Anthropology (ANTH)

ANTH-120 3 Units Biological Anthropology

54 hours lecture; 54 hours total

Corequisites: Concurrent enrollment in ANTH-120L.

Recommended Preparation: Completion of ENGL-90 with a minimum grade of C.

This course introduces students to the theories, methods, and applications of biological anthropology. Topics include the scientific method, principles of evolution and adaptation, human genetics, human osteology, hominin species and the fossil record, and the anatomy and behavior of living non-human primates.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

ANTH-120L 1 Unit Biological Anthropology Laboratory

54 hours lab; 54 hours total

Corequisites: Concurrent enrollment in ANTH-120.

Recommended Preparation: Completion of ENGL-90 with a minimum grade of C.

ANTH 120L is a hands-on laboratory course in biological anthropology, designed to help students gain practical knowledge of the techniques used in the laboratory setting. Areas of study will include: anatomy, genetics, analysis and measurement of human biological/skeletal material, primate taxonomy, comparative primate anatomy and behavior, hominid fossil comparisons and evolutionary theory.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

ANTH-121 3 Units Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

54 hours lecture; 54 hours total

Recommended Preparation: Completion of ENGL-90 with a minimum grade of C.

This introductory course positions culture as a key concept for understanding diverse ways of life both internationally and in American communities. Primary anthropological methods and concepts of kinship, gender, ethnicity, race and class will be explored as formative elements of society and culture. Through analyzing the intersections between global processes and identity-making, this class will explore what it means to be "American," as well as to be human, in the contemporary world.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

ANTH-122 3 Units Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion

54 hours lecture; 54 hours total

Recommended Preparation: Completion of ENGL-90 with a minimum grade of C.

Cross-cultural study of magic, ritual, myth, ancestor worship, and witchcraft using the theories and methods of anthropology. Emphasis is on understanding the role of belief and ritual within a given cultural context, as well as broader comparisons to derive insight into the general functions of belief and ritual in human life.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

ANTH-130 3 Units Introduction to Archaeology

54 hours lecture; 54 hours total

Recommended Preparation: Completion of ENGL-90 with a minimum grade of C.

Introduces the basic theories and principles of contemporary scientific archaeology and the methods through which archaeologists recover and interpret the past. Students will explore basic excavation and analysis methods, as well as the relevance of archaeological studies to contemporary social issues. Fieldwork and museum exhibits outside of class are required.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

ANTH-131 3 Units Mesoamerican Archaeology

54 hours lecture; 54 hours total

Recommended Preparation: Completion of ENGL-90 with a minimum grade of C.

An archaeological survey of the ancient civilizations of Mesoamerica. The course includes studies of the Olmecs, the Maya and the Aztecs, with particular emphasis on Maya civilization. Students will explore the major archaeological sites of Mesoamerica through both primary sources and current archaeological research.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

ANTH-145 3 Units Medical Anthropology

54 hours lecture; 54 hours total

Recommended Preparation: Completion of ENGL-90 with a minimum grade of C.

The course will explore human evolution, globalization and the environment as factors for health disparities and the geographic distribution of disease. Emphasis is placed on the cross-cultural, comparative analysis of how people cope with illness through a range of medical systems, with particular attention to the unique experiences of women and ethnic groups within the United States.

Transfers to CSU only

ANTH-150 3 Units Anthropology of Sex, Gender and Sexuality

54 hours lecture; 54 hours total

Recommended Preparation: Completion of ENGL-90 with a minimum grade of C.

Students will examine the cultural frameworks and theoretical debates concerning sex and gender, including the impact of forces of change (migration, globalization, etc.) on gender issues. The perspectives of women and contemporary ethnic groups that identify or seek to redefine Latino/a, Chicano/a, Native American, and African American experiences will be emphasized.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

ANTH-180 3 Units The Anthropology of Childhood

54 hours lecture; 54 hours total

Recommended Preparation: Completion of ENGL-90 with a minimum grade of C.

A comparative study of childhood as experienced in a variety of world cultures. Explores different cultural patterns of child rearing and the differential experiences of childhood as they are influenced by race, class, gender and environmental variables. The role of women and girls as childbearers, caretakers and providers will be emphasized. The effects of rapid culture change on children will be studied with particular emphasis on poverty, armed conflict, and HIV/AIDS. Cross-listed with CFS-180.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

ANTH-200 3 Units Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology

54 hours lecture; 54 hours total

Recommended Preparation: Completion of ENGL-90 with a minimum grade of C.

This course examines the complex relationship between culture and language. Lectures and readings will use linguistic case studies and data to explore various theories about how language is shaped by, and in turn shapes, culture and social relations.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

ANTH-201 3 Units Field Studies in Anthropology

54 hours lecture; 54 hours total

Recommended Preparation: Completion of ENGL-90 with a minimum grade of C.

Field study of significant anthropological sites including techniques of inquiry and analysis applied at selected field sites. Introductory lecture covering key issues and techniques required for a field study, followed by on-site visit(s).

Transfers to CSU only