This course introduces the student to the study of human cultures, past
and present. It offers a comprehensive introduction to anthropology,
emphasizing the concepts and methods of the major sub-fields, i.e., cultural, biological, archaeology, and linguistics.
Comparative study of major world and selected regional religions with
emphasis on analysis of belief, ritual, artistic expression and social
organization. Eastern and Western religions are considered. (Same as
Directed at non-majors, this course is intended to introduce the student
to the diversity of human cultural experience in the contemporary world.
Goals of the course include gaining an appreciation for the common
humanity and uniqueness of all cultures; to gain a sensitivity toward
stereotypes and ethnocentrism, and to understand the distinctions
between “race,” ethnicity and racism. The course features extended
descriptions of the cultural dynamics of the culture(s) with which the instructor has worked.
The study of the lifeways and beliefs of different peoples. The objectives
of the course are to foster an appreciation for the variety of cultural
traditions found throughout the world, and to introduce students to anthropological concepts and methods of inquiry.
A survey of the aboriginal Indian cultures of North America, and of the
impact of four centuries of British, French, Spanish, and Russian contact
on the Indian communities. The course will include consideration of the status of Indians in present-day North America.
Introduces the theories, techniques, and strategies used by archaeologists to recover and interpret information about past cultures.
A survey of cultural developments in the Old World from the earliest times to the beginning stages of civilization.
Survey of the origin and growth of ancient peoples of the Americas as
revealed by archaeological data.