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ANTH 1306 INTRODUCTION TO ANTHROPOLOGY (3-0) This course, primarily intended for nonmajors and as a first course for students considering majoring in anthropology, provides an overview of the subdisciplines of anthropology: ethnology (cultural anthropology), archaeology, physical (biological) anthropology, and linguistic anthropology.

ANTH 1310 GREAT DISCOVERIES IN ARCHAEOLOGY (3-0) A survey of some of the most spectacular and otherwise significant archaeological discoveries worldwide over the past three centuries. Consideration of particular archaeological sites as case studies to illustrate cultural development from the Stone Age to Medieval times.

ANTH 2307 BIOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY (3-0) Human variation and human evolution. Genetics, living and fossil nonhuman primates, the human skeleton, the fossil record of human evolution, modern human variation and biological adaptation. Formerly ANTH 3307; credit will not be granted for both ANTH 2307 and 3307.

ANTH 2322 GLOBAL CULTURES (3-0) Methods and theories of sociocultural anthropology. Examines systems of social organization and cultural meaning in contemporary human societies. Topics include fieldwork, cross-cultural analysis, applied anthropology, and global perspectives on political, economic, and social institutions. Formerly ANTH 3322; credit will not be granted for both ANTH 2322 and 3322.

ANTH 2339 PRINCIPLES OF ARCHAEOLOGY (3-0) The methods and theories of prehistoric archaeology. The techniques and approaches employed in recovering, dating, and interpreting prehistoric cultural materials. Formerly ANTH 3339; credit will not be granted for both ANTH 2339 and 3339.

ANTH 2349 HONORS PRINCIPLES OF ARCHAEOLOGY (3-0) Methods and theories of prehistoric archaeology. Techniques and approaches employed in recovering, dating and interpreting prehistoric cultural materials. Writing-intensive course including group and individual projects and oral presentations. Prerequisite: Membership in the Honors College or permission of instructor.

ANTH 2358 ARCHAEOLOGICAL CULTURES (3-0) Survey of a particular archaeological culture, region, or period. Can be offered on campus or as a field course or study abroad course.

ANTH 2359 Myths and Mysteries in Archaeology (3-0) This course will critically examine pseudoscience, cult archaeology and creationism from a scientific perspective. Through the close examination of case studies we will dispel archaeological myths and mysteries which are often depicted as fantastic or cult archaeology. This course will demonstrate that a strong adherence to scientific investigation can uncover facts about prehistory that are as interesting as the myths.

ANTH 3300 ANTHROPOLOGICAL THEORY (3-0) What is the history of anthropological thought? How was anthropology complicit with colonial politics? What are the core concepts in anthropology? What are the theoretical challenges posed by a feminist anthropology? How is globalization shaping current methodological and theoretical issues in anthropology? By exploring these questions and a wide range of readings this course engages students with core issues in anthropological theory and practice.

ANTH 3311 HUMAN ADAPTATION AND THE CONCEPT OF RACE (3-0) The study of modern human biological variation from an anthropological perspective emphasizing adaptation combined with an examination of the concept of race. Prerequisite: ANTH 1306 or 2307 and junior standing or permission of instructor. (Formerly listed at 4308; credit will be granted only once.)

ANTH 3313 PRIMATE EVOLUTION AND BEHAVIOR (3-0) An overview of the primate order. Primate evolution, ecology, adaptation, and behavior. Prerequisite: ANTH 2307 or permission of the instructor.

ANTH 3325 ETHNOGRAPHY OF SOUTH AMERICA (3-0) The indigenous groups of South America, with emphasis on the Aymara and Quechua of the Andes. Topics include culture change, environmental destruction, and preservation of cultural heritage.

ANTH 3328 CIVILIZATIONS OF SOUTH AMERICA (3-0) Complex agrarian civilizations in South America, concentrating on political, social, and cultural developments of the Chavin, Nazca, Moche, Tiahuanaco, Wari-Tiahuanaco, Inca, and Conquest periods. Formerly listed as ANTH 4328. Credit cannot be given for both ANTH 3328 and 4328.

ANTH 3329 PEOPLES OF AFRICA (3-0) Survey of peoples and cultures of Africa with emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa. Regional cultural geography and history is covered, as well as ethnography of specific communities. Role of African studies in anthropology and representation of African cultures. Problems and potential of contemporary Africa also addressed.

ANTH 3330 CULTURAL DIVERSITY AND IDENTITY (3-0) The ways identity is constructed in contemporary societies in an increasingly complex and multicultural world. Ethnic, racial, gender, and class identities. How and when identity is asserted and assigned, and how it can both draw boundaries and forge ties between peoples. Formerly listed as ANTH 2350. Credit cannot be given for both ANTH 2350 and 3330. Also listed as MAS 3330; credit cannot be granted for both ANTH 3330 and MAS 3330. Offered as AAST 3330 and ANTH 3330; credit will be granted in only one department.

ANTH 3331 CULTURE AND PERSONALITY (3-0) The interplay of culture and personality in various Western and non-Western societies. The relationship of specific practices to the development of personality and the psychological effects of colonization, modernization, and economic development of traditional societies.

ANTH 3333 NORTH AMERICAN INDIANS (3-0) North American Indian cultures and their development both before and after European contact.

ANTH 3336 ANTHROPOLOGY OF RELIGION (3-0) A crosscultural study of magic and religion. Theories of the origin and function of magic and religion in pre-industrial societies.

ANTH 3338 COMPARATIVE KINSHIP AND FAMILY SYSTEMS (3-0) Variation in kinship and family systems from crosscultural and evolutionary perspectives. Structure, function, and dynamics of kinship and family systems as adaptations to diverse ecological, social, and historical circumstances. Implications of this approach for understanding kinship and family in American society also addressed. Formerly listed as ANTH 4338. Credit cannot be given for both ANTH 3338 and ANTH 4338. Also offered as WOMS 3338; credit will be granted only once. Offered as AAST 3332 and ANTH 3338; credit will be granted in only one department.

ANTH 3339 URBAN ANTHROPOLOGY (3-0) Examines main issues, theoretical approaches and ethnographic methods used by anthropologists working in cities. Also discusses relevant contemporary topics such as growth of global cities, gentrification, poverty and inequality, and the economic, social and cultural integration of international immigrants in U.S. cities.

ANTH 3341 RESEARCH METHODS IN CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY (3-0) Observational techniques, participant-observation, hypothesis testing, research design, use of the computer in research, analysis, and report writing, and oral presentations of research reports. Satisfies oral communication and computer use competence requirements. Prerequisite ANTH 1306 or 2322 or permission of instructor.

ANTH 3346 ANTHROPOLOGY OF TOURISM (3-0) Examines the cultural practices of travel and the impact of tourism on both host and guest communities. Various forms of tourism are addressed including, but not limited to, ethnic, historical, regional, health and medical, and ecotourism. Themes of the "tourist gaze" authenticity, identity, consumption, ritual, borders, and pilgrimage will be explored.

ANTH 3348 ANTHROPOLOGY OF MIGRATION (3-0) This course focuses on the expanding field of migration studies in social and cultural anthropology. It traces the history of migration studies in anthropology, discusses the major theoretical contributions of anthropologists to the interdisciplinary field of migration, and addresses key contemporary topics in migration studies including globalization, transnational communities, gender, identity, and citizenship. The course heavily relies on ethnographic case studies of different immigrant populations in the U.S. written by anthropologists in the recent past.

ANTH 3349 ANTHROPOLOGY OF GLOBALIZATION (3-0) The forces of economic globalization now reach every corner of the world to the point that few societies have been untouched by their impact. This course examines the forces that drive globalization and their repercussions upon local communities around the world. It examines how economic globalization affects the lives of real people in developing and industrialized countries as well as in small-scale societies traditionally studied by anthropologists.

ANTH 3350 NORTH AMERICAN ARCHAEOLOGY (3-0) Prehistoric cultural adaptations in North America from human arrival to European contact. Topics treated include the question of when and where the first Native Americans arrived; the beginnings of village and farming life; and the development of Puebloan and "Mound-building" cultures.

ANTH 3353 STONE AGE HUNTERS AND FARMERS (3-0) Human adaptations and cultural evolution in the Old World from the earliest African sites over two million years ago to the domestication of plants and animals about ten thousand years ago. Formerly ANTH 2353; credit cannot be granted for both ANTH 2353 and 3353.

ANTH 3355 THE RISE OF CIVILIZATION (3-0) The development of complex cultures from village farming societies in various regions of the Old and New Worlds. The civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Mesoamerica, among others, will be treated, along with general questions concerning the rise, development, and collapse of early civilizations. Formerly ANTH 2355; credit will not be granted for both ANTH 2355 and 3355.

ANTH 3366 SEX, GENDER, AND CULTURE (3-0) The ways gender and sexuality are culturally constructed. Readings include ethnographies, life histories, and fiction. Debates within anthropology and within specific cultures over maleness and femaleness. Offered as ANTH 3366 and WOMS 3366; credit will be granted only once.

ANTH 3369 MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY (3-0) Medical systems studied cross-culturally to understand how environmental, biological, social, and cultural factors affect disease and health. The cultural dynamics of traditional practitioners and rituals within the health care system. Methods of articulating modern medicine with traditional medicine are discussed.

ANTH 3370 ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE PREHISTORIC AEGEAN (3-0) Origin, evolution and decline of the first high civilizations in Europe, namely the Minoans on the island of Crete and the Mycenaeans in Greece. Stone Age background and Early Bronze Age seafaring in the Cycladic Islands; Late Bronze Age society, economy, and religion; art and architecture of the Minoan and Mycenaean palaces; Linear A and B tablets; Mycenaean collapse and the beginning of the Iron Age; Homer's Iliad, archaeology and the Trojan War.

ANTH 3371 ARCHAEOLOGY OF GREECE (3-0) Material evidence relevant to our understanding of classical Greek culture and society from the collapse of the Mycenaean Empire through the Hellenistic Period (ca. 1200-31 B.C.). Examination of the magnificent (temples, sculpture, athletic monuments, ships) and the mundane (domestic architecture, pottery, crafts, coinage, inscriptions, architecture and artifacts of civic life, burials). Archaeological evidence will be considered in light of contemporary historical sources.

ANTH 3372 ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE ANCIENT NEAR EAST (3-0) Survey of the cultures of Mesopotamia, Syria, Palestine, and Anatolia from the earliest agricultural settlements to the late first millennium B.C. based on the surviving archaeological remains. Among the topics covered: Nature of early urbanism; development of religious and economic hierarchies; origins and impact of writing; interrelationships among early states.

ANTH 3373 ARCHAEOLOGY OF EGYPT (3-0) The culture of ancient Egypt from its earliest occupation until the Arab invasion (7th century A.C.), with emphasis on the first 20 pharaohnic dynasties (third and second millennia B.C.). Egyptian social, religious, economic and political development traced through the surviving material culture (architecture, art, industries, artifacts of daily life, funerary remains, etc.) supplemented by historical and literary evidence as pertinent. Egypt's relations with neighboring regions (Crete, Anatolia, Palestine, Nubia and Libya) considered.

ANTH 3374 ARCHEOLOGY OF EUROPE (3-0) Ancient Europe is a mosaic of archaeological regionalism whose complexity is arguably unparalleled elsewhere in the world. This course surveys the material remains of several prominent ancient cultures from Iberia to the Danube, from Scandinavia to Greece, dating from stone age to medieval times. Emphasis will be on understanding the various regional traditions and their interactions, and on explicating trends in technology, economy and religion in European society during this long period. Among the topics to be examined: Paleolithic hunters and artists; agricultural origins; megalithic monuments; bronze metallurgy and its ramifications; the first high civilizations in the Mediterranean; the rise of the Celts; the coming of iron; impact of Romanization; the nature of Viking exploration and expansion.

ANTH 3409 HUMAN EVOLUTION (3-2) Paleoanthropology; an exploration of the fossil evidence for the evolution of our taxonomic family, the Hominidae, and earlier primate ancestors. Prerequisite: ANTH 2307, or permission of the instructor.

ANTH 4191 CONFERENCE COURSE (1-0) Topics assigned on an individual basis covering personal research or study in the designated area. Topics assigned on an individual basis covering personal research or study in the designated area. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

ANTH 4291 CONFERENCE COURSE (2-0) Topics assigned on an individual basis covering personal research or study in the designated area. Topics assigned on an individual basis covering personal research or study in the designated area. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

ANTH 4315 GROWTH, DEVELOPMENT, AND EVOLUTION (3-0) A survey of topics at the nexus of modern human biological research in growth and development and the evolutionary record of hominid subadults. Prerequisite: ANTH 2307 or permission of the instructor.

ANTH 4322 PROBLEMS IN ANTHROPOLOGY (3-0) Intensive examination of an important problem in anthropological research selected by the instructor. May be repeated for credit whenever the topic varies.

ANTH 4342 TOPICS IN CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY (3-0) Selected topics, to include anthropological theory, population and cultural ecology, semiotics, and humanistic anthropology. May be repeated for credit with departmental permission.

ANTH 4345 VISUALIZING CULTURE (3-0) This advanced course introduces students to key concepts in Visual Anthropology. This course highlights the contribution of anthropological methods in theorizing the visual as an everyday site for the construction of nationalist, gender, ethnic, and class identities. Readings are drawn from diverse geographical regions. Visual material discussed in class will include ethnographic films, art, graphic novels, comics, illustrated magazines, virtual exhibitions and soap operas. Assignments include a writing and research component, and team-based exercises.

ANTH 4348 POLITICAL ANTHROPOLOGY (3-0) Relationships among power, identity, and culture in cross-cultural perspective. Traditional political systems, political symbols and rituals, gender and power, and the relationship between domination and resistance. How culture influences the ways in which men and women get power, use power, and resist power.

ANTH 4350 MESOAMERICAN ARCHAEOLOGY (3-0) Covers the cultural development in Mesoamerica during the past 12,000 years, from hunting and gathering lifeways, through the rise of complex societies, to the Spanish conquest. Students will examine the steps from which the early inhabitants of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Hondurus and El Salvador developed into the great civilizations of Ancient Mesoamerica. In this course students will trace the emergence of Olmecs, Zapotecs, Maya, Toltecs, and the Aztecs and explore the factors that contributed to their appearance and decline. New approaches, theories, and recent discoveries within the field of Mesoamerican archaeology will be examined.

ANTH 4358 TOPICS IN ARCHAEOLOGY (3-0) Selected topics, to include examination of specific archaeological cultures of the Old World, archaeological theory, and archaeology and pseudoscience. May be repeated for credit with departmental permission.

ANTH 4360 ZOOARCHAEOLOGY (3-0) Zooarchaeologists study animal remains (primarily bones, teeth, and shells) from archaeological contexts to understand past human economic strategies and ecological circumstances. This course introduces the important issues and analytical techniques of zooarchaeology, and provides hands-on experience in an integrated laboratory and lecture format. Topics include skeletal and taxonomic identification, taphonomic processes, mortality profiles, biometric analyses, and the application of optimal foraging theory. ANTH 2339 or special permission of the instructor required.

ANTH 4391 CONFERENCE COURSE (3-0) Topics assigned on an individual basis covering personal research or study in the designated area. Topics assigned on an individual basis covering personal research or study in the designated area. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

ANTH 4393 INTERNSHIP IN ANTHROPOLOGY (3-0) Supervised internship program, in which students intern at various companies, non-profit and governmental agencies, and museums in the Metroplex. Applied use of anthropology in a non-academic setting. Students will learn skills of career development in anthropology. Requirements include several short assignments and a final report to the instructor. Prerequisite: ANTH 2307, 2322, OR 2339; permission of the instructor; and junior standing.

ANTH 4394 HONORS THESIS/SENIOR PROJECT (3-0) Required of all students in the University Honors College. During the senior year, the student must complete a thesis or project of equivalent difficulty under the direction of a faculty member in the major department.

ANTH 4398 SUMMER FIELD SCHOOL IN ANTHROPOLOGY (3-0) (3 or 6 hours credit). Offered only during the summer session. Experience in methods of field research in ethnography or archaeology. May be repeated for credit if research topic changes.

ANTH 4406 HUMAN OSTEOLOGY (3-2) Detailed examination of human skeletal morphology. Topics include form and function of all skeletal elements in the human body, differentiation of each bone, left and right side identification, identification or fragmented remains, and muscle attachments and articulations. Content useful in forensic anthropology, archaeology, and hominid paleontology.

ANTH 4407 FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY (3-2) Estimating age, sex, race, statute, pathology, cause of death, and time since death from human remains. The role of skeletal biology and physical anthropology in criminal investigation. Case studies will be used to demonstrate application of the methods studied. Prerequisite: ANTH 4406 or permission of the instructor.

ANTH 4698 SUMMER FIELD SCHOOL IN ANTHROPOLOGY (6-0) (3 or 6 hours credit). Offered only during the summer session. Experience in methods of field research in ethnography or archaeology. May be repeated for credit if research topic changes.

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