Changes effective Fall Term 2018

Biery-Hamilton Brown Gilmore Kistler
Kline Newcomb

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, among other fields.

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

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

Anthropology majors must choose an advisor in the department.

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

All core courses must be taken at Rollins.

  • ANT 200 Cultural Anthropology
  • ANT 210 Human Evolution
  • ANT 228 Introduction to Archaeology
  • ANT 312 Ethnographic Methods
  • ANT 351 Language, Culture, and Society


  • One (1) anthropology course at any level
  • Three (3) anthropology courses at the 300-400 level, one of which includes a fieldwork component
  • ANT 410 Seminar: Theory in Practice (capstone seminar, seniors only)
  • Satisfactory performance on a job interview with anthropology department faculty members

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

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 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 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.

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.

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/GBH 310 Introduction to Global Health: Examines the roles of biological and social factors in global health issues, paying particular attention to the health needs and concerns of poor and disadvantaged populations. Students will learn about some of the major health concerns of the developing world and look critically at how local and international communities attempt to address those problems.

ANT 312 Ethnographic Methods: Presents the methods used by anthropologists to conduct research on the social and cultural world around them. Exposes students to hands-on research experience through real, human-centered research design, data collection, analysis, and reporting.

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 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 410 Seminar: Theory in Practice: Examines key theoretical ideas that have shaped anthropological research and explores recent seminal works on anthropological issues. Through original fieldwork, students will use theoretical perspectives to analyze real-world situations. Prerequisite: 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 499 Research/Internship/Field Experience