Course Descriptions

ANTH 101: Introduction to Physical Anthropology

Examines the evolution of the human species and non-human primates primarily from the biological perspective. Topics include human heredity and population genetics, primate behavior and conservation, the human fossil record, and modern human variation.

ANTH 101H: Introduction to Physical Anthropology Honors

Studies humans and the lower primates primarily from the biological perspective. Deals with human population genetics in the conceptual framework of evolutionary processes, comparisons, and analyses, including primate behavior, primate evolution, human fossils, as well as race formation and classification. Additional reading, writing, and research techniques are required.

ANTH 101L: Introduction to Physical Anthropology Lab

A laboratory course in physical anthropology designed primarily for non-science majors. A half-day field trip is required.

ANTH 103: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Studies the nature of humankind, culture, and society, including the concepts and theories used for their analysis and understanding. Prehistory, cultural growth, social organization, family systems, politics and economics, war, religion, values, culture shock, and applied anthropology are examined.

ANTH 103H: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology Honors

Studies the nature of humankind, culture, and society, including the concepts and theories used for their analysis and understanding. Prehistory, cultural growth, social organization, family systems, politics and economics, war, religion, values, culture shock, and applied anthropology are examined. Additional reading, writing and research techniques are required.

ANTH 105: Introduction to Archaeology

Examines archaeology and human prehistory from an interdisciplinary perspective, including methods for recovery, dating, interpretation, conservation of items of material culture, and the reconstruction of past social systems and human behavior. Field trips may be required.

ANTH 210: Indians of California

Examines Native American cultures of California from prehistoric times to the present, including geographic origins, settlement areas, technology, subsistence patterns, social organization, religion, folklore, material culture and current social problems.

ANTH 220: Magic, Witchcraft and Religion

Contrasts the cross-cultural phenomena of religion, witchcraft and magical behavior in society from an anthropological perspective, including the role of religion in healing and curing, social control, politics, economics, family, and cultural change.

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