2016-2017 Anthropology Courses

WCSBS 104 Culture in Anthropology (4)
Learn about how sociocultural anthropology looks at the different ways groups throughout the world construct their reality through the interrelationship of systems of communication, kinship and marriage patterns, gender and sexuality, beliefs in the supernatural, patterns of subsistence, and various political and economic systems. When taught as a Learning Community, the primary focus will be on the interrelationships of sexuality, gender, kinship, and marriage. By comparing the ways that people behave in different cultures, you will begin to understand the abstract concept of culture and how important it is in shaping ideas. May be taken as an alternative to ANTH 252 as one of the requirements for the anthropology minor. Fulfills WCore Research Emphasis.
WCSBS 116 Apes, Archeology, Evolution (4)
Students explore how the archeological record informs us about different evolved morphology and behaviors of early human types and prehistoric humans through the study of paleoanthropology.  Students also learn about biocultural variation in present-day primates, including humans. May be taken as an alternative to ANTH 311 as one of the requirements for the anthropology minor. Fulfills WCore Research Emphasis.
WCSBS 203 How We Die in America (4)
This course takes a light-hearted, yet in-depth look at what it means in American culture to die and how it is part of an integrated system of meanings and behaviors within a larger socio-cultural environment. Students examine this life experience empirically, with a group, through exploratory ethnographic research. Fulfils WCore Research Emphasis.
WCSBS 204 Myths, Magics, Supernaturals (4)
An introduction to the study of new religious movements and non-ecclesiastical religions from an anthropological perspective. Sometimes religion is specific to certain groups and reflects an integrated system of meanings and behaviors to reflect broader cultural features in a specific social environment. But often when viewed cross-culturally, religions also exhibit some interesting common characteristics with religions from other social environments. Fulfills WCore Writing Emphasis.
WCSBS 209 Sustainable Tourism (4)
An in-depth look at tourism and how it generates social, economic and environmental changes, both positive and negative for localities and regions, while at the same time creating transformative experiences for tourists. Fulfills WCore Research Emphasis.
WCSBS  210 Globalization in Anthropology (4)
Students work in groups conducting in-depth research on topics related to globalization. They examine and compare case studies from different parts of the world that suggest policy solutions assuage differences in power relations, population pressures, wealth distribution, and environmental degradation. Students then are prepared to generate various solutions that might be applied in the form of policy to remediate problems in a chosen region. Fulfills WCore Research Emphasis.
ANTH 200/300 Special Topics in Anthropology (1–4)
Illustrates the importance of a holistic, cross-cultural approach to the study of human behavior. Highlights a specific topic and then makes use of anthropology in the study of this topic.
ANTH 252 Cultural Anthropology (4)
Focuses on the different ways cultures adapt to the conditions of the environment. Examines holistically and contextually subsistence strategies, economic and political systems, religious beliefs and behaviors, gender distinctions, ethnographic field methods, marriage and kinship,  communication systems, to name some interrelated topics.  No prerequisites.  Open to all  students and fulfills electives in some majors,.  Can be selected as an alternative to WCSBS 104 as one of the requirements for the anthropology minor.
ANTH 291 Introduction to Exploratory Ethnographic Research (4)
Students work in groups in this hands-on course to make use of a type of qualitative research method called exploratory ethnography to identify and study community issues in the Salt Lake Valley. This lower-division course is an alternative to the upper-division course, ANTH 391, where students work individually on projects. See the upper-division course for further description of class content, since both courses are taught concurrently. No prerequisites. Open to students in all majors.
ANTH 311 Human Evolution and Archaeology (4)
This class combines two of the four sub-fields that make up the discipline of anthropology. It helps students explore prehistory and the evolutionary development of our species through the study of paleoanthropology, primatology, and archaeology, or the study of material remains. Students learn about variation in past and present humans, human types, and non-human primates, both biological and cultural. In the process, they learn how different evolved forms and behaviors are the product, of physical, biotic, and social environments.  No prerequisites. Open to all students in all majors. Can be chosen as an alternative to WCSBS 116 as one of the requirements for anthropology minor.
ANTH 322 Myth, Magic and the Supernatural (4)
The study of religion from an anthropological perspective with an emphasis on non-ecclesiastical religions and new religious movements found in simple societies. Similarities and differences are identified and discussed within the context of such components as myth, ritual, belief, symbolism, magic, ancestor worship, healing, religious specialists, revitalization movements, and alternative states of consciousness. No prerequisites.  Open to all students in all majors.
ANTH 355 Indigenous Peoples in the United States (4)
Discusses prehistoric, historic, and modern day American Indian populations. Includes a survey of major archaeological sites and historical reports of the effects of European expansion on indigenous populations. Topics also include the social impact of 20th and 21st-century policy changes, issues surrounding sovereignty, and cultural differences and similarities among groups, generations, and urban/rural dwellers.  No prerequisites.  Open to all students in all majors.
ANTH 366 Anthropology of Death and Dying (4)
A light-hearted, cross-cultural look at death and dying.  Looks at how these universal cultural concerns are part of integrated systems of meanings and behaviors within larger socio-cultural environments.  Take part in field trips to examine institutions in the community related to death and dying and then conduct individual research on a topic related to something of particular interest.  No prerequisites.  Open to all students in all majors.
ANTH 377 Environmental Anthropology (4)
Looks at the environment from a bio-cultural perspective, exploring the interconnections of the social, biotic and natural environments. Prehistoric, historic and present day cross-cultural evidence is examined to understand how social categories such as class, ethnicity, gender and religion shape human activity, which in turn affects other species and the physical environment. These relationships cause environmental change leading to a further shaping of human society. Specific issues are addressed such as how ideas about how different cultures relate to their environments in different ways.  For example, the displacement of people due to the designation of national parks or game preserves is a topic of interest, as well as the impact of the changing environment on human diseases, ecotourism, and environmental social movements. Students work in groups to learn about policy solutions to environmental problems and then identify and carry out projects on particular areas of interest. No prerequisites. Open to all students in all majors.
ANTH 388 Anthropology of Globalization (4)
Students learn about global stratification and how power relations and population pressures affect the movement of people, information, symbols and commodities under different circumstances, in different parts of the world. They become aware of the meanings of culture and how it creates identity by providing various populations a way to build on nationalism, ethnicity, and/or to develop and maintain transnational groups. Social categories, such as ethnicity, class, sexuality, gender and religion are discussed, and how they affect the experience of migration and globalization, along with the politics of rebellion, warfare, and peace. Students work in groups to research various policies that have been implemented to address concerns resulting from globalization. They then work individually on a research project focusing on one region where they look at the impacts of globalization.  These studies might consist of an analysis of the interrelationship of changing patterns of subsistence and consumption, migration, and socio-politico organization and identity.  They then create policy for the region to reduce systemic impacts. No prerequisites.  Open to all students in all majors.
ANTH 391 Exploratory Ethnographic Research (4)
This hands-on course teaches students how to construct their own community-based project which makes use of a type of qualitative research method called exploratory ethnography. This research strategy is the preliminary stage for in-depth, longitudinal studies that collect and analyze empirical evidence from extensive interviews and observations to form explanations about human behavior. Students first learn about different types of qualitative research such as analysis of archival records, interviews, direct observation, participant observation, and analysis of cultural artifacts. They then choose a particular set of related questions about something of interest for their individual research project. No prerequisites. Taught concurrently with ANTH 291. Open to all students in all majors.
ANTH 399 Anthropology of Tourism (4)
This course looks at tourism from a holistic, anthropological perspective.  This study of tourism allows for the investigation of many interrelated areas of human behavior, some of which are acculturation, authenticity, identity construction and consumption.  It explores incentives and impacts for both the tourist and the local populations who come in contact with the tourists.  For example, tourism generates social, economic and environmental changes in communities, religions, and nations, both positive and negative, while at the same time it also creates transformative experiences for tourists.   Many different types of tourism have been identified including slum, sex, nautical, sacred, disaster, archaeological, wildlife, war, heritage, to name just a few, all of which act as mediums of cultural exchange which both affect and construct the worlds of those involved.  Students who are concerned with globalization, environmental sustainability, and social stratification will find this course of particular interest. No prerequisites. Open to all students in all majors.
ANTH 401 Directed Studies (1–4)
This tutorial-based course is used only for student-initiated proposals for intensive individual study of topics not otherwise offered in the Anthropology Program. Prerequisite: consent of instructor and school dean.
ANTH 440 Internship (1–4)
Offers students the opportunity to integrate classroom knowledge with practical experience. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing (for transfer students, at least 15 hours completed at Westminster or permission of instructor), minimum 2.5 GPA, and consent of program director and Career Center internship coordinator.
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