Anthropology

Requirements & Courses

  • Anthropology Major Requirements
    1. Thirty-six credits which must include SOA 101, 111, 212, 213, 214 and 498. The 12 remaining credits must be chosen from 215, 216, 220, 241, 311, 312 or 315; preapproved SOA 180, 280, 380 topics courses; or up to eight preapproved credits from other disciplines appropriate to the student’s sub-disciplinary interests.
    2. The Comprehensive Evaluation for the majors with an emphasis in Anthropology is the successful completion of SOA 498.
  • Anthropology Minor Requirements

    SOA 111, four credits of SOA 498, at least one of SOA 212, 213, and 214, and additional elective credits from Anthropology/Archaeology courses to total 24 credits. To satisfy the Anthropology elective credit, students may, with permission, take up to four credits of Sociology courses that have not been used to satisfy a Sociology major or minor. With prior SOA permission, students may substitute up to four credits from other departments as elective Anthropology credit.

Courses

  • SOA
    101
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    Principles of Sociology
    4 credits
    Introduction to the discipline and its connections to the liberal arts. It examines “society,” “culture,” and “self” as they interact to form institutions, history and the future. Prerequisite for all other Sociology courses except those in the Anthropology sequence.
  • SOA
    111
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    Introduction to Anthropology
    4 credits
    Fee TBA for field trip section
    Introduction to the holistic study of human kind. Development, organization, and functioning of cultures, as well as the relationship between biology and culture. Field trip to The Field Museum (Chicago). Fall Term.
  • SOA
    180
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    Topics in Sociology
    2-4 credits
    SOA 101
    Investigation of a selected topic. May be taken only once for credit toward the major.
  • SOA
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    212
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    Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
    4 credits
    SOA 111 recommended
    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.
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    213
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    Principles of Archaeology
    4 credits
    SOA 111 recommended
    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.
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    214
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    Fundamentals of Biological Anthropology
    4 credits
    SOA 111 or BIO 122, or Permission
    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.
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    215
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    Michigan Archaeological Fieldwork
    4 credits
    Fee TBA
    SOA 111, 115 or 312 recommended
    Survey and excavation of a local archaeological site. Field methods and record-keeping, preservation of finds, laboratory experience, record-keeping, and public education. Includes classroom, field, and laboratory work including a service-learning component.
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    216
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    Ethnobotany: Plants and People
    4 credits
    SOA 111 recommended
    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.
  • SOA
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    220
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    Sociology of Family
    4 credits
    SOA 101
    Examines how family life is structured by broader social, political and economic changes. Analysis organized historically around clan, lineage, nuclear and post-nuclear family structures. Contemporary family problems also studied. Fall Term.
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    241
    .
    Race and Ethnic Relations
    4 credits
    SOA 101
    Examines racism in American society; dominant-subordinate group relations with particular emphasis on African Americans, Native Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans and White Ethnics; political, economic, social and cultural consequences.
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    311
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    Topics in Anthropology
    2-4 credits
    SOA 111
    Analysis of selected anthropological problems and/or culture areas, acculturation, applied anthropology and ethnography.
  • SOA
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    312
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    North American Archaeology
    4 credits
    SOA 111 or 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.
  • SOA
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    315
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    Michigan Archaeological Field Work
    4 credits
    Fee TBA
    SOA 215 or Permission
    Research in peer-reviewed and/or primary sources, application of research to data from 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.
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    380
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    Topics in Sociology
    2-4 credits
    SOA 101 and 4 additional credits in SOA
    Selected topics such as population and ecology, social and cultural change, sociology of education, or alternative life styles. May be taken more than once for credit. Only eight credits count toward the major in Sociology.
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    498
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    Research Seminar
    2-4 credits
    Junior or Senior Standing
    Designed as a culminating experience for junior or senior anthropology majors. 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.