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The field of anthropology is concerned with the study of humankind. It includes the evolution of the human species and the development and varied nature of the cultures and societies in which people live. For all students at the College, regardless of their major, anthropology offers a holistic and cross-cultural perspective on human culture that is essential to a liberal arts education.

Students, please note the following symbols refer to requirements for the Anthropology Major:

                    AN1 = Archaeological Anthropology 200-level or above designation
                    AN2 = Biological Anthropology 200-level or above designation
                    AN3 = Cultural Anthropology 200-level or above designation
                    AN4 = Theory designation

ANTH 10300-all sections Biological Anthropology LA, NS, 2a
Perspective: Natural Sciences (SC); Theme: Inquiry, Imagination & Innovation (TIII)        
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: To be announced.
ENROLLMENT: 32 per section
STUDENTS: This course is for students with an interest in human evolution and diversity as well as primate behavior and ecology.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to introduce the student to the study of biological anthropology.  This course will develop an understanding of humans in the context of 1) their evolution and 2) their interactive processes of human behavior/culture and biology. It is divided into three main sections.  First, the participants learn the basic principles of genetics and evolutionary theory.  Then, we explore the ecology and behavior of extant primates.  This includes addressing the diversity of both nonhuman primates and ourselves.  Finally, we focus on what we have learned from the fossil record, exploring the behavioral and biological characteristics of our ancestors.  Topics covered are mechanisms of human evolution; our primate relatives and their evolutionary history; the fossil and artifactual evidence for human evolution over the past several millions of years; and bio-behavioral and bio-cultural variations found in our species today and how they reflect our evolutionary past.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Format combines lecture, discussion, powerpoint presentations and video.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Grading based on exams, written work, and other criteria.

ANTH 10400-all sections Cultural Anthropology LA, SS, 1, g
Perspective: Social Sciences (SO), Themes: Identities (TIDE), A World of Systems (TWOS)  
3 credits
Sections 01 & 02: David Turkon, Gannett G120, Ext. 4-1782, Sections 03 & 04:  
Section 03: Sue-Je Gage, Gannett G121, Ext. 4-3574,
Section 04: Denise Nuttall, Gannett G124, Ext. 4-1682,  
Sections 05 & 06: To be announced.
ENROLLMENT: 32 per section
STUDENTS: Open to students from all areas of the college, and of all years.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Cultural Anthropology explores the diversity of the world's societies, including hunter-gatherer societies, herding pastoralists, peasant agriculturalists, and industrial peoples in rural and urban places. It emphasizes the role of culture in shaping human adaptations and human actions, and promotes understanding of other cultures. This course examines the way anthropologists do fieldwork in varied settings and looks at the contributions anthropology can make to an understanding of modernizations, social change, urbanization, race relations, and cross-cultural communication. Professors of the different sections of this course draw on their own research in such areas as Asia, Africa, Latin America and the United States to illustrate these processes. The course provides an introduction to the field of cultural anthropology and a basis for taking upper level courses in anthropology.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Each professor teaches her/his sections independently, with different emphases, examples, and readings. For each section, the format combines discussions, lectures, fieldwork slides, and films. Grading, readings and specific requirements are set by the professor of each individual section.

ANTH 10700-01 World Archaeology LA, SS, 1, g, h
Perspective: Social Science (SO); Themes: Inquiry, Imagination & Innovation (TIII), A World of Systems (TWOS)  
3 credits  
Sections 01 & 02: Michael Malpass, Gannett G127, Ext. 4-1363,
Sections 03 & 04: To be announced.
ENROLLMENT: 32 per section
STUDENTS: The course is for the seriously curious – those who know something about the ancient world but who would like to know more and those who know nothing but would like to learn something.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is an introduction to archaeology and world prehistory. A basic introduction to archaeological methods will highlight the development of this discipline from a romantic discipline into a science. The origins of humans in Africa and our spread into all parts of the earth will be briefly discussed. Our social development from hunter-gatherers to complex states will then be considered, focusing on important issues of those changes and what they tell us about ourselves. The issue of why did people all over the world settle down and become farmers and herders will be discussed.  The great civilizations of the ancient world will then be individually considered: how were they alike and different? In what ways did they endure or “disappear?" Other issues, like ethics and current controversies, will be addressed throughout the course.

[Diversity Attribute]
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: To be announced.
PREREQUISITES:  Sophomore standing.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Explores the contemporary issues in Native American/Indigenous Studies from an interdisciplinary perspective. This course is cross-listed with CSCR 20500; students cannot receive credit for both CSCR 20500 and ANTH 20500.

ANTH 24100-01 MODERN AFRICA LA, SS 1, g h, AN3
Perspectives: Social Science (SO); Themes: Identities (TIDE), Power and Justice (TPJ)
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: David Turkon, Gannett G120, Ext. 4-1782,
PREREQUISITES: ANTH 10400 or ANTH 12900 or permission of instructor.
STUDENTS: Open to all interested students.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course examines contemporary issues found in a variety of African settings using anthropological theories and concepts. We begin by surveying theoretical perspectives that shaped interactions between Africans and Colonizers, and anti-colonial movements that led to the emergence of independent African nations. In reaction to these encounters, anthropologists in the post-colonial era have worked to develop more nuanced ways for understanding connections with the past and trajectories for change, within a globalizing world. Topical areas include African pre-history, language and cultural groupings, geography and environment, colonial encounters, ecological adaptations, resistance and liberation movements, economic and political systems, livelihood and food security, health issues, alterities, and more.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lectures and discussions with a strong emphasis on student participation. Course materials will include research reports, scholarly articles, news stories and several books including novels. The instructor will draw heavily on his own research in southern Africa in to highlight the usefulness of anthropological understandings for informing development programming. Slides and videos will be incorporated throughout.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Final grade will be based on two exams, a research paper and presentation, regular assignments, attendance and class participation.

INSTRUCTOR: Sue-Je Gage, Gannett G121, Ext. 4-3574,
PREREQUISITES: ANTH 10400 and one 200 level anthropology course. Open to Anthropology majors only.
STUDENTS: This course is a required course for anthropology majors who plan to do a field project within the subdiscipline of socio/cultural anthropology or for students who want to learn the tools for conducting ethnographic research.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Enrolled students learn anthropological field methods by analyzing the use of methodological approaches, by reading methodological manuals and by carrying out field research exercises and projects. We take both a traditional ethnographic approach as well as an applied approach. We consider how traditional ethnographers obtain and interpret data on which they base their monographs. We will also consider how applied anthropologists identify problems, gather cultural data, design research projects and choose appropriate research methods or “instruments,” select study populations, engage people in the design and implementation of the study, monitor and evaluate the progress of their research, and interpret outcomes. Importantly, we will examine professional codes of ethics and the human subject review processes that seek to ensure that ethical boundaries are not crossed. Students will also create their own individual research projects and proposals.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: This course uses a seminar format. Students carry out numerous fieldwork exercises and present these in write-ups as well as through class presentations. Depending on the size of the class students may work alone or in research teams. There are also readings, presentations, guest lectures and films. Teachers reserve the right to assign specific research projects and exercises.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Full participation in local fieldwork exercises, and an original research project and proposal, including writing up, presenting and discussing their results in class. 

4 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Lisa Corewyn, Gannett G129, Ext. 4-1384,
PREREQUISITES: ANTH 10300 and one 200-level course in BIOL, ANTH, or ENVS, or permission of instructor
STUDENTS: This course is for anthropology majors, but is open to all students in all disciplines interested in the study of primate behavior.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Training in the various stages of the research process used in the study of primate behavior and ecology. Includes guidance on developing research topics and hypotheses, data collection, analyses, and presentation of research results. Conduct a research project in primatology. Students cannot receive credit for both ANTH 30800 Methods in Field Primatology and ANTH 30600 Biological Anthropology Methods and Techniques.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture and laboratory; students will be required to purchase a membership at the Rosamund Gifford Zoo as several field trips are planned as part of required laboratory work. We will also be venturing into the woods surrounding Ithaca College occasionally during our laboratory hours to conduct ecological measurements.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Laboratory exercises, exams, final research project.

[Diversity attribute]
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Michael Malpass, Gannett G127, Ext. 4-1363,
PREREQUISITES: ANTH 10400 or ANTH 10700 and either one 200-level anthropology course or junior standing and one additional social science course.
STUDENTS: Any students who are interested in complex organizations or societies or the processes of cultural evolution are encouraged to enroll, with instructor's consent if the prerequisites are lacking. While the subject matter is prehistoric cultures, the ideas are more general. This course counts towards the theory requirement for anthropology majors.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will explore the origins and evolution of civilizations and other complex societies as they appeared in two areas of the New World: prehistoric Mexico and Peru. We will go beyond mere descriptions of the cultures discussed to an explanation of why they developed when they did and where they did. From this, it is hoped that students will acquire a greater understanding of the factors responsible for, and the processes involved in, the development of complex societies. In addition, it is hoped that students will grasp the relationships that hold a society together or tear it apart that will be useful in understanding how modern societies operate.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Discussion with some lectures.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: At least one book and many supplemental readings. Grading based on individual written work, group projects, and also class participation.

ANTH 37900-01 ST: ARCHAEOLOGY SEMINAR LA, SS, AN1                  
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: To be announced.
PREREQUISITES: sophomore standing
STUDENTS: Anyone interested in archaeology.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will cover a general topic in archaeology that is the focus of research by our new archaeologist.  Please consult with your advisor as preregistration nears to find the specific topic.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lectures and discussions with a strong emphasis on student participation.

[Fulfills ICC capstone requirement]
3 credits  
INSTRUCTOR:  Sue-Je Gage, Gannett G121, Ext. 4-3574,
ENROLLMENT: 8 per section
PREREQUISITES: Senior standing and major in Anthropology
STUDENTS: Senior anthropology majors.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: The goals of this course are both theoretical and practical. Students reflect on and discuss their anthropological knowledge and experience and prepare for life after graduation. Anthropology as a holistic discipline is explored in the context of the courses, fieldwork, and other activities (overseas programs, internships, etc.) students have participated in. Career opportunities related to various subfields, including archaeology, medical anthropology, and primatology, are identified. Students will practice professional skills, prepare resumes, letters of introduction, and other formal documents in a way that effectively presents their anthropological skills and background.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Seminar with class discussion, films, exercises, and guest presentations on career choices and preparation.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Requirements include participating in class discussions and role plays, written reviews, a senior comprehensive exam, and preparation of resumes, job letters, and an e-portfolio. Grading based on the assignments and participation in class.

Variable credit (may be repeated up to a maximum of 6 credits)
PREREQUISITES: ANTH 30200, ANTH 30500, or ANTH 30600 and completion of H&S Dean’s independent study/internship form.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Provides students an opportunity to conduct individual research in any of the subfields that are not fieldwork, such as laboratory analysis, text analysis, tape transcription, or library research on a specific topic.

Variable credit (may be repeated to a maximum of 6 credits)
PREREQUISITES: ANTH 10300, ANTH 10400, or ANTH 10700, permission of instructor, and completion of H & S Dean’s internship form.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Provides students an opportunity to conduct individual research that is not fieldwork in any of the subfields and under the supervision of a professional. Internships are arranged individually at the student’s request with an instructor and a sponsoring agency. 

Variable credit
PREREQUISITES: ANTH 10400 and three other anthropology courses and permission of instructor.
STUDENTS: Majors and upper level students who have made prior arrangements with the individual professor for the desired topic.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: For individual advanced work in topics not covered in regular course offerings.

Variable credit (1 to 6)
PREREQUISITES: ANTH 30200 and consultation with and permission of instructor.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: An alternative to ANTH 47000 for advanced anthropology students with a focus in cultural anthropology whose research plans would benefit from a more individualized approach. The research may be conducted within or away from the Ithaca area under supervision by an anthropology faculty member.

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