Professor: A. Hannus
Assistant Professor: L. Karr
Anthropology is the comparative study of people and their lifeways across the full temporal and spatial range of human experience. Cultural, biological, archeological, and evolutionary ecological lines of evidence contribute to anthropological descriptions and explanations of human diversity. Anthropology provides a strong foundation for interacting with diverse human cultures, an important ingredient for living successfully in modern society with its global focus. Anthropology is divided into four areas: Archeology, Cultural Anthropology, Physical Anthropology, and Linguistics. The Anthropology Major requires a year-abroad at the University of Exeter, Exeter, England, in the Department of Archaeology. This provides the student with a major that is especially strong in ecologically oriented archeology. Most students will have an opportunity to work on archeological excavations or in the Archeology Laboratory. An emphasis in the area of museum techniques is also available.
39 credit hours
Required Courses: 12 credit hours
ANTH 270 Introduction to Archeology (3 cr)
ANTH 271 Cultural Anthropology (3 cr)
ANTH 272 Introduction to Field Methods in Archaeology (3 cr)
ANTH 273 Museum Methods I (3 cr)
Elective Courses: 27 credit hours
ANTH Elective courses not listed above (3 cr)
ENGL 269 English Grammar (3 cr)
ENGL 279 History of the English Language (3 cr)
ENGL 311 Advanced Composition (3 cr)
ENGL 312 Writing for Magazines (3 cr)
NAST 320 Native American Social Systems (3 cr)
University of Exeter Courses:
Exeter JYA classes available begin with ARC prefix, to be taken during year at Exeter to count toward elective courses. Work with program director for specific courses. For a full listing go to http://www.exeter.ac.uk/.
Three courses (9 credit hours) of electives from the following:
ANTH Elective courses not listed above (3 cr each)
NAST 320 Native American Social Systems (3 cr)
ANTH 110 — Introduction to Anthropology (Area 3.1A) (3 credits)
This course provides an overview of the 4-field discipline of Anthropology. Each of the four fields is covered in order to provide students with a broad-based introductory knowledge of Anthropology. The four topics include Archaeology (the study of the material remains of the past), Cultural Anthropology (the study of human diversity), Physical Anthropology (the study of the human body and human evolution), and Linguistics (the study of language)--is introduced and discussed, while providing a basis in the theories and methods that Anthropologists use to study humankind.
ANTH 270 — Introduction To Archeology (Area 3.3) (3 credits)
The course is organized around the broadest possible definition of archeology: the study of artifacts in relation to human behavior at any time and place. Tracing the journey of humankind across two million years of evolution from crude chopping tools to high speed computers, archeology provides a framework for reading the stories of change from the material evidence. Cross-Listed With SOCI 270; Offered Fall Semester, Odd Years.
ANTH 271 — Cultural Anthropology (Area 3.6) (3 credits)
An anthropological study of diverse cultures, past and present, focusing upon technologies and structure, kinship and family patterns, political relations, religious concepts, and artistic forms. Cross-Listed With SOCI 271; Offered Spring Semester, Odd Years.
ANTH 272 — Introduction To Field Methods In Archeology (3 credits)
The course will provide a practical, working experience in the study of past cultures. Special attention will be focused on methodology and techniques available to archeologists (field excavation, mapping, photography, and artifact preparation/analysis), and include the theoretical rationale leading to sound interpretations of the structure of extinct cultures. Offered Every Other Year.
ANTH 273 Museum Methods I (3 credits)
This is an introductory course in the field of museology. This is a techniques course in which the students will be provided instruction in curation, exhibit preparation, and display. The format will include lectures, museum visitation, and individual research methods. Students will proceed from the concept stage of artifact selection into the application of display techniques through the completion of a temporary exhibition in the Eide/Dalrymple Gallery on campus. Offered Fall Semester, Odd Years.
ANTH 370 — Primitive Art (3 credits)
The course will primarily examine the “traditional” (Pre-European contact) pedestrian art produced in the three major areas: Black Africa, Oceania, and North America. The primary focus will emphasize the role of art in specific cultural contexts. The analysis of art products of these major cultural areas will discuss the formal properties and aesthetic qualities that characterize the numerous styles within the traditions of these regions.
Offered Fall Semester, Even Years.
ANTH 371 — Mesoamerica Archaeology & Cultural History (3 credits)
This course seeks to explain the evolution, rise, and eventual demise of some of the New World's most advanced ancient civilizations. Why did the Maya build temples in the jungle? How did great civilizations develop in the New World? Why did they disappear? What can hieroglyphic writing and monuments tell us about the people who came before us? By examining the archaeology and cultural history of Mesoamerica, from the arrival of human groups to the region, up to and through the colonization of the New World, this course blends the study of the archaeological past with the study of the natural environment and human behavior to provide perspectives on the rise and fall of the Maya, Aztecs, and other groups in Mesoamerica. Offered Spring Semester, Even Years.
ANTH 372 — Museum Methods II (4 credits)
An advanced level of presentation in the technical detail and guiding philosophy for the installation of ethnographic exhibits. Detail will include specialized techniques in lighting and backdrop construction, as well as academic research for ethnographic detail needed for preparation of exhibit descriptions and catalog copy. Offered Infrequently.
ANTH 376 — Prehistory of the Northern Plains (3 credits)
The Northern Plains of North America is a vast territory stretching from central Manitoba and Saskatchewan south to Nebraska, east to northern Iowa and west to the Rocky Mountains. It is a stark and harsh landscape but one with abundant streams, animals (particularly bison), and wild plants. These resources sustained Native American populations for over 12,000 years. The course will trace the earliest small nomadic mammoth and bison hunting groups, through the development of agricultural groups living in large permanent earthlodge villages to the ultimate dramatic collapse of Native culture in the 19th century through a combination of intertribal warfare, epidemic disease and the colonization of the area by Euroamericans. Recommended prerequisite (but not required): ANTH 270
ANTH 378 — Field School in Archeology of the Northern Plains (4 credits)
A one month field school offering basic instruction in all aspects of excavation, recovery and initial processing of artifactual materials. The field school is conducted at the Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village site, an Initial Middle Missouri Earth Lodge farming village. The Mitchell site dates to approximately A.D. 1000. Excavations are accomplished inside the Archeodome, a world-class facility that covers a portion of the archeological site deposits and provides laboratory facilities for processing artifacts as they are recovered. Students will be instructed in all aspects of excavation, mapping, photography, plan view map drawing, as well as the initial processing of recovered artifacts. This is a joint field school with students and faculty from Augustana College and the University of Exeter, Exeter, England.