Anthropology

Requirements & Courses

  • Anthropology courses, as designated by the three-letter prefix ANT, are offered through the Sociology and Anthropology Department.

  • Anthropology Major Requirements
    1.  Thirty-six credits which must include:
      • ANT-111, 212, 213, 214, and 498.
      • Sixteen credits from ANT-180, 215, 216, 217, 280, 311, 312, 315, 380, 385, 386, 499 or 500; up to four pre-approved credits from other disciplines appropriate to the student’s sub-disciplinary interests. No more than four credits of approved ANT-180 may count towards the major.
    2. Required cognate: SOC-101
    3. The comprehensive evaluation for the major is successful completion of ANT-498.
  • Anthropology Minor Requirements
    1. Twenty-four credits which must include:
      • ANT-111 and 498.
      • Four credits chosen from ANT-212, 213 or 214.
  • In total, only 4 credits from SOC and ANT may count toward the Distributive Requirements in the Social Sciences; practicum and independent study courses do not count.

Courses

  • ANT
    111
    .
    Introduction to Anthropology
    4
    Introduction to the holistic study of human kind. Development, organization, and functioning of cultures, as well as the relationship between biology and culture. (Formerly offered as SOA-111).
  • ANT
    180
    .
    Topics in Sociology
    1-8
    Investigation of a selected topic. May be taken only once for credit towards the SOC or ANT major. (Formerly offered as SOA-180).
  • ANT
    *
    212
    .
    Intro to Cultural Anthropology
    4
    SOC-101 or ANT-111
    Study of the development and variety of human cultures, or non-genetic adaptations to natural and social environments. Using a variety of theoretical perspectives, explore a range of contemporary and recent historic cultures to gain an appreciation of diversity of human world views and life ways. Investigate the process and effects of globalization. (Formerly offered as SOA-212).
  • ANT
    *
    213
    .
    Principles of Archaeology
    4
    ANT-111
    A basic introduction to the history, theories and methods of anthropological archaeology. Issues of stewardship, accountability, social relevance, communication, preservation, repatriation and real world problem solving are integrated into the nuts and bolts of archaeological research. Opportunities for hands-on, post-excavation archaeological laboratory research. ANT-111 recommended. (Formerly offered as SOA-213).
  • ANT
    *
    214
    .
    Fund. of Biological Anthropology
    4
    ANT-111 ; BIO-121 or BIO-202
    Focus on the physical nature of humankind and the relationship between mind-body-culture. Historic and current theoretical and methodological approaches to the investigation of the human body, its functions, and evolution. Methods and techniques used by paleontologists to investigate ancient hominids and their behavior. Examine current issues such as human demography, “race,” forensics, epidemiology, stem cell research, genetics. (Formerly offered as SOA-214).
  • ANT
    *
    215
    .
    Michigan Archaeological Fieldwork
    4
    ANT-111, ANT-213, or ANT-312 recommended
    Survey and excavation of a local archaeological site. Field methods, record keeping, preservation of finds, laboratory experience, and public education. Includes classroom instruction, field, and laboratory work, and a service-learning component. Course fee. (Formerly offered as SOA-215).
  • ANT
    *
    216
    .
    Ethnobotany
    4
    ANT-111
    Ethnobotanical and paleoethnobotanical approach to relationships between plants and human culture. Philosophical, ethical and technological perspectives of traditional and Western attitudes toward human-plant interactions. Issues of land-use rights, biodiversity, global stewardship and intellectual property rights. Combined lecture and seminar format. (Formerly offered as SOA-216).
  • ANT
    *
    217
    .
    Medical Anthropology
    4
    ANT-111 or Permission
    An examination of the interplay between culture and medicine in a global context. Cross-cultural notions of healing, illness and medicine will be explored. Ethnography of medical practices, health disparities and policy implications will be examined.
  • ANT
    *
    280
    .
    Topics in Anthropology
    2-4
    SOC-101 or ANT-111
    Examines special subjects in Anthropology. (Formerly offered as SOA-280).
  • ANT
    *
    311
    .
    Indigenous Cultures
    4
    ANT-111 or ANT-212
    A cross-cultural study of indigenous peoples around the globe. Major themes such as colonialism, sovereignty, language, belief systems and identity are examined through deep reading of specific ethnographic case studies. (Formerly offered as SOA-311).
  • ANT
    *
    312
    .
    North American Archaeology
    4
    ANT-111 or ANT-213 or Permission
    Focus on major prehistoric and historic North American cultures as revealed through archaeology and representative archaeological sites. Special emphasis on Michigan and the Midwest. Opportunities for hands-on post-excavation laboratory research. (Formerly offered as SOA-312).
  • ANT
    *
    315
    .
    Michigan Archaeological Fieldwork
    4
    ANT-215 or Permission;
    Research from peer-reviewed and/or primary sources, application of research to data form local sites resulting in written report, exhibition, or public presentation. Supervision of field crews in Spring Term excavation and survey program. Intended for students with experience in, and serious commitment to, archaeological research. (Formerly offered as SOA-315).
  • ANT
    *
    380
    .
    Topics in Anthropology
    2-4
    SOC-101 or ANT-111
    Examines special subjects in Anthropology. (Formerly offered as SOA-380).
  • ANT
    *
    385
    .
    Anthropology Practicum
    4
    Permission.
    Participation in community institutions, agencies, schools, and business with individual faculty supervision. Applications of concepts through experience. About 11-14 hours of field work per week for each four credits. Includes paper report. (Formerly offered as SOA-385).
  • ANT
    *
    498
    .
    Research Seminar-Anthropology
    2-4
    ANT-111 and 12 UL credits of ANT or Permssion.
    Designed as a culminating experience for Anthropology majors and minors. Emphasizes student synthesis and application of cumulative anthropological knowledge. Students facilitate classes and engage in an original research project culminating in a public presentation of their work. (Formerly offered as SOA-398).
  • ANT
    *
    499
    .
    Anthropology-Independent Study
    2-4
    Permission.
    Supervised reading or project in special areas of anthropology. (Formerly offered as SOA-499).
  • ANT
    *
    500
    .
    Anthropology-Senior Thesis
    4
    Designed for Senior Anthropology majors with the consent of the Department. Program of empirical and theoretical research. (Formerly offered as SOA-500).