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Spring 2019

Undergraduate Courses


Introduction to Human Evolution

Fulfills Distribution Requirement Math Sci
Section 1-T/Th 4:10-5:25pm 415HW plus lab section
Section 2-M/W/TH 12:10-1:00pm 511HW plus lab section

This is an introductory course to the sub-discipline of physical anthropology.  The course focuses on the study of human origins and adaptation through an understanding of evolutionary mechanisms, genetics, primate biology, the fossil record and modern human variation. 


The Human Species

Fulfills Hunter Core Life and Physical Sciences (LPS) GER 2/E

Section 1-T/F 9:10-10:00am 615HW plus lab section
Section 2- T/F 2:10-3:00pm 510HN plus lab section

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, and local biological adaptations evident in modern human populations. Students will also 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.


ANTHP 302/ANTH 793
Human Genetics
Friday 3:10-5:00 pm 732HN

In this course, we will review human genetics from an evolutionary perspective. Topics will include the structure of the human genome, human-ape comparisons, human genetic diversity, interpreting that diversity, reviewing what DNA tells us about human origins, past migrations and their effect on modem human distribution, the effects of population admixture, the health implications of our genomes. We will examine recent discoveries from the exciting new field of epigenetics as they apply to our health. The material will be placed within the framework of modem evolutionary theory, as our goal is not just to list and memorize facts, but also to try and understand their meaning. At the end of this course, you should be able to understand how our evolutionary history has shaped our genome.

Human Anatomy

T/TH 4:10-5:25pm 717HN


ANTHP 316/ANTH 791.65
Human Evolutionary Adaptations
Tu/Th 11:10-12:25pm 705HN

How does the human body work, and how did it get that way? This course investigates the workings and evolution of all aspects of human biology. Course material on human physiology is paired with material on the evolution of that system in humans.

Cultural Diversity in the US

Writing intensive; Pathways flexible CORE: US Experience in its Diversity

Section 1-M/Th 11:10-12:00pm 615HW plus a discussion section
Section 2-TU/F 1:10-2:00 pm 415HW plus discussion section

This course provides a critical introduction to principal theoretical perspectives on American society in its broad diversity, and includes historical and ethnographic materials that reveal broad trends in the cultural and social history of the United States.  Through comparative and critical review of a wide range of cases, from the foundation of the first European colonies in North America to the Civil Rights movement, we will learn how the American experience has been shaped by histories of settlement and migration; the contributions of indigenous communities, groups of migrants from different parts of the world, and social relations of slavery and inequality to that experience; and how historical struggles and legal and political innovations have crafted the fabric of American diversity.


Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Pluralism & Diversity Group A
Section1-M/Th 3:10-4:00pm 615HW plus a discussion section
Section 2-M/Th 8:10-9:25am 511HW
Section4-Sat 11:10-2:00pm 510HN

This course has three main objectives: (1) to provide an overview of key topics in cultural anthropology; (2) to encourage critical thinking about key anthropological and social scientific debates, past and present; and (3) to analyze explanations for, and causes of cross-cultural similarities and differences. We will attempt to understand both the universal process through which human beings constitute themselves through culture, and the great diversity of cultural forms that result. In the past, anthropologists usually studied distant and "foreign" peoples, the more different from "us" the better. We will look at this "we/they" dichotomy in the context of today's increasingly interconnected world and explore what happens when anthropological tools are used not only to look at the "other," but in the analysis of our own complex, diverse society.


Introduction to Prehistoric Archaeology

Fulfills dist req soc sci for majors
Section 1-M/TH 1:10-2.25pm 510HN

Introduction to the methods of archaeology, and a survey of world prehistory from the earliest humans to the rise of the first civilizations.


Methods in Archaeological Sciences

Pathways flexible Core

Section 1-Weds 1:10-4:00pm 717HN
Section 2-Tues 1:10-4:00pm 717HN

Introduction to the theories and methods of field science in archaeology and paleoecology


Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology

Fulfills GER.
T/F 2:10-3:25pm C002HN

Introduction to the study of language from an anthropological perspective, starting from its most minute components, such as the phonemes, and finishing with the larger social context: how language is used to construct and preserve social inequality.


Black Lives Globally
M/Th 2:45-4:00pm 710HN

Like the Civil Rights and Black Power movements before it, the Movement for Black Lives (formerly known as Black Lives Matter) began as a national struggle for human dignity and racial equality. And like those earlier movements, Black Lives Matter resonated with people of African descent worldwide. Black Lives Globally examines Black identity and political culture in a variety of national contexts, emphasizing the ways that Blackness, as variously understood and expressed in different societies, has been effectively mobilized in movements for social justice--also variously conceived. 


ANTHC 213/LACS 434.40
Latin American: Societies & Cultures

Fulfills Pluralism & Diversity PD/A and GER 3/B
T/F 12:45-2:00 pm 717HN

Development and organization of tropical forest Indians, hacienda and plantation economies, peasant and urban societies.


The Anthropology of the Civil Rights Movement in the U.S.

Fulfills Pluralism and Diversity PD/B and GER 3/B Group A
Tuesday 2:10-5:00pm 705HN

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.


Human Ecology

Wednesday 5:30-7:20pm 710HN


Politics and Power in Anthropological Perspective
M/Th 9:45-11:00am 732HN

The main objective of this course is to develop an eye for seeing, understanding, and analyzing power critically and from an anthropological perspective. We will discuss the multiple mechanisms of domination deriving from actors and institutions and manifest the public sphere, but also operating in the very intimate realms of daily life. We will ask how people encounter and experience states, citizenship, borders, and other structures of power, and how they create and are created by them from gendered, sexualized, and racialized positions. Power cannot be thought of without considering resistance and social transformation, thus much of the course will be centered on the question of how structures of domination have been contested and how change has been promoted from the social margins.


Research Design in Anthropology

Fulfills GER Stage 3B
T/F 11:10-12:25pm 717HN

Introduction to basic principles of research design employed in anthropology


ANTHC 318/ANTH 703
History of Anthropological Theory

Required for Majors
Pluralism & Diversity Group D
Fulfills GER Stage 3B
M/TH 5:35-6:50pm 717HN

This class is a selective, historical survey of anthropological theory. We will examine important theoretical accounts of human culture and society, covering works from the early twentieth century to the present, exploring how changing historical contexts, diverse fieldwork experiences, and philosophical trends have shaped the European and American development of sociocultural anthropology. This course particularly emphasizes the contributions of the anthropology of knowledge, political anthropology, and critiques of colonialism and of contemporary political economy. We will also seek to define the role that theories of culture, religion, power, gender, and history can and should play in a wider understanding of human beings as, at once, complexly social and complexly biological creatures. Ultimately we aim to gain a better understanding of how theories of the human, from universal "man" to "cultural diversity" to homo economicus, have shaped academic anthropology as well as their wider implications for contemporary life in society. This class meets once a week and will be conducted through seminar-style discussions; moreover, it is reading-and-writing-heavy. The reading load will average 100 pages a week (though readings each week will range in difficulty and length, from original theoretical analyses of particular ethnographic situations, to essays in intellectual history, to practitioner's reflections). There will be weekly reader-response papers, and the class will culminate in a final paper based on course reading.


ANTHC 320.02/ANTH 771.61
Language & Body
Tuesday 5:30-8:00pm 710HN

The human body -and more general, the materiality of bodies and objects- is at the center of much contemporary research. After a period during which the body was peripheral, implicit, or analytically invisible in discourse-focused social sciences, we now encounter terms such as multimodality, multisemiosis, corporeality, intersubjectivity, bodily inscription, and lived worlds and embodied experiences. 

In social studies of language, linguistic communication becomes one among multiple resources for meaning making, and is analyzed in coordination with eye gaze, gesture, prosody, object manipulation, and body orientation, posture, and movement. Even the senses, such as tactility, are beginning to make their way into studies of communication. Exploring this exciting new frontier, students in this class will be introduced to corporeal "turn" in the social sciences as well as learn how to analyze the different communicative modalities found in human interaction.


ANTHC 320.60
Urban Archaeology

T/F 11:10-12:25pm 710HN
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.


ANTHC 320.89/ ANTH 751.61
Archaeology of Mesoamerica
M 5:30-7:20pm 710HN

This course provides an overview of the pre-Hispanic archaeology of Mesoamerica.-a region extending from central Mexico to El Salvador. We will study the lifeways of the ancient native peoples of that region, from their first settlements more than 12,000 years ago, up until the Spanish conquest in the 1520's. Special emphasis on the Olmec and other Formative chiefdoms; the Classic civilizations of Teotihuacan, the Maya, and the Zapotec; and the Postclassic Toltec and Aztecs states.


ANTHC 321.52
Magic, Witchcraft & Religion
M/TH 11:10-12:25pm 732HN

In this group seminar, we will study different theories of magic, witchcraft, and religion.


ANTHC 321.67
Politics of Love

M/TH 4:10-5:25pm 705HN


ANTHC 325.51
Independent Research

ANTHC 325.67/ ENGL 330

M/TH 1:10-2:25pm


Honors Project



ANTHC 401.63/ANTH 716
Medical Anthropology

This course will provide an introduction to some aspects of the anthropology of health and medicine and it will help you develop the analytical skills that will assist you to begin to think critically about issues of health, culture, and medicine, as encountered within your life and those around you throughout the world.


ANTHC 426.67/ANTH 751.66

Friday 5:30-7:20pm 705HN


ANTHC 498.01



Graduate Courses


ANTH 703
History of Anthropological Theory

M/TH 5:35-6:50pm 717HN


ANTH 706
Master's Thesis Seminar



ANTH 716
Medical Anthropology


ANTH 751.61
Archeology of Mesoamerica

Monday 5:30-7:20pm 710HN


ANTH 751.66

Friday 5:30-7:20pm 705HN


ANTH 771.61
Language and Body

Tuesday 5:30-8:00pm 710HN


ANTH 785
Independent Study or Research in Anthropology 1



ANTH 786
Independent Study or Research in Anthropology 2



ANTH 791.65
Human Evolutionary Adaptations

T/TH 11:10-12:25pm 705HN


ANTH 793
Human Evolutionary Genetics

Friday 3:10-5:00pm 717HN



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