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301 Alumni Bldg., CB# 3115
(919) 962-1243

First Session, 2020

ANTH 102 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3)

An introduction to non-Western cultures studied by anthropologists. Includes an in-depth focus on the cultural and social systems of several groups.

ANTH 147 Comparative Healing Systems (3)

MAYMESTER. In this course we compare a variety of healing beliefs and practices so that students may gain a better understanding of their own society, culture, and medical system.

ANTH 149 Great Discoveries in Archaeology (3)

MAYMESTER.This course provides students with a detailed look at some of the most significant archaeological discoveries from around the world, including Neanderthals, Stonehenge, and the Egyptian pyramids.

ANTH 290 Seeking Recovery: Disasters, Natural Hazards, and Community (3)

MAYMESTER. In a moment punctuated by the Coronavirus pandemic we find the world riddled with real and proclaimed crises reflected across the social spectrum of health, economics, environment, beliefs, and governance. This class seeks to understand how communities response to disasters, natural hazards, and crises influence their recovery. Disasters are complex combinations of natural and social factors that present multiple effects. The complexity of disasters is perhaps most strikingly embodied in the interdependent ways in which human and non-human relations are connected. Crises shape the wider human experience, constrain people’s actions and social processes, and limit or free up possibilities for cultural transitions and adaptation. Given that the global experience of the pandemic, this course will look at past disasters caused by natural hazards, pandemics, and human accidents to understand what is involved in the process of recovery. We will take a broad anthropological view, considering both prehistoric and contemporary cases of societal crisis, transition, and adaptation alongside the data and theory used to understand them. Examining themes of climate, economy, food, energy, and water, we will address questions such as: How is “recovery” measured and for who? How do ideas about water and energy shortages change resource use? What does it mean to frame a society as “unrecovered”? The United Nations encourages communities to “build back better” what might that mean in this moment? Are there any lasting implications for climate change or labor equity in a post-pandemic 21st Century?  In what ways are fear and misinformation during a crisis leveraged for economic and political gains? In considering these and other questions, this class will focus on the future while looking at existing cases for evidence to inform us. The course will involve discussion, activities, and writing assignments.

ANTH 302 Language and Power (LING 302) (WGST 302) (3)

This course provides an overview of language and power studies. Issues: sexist and sex-neutral language; languages of subcultures defined by gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity; hate speech; “politically correct” language.

ANTH 318 Human Growth and Development (3)

This course covers the comparative study of human growth and development from conception through adulthood. Special emphasis is placed on the evolutionary, biocultural, ecological, and social factors that influence growth.

ANTH 423 Written in Bone: CSI and the Science of Death Investigation from Skeletal Remains (3)

MAYMESTER.  This course combines laboratory training, field projects, lectures, films, discussion, and student presentations into a course on the science of human skeletal analysis. Students learn the laboratory methods scientists use to study human remains and the role of skeletal analysis in the study of contemporary forensic cases.

ANTH 451 Field School in North American Archaeology (6)

May 13 – June 18, 2020.  Permission of the instructor is required. Intensive training in archaeological field methods and techniques. Students participate in the excavation, recovery, recording, and interpretation of archaeological remains. Instruction given in survey, mapping, photography, excavation techniques, flotation recovery, etc.  For further information, contact Dr. Heather Lapham (919-962-3843,, Research Laboratories of Archaeology, Alumni Building room 108, or visit the field school web page at ****Canceled****

ANTH 901 Reading and Research (1-4)

Registration with permission of instructor.

ANTH 915 Reading and Research in Methodology (1-4)

Registration with permission of instructor.

ANTH 921 Field Research (3)

Registration with permission of instructor.

ANTH 993 Master’s Thesis (Var.)

Individual research in a special field under the direction of a member of the department.

ANTH 994 Doctoral Dissertation (Var.)

Second Session, 2020

ANTH 151 Anthropological Perspectives on Food and Culture (3)

Anthropological perspectives on foodways. This course examines the biological basis of human diets as well as the historical and cultural contexts of food production, preparation, presentation, and consumption.

ANTH 318 Human Growth and Development (3)

This course covers the comparative study of human growth and development from conception through adulthood. Special emphasis is placed on the evolutionary, biocultural, ecological, and social factors that influence growth.

ANTH 319 Global Health (3)

This class explores some of the historical, biological, economic, medical, and social issues surrounding globalization and health consequences. Late afternoon section, three days per week.