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Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015


Approved Courses

The following list includes undergraduate courses that have been approved as of May 2014.  Courses added after that date do not appear in this list.  Courses eliminated after that date may still appear.  Not every course is offered regularly.  Students should consult the Schedule of Classes at www.testudo.umd.edu to ascertain which courses are actually offered during a given semester.

COURSE NUMBERING SYSTEM

Number   Eligibility
000-099   Non-credit course
100-199   Primarily freshman course
200-299   Primarily sophomore course
300-399   Junior, senior course not acceptable for credit toward graduate degrees
386-387   Campus-wide internship courses; refer to information describing Experiential Learning
400-499   Junior, senior course acceptable for credit toward some graduate degree
500-599   Professional School course (Dentistry, Architecture, Law, Medicine) or post-baccalaureate course
600-899   Course restricted to graduate students
799   Master Thesis credit
899   Doctoral Dissertation credit

 

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Courses in "ANTH-Anthropology"

ANTH - Anthropology

ANTH 220 Introduction to Biological Anthropology (4) Human biological evolution, including the biology of contemporary human groups, non-human primate social behavior, and the fossil, biochemical, and molecular evidence for human evolution. Includes a laboratory study of human population genetics, biochemical variation, and anatomical diversity in modern and fossil human and non-human primate groups.

ANTH 221 Introduction to Forensic Sciences (3) Credit only granted for: ANTH298A or ANTH221. Formerly: ANTH298A. Provides a brief history of forensic sciences, an introduction to some of the techniques used, and a demonstration of some of the applications of forensic sciences. A survey course designed to give the student some exposure to the kinds of scientific knowledge and techniques applied to the medico-legal investigation of death and other crimes.

ANTH 222 Introduction to Ecological and Evolutionary Anthropology (4) Credit only granted for: ANTH220 or ANTH222. An introduction to the evolution of human physiology and human behavior, the relationship between hominid and non-hominid primates, and the study of relationships between a population of humans and their biophysical environment.

ANTH 240 Introduction to Archaeology (3) Exploration of the variety of past human societies and cultures through archaeology, from the emergence of anatomically modern humans to the more recent historical past.

ANTH 241 Controversies in Archaeology (3) Credit only granted for: ANTH298B or ANTH241. Formerly: ANTH298B. Archaeologists, scholars who study the cultures of previous times, are continually asked to evaluate the evidence for competing stories about the past. This shows how archaeologists use a critical lens and rigorous methods to assess these claims. Students will learn how the archaeological record is formed and transformed, how archaeologists date sites and objects, how they understand ancient environments, and how they can uncover gender, ethnicity, and nationality in artifactual remains.

ANTH 260 Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology and Linguistics (3) Culture and social relationships in a wide variety of settings from small-scale to complex societies. An overview of how anthropology analyzes human behavior. Particular attention to the relationship between language and culture.

ANTH 261 Cultures of the World (3) Credit only granted for: ANTH298G or ANTH261. Formerly: ANTH298G. Cultural anthropology is the study of human societies. The principles of cultural anthropology are used to explore the lifeways of various cultures throughout the world. Of particular concern will be the diversity and similarities of different cultures and how anthropologists attempt to understand and compare them.

ANTH 262 Gender and Anthropology (3) Credit only granted for: ANTH262, ANTH298F, or WMST298F. Formerly: ANTH298F and WMST298F. Utilizing ethnographic work from across the world, students will examine gender constructs across several cultures. The primary focus will be the role of women as gendered actors and participants in their day-to-day lives. Students will develop understandings of gender as distinct from the biological categories of sex, and to gain a working knowledge of variability and similarity in gender across cultural systems.

ANTH 263 Sexuality and Culture (3) Credit only granted for: ANTH298K or ANTH263. Formerly: ANTH298K. An overview of sexuality from an anthropological perspective, looking at aspects of sexuality within our own culture and in cultures around the world. Course topics include the biology and culture of sex, gender, physical attraction, sexual orientation, marriage and mating taboos, fertility control, sexually transmitted diseases, and commercial aspects of sex.

ANTH 264 Anthropology and Immigration (3) An examination of the phenomenon of international migration, or immigration. Students develop awareness of how immigration has been framed in the general public and examined by social science disciplines, most prominently anthropology. Examination of case studies of different immigrant groups in distinct geographic contexts will illuminate the varied incorporation experiences of immigrants into U.S. society.

ANTH 265 Anthropology of Global Health (3) An overview of the growing field of global health including health care systems, medical practices, ideas about illness in cross-cultural contexts, issues of health development, global health inequity, and human rights issues. The course will focus on the history of global health, the critique of major international health agencies and their development paradigms, and the political economy of social inequalities and health.

ANTH 266 Changing Climate, Changing Cultures (3) Explore past, present, and future interactions between humans and climate. Discussions, methods-oriented activities, and case study analyses provide students a foundation for appreciating the role of anthropology in understanding, responding to, and preparing for climate change.

ANTH 298 Special Topics in Anthropology (3) Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Anthropological perspectives on selected topics of broad general interest.

ANTH 320 Method and Theory in Biological Anthropology (3) Prerequisite: ANTH220; or permission of BSOS-Anthropology department. Restriction: Must be in Anthropology program; or permission of BSOS-Anthropology department. Credit only granted for: (ANTH320 and ANTH425) or ANTH625. Theoretical and methodological overview of biological anthropology, including evolutionary anthropology, anthropological genetics, physiological anthropology, human biology, primatology, paleoanthropology, human biodiversity, and contemporary selective challenges to modern humanity. Emphasis on core concepts and their research applications.

ANTH 322 Method and Theory in Ecological Anthropology (3) Prerequisite: ANTH220 or ANTH222. Restriction: Must be in a major within the BSOS-Anthropology department. Credit only granted for: ANTH320, ANTH322, ANTH425, or ANTH625. A theoretical consideration of ecological anthropology, focusing on issues related to cooperation, the management of common property, resilience, and sustainability. Explores the methods of sociocultural anthropology, including ethnology, evolutionary game theory and agent-based modeling; and natural-science approaches including behavioral and systems ecology.

ANTH 340 Method and Theory in Archaeology (3) Prerequisite: ANTH240. Restriction: Must be in Anthropology program; or permission of BSOS-Anthropology department. Theory, method, and practice which guides modern anthropological archaeology. Includes research design and execution (from survey through excavation and interpretation), the reconstruction of aspects of past cultures, and the understanding of cultural change and meaning.

ANTH 358 Undergraduate Teaching Assistant (1-3) Prerequisite: ANTH220, ANTH260, or ANTH240. Restriction: Junior standing or higher; and must be in Anthropology program. Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Individual instruction course: contact department or instructor to obtain section and index numbers.

ANTH 360 Method and Theory in Sociocultural Anthropology (3) Prerequisite: ANTH260. Restriction: Must be in Anthropology program; or permission of BSOS-Anthropology department. Theoretical approaches and research methods in sociocultural anthropology. Emphasis on current debates, new directions, and their historical antecedents.

ANTH 364 The Anthropology of Religion (3) Prerequisite: ANTH260. Comparative study of religion in social, cultural, political, and economic context. Combines the history of schools of interpretation with a survey of theoretical alternatives and a focus on selected case studies.

ANTH 366 Film Images of Native Americans (3) An examination of how indigenous people of the New World have been presented to film audiences of the world. Development of an ethnographic understanding of Native Americans via the use of videos, films, and classroom discussion.

ANTH 368 Regional Ethnography (3) Prerequisite: ANTH260; or permission of BSOS-Anthropology department. Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Peoples and cultures of a particular region of the world, on the basis of ethnographies, archaeological evidence, and relevant works by social historians and political economists. The regional focus and thematic emphasis will vary by semester.

ANTH 386 Experiential Learning (1-6) Recommended: Completion of advanced courses in relevant subfield of anthropology recommended. Restriction: Permission of BSOS-Anthropology department; and junior standing or higher; and must be in Anthropology program.

ANTH 398 Independent Study (1-3) Restriction: Permission of BSOS-Anthropology department. Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs. Independent interdisciplinary research and reading in specific areas of anthropology.

ANTH 410 Theory and Practice of Health and Community Development (3) Restriction: Junior standing or higher. Also offered as: ANTH610. Credit only granted for: ANTH410 or ANTH610. Introduction to the relationships between culture, health status and practices, and the design of community-based initiatives. The focus is on the use of anthropological knowledge and skills in the analysis of such relationships and in the design of community-based initiatives.

ANTH 422 Human-Plant-(Human & Bioactive Plant) Interaction (3) Prerequisite: ANTH220 and ANTH320; or permission of BSOS-Anthropology department. Credit only granted for: ANTH422. Formerly: ANTH428I. This seminar course will discuss the evolutionary, historical, cultural, and ecological aspects of coevolution with respect to humans and their interactions with specific bioactive plants. Case studies of human- plant-(pathogen) interactions will be discussed as well as an inclusive survey of anthropologically important phytochemicals. The seminar incorporates human-plant-(pathogen) interactions into models of human evolution and ecology.

ANTH 423 Human Biodiversity (3) Prerequisite: ANTH220 and ANTH320; or permission of BSOS-Anthropology department. Credit only granted for: ANTH423. Formerly: ANTH428X. This course will discuss modern human origins and contemporary human variability, the nature and levels of human diversity; how natural selection modulates human differences and similarities; early studies of human variation and the concept of human biological race. The course emphasizes the genetic and non-genetic bases of human behavioral variation; the role of gender and human biodiversity; nDNA variation, ethnicity, and disease causation; morphometric and biochemical variation; and the re-conceptualization of human biodiversity.

ANTH 428 Special Topics in Bioanthropology (3) Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Advanced research courses in biological anthropology on changing topics that correspond to new theoretical interests, faculty research interests, or the specialties of visiting scholars. Prerequisites or background knowledge vary with the topic. Check with the department for requirements.

ANTH 429 Advanced Special Topics in Biological Anthropology (3) Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Upper level biological anthropology courses on varying topics derived from new interests of the faculty or the specialties of visiting scholars.

ANTH 440 Theory and Practice of Historical Archaeology (3) Prerequisite: ANTH240. Also offered as: ANTH640. Credit only granted for: ANTH440 or ANTH640. Historical archaeology enhances cultural heritage by providing voice for groups who were often unable to record their own histories, such as women, laborers, working class families, and enslaved people. The course provides insight into issues related to race, gender, and ethnicity as they relate to multicultural histories.

ANTH 442 Public Archeology (3) Credit only granted for: ANTH442, ANTH448V, or ANTH642. Formerly: ANTH448V. Explores the uses and environments for archaeological work through a discussion of museum, electronic media, heritage settings, outdoor history museums, including the legal environment that offers protection for archaeological remains. The course exposes students to the majority of cultural media within which archaeology is currently practiced. The interdisciplinary course is a survey of the progress made within and beyond anthropology in understanding the function of heritage, public memory, tourism, and the other popular uses of materials from the past, including the progress made in linguistics psychology and other cognitive disciplines in understanding the purpose of the past.

ANTH 445 Laboratory Methods in Archaeology (3) Prerequisite: ANTH496. Recommended: ANTH240. The processing, curation, cataloging and analysis of data is an important part of any archaeology field project. Students will learn that basics of laboratory techniques necessary for the final analysis and interpretation of field data.

ANTH 446 Chesapeake Archeology (3) Prerequisite: ANTH240. Credit only granted for: ANTH446, ANTH448W, ANTH646, or ANTH689W. Formerly: ANTH448W. An overview of the culture and history of the Chesapeake watershed region, and of the issues that archaeologists face working in this region.

ANTH 447 Material Culture Studies in Archaeology (3) Prerequisite: ANTH240. Credit only granted for: ANTH447, ANTH448C, ANTH647, or ANTH689C. Formerly: ANTH448C. An in-depth introduction to the world of material culture studies with a focus on the methods and theories in historical archaeology. Students will look at archaeological data as historical documents, commodities and as symbols expressing ideas.

ANTH 448 Special Topics in Archaeology (3) Prerequisite: ANTH240. Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Advanced topics in archaeological research, corresponding to new theoretical developments, faculty research interests, or specialties of visiting scholars. Prerequisites may vary with course topic; check with the department for requirements.

ANTH 449 Advanced Special Topics in Archaeology (3) Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Upper level archaeology courses on varying topics derived from new interests of the faculty or the specialties of visiting scholars.

ANTH 450 Theory and Practice of Environmental Anthropology (3) Restriction: Junior standing or higher. Also offered as: ANTH650. Credit only granted for: ANTH450 or ANTH650. An overview of contemporary application of cultural theory and methods to environmental problems. Topics include the use of theories of culture, cognitive approaches, discourse analysis, and political ecology. Case studies from anthropology, other social sciences, humanities, conservation, and environmental history are used to demonstrate the applied value of a cultural-environmental approach.

ANTH 454 Anthropology of Travel and Tourism (3) Also offered as: ANTH654. Credit only granted for: ANTH454 or ANTH654. Review of recent anthropological contributions to the study of travel and tourism development. Topics include the history of travel, political economy of tourism, gender in tourism, the built environment, ecotourism, and heritage tourism.

ANTH 468 Special Topics in Cultural Anthropology (3) Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Advanced courses in varying specialty areas of cultural anthropology that respond to new theoretical developments, faculty research interests, or specialties of visiting scholars.

ANTH 469 Advanced Special Topics in Cultural Anthropology (3) Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Upper level cultural anthropology courses on varying topics derived from new interests of the faculty or the specialties of visiting scholars.

ANTH 472 Medical Anthropology (3) Prerequisite: ANTH472; or permission of BSOS-Anthropology department. Credit only granted for: ANTH472, ANTH468, ANTH672, or ANTH688L. Formerly: ANTH468L. An exploration of the cultural, social, economic and political dimensions of health, disease, and illness. These dimensions will be examined through both the health-seeker's and the care-provider's perspectives.

ANTH 476 Senior Research (3-4) Restriction: Must be in Anthropology program. Credit only granted for: ANTH476 or ANTH486. Capstone course in which students pursue independent research into a current problem in anthropology, selected with assistance of a committee of faculty. Research leads to the writing of a senior thesis in anthropology.

ANTH 477 Senior Thesis (3-4) Prerequisite: ANTH476. Restriction: Permission of BSOS-Anthropology department; and must be in Anthropology program. Credit only granted for: ANTH477 or ANTH487. Capstone course in which students write a senior thesis on independent research into a current problem in anthropology. The thesis is defined before a committee of faculty.

ANTH 478 Special Topics in Linguistics (3) Recommended: LING200. Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Advanced courses in specialty areas that respond to new theoretical developments and faculty research interests in linguistics.

ANTH 486 Honors Research (3-4) Restriction: Permission of BSOS-Anthropology department; and must be in Anthropology program; and must be admitted to University Honors Program or Anthropology Honors Program. Credit only granted for: ANTH486 or ANTH476. Capstone course in which students pursue independent research into a current problem in anthropology, selected with assistance of a committee of faculty. Research leads to the writing of an honors thesis in anthropology.

ANTH 487 Honors Thesis (3-4) Prerequisite: ANTH486. Restriction: Permission of BSOS-Anthropology department; and must be in Anthropology program; and must be admitted to University Honors Program or Anthropology Honors Program. Credit only granted for: ANTH487 or ANTH477. Capstone course in which students write a thesis on the results of independent research into a current problem in anthropology.

ANTH 491 Applied Urban Ethnography (3) Prerequisite: ANTH260. Also offered as: ANTH617. Credit only granted for: ANTH468B, ANTH491, or ANTH617. Formerly: ANTH468B. The focus is on the use of applied ethnographic field methods in community assessment research in urban settings. Also, it will extend beyond most ethnographic training in which the emphasis is on being there, and relying predominantly on the classical ethnographic methods of recursive observations, participant observations, and a variety of approaches to interviewing.

ANTH 492 Ethnology of Immigrant Life (4) Credit only granted for: ANTH498N or ANTH492. Formerly: ANTH498N. Explores social issues affecting local immigrant populations through readings, research and service learning. Theorizing immigration as a social policy issue in the U.S. culture, students learn about the specific contributions that anthropology has made to the understanding of immigration: globalization on the one hand, and the context of daily life in local neighborhoods on the other.

ANTH 493 Anthropological Fieldwork and Experience in Argentina: The Relevance of Context and Place (3) Credit only granted for: ANTH493, ANTH468Q, ANTH688Q, ANTH693, CPSP379, or HONR348E. A three week intensive course in Argentina that examines anthropological fieldwork and experiences to understand the relevance of context and place in the identification and implementation of projects on health, development, and heritage. Students will learn to contextualize the production and dissemination of knowledge within political-economic, historical, socio-cultural and policy realms. Participant-observation of the local culture and exposure to the regional varieties of anthropological practice will also be carried out through comparison of projects in the U.S. and Argentina, visits to selected sites of anthropological production, and homestays with families.

ANTH 496 Field Methods in Archaeology (6) Field training in the techniques of archaeological survey and excavation.

ANTH 498 Advanced Field Training in Ethnography (1-8) Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Credit only granted for: ANTH498 or ANTH698. Experience in field research utilizing a variety of ethnographic methods of inquiry.

ANTH 499 Fieldwork in Biological Anthropology (3-8) Field training in techniques of human biology, primatology, or paleoanthropology.

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