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ANTH 1213: Introduction to Anthropology

ACTS Common Course - ANTH1013

An introduction to the sub disciplines of cultural anthropology, physical anthropology, archeology, and linguistics.

ANTH 2003: Cultural Anthropology

ACTS Common Course - ANTH2013

A study of contemporary and historical peoples and cultures of major world culture areas.

Note: May not be taken for credit after completion of ANTH 3213.

ANTH 2103: Human Ecology of the Mountain South

This course provides students with the knowledge and skills to understand changing human-environment relationships in the mountain south and to apply these understandings to the assessment of, and potential solutions to, contemporary socio-environmental issues in the area. We will explore the emergence of Mississippian societies, their transformation during prehistoric and early historic eras, the impacts of early European settlements and the regions' incorporation into the global marketplace, development and the growth of tourism and industry in the area, and current social and environmental issues in the mountain South.

ANTH 2203: Indians of North America

A study of contemporary and historical peoples and cultures of North America.

ANTH 2223: North American Archeology

The study of prehistoric peoples and cultures of North America.

ANTH 2303: Globalization

This course provides an overview of the economic, social, technological, environmental, and ideological impacts of globalization on national communities, with an emphasis on the cultural dynamics of the process. Through class discussions and lectures, readings, and student research, this course will examine the complex implications of globalization on culture change in different national settings.

ANTH 3103: Anthropology of Food

Prerequisite: ANTH 1213

This course examines the topics of food and agriculture from a broadly anthropological perspective with a significant focus on the Ozark-Ouachita region of Arkansas. The course explores the relationships among human biology, cultural diversity, social systems, politics, economics and food and agriculture. Significant emphasis is placed on how political and economic forces have created a global, industrial food system that is ecologically unsustainable, socially unjust, and detrimental to human health and well-being as well as on opportunities that exist to change this system.

ANTH 3241,3242,3243,3244: Seminar in Anthropology

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

A directed seminar in an area of anthropology. The specific focus will depend upon research interests, student interest, and current developments in the field of anthropology.

ANTH 3303: Southeastern Archaeology

The course will survey the rise of chiefdom-level societies in the prehistoric Southeast, reconstruct the "Mississippian world" these chiefdoms created, document the activities of sixteenth-century Spanish explorers in the region, and trace the subsequent decline of Mississippian chiefdoms. In addition to reconstructing the landscape of the ancient South, students will explore long-term social and cultural traits of southeastern Indians and discover the secretes unearthed at famous Mississippian sites such as Cahokia, Moundville, and Etowah.

ANTH 3313: Southeastern Indians

This course is an ethnographic and historic survey of southern Indians from European contact through the era of Removal. Particular emphasis will be placed on the following subjects: the decline of chiefdom societies across the South, the Spanish mission system, the development of the deerskin and Indian slave trade, native resistance to colonial encroachment, and a detailed discussion of Removal. The course also includes ethnographic descriptions of major southern Indian groups, including the Creek, Cherokee, Catawba, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Seminole, Apalachee, and Natchez. By the end of the course students should acquire an understanding of a little known aspect of our country's heritage, be able to distinguish between the various colonial strategies at play in the region, as well as the various forms of native resistance, and gain an appreciation for the place of southern Indians within U.S. society today.

ANTH 3403: Ethnographic Methods

This course trains students in research methods in anthropology with an emphasis on qualitative research. Students learn the different uses of methodologies to address specific types of research questions, practice participant-observation and interview techniques as part of semester-long research projects, and survey anthropological theory as it relates to conducting ethnographic fieldwork.

ANTH 4206: Workshop in Anthropology

Offered: Five week summer session

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor and department head.

An intensive five week experience in anthropology combining classroom study and field exposure to techniques, artifacts, and findings pertinent to anthropology/ archeology of North America. Extensive travel to sites and collections will be an integral part of the study experience.

Note: It may be necessary to assess a special fee which would be stated in advance.

ANTH 4403: Interpretation/Education through Museum Methods

Cross-listed: HIST 4403, MUSM 4403

Prerequisite: Senior or Graduate standing, or permission of instructor.

Museum perspectives and approaches to care and interpretation of cultural resources, including interpretive techniques of exhibit and education- outreach materials, and integrating museum interpretation/education into public school and general public programming. Class projects focus on special problems for managing interpretive materials in a museum setting.

ANTH 4853: Music of the World's Peoples

Cross-listed: MUS 4853

Open to students in all majors. A survey of predominantly non-Western world music cultures with attention to sonic structures, musicians, musical instruments, and socio-cultural contexts of music making. Listening emphasized.

ANTH 4951,4952,4953,4954: Undergraduate Research in Anthropology

Offered: On demand

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

Advanced students carry out independent research activity relating to a significant problem in a major field of study. Supervised by faculty member. Formal report and presentation required. One to four credits depending on problem selected and effort made.

ANTH 4991,4992,4993,4994: Special Problems in Anthropology

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

Independent work under individual guidance of staff member.