Stephen F. Austin State University

Anthropology (ANT)


Unless otherwise indicated, courses are three semester hours credit, three hours lecture per week.

Lower-level Undergraduate Courses

231. Cultural Anthropology (ANTH 2351) - Introduction to the study of cul­ture and its function in societies.

248. Physical Anthropology (ANTH 2301) - Four semester hours. Survey of the physical aspects of humans and their closest relatives; Introduction to osteology, primatology, primate and human evolution, methodology, and physical variation in contemporary human populations. Co-requisite: ANT 248L (two hours per week.)

251. Introduction to Archaeology - Four semester hours. Introduction to Americanist archaeology, particularly origins, history, theory and meth­odology. Co-requisite: ANT 251L (two hours/week) - archaeological fieldwork, description, analysis and reporting.

Upper-level Undergraduate Courses

350. Human Physical Variation - A survey of the contemporary biological vari­ation in humans, environmental factors affecting variation and an histori­cal assessment of the nature and categorization of human variation.

352. Prehistory of North America - A survey of archaeological sites relating to the origins and development of the prehistoric aboriginal cultures of North America north of Mexico.

382. Area Studies in Anthropology - An overview of the peoples, culture and heritage of a world region. Region varies/rotates by instructor. Topics include: social organization, gender relations, religion, economic strate­gies and environment.

383. Box Office Archaeology - Survey of five archaeological cultures and their use in Hollywood films. After watching films, students will critically evaluate the effective use of the ancient culture. Cultures and films vary.

384. Archaeological Mysteries - Critical examination of mysteries (and frauds) about human history and prehistory. Topics include: Egyptian pyramids, Mayan calendar, Cardiff Giant and Atlantis.

400. Internship in Anthropology - The anthropology internship is intended to provide hands-on experience in a work setting. Intern students will have the opportunity to use anthropological knowledge to make sense of real- world situations. Course combines classroom work with field experience. Nine to 18 required hours of field instruction per week. Prerequisites: permission of instructor and department chair.

440. Field Methods in Archaeology - Six semester hours (three with instructor's approval) - Intensive field and laboratory instruction in archaeological field excavation and recording techniques. Summer only. Lab and transportation fees. Prerequisite: ANT 251 or permission of instructor.

441. Qualitative Research Methods - Qualitative research methods common to anthropology and other social sciences, including participant ob­servation, life histories and photography. Ethical concerns in regard to research with human populations. Prerequisites: ANT 231, SOC 137 or permission of instructor.

450. Culture of Health and Medicine - A survey of the fields of medical, psy­chological and health anthropology. Topics include: traditional medi­cal system, cross-cultural psychology, the body, disease/illness concept, ethnomedicine, ethnopharmacology, doctor/patient interactions and epidemiology.

455. Human Osteology and Archaeological Forensics - Introduction to the human skeleton and forensic anthropology. Topics include bone identi­fication, testifying in court cases, body decomposition and crime-scene analysis.

466. Magic and the Supernatural - A cross-cultural survey of magic, science and religion with attention to ritual practices and cultural systems for interacting with the supernatural. Topics include: witchcraft, magic, su­pernatural creatures, religious ritual, occultic artifacts and practices.

467. Cults and the Mythological - A cross-cultural survey of cultic movements, revitalization movements, the origins and characteristics of prophetic figures and heroes, and alternate cultures with particular attention to the theories on the formation and cultural evolution of religious cultural movements. Topics include cults, religious formation, prophets and oth­er religious practitioners, hysterical conversion, heroes, neo-paganism, invented tradition, and occultic practices across cultures.

471. Archaeological Foods and Feasts - Ancient recipes and food processing techniques are examined. Students will recreate ancient food technolo­gies through experimentation. Topics vary.

475. Independent Studies in Anthropology - Individual instruction, confer­ence and research for advanced students. (One, two or three semester hours). Prerequisite: consent of department chair.

477. Special Topics in Anthropology - In-depth anthropological study of se­lected topics. Prerequisite: ANT 231 or permission of instructor.

Graduate-level Courses

575. Graduate Independent Study in Anthropology - May be repeated with change of topic.