Program Coursework

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

An analysis of the origin and bases of culture. Its major components: cultural variation, cultural evolution, and cultural adaptation. Analysis of selected cultures as case studies.
This course fulfills the World Views Frame of Reference.

3 cr

Archaeology – Tracing the Human Past

This course examines how a society can be understood by looking at its material remains.  Topics include: historical development of archaelogy; its purposes, methods, theories and interpretation; archaeological sites as an endangered cultural resource; and a sampling of cultural evidence from around the world.

3 cr

Anthropology and the Environment

This course explores the interface between culture and the natural environment from a cultural ecological perspective. Through cross-cultural comparisons, with an emphasis on the contrasts between small-scale and large-scale societies, it examines human relationships with nature. Particular attention is given to the effects subsistence practices, economics, politics, and globalization have on a culture’s changing attitudes about andbehaviors toward the environment.
This course fulfills the World Views Frame of Reference.

3 cr

Selected Topics in Anthropology/Archaeology

Specialized study in Anthropology with specific topics to be announced prior to each semester. Course offerings will be determined by student demand and faculty availability. Specific topics may include: ethnomusicology, indigenous Americans, culture area studies, archaeology, ethnography, and anthropology theory.

3 cr

Field School in Archaeology

This course introduces the field methods used in archaeological investigations through direct participation in an ongoing field project.  Students will broaden their understanding of human history and science through training in a wide range of techniques, including sampling design, survey, excavation, documentation, and illustration.  Students will also gain practical experience using multiple technologies, including GPS, total station survey instruments, and drone photography.  Daily discussions and guest lectures will enhance students’ knowledge of local history.  Students completing this course receive a Field School in Archaeology Certificate.

3 cr

Native Societies of America

3 cr

Applied Anthropology

Applied anthropology is the application of anthropological knowledge, methodology, and theoretical approaches to address contemporary human problems. This course introduces the basic issues of applied anthropology such as the history, ethics, and methods, and reviews cases in the major domains of the field. Applied anthropology is innately participatory and promotes community-centered praxis, an approach rooted in action, advocacy, and collaborative research. Therefore, students are required to complete at least 20 hours of community-based service as a key component of this course. The course provides students with the training for work in fields such as education, health and medicine, business and industry, environment and sustainability, development, etc.

3 cr

3D Scanning, Morphometrics, and Digital Curation

The development of 3D scanning technology has revolutionized both the analysis of formal attributes and the ways in which information can be curated for the future and shared with the public.  This course will introduce students to 3D scanning technology and its applications in Archaeology and beyond.  Students will conduct a range of collaborative morphometric studies and produce a final project that will add to an ongoing digital curation project.  This course provides students with training applicable to careers in museums, education, and digital curation.

3 cr

Cultural Geography

This class focuses on the relationships between people and their physical and cultural environments, and on the analysis of the spatial expression of culture throughout the world. Students will be study the major subfields of cultural geography, understand those subfields in the contexts of folk, popular, material, and nonmaterial culture, and apply those subfields to local, regional, and world geography using appropriate approaches, methods, and tools.
This course fulfills the World Views Frame of Reference.

3 cr

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

This course is designed to introduce students to the basic concepts of modern geographic information systems (GIS). The class will consist of lectures, discussions, readings, demonstrations, and hands-on training exercises using ESRI’s ArcView software. This will give students experience in defining spatial problems and solutions, organizing and locating geographic data, manipulating data for display, and map creation and use of a desktop GIS. Students will be expected to use what they have learned to develop a final ArcView project. 
This course fulfills the Gen Ed computing requirement at the Bachelor’s level.
Lab fee $60.

3 or 4 cr

Cartography

This course introduces the art and science of mapmaking, as well as benefits and limitations of various map types in different contexts. Using free, online, open-source Geographic Information Systems software, students will learn methods for the appropriate creation, design, and interpretation of maps. Topics of discussion include map projections, color, artistic balance, generalization, symbolization, map types, and the roles of perception and bias in the creation and consumption of maps. 

3 cr

Time and Space in North America

Although we tend to think of North America as a more-or-less unified region, a closer look reveals long-standing regional cultural differences. In this course, we consider the international migratory patterns, adaptive strategies, and cultural mixing that influenced the development of American regionalism. In particular, we will focus on material culture, including regional architecture and cemetery patterns, in an effort to foster an appreciation for how remnant cultural landscapes can be “read” for their historical geographies.

3 cr

Applied Geographic Information Systems

In this course, students will locate, create, and analyze spatial data utilizing free open-source software, with particular attention paid to Quantum GIS. Students will apply their skills in the development and execution of a research project that, where possible, relates to their chosen major. No prior knowledge of Geographic Information Systems is required. 

3 cr

Reconstructing Past Landscapes

Using local landscapes as a point of departure, students will learn how to read human-created environments to help reconstruct, interpret, and preserve the past. They will also learn to identify, locate, utilize, and analyze a variety of primary and secondary resources and to employ appropriate technologies to support this work.

3 cr

Conservation, Planning, and the Environment

This course considers the interactions of people and environments in political and geographical contexts. Through reading, writing, discussion, research, and experiential learning, students will study the impacts of human development on nature and the role of state and local government agencies in balancing economic growth with the need to protect local environments. 

3 cr

Capstone in Archaeology, Geography, & Applied Anthropology

Students in their final year of study will collaborate with program faculty and their internship supervisors to produce a culminating project highlighting their technical skills and experience in their career track.  Student projects will be presented at an annual symposium and published in a digital report produced by the program.

3 cr