Anthropology (ANTR)


ANTR 195. INTERNSHIP. 1-5 Credits.

Internship.

ANTR 197. FRESHMAN SEMINAR. 2 Credits.

Freshman Seminar.

ANTR 201. GLOBAL CULTURAL ENCOUNTERS. 5 Credits.

Satisfies: a BACR for social sciences.
This course examines the flow of people, goods, images, ideas and knowledge that across borders of all kinds with greater rapidity and consistency in our increasingly interconnected world. Students will deepen their understanding of and expand their exposure to cultural beliefs, traditions, practices and values from communities throughout the world. The course will consider the role that culture plays in some of the major social, political, economic and religious tensions and conflicts.

ANTR 202. HUMAN EVOLUTION. 5 Credits.

Satisfies: a BACR for natural science.
This course examines the biological process of evolution as it applies to humans and their recent ancestors; it does not debate the existence of evolutionary processes. Students learn about major events in human evolution and key fossil evidence that reflects them, including the development of bipedalism, increase in size and complexity of the human brain,increasing use of cultural solutions to respond to biological pressures, and nature and extent of ongoing human microevolution.

ANTR 203. LANGUAGE AND HUMAN BEING. 5 Credits.

Satisfies: a BACR for humanities and arts.
This course is an introduction to anthropological linguistics. In this field, language is a universal component of human biology that develops as part of distinct human populations' ways of life, both uniting us as a species and differentiating us into cultural groups. Course topics explore the philosophical and historical roots of the idea, its modern anthropological form in the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, and contemporary variants in cognitive anthropology and ethnoscience.

ANTR 204. ARCHAEOLOGICAL SCIENCE. 5 Credits.

Satisfies: a BACR for natural science.
Archaeology provides a useful case study for the practical application of natural science knowledge in support of the needs of disciplines both within and without the broader natural sciences. Students explore the archaeological sciences of remote sensing and probabilistic surveying, radiometric and isotope dating, fauna/floral analysis, climate reconstruction and change, reconstruction of subsistence patterns and population health, mortality and movements among others.

ANTR 250. EXPERIENCING ANTHROPOLOGY. 2 Credits.

Notes: may be repeated for a max of 8 credits.
This course provides a structure for students to engage cultural research, activities and experiences on campus and in the community. In coordination with and approval by the instructor, students attend various lectures, presentation, films, performances and events throughout the quarter. The total number of hours spent attending activities must equal no less than 20. Students produce reflection papers for each activity as well as an integrative culminating paper.

ANTR 296. EXPERIMENTAL COURSE. 1-5 Credits.

Experimental Course.

ANTR 299. DIRECTED STUDIES. 1-15 Credits.

Pre-requisites: permission of the instructor, department chair and college dean.
Directed Studies.

ANTR 301. CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY. 3 Credits.

This course examines major concepts, theories and methods in cultural anthropology. Students explore how anthropologists analyze and interpret different cultural practices that manifest in an individual’s everyday life. By using ethnographic case studies of communities from throughout the world, the course addresses issues of identity, family, kinship, gender, race, class, ritual, belief and expression.

ANTR 302. BIOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY. 3 Credits.

Pre-requisites: sophomore standing.
This course offers an introduction to the study of human biological evolution with an emphasis on the interaction between biology and culture. Students explore topics such as hominid evolution, skeletal morphology, primatology, population dynamics, dietary practices, illness and disease, genetics and epidemiology. The course also covers evolutionary theory, basic genetic principles, heredity and human behavioral ecology.

ANTR 303. LINGUISTIC ANTHROPOLOGY. 3 Credits.

Pre-requisites: sophomore standing.
This course explores the human condition through the study of language in real-life social contexts. It explores language’s relationship to various forms of human action, as a constitutive feature of the building of human communities, and as a differentiating factor within human communities associated with stratification and inequality. Topics include performance, identity, and literacy. Basic ethnographic methods in the study of language-in-action will also be discussed.

ANTR 304. ANTHROPOLOGICAL ARCHAEOLOGY. 3 Credits.

Pre-requisites: sophomore standing.
This course provides an introduction to the field of anthropological archaeology. Students are introduced to the history, theories, methods, and broader social contexts of material culture studies, a survey of significant archaeological excavations, the theoretical and methodological development of the discipline and the contemporary issues surrounding archaeological research.

ANTR 305. INTEGRATING ANTHROPOLOGY. 3 Credits.

Pre-requisites: ANTR 301, ANTR 302, ANTR 303 and ANTR 304. Prerequisites may be taken concurrently.
This course provides students an opportunity to explore and engage the intersection, interaction and integration of the four subfields of anthropology: cultural, linguistic, physical and archaeology. Students produce a presentation that explores how the integration of the subfields provides the potential to better engage, understand and explain human cultural diversity.

ANTR 310. IDENTITY, ETHNICITY AND NATIONALISM. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: sophomore standing.
Satisfies: a university graduation requirement–global studies.
This course engages the study of identity, ethnicity and nationalism to better understand how individuals and communities establish collective cohesion, create notions of group identity and organize politically. Topics include power, domination, resistance, identity formation, othering, ethno-nationalism, imagined communities, nation-states, multinational states and stateless nations.

ANTR 311. POVERTY, INEQUALITY AND SOCIETY. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: sophomore standing.
Satisfies: a university graduation requirement–global studies.
This course explores the nature of poverty and structural inequality in communities throughout the world. The course traces the historical development of gaps in power and privilege among people and communities that results in poverty, economic oppression, and social, political and economic inequality.

ANTR 312. GLOBALIZATION AND ITS DISCONTENT. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: sophomore standing.
Satisfies: a university graduation requirement–global studies.
This course explores the nature of globalization as both a historical phenomenon and contemporary reality. The course will address how increasingly rapid sociocultural change around the world has led to an array of movements that are dissatisfied with and opposed to globalization. The course will examine how resistance to globalization has led to ethnic, nationalist and class-based collective social, political and economic actions throughout the world.

ANTR 320. ANTHROPOLOGY OF AFRICA. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: sophomore standing.
Satisfies: a university graduation requirement–global studies.
This course is an introductory comparative survey of various African societies and culture communities. The course explores the geography, cultural history and contemporary diversity of people in Africa.

ANTR 321. ANTHROPOLOGY OF ASIA. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: sophomore standing.
Satisfies: a university graduation requirement–global studies.
This course is an introductory survey of various Asian societies and cultural communities. The course explores the geography, cultural history, and contemporary diversity of people in Asia by focusing on a number of case studies with particular attention paid to the experiences of minority groups.

ANTR 322. ANTHROPOLOGY OF LATIN AMERICA. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: sophomore standing.
Satisfies: a university graduation requirement–global studies.
This course is an introductory survey of contemporary cultures of Central and South America, including both aboriginal and peasant societies. Emphasis is placed on the merging and clashing of European, Indian and African, rich and poor and the continuing character of these conflicts into the present.

ANTR 323. ANTHROPOLOGY OF THE MIDDLE EAST. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: sophomore standing.
Satisfies: a university graduation requirement–global studies.
This course is an introductory survey that examines the various ethnic, religious and national communities of the Middle East in historical and contemporary context. Emphasis is placed on the role of ethnicity, kinship, nationalism, and religion on contemporary social, political and economic issues in the region.

ANTR 324. ANTHROPOLOGY OF NORTH AMERICA. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: sophomore standing.
Satisfies: a university graduation requirement–diversity.
This course is a survey of contemporary cultural groups in Canada, the United States and Mexico with particular emphasis on the myriad forms of cultural and gender diversity embedded within these areas. The course uses case studies from various communities to present “an ethnography of everyday life” in North America. The course considers topics focusing on contemporary issues of kinship, gender, class, race, ethnicity, identity, work, the environment and urbanization.

ANTR 325. INDIANS OF NORTH AMERICA. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: sophomore standing.
Satisfies: a university graduation requirement–diversity.
This course is a survey of the various Indian cultures in North America with a particular emphasis on exploring the relationships between Indian communities, federal policies and institutions and broader American society. The course will examine various Indian cultural traditions and lifeways, issues of identity maintenance, land claims, sacred site protection, repatriation and the complex, complicated and contentious historical relationship between anthropology and Indian communities.

ANTR 329. ANTHROPOLOGY ABROAD. 1-10 Credits.

Notes: students must arrange their enrollment in this course with the department chair or program director.
This course is only available to those students participating in a study abroad opportunity and seeking to either earn university credits for study abroad or transfer credits to university from another institution’s program.

ANTR 335. RACE AND ETHNICITY: A FOUR FIELD ANTHROPOLOGICAL APPROACH. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: sophomore standing.
This course explores the concepts of race and ethnicity through the four subfields of anthropology: archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, and linguistics. Based on faculty interests, the course uses various case studies from different parts of the world to explore how the subfields of anthropology function as a connected and complementary set of lenses through which to more thoroughly engage issues of race and ethnicity.

ANTR 340. ANTHROPOLOGY OF FOOD AND NUTRITION. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: sophomore standing.
This course considers cultural and social significance of food by exploring the diverse ways in which people and communities across the world embed meaning in the types of foods consumed, the manner in which food is prepared and the ways in which meals are served. Topics may include hunger, malnutrition and famine, food security and food sovereignty, dietary patterns, commodification of foods and food-related social movements.

ANTR 342. MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: sophomore standing.
Satisfies: a university graduation requirement–global studies.
This course offers an understanding of the anthropology of medicine, curing versus healing, the concept of biomedicine and its role in today's world and other perspectives on medicine and medical practice. A review of folk and professional medical systems is included.

ANTR 345. ANTHROPOLOGY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: sophomore standing.
This course explores cultural aspects of science and technology. Through close readings of ethnographic texts and an exploration of the theoretical frameworks which inform them, the course explores how science and technology function in and across different cultures and societies, and how culture, society, science, and technology shape each other. Special attention is paid to the relationship between observational data and theoretical explanation in ethnographic analysis.

ANTR 350. WORLD ARCHAEOLOGY. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: sophomore standing.
This course provides a global review of archaeology beginning with the appearance of the first hominids (the Australopithecines) through the beginnings of agriculture and the advent of social stratification and culturally complex civilizations. Topics include an overview of human evolution, the first humans and their hunting-gathering lifestyles, the increasing specialization of hunter-gatherers and the dawn of horticulture-agriculture.

ANTR 351. ARCHAEOLOGY OF NORTH AMERICA. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: sophomore standing.
This course explores North American prehistory from the initial peopling of the continent to the development of complex societies. Topics include human entry into and migration across the hemisphere, changes in subsistence strategies, the impact of humans on the environment and landscape, European contact and the relationship between archaeology and native communities.

ANTR 359. TOPICS IN ANTHROPOLOGY. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: sophomore standing.
This course explores North American prehistory from the initial peopling of the continent to the development of complex societies. Topics include human entry into and migration across the hemisphere, changes in subsistence strategies, the impact of humans on the environment and landscape, European contact and the relationship between archaeology and native communities.

ANTR 401. ETHNOGRAPHIC RESEARCH METHODS. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: ANTR 301, ANTR 302, ANTR 303, ANTR 304, and ANTR 305. Prerequisites may be taken concurrently.
This course introduces the core ethnographic research methods used by anthropologists to gather data for analysis and interpretation of cultural phenomenon. Students gain practical experience in sampling, validity and reliability issues, interviewing techniques and methods of observation among others.

ANTR 402. ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD METHODS. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: ANTR 304 or permission of instructor.
This course introduces students to core archaeological field methods, procedures and techniques with particular emphasis on archaeological survey, site recording, mapping and site excavation strategies.

ANTR 403. VISUAL METHODS AND COMMUNICATION. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: junior standing or permission of instructor.
This course explores ethnographic photography and video as ethnographic research methods, as means to communicate anthropological knowledge, and as tools for solving social problems. Topics include the classic ethnographic photography, of Gregory Bateson and Margaret Mead, the progressive films and videos of Judith and David MacDougall, and the recent applied visual anthropology of Sarah Pink. Students learn basic visual theories and methods.

ANTR 404. APPLIED ANTHROPOLOGY IN PRACTICE. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: ANTR 401.
This course emphasizes the practical application of anthropology in community settings by providing instruction in the methods and techniques anthropologists use to work with communities, organizations and institutions to solve problems. In collaboration with faculty, students work on an applied anthropology project in the community.

ANTR 408. HISTORICAL ANTHROPOLOGICAL THEORY. 3 Credits.

Pre-requisites: ANTR 305.
This course explores the historical development of anthropological theory from its inception to the 1980s. Major theoretical paradigms, perspectives and models concerning culture, social structure, history and evolution are addressed.

ANTR 409. CONTEMPORARY ANTHROPOLOGICAL THEORY. 3 Credits.

Pre-requisites: ANTR 408.
This course explores some of the major issues that have characterized the development of sociocultural theory since the 1980s. Topics include agency and structure, subjectivity and reflexivity, postmodernism, hegemony, globalization and transnationalism.

ANTR 430. ENVIRONMENTAL ANTHROPOLOGY. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: junior standing.
Satisfies: a university graduation requirement–global studies.
This course analyzes and contrasts the relationship between different human populations, their cultural practices, and the natural environment. The course discusses how both political and economic forces shape cultural practices, the relationship of capitalism and state formation to the natural environment, maladaptation and environmental problems, such as global climate change.

ANTR 431. APPLIED MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: choose one of the following: ANTR 305, ANTR 342, ANTR 401 or permission of instructor.
This course explores the application of anthropological methods and theory to help medical and healthcare professionals care for individuals through culture-specific healthcare delivery. The course addresses cultural competency, power differentials that shape access to care, ethnomedicine, alternative medicine and transcultural psychiatry.

ANTR 432. ANTHROPOLOGY OF GENDER. 4 Credits.

Satisfies: a university graduation requirement–diversity.
This course examines notions of sex and gender from a cross-cultural perspective. Material covered includes understandings of gender, third genders, human sexuality and the gendered nature of activities in both non-Western and Western societies.

ANTR 435. ANTHROPOLOGY OF RELIGION. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: junior standing.
This course explores the anthropological study of religious concepts, practices and traditions from a cross-cultural perspective. The course addresses topics such as symbolism, myth, ritual, magic, religious specialization, witchcraft, syncretism, revitalization, death, dying and the afterlife.

ANTR 445. ECONOMIC ANTHROPOLOGY. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: ANTR 301, ECON 100, ECON 200 or ECON 201.
This course examines the economic behavior of people around the world, paying particular attention to the different systems of production, consumption and exchange that operate throughout the world. The goal of the course is to situate the study of markets, commodities and money into a larger cross-cultural context by exploring relations of power, kinship, gender, exchange and social transformation.

ANTR 446. AID AND DEVELOPMENT. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: ANTR 305, ANTR 311, ANTR 312 or ANTR 445; or permission of instructor.
This course is designed to problematize understandings of poverty, aid and development by examining the intersection of the global free market economies with those communities historically referred to in the literature as "poor." Students explore how aid and development has been marshaled to alleviate or eliminate economic poverty and structural inequality.

ANTR 447. FAIR TRADE, COFFEE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE. 2 Credits.

Pre-requisites: ANTR 201.
This class explores the Fair Trade movement, using coffee as a lens. Topics include how the Fair Trade system has worked, debate over the Fair Trade system as a social movement and an alternative market.

ANTR 449. ADVANCED TOPICS IN CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: ANTR 305 or permission of instructor.
This course is an advanced variable topics course exploring current research foci in cultural anthropology. Topics selected for this course attempt to connect anthropological perspectives and faculty research interests with contemporary issues in cultural anthropology and relevant events and trends in the world. Course is designed for majors seeking more advanced instruction in cultural anthropology.

ANTR 451. ARCHAEOLOGICAL LAB ANALYSIS. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: ANTR 204, ANTR 304 or ANTR 402; or permission of the instructor.
This archaeological laboratory course provides students with a foundation in post-excavation analysis. The course broadly covers various analytical methodologies, with particular attention to regional assemblages housed at EWU. Students are provided with an opportunity to gain experience in different analysis techniques used to study an assemblage after it is brought in from the field and incorporate that data into a discussion of larger issues.

ANTR 455. ARCHAEOLOGY OF MESOAMERICA. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: ANTR 204, ANTR 304 or ANTR 402; or permission of the instructor.
This course explores the archaeological and ethnohistorical record of peoples from Mexico, Central America, and Western South America.

ANTR 459. ADVANCED TOPICS IN ARCHAEOLOGY. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: ANTR 204, ANTR 304 or permission of instructor.
This course is an advanced variable topics course exploring current research foci in archaeology. Topics selected for this course attempt to connect archaeological perspectives and faculty research interests with contemporary issues in archaeology and heritage management. The course is designed for majors seeking more advanced instruction in archaeology.

ANTR 460. FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: restricted to students majoring in Anthropology, Criminal Justice or Chemistry with Forensic Science option; or permission of instructor.
This course is an overview of osteology, human taphonomy and personal identification from skeletal remains, particularly as they are applicable to law enforcement situations. Most class periods will be a combination of lecture and laboratory work.

ANTR 470. SOCIOLINGUISTICS. 3 Credits.

Pre-requisites: ANTR 303 or permission of instructor.
This course explores three interdisciplinary social science approaches to language: how language varies according to different social factors such as class and gender, interactive dimensions of language use in modern institutions such as hospitals and courtrooms, and applications of sociolinguistics to social issues such as multilingualism and language policy. This seminar course is lead by students; class discussions build off students’ presentations on assigned readings.

ANTR 480. DESIGNING ANTHROPOLOGICAL RESEARCH. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: ANTR 305 and ANTR 401.
This course provides students with instruction and practice in how anthropologists envision, design, conduct and disseminate anthropological work. In particular, students receive training in generating feasible and critical research questions, choosing appropriate methods of data collection and writing strong research and grant proposals. At the end of the course, students submit a proposal for research to be conducted in ANTR 481 and ANTR 482 and present it to the department faculty.

ANTR 481. ANTHROPOLOGICAL PROJECTS I. 3 Credits.

Pre-requisites: ANTR 480.
This course provides students an opportunity to conduct a short anthropological research project based on the proposal generated in ANTR 480. Typically, in ANTR 481 students conduct data collection and complete a literature review; ANTR 482 focuses on completing data analysis and crafting a final report with conclusions. Faculty provide guidance and mentorship throughout the research project. Students are expected to take responsibility for the management and execution of the research project.

ANTR 482. ANTHROPOLOGICAL PROJECTS II. 3 Credits.

Pre-requisites: ANTR 481.
This is a continuation of ANTR 481. Students continue their work on a short anthropological research project based on the proposal generated in ANTR 480. Typically students focus on completing their data analysis and crafting a final report for their project.

ANTR 490. SENIOR CAPSTONE ANTHROPOLOGY. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: ANTR 482, may be taken concurrently.
Satisfies: a university graduation requirement–senior capstone.
This course joins together the diverse sub-fields and eclectic viewpoints of anthropology and its supporting disciplines with the aim of clarifying anthropology's practical uses. Students will share and discuss their inducement research projects conducted in ANTR 481 and ANTR 482 with the goal of discovering and articulating the intersections of the various anthropological subfields represented.

ANTR 495. INTERNSHIP. 1-15 Credits.

Pre-requisites: permission of the instructor, department chair and college dean.
Internship.

ANTR 496. EXPERIMENTAL. 1-5 Credits.

Experimental.

ANTR 497. WORKSHOP, SHORT COURSE, CONFERENCE, SEMINAR. 1-5 Credits.

Special short-term programs of varying content, usually involving field work problems.

ANTR 498. SEMINAR. 1-5 Credits.

Seminar.

ANTR 499. DIRECTED STUDY. 1-10 Credits.

Pre-requisites: permission of instructor, department chair and college dean.
Independent study in selected areas of anthropology.