Anthropology Courses


Anthropology Courses


ANTH 101. CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY. 5 Credits.

Satisfies: the GECR for social sciences, list 2,anthropology, geography, psychology and sociology.
An introduction to the study of man with principal emphasis on culture.

ANTH 161. INTRODUCTION TO CHICANO CULTURE. 5 Credits.

Cross-listed: CHST 101.
Satisfies: cultural and gender diversity university graduation requirement.
A study of Chicano culture providing an initial overview of its roots and conflicts. Specific components discussed are cultural identity, customs, language, psychology and the arts.

ANTH 195. INTERNSHIP. 1-5 Credits.

ANTH 197. FRESHMAN SEMINAR. 2 Credits.

ANTH 201. LATINAS/OS IN CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN SOCIETY. 5 Credits.

Cross-listed: CHST 201.
Satisfies: cultural and gender diversity university graduation requirement.
The following course examines the experience of the other Latinos (Hispanics) in the United States: Puerto Rican, Cuban American and Central Americans. The course presents a brief historical overview of their entrance in American society and a demographic comparison of significant socio-economic variables of the groups. The primary focus of the course is to examine the social and cultural profile of the Puerto Rican, Cuban and Central American groups in the U.S. The course covers historical, social and cultural themes, which include the impact of American institutions on identity, culture, language, the family and the future implications of immigration from Latin America.

ANTH 202. HUMAN EVOLUTION. 5 Credits.

Satisfies: a GECR for natural science–anthropology.
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.

ANTH 203. PHILOSOPHY OF CULTURE. 5 Credits.

Satisfies: a GECR for humanities and fine arts, List 3, philosophy and reasoning.
This course approaches culture as a contestable set of practices, relationships and beliefs and look at them from a variety of philosophical perspectives. A major goal of the course is for students to learn to critical reflect on their everyday lives and gain new perspectives on how they think, interact with others and work. A secondary goal is for students to gain a better understanding of the importance "of philosophy for social theory."

ANTH 204. ARCHAEOLOGICAL SCIENCE. 5 Credits.

Satisfies: a GECR for natural science–anthropology.
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.

ANTH 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 will 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.

ANTH 296. EXPERIMENTAL COURSE. 1-5 Credits.

ANTH 299. SPECIAL STUDIES. 1-15 Credits.

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

ANTH 301. PRINCIPLES OF ARCHAEOLOGY. 5 Credits.

A comprehensive survey of the field of archaeology which will introduce students to the methods of field excavation and reconstruction employed by scientific archaeologists in the reconstruction of prehistoric cultures.

ANTH 302. VISUAL ANTHROPOLOGY. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: sophomore standing.
The varied forms of communication are an essential aspect of human diversisty. This course explores ethnographically how visual forms–from traditional ritual and performance to modern television and industrial design–communicate sociocultural ideas and practices.

ANTH 310. SILK ROAD AND CENTRAL ASIA. 3 Credits.

An ethnographic survey of societies in the Eurasian region including Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and China, emphasizing post-socialist development.

ANTH 320. MIDDLE EASTERN HISTORY AND CULTURE. 5 Credits.

Cross-listed: GEOG 320, HIST 320.
Examines the various ethnic, religious and national communities of the Middle East in historical and contemporary context.

ANTH 336. GEOGRAPHIES OF CONFLICT IN THE MIDDLE EAST. 5 Credits.

Cross-listed: GEOG 336/HIST 336.
Examines the Middle East and its various ethnic, political, economic, religious and environmental conflicts from a geographic perspective. The course’s holistic combination of geographic and anthropological inquiry will offer insights into how the natural environment and built environment interact and engage with the cultural and political landscapes of the Middle East.

ANTH 342. TRIBES, BANDS AND CHIEFDOMS. 5 Credits.

Cross-listed: HONS 342.
Satisfies: international studies university graduation requirement.
Approaches to understanding non-state societies and an examination of how their cultures contrast with each other and with our own way of life.

ANTH 345. PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY. 5 Credits.

An introduction to the origin, genetic adaptation, and evolution of living and extinct humans.

ANTH 347. PEOPLES OF AFRICA. 5 Credits.

Cross-listed: AAST 347.
A comparative view of tradition and change in sub-Saharan Africa.

ANTH 348. PEASANT SOCIETIES. 5 Credits.

Satisfies: international studies university graduation requirement.
World survey of what it means to be a peasant; relationship between communities and larger political wholes; revolutionary and protest movements and their future prospects.

ANTH 349. MAJOR CIVILIZATIONS OF ASIA. 5 Credits.

Cross-listed: HONS 349.
Satisfies: international studies university graduation requirement.
An ethnographic survey of Japan, China, Islam and India, emphasizing the core values of each.

ANTH 355. INDIANS OF NORTH AMERICA. 5 Credits.

Cross-listed: HONS 355.
Satisfies: cultural and gender diversity university graduation requirement.
A comparative overview of distinctive Indian cultures. Opportunities for individual research provided.

ANTH 356. ARCHAEOLOGY OF NORTH AMERICA. 5 Credits.

The pre-Columbian history of America north of the Valley of Mexico.

ANTH 357. PEOPLES OF LATIN AMERICA. 5 Credits.

Cross-listed: HONS 357.
Satisfies: international studies university graduation requirement.
An ethnographic 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.

ANTH 358. MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY. 5 Credits.

Cross-listed: HONS 358.
Satisfies: international studies university graduation requirement.
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 will be included.

ANTH 366. REVOLUTIONS AND DEVELOPMENT IN THE THIRD WORLD. 5 Credits.

Cross-listed: HONS 366.
Satisfies: international studies university graduation requirement.
This course explores the alternative models available for understanding rapid cultural change in a worldwide array of postcolonial countries. Emphasis is placed on the historical origins of ethnic, nationalist and class conflict in local regions as studied by anthropologists. Opportunities are made available for pursuing students’ regional interests.

ANTH 375. ANTHROPOLOGY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. 5 Credits.

This course offers an ethnographic understanding of the culture of scientific practice and technology. Case studies explore culture within the context of the medical and natural sciences, biotechnology and virtual worlds, both in the U.S. and abroad.

ANTH 396. EXPERIMENTAL COURSE. 1-5 Credits.

ANTH 397. WORKSHOP, SHORT COURSE, CONFERENCE, SEMINAR. 1-5 Credits.

ANTH 398. SEMINAR. 1-5 Credits.

ANTH 399. SPECIAL STUDIES. 1-15 Credits.

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

ANTH 401. ANTHROPOLOGICAL RESEARCH METHODS. 5 Credits.

A review of anthropological methods for the collection and analysis of cultural data.

ANTH 405. CRITICAL ANALYSIS IN ANTHROPOLOGY. 3 Credits.

Pre-requisites: ANTH 101 and ENGL 201.
This course focuses on practicing and improving critical analytical skills through the study and discussion of various genres of anthropological literature and through guided writing assignments.

ANTH 432. ANTHROPOLOGY OF GENDER. 4 Credits.

Cross-listed: WMST 432.
Satisfies: cultural and gender diversity university graduation requirement.
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.

ANTH 434. AID AND DEVELOPMENT. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: choose one of the following–ANTH 101, ANTH 348, ANTH 366 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.

ANTH 435. IRISH HISTORY AND CULTURE. 5 Credits.

Cross-listed: HIST 435.
This course examines various aspects of Irish history and culture from prehistory to the present. Attention is given to religious, social, cultural, economic and political institutions and developments.

ANTH 436. POLITICS OF CULTURE: ISRAEL AND PALESTINE. 5 Credits.

Cross-listed: GEOG 436 or HIST 436.
Examines the role of culture in the political struggles between Israelis and Palestinians. Explores the influence of national, religious, ethnic and historical narratives in the conceptualization of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This course will consider how a detailed knowledge of these ‘politics of culture’ can provide meaningful insights to potential avenues of cultural reconciliation and, ultimately, a more peaceful environment for Israelis and Palestinians.

ANTH 437. WOMAN AND ISLAM. 5 Credits.

Cross-listed: GEOG 437/HIST 437/WMST 437.
Pre-requisites: junior or senior standing.
This course examines the status and identity of women in Islamic communities throughout the world and assesses how different interpretations of Islam, as a simultaneous religious, social, cultural, political and economic system, influences perceptions of women within Islamic communities. It further considers the perceptions of Islam vis-à-vis women and Islamic women themselves by non-Muslim communities.

ANTH 438. PEACE, VIOLENCE AND CULTURE. 5 Credits.

Cross-listed: GEOG 438/HIST 438.
Pre-requisites: junior or senior standing.
This course is a collective exercise in critical thinking on the intersection and interaction of peace, violence and culture. It explores the cultural dimensions of peace and violence, including the role of culture in defining and understanding the manifestation and enactment of peace and violence both by and against individuals as well as groups.

ANTH 439. TOPICS IN ANTHROPOLOGY. 1-5 Credits.

This course is a variable topics course exploring current interests and specific research foci in each of the four sub-fields of anthropology. Topics might include anthropological perspectives on contemporary issues; current research interests of specific faculty; further investigation of sub-topics included in large survey courses.

ANTH 444. DEVELOPMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGICAL THEORY. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: ANTH 101.
Introduction to the development of theoretical anthropology which surveys alternative theories concerning man and culture.

ANTH 445. ANTHROPOLOGICAL LINGUISTICS. 5 Credits.

An anthropological perspective on language, incorporating an examination of contemporary approaches to phonology and syntax with an emphasis on language in culture.

ANTH 446. SOCIOLINGUISTICS. 3 Credits.

The course deals with language in its social setting. It examines linguistic variation in relation to social status and interactional context. The political implications of linguistic variation are also considered.

ANTH 448. ANTHROPOLOGY OF FOOD AND NUTRITION. 5 Credits.

This course explores the diversity of human foodways and their ecological, cultural and social significance.

ANTH 450. CULTURAL ECOLOGY. 5 Credits.

Cross-listed: HONS 450.
Satisfies: international studies university graduation requirement.
The relationship between man, nature and culture is contrasted in food collecting, simple farming and technologically more complex cultures.

ANTH 452. ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD TECHNIQUES. 5 Credits.

Archaeological theory and method with emphasis on excavation procedures and skills and laboratory analysis. Opportunity for limited field experience.

ANTH 454. MYTH, MAGIC AND RITUAL. 5 Credits.

Cross-listed: HONS 454.
This course explores myth, magic and ritual as they relate to religion, philosophy and science, both in western and non-western, urban and non-urban contexts.

ANTH 455. ARCHAEOLOGY OF MESO-AMERICA. 5 Credits.

The pre-Columbian history of Mexico, Central America, and Western South America.

ANTH 456. WORLD ARCHAEOLOGY. 5 Credits.

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 will 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.

ANTH 457. WITCHCRFT, SORCERY AND SHAMANISM. 5 Credits.

An anthropological study of the cultural significance of witchcraft, sorcery, spirit possession, and shamanism.

ANTH 458. FAIR TRADE, COFFEE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE. 2 Credits.

Cross-listed: HONS 458.
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.

ANTH 459. ARCHAEOLOGICAL LAB ANALYSIS. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: choose one of the following– ANTH 301, ANTH 452, ANTH 524 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 Eastern Washington University. 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 archaeological and anthropological issues.

ANTH 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.

ANTH 462. ECONOMIC ANTHROPOLOGY. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: choose one of the following–ANTH 101, ECON 100, ECON 200, ECON 201 or permission of the instructor.
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.

ANTH 463. COMMUNITY PROJECTS. 5 Credits.

In this course students will learn methodologies and techniques used in applied anthropology. They will then put their anthropological knowledge and field techniques to use in applied anthropology projects in the community.

ANTH 490. SENIOR CAPSTONE. 4 Credits.

Satisfies: senior capstone university graduation requirement.
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. It seeks the principles and applications which the field as a whole needs in order to communicate with other institutions and with society at large. We explore the implicit social criticism anthropology offers to western culture and to its own place within it. The course presents an array of career possibilities, together with a wide range of practical applications for anthropological knowledge. Guest lectures, discussion, group work and their own presentations challenge students to relate their special interests to the larger issues of the human sciences and their meanings for people.

ANTH 493. PORTFOLIO ASSESSMENT. 1 Credit.

Pre-requisites: senior standing.
Advised by a member of the Anthropology faculty, the student compiles an assessment portfolio of academic assignments completed in anthropology courses at EWU. Taken during the term in which the student expects to complete the requirements for the bachelor’s degree in anthropology, this independent study course provides the student with an opportunity to undertake guided academic/career planning as well as to participate in summative assessments.

ANTH 495. INTERNSHIP. 1-15 Credits.

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

ANTH 496. EXPERIMENTAL COURSE. 1-5 Credits.

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

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

ANTH 498. DEPARTMENTAL SEMINAR. 1-5 Credits.

Selected topics in anthropology.

ANTH 499. DIRECTED STUDY. 1-5 Credits.

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