ANT Courses

ANT101 - Introduction to Human Evolution (3 cr.)

An exploration of the scientific evidence related to the origins and evolution of human beings. Topics include the theories and processes of biological evolution, the biological and cultural bases of human variation, humans compared to other primates, and the fossil and archaeological record of human evolution over millions of years. (Fall - Spring). Liberal arts.

ANT102 - Comparative Cultures (3 cr.)

Introduction to and comparison of a variety of world cultures as a means of introducing the approaches and methods of cultural anthropology. Exposure to the intellectual and practical problems cultural anthropologists encounter and the kinds of solutions they propose. Exploration of a wide range of concepts and topics, including culture, ethnocentrism, cultural relativism, reflexivity, social organization, gender, ideologies, subsistence patterns and technology, violence and warfare, poverty, hunger, and inequality. (Fall/Spring). Liberal arts.

ANT104 - Great Archaeological Discoveries (3 cr.)

An introductory exploration of some of the major archaeological discoveries from around the globe that have helped shape our knowledge and understanding of the human past. Specific finds and sites will illustrate the varied, distinctive features and achievements of pre-industrial, non-Western cultures, as well as reflecting the intrigue and approaches involved in reconstructing and interpreting the evolution of human beings and their societies. Consideration is also given to the endangerment and conservation of important sites and monuments. (Fall/Spring). Liberal Arts.

ANT199 - Independent Study (1 to 15 cr.)

Project individually arranged by student and faculty sponsor. Requires completion of the Independent Study form and approval by the Faculty Sponsor, Academic Advisor, Department Chair and Academic Dean.

ANT220 - Archaeology (3 cr.)

Introduction to method and theory of archaeology. Principles of site survey and excavation; techniques for dating prehistoric and reconstructing past environments; interpretations of social, economic, and ideological organization from archaeological remains; reconstruction of prehistoric events, and theoretical applications of archaeology to problems of culture change. Ethics of archaeological investigation. Liberal arts. (Fall/Spring).

ANT299 - Independent Study (1 to 15 cr.)

Project individually arranged by student and faculty sponsor. Requires completion of the Independent Study form and approval by the Faculty Sponsor, Academic Advisor, Department Chair and Academic Dean.

ANT303 - Sexuality and Culture (3 cr.)

Sexuality in the evolution of culture. Cross-cultural perspectives on sexual expression and practices, including an examination of sexual attitudes and behavior in contemporary culture. (Fall). Liberal arts.

ANT307 - Tibet and the Himalayas (3 cr.)

Tibetan culture and identity from before the takeover by Communist China in the 1950s to the present. Social, cultural and political life in pre-Communist era Tibet. Life of Tibetans in exile. Tibetan populations in the Himalayas. Tibet in the Western imagination. The exporting of Buddhism to the West. The contemporary political situation and the place of Tibetans in the larger world with particular attention to global processes. (Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: ANT102 or POI.

ANT308 - Forensic Anthropology (3 cr.)

Introduction to the uses of anthropology in the investigation of human remains associated with unexplained deaths, including those from crime scenes, with a focus on skeletal remains. Topics include archaeological aspects of data recovery, and physical anthropology techniques used in identifying age, sex, stature, "race" and individual identity as well as analysis of trauma, pathology, cause of death and time elapsed since death. Course includes lab practicum with skeletons. (Every Other Year). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: ANT101 or SOC150 or SOC250 or any biology course.

ANT310 - Language and Culture (3 cr.)

Structure, patterns and regularities of language, comparing the language families and showing the mutual influence of language and culture. (Fall). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: ANT102.

ANT316 - Intercultural Communication (3 cr.)

Drawing upon various theories and empirical generalizations about how cultural differences manifest, the course examines various roles that the concept of culture plays in a human communication process. After reviewing differences and similarities in communication behaviors as demonstrated by individuals belonging to a variety of different cultural and sub-cultural systems, the course analyzes a variety of different patterns of interaction among those individuals both in the culturally-diverse United States and in the rapidly-globalizing world community. (Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: CMM226 or CMM288 or ANT102 or POI.

ANT317 - Political Anthropology (3 cr.)

Political organization in historical and cultural contexts and its relative implications for social justice issues. Comparative, ethnographic study of the range of political organization found across human societies. Investigation of political interaction and processes from multiple dimensions, such as the role of myth and symbols, rituals, political language and rhetoric, issues of power relations, authority, and conflict. Critical appraisal of modern political organization and institutions at local, international and transnational levels. (Fall/Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisite ANT102 or any introductory course in political science, sociology, or history.

ANT318 - Anthropology of Human Rights (3 cr.)

An exploration of the historical, cultural, political and legal parameters associated with human rights at local, national, regional, and international levels. Issues addressed include the evolution of the global human rights regime since its inception following WWII to the present, and the way that human rights serve as a medium of social and political power. The consequences for human rights of the 9/11/01 terrorist attacks on the U.S. are also assessed. At a more local level, human rights are considered from the standpoint of ethical action in relation to poverty and health care, refugee rights, and undocumented residents, and asylum claimants. (Every three to four semesters). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: ANT102 or any other introductory social science or history course.

ANT323 - Peoples and Cultures of Latin America (3 cr.)

Introduction to the diversity and complexity of peoples and cultures throughout Latin America. Specific focus will be on the intersection of politics, religion, gender, race, class, ethnicity, human rights and nationalism in post-colonial Latin America. Critical exploration of global processes and how current cultural, political and economic transformations are impacting indigenous peoples and various sectors of Latin American society. Liberal arts. (Spring). Prerequisite: ANT102 or LAS111 or HIS161 or HIS162 or AAS305 or POI.

ANT328 - Archaeological Site Excavation (6 cr.)

Excavation of an actual archaeological site in the Plattsburgh area. Practical experience in field archaeology including techniques of survey, excavation, preservation, reconstruction and laboratory analysis of artifactual materials. May be repeated for a total of 12 credits. Liberal arts. (Summer). Prerequisite: POI.

ANT332 - Mortuary Archaeology (3 cr.)

Death is the great leveler, and the recognition and memorialization of death is a human universal. The way in which ancient and modern human societies experience the death process is culturally defined. This course will examine a number of prehistoric, historic and modern case studies, and see how humans individually and collectively ritualize the death process. Liberal arts. (Fall). Prerequisites: ANT101 or ANT102 or ANT220 or ANT104.

ANT333 - Coastal and Aquatic Archaeology (3 cr.)

A study of ancient human-environment interaction in coastal, marine, and freshwater ecosystems. Archaeological and ecological exploration of the relationship between cultural and natural systems. An examination of ancient human impacts to coastal ecosystems and their relationship to modern ecological issues. Liberal arts. (Fall). Prerequisites: ANT101 or ANT102 or ANT104 or ANT220.

ANT335 - Plagues, People, and History (3 cr.)

This course will examine epidemic diseases within a biological and historical context. Topics covered include catastrophic infectious disease and the human body's response, biological change over time, how scientists discovered the causes and developed controls for infectious disease, and the ways in which plagues and human culture interact to shape societal values, traditions, and institutions. Issues such as the impact of sedentism, malnutrition, disease constructs, warfare, and poverty on the behavior of infectious pathogens will be covered, including examples from Ancient (Greek, Roman, Egyptian), Medieval and Modern Ages. (Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: ANT101 or ANT102 or BIO101 or BIO102 or HIS121 or HIS122 or HIS285.

ANT336 - Civilization and Health (3 cr.)

Examination of the relationship between cultural/biological factors and human health and disease, including topics such as group structure and size, the transition from hunter/gatherers (nomadism) to agriculturalists (sedentism), the rise of urban society, and the environmental and social factors that accompany different economic strategies. Problems of nutrition in the past and the evolution and history of infectious diseases will be examined as well as the recent emergence of new diseases. Methods of analyzing prehistoric health, and the problems with these methods, will be discussed. (Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: ANT101 or ANT102

ANT337 - Israeli Culture and Society (3 cr.)

Cultural, social, and political development of modern Israel. Emphases on western ideological basis of Zionism and the Israeli political system, cultural diversity and conflict, internal social dynamics and regional political relations. Historical, religious, economic, and political factors as bases of contemporary Israeli culture and lifestyles. (Fall/Spring/Summer). Liberal arts.

ANT340 - Culture and Belief (3 cr.)

This course combines features of a traditional anthropology of religion course with that of science studies, and examines how human beings come to construct their characteristic view of the world. It will examine the role of language and mind in the construction of belief systems, discuss the role of ritual, magic and myth in reinforcing world views. It will examine how belief systems are maintained in spite of apparent contradictions and ambiguities and outline the role of patterns of social relationships in the construction of belief. Examples of belief systems will be drawn from non-Western systems of thought, major world religions, and the history of science. Liberal arts. (Spring). Prerequisites: ANT102 or POI.

ANT354 - Education and Culture (Spring) (3 cr.)

Transmission of knowledge, values, attitudes and behavior patterns to new members of social groups. Cross-cultural regularities in socialization and schooling. Contemporary American education in anthropological perspective. (Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: ANT102.

ANT359 - Ecology, Systems and Culture (3 cr.)

Theory and application of cultural ecology as an approach to studying culture as an adaptive mechanism. Systems theory used to analyze the interrelationship of such factors as environment, technology, subsistence activities, culture change and cultural evolution. (Fall/Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: ANT101 or ANT102.

ANT362 - Anthropological Perspectives: Global Issues (3 cr.)

Application of anthropological perspectives to issues affecting humans in most societies. Specific focus on violence, poverty, deviance, gender, ethnicity, environmental degradation, development and indigenous people, food systems and hunger. (Fall - Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: ANT102 or social science general education requirement or POI.

ANT368 - Anthropology of Food (3 cr.)

Food and its availability and production have, throughout history, defined who we are. The world is full of eatable things: but every culture defines for itself what in that world of eatable things is acceptable and what is not. Food, in other words, is a cultural creation. How food is produced, prepared and served and who is responsible for it, also varies from culture to culture as is its ceremonial importance. The past two centuries has seen a revolution in how food is prepared and distributed, as well as how people relate to food. And, of course, various food disorders from anorexia to obesity partially define our relationship to what and how much we eat. This course will examine all these issues and more. (every two years). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: ANT102 or POI.

ANT375 - West Asia: Culture & Conflict (3 cr.)

Overview of the cultural and political systems of West Asia (sometimes referred to as the Levant) with particular emphasis on ethnic diversity and propensity to conflict in the region both inter- and intra-state. The role of culture in the maintenance of violence and creation of political identity. Focus on Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Israel, Palestine, and Iraq. Topics include ethnic violence, terrorism, insurgency, the Palestinian-Israel Conflict, Lebanese Civil War, the U.S. invasion of Iraq, and the Gulf War. (Fall/Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: ANT102 or other social science or history course.

ANT377 - Immigrants, Exiles, Refugees, and Transnational Communities (3 cr.)

This course explores the global forces that are driving contemporary movements of people across international borders and the transnational communities that result. anthropological case studies from Latin America, the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa, and Asia provide students with a critical understanding of the qualitative experiences of transnational and forced migration, or displacement, on origin, and countries of settlement. The course will consider the social, cultural, political, and economic contexts in which the population movements occur, as well as the complex cultural and political processes associated with integration, assimilation, alienation, deportation, and repatriation. (Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: ANT102 or HIS132 or PSC220 or LAS111 or CAS111 or POI.

ANT380 - Doing Anthropology (3 cr.)

An exploration of the practical and theoretical foundations for conducting ethnographic research, including the fieldwork methods used by cultural anthropologists, ethical issues in research and writing, and an introduction to anthropological theory. Readings will expose students to a variety of ethnographic research and writing styles. Writing assignments will provide practice on research methods, including taking field notes, a variety of interview formats, and trained observation. Additional skills to be emphasized include appropriate library and electronic research, and writing research questions and proposals. Approved AWR. (Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: six credits in cultural anthropology, ENG101, junior standing.

ANT399 - Independent Study (1 to 15 cr.)

Project individually arranged by student and faculty sponsor. Requires completion of the Independent Study form and approval by the Faculty Sponsor, Academic Advisor, Department Chair and Academic Dean.

ANT430 - American Indian History (3 cr.)

Examines major themes, events, and trends in North American Indian history. Focuses on the historical experiences of Native Americans and their struggles to retain their cultures while adapting to the challenges posed by catastrophic population decline, expansion and conquest by colonizing powers, and the "Indian policies" adopted by the United States. Liberal arts. (Every Other Fall). Prerequisites: HIS101 or HIS102 or ANT102.

ANT451 - Topics in Anthropology (1 to 3 cr.)

Topics of current interest in Anthropology for discussion and research. May be repeated for credit with a different topic. (Fall/Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: ANT101 or ANT102.

ANT452 - Topics in Biological Anthropology (3 cr.)

The Topics course in Biological Anthropology is designed to provide students the opportunity to investigate, at an advanced level, the biological history of human beings. All courses offered under ANT452-Topics in Biological Anthropology, require that students participate in lab and seminar content that examines the diverse areas of Biological Anthropology as a discipline. May be repeated with a different topic for a total of 6 credits. Liberal arts. (Fall/Spring). Prerequisites: 6 credit hours in ANT or POI.

ANT453 - Topics in Archaeology (1 to 3 cr.)

Topics of current interest in Archaeology for discussion and research. May be repeated for credit with a different topic. Liberal arts. (Fall). Prerequisites: vary with topic.

ANT480 - Advanced Research Seminar (3 cr.)

Capstone advanced research project in anthropology, focused particular subdisciplinary interests of student. Special mentoring with faculty who share that interest. (Fall - Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: ANT380 and senior standing or POI.

ANT496 - Teaching Practicum (1 to 3 cr.)

Assist instructor in planning, preparation, class discussion, tutoring, and/or group projects. Each student and instruction will complete a contract specifying the student's duties. Can be repeated for different courses. Prerequisites: ANT101 or ANT102 and POI.

ANT499 - Independent Study (1 to 15 cr.)

(Spring, Fall)

ANT599 - Independent Study (1 to 15 cr.)

Project individually arranged by student and faculty sponsor. Requires completion of the Independent Study form and approval by the Faculty Sponsor, Academic Advisor, Department Chair and Academic Dean.

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