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1312 Cultural Anthropology. (3-0)  In this course students examine the nature of cultural variation of populations in the present and recent past. Its subjects include social, political, economic, and ideological aspects of human cultures. (MC)

2414 Biological Anthropology. (3-1) This lecture and accompanying laboratory course examines fundamental aspects of the biological nature of humans using evolutionary theory. Course content is divided into topics devoted to the process of evolution, genetics, the primate order, osteology, human evolution, and variability and adaptation.

2415 General Archaeology. (3-1) This course covers the basic principles of archaeology. It includes a study of the kinds of sites; classification of stone artifacts; methods of archaeological survey and excavation; methods of dating by geological, faunal, and radiometric means; and the theoretical approach to archaeology. This course includes a two-hour weekly laboratory.

3301 Principles of Cultural Anthropology. (3-0) This course is an ethnographically-based analysis of major theoretical positions and debates in contemporary anthropology. Prerequisites: ANTH 1312 and 60 hours of coursework. (WI)

3302 Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology. (3-0) This course provides an introduction to the study of linguistic anthropology. We will focus on the origin of language and its evolution and diversity, the interactions between language, culture and society, and modes of communication. This course will enhance a student's awareness of the complex interrelationships between language and other aspects of culture. (MC)

3303 Applied Cultural Anthropology. (3-0) In this course students learn the methods applied cultural anthropologists use to address social problems such as poverty, sustainable development, conflict, climate change, community health, workplace and product design, education, and cultural heritage, as well as the value “thinking anthropologically” has for a wide range of careers. (WI)

3305 Magic, Ritual and Religion. (3-0) An examination of magic and religion in cultures of the world with an emphasis on recent works dealing with mysticism and the occult. (MC)

3306 World Prehistory. (3-0) This course presents a survey of the prehistoric human record throughout the world. It focuses upon the achievements of early and modern humans, world colonization events, and the development of complex societies.

3307 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. Prerequisites: ANTH 2414 and 60 hours of coursework. (WI)

3308 Cultural Resource Management and Archaeology. (3-0) This course surveys Cultural Resource Management (CRM) archaeology, the conservation and investigation of archaeological remains as mandated by federal and state laws. The course covers the history of CRM and its legal and regulatory framework, organization, methods, funding, employment prospects, and ethical and practical dilemmas. Prerequisite: ANTH 2415.

3309 Cultures through Film. (3-0) Through films, lectures, and discussions, students explore the various ways that ethnographic film interprets the cultural environment and social interactions of small-scale cultures around the world. We will also discuss anthropological interpretations of how historically U.S. (American) culture has dealt with concepts of the "other" and supernatural phenomena through film. (MC)

3313 Aztec: Native Americans and Empire. (3-0) This course presents an understanding of Aztec culture through archaeology, the interpretation of art, religion, and architecture, and the formation of a highly specialized and stratified society with an imperial administration. The course will emphasize an intellectual and religious outlook in intimate contact with the earth, sky, and the seasons. (WI) (MC)

3314 Latin American Cultures. (3-0) An examination of Latin American cultures with an emphasis on pre-Columbian and contemporary indigenous peoples of Mexico. (MC)

3315 Archaeology of the Southwest. (3-0) An examination of the prehistory and early cultures of the Greater Southwest from the first arrival of humans as early as 20,000 years ago to the coming of the Spaniards in the 16th century. The course covers several mammoth kill sites at the end of the Pleistocene; the emergence of Archaic hunters and gatherers and the appearance of agriculture about two thousand years ago, leading to the three major cultures in the southwest-the Mogollon, the Hohokam and the Anasazi, the last in multistoried pueblos and cliff dwellings. (MC)

3316 The Origin and Evolution of Human Behavior. (3-0) This course presents 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. (MC)

3317 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.

3318 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. (WI) (MC)

3319 Human Growth and Development. (3-0) In this course students focus on the life history of humans from birth to death, and consider how humans grow and change both biologically and psychologically over the course of their lives. Topics include life stages, sex differences, nutrition, environment, growth disorders, and the evaluation of human growth.

3322 Peoples and Cultures of Africa. (3-0) A general introduction to the contemporary peoples and cultures of sub-Saharan Africa. Examines the social structure, economy, political systems, religions of African cultures in the context of the radical economic and social transformations affecting the area. (MC)

3323 Cultures of the Middle East. (3-0) This course deals with contemporary societies from Morocco to Iran. It reviews geography and history of the Middle East and the various religions found there with an emphasis on Islam. The course describes various ethnic groups and their organization as nomad, village, or urban dwellers. The role of women in Middle East society is discussed. (WI) (MC)

3324 Mexican American Culture. (3-0) An examination of the history and culture of Mexican Americans with an emphasis on the analytical concepts of culture, race, class, and gender. Lectures, films, and selected readings (including chapters from anthropological and literary books and journals) will be used to portray the diversity of Mexican American experiences in this country. Topics include religion, politics, economy, identity politics, popular culture, sexuality, marriage and the family. (MC)

3325 Applied Medical Anthropology. (3-0) This course focuses on how illness identities are culturally constructed, how adaptations or maladaptations 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..

3326 Maya History and Society. (3-0) The purpose of this course is to develop a knowledge of Maya Civilization from historical as well as anthropological perspectives. Students will study the features of the Classic Period Maya and Modern Maya societies including the religious and economic life styles. (MC)

3327 Anthropology of Religion and Fundamentalism. (3-0) This course provides students with current and historical approaches to the anthropology of religion with a particular emphasis on fundamentalism. It focuses on the development of religious fundamentalism in different cultural contexts, geopolitical situations, and religious traditions.

3328 Primate Cognition. (3-0) In this course students investigate historical and current views regarding the cognitive capacities of nonhuman primates, and the extent to which these abilities are shared with humans. Topics include social cognition, numerical cognition, problem solving, tool use, culture, communication, theory of mind, deception, self-recognition, and imitation.

3329 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. (WI)

3332 Myths and Moundbuilders. (3-0) This course presents an anthropological approach to the study of Native Americans of the southeastern United States, their culture and beliefs. (MC)

3333 North American Indians. (3-0) A study of several of the many societies of North American Indians. This course will examine the prehistoric development of Native American culture with special emphasis on art and religion as well as the cultural mechanisms through which Native Americans deal with non-Native American contemporary social and political developments. (Prerequisite ANTH 1312) (MC)

3336 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.

3338 Geoarchaeology. (3-0) This course will teach students how to interpret sediments and the nature of sediment accumulation at archaeological sites. Course topics include sedimentology, natural depositional environments, weathering processes and soil development, stratigraphic analysis, archaeological site formation processes.

3340 Human and Primate Origins. (3-0) An examination of the long and diverse record of human and nonhuman biological adaptations as viewed from the fossil record. It examines the functional and ecological challenges that may have been responsible for the path of human development. (WI)

3342 Primate Behavior. (2-1) This course examines a wide variety of aspects of ecology, identification, and behavior among the living primates (prosimians, monkeys, apes, and humans). Topics which are emphasized include general primate trends, social structure and composition, communication, aggression and dominance, socialization, and primate psychology.

3343 Human Variation and Adaptation. (3-0) This course examines the physical variation observable within and between human populations. It emphasizes a functional approach whereby variation is examined in relation to biological adaptation. It explores the biological mechanisms responsible for change and evaluates the potential of biological components in human behavior.

3345 Archaeology of Mexico. (3-0) This course examines the development of culture from early hunters and gatherers through the appearance of agriculture to the rise of civilization. The focus on the course is on the emergence of complex society among groups such as the Olmec, Aztec, and Maya. (MC) (WI)

3347 Archaeology of North America. (3-0) This course describes human settlement of North America from the end of the Pleistocene to European discovery. It considers early occupation of arctic, plains, and forested regions and development during archaic times of Adena, Hopewell, and Mississippian societies in the Southeast and Mogollon, Hohokam, and Anasazi in the Southwest.

3348 Rainforest Ecology. (3-0) In this course students will learn about the ecology and conservation of rainforest flora and fauna by participating in fieldwork in the rainforests of Central America. Prior introductory biological anthropology, animal behavior, botany, or biology courses are helpful but are not required to register for this course.

3349 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.

3350 Gender and Sexuality in Cross-Cultural Perspective. (3-0) This course examines historical and contemporary issues related to gender and sexuality from a global, cross-cultural perspective. It will focus on cultural constructions of gender and sexuality, including gender stratifications, biology and evolution, families and kinship, work, sex work, diverse sexualities, media representations, and domestic and sexual violence. (MC)

3354 Latin American Gender and Sexuality. (3-0) This course examines cultural constructions of gender and sexuality among both the indigenous and immigrant populations throughout the Americas, with a special emphasis on gender inequalities in Greater Latin America. (MC)

3355 Introduction to Yucatec/Lacandon Maya. (3-0) This course introduces students to the fundamentals of the language of the Maya Indians of southern Mexico through lecture and "hands-on" class exercises with native Maya speakers.

3356 Archaeology of Andean Civilizations. (3-0) This course examines the cultures of the Andes Region of South America with an emphasis on pre-Columbian and contemporary peoples of the area.

3360 Economic Anthropology. (3-0) Reviews central issues in economic anthropology, using both case studies and theoretical writings. Analyzes production, exchange, distribution, consumption, property, economic surplus, inheritance, and types of economic structure. Materials will cover hunter-gatherer societies, simple agricultural societies, precapitalist complex state societies, and issues of development in non-industrialized countries.

3363 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. (WI)

3364 Biological Basis of Human Behavior. (3-0) Students in this course evaluate studies on the biological basis of human behavior and explore the question of whether behavioral patterns are genetically fixed. It includes popular and scientific approaches to themes such as the evolution of human behavior, biology and behavior, race and racism, biological determinism, and human universals.

3375 Topics in Anthropology. (3-0) Analysis and interpretations of selected topics of special interest in the area of social, physical, and/or archaeological anthropology. Topics discussed and instructors will vary from semester to semester. May be repeated with different emphasis for additional credit.

3375B 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. (WI)

3376 Topics in Anthropology. (3-0) Analysis and interpretations of selected topics of special interest in the area of social, physical, and/or archaeological anthropology. Topics discussed and instructors will vary from semester to semester. May be repeated with different emphasis for additional credit.

3376A 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.

3376M 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.

3376N 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 gain certification I the field of archaeological curation. Prerequisite: ANTH 2415.

3376O Archaeological Field Methodology. (2-1) In this course students will learn about planning, organizing, and carrying out archaeological field investigations from survey to excavation to specialized data recovery. The focus is on the research strategies, techniques and logistics necessary to design and accomplish successful field research. Prerequisite ANTH 2415. (WI)

3376P 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. (WI)

3376R 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. Prerequisite: ANTH 2415 and 60 hours of coursework. (WI)

3376S 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. Prerequisites: ANTH 1312 or 3302 and 60 hours of coursework. (WI)

3376T Scientific Diving for Resource Management. (3-0) This course is intended to prepare and qualify certified divers for future research and employment opportunities in underwater resource management, which includes archaeology, environmental/ecological anthropology, and other related fields. Prerequisites: current scuba diving certification from any nationally accredited dive certification agency and an advanced scuba diving certification is recommended.

3376U 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.

3380 Forensic Anthropology. (3-0) Forensic Anthropology is the recovery an analysis of human skeletal remains for modern legal inquiry. This course is an overview of the field of forensic anthropology illustrated with real forensic cases.

3381 Human Osteology. (1-3) The foundation of biological anthropology is the study of the human skeleton. This is a lab-intensive course in which students will learn how to identify skeletal elements, both whole and fragmentary.

4303 Human Speech Sounds (3-0) This course is an introductory overview of human speech production and perception from an anthropological perspective. It describes speech anatomy and pays particular attention to the description of the acoustic and articulatory properties of speech as it occurs in real time. Students will study articulatory, acoustic, and auditory phonetics. (WI)

4304 Language, Culture and Society. (3-0) This course seeks to introduce students to the fundamentals of linguistic anthropology, and the use of linguistics in anthropological fieldwork through lecture, discussion, and "hands on" class exercises.

4309 Culture, Medicine and the Body.  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.

4310 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. Prerequisites: ANTH 1312 and 60 hours of coursework. (WI)

4320 Rise of Civilization. (3-0) This course consists of a definition of civilization and its components, its geographic setting, and the roles of religion, art, and the institution of the "Divine King" in the development of 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. (WI) (MC)

4360 Directed Study. (3-0) A one-semester course of independent reading, tutorial sessions, and individual research projects. Open to superior students by invitation of the professor and with the consent of the chair of the department. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor.

4361 Field Methods in Cultural Anthropology. (3-0) This course teaches students how to conduct field research in cultural anthropology. Topics include research ethics, problem formulation, participant observation, interviewing, and other techniques for data collection and analysis. Students will conduct their own field research project under the instructor's supervision. (WI)

4363 Field Methods in Primate Behavior. (3-0) In this course, students will learn about the behavior, ecology, and conservation of living nonhuman primates in the rainforests of Mexico. Prior introductory biological anthropology or biology courses are helpful but not required to register for this course.

4381 Paleopathology. (1-2) This course focuses on the study of diseases and maladies of ancient populations, and will survey the range of pathology on human skeletons from trauma, infection, syphilis, tuberculosis, leprosy, anemia, metabolic disturbances, arthritis and tumors. Prerequisite: ANTH 3381. (WI)

4382 Methods in Skeletal Biology. (1-2) This course is for students who wish to advance their osteological skills. Students will learn how to identify isolated and fragmentary skeletal remains to estimate age, sex, ancestry, stature, and health of an individual in past and present contexts. Prerequisite: ANTH 3381.

4630 Archaeological Field School. (1-5) This course is designed to train students in the skills and techniques of modern archaeological survey and excavation of prehistoric sites. May be repeated for credit, but only six hours may be applied toward the major.

(WI) Writing Intensive, (MC) Multicultural