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Fall 2020



Undergraduate courses



Human Evolution

The study of human origins and adaptation, through an understanding of evolutionary mechanisms, genetics, comparative primate biology, the fossil record, and modern human variation.

Life and Physical Sciences (LPS) Scientific World (SW)


T/F 3:45-5:00pm Section 1 1036HN plus lab section Gilbert

M/TH 2:45-4:00pm Section 2 1036HN plus lab section  Baden

            combined w/ X-01 #7062

T/TH 5:35-6:50pm Section 3 415HW plus lab section Cassalett



The Human Species

In this course, we examine human biology and behavior from an evolutionary perspective, comparing our anatomy, physiology, and behavior to those of living primates and other mammals. We will discuss the relative roles of genes (“nature”) and environment (“nurture”), the biological basis of behavior, local biological adaptations evident in modern human populations, growth and development, and diet and disease. Students will actively engage in the development of scientific hypotheses, data collection, and data synthesis analysis, as part of laboratory research experiences throughout the semester. Material covered will help prepare students to understand and evaluate recent advances in genetics, behavioral studies, medicine, and evolution.

Life and Physical Sciences (LPS)

M/TH 3:10-4:00pm Section 1 615HW plus lab section Levy

T/TH 4:10-5:25pm Section 2 Online plus lab section Evans



Human Genetics

Analysis of distribution of contemporary human populations and microevolutionary processes that underlie human variability.

W/F 2:10-3:25pm 717HN Westphal



Human Anatomy

The goal of this course is to understand basic human anatomy: know all of the bones, muscles, major nerves and vessels in the human body, how they are organized, and how they function. Typically, there will be two class periods spent on a given topic: the first class meeting will be a lecture and the second class meeting on a given topic will provide a laboratory setting where students can handle and work with real osteological specimens and/or anatomical models. A given lecture will provide a synthesis of a particular anatomical region and the hands-on details of regional anatomy will then be learned in the associated laboratory session. To gain the most from each lecture and laboratory session, you must do the assigned readings and relevant exercises in the lab workbook beforehand. The laboratory workbook is a required acquisition. Any anatomy textbook will provide you with the necessary reading for lectures, and the purchase of an anatomy atlas is highly recommended as well. In order to do well in the course, additional study time with the anatomical models may be necessary. We will set up a system to encourage and facilitate study time outside of class.

M/TH 2:45-4:00pm 730HN Parks


ANTHP 401.01

Field Methods in Primatology

This course will cover many of the techniques involved in primate field research. Topics will range from traditional field methods (e.g., animal counts and densities, individual identification, and methods of behavioral observation) to new and innovative developments in the field (e.g., genetics, endocrinology, isotopes, nutritional analysis). Class will be primarily lecture-based (including several guest lectures from experts in the field), and will be supplemented with class discussion, take home assignments and written reaction essays.

M 5:30-7:20pm 730HN Baden

combined w/ Anthp 791.02


ANTHP 401.50

Evolution of the Human Brain

M/TH 10:45-12:00pm 730HN Parks



Cultural Diversity in the United States

Introduction to the critical and comparative study of cultural diversity in the United States.

Writing intensive, CORE: US Experience in its Diversity


T/F 10:10-11:00am Section 1 510HN plus discussion section Brown

            combined w/ X-01 class # 8078

M/TH 11:10-12:00pm Section 2 615HW plus discussion section Gerdes



Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Comparative and historical examination of the human condition through a focus on diverse responses to universal problems, such as making a living, resolving conflict, organizing family/kin relations, and finding meaning in the world.

Individual and Society (Social Sciences) -I&S SS


M/TH 8:10-9:25am Section 1 714HW plus discussion section Ozdemir

T/F 9:10-10:00am Section 2 510HN plus discussion section Reicher Atir

            combined w/ X-04 class # 7757 HC1 class # 9607

S 11:00-2:00pm Section 3 510HN plus discussion section Creed

M/TH 1:10-2:25pm Section 4 Online plus discussion section Lozny



Introduction to Prehistoric Archaeology

Human social and cultural evolution from the earliest humans to the rise of the first civilizations.

World Culture and Global Issues (WCGI)


T/F 11:10-12:25pm 1036HN Parry



Methods in Archaeology Science

Introduction to theory and method of scientific research in archaeology.


 W 9:30-12:20pm Section 1 717HN Hicks

T 2:10-5:00pm Section 2 Online McGovern



Introduction to Linguistics

Structure and analysis of human languages; language history; language in society, culture, and mind; language universals.

World Cultures and Global Issues (WCGI)


T/F 12:45-2:00pm 511HW Bakht



Global Health & Culture

Global Health research examines how interactions between cultural, biological, and political factors affect the health and well-being of individuals and populations, and how biomedical science can be most effective in contexts of poverty, war, or epidemic disease. Topics covered in this class include environmental justice, consequences of war and displacement, and the global health response to emerging epidemics and climate change.

M/TH 4:10-5:25pm 717HN Gerdes



Anthropology of Civil Rights Movement

This course examines the grassroots struggle to gain equality and justice in the United States, viewed as a social protest movement, from the perspective of cultural anthropology. The course will focus on the major events, themes and issues of the Civil Rights Movement and examine their effect in challenging the American concept of democracy; in changing those who participated in it; and in spawning other social movements that transformed American society and culture.

Pluralism and Diversity


T 2:10-5:00pm 717HN Hodges



Gender in Anthropological Perspective

Men and women in different societies, division of labor, socialization, stratification, political activism, and gender construction.

Pluralism and Diversity


M/TH 1:10-2:25pm 717HN Gensler

crosslisted w/ WGS 301


ANTHC 303.50

Intro: Community Organizing

Evaluation of specific local and national action programs.

F 11:10-2:00pm C114HN  

crosslisted w/ PH 40050, SOC 235, URB 40395, SOSCI 397, SW 360, WGS 30015


Anthc 310

Politics and Power in Anthropological Perspective

The main objective of this course is to develop an eye for seeing, understanding, and analyzing power critically and from an anthropological perspective.

M/TH 9:45-11:00am Hastings



Race, Culture and Power

This course offers an anthropological approach to the study of racial phenomena, including racism, racialization, the formation of racial categories, identities and subjectivities, and anti-racism. The course presents theories of race and power and highlights the importance of a cultural analysis and a comparative perspective.

W 5:30-7:20pm 717HN Brown

combined w/ Anthc 725.51



Research Design in Anthropology

Introduction to basic principles of research design employed in anthropology.

T/F 11:10-12:25pm 717HN Gilbert

combined w/ Anthc 722



History of Anthropological Theory

Pluralism and Diversity

Changing approaches to the study of society and culture. Political and historical context of the development of theory, the link between theory and method and the impact of theory on policy.

T 5:30-7:20pm 717HN Fierman

combined with ANTHC 703


ANTHC 320.06

Pandemics and Global Health

This course provides students with an introduction to global health and pandemics. A central tenet throughout this course is why the control of global disease requires not only solid science but also effective public policy and politics, as well as an understanding of the importance of the historical foundations for disease surveillance. To do this, we will explore the origins and evolution of some of the greatest challenges to human health, and consider the challenges posed by emerging and reemerging diseases from the historical, such as the Plague, Smallpox, and Influenza, to the modern and reemerging, such as Malaria, Zika, Cholera, TB, HIV/AIDS, Ebola, and COVID-19. We conclude the course by looking beyond infectious diseases to non-communicable disease pandemics such as mental health, obesity and malnutrition, xenophobia, and the challenges when many of these occur simultaneously.

Asynchronous course Piquerias


ANTHC 320.15

Blackness in Latin America and Caribbean

M/TH 1:10-2:25pm C100HN Torres

cross listed with AFPRL 390.37


ANTHC 320.28

Race, Gender, Colonialism and Climate Change

W 10:10-1:00pm C100HN Bonilla Ramos

crosslisted w/ AFPRL 390.86


ANTHC 320.60

Urban Archaeology

This course introduces students to New York’s past through the study of material remains including artifacts, ecofacts, architecture, and landscapes.  Students will learn about the processes that transformed this part of Lenapehoking into New York City - one of the largest urban centers in the world. Readings, field trips, and guest lectures will draw us into NYC’s historical neighborhoods, industrial spaces, households, and waterfronts and toward a deeper understanding of the experiences of diverse groups of people. From these local-scale, materially-focused case studies, students will develop a deeper understanding of processes and conditions like settler colonialism, migration, industrialization, and the forces of large-scale political and economic projects. We will also learn how the environment and natural resources play a part in urban formations. Students will complete the course with an understanding of how the long-term perspectives of archaeological research contribute to urgent contemporary debates around issues such as social inequality, climate change, the anthropocene and capitalocene.


M/TH 11:10-12:25pm 705HN Hicks

combined w/ Anth 75145


ANTHC 320.81

Language & Power

What is power? How do some individuals, groups, or institutions gain

and accumulate power, as well as legitimize their hold on power? Power is a central concept in social science. And language is key in the creation, reproduction, and defiance of power. Indeed, as linguistic anthropologist Susan Gal notes (1991), “the strongest form of power may well be the ability to define social reality, to impose visions of the world. And such visions are inscribed in language and, most important, enacted in interaction.” Combining theoretical approaches to language and power, interactional research, and language-based ethnographies, we will explore the multiple ways in which language is used to construct inequality and domination, but also to offer tools for resistance and change.


T/F 9:45-11:00 705HN Bakht

combined w Anth 771.53


ANTHC 325.67


This course introduces the study of language use in society in relation to class, gender, ethnicity, race, and age. The nature of language and language rights including pidgins, creoles, and dialects are examined. Critical discourse theory is introduced as part of the analysis of the relationship of language and education, social mobility and power.

M/TH 2:45-4:00pm 522HW Hudobro

combined w/ Engl 330


 ANTHC 332

Medical Anthropology

This course provides an advanced introduction to Medical Anthropology, a vast subfield of Anthropology with many applications in the health sciences and industries. The focus is on how social groups variously experience, act upon and make meaning of health, wellbeing, illness, disease, and healing. The course emphasizes the complexities of health and illness in the context of cultural beliefs and practices, as well as in relation to broader, macro-level processes on both local and global scales.

M 5:30-7:20 pm Online Susser

combined w/ Anthc 716


ANTHC 401.83

Environment, Globalization & Culture

How have social scientists of different viewpoints and disciplines analyzed globalization? What are the interrelations between today’s economic, environmental, health and social crises? Why do some countries attain high living standards, while others remain mired in poverty? Why is inequality growing in many societies and diminishing in others? How are civil society organizations and global governance institutions affecting development? Does the economic growth necessary for poverty reduction require unsustainable environmental practices? Can there be a de-growth, no growth or solidarity economy where people still live well? Students in this course will attain an in-depth background about historical and contemporary debates in development studies, with an emphasis on the interactions between economic globalization, environment, history and culture.


T 3:10-5:25pm Online Edelman

combined w/ ANTHC 702.72


 ANTHC 426.59
Archaeology of North America

 This course provides an overview of the prehistoric archaeology of the continental United States (excluding the west coast). We will study the lifeways of ancient Native Americans, from their first migration into the New World up until the time of European contact. Special emphasis will be placed on the native peoples of three specific regions: the Southwest, the Midwest, and New York, as case studies of adaptations to different environments. We will also examine several unresolved controversies surrounding the first entry of humans into the New World, the transition to agriculture, the development of complex forms of sociopolitical organization, and the impact of European colonization after 1492.


T 5:30-7:20pm 705HN Parry

combined with Anthc 754


ANTHC 426.68

World of the Vikings

T/F 12:45-2:00pm Online McGovern

combined w/ Anthc 751.67


Graduate Courses


ANTH 702.72

Environment, Globalization & Culture

T 3:10-5:25pm Online Edelman

combined w/ Anthc 401.83



History of Anthropological Theory

Treatment of major currents and schools in anthropological thought from 19th century to present.

T 5:30-7:20pm 717HN Fierman

combined with ANTHC 318


ANTH 716

Medical Anthropology

Health and disease viewed comparatively in terms of how societies perceive, explain, prevent, and treat illness.

M 5:30-7:20 pm Online Susser

combined w/ Anthc 332


ANTH 722

Research Design in Anthropology

Introduction to basic principles of research design employed in anthropology

T/F 11:10-12:25pm 717HN Gilbert

combined w/ Anthc 314


ANTH 725.51

Anthropology of Race

W 5:30-7:20pm 717HN Brown  

combined w/ Anthc 313


ANTH 751.67

World of the Vikings

T/F 12:45-2:00pm Online McGovern

combined w/ Anthc 426.68


ANTH 754

Archaeology of North America

T 5:30-7:20pm 705HN Parry

combined with Anthc 426.59


ANTH 762

Urban Archaeology

M/TH 11:10-12:25pm 705HN Hicks

combined w/ Anthc 320.60


ANTH 771.53

Language & Power

T/F 9:45-11:00 705HN Bakht

combined w Anthc 320.81


ANTH 791.02

Field Methods in Primatology

This course will cover many of the techniques involved in primate field research. Topics will range from traditional field methods (e.g., animal counts and densities, individual identification, and methods of behavioral observation) to new and innovative developments in the field (e.g., genetics, endocrinology, isotopes, nutritional analysis).

M 5:30-7:20pm 730HN Baden

combined w/ Anthp 401.01


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