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Undergraduate Courses

Course Cross-Listing Department Guide:

  • AAS - African-American Studies
  • GEO - Geography
  • HST - History
  • LIN -  Linguistics
  • NAT - Native American Studies
  • PSC - Political Science
  • REL - Religion
  • SAS - South Asian Studies
  • SOC - Sociology
  • WSP - Women’s Studies

Code indicating how frequently the course is offered. Variations are:

  • S - Offered every semester
  • Y - Offered at least once every academic year (i.e., every fall or spring)
  • E - Offered every other year, in academic years when the fall semester occurs in an even year (e.g., 1990-91)
  • O - Offered every other year, in academic years when the fall semester occurs in an odd year (e.g., 1991-92)
  • SI - Offered upon sufficient student interest
  • IR - Offered irregularly
  • SS - Offered only during the summer

ANT 100 Selected Topics 1-3 credits   SI
Exploration of a topic (to be determined) not covered by the standard curriculum but of interest to faculty and students in a particular semester.

ANT 111  Introduction to Cultural Anthropology  3 credits  S
Economics, politics, religion, symbolism, rites of passage, developmental cycle, and expressive culture.

ANT 112 Intro to African American Studies in Social Sciences  3 credits  S 
Cross listed with AAS 112
Historical and sociopolitical materials. Approaches to studying the African American experience, antecedents from African past, and special problems.

ANT 121  Peoples and Cultures of the World    3 credits  S
Case studies of global cultural diversity. Exploration of daily life, rites of passage, marriage, family, work, politics, social life, religion, ritual, and art among foraging, agricultural, and industrial societies.

ANT 131  Introduction to Biological Anthropology    3 credits   Y
Biological anthropology subfields; anthropology's relationship to history of science. Evolution theory; mechanisms of evolution; survey of the non-human primates; humans ancestral to modern Homo sapiens; and modern human variation

ANT 141  Introduction to Archaeology and Prehistory   3 credits  Y  
Survey of the prehistoric past spanning the origins of humankind through the rise of complex societies. Class activities and field trip provide a hands-on introduction to archaeological interpretation.

ANT 145  Introduction to Historical Archaeology   3 credits  Y
Cross listed with HST 145  
Role of history and archaeology in our understanding of 17th- to 19th- century Europe, Africa, and America. Historical archaeology as a mechanism to critique perceptions of the past. Firsthand record ethnic groups and cultural settings not recorded in writing

ANT 185  Global Encounters: Comparing Worldviews  and Values Cross-Culturally 
3 credits  Y 

Predominant views of reality and values in the cultures of Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Humanistic study of cultures and the nature of cross-cultural understanding.

ANT 200  Selected Topics  1-3 credits  SI
Exploration of a topic (to be determined) not covered by the standard curriculum but of interest to
faculty and students in a particular semester.

ANT 202  Languages of the World   3 credits Y 
Cross listed with LIN 202   
Introduction to Universal Grammar. Similarities and differences in structures of human languages. Syntax and morphology. Theory development. Prereq: Lin 201 or permission from the instructor.

ANT 221 Morality and Community   3 credits  O 
Cross listed with REL 221   
Examines how globally diverse religious groups create distinct moral systems in order to provide their members with the feeling of belonging to unique and meaningful communities.  

ANT 270  Experience Credit   1-6 credits  S  
Participation in a discipline-or subject-related experience.  Students must be evaluated by written or oral reports or an examination.  Limited to those in good academic standing. 

ANT 273/REL/NAT 244  Indigenous Religions   3 credits E 
Cross listed with REL 244 and NAT 244   
The connections between material life and religious life in cultures throughout the world. The diverse ways that various cultures inhabit their landscapes.

ANT 290  Independent Study   1-6 credits  S

ANT 311  Anthropological Theory   3 credits   S  
Introduction to anthropological theory focusing on the insights and perspectives the discipline brings to historical and contemporary social issues, including fundamentalism. Required for majors.

ANT 318  African Cultures  3 credits  IR 
Selected contemporary African cultures. West Africa and the impact of the slave trade. Aspects of colonialism and neocolonialism and their relationships to current social and political developments.

ANT 322  South American Cultures   3 credits   IR 
Cross listed with LAS 318     
Archaeology and cultural history. Racial, linguistic, and cultural areas from 1492 to today. Studies of contemporary Indian and Mestizo populations.

ANT 323 Peoples and Cultures of North America   3 credits  IR  
Cross listed with NAT 323   
Racial, linguistic and cultural areas of North America from the Rio Grande to the Arctic. Selected areas and tribes. Data from archaeology, historical records, and contemporary anthropological fieldwork.

ANT 324  Modern South Asian Cultures   3 credits   O  
Cross listed with SAS 324 and WSP 324 
Societies of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. Social organization, economic and political structures, religions and worldview, survey of languages, the arts. Transition and modernization, rural and urban problems.

ANT 325  Anthropology of American Life in Film   3 credits Y
Analysis of American culture using film and literature. Concept of ‘national character.’ Major cultural configurations and themes.

ANT 326  Africa Through the Novel   3 credits IR 
Cross listed with WGS 327  
Cultural, political and social life of Africa and Africans through African literature. Each semester deals with a motif (e.g., novels of Achebe).

ANT 327 Anthropology of Race in Latin America and the Caribbean  3 credits  IR
History of racial ideologies in Latin America and the Caribbean; interactions of racial ideologies with self concepts and life chances; racial ideologies' shaping of expressive culture and religion; antiracism movements and legislation; race and transnational migration.

ANT 346 Gender Through the Ages  3 credits  IR
The study of gender in archaeology from the late Stone Age to Modern era.

ANT 348  History of Archaeology   3 credits  O 
Double Numbered with ANT 648  
Tracing the discipline's origins with the Renaissance dilettante. Brief survey of scientific and quantitative methods.

ANT 349  Archaeology at the Movies: The Scientific Study of the Past in Popular Culture  3 credits Y
Introduction to modern archaeology and the scientific study of the past. Utilizing fictional portrayals of archaeological interpretation in popular culture the course examines some of the major research questions of modern anthropology.

ANT 352 Food, Culture and Identity  3 credits  S
Offered only in London
Introduction to a variety of critical approaches; questions about power and representation; role of food in construction of identity.  PRE-REQ:  RENEE CROWN HONORS PROGRAM OR 3.4 MINIMUM GPA

ANT  355 Spanish Society and Pop Culture  3 credits S
Cross listed with SOC 345
Offered only in Madrid. 
Explores what is considered important, good and fashionable in Spain today and how these values relate to historical developments as well as foreign influences.  PRE-REQ: SPA 201 

ANT 356  Applied Anthropology   3 credits  IR 
Describes past and present uses of anthropology in social policy. Examines the discipline’s role in addressing global issues such as economic development, environmental degradation, indigenous rights, refugees and health care. Careers in non-academic settings.

ANT 357  Health, Healing, and Culture  3 credits O
Cross-cultural perspective on illness, health, medicine, and the body; medical pluralism; biomedicalization; illness and moral reasoning; local and global political economies of health and healing; globalization and medicine. Applied medical anthropology.

ANT 358 Peace, War and Security  3 credits  E
Anthropology of peace, war and security examining the biological basis for war, archaeology of early warfare, effects of colonial expansion among indigenous people and postcolonial society, contemporary peacekeeping, and humanitarian intervention.

ANT 363  Anthropology of Family Life   3 credits  Y 
Cross listed with WSP 363
Historical and cross-cultural study of forms of family and domestic organization, marriage, status and sex roles, ideals, and customs of family life.

ANT 365  Sexual Attraction in Cross-cultural Perspective  3 credits  E
Sexual attractiveness across cultures. Cultural differences as well as cultural universals.

ANT 367  Gender in a Globalizing World   3 credits IR 
and WGS 367
Economic and cultural processes of globalization as they affect different groups of men, women, and households; including gender and work, gender and the media, and redefinitions of masculinity and femininity across the globe.

ANT 373  Magic and Religion   3 credits  S
Cross-cultural study of magical and religious behavior, ritual and belief systems in simple and complex societies. Specialists and their craft: Shamans, priests. Curing, possession, witchcraft. Millennial and counterculture movements. Religious ideologies and innovations.

ANT 376 Folklore  3 credits  SI
Folklore as a cultural system expressing the value orientations of nonliterate, illiterate, and minority populations.  Various genres of  folklore (myth, song, art) and the folklore of several specific societies.

ANT 377  Quilts and Community  3 credits  Y
Explores role of quilts and quilting communities. Discussion, films, exploration of quilts and their makers-and communities that result. Class learns quilt making process. No sewing experience required.

ANT 380 - International Course   1-6 credits

Offered through SUAbroad by educational institution outside the United States. Student registers for the course at the foreign institution and is graded according to that institution’s practice. SUAbroad works with the S.U. academic department to assign the appropriate course level, title, and grade for the student’s transcript. Repeatable

ANT 381 Ancient Rituals and Beliefs in Modern Spain  3 credits  Y
Offered only in Madrid.  From Paleolithic and Neolithic settlements of the Iberian Peninsula to modern immigration into Spain.  This course examines the complex layering of ancient belief systems in a modern country, using Spain as a laboratory.

ANT 382 Health in the Middle East  3 credits  IR
Crosslisted with HTW 382 and MES 382
Surveys major cultural, biological and environmental features of the Middle East and relates them to aspects of health including infectious disease, chronic disease, reproductive health, population, war, poverty and globalization. PRE-REQ: ANT 111 OR ANT 121. 

ANT 390  Independent Study  1-6 credits  S

ANT 400  Selected Topics  1-3 credits  SI
Interest to faculty and students in a particular semester.

ANT 402 Ethnic History of Britain  3 credits  S
Offered only in London. Examines the ways in which migration has shaped and reworked British national identity over the past two thousand years through the study of original historical sources, literature, film and music, and explores the contributions that migrants have made to modern British society.

ANT 403 Culture, Confucianism and Chinese Modernity  3 credits  Y

Offered only in Beijing. Contemporary China from historical and cultural perspectives. Exploration of political and ideological conflicts between China and the West. Patterns of Chinese culture. Impact of Confucianism on Chinese society and its influence outside of China

ANT 404  Family and Gender in Renaissance Italy   3 credits  
Offered only in Florence
Historical and interdisciplinary exploration of life stages, rites of passage, marriage, family, social life, sodomy, prostitution, career options, and alternate life strategies as illustrated by case studies.

ANT 405 Conservation and Management Protected Areas: South Africa - OTS  4 credits  IR
Taught in South Africa through the Organization for Tropical Studies program. 
Analyze management of wildlife and natural resources within ecological, political, social, historical, and economic context of South Africa.

ANT 406 History and Culture of South Africa - OTS  4 credits 
Taught in South Africa through the Organization for Tropical Studies program.
Human history of South Africa. Range of cultural, social aspects of current South African society.
Origin and maintenance of cultural diversity of region, archaeological records, early migration patterns.

ANT 407 Environment and Policy in the Tropics - OTS   4 credits
Taught in Costa Rica through the Organization for Tropical Studies program.
Issues conservation biology and policy: habitat degradation and fragmentation, design of nature reserves, land-use planning, agro ecosystems, environmental economics, and conservation ethics.

ANT 408 The Practice of Eros: A History of Sexuality in Europe (1400-1800)  3 credits
Cross listed with HST 408, WGS 408
Authorized and "alternative" sexuality in Europe 15th to 18th centuries (especially Italy, France, and England) "Licit love" (courtship, marriage, conjugal relations) as opposed to "illicit unions" (adultery, rape, prostitution, bestiality, homosexuality, lesbianism). Offered only in Florence.

ANT 409 A History of Witchcraft  3 credits 
Cross listed with HST 409, REL 409, WGS 409
Offered only in Florence
History of witchcraft from various perspectives: its intellectual roots, the causes and dynamics of the witch-hunt, and the beliefs and self-perceptions of those who were called "witches". Offered only in Florence.

ANT 414  Cities, Spaces and Power  3 credits  IR
Processes of urbanization, migration, adjustment of peasants in cities, ethnic and cultural variation in urban areas. Cultural differences in industrial development. Uses of applied anthropology in urban situations. Sometimes offered abroad.

ANT 415  Culture and Personality   3 credits  IR 
The person-in-culture and the function of culture in personality formation. Cross-cultural problems of child-rearing, learning and education, life-cycle patterns, cultural conditioning, normality and deviance. The individual and cultural milieu.

ANT 416 Political Anthropology   3 credits  IR  
Double numbered with ANT 616
Social power in the global political economy. Co-existence of various emergent and residual social formations, such as tribe, peasant, and state. Conflicts over identities in terms of nationality, gender, ethnicity, race and/or class.

ANT 417  Economic Anthropology   3 credits IR 
Survey of primitive modes of production: Major adaptive strategies (collecting, hunting, horticulture, and pastoralism), division of labor, and ecological influences impinging on these productive techniques. PRE-REQ: ANT 111

ANT 421 Gender and Sexuality in South Asia  3 credits  O
Topics explored relating to gender and sexuality include: colonialism; nationalism; development; globalization; kinship; the life cycle; caste and class; religion; same sex/ "third sex" identities.  Additional work required of graduate students.

ANT 422 Etruscans and Romans: Ancient Art and Society in Italy  3 credits  Y
Cross listed with HOA 303
Offered only in Florence
Explores art and society of ancient Italy from ca. 1000 B.C. to A.D. 138, with special emphasis on the early Etruscans through Rome under Hadrian.  Requires previous course in art history. 

ANT 424 - Negotiation: Theory and Practice   Y

Negotiation skills for resolving differences effectively and achieving mutually satisfying outcomes. Position based versus interest based negotiation. Advanced techniques of communication such as chunking, reframing, anchoring, metaphor and rapport to obtain negotiation outcomes of excellence. Additional work required of graduate students.

ANT 426  Cultures and Politics of Afghanistan and Pakistan  3 credits  E
Cross listed with IRP 426, SAS 426; double numbered with ANT 626
Introduction to Afghanistan and Pakistan, recent histories, cultures, current politics.  Covers geography, religious systems, gender roles, economic systems, foreign policy issues, refugees, migration.  Additional work required of graduate students.

ANT 427 Brazil: Anthropological Perspectives  3 credits  IR
History and culture of Brazil; indigenous populations; Afro-Brazilians; race and ethnic relations; development; kinship; gender; religion; urbanization; politics; nationalism; globalization. Additional work required of graduate students

ANT 428 Transformation of Eastern Europe    3 credits  IR
Change and continuity after the demise of communism as experienced by ordinary citizens. Transformations in agriculture, industry, social, and political institutions; the rise of ethnic nationalism; and ethnic conflict.

ANT 429  Cultures of the Iberian Peninsula    3 credits  Y
Only taught in Spanish
A general cultural introduction to the peoples who populated Spain and Portugal. Emphasis on those living in the Iberian Peninsula before Roman and Carthaginian settlements and their influence on future generations. Field study tours to archaeological and historic sites. Offered only in Madrid.

ANT 431 - Human Variation   3 credits IR

Genetics as applied by anthropologists to humans. Description of the genetic systems most commonly studied. Descriptions of polygenic, polymorphic mvariations and the methods by which theya re gathered.

ANT 433  Human Osteology   3 credits  Y 
Introduction to methods and techniques in human osteology and anatomy (emphasis varies), which are basic in applied physical techniques involving measuring humans (anthropometrics). Some statistical analysis taught.

ANT 434 Anthropology of Death  E
Double numbered with ANT 634
Survey of the many ways how death has entered into the work of archaeologists, bioanthropologists, ethnographers, and social theorists. 

ANT 436  Bioarchaeology  IR
Double numbered with ANT 636
Surveys the application of skeletal biology and archaeology to the medico-legal field. Techniques of analysis, interpretation, and evaluation will be emphasized, and domestic and international case studies will be used to illustrate application.

ANT 442  Methods in Archaeology   3 credits  O  
Double numbered with ANT 642
Formulation and conduct of archaeological research with a focus on field and laboratory methods used to obtain and analyze data. Survey techniques, excavation strategies, archaeological classification, and data base management.

ANT 443  Field Methods in Archaeology    1-6 credits  SS 
Supervised training in excavation of prehistoric archaeological site, including cataloging and accessioning of artifacts.

ANT 444  Laboratory Analysis in Archaeology  3 credits  E  
Double numbered with ANT 644
Introduction to archaeological materials analysis, artifact-classification systems, processing of data, materials analysis (ceramic, lithic, etc.). Conservation and curation of collections.

ANT/NAT 445  Public Policy and Archaeology   3 credits  IR 
ouble numbered with ANT 645
Proactive critique of public policy and implementation efforts to preserve and protect archaeological and historical sites and resources.

ANT 446 Caribbean Archaeology   3 credits  IR  
Double numbered with ANT 646
Caribbean archaeology from the region’s early prehistory through the historic period. Cultural diversity, indigenous societies, Hispanic and colonial impacts, and the African Diaspora.

ANT 447 - Archaeology of North America   3 credits  IR

Introduction to the regional prehistory of North America north of Mexico, from the late Pleistocene until European contact. Adaptation of prehistoric human populations to their ecosystems. Additional work required of graduate students.
PREREQ: ANT 141  OR ANT 145 

ANT 449 World Heritage Sites  3 credits  E
Cross listed with NAT 449  
Introduction to the regional prehistory of North America north of Mexico, from the late Pleistocene until European contact. Adaptation of prehistoric human populations to their ecosystems.

ANT 450 Undergrad Research Program  1-6 credits   S

ANT 452 Anthropology and Public Policy   3 credits  IR  

Cultural aspects of the development and implementation of public policy. Emphasizing decision-making methodologies and ethnographic studies of the consequences of implemented policies.

ANT 453 - Poverty, Policy, and Human Services    3 credits   IR

National programs and local interventions that address poverty related social conditions in Syracuse and Onondaga county. Field study of current policies and practices in government and in health, education, and human services agencies. Additional work required of graduate students.

ANT 455 Culture and AIDS   3 credits  IR  
double numbered with ANT 655
Relationship between AIDS and cultures in which it spreads. Cultural practices and sexuality and social effects of widespread AIDS, including healthcare in Asia, Africa, Latin America and USA.

ANT 456  Representations of Indigenous Peoples in Popular Cultures   3 credits  IR

Contested images used by colonizers and other non-indigenous people to represent Native Americans and other indigenous peoples. How indigenous people represent themselves in different types of media.

ANT 458  Anthropology of Social Change   3 credits  Y    
Introduces the basic concepts used by anthropologists to study change. Cultural heterogeneity of people of the Iberian peninsula, used as a means to understand social and cultural change in contemporary Spain and Portugal. Some themes examined include culture contact and acculturation, planned and nondirected change, and role of individual. Offered only in Madrid.

ANT/NAT 459/659  Contemporary Native North American Issues   3 credits  IR  

Contemporary issues including federal Indian Policy, population controls, fishing rights, religious freedom, land disputes, gaming, repatriation, environmental colonialism and Native American artistic response.

ANT 461  Museums and Native Americans   3 credits IR  

The contested relationships among Native North Americans and Museums from earliest contact until the present. Topics include: “salvage” ethnography, collecting practices, exhibition and recent shifts in power.

ANT 462 Culture and Reproductive Health and Medicine  3 credits  IR

Impact of globalization, biomedicalization, international development on reproduction and reproductive health. Medical anthropology and gender studies.

ANT 463 Global Health  3 credits  IR
health in anthropological perspective.  Examines how culture affects people's experiences and response to morbidity and morality.  Considers topics like gender and health, reproductive health, infectious disease, health and inequality and health and war.

ANT 465 Critical Issues in Medical Anthropology   3 credits  O 

Critical aspects of health care delivery in the United States. Curing in primitive societies. Problems of introducing Western medicine to other cultures. Permission of instructor.

ANT 466 Culture and Sexual Behavior   3 credits  IR 

Cross-cultural patterns of dating and courtship, sexuality, marriage, fertility, and divorce from biosocial and medical perspectives. Additional work required of graduate students.

ANT 467 Culture and Mental Disorder   3 credits  IR  

Theories portraying mental disorders as social roles Goffman, Szasz, Laing. Synthesis of social role and biogenetic theories performed and applied cross-culturally. Additional work required of graduate students. Prereq: any introductory course in social science. Permission of instructor.

ANT/IRP/MES 468 Middle East in Anthological Perspective  3 credits  IR

Anthropology of the social, cultural, geographical, and political realities of the Middle East.

ANT 469 - Medical Anthropology in Ecological Perspective   3 credits    O

Interaction of biological and cultural factors in disease causation, diagnosis, and treatment in Western and non-Western societies. Introducing Western medicine to non-Western cultures. Additional work required of graduate students.

ANT 470  Experience Credit   1-6 credits S

ANT 471 Religion and Society in Brazil  3-4 credits  IR

Role of religion in society; religions of Brazil, including Catholicism, liberation theology, afro-religions. Spring break field stay in Rio de Janeiro; methods of study; preparation of research proposal.  

ANT/LIN/WSP 472/672  Language, Culture and Society   3 credits  IR  

Cross-cultural survey of the role of language in culture and society, including cognition and language usage along the dimensions of class, gender, race, ethnicity, and social status. Prereq. for ANT/LIN 472: anthropology or linguistics majors with senior standing.

ANT 473 - Peace and Conflict in the Balkans: Anthropological Perspectives   3 credits   IR

Introduction to Balkan histories, cultures, and societies. Topics include ethnic nationalism, the wars of Yugoslav dissolution, effects of international humanitarian interventions on everyday life, and politics of reconciliation and reconstruction. Additional work required of graduate students.

ANT 475/675  Culture and Disputing   IR

Explores modalities of disputing, dispute resolution, and conflict management in cross-cultural perspective. Decision making in meetings and organizations, negotiation, mediation, inter-cultural negotiation, and third party interventions. Ethnographic materials are drawn from many cultures. Prereq: ANT 477/677 or permission of instructor.

ANT/WSP 476/674  Women, War and Peace   IR

Ways in which folklore (oral and material traditions, including personal narratives), reflects key cultural ideas such as gender, ethnicity, and history. Analytical methods for examining fold traditions. Prereq: ANT 366 or permission of instructor.

ANT 477/677  Culture and Conflict   IR

An overview of conflict in cross-cultural perspective. Covers a variety of approaches to using cultural analysis in the study of conflict and reviews case studies of specific conflicts. Prereq: permission of instructor. 

ANT 479/679  Anthropology of Global Transformations   IR

Impact of global processes, including industrialization, capitalist expansion, transnational migration, environmental change, and international tourism on the daily lives of men and women in Third World contexts.

ANT 481  Ethnographic Techniques   O

Research methods and techniques in cultural anthropology. Participant observation, interviewing, establishing rapport, recording field data, use of photographic and recording equipment, etc. Also offered regularly abroad.

ANT 482/682  Life Histories / Narratives   IR

Evaluation of personal narratives (fieldwork memoirs, reflexive writing), oral histories and testimonials of respondents, a means of personalizing ethnographic discourse, giving more direct voice to respondents, and increasing multivocality. Issues of reflexivity, subjectivity, authority.

ANT 483/683  Social Movement Theory   IR

Theoretical approaches to analysis of social movements including Marxist and other Utopian traditions of social analysis, rational choice and resource mobilization models, new social movement theory, and Gramscian analysis of power and resistance.

ANT 484/684  Social Movement Research Methods   IR

A range of research methodologies relevant to the study of social movements. Stimulates critical thinking about these methodologies’ ethical implications. Students develop proposals for projects carried out the following semester. 

ANT 494/694/AAS/HST 434/634  Underground Railroad   Y

Myth and history of the Underground in the context of African American freedom efforts. Emphasis on events, personalities, and sites in Upstate New York. Student field research and exploration of archival and Internet resources.

ANT/LAS 523  Globalization and It's Discontents in Latin America   IR  

Effects of Urbanization, industrialization, population increases, international politics, and modernization upon primitive and peasant populations of Latin America.

ANT/WSP 553  Women and Social Change   IR

Function of changes in women’s roles in sociocultural urbanization, revolution, and modernization. Women in Third World countries compared to women in industrialized countries.

ANT/LIN/SOC 571  Topics in Sociolinguistics   IR

Functions of language in society. Geographical, socioeconomic, and male-female differentiation. Functions if various types if speech events.

ANT 574  Anthropology and Physical Design   O

Interrelationship of social and spatial organization in traditional and modern societies. Nonverbal communication: use of space, territoriality, and impact of physical design on human behavior.