) and Seminar (S).

 

ANTH 414. Forensic Anthropology: Cold Case Analysis (6). The course explores the recovery and examination of
skeletal remains through practical experience in the recovery of buried remains. Students will plan, manage, and
conduct a forensic skeletal analysis of a cold case. Findings will be presented. Prerequisites: ANTH 110, 315, 310, and
permission of the instructor. Meets anthropology subfield Biological Anthropology (B). May be repeated for credit.

 

ANTH 415. Forensic Anthropology: Theoretical and Applied Issues (4). An in-depth and critical analysis of journal articles pertaining to forensic anthropology, osteology, and archaeology. An examination of archaeological techniques that can be adapted to forensic and medico-legal investigations. Prerequisites: ANTH 110, 315, 310, and permission of the instructor. Meets anthropology subfield Biological Anthropology (B).

 

ANTH 416. Pongid Behavior (4). An overview of Pongid (chimpanzee, gorilla and orangutan) physiology, social and developmental behaviors in natural and laboratory conditions. ANTH 416 and PRIM 516 are cross-listed courses; students may not receive credit for both. Prerequisite: ANTH 313. Meets anthropology subfield Biological Anthropology (B) and Seminar (S).

 

ANTH 417. Advanced GIS (4). Advanced GIS principles, techniques, analysis, and application. Lecture and practical hands-on experience. Applied experience using GIS software. ANTH, GEOL, and GEOG 417 are cross-listed courses; students may not receive credit for more than one. Prerequisites: GEOG 404, GEOL 404, or ANTH 404.

 

ANTH 418. Primate Evolution (4). An overview of primate evolution from the earliest forms to modern representatives. Fossils, paleoenvironments, adaptive radiations and evolutionary trends among the primates. Prerequisites: ANTH 110 and ANTH 313. Meets anthropology subfield Biological Anthropology (B).

 

ANTH 421. Archaeological Theory (4). Discussion of research problems in data collection, analysis, and interpretation. Prerequisite: ANTH 120. Meets anthropology subfield Archaeology (A) and Seminar (S).

 

ANTH 425. Zooarchaeology (4). Mammalian osteology and methods in the analysis of animal bones from archaeological sites. Prerequisites: ANTH 120 and either ANTH 110LAB or BIOL 183. Meets anthropology subfield Archaeology (A).

 

ANTH 426. Stone Tool Analysis (4). The theory, method, and technique of stone tool analysis are presented so that students can undertake a research project analyzing a stone tool assemblage. Prerequisites: ANTH 120 or ANTH 323. Meets anthropology subfield Archaeology (A).

 

ANTH 427. Environmental Archaeology (4). Analyses of sediments and plant and animal remains from archaeological sites are used to explore relationship s between humans and their environments. Case studies combine natural and physical sciences to study long-term change in landscapes and ecosystems. ANTH 427/ 527 and GEOG 427/ 527 are cross-listed courses; students may not receive credit for more than one. Graduate credit requires an additional research paper to be specified in syllabus. Prerequisites: ANTH 120 or GEOG 107. Meets anthropology subfield Archaeology (A).

 

ANTH 440. Ecology and Culture (4). Investigation into interdependent environmental and human cultural systems.
Traditional agro-ecologies and subsistence strategies; contemporary problems of resource management, social equity, political ecology, and sustainable development. ANTH 440 and GEOG 440 are cross- listed courses, students may not
receive credit for both. Meets anthropology subfield Cultural Anthropology (C) and Seminar (S).

 

ANTH 444. Ethnographic Field Methods (4). Methods used in ethnographic field work. Meets anthropology subfield Cultural Anthropology (C) and Seminar (S).

 

ANTH 445LAB. Visual Anthropology Lab (2). A lab oriented course providing practical experience in basic
ethnographic film approaches. Prerequisites: ANTH 351 or COM 351, and admission to either the anthropology, film and video studies, or resource management major or minor. Meets anthropology subfield Cultural Anthropology (C).

 

ANTH 446. Anthropology of Globalization (4). Critically examines current theories of globalization in anthropology.
Course includes selected ethnographic research on topics including global flows of people, material, ideas, identities, global political structures, and local accommodation and resistance. Meets anthropology subfield Cultural Anthropology (C) and Seminar (S).

 

ANTH 449. Contemporary Native American Cultures and Issues (4).  Analysis of contemporary Native North American cultures and issues, including tribal sovereignty, resource management, education, religion, economic, and health status, cultural continuity, and adaptation. SOC 449 and ANTH economic, and health status, cultural continuity, and adaptation. SOC 449 and ANTH 449 are cross-listed courses; students may not receive credit for both. Prerequisites: eitherANTH 341, ANTH 347, SOC 366, AIS 103, or permission of instructor. Meets anthropology subfield Cultural Anthropology (C) and Seminar (S).

 

ANTH 451. History and Theory Anthropology (4). Content and developmental history of anthropological theories and methods. Prerequisite: 20 units of anthropology courses. Meets anthropology subfield Cultural Anthropology (C) and Seminar (S).

 

ANTH 458. Senior Comprehensive Survey (4). Advanced comprehensive survey of the field of anthropology as to its content and intent. Specifically designed for majors preparing for graduate work. Prerequisite: admission to an anthropology major plan.

 

ANTH 480. Survey of Linguistics (4). Linguistic concepts and the relation between linguistics and other fields of study. Open to seniors and graduate students only. ANTH 480 and ENG 480 are cross-listed courses; students may not receive credit for both. Prerequisite: senior standing. Meets anthropology subfield Linguistics (L).

 

ANTH 483. Sociolinguistics (4). Concepts and methods of sociolinguistic analysis in first and second languages. Will examine differences among cultures in the relationship between language usage and inequality. ANTH 483 and FNLA 483 are cross-listed courses; students may not receive credit for both. Prerequisites: either ANTH 180, ANTH 381, ENG 180, or FNLA 481. Meets anthropology subfield Linguistics (L).

 

ANTH 485. Method and Theory in Biological Anthropology (1-8). Methods and techniques, research problems, data collection, analysis, interpretation. Laboratory orientation. No more than 10 credits of ANTH 310 and ANTH 485 are allowed to fulfill BA or BS requirements. Prerequisite: introductory plus 5 upper - division credits in biological anthropology or corresponding coursework in the biological sciences. Meets anthropology subfield Biological Anthropology (B). May be repeated up to 8 credits.

 

ANTH 486. Advanced Methods in Archaeology (1-8). Archaeological research design; planning and supervision of laboratory and field operation; preparation of reports for publication. Prerequisite: 5 upper-division credits in archaeology. No more than 10 credits of ANTH 320 and 486 allowed to fulfill BA or BS requirements. Meets anthropology subfield Archaeology (A). May be repeated up to 8 credits.

 

ANTH 487. Field Linguistics (1-8). A laboratory oriented course providing both demonstration and practicum in recording, transcription, and structure of languages. Tapes and field derived data. Meets anthropology subfield Linguistics (L). May be repeated up to 8 credits.

 

ANTH 488. Advanced Research in Cultural Anthropology (1-8). Prerequisites: ANTH 130 and 5 upper-division credits in cultural anthropology. Meets anthropology subfield Cultural Anthropology (C). May be repeated up to 8 credits.

 

ANTH 490. Cooperative Education (1-12). An individualized, contracted field experience with business, industry, government, or social service agencies. This contractual arrangement involves a student-learning plan, cooperating employer supervision, and faculty coordination. May be repeated for credit. Grade will either be S or U. By permission.

 

ANTH 491. Workshop (1-6). May be repeated for credit.

 

ANTH 492. Anthropological Teaching Experience (1-2). May be repeated for credit. Grade will either be S or U.

 

ANTH 493. Anthropological Field Experience (1-8). Individual or group off-campus experience in the field study of anthropological phenomena. May be repeated for credit.

 

ANTH 494. Applied GIS Project (2-6). GIS projects in anthropology, biology, geography, geology, resource management. ANTH, GEOG, and GEOL 494 are cross-listed courses.

 

ANTH 496. Individual Study (1-6). May be repeated for credit. Grade will either be S or U. By permission.

 

ANTH 498. Special Topics (1-6).

 

ANTH 499. Seminar (1-5).