Anthropology Course Descriptions

ANTH-101 Introduction to Anthropology

The character of culture and the nature of social behavior as developed through the anthropological study of contemporary peoples. Offered annually. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

ANTH-140 Introduction to Comparative Religions

Comparative study of major world and selected regional religions with an emphasis on the analysis of beliefs, rituals, symbolism and social organization. Also listed as REL 140. Counts toward core requirement: Comparative Cultural, Diverse Perspectives, and/or International Perspectives. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

ANTH-155 Special Topics

See department for course description.
Credits: 1.00

ANTH-195 Independent Study

See department for details. Independent study contract required.
Credits: 1.00

ANTH-202 Film, Text, and Culture

This course examines the use of film, photography and text as data collection methods and representations for ethnographic research. Methodological and epistemological issues are explored in a comparison of ethnographic documentaries. As part of the course requirement students are expected to complete short observational and photographic projects. Prerequisite: ANTH 101, SOC 101, or SOC 102. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

ANTH-210 Mesoamerican Cultures

A survey of early Mayan and Aztec societies, how they fared under Spanish Colonial rule and their contemporary lives. The course focuses upon indigenous peoples, examining their articulation in contemporary states in relation to ethnic consciousness and cultural processes. Prerequisite: ANTH 101, SOC 101, or SOC 102. Counts toward core requirement: Comparative Cultural or International Perspectives. Biennially. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

ANTH-220 Introduction to International Studies

This course is designed to familiarize students with some of the many interpretive and methodological approaches used by scholars in the growing field of International Studies. The course uses an interdisciplinary approach to understand the global flow of people and commodities as well as some key events and institutions that shape contemporary power relations. Also listed as IS 220. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

ANTH-239 Introduction to Indigenous Studies

This course is an introduction into the cultural and social practices of the indigenous peoples of North America, Hawaii and Polynesia, and Caribbean cultures. The course is designed to introduce students to the place of Indeigenous cultures in the context of the broad inquiry of the nature of political power, colonial settlement and global contact. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above (30 or more completed credits). Counts toward core requirement: Diverse Perspectives. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

ANTH-240 Topics in Comparative Religion

A class on topics of current interest in comparative religions. See department for current course description. Also listed as REL 240. Counts toward core requirement: Comparative Cultural, Diverse Perspectives, and/or International Perspectives. May be repeated for credit. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

ANTH-241 Introduction to World Music

Through lecture, discussion, structured listening and participation, students will explore various music cultures throughout the world including those in Japan, Eastern Europe, Latin America, Africa, Indonesia and India. In addition, the course includes an examination of Afro-American and Native American music as well as other less commonly known North American forms and genres. Also listed as MUS 241. Counts toward core requirement: Comparative Cultural or International Perspectives. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

ANTH-255 Special Topics

See department for course description.
Credits: 1.00

ANTH-275 Internship

See department for details. Internship contract required.
Credits: 1.00

ANTH-295 Independent Study

See department for details. Independent study contract required.
Credits: 1.00

ANTH-299 Field Experience

A course for students who wish to combine anthropology and their service learning experiences through the Humanitarian Center. May be repeated for credit. 1-2 credits.
Credits: 1.00

ANTH-301 Research Methods in Anthropology

Helps students critically evaluate anthropological methods and their own fieldwork strategies. Explores ethnographic fieldwork and methods through an analysis of the nature of social practice as it is reflected in the anthropological literature. Ethnographic methods include participant observation, survey skills, interviewing skills, careful attention to language and the ethical dimensions of research. Students have the opportunity to apply these methods in research projects in the local community. Prerequisite: 8 credits of ANTH or SOC. Biennially. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

ANTH-310 Doing Ethnography

This course involves the study and practice of the complex craft of ethnography. Students will read, analyze, and critique ethnographies in conjunction with the critical review and analysis of influential social, literary, and ethnographic theories. The production of an ethnography, involving primary field research, a literature review, and social/cultural analysis is a crucial component of the course. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above (30 or more completed credits). 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

ANTH-317 Sociology of Popular Culture

This course gives a sociological look at the relationship between the many forms of popular culture and social life. What does the term "popular culture" really mean and what implications does it have for our lives? This course will attempt to answer this question through the exploration of four themes. First, we will explore the concept of popular culture and apply it to domestic and international audiences. Second, we will explore many facets of the concepts of high and low culture, highlighting the cultural, economic, and geopolitical aspects of these "modern" phenomena. Third, we will examine how the grammar of television, music, and film can have multiple social, political, and economic effects. Fourth, as popular culture today is truly a global phenomenon, we will explore some of the most relevant issues as they pertain to the international consumption of art, film, music, and reading materials. Also listed as SOC 317. Prerequisite: ANTH 101, SOC 101, or SOC 102. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

ANTH-320 South American Traditional Societies

Ethnographic studies of the social, economic and political forms of small-scale non industrial societies. This class looks at a variety of cultural systems from the Amazon Basin to the Andes, during historical and contemporary times. Prerequisite: 8 credits of ANTH or SOC. Counts toward core requirement: Comparative Cultural or International Perspectives. Biennially. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

ANTH-323 Junior Seminar

Students will practice reading and evaluating primary research works in progress. Attention will be given to articulating the research process and to preparing students for their own independent research projects. Students will be instructed in pathways beyond Pacific; for example, how to find and apply to graduate programs, develop a resume, and set up a job-shadowing experience. Prerequisite: Junior standing or above (60 or more completed credits) and declared Sociology, Anthropology-Sociology, or Social Work major or minor. Pass/No Pass. 2 credits.
Credits: 2.00

ANTH-340 Symbolism, Myth and Ritual

Anthropological approaches to the study of myth, ritual and symbols which focus upon cultural meaning. Examines the nature of myth and ritual in a variety of cultures. Prerequisite: Two 200-level courses in ANTH or SOC. Counts toward core requirement: Comparative Cultural. Biennially. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

ANTH-344 Preparation for Culinary Travel

This course explores the relationship between cuisine and culture with an emphasis on cultures outside the United States. Students complete a series of orientation sessions as well as a full semester of class work. Students read a collection of essays that will prepare the student to tour a particular food and wine producing area and to connect local and regional cultures with food preparation and cuisine. Specific travel destinations and focus of the course will vary from year to year. Course may not be repeated for credit, even when travel destination varies. Also listed as SOC 344. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above (30 or more completed credits) and 4 credits from ANTH or SOC at 200-level or above. Appropriate language classes are encouraged. IS 201 is encouraged. Instructor's consent is required. Counts toward core requirement: International Perspectives core requirement. 2 credits.
Credits: 2.00

ANTH-345 Culinary Travel

This travel course explores the relationship between cuisine and culture. Students tour a variety of food and wine producing areas and connect local and regional cultures with food preparation and cuisine. Specific travel destination will vary from year to year. Course may not be repeated for credit, even when travel destination varies. Also listed as SOC 345. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above, 4 credits from ANTH or SOC at 200-level or above. Appropriate language classes are encouraged. IS-201 is encouraged. Instructor's consent required. Counts toward core requirement: International Perspectives. 2 credits.
Credits: 2.00

ANTH-350 Landscape and Memory

This class brings together work across the disciplines of anthropology, sociology, social history and geography in order that we might consider the cultural consequences of landscape, with regard to the anthropological notion of place and senses of place. In the course we investigate how environments create and are created and understood by local cultures. Prerequisite: 4 credits from 200-level ANTH or SOC. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

ANTH-355 Special Topics

See department for course description. Prerequisite: SOC 101, SOC 102, ANTH 101, ANTH 140, or REL 140.
Credits: 1.00

ANTH-356 Culture, Cuisine and Class

Explores people's relationship to food with regard to the environment, gender, class structure and the increasing globalization and homogenization of food. Of particular importance are the cultural influences on cuisine as food plays a social, symbolic and political-economic role across cultures. Also listed as SOC 356. Prerequisite: Junior standing or above (60 or more completed credits). 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

ANTH-395 Independent Study

See department for details. Independent study contract required.
Credits: 1.00

ANTH-450 Directed Research in Anthropology

Directed Research in Anthropology allows students of advanced standing to participate in a research project with an anthropology faculty member in order to gain practical experience in the conduct of ongoing professional-level sociological research. Prerequisite: Junior standing or above (60 or more completed credits). Instructor's consent required. May be repeated for credit, up to 6 credits total. 1-4 credits.
Credits: 1.00

ANTH-455 Special Topics

See department for course description.
Credits: 1.00

ANTH-475 Internship

See department for details. Internship contract required.
Credits: 1.00

ANTH-494 Senior Thesis I

The focus is to assist students in selecting an area of interest from which to draw an independent research project, to do an initial literature review, to develop a theoretical framework, and to develop a research methodology for the senior research project. Prerequisite: 16 credits of ANTH or SOC including ANTH 301 or SOC 300. Offered Fall semester. 2 credits.
Credits: 2.00

ANTH-495 Senior Thesis II

Student-conducted individual research/theoretical project. Faculty supervised. Prerequisite: ANTH 494. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00