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Anthropology

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Anthropology

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The Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology focuses on the holistic study of humankind. Anthropologists are interested in understanding the diverse cultures of the world, the prehistory of these cultures, the relationships between biology and culture, and the impact of language on our perceptions of the world. Anthropology has four sub-disciplines–cultural anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, and biological anthropology–and students take at least one course in each sub-discipline. Students at WSU Vancouver generally emphasize either cultural anthropology or archaeology and take most of their courses in that sub-discipline.

Anthropological study provides training particularly well suited to the 21st century. The local and regional economies are increasingly international; work forces and markets are increasingly diverse; participatory management and decision making are increasingly important; and communication skills are increasingly in demand. Anthropology is the only contemporary discipline that approaches human questions from historical, biological, linguistic, and cultural perspectives.

The River Cities Anthropological Society is the name of the WSU Vancouver anthropology club. Students and faculty participate in the running of the club, which is active in organizing lectures, social activities, and local field trips. There is an archaeology laboratory and students participate in faculty research projects.

 




Schedules of Studies

Honors students complete the Honors College requirements which replace the UCORE requirements.


Anthropology (120 Hours)

A minimum of 34 hours in anthropology courses are required. Grades of C- or higher are required for all anthropology courses. No required course can be taken pass, fail.
First Year
First TermHours
ANTH 203 [DIVR]3
Biological Sciences [BSCI] with lab or SCIENCE 101 [SCI]14
Communication [COMM] or Written Communication [WRTG]3
ENGLISH 101 [WRTG]3
Foreign Language, if necessary, or Elective23 or 4
Second TermHours
ANTH 2604
Foreign Language, if necessary, or Elective23 or 4
HISTORY 105 [ROOT]3
Quantitative Reasoning [QUAN]33 or 4
Second Year
First TermHours
ANTH 2303
Arts [ARTS]3
Physical Sciences [PSCI] with lab or SCIENCE 102 [SCI]14
Social Sciences [SSCI]3
Electives3
Second TermHours
ANTH Electives46
Arts [ARTS], Humanities [HUM], or Social Sciences [SSCI]3
Electives6
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermHours
ANTH 390 [M]3
ANTH Elective43
Humanities [HUM]3
Electives6
Second TermHours
300-400-level Electives59
ANTH Electives46
Consider study abroad or summer field school
Fourth Year
First TermHours
300-400-level Electives512
ANTH Elective43
Second TermHours
300-400-level Electives59
ANTH 490 [CAPS] [M]3
Electives3

Footnotes
1To meet University and College of Arts and Sciences requirements, students must take a [BSCI] course with lab and [PSCI] course with lab or SCIENCE 101 [SCI] and SCIENCE 102 [SCI]. SCIENCE 101 [SCI] is offered Fall semester and is a prerequisite for SCIENCE 102 [SCI]. SCIENCE 102 [SCI] is offered Spring semester.
2Two years of one foreign language from high school or one year at college required.
3STAT 212 preferred.
4ANTH Electives (18 credits required): Minimum of 3 credits from each of the following areas: Archeology: ANTH 300, 330, 331, 334, 336, 340, 370, 430; Biological: ANTH 268, 380, 381, 463, 465, 469, 473; Cultural: ANTH 300, 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 307, 309, 316, 320, 327, 402, 404, 405, 417, 418; Linguistics: ANTH 350, 450.
5Concentrating electives beginning in the junior year in one sub-area of anthropology or in a minor discipline in consultation with the adviser is recommended.


Minors

Anthropology

A student with 60 semester hours may certify a minor. A minor requires a minimum of 18 semester hours in anthropology, including three of the following: ANTH 101, 203, 230, and 260. At least 9 hours must be 300-400-level work taken in residence at WSU or through WSU-approved education abroad or educational exchange courses. A minimum grade of C- is required in each course contributing to the minor.



Courses

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Anthropology (ANTH)

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101 [DIVR] Introduction to Anthropology 3 Explores what it means to be human through the major subfields of anthropology, including biological anthropology (human evolution and variation), archaeology, sociocultural anthropology, and linguistics. Typically offered Fall and Summer.

130 [SSCI] Great Discoveries in Archaeology 3 Impact of great archaeological discoveries and the work of archaeologists on our sense of the past. Typically offered Fall and Summer.

201 [HUM] Art and Society 3 Art as an expression of social and cultural systems in non-Western societies.

203 [DIVR] Global Cultural Diversity 3 Introduction to the field of cultural anthropology; examination of how cultures vary and are similar. Typically offered Fall.

205 [SSCI] Health, Healing, and Medicine Across Cultures 3 Anthropological perspective on health, disease, and medical/curing systems; relationships between culture, biology, political-economic environments, disease, and curing examined. Recommended preparation: ANTH 101 or 203.

230 Archaeological Methods and Interpretation 3 Archaeological fieldwork methods; lab-based analysis of archaeological materials as applied to reconstructing past human lifeways. Typically offered Spring.

260 [BSCI] Introduction to Biological Anthropology 4 (3-3) Evidence for human evolution; evolutionary explanations of human variation; techniques of biological anthropology. Typically offered Spring.

268 [BSCI] Sex, Evolution, and Human Nature 3 Human sexuality, male-female relations, cooperation, violence and parent-child relations examined cross-culturally and in nonhuman primates utilizing evolutionary and biocultural perspectives. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer.

268 (Effective through Summer 2019) [BSCI] Sex, Evolution, and Human Nature 3 Human sexuality, male-female relations, cooperation, violence and parent-child relations examined cross-culturally and in nonhuman primates utilizing evolutionary and biocultural perspectives. (Formerly ANTH 468.) Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer.

300 Field Methods V 2-8 Course Prerequisite: By instructor permission. Practice in methods of archaeological, ethnological, or linguistic field research. Typically offered Summer Session.

301 [ARTS] Arts and Media in Global Perspective 3 Contemporary arts and media around the world, and their impact on identity, society, and culture. Typically offered Fall.

302 [SSCI] Childhood and Culture 3 Anthropological theory and methods applied to the study of infant, child, and adolescent development. Typically offered Spring and Summer.

303 The Anthropology of Religious Experience 3 Body, meaning, and power in religion cross culturally. Typically offered Summer Session.

304 [SSCI] Cross-Cultural Perspectives of Mental Health and Illness 3 Cross-cultural mental health and illness; common U.S. mental illnesses and treatments in diverse cultures around the world; mental illnesses specific to particular cultures. Recommended preparation: PSYCH 105; ANTH 101 or 203.

305 [SSCI] Anthropology of Epidemic Disease and Bioterrorism 3 Cross-cultural understanding of how humans respond to epidemics, including high mortality diseases, diseases common in the developing world, and diseases that pose future threats.

305 (Effective through Summer 2019) [SSCI] Anthropology of Epidemic Disease and Bioterrorism 3 Cross-cultural understanding of how humans respond to epidemics, including high mortality diseases, diseases common in the developing world, and diseases that pose future threats. (Formerly ANTH 406).

306 Cultures and Peoples of the Middle East 3 Contemporary Arab cultures in a historical perspective within the framework of Western-Middle Eastern relations. (Crosslisted course offered as ANTH 306, ASIA 306, HISTORY 306).

307 [DIVR] Contemporary Cultures and Peoples of Africa 3 Introduction to family, social, political, economic and religious institutions of African cultures in context of African social issues. Typically offered Spring.

309 [SSCI] Cultural Ecology 3 Major findings of ecological anthropology relating to problems of population, resources, and environment in small-scale cultures. Recommended preparation: Sophomore standing, ANTH 101 or 203. Typically offered Fall.

316 [DIVR] Gender in Cross Cultural Perspective 3 Cross-cultural examination of the status and roles of women and men, sexuality and marriage, and folk concepts of sexual anatomy in traditional cultures in Western science; concepts of nature and culture are explored through a variety of perspectives. (Crosslisted course offered as ANTH 316, WOMEN ST 316). Recommended preparation: Sophomore standing; ANTH 101, PSYCH 105, SOC 101, or WOMEN ST 101 or 201. Typically offered Spring.

317 Global Feminisms 3 Course Prerequisite: ANTH 101, WOMEN ST 101, or WOMEN ST 201. An interdisciplinary approach to examining women's roles and experiences throughout the world and different approaches to feminism/feminisms. (Crosslisted course offered as WOMEN ST 332, ANTH 317).

320 [DIVR] Native Peoples of North America 3 A holistic exploration of various indigenous peoples and cultures of North America, through the lens of anthropology. (Crosslisted course offered as ANTH 320, CES 377).

327 [DIVR] Contemporary Native Peoples of the Americas 3 Contemporary cultures of Native American communities emphasizing North America. (Crosslisted course offered as ANTH 327, CES 378). Recommended preparation: ANTH 101 or CES 171.

330 Origins of Culture and Civilization 3 Prehistoric roots of culture from the beginnings of humankind to the rise of the first civilizations in Africa and Eurasia. Recommended preparation: 3 hours ANTH.

331 [SSCI] Archaeology of the Americas 3 Cultures and environments of the Americas from the arrival of the earliest hunter-gatherers to the development of complex civilizations. Recommended preparation: ANTH 101. Typically offered Fall and Spring.

334 Time and Culture in the Northwest 3 The archaeologically reconstructed environmental and cultural past of the Northwest including contemporary scientific and social approaches and issues. Recommended preparation: ANTH 101.

336 Old World Civilizations 3 Evolution of complex society, urbanism, states and empires in the eastern hemisphere; survey of European, African and Asian civilizations. Recommended preparation: ANTH 101, 230, or 330.

350 [DIVR] Speech, Thought, and Culture 3 The role of language in social situations and as a reflection of cultural differences. (Crosslisted course offered as ANTH 350, FOR LANG 350). Typically offered Spring.

370 Past Environments and Culture 3 People and their environments from the Ice Age to modern time; archaeological, ecological, and biological data.

381 [BSCI] Primate Behavioral Ecology 3 Evolution of primate behavior from ecological and phylogenetic perspective emphasizing methods for understanding primate adaptations and diversity. Recommended preparation: ANTH 101 or BIOLOGY 101, 102 or 150. Typically offered Spring and Summer.

390 [M] History of Anthropological Thought 3 Course Prerequisite: ANTH 203; ANTH 230; ANTH 260. Development of theories in anthropology including contributions of significant individuals, representative classics and influential current movements. Recommended preparation: Junior standing. Typically offered Spring.

395 Topics in Anthropology V 3-6 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 6 hours. Examination of selected topics in contemporary anthropological theory and practice. Recommended preparation: Junior standing. Typically offered Fall and Spring.

399 Archaeological Field School V 2-8 Course Prerequisite: By instructor permission. Training in methods of archaeological data recovery and analysis.

404 [CAPS] The Self in Culture 3 Course Prerequisite: One course at the 100-level and one course at the 200-level in any of the following subjects: AMER ST, ANTH, CES, COM, ENGLISH, FINE ART, H D, HISTORY, HUMANITY, PHIL, POL S, PSYCH, SOC, or WOMEN ST; junior standing. Survey of anthropological theories exploring self in Western/non-Western cultures through dreams, history, and human development.

405 Medical Anthropology 3 Relationships among disease, curing, culture and environment; non-Western medical systems; political economy of health care. Recommended preparation: Junior standing. Typically offered Fall.

410 History of American Indian Sovereignty and Federal Indian Law 3 The history of sovereignty and Federal Indian Law against the backdrop of treaties and trust responsibility. (Crosslisted course offered as HISTORY 410, ANTH 410, POL S 410).

417 Anthropology and World Problems 3 Data and methods of cultural anthropology applied to the solution of contemporary human problems, emphasizing sustainable development. Recommended preparation: 3 hours ANTH; junior standing. Typically offered Spring.

418 Human Issues in International Development 3 Interdisciplinary analysis of complex interaction between tradition and modernity in Third World societies. (Crosslisted course offered as ANTH 418, POL S 418, SOC 418).

450 Ethnolinguistics 3 Anthropological theory and methods applied to the study of cognitive linguistics, or the interrelation of language, mind, and culture. (Crosslisted course offered as ANTH 450, FOR LANG 450). Credit not granted for more than one of ANTH 450 and ANTH 550. Offered at 400 and 500 level. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

469 Genes, Culture and Human Diversity 3 Relationships between genes, language and culture are explored as a means to understanding world history, genetic and cultural diversity and unity. Recommended preparation: Junior standing.

473 [CAPS] [M] Evolution and Society 3 Course Prerequisite: ANTH 260 or BIOLOGY 301; junior standing. Survey of how the theory of evolution is used to better understand ourselves, the societies in which live, and the biological world on which we depend. Recommended preparation: BIOLOGY 405 or concurrent enrollment. (Crosslisted course offered as BIOLOGY 473, ANTH 473).

490 [CAPS] [M] Integrative Themes in Anthropology 3 Course Prerequisite: ANTH 203; ANTH 230; ANTH 260; ANTH 390; junior standing. Current research crosscutting traditional subdisciplines of anthropology. Typically offered Fall.

498 Anthropology Internship V 1-15 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 15 hours. Course Prerequisite: By instructor permission. Participation as archaeological or cultural anthropological intern in public or private sectors; requires special arrangement with faculty advisor. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer. S, F grading.

499 Special Problems V 1-4 May be repeated for credit. Independent study conducted under the jurisdiction of an approving faculty member; may include independent research studies in technical or specialized problems; selection and analysis of specified readings; development of a creative project; or field experiences. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer. S, F grading.

500 Field Methods V 2 (0-6) to 8 (0-24) Course Prerequisite: By instructor permission. Training in gathering and analyzing field data. Typically offered Summer Session.

504 Culture, Ecology, and International Development 3 Sociocultural properties of ecological systems in developing nations; cultural transformation in dynamic systems; ethnographic description, comparison; mixed and collaborative methods.

507 Advanced Studies in Culture Theory 3 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 6 hours. Evaluation of major theories and methods and their relationship to problems in cultural-social analysis.

510 Fundamentals of Cultural Anthropology 3 Overview of basic concepts and theory in cultural anthropology based on in-depth analysis of selected theoretical and ethnographic materials.

521 Psychological Anthropology 3 Psychological and anthropological aspects of personhood, self, human development, gender, sexuality, emotion and cognition in various cultures.

530 Theory in Archaeology 3 History of archaeological method and theory; analysis of current literature.

537 Quantitative Methods in Anthropology 4 (3-3) May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 8 hours. Sampling, exploratory data analysis, inferential statistics, and use of statistical software in anthropological research.

548 Hunters and Gatherers: Past and Present 3 Introduction to hunter-gatherer studies in anthropology and archaeology exploring uses of evolutionary approaches to modeling and reconstructing hunter-gatherer behavior in contemporary and prehistoric contexts.

550 Ethnolinguistics 3 Anthropological theory and methods applied to the study of cognitive linguistics, or the interrelation of language, mind, and culture. (Crosslisted course offered as ANTH 450, FOR LANG 450). Credit not granted for more than one of ANTH 450 and ANTH 550. Offered at 400 and 500 level. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

554 Anthropological Field Methods Seminar 3 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 6 hours. Elicitation, recording techniques and analysis of sociocultural and linguistic field data. Recommended preparation: ANTH 450 or 550.

554 (Effective through Summer 2019) Anthropological Field Methods Seminar 3 Elicitation, recording techniques and analysis of sociocultural and linguistic field data. Recommended preparation: ANTH 450 or 550.

561 Current Trends in Biological Anthropology 3 May be repeated for credit. Intensive review of current trends in biological anthropology. Typically offered Spring.

561 (Effective through Summer 2019) Current Trends in Physical Anthropology 3 May be repeated for credit. Intensive review of major current trends in physical anthropology. Recommended preparation: ANTH 465. Typically offered Spring.

562 Evolutionary Method and Theory in Anthropology and Archaeology 3 A graduate-level seminar-based course focusing on the evolutionary analysis of past and present human behavior. Typically offered Spring.

564 Advances in Evolution and Human Behavior 3 Recent trends in the study of evolution and human behavior.

568 Research Design and Grant Writing 3 Project development, research design, and successful proposal writing.

569 Evolutionary Cultural Anthropology 3 Evolutionary nature of culture and its interactions with human biology (genes) and ecology. Typically offered Fall.

591 Special Topics in Anthropology 3 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 9 hours. Examination of current areas of anthropological theory and research.

593 Publishing and Professional Communication 3 Preparation of original research reports; survey of types of professional communication, and of standards and techniques.

598 Advanced Anthropology Internship V 1-15 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 15 hours. Course Prerequisite: By instructor permission. Participation as archaeological or cultural anthropological intern in public or private sectors; requires special arrangement with faculty advisor. S, F grading.

599 Archaeological Field School V 2-8 Course Prerequisite: By instructor permission. Training in methods of archaeological data recovery and analysis.

600 Special Projects or Independent Study V 1-18 May be repeated for credit. Independent study, special projects, and/or internships. Students must have graduate degree-seeking status and should check with their major advisor before enrolling in 600 credit, which cannot be used toward the core graded credits required for a graduate degree. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer. S, F grading.

700 Master's Research, Thesis, and/or Examination V 1-18 May be repeated for credit. Independent research and advanced study for students working on their master's research, thesis and/or final examination. Students must have graduate degree-seeking status and should check with their major advisor/committee chair before enrolling for 700 credit. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer. S, U grading.

800 Doctoral Research, Dissertation, and/or Examination V 1-18 May be repeated for credit. Course Prerequisite: Admitted to the Anthropology PhD program. Independent research and advanced study for students working on their doctoral research, dissertation and/or final examination. Students must have graduate degree-seeking status and should check with their major advisor/committee chair before enrolling for 800 credit. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer. S, U grading.

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