Anthropology Course Offerings

Fall 2022 Courses in Anthropology*

*Planned offerings as of April 2022, subject to change prior to quarter start. Please consult ClassFinder for the most up to date information 

ANTH 102 - Introduction to Human Origins (5 credits) 

Description of scientific evidence for the evolution of the human lineage from its primitive primate ancestors to the origins of civilization. Emphasis on analytical methods employed to reconstruct history from fossils, geological context, and cultural remains.

ANTH 201 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (5 credits)

Introduction to the concepts, methods and practical application of cultural anthropology. The focus is on explanations for social and cultural variation around the world and over time and the significance of holistic and comparative understanding.

ANTH 210 - Introduction to Archaeology (5 credits)

The historical roots and current goals of archaeology. Principles of archaeological inference, including formation of the archaeological record, data collection and analysis, and interpretive frameworks.

ANTH 215 - Introductory Biological Anthropology (5 credits)

The biological side of anthropology; human osteology, primate paleontology, human variation, human evolution and primate behavior.

ANTH 247 - Introductory to Linguistic Anthropology (5 credits)

The study of language from an anthropological perspective. Includes an introduction to the structure and patterning of language, the study of language as it is used in daily life, and the role of language in human evolution.

ANTH 301 - Anthropological Theory (5 credits)

The development of anthropological thought from the late 1800s to the present. Emphasis is placed on the major theoretical developments in the discipline.

ANTH 303 - Qualitative Methods in Anthropology (5 credits)

This course will familiarize students with perspectives, methods and techniques of qualitative research in anthropology. The course will cover the theoretical background of qualitative research, major research traditions, methods of data collection, analysis of textual data and the write-up of findings.

ANTH 335 - Quantitative Methods in Anthropology (5 credits)

Mathematics and statistics as applied to anthropological problems.

ANTH 366 - Perspectives on Africa (5 credits)

Ethnographic survey of the region, with attention to the diversity of human experience.

ANTH 406 - Archaeological Method/Theory (5 credits)

History of theory and method in North American archaeology and the legacy of earlier goals. Current goals and the development of appropriate theory, method and empirical applications.

ANTH 410 - Archaeological Analysis/Interpretation (5 credits)

Archaeological laboratory methods; artifact identification, classification, measurement; map reproduction, soil and feature profiles; use of photographs and other graphic methods.

ANTH 420 - Human Osteology and Forensic Anthropology (5 credits)

After learning the human skeleton, the student will be trained in techniques for recovery of the body, reconstruction of the body’s history (age, sex, race, etc.) and how to aid the crime investigator.

ANTH 456 - War and Human Rights (4 credits) 

The course focuses on emic and etic perspectives of war and human rights. Investigates cultural relativism and anthropology with regard to war and violence. Cultural constructions of war and definitions of human rights are fundamental to an understanding of what it means to be human.

ANTH 469 - People of the Sea and Cedar Internship (1-6 credits)

This is an internship at the Whatcom Museum, specifically to prepare students for workshops/tours for a program titled The People of the Sea and Cedar, which focuses on Northwest Coast Native peoples. The student will conduct workshops/tours for third and fourth grade students studying Native American history and culture. Interns will also learn about broader museum topics through readings and demonstrate their understandings through weekly short essays. A self-evaluation and Summary of Learning is also required. Interns should be comfortable working with people and hold an interest in Native American culture. Interns will need to be available for certain hours and make a two consecutive quarter commitment. Repeatable up to 7 credits including original course.

ANTH 470 - Museology Studies (3-5 credits)

Internship at the Whatcom Museum of History and Art or other local museums. Students may select an area of museum specialization in most cases; essay questions and a paper are also required. Repeatable to a maximum of 10 cr.

ANTH 479 - People of Sea and Cedar (1-6 credits)

This is an internship at the Whatcom Museum, specifically to prepare students for workshops/tours for a program titled The People of the Sea and Cedar, which focuses on Northwest Coast Native peoples. The student will conduct workshops/tours for third and fourth grade students studying Native American history and culture. Interns will also learn about broader museum topics through readings and demonstrate their understandings through weekly short essays. A self-evaluation and Summary of Learning is also required. Interns should be comfortable working with people and hold an interest in Native American culture. Interns will need to be available for certain hours and make a two consecutive quarter commitment. Repeatable up to 7 credits including original course.

ANTH 490 - Senior Seminar (5 credits) 

Capstone seminar in anthropology. Topics vary, emphasis is on current research questions in anthropology. Students write a research proposal, conduct a research project and present the findings. Repeatable to a maximum of 10 credits

ANTH 496 - Portfolio Assembly (1 credit)

Student assembles and submits portfolio contents in four areas: research, competence, data analysis, critical comprehension, and synthetic comparison, under continuing direction of departmental academic adviser. S/U grading.