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ANT 100 Introduction to Anthropology. 3 hours.

Introduction to the study of man from an anthropological perspective. Contributions to understanding man from the humanities, as well as the biological, social, and historical sciences are considered.

ANT 102 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology. 3 hours.

Introduction to the study of contemporary cultures and societies and the linguistic components of human behavior.

ANT 103 Great Discoveries in Archaeology. 3 hours.

This course deals with the major archaeological discoveries made in the past two centuries and their impact on Western thought.

ANT 106 Indians of North America. 3 hours.

Comprehensive overview of the prehistory, history, and contemporary culture of native North American Indians.

ANT 107 Introduction to Archaeology. 3 hours.

Overview of the methods archaeologists use to study prehistoric cultures and an introduction to the study of human culture over the past two million years.

ANT 113 Indians of the Deep South. 3 hours.

Introduction to the Native Americans of Alabama and their nearby neighbors. Focuses on describing and explaining lifeways of indigenous peoples using ethnographic, ethnohistoric, and archaeological studies.

ANT 150 Evolution for Everyone: A Multi-disciplinary Introduction. 3 hours.

This course is designed to open student minds to what evolution is and how it applies to all life. Toward that end, the class will view lectures given by evolutionary scholars from varied institutions and disciplines.

ANT 208 Anthropology of Sex: Love and Hope and Sex and Dreams. 3 hours.

An introduction to human sexuality from a biocultural perspective with emphasis on sexual diversity, pluralism, and psychosexual evolution.

ANT 210 Language and Culture. 3 hours.

Human activity in its linguistic, cultural, and social contexts; interrelationships between culture and natural language; and the influences of language and culture on thought and behavior.

ANT 215 Anthropology in Movies and Fiction. 3 hours.

Compares portrayals of anthropologists and core anthropological issues in movies and fiction to anthropological perspectives and scholarship.

ANT 250 Issues in Anthropology. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: 3 hours in anthropology or permission of the instructor.

This course is a flexible listing designed to cover specific topics in anthropology not already offered through an existing course. It is similar to ANT 450 Problems in Anthropology, but allows students with less exposure to anthropology, or the particular issues addressed, an opportunity to learn at a more introductory level.

ANT 269 Field Archaeology. 1 to 12 hours.

Supervised participation in the excavation and analysis of archaeological deposits.

ANT 270 Introduction to Physical Anthropology. 3 hours.

Introduction to the study of human biological and cultural evolution.

ANT 275 Race, Ethnicity, and Human Variation. 3 hours.

Historical and contemporary perspectives on human biological diversity, including the concepts of race, ethnicity, adaptation, and some of the social implications of these views.

ANT 311 Population, Health, and Human Origins. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: ANT 101 or permission of instructor.

Focuses on the relationships among human ecology, population growth, health and disease, and adaptation in modern and prehistoric societies. Explores the origins of infectious diseases, emphasizing the principles of epidemiology and evolution of pathogens.

ANT 312 Monkeys, Apes, and Other Primates: An Introduction to Non-human Primates. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: ANT 100, ANT 270, or permission of the instructor.

An introductory survey of the world’s living non-human primates that focuses on taxonomy, anatomy, behavior, ecology, and cognition.

ANT 317 Anthropology and Modern Life. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: 9 hours in anthropology or permission of the instructor.

Application of anthropological theories and findings to selected issues and problems of living in complex industrialized societies. Offered according to demand.

ANT 318 Ancient Cities and Empires. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: ANT 107 or permission of the instructor.

A comparative study of ancient cities and empires, with examples from the Old and New Worlds.

ANT 319 Ancient New World Civilizations: The Aztec, Maya, and Inca. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: ANT 107 or permission of the instructor.

An introduction to the ancient civilizations of Mesoamerica and South America. Explores the development of economic and political institutions as well as hieroglyphic texts, art styles, and religious rites.

ANT 367 Old World Archaeology. Three hours.

Origin and development of Old World cultures from the early Stone Age to the Iron Age.

ANT 368 Southeastern Archaeology. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: ANT 107 or permission of the instructor.

Origin and development of pre-Columbian and early historic cultures of the Southeast. Offered according to demand.

ANT 370 North America Archaeology. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: ANT 107 or permission of the instructor.

Examination of important discoveries and current research in the different areas of North America, including the Eastern Woodlands, Southwest, Plains, Great Basin, Plateau, California, Northwest Coast, subarctic, and Arctic.

Unless otherwise stated, the prerequisite for 400-level courses is 12 hours in anthropology, graduate standing, or permission of the instructor.

ANT 401 Anthropological Linguistics. 3 hours.

Scientific study of natural language—phonology and grammar, lexicon and meaning—and the role of linguistics in anthropological research. Offered according to demand.

ANT 402 Gender, Ethnicity, and Health. 3 hours.

Explores the gendered, ethnic, cultural, and class dimensions of sickness worldwide, with attention to the long-term health effects of sexism, racism, and poverty.

ANT 405 Culture, Mind, and Behavior. 3 hours.

Cultural and linguistic basis of cognitive organization, systems of folk classifications, and collection and analysis of data of shared cultural and social information. Offered according to demand.

ANT 408 Ancient Mexican Civilizations. 3 hours.

Survey of the origins and development of ancient civilizations in Mexico.

ANT 409 Ancient Maya Civilizations. 3 hours.

Ancient Maya civilizations in Mexico and Central America from the earliest inhabitants until the Spanish Conquest.

ANT 411 Culture, Health, and Healing. 3 hours.

Survey of health, illness, and healing among and within different cultural systems.

ANT 412 Peoples of Europe. 3 hours.

A review of selected aspects of the customs, social systems, and cultures of European societies.

ANT 413 Peoples of Latin America. 3 hours.

A review of selected aspects of the customs, social systems, and cultures of Latin American societies.

ANT 414 Peoples of Africa. 3 hours.

A review of selected aspects of the customs, social systems, and cultures of African societies.

ANT 415 Peoples of East Asia. 3 hours.

A review of selected aspects of the customs, social systems, and cultures of East Asian societies.

ANT 417 Peoples of South Asia. 3 hours.

A review of selected aspects of the customs, social systems, and cultures of South Asian societies.

ANT 418 Development in Non-Western Culture. 3 hours.

Theoretical and descriptive study of social change and development in non-Western societies. Major emphasis is placed on the effects of change on indigenous institutions. Both ethnographic and theoretical literature are examined. Offered according to demand.

ANT 419 Myth, Ritual, and Magic (same as REL 419). 3 hours.

Survey of the anthropological literature on religion, including such topics as myth, ritual, magic, witchcraft, totemism, shamanism, and trance states. Offered according to demand.

ANT 420 Background of Anthropological Thought. 3 hours.

Intensive review of the work of several early figures in the development of social theory (e.g., Marx, Freud, Durkheim, Weber), emphasizing their relevance for modern anthropology. Offered according to demand.

ANT 423 Legal Anthropology. 3 hours.

Overview of legal systems and practices worldwide, with a focus on current issues of cross-cultural importance.

ANT 424 Cultural Resource Management. 3 hours.

The theory and strategies of, and processes for, undertaking research within the legal and practical setting of CRM-driven archaeology.

ANT 425 A Survey of the History of Archaeology. 3 hours.

Critical examination of archaeology’s history as a science, with emphasis on intellectual trends, changes in methods and theory, and recent developments.

ANT 426 Archaeology of Eastern North America. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: ANT 107 or permission of the instructor.

Examination of the origins and developments of pre-Columbian and early historic cultures of eastern North America.

ANT 430 Topics in Archaeology: The Archaeology of Africa. 3 hours.

Examination of the origin and development of prehistoric and early historic cultures in sub-Saharan Africa. Offered according to demand.

ANT 431:432 Readings in Anthropology. 1 to 3 hours.

Honors readings for seniors and graduate students. Offered with permission of instructor only.

ANT 436 Social Structure. 3 hours.

Social organization and structure, social life and institutions (especially in non-literate societies), kinship, descent groups, marriage, residence, and local group composition. Offered every third semester.

ANT 439 Topics in the Anthropology of Religion. 3 hours.

An examination of contemporary issues and topics in the anthropology of religion.

ANT 440 Culture. 3 hours.

A selective review of past and contemporary concepts, theories, and methodological approaches adopted by cultural anthropologists.

ANT 441 Documenting Justice I. 3 hours.

Interdisciplinary course in ethnographic filmmaking, focusing particularly on analyzing the many dimensions of culture and social experience. Students produce a short documentary film on a story of justice or injustice in Alabama. Application and permission of instructor required.

ANT 442 Documenting Justice II. 3 hours.

Continuation of ANT 441.

ANT 444 Anthropology and Cemeteries. 3 hours.

Using approaches developed in the discipline of anthropology and, more particularly, in the subfield of archaeology, an exploration of the different ways in which local cemeteries can yield information on cultural, societal, and historical matters.

ANT 445 Historical Archaeology. 3 hours.

Combines the methods used in historical archaeology with a basic survey of the archaeological record of the historic period of North America.

ANT 450 Problems in Anthropology. 1 to 6 hours.

Devoted to issues not covered in other courses. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours.

ANT 451 Undergraduate Research. 1 to 6 hours.

An introduction to independent anthropological research with a focus on constructing testable hypotheses, selecting variables, measuring attributes, recording data, making interpretations, and writing and presenting results.

ANT 455 Africans in the Americas. 3 hours.

Examination of the society and culture in communities of Africans in the New World. The emphasis is on diversity within the Western Hemisphere, with a focus on the three main centers of New World African society: Brazil, the West Indies, and the United States.

ANT 460 Anthropology and Natural History Museums. 3 hours.

Examines the historical connections between anthropology and natural history museums in the United States. Explores the present operation of such museums and develops exhibits based on collection studies.

ANT 465 Lithic Analysis. 3 hours.

Introduction to the basics of analysis of stone tools, their manufacture, and their use by means of microscopic and macroscopic approaches.

ANT 466 Laboratory Methods in Archaeology. 3 hours.

Instruction in the laboratory processing, classification, and elementary data manipulation of archaeological materials.

ANT 467 Methods of Prehistoric Iconography. 3 hours.

An exploration of the concepts and methods used by prehistoric archaeologists to impute meanings in representational art.

ANT 471 Fossil Man and Evolution. 3 hours.

Survey of the discoveries, methods, and theories that provide the background for modern research in macroevolution. Offered according to demand.

ANT 473 Human Osteology. 4 hours.

Detailed introduction to human osteology emphasizing the identification of fragmentary remains and the criteria for determination of age, sex, and race. Two hours’ lecture, two hours’ laboratory. Offered according to demand.

ANT 475 Human Adaptability. 3 hours.

An introduction to the biological bases of human adaptability. Offered according to demand.

ANT 476 Nutritional Anthropology. 3 hours.

Introduction to anthropological inquiries in nutrition (including food habits, food systems, and dietary variability) from a cross-cultural perspective.

ANT 478 Anthropology of Human Development. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: ANT 270 or permission of the instructor.

Healthy culturally-competent socialized adults, and mature physical forms arise from a developmental process with evolutionary, biological, social, and cultural dimensions. Surveys child/human development from an anthropological perspective considering interactions across levels of analysis from genes to culture.

ANT 479 Human Paleopathology. 3 hours.

Course investigates skeletal pathology and trauma. Topics include understanding disease processes; distinguishing accidental and violent trauma on bone; and recognizing congenital anomalies, circulatory disorders, and diseases such as joint diseases, infectious diseases, metabolic diseases, skeletal dysplasias, neoplastic conditions, diseases of the dentition and other conditions. Students will inventory, evaluate, and analyze sets of human skeletal remains for pathology and trauma and complete final reports on those remains.

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