Anthropology

Anthropology


Changes effective Fall Term 2014

Biery-Hamilton Kistler Lauer Moore
Newcomb Walz

The anthropology major exposes students to many related subdisciplines of the field. Undergraduates take courses in cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, archaeology, and linguistics.

The study of anthropology develops analytical and research skills necessary for understanding the complexities of the world's cultures. It also prepares students for careers in business, law, government, and medicine.

Because anthropology emphasizes field research, the department provides opportunities to visit and study other modern cultures, as well as to analyze fossils and archaeological materials.

Anthropology encompasses many interests and approaches -- from archaeology to primate behavior. Anthropology courses probe the biological basis of human society, cultural mores, social change, and the development of civilization.

Anthropology majors must declare their major early and choose an advisor in the department.

 

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
Ten (10) courses are required, six (6) of which must originate within the Department of Anthropology at Rollins.

CORE COURSES
All core courses must be taken at Rollins.

  • ANT 200 Cultural Anthropology
  • ANT 210 Human Evolution
  • ANT 228 Introduction to Archaeology
  • ANT 300 Development of Anthropological Thought
  • ANT 351 Language, Culture, and Society

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • One (1) anthropology course at any level
  • Three (3) anthropology courses at the 300-400 level, one of which includes a fieldwork component
  • One (1) capstone seminar, seniors only
  • Satisfactory performance on a comprehensive examination

Students seeking recommendations for graduate school in anthropology must complete a course in statistics (chosen in consultation with a departmental advisor).

 

MINOR REQUIREMENTS
Six (6) courses are required: the five (5) core courses required of the major and one (1) anthropology elective, which must be at the 300-400 level. At least five (5) courses must be taken within the Department of Anthropology at Rollins.

Course of Study


ANT 150 Cultures of the World:
Surveys past and present peoples of the world. Introduces students to diversity and underlying unity of human culture from evolutionary and ecological perspectives. Suitable for nonmajors.

ANT 200 Cultural Anthropology: Compares and contrasts pre-industrial and industrial societies while introducing concepts and methodology in study of culture and human socialization. Focuses on relationship between human behavior and cultural adaptation. Suitable for nonmajors.

ANT 201 Cultures of the Caribbean: Surveys Caribbean history, anthropology, art, culture, and literature. Addresses the region's prehistory, colonialism, slavery, kinship, music, dance, race and identity, tourism, transnational encounters, and globalization

ANT 202 Foundations of Latin American and Caribbean Culture and Society: Surveys Latin American and Caribbean history, anthropology, and literature. Addresses the region's prehistory, colonialism, slavery, kinship, music, dance, race and identity, tourism, transnational encounters, and globalization.

ANT 204 Global Pop: Hybridity, Presentation, and Politics of World Music: Examines critical issues concerning the politics and equality of the global exchange of songs and explores musical ideas that involve non-western musical cultures.

ANT 205/305 Topics in Anthropology: Introduces subdisciplines. Varies from year to year. May be repeated for credit.

ANT 206 Anthropological Perspectives on Love and Marriage: Investigates patterns of courtship and marriage from a cross-cultural perspective. Hypotheses about the biological/evolutionary bases of male-female relationships reviewed in brief. Texts on love and marriage in non-Western cultures, and several articles and excerpts from larger works included.

ANT 207 Anthropology of Modern Africa. Introduces contemporary Africa from an anthropological perspective. Addresses the sociocultural characteristics and dynamic practices of African communities in the 21st century. All regions of the continent are discussed.

ANT 210 Human Evolution: Introduces physical anthropology. Reviews genetics, including evolution, then turns to nonhuman primates for models for human physical and cultural evolution. Examines human fossils and changes in human form and material culture. Dissects debates among paleontologists to illuminate how science works. Suitable for nonmajors.

ANT 215 Human Ecology: Introduces the ecological and anthropological study of human adaptation in tropical and subtropical regions. Special emphasis on the ecology of Latin America (the Amazon and Caribbean Basins), but also includes studies of other tropical and subtropical regions of the earth.

ANT 217 Anthropology, Fiction and Literature: Explores the possibility of representing other cultures through the writing of fiction. Examines experimental and fictional works by both anthropologists and non-anthropologists that portray other cultures in a compelling manner.

ANT 219 Cultures of the Amazon: Study of indigenous groups and caboclos (or riberinhos) in the tropical lowlands of South America. Examines the ecology of the region and human adaptations to the various ecosystems there during pre-historical, historical, and contemporary periods. Also examines ways in which traditional caboclo and indigenous adaptations can assist scientists and policy makers in developing strategies to use resources more sustainably in tropical Latin America.

ANT 228 Introduction to Archaeology: Surveys origins and cultures of early civilizations, including hunter-gatherers, the Neolithic, Sumerians, Egyptians, Mayans, Aztecs, and Incas. Contrasts ancient customs and processes of cultural change with those of modern civilization. Suitable for nonmajors.

ANT 232 Archaeology of Africa: Highlights critical topics about Africa’s unique, long-term past, including early domesticates, technologies, urbanism, and global interactions. Examines African heritage and the politics of representation in the modern world.

ANT 234 Archaeology of South Asia. Provides a critical introduction to the archaeology of South Asia since the Neolithic. Addresses material evidence and key intellectual debates as well as the role of archaeology in contemporary narratives about heritage.

ANT 251 Native American Cultures: Introduces North American Indian culture, both traditional and modern, through in-depth analysis of various Indian societies, their problems, and their adaptive responses to changing environments. Places both Native American and "Anglo" culture in anthropological perspective. Suitable for nonmajors.

ANT 252 Cultures of China: Surveys cultures, peoples, and history of mainland China from primitive times until present. Suitable for nonmajors.

ANT 254 Cultures of Japan: Surveys Japanese culture from origins to present configurations, touching upon social institutions such as family, traditional and modern state systems, and modern Japanese corporations. Evaluates effects of modernization, influence of West, and predictions about future of Japanese society. Suitable for nonmajors.

ANT 255 Middle East Culture: Explores everyday lives of people in the Middle East as they negotiate the challenges of globalization, new media, human rights discourses, religion, and the legacy of colonialism.

ANT 259 Contemporary Middle East and North Africa: Explores the diversity of social life and cultures in contemporary Middle Eastern societies. Examines contemporary social, political, and religious issues of the Middle East and North Africa from an anthropological perspective.

ANT 275 Sex and Gender: Biology and Culture: Weighs extent to which sex roles are culturally or genetically determined. Draws on biology, sociology, psychology, and anthropology. Examines gender roles in different cultures, including non-Western societies, and applies insights to contemporary American culture. Suitable for nonmajors.

ANT 277 Gender in the Middle East and North Africa: Explores the concept of gender in the Middle East and North Africa from an anthropological perspective. Examines how religion, cultural practices, media, politics, and social class affect men's and women's roles in work, family, and society.

ANT 300 Development of Anthropological Thought: Traces development of classic anthropological thought. Prerequisites: major and junior/senior standing, or consent.

ANT 301 Nutrition and Health: A course about what people need to eat, how those needs have evolved, and how peoples' choices across cultures effect their health and the health of the environment. Discusses basic human nutritional requirements, and how evolution and culture have both worked to shape traditional and modern diets resulting in different disease patterns in different cultures. Some attention given to current U.S. practices, including fast food and factory farming, and their implications for the health of U.S. populations. Prerequisite: one ANT course.

ANT 302 The Maya: Uses the Maya's own words to analyze their historical representation. Explores Maya language, personhood, and oppression in Pre-Columbian, colonial, Civil War, and post-Civil War eras. Prerequisite: one ANT or LAC course.

ANT 303 Women's Global Health: Examines the plight of women’s health, globally, in both developed and underdeveloped countries. We will use several theories, including political economy, feminism and alternative (non-Western) medical perspectives to analyze how culture, poverty, ethnicity, social class, migration, location, diseases exacerbated by development projects, sexually transmitted diseases, pollution and environmental degradation, domestic violence, and reproduction affect women’s health. We will examine existing public policy on women’s health, and explore a human-rights based approach to women’s health. Prerequisite: one ANT course.

ANT 306 Medicine and Culture: Examines how different cultures view disease and illness, how they explain illnesses, what they do about them, and how they use disease and illness as social controls. Discusses these issues in general and then as they apply to several specific cultures -- including our own. Prerequisite: one ANT or BIO course.

ANT 315 Women in the Developing World: Explores the role and status of women in the developing world by examining how historical and contemporary processes have affected women's livelihoods and those of their families. Examines these economic and political strategies women use to ensure their interests. Prerequisite: one ANT course (must have taken at least one ANT course prior to this one).

ANT 317 Anthropology and Global Problem Solving: Explores the contribution of anthropology to the understanding of contemporary social issues such as globalization, inequality, migration, and development. Examines global issues from an anthropological perspective. Prerequisite: one ANT course.

ANT 319 Cultures Without Borders: Globalization: Examines the history and meanings of globalization by exploring related phenomena: migration and diaspora, nationalism and transnationalism, the rise of non-state actors, technology and flows of capital, and human rights issues. Prerequisite: one ANT course.

ANT 320 U.S.-Middle East Foreign Relations and Culture Since 1900: Examines the history of contact between the United States and the Middle East since 1900, from the combined geopolitical and cultural perspectives of political science and anthropology. Prerequisite: POL 100, or POL 130, or one ANT course.

ANT 323 Foundations in Archaeology: Presents subdiscipline of archaeology, including fieldwork, laboratory analysis, and theory. Students interpret past human behavior and cultural change from stone tools, ceramics and other artifacts, dietary remains, and settlement patterns. Prerequisite: ANT 210 or ANT 228.

ANT 345 Brazilian Amazon: Culture and Environmental Change: Explores the relationship between the ecology of the Brazilian Amazon and human beings. Considers the complexity of Amazonian habitats and human strategies within those habitats. Examines the social, economic, and environmental impacts resulting from governmental efforts. Prerequisite: one LACA, ANT, ENV, IR, or SOC course.

ANT 350 Anthropology and the Family.  Explores kinship as a cultural institution around the world. Examines how political controversies, new reproductive technologies, and immigration policies impact our definitions of the family.

ANT 351 Language, Culture and Society: Examines origin of language, linguistic change, variability of speech vis-à-vis social factors (sex, class, ethnicity), and functions of language in shaping and reflecting cultural beliefs and values. Also discusses meaning, metaphor, and special language systems such as jargons, naming, and slang. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing.

ANT 355 Middle East: Film and Culture: Examines the contemporary cultures of the Middle East through the lens of film, while also studying the history of filmmaking in the region.

ANT 360 Anthropology and the Environment. Examines impacts that we, human beings, have had on the physical environment, beginning with the "invention" of agriculture. Focuses on contemporary human-environmental relationships, including our impact on climate, water and major ecosystems. Examines consequences of human-induced alterations to the environment.

ANT 362 Urban Anthropology: Discusses the city -- and human adaptation to it -- in various cultures. Follows evolution of early cities (Mesopotamian, Mayan) and modern metropolises. Prerequisite: one ANT course.

ANT 365 Real and the Supernatural in Latin America: Examines relationships between belief systems and the economic, social, and political components of their cultures. Focuses on Latin American folklore traditions of the supernatural, including the conditions under which incidences of witchcraft increase; the pharmacological and psychological causes of the Haitian zombie phenomenon; the uses of magic; ritual sorcery among tropical groups; and shamanism and healing. Prerequisite: one ANT course.

ANT 370 Forensic Anthropology: Considers the basics of human osteology and the application of osteology to modern skeletal and crime scene investigation. Prerequisite: one ANT or one BIO course.

ANT 375 Monkeys, Apes, and Humans: Enters world of monkeys, apes, and prosimians, with eye towards understanding ecology and social organization of living species. Uses insights to explain and interpret human behavior. Prerequisite: one ANT course, one BIO course, or consent.

ANT 377 Morocco: Culture and Society: Seminar and accompanying field experience focused on Morocco's history and culture, as well as its position as a developing nation. Students are expected to participate in an international service learning field experience. Prerequisites: ANT major and consent.

ANT 380 Doing Anthropology: The Anthropologist at Work: Teaches anthropology major and minors, and other interested students, how to carry out anthropological fieldwork and how to write an ethnography. Primarily for majors and minors in anthropology. Prerequisite: one ANT course.

ANT 400 Ethnohistory of the Maya: History and socio-cultural role of the Maya in Southern Mexico and Central America from pre-Hispanic era to present. Upper-division anthropology seminar that gives credit in the LACA program.

ANT 426 Seminar: Youth Cultures: Explores values, norms, and social behavior of adolescents and young adults in tribal, agrarian, and urban societies, both Western and non-Western. Compares patterns of development in youth cultures of modern Europe, North America, and Asia, especially 20th-century student cultures. Also considers gender differences. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing.

ANT 451 Seminar: Applied Anthropology: Examines how anthropology can be applied to the understanding of contemporary social issues such as globalization, inequality, migration, and development. Students will conduct their own applied fieldwork project. Prerequisite: ANT 200.

ANT 452 Seminar: Cinema and Society in China: Considers the societies of the People's Republic of China (PRC), Taiwan, and Hong Kong through their portrayals in cinema, with attention to the political and social forces that shape the portrayals. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing.

ANT 453 The Brazilian Amazon: Environment and Culture Change: Explores the relationship between the ecology of the Brazilian Amazon and human beings who have lived there. Exposes students to the complexity of Amazonian habitats and human strategies within those habitats during different time periods of the region's history. In particular, examines the social, economic, and environmental impacts resulting from governmental efforts, initiated in the 1960's, to develop the region, and strategies used by different social groups to address these impacts. Prerequisite: ANT 200. Registration preference to ANT majors.

ANT 499 Research/Internship/Field Experience