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600 Level Courses

400a/600a INDIANS OF NORTH AMERICA (3+0) 3 credits

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.)

400b/600b INDIANS OF THE GREAT BASIN (3+0) 3 credits

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.)

400e/600e NATIVE AMERICAN LITERATURE (3+0) 3 credits

(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.

401a/601a CONTEMPORARY LATIN AMERICAN SOCIETY (3+0) 3 credits

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.)

401c/601c PEOPLES AND CULTURES OF AFRICA (3+0) 3 credits

African culture history; analysis of social systems and cultural distributions; emergence of modern nations. (Diversity course.)

401d/601d PEOPLES AND CULTURES OF SOUTHEAST ASIA (3+0) 3 credits

Analysis of representative cultures of southeast Asia, their origins and development.

401e/601e PEOPLES AND CULTURES OF THE PACIFIC (3+0) 3 credits

Analysis of representative cultures of Pacific Oceania, their origins and development.

405R/605R LANGUAGE, RELIGION, POLITICS (3+0) 3 credits

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)

410R/610R TOPICS IN GENDER AND CULTURE (3+0) 3 credits

(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.

411b/611b ANTHROPOLOGY OF ISLAM AND MUSLIM CULTURES (3+0) 3 credits

Overview of anthropological research on Islam and Muslim cultures. Students are introduced to the diversity and complexity of Muslim cultures. Prerequisite: Anth 101

411C/611C PEOPLES AND CULTURES OF THE AMAZON (3+0) 3 credits

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.

412/612 BASQUE LANGUAGE, SOCIETY AND CULTURE (3+0) 3 credits

(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)

413/613 MUSEUMS, ARCHITECTURE, CITY RENEWAL: THE BILBAO GUGGENHEIM (3+0) 3 credits

(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.

414/614 BASQUE CULTURE (3+0) 3 credits

(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)

415/615 BASQUE DIASPORA STUDIES (3+0) 3 credits

(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)

420R/620R MAGIC, WITCHCRAFT AND RELIGION (3+0) 3 credits

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. 

421R/621R LEGENDS, MYTHS AND CUSTOMS: FOLKLORE AND CULTURE (3 + 0); 3 Credits

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)

426/626 MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY (3+0) 3 credits

(Same as HE 426/626) Application of anthropological theory and methods to human health, illness, and healing. Practitioners, clients, and comparative medical systems.

430/630 ANTHROPOLOGY AND ECOLOGY (3+0) 3 credits

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.

431/631 PLANTS AND PEOPLE (3+0) 3 credits

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.

436R/636R HISTORY OF ANTHROPOLOGY (3+0) 3 credits

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.

438/638 ETHNOGRAPHIC FIELD METHODS (2+4) 4 credits

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.

439/639 SEMINAR IN CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY (1 to 3+0) 1 to 3 credits

Consideration of selected topics in ethnology, ethno-linguistics or social anthropology. Topics vary from semester to semester. Maximum of 6 credits.

440a/640a ARCHAEOLOGY OF NORTH AMERICA (3+0) 3 credits

Prehistory of North America with emphasis on peopling of the New World and influences from Mesoamerica.

440d/640d ARCHAEOLOGY OF ANCIENT NEW WORLD CIVILIZATIONS (3+0) 3 credits

Comparative study of indigenous civilizations in Mexico, Central America, and South America prior to the advent of European conquest.

441a/641a ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE OLD WORLD (3+0) 3 credits

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.

441d/641d ARCHAEOLOGY OF AFRICA (3+0) 3 credits

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.

441e/641e ARCHAEOLOGY OF EURASIA (3+0) 3 credits

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.

442a/642a HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY (3+0) 3 credits

European exploration and colonization of the New World, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific after 1492. Archaeology of shipwrecks, cities and industry.

442b/642b INDUSTRIAL ARCHAEOLOGY (3+0) 3 credits

Comparative and historical study of industrial technology, communities, and landscape in America and Europe through physical remains.

443/643 ENVIRONMENTAL ARCHAEOLOGY (3+0) 3 credits

Topics selected from paleoecology, taphonomy, geoarchaeology, and dating methods; lectures, readings, and field trips cover advanced principles, method and theory, and practical applications.

444 BIOARCHAEOLOGY (3+0) 3 credits

Interpretation of cultural behavior in prehistoric populations through analysis of human skeletal remains. Emphasis on paleopathology, stress markers, cultural modifications, and affinity assessment.

445/645 ZOOARCHAEOLOGY (3+3) 3 credits

(Same as GEOL 466/666) Principles and techniques of analysis of bones from archaeological and Quaternary paleontological contexts.

446/646 ARCHAEOLOGICAL METHODS (2+3) 3 credits

Development and applications of archaeological research designs, sampling strategies and field recording methods.

448a/648a FIELD SCHOOL IN ARCHAEOLOGY (6+0) 6 credits

Summer instruction and practice in survey, excavation, and analysis. Prerequisite: special advance application.

449b LITHIC ARTIFACT ANALYSIS (3+0) 3 credits

Laboratory study of stone artifacts from archaeological sites, including tool and debitage analysis, flintknapping, and use-wear identification. Prerequisite: ANTH 202.

449c/649c LABORATORY METHODS IN ARCHAEOLOGY (1+3) 3 credits

Techniques for cleaning, repairing and storing artifacts from archaeological collections. Management of archaeological laboratories and collections, including data retrieval systems.

452R/652R COLLECTIONS RESEARCH IN ANTHROPOLOGY (1+3) 3 credits

Practicum in anthropological theory and method. Ethnographic, archaeological or similar collections are described, analyzed and interpreted under close supervision. Prerequisite: ANTH 101.

453/653 MUSEUM TRAINING FOR ANTHROPOLOGISTS (3+0) 3 credits

Apprentice curatorship in anthropology; processing and preservation of anthropological collections; design of exhibits; curatorial responsibilities; museum research; relationship to public, state and federal agencies.

455R/655R ARCHAEOLOGY THEORY (3+0) 3 credits

Past and current theories in archaeological interpretation.

460R/660R PRIMATE EVOLUTION (3+0) 3 credits

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.

468R FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY (3+0) 3 credits

The analysis of human skeletal remains in a medico-legal context. Evaluation of age, sex, ethnicity, stature, time since death, trauma, and disease.

470R/670R GENDER AND MIGRATION: WOMEN, MEN, AND GLOBAL MOVEMENT (3+0) 3 credits

(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.

477/677 WAR, OCCUPATION & MEMORY IN THE BASQUE COUNTRY (3+0) 3 credits

(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.

479/679 SELECTED TOPICS IN PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY (3+0) 3 credits

Theories of human evolution, study of fossil hominids, racial classification and genetics, anthropometry. Prerequisite: ANTH 102.

480R/680R ANTHROPOLOGICAL LINGUISTICS (3+0) 3 credits

Distribution of languages of the world. Descriptive techniques and theoretical concepts in linguistics; their application to specific problems in anthropology. Prerequisite: ANTH 101.

481R/681R LINGUISTICS (3+0) 3 credits

(Same as ENGL 412A, 612A) Studies in general linguistics.

482R/682R HISTORICAL LINGUISTICS (3+0) 3 credits

(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.

485/685 LANGUAGE AND CULTURE (3+0) 3 credits

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

ANTH 493R/693R ANALYTICAL METHODS AND RESEARCH DESIGN IN ANTHROPOLOGY Lecture + Lab: (3 + 0); 3 Credits

Logic and methods of research in anthropology, particularly systematic conceptualization and application of quantitative and qualitative data gathering and analysis.

499/699 INDEPENDENT RESEARCH (1 to 6+0) 1 to 6 credits.

Research or reading to be carried out under supervision. Maximum of 6 credits.

700 Level Courses

701 INDIVIDUAL READING 1 to 6 credits

Supervised reading with regular conferences between student and instructor. Maximum of 6 credits.

702 GRADUATE RESEARCH 1 to 6 credits

Research projects in anthropology carried out under supervision. Maximum of 6 credits.

703 GRADUATE SEMINAR IN CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY (3+0) 3 credits

Selected reading and discussion of topics in social and cultural anthropology. May be repeated for up to six credits if topics are different.

704 GRADUATE SEMINAR IN PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY (3+0) 3 credits

Selected reading and discussion of topics in human biological evolution. May be repeated for up to six credits if topics are different.

705 GRADUATE SEMINAR IN ARCHAEOLOGY AND PREHISTORY (3+0) 3 credits

Selected reading and discussion of topics in archaeological methods and theory.

706 SEMINAR IN ANTHROPOLOGICAL PROBLEMS (3+0) 3 credits

Detailed examination of selected issues in cultural anthropology, physical anthropology, anthropological linguistics or archaeology. Maximum of 6 credits.

708 ADVANCED SEMINAR IN QUATERNARY STUDIES (3+0) 3 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)

709 GRADUATE SEMINAR IN ANTHROPOLOGICAL LINGUISTICS (3+0) 3 credits

Selected reading and discussion of topics in linguistic theory, socio-linguistics and the relationship of language to culture.

723 LITHIC TECHNOLOGICAL ORGANIZATION (3+0) 3 credits

Theory and method in the study of stone artifact assemblages, especially in the context of the archaeology of hunter-gatherers.

740 GREAT BASIN PREHISTORY AND PALEOECOLOGY (3+0) 3 credits

Archaeology and paleoenvironments of Nevada and surrounding states. Topics include Pleistocene environments, Paleoindian, Archaic, and Fremont adaptations, origins of indigenous populations. Field trip.

741 PEOPLING OF THE AMERICAS (3+0) 3 credits

Current debates surrounding human colonization of North and South America during the Pleistocene, drawing upon archaeological, biological, and linguistic evidence.

760 INTERNSHIP (0+9) 3 credits

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.

793 INDEPENDENT STUDY 1 to 3 credits

Limited to students in the doctoral program. Maximum of 9 credits.

795R COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION 1 credit S/U only

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.

797 THESIS 1 to 6 credits

799 DISSERTATION 1 to 24 credits

800 Level Courses

899 GRADUATE ADVISEMENT 1 to 4 credits

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.)

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