Culture areas of North America and related areas of Mesoamerica. Comparative culture institutions and material from representative groups; review of theoretical problems in North American ethnology. (Diversity course.)
Intensive study of indigenous cultures of the intermountain region of western North America; tribal distribution, problems in culture areas, social organization and change. (Diversity course.)
(Same as ENG 494A) Contemporary and traditional Native American literature. Emphasis on relationships between oral and written traditions. Different regional focus each semester. (Diversity course.) Prerequisite(s): ENG 303 or junior standing.
Survey of the structural features of Latin American society from the time of Luso-Hispanic contact to the present; emphasis upon cultural pluralism within national structures, race relations and processes of social change. (Diversity course.)
African culture history; analysis of social systems and cultural distributions; emergence of modern nations. (Diversity course.)
Analysis of representative cultures of southeast Asia, their origins and development.
Analysis of representative cultures of Pacific Oceania, their origins and development.
Examines ways that peoples around the world use religious discourse to mediate changing relationships between their local communities and global, social and political realities. (Capstone and Diversity course)
(Same as WMST 410/610) Examines gender constructions and relations from an anthropological perspective. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits when course content differs.
Overview of anthropological research on Islam and Muslim cultures. Students are introduced to the diversity and complexity of Muslim cultures. Prerequisite: Anth 101
An introduction to the Amazon region, its peoples and cultures, from prehistory to the present. Examines ecology, conservation, and development from regional and global perspective.
(Same as BASQ 456, 656) Examination of social and cultural aspects of the Basque language, including language shift, contact, planning and interrelationships among language and gender, ethnicity, and culture. NOTE: Course also offered online through Independent Learning (call (775) 784-4652)
(Same as BASQ 456/656) Introduction to the complex architectural, museistic, local/global, artistic, political, and epistemological issues presented by the first global museum in its first franchise. (General capstone course) Prerequisite: ENG102, CH201, and junior or senior standing.
(Same as BASQ 471, 671) Survey of the culture of the Basque, including occupations, cultural institutions, oral traditions and art, as well as their transformations in emigrant settings such as the American West. (General capstone course) Prerequisite: ENG102, CH201, and junior or senior standing. NOTE: Course also offered online through Independent Learning (call (775) 784-4652)
(Same as BASQ 471/671) Ethnic identity maintenance is compared in the Basque diaspora with special attention to the factors of migration, globalization, ethnonationalism, gender, generation, and Basque government relations. NOTE: Course also offered online through Independent Learning (call (775) 784-4652)
Nature and functions of religion in various societies, the development of theoretical concepts in the anthropological study of religious and magical phenomena.(Diversity course) Prerequisite: ANTH 101.
Multi- and cross-cultural study of folklore with emphasis on the relationship between folklore and culture, forms of traditional expressive culture, methods, materials and theories. (Diversity Course)
(Same as HE 426/626) Application of anthropological theory and methods to human health, illness, and healing. Practitioners, clients, and comparative medical systems.
Introduction to processes of biological and cultural adaptation to selected environments. Relevant topics include hominid ecology, resource exploitation, patterns of subsistence and the modes and rates of adaptation to changing environments.
Past and present uses of plants and their products in cultural contexts; origins of crops, medicines; sustainability, intellectual property rights; impact of people on plants.
Anthropological ideas about humanity and culture in Western social thought. Comparison of contemporary theories of culture and society. Required of majors in senior year. (Major capstone course.) Prerequisite: ENG102, CH201, and junior or senior standing.
Preparation of research designs, techniques of collecting data in the field, work with informants; organization and analysis of data, research aids. Prerequisite(s): ANTH 402.
Consideration of selected topics in ethnology, ethno-linguistics or social anthropology. Topics vary from semester to semester. Maximum of 6 credits.
Prehistory of North America with emphasis on peopling of the New World and influences from Mesoamerica.
Comparative study of indigenous civilizations in Mexico, Central America, and South America prior to the advent of European conquest.
Survey of current archaeological knowledge about a particular area of the Old World to be selected from Africa, Asia and Europe. May be repeated once if different world areas covered each time.
Survey of African prehistory, from the earliest archaeological traces of humans more than two million years ago through the development of Iron Age cultures. Prerequisite: ANTH 202.
Survey of European and Asian prehistory, from the earliest archaeological traces through development of Iron Age cultures, including Russia, China and Japan. Prerequisite: ANTH 202.
European exploration and colonization of the New World, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific after 1492. Archaeology of shipwrecks, cities and industry.
Comparative and historical study of industrial technology, communities, and landscape in America and Europe through physical remains.
Topics selected from paleoecology, taphonomy, geoarchaeology, and dating methods; lectures, readings, and field trips cover advanced principles, method and theory, and practical applications.
Interpretation of cultural behavior in prehistoric populations through analysis of human skeletal remains. Emphasis on paleopathology, stress markers, cultural modifications, and affinity assessment.
(Same as GEOL 466/666) Principles and techniques of analysis of bones from archaeological and Quaternary paleontological contexts.
Development and applications of archaeological research designs, sampling strategies and field recording methods.
Summer instruction and practice in survey, excavation, and analysis. Prerequisite: special advance application.
Laboratory study of stone artifacts from archaeological sites, including tool and debitage analysis, flintknapping, and use-wear identification. Prerequisite: ANTH 202.
Techniques for cleaning, repairing and storing artifacts from archaeological collections. Management of archaeological laboratories and collections, including data retrieval systems.
Practicum in anthropological theory and method. Ethnographic, archaeological or similar collections are described, analyzed and interpreted under close supervision. Prerequisite: ANTH 101.
Apprentice curatorship in anthropology; processing and preservation of anthropological collections; design of exhibits; curatorial responsibilities; museum research; relationship to public, state and federal agencies.
Past and current theories in archaeological interpretation.
Detailed consideration of the record of primate and human evolution and paleobiology; review of contributions from paleontology, geology, behavioral biology and ecology. Prerequisite: ANTH 102.
The analysis of human skeletal remains in a medico-legal context. Evaluation of age, sex, ethnicity, stature, time since death, trauma, and disease.
(Same as WMST 470/670) Examines how gender influences and is shaped by processes of migration and global movement. (Diversity Course) Prerequisite(s):Junior or senior standing.
(Same as BASQ 477/677) The experiences of Basque resisters, evaders, collaborators, and Jewish refugees in World War II in the French Basque Country provide the focus for discussions about history, memory and anthropology (General capstone course.) Prerequisite: ENG102, CH201, and junior or senior standing.
Theories of human evolution, study of fossil hominids, racial classification and genetics, anthropometry. Prerequisite: ANTH 102.
Distribution of languages of the world. Descriptive techniques and theoretical concepts in linguistics; their application to specific problems in anthropology. Prerequisite: ANTH 101.
(Same as ENGL 412A, 612A) Studies in general linguistics.
(See ENGL 413B, 613B) General principles of historical and comparative linguistics. Theories of language origin, methods of classifying language, processes of language change, techniques of reconstructing older forms of languages.
Nature of language in light of anthropological research, diversity of the worlds languages, relation of language to social organization and world view. (Diversity course.) Prerequisite: ANTH 101
Logic and methods of research in anthropology, particularly systematic conceptualization and application of quantitative and qualitative data gathering and analysis.
Research or reading to be carried out under supervision. Maximum of 6 credits.
Supervised reading with regular conferences between student and instructor. Maximum of 6 credits.
Research projects in anthropology carried out under supervision. Maximum of 6 credits.
Selected reading and discussion of topics in social and cultural anthropology. May be repeated for up to six credits if topics are different.
Selected reading and discussion of topics in human biological evolution. May be repeated for up to six credits if topics are different.
Selected reading and discussion of topics in archaeological methods and theory.
Detailed examination of selected issues in cultural anthropology, physical anthropology, anthropological linguistics or archaeology. Maximum of 6 credits.
Intensive examination of methods, theories and interpretations of selected topics, including peopling of the New World, environmental change or taphonomy of middle-range research. (Same as GEOL 708)
Selected reading and discussion of topics in linguistic theory, socio-linguistics and the relationship of language to culture.
Theory and method in the study of stone artifact assemblages, especially in the context of the archaeology of hunter-gatherers.
Archaeology and paleoenvironments of Nevada and surrounding states. Topics include Pleistocene environments, Paleoindian, Archaic, and Fremont adaptations, origins of indigenous populations. Field trip.
Current debates surrounding human colonization of North and South America during the Pleistocene, drawing upon archaeological, biological, and linguistic evidence.
Supervised professional work experience in one of the subfields in anthropology. Work in local governmental or private organizations under direction of professionals. Maximum of 6 credits. Prerequisite: admission to candidacy for the M.A. in anthropology.
Limited to students in the doctoral program. Maximum of 9 credits.
Course is used by graduate programs to administer comprehensive examination either as an end of program comprehensive examination or as a qualifying examination for doctoral candidate prior to being advanced to candidacy.
Provides access to faculty for continued consultation and advisement. No grade is filed and credits may not be applied to any degree requirements. Limited to 8 credits (2 semester enrollment.)