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Sociology & Anthropology

Anthropology

Topically, our courses cover issues central to our contemporary global society: questions of race class and gender; power and violence; cross-cultural constructions of masculinity and femininity; environmental injustice; global inequality; migration and identity; and advocacy and activism. Geographically, we specialize in the Caribbean, Latin America, and Latinos in the U.S.

Below you will find a list of our current or recent offerings. See the course catalog for descriptions and updated information.

  • 35-104 INTRODUCTION TO ANTHROPOLOGY
    This course provides a critical understanding of the similarities and differences in cultures and peoples through time and space, and of the application of anthropological knowledge to contemporary global issues. Topics covered may include the history of anthropology; human evolution; the idea of race; gender across cultures; kinship; political organization; economies; consumption; religion; language; ethics; and fieldwork. (Each semester) (ScS) (IP) (SJ)
  • 35-244 FAMILIES IN SOCIETY
    See Sociology 34-244.
  • 35-334 GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE
    An exploration of global environmental issues from a perspective that foregrounds questions of social inequality (differences in socioeconomic status, race, gender, indigeneity, national identity, etc.). The course includes an overview of the U.S. environmental justice movement, a consideration of global inequality, and social theories of nature and culture. Topics addressed may include global climate change, consumerism, pollution and toxic substances, resource extraction, bio-diversity conservation, food production systems, natural disasters, and water scarcity.. Students will be required to engage in environmentally oriented activism or service, and to reflect on their experiences as a part of the course.. Also Environmental Studies 49-444, Feminist Studies 04-494. Prerequisite: Anthropology 35-104, Environmental Studies 49-104 or Feminist Studies 04-104. (Fall of odd-numbered years)
  • 35-344 RACE, CLASS AND GENDER IN THE CARIBBEAN
    This course critically examines how the constructs of race, class and gender shape everyday life in the Caribbean. The course will cover history and politics, language, music, "sports" (public fun from cricket to Christmas to Carnival), families and social organization, religions and health, development migration and tourism.. Also Feminist Studies 04-324. Prerequisite: Anthropology 35-104 or Feminist Studies 04-104.
  • 35-354 LATINA/O AND LATIN AMERICAN SPIRITUALITIES
    This course examines Latina and Latino spiritual practices and beliefs and their historical development and cultural production in the U.S., Mexico, and other parts of Latin America. Topics include folk and organized religious practices, indigenous and feminist spiritualities, politics and religion, and their intersection with issues of gender, race, ethnicity, and class. Also Feminist Studies 04-334 and Religion 19-544. Prerequisite: Anthropology 35-104 or Feminist Studies 04-104.
  • 35-364 WOMEN, GODDESSES AND RELIGION
    See Religion 19-324. (H) (R) (IP)
  • 35-374 GENDER AND GENERATION IN AFRICA
    See History 16-474. (H)
  • 35-384 ADVANCED RESEARCH SEMINAR IN LATIN AMERICAN POLITICS
    See Political Science 32-764.
  • 35-404 ANTHROPOLOGICAL THEORY
    This course introduces students to the major anthropological theories of human society and culture. The course will begin with early travel writing, and then move through the late 19th to the mid-20th centuries. At least half of the course will cover contemporary, or post-1970s, anthropological theory, such as feminist and post-modernist theories, theories of culture and power and, theories of cultural mixing. Prerequisite: Anthropology 35-104. Restricted to Majors with Junior or Senior standing. (Fall of even-numbered years.)
  • 35-414 ETHNOGRAPHIC METHODS
    This course introduces students to the variety of field methods employed by cultural anthropologists (e.g. participant observation, interviewing techniques and other qualitative and quantitative methods). Students will be expected to use these methods themselves in projects throughout the course. Prerequisite: Anthropology 35-104. Restricted to Majors who are second-semester Sophomores or Juniors. (Spring of odd-numbered years.) (WA)
  • 35-964 SENIOR SEMINAR
    The anthropology capstone requires students to develop a major paper, ideally from the data generated by their field research project. In this endeavor, students will apply current anthropological theory to their findings and construct a coherent argument that weaves together the relevant theory and their data. Students will work with each other and their professor throughout the capstone. Peer review, with class periods being entirely devoted to each student’s work in turn, will be a fundamental part of this course. Students will be encouraged to present their research at regional conferences or at the Southwestern Undergraduate Works Symposium. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. (Spring) (WA)
  • 35-001 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 35-002 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 35-003 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 35-004 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 35-301 SELECTED TOPICS
    These are courses that fall out of our typical range of anthropology courses. Offered infrequently. May be repeated with change in content.
  • 35-302 SELECTED TOPICS
    These are courses that fall out of our typical range of anthropology courses. Offered infrequently. May be repeated with change in content.
  • 35-303 SELECTED TOPICS
    These are courses that fall out of our typical range of anthropology courses. Offered infrequently. May be repeated with change in content.
  • 35-304 SELECTED TOPICS
    These are courses that fall out of our typical range of anthropology courses. Offered infrequently. May be repeated with change in content.
  • 35-901 TUTORIAL
  • 35-902 TUTORIAL
  • 35-903 TUTORIAL
  • 35-904 TUTORIAL
  • 35-941 ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP
    Prerequisite: Anthropology major above first-year standing and permission of instructor. Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 35-942 ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP
    Prerequisite: Anthropology major above first-year standing and permission of instructor. Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 35-943 ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP
    Prerequisite: Anthropology major above first-year standing and permission of instructor. Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 35-944 ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP
    Prerequisite: Anthropology major above first-year standing and permission of instructor. Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 35-951 INDEPENDENT STUDY
    Prerequisites: Junior standing and a minimum of 3.0 grade point average during the previous semester. May be repeated with change in content.
  • 35-952 INDEPENDENT STUDY
    Prerequisites: Junior standing and a minimum of 3.0 grade point average during the previous semester. May be repeated with change in content.
  • 35-953 INDEPENDENT STUDY
    Prerequisites: Junior standing and a minimum of 3.0 grade point average during the previous semester. May be repeated with change in content.
  • 35-954 INDEPENDENT STUDY
    Prerequisites: Junior standing and a minimum of 3.0 grade point average during the previous semester. May be repeated with change in content.
  • 35-984 HONORS
    By invitation only.