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5105 Anthropology Research. (1-0) This practicum is designed to provide a student with credit while conducting independent research in the field or a lab setting. This practicum may be repeated twice with different content. Prerequisite: permission of a student’s faculty mentor and the graduate advisor.
 
5300 Foundation Studies in Anthropology. (3-0) Students develop knowledge and skills required for success in graduate-level coursework in Anthropology. Course content varies depending on academic preparation. This course does not earn graduate degree credit. Repeatable up to 9 hours with different emphasis.  Prerequisite: Approval of graduate advisor in Anthropology.
 
5301 Advanced Principles of Cultural Anthropology.  (3-0) This course is an ethnographically-based analysis of major theoretical positions and debates in contemporary anthropology. (Stacked course with ANTH 3301)
 
5302 Practicum in Teaching Anthropology. (3-0) An introduction to key concepts and practices in the teaching of college-level Anthropology. The course provides training in the practical aspects of classroom instruction.  Required for first-year teaching and instructional assistants in the Anthropology Department. This course does not count toward degree credit.
 
5303 Human Speech Analysis. (3-0) The focus of this course is the analysis of human speech sounds. It includes description of the acoustic properties of speech sounds, transcription of sounds using the International Phonetic Alphabet system, an understanding of the acoustic theories of speech, and practical experience in forensic speakers’ identification. (Stacked course with ANTH 3303)
 
5304 Sociolinguistics. (3-0) The focus of this course on the complex interrelationships between language and other aspects of culture. Methods of sociolinguistics, theories of sociolinguistics, and current issues regarding the nature of language variation and change will be emphasized. (Stacked with ANTH 4304)
 
5305 Anthropological Statistics. (3-0) In this course students will learn how to statistically analyze anthropological data. Students will gain a firm understanding of basic quantitative statistics, will be able to evaluate quantitative methods presented in anthropological research papers, and will be prepared for classes in more advanced statistical methods.

5306 Anthropology and Art. (3-0) In this course students will investigate the function of art and symbolism in pre-literate archaeological cultures that existed at the tribal and chiefdom levels of political and social development. A multidisciplinary focus will use anthropology and art historical approaches as research tools.
 
5307 History of Evolutionary Thought. (3-0) This course discusses the impact of evolutionary discourse within the context of its history. Students will develop a thorough understanding of evolution and its importance to anthropology, as well as to other scientific disciplines. (Stacked course with ANTH 3307)
 
5308 Cultural Resource Management and Archaeology. (3-0) A course that examines various topics relevant to cultural resource management including state and federal laws, survey, testing, mitigation, and developing final reports. (Stacked course with ANTH 3308)

5309 Culture, Medicine and the Body. (3-0) This course explores how the human body,
functions of the body, and the practices of medicine and healing are situated and contextualized within
cultural frameworks. Case studies cover body and health-related topics over the life course, from birth to  death.
 
5310 Theories and Issues in Anthropology. (3-0) This course explores major theoretical and historical developments in anthropology, highlighting the discipline’s unique four-field perspective that includes archaeology, biological and cultural anthropology, and anthropological linguistics. Topics stress the importance of anthropological thought in key scientific discoveries and cultural debates. (Stacked course with ANTH 4310.)
 
5311 Seminar in Cultural Anthropology. (3-0) A survey of current research in cultural anthropology.
 
5312 Seminar in Biological Anthropology. (3-0) A survey of current research in biological anthropology in the areas of evolutionary theory, human variation, paleoanthropology, primatology, and skeletal biology.
 
5313 Seminar in Archaeology. (3-0) A survey of current research in New World and Old World archaeology.
 
5314 Latin American Cultures. (3-0) Comprehensive study of cultures from Latin America. (Stacked course with ANTH 3314)
 
5315 Archaeological Artifact Identification and Analysis. (3-0) This course will provide students with the skills, knowledge and ability to describe, characterize, and analyze artifacts commonly recovered from archaeological sites. Current theories covering the production and analysis of chipped and ground stone tools, ceramics, bone and other materials will be presented, and scientific analytical methods discussed.
 
5316 The Origin and Evolution of Human Behavior. (3-0) This course will present our current understanding of Old World Paleolithic Archaeology. The origin and evolution of hominid behavior, the initial colonization of the Old World, and the development of modern human behavior will be discussed for each continent. (Stacked course with ANTH 3316)
 
5317 Rock Art Field Methods.  (3-0) This course will train students in rock art field methods. They will gain first-hand experience recording rock art sites through photography, field sketches, mapping, and written inventories. Students will generate a visual and written description of the art, which they will use to infer and explain past human behavior. (Stacked course with ANTH 3317)
 
5318 Texas Archaeology. (3-0) This course will present our current understanding of Texas archaeology. The environmental and social contexts of prehistoric, protohistoric, and historic records of Native American and Spanish occupations in Texas are discussed. (Stacked course with ANTH 3318)
 
5319 Human Growth and Development. (3-0) This course covers the life history of humans from birth to death and investigates the biological and psychological changes that occur over a lifetime. (Stacked course with ANTH 3319)
 
5320 Rise of Civilization. (3-0)This course examines the components that led to the dynamic state societies in Egypt, Sumeria, the Indus Valley, and China in the Old World and that of the Olmec in Mexico and Chavin in Peru. (Stacked course with ANTH 4320)
 
5321 Seminar in Forensic Anthropology. (3-0) This course is designed as a critical survey of the theory and methodology utilized by forensic anthropologists. Through intensive review of the literature, the student will gain an appreciation for the development of the discipline, the techniques used in forensic skeletal analysis, and new research directions within the field.
 
5322 Peoples and Cultures of Sub-Saharan Africa. (3-0) Comprehensive study of cultures from Africa. (Stacked course with ANTH 3322)
 
5323 Cultures of the Middle East. (3-0) Compehensive study of cultures from the Middle East. (Stacked course with ANTH 3323)
 
5324 Mexican American Culture. (3-0) This course examines the history and cultural practices of Mexican Americans, with a special emphasis on race, class, gender, and sexuality. Topics include historical heritage and transculturation, discrimination, organizations, activism, activism, zoot suits, lowriders, gangs, coloñias, families, marriage, quinceañeras, machismo, domestic violence, gays and lesbians, religious practices, and the arts. (Stacked course with ANTH 3324)
 
5326 Field Methods in Forensic Anthropology. (3-0) In this course, students will learn how to locate, excavate and recover human remains, associated personal effects and other materials to ensure legal credibility for all recoveries.

5327 Anthropology of Religion and Fundamentalism.
(3-0) This course will examine the phenomenon of fundamentalism in a variety of religious traditions, both present and historical. Students will explore the political and social ramifications of fundamentalism in a world characterized by multiculturalism and globalization.
 
5328 Primate Cognition. (3-0) This course covers historical and current views of the cognitive abilities of nonhuman primates and humans. (Stacked course with ANTH 3328)
 
5329 Comparative Juvenile Behavior. (3-0) This course will give students a thorough understanding of the comparative method through examples from the development of juvenile animals. It will introduce students to socioecology, neurobiology, and life history markers, with information that they can apply across disciplines.(Stacked course with ANTH 3329)
 
5332 Myths and Mound Builders. (3-0) This course presents an anthropological approach to the iconography of the Native Americans of the Southeastern Ceremonial Complex. (Stacked course with ANTH 3332)
 
5333 Research Design in Biological Anthropology. (3-0) This course provides students with an introduction to the principles and processes by which research projects in biological anthropology are devised and executed. It focuses on the issues of finding a topic to research, defining its scope and limitations, developing a research bibliography, and elaborating a research design.
 
5336 Community Research Project. (3-0) This course gives students the opportunity to conduct hands-on anthropological research on a variety of topics in local or other communities. Students will undertake individualized research projects designed in conjunction with the professor. Students must consult with the professor prior to enrollment to design the research project and receive approval. (Stacked course with ANTH 3336)
 
5338 Geoarchaeology. (3-0) This course will provide students with the knowledge and ability to interpret sediments and the nature of sediment accumulation at archaeological sites. The course will provide students with a foundation in sedimentology, natural depositional environments, weathering processes and soil development, stratigraphic analysis, archaeological site formation processes. (Stacked course with ANTH 3338)
 
5340 Paleoanthropology. (3-0) Critical review of the human fossil record from the appearance of the earliest hominins to the appearance of modern human forms. (Stacked course with ANTH 3340)
 
5342 Primate Behavior. (3-0) An organized course that examines current research in nonhuman primate studies from an anthropological perspective. (Stacked course with ANTH 3342)
 
5343 Human Variation & Adaptation. (3-0) An organized course that examines human physical variation and adaptation from an evolutionary perspective.
 
5345 Archaeology of Mexico. (3-0) This course examines the development of early hunter-gatherers through the appearance of agriculture to the rise of civilization in Mesoamerica. (Stacked course with ANTH 3345)
 
5347 Archaeology of North America. (3-0) This course examines human settlement of North America from the end of the Pleistocene to European discovery. (Stacked course with ANTH 3347)
 
5349 The Incas. (3-0) The Incas were the largest Pre-Columbian empire in the Americas. This course will explore the origins of this civilization and how they conquered such a large area of South America. Using archaeological and historic information the class will examine various aspects of Inca society including religion, economics, and kingship. (Stacked course with ANTH 3349)
 
5350 Gender and Sexuality in Cross Cultural Perspective. (3-0) This course examines the relationships between women and men in societies around the world. (Stacked course with ANTH 3350)
 
5354 Latin American Gender and Sexuality. (3-0) This course critically examines cultural constructions of gender and sexuality among indigenous, European, and mestizo populations throughout the Americas, with a special emphasis on identity and inequality in Greater Latin America. Topics include culture, identity, political economy, families, sexual practices, and globalization. (Stacked course with ANTH 3354)
 
5355 Seminar in Culture Theory. (3-0) An intensive examination of the principal theoretical positions in cultural anthropology, with an emphasis on the preparation of students with ethnographic analysis and fieldwork.
 
5356 Andean Civilizations. (3-0) This course is a survey of civilizations in the Andean region of South America. Using archaeological data the class will examine cultural developments in the region from the earliest hunters and gatherers to the Inca empire, the largest state in the Americas at the time of European contact. (Stacked course with ANTH 3356)
 
5360 Economic Anthropology. (3-0) This course reviews central issues in economic anthropology using both case studies and theoretical writings. Analyzes production, exchange, distribution, consumption, property, economic surplus, and types of economic structure. (Stacked course with ANTH 3360)
 
5361 Field Methods in Cultural Anthropology. (3-0) A training course in ethnographic field methods. (Stacked course with ANTH 4361)
 
5363 The Art and Archaeology of the Olmec. (3-0) This course will present our current understanding of the art and archaeology of the Olmec culture, the earliest known civilization in North America. The Olmec culture is considered the influential foundation for later Mesoamerican civilizations such as the Maya and the Aztec. (Stacked course with ANTH 3363)
 
5373 Topics in Anthropology. (3-0) Topics in Anthropology will address selected topics of special interest in the subdisciplines of anthropology: archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, and linguistic anthropology.
 
5373A Applied Medical Anthropology. (3-0) This course focuses on how illness identities are culturally constructed, how adaptations or mal-adaptations to local environments affect health, how political and economic forces influence health and health behaviors, and how the practice of medical anthropology can contribute to solving urgent health issues around the world. (Stacked course with ANTH 3325)
 
5373B Theory In Linguistic Anthropology. (3-0) In this course students will learn about the major theories of linguistic anthropology through reading and discussing classic and contemporary literature. Topics include language evolution, behaviorism, mentalism, structuralism, cognitive anthropology, ethnosemantics, universalism and linguistic relativism, symbolic anthropology, culture and gender, language and identity, ethnography of speaking, and language change. (Stacked course with 3376S)
 
5373C Theoretical Concepts in Archaeology. (3-0) This course provides a broad survey of theory in archaeology as it is practiced throughout the world. It includes both historical perspectives and contemporary usage. (Stacked with ANTH 3376R)
 
5373D Disease and Society. (3-0) In this course students examine infectious diseases and the effect they have on human societies. The course is organized into case studies of specific infectious diseases, which focus on the biology and epidemiology of a disease as well as how it has impacted or is currently impacting specific human societies. (Stacked with ANTH 3376U)
 
5374 Topics in Anthropology. (3-0) In depth analysis and interpretation of selected topics within cultural, biological, and/or archaeological anthropology. Topics discussed and instructors will vary from semester to semester. Students should check with individual instructors regarding prerequisites/co-requisites.
 
5374A Archaeology of the Earliest Americans. (3-0) This course focuses on the long-standing and controversial issues of when, how, and who first peopled the Americas. This is a significant aspect of human prehistory and remains unresolved. Students will use archaeological, biological, linguistic, and environmental evidence to help identify the first inhabitants of the New World.

5374B Culture, Medicine and the Body. (3-0) This course explores how the human body, functions of the body, and the practice of medicine and healing are situated and contextualized within cultural frameworks. Case studies cover body and health related topics over the life course, from birth to death.
 
5374C Anthropology of Religion and Fundamentalism. (3-0) This course will examine the phenomenon of fundamentalism in a variety of religious traditions, both present and historical. Students will explore the political and social ramifications of fundamentalism in a world characterized by multiculturalism and globalization.
 
5374F Mixtec Codices: Prehispanic Literature of Oaxaca. (3-0) This course surveys the dominant prehispanic cultures of Oaxaca, the Zapotec and Mixtec Indians, and focuses on the Mixtec pictogram fan-fold books called codices. (Stacked course with ANTH 3376A)
 
5374R The Anthropology of Native American Belief Systems.  (3-0)  In this course, students use anthropological approaches to investigate past and present Native American belief systems in order to determine the temporal range and evolving complexity of Native American religious and ritual expression. (Stacked course with ANTH 3376M)
 
5374Y Human Evolutionary Anatomy. (3-0) This course is designed to give students an anatomical background to the study of human evolution with a focus on the comparative anatomy of apes, living humans, and fossil hominins.
 
5374Z Curation of Archaeological Materials. (3-0) This course provides students with the skills to prepare archaeological materials for curation, which includes the processes and techniques used to stabilize and preserve organic and inorganic materials. This training can be used to grain certification in the field of archaeological curation. Prerequisite: ANTH 2415 (Stacked with ANTH 3376N)
 
5375 Lab Methods in Forensic Anthropology. (3-0) This course focuses on the lab methods used in forensic anthropology to estimate a biological profile of skeletonized human remains.
 
5380 Seminar in Anthropological Research. (3-0) A course focused on a topic not normally offered in the regular curriculum. Course may be in any area of anthropological inquiry. May be repeated for credit when topics vary, but not more than 6 hours will apply towards the Master’s degree.
 
5381 Paleopathology. (3-0) Paleopathology is the study of ancient diseases and is an important tool for understanding of past populations. In this course we will survey the range of pathology on human skeletons such as trauma, infection, syphilis, tuberculosis, leprosy, anemia, metabolic disturbances, arthritis, and tumors. (Stacked course with ANTH 4381)
 
5390 Directed Study. (3-0) Course of independent study open to individual students at the invitation of the faculty member with the approval of the department chair and the graduate advisor. Repeatable for credit.
 
5395 Internship. (3-0) A supervised work or research experience related to a student’s professional development. Requirements include completing 250 hours of work with a public or private organization, weekly class meetings, and a semester-long project. The written approval of a student’s faculty mentor and graduate student advisor are required to register.
 
5399A Thesis. (3-0) This course represents a student's initial thesis enrollment. No thesis credit is awarded until the student has completed their thesis proposal. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no credit (F) basis.
 
5399B Thesis. (3-0) This course represents a student's continuing thesis enrollments. The student continues to enroll in this course until the thesis is submitted for binding.  Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no credit (F) basis.