ANT - Anthropology


ANT 251Physical AnthropologyUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer, Social Sciences
Study of human evolution. Processes of evolution, human variation and race, behavior and morphology of nonhuman primates, and the fossil record. Emphasis on the study of human biosocial adaptation, past and present, and on humans as culture-bearing primates.


ANT 252Cultural AnthropologyUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer, Global Knowledge, Social Sciences
Comparative study of contemporary human culture, social institutions and processes that influence behavior. The range of human cultural variation shown throughout the world, including the student's own cultural system.


ANT 253Unearthing the Past: Introduction to World ArchaeologyUNITS: 3 - Global Knowledge, Social Sciences
World-wide survey of origins of human society, technology and culture in Old Stone Age, and origins of agriculture, cities, and civilizations of the Bronze and Iron Age in Europe, Asia, Africa, and pre-Columbian Middle and South America.


ANT 254Language and CultureUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer, Social Sciences, U.S. Diversity
Focus among the aspects of human language and between aspects of language and culture. Topics such as: descriptive and comparative linguistics, structuralism, language and thought, sociolinguistics, bilingualism, culture change and linguistic changes.


ANT (SOC) 261Technology in Society and CultureUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer, Global Knowledge, Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Social Sciences
Processes of social and cultural change with a focus on role of technological innovation. Cross-cultural emphasis. Workplace changes and societal risks in U.S. and non-U.S. societies associated with technological innovations. Special attention to the role of scientists and engineers in socio-cultural change. Topical case studies apply course concepts and principles. Core sociological and anthropological concepts, methods, theories.


ANT 295Special Topics in AnthropologyUNITS: 1-3 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer
Offered as needed to present 200-level subject materials not normally available in regular course offerings or for new courses on a trial basis.


ANT 310Native Peoples and Cultures of North AmericaUNITS: 3 - Social Sciences, U.S. Diversity
Prerequisite: ANT 252 or HI 365
Native North American peoples and cultures including Eskimos and Aleuts. Theories of origin and selected prehistoric cultural manifestations. People and cultures at the time of European contact and post-contact cultural change. Contemporary problems and prospects.


ANT 325Andean South AmericaUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Only, Global Knowledge, Social Sciences
Prerequisite: ANT 252 or HI 215 or HI 216
The societies, cultures, politics, economics and ecology of the Andean countries of South America (Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Chile, Colombia). Special attention to the development of pre-Columbian Andean Societies.


ANT 330Peoples and Cultures of AfricaUNITS: 3 - Offered in Spring Only, Global Knowledge, Social Sciences
Prerequisite: ANT 252 or HI 275 or HI 276
African peoples and cultures, especially in sub-Saharan Africa; past and present social patterns of indigenous African populations from a cross-cultural perspective.


ANT 346Peoples and Cultures of Southeast AsiaUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Only, Global Knowledge, Social Sciences
Prerequisite: ANT 252
Southeast Asian peoples and cultures; past and present social patterns of selected mainland and insular Southeast Asian peoples; culture change; relations between minorities and dominant ethnic groups; development of nationalism.


ANT (FLJ) 351Contemporary Culture in JapanUNITS: 3 - Offered in Spring Only, Global Knowledge, Humanities, Offered Alternate Odd Years
Prerequisite: FLJ 101
Introduction to basic aspects of cultural practices in Japanese society, including education, work life, family relationships, everyday religious practices, aesthetic traditions, national identity, and gender. Students will develop an understanding of the interrelationships between language and culture.


ANT 354Peoples and Cultures of the PacificUNITS: 3 - Offered in Spring Only
Prerequisite: ANT 252
The Pacific Ocean contains thousands of inhabited islands. This course examines the millions of people and thousands of societies that live in the Pacific and its three subregional areas Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. Course topics include the Pacific environment, peopling of the Pacific, regional cultural variation, social organization, Exchange systems, politics, conflict, modernization, globalization and global warming in the Pacific region.


ANT 370Introduction to Forensic AnthropologyUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Only, Social Sciences
Prerequisite: ANT 251
Broad overview of forensic anthropology-an applied field of biological anthropology. Application of the science of biological anthropology to the legal process and humanitarian arena. Identification of skeletal remains to determine age, sex, ancestry, stature, and unique features of a decedent. General identification techniques addressed but proficiency not expected.


ANT 371Human VariationUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Only, Global Knowledge, Offered Alternate Odd Years, Social Sciences
Prerequisite: ANT 251
Survey of basic principles of population genetics with emphasis on mechanisms that shape human biological variation. Geographic variation. Analysis of laws of heredity exhibited in modern human populations via microevolution and adaptation. Historical development of concepts with specific application to physical and forensic anthropology. Discussion of most current research.


ANT 374Disease and SocietyUNITS: 3
Prerequisite: ANT 251 or ANT 252
Survey of diseases that affect human beings and human societies past and present. Analysis of how diseases affect societies with different economies (gathering/hunting, pastoral, agricultural, industrial) and of different social complexity. Impactof diseases on human evolution.


ANT 385Island ArchaeologyUNITS: 3 - Social Sciences
Prerequisite: ANT 253
Exploration of the archaeology of islands. Analysis of the conditions and phenomena surrounding human adaptation to and impact on island environments. Geographic areas include Oceania, Caribbean, Mediterranean, Japan, and the Americas.


ANT 389Fundamentals of Archaeological ResearchUNITS: 3 - Offered in Summer, Social Sciences
Prerequisite: ANT 253
Overview of the objectives, field strategies, basics of laboratory analysis, and interpretative approaches to the archaeological record. Analysis and classification of lithics, shell, bone, ceramics, metal, soils, and perishable materials.


ANT 395Special Topics in AnthropologyUNITS: 1-3 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer
Prerequisite: 3 credits of 200-level Anthropology
Offered as needed to present 300-level subject materials not normally available in regular course offerings or for new courses on a trial basis.


ANT 411Overview of Anthropological TheoryUNITS: 3 - Offered in Spring Only
Prerequisite: ANT 252 and one of the following: ANT 310,325,330 or 346
A detailed introduction to anthropological theory, interpretive styles and research techniques of major nineteenth and twentieth century anthropologists working within the analytic frameworks of their times, positions espoused by anthropologists in contemporary debates concerning the discipline's future. Students cannot receive credit for both ANT 411 and ANT 511.


ANT 412Applied AnthropologyUNITS: 3 - Offered in Spring Only
History, aims, methods and ethics of applied anthropology. Anthropological practice in government, industry, community development, education, and medicine. Analysis of consequences of development programs for culture change. Credit cannot be given for both 412 and 512.


ANT 416Research Methods in Cultural AnthropologyUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Only, Offered Alternate Years
Prerequisite: ANT 252 and one of the following: ANT 310,325,330, 346, 351, or 354
A systematic overview of cultural anthropological research methods including designing research projects, research techniques, field work methods, and cross-cultural comparison. Reviews relevant ethical questions and anthropologists' reports of their own field work.


ANT 419Ethnographic Field MethodsUNITS: 3 - Offered in Summer
Prerequisite: Six hours of cultural anthropology
Ethnographic research methods as part of a summer field school abroad. Topics: research design, participant observation, field note writing, interviewing, sampling, coding, computers in ethnographic research, analysis and ethics.


ANT 421Human OsteologyUNITS: 3
Prerequisite: ANT 251 and any ANT 300 Level
Survey of all the bones of the human skeleton from an anthropological perspective, including their names, important features useful in recognizing fragmentary specimens from an archaeological context, and techniques for determining the side of the body they come from. Skeletal development and its relationship to skeletal abnormalities. Issues relating to the study of archaeological skeletons.


ANT 424BioarchaeologyUNITS: 3 - Offered in Spring Only
Prerequisite: ANT 421
Survey of approaches used by bioarchaeologists to understand past lifeways through the study of excavated human remains, and the theories that inform those approaches. Analysis and critique of the ways in which bioarchaeologists use skeletal and mortuary data to reconstruct health and disease patterns, mortality rates, diet, degree of interpersonal violence, and social structure among humans from the distant past.


ANT 427Bioarchaeological FieldworkUNITS: 3 - Offered in Summer, Offered Alternate Odd Years
Prerequisite: ANT 421
An introduction to the bioarchaeology of the local region, and an overview of the objectives, field strategies, ad laboratory methods used by bioarchaeologists to prepare and study human remains from archaeological cemeteries. Includes laboratory work on field osteology and processing of skeletal remains. Provides an understanding of how bioarchaeologists proceed from excavation of osteological remains to preparation and analysis. Course is offered as part of an NCSU Study Abroad Program. All costs associated with the course, except for textbooks, are paid via the Study Abroad Program fee.


ANT 429Advanced Methods in Forensic AnthropologyUNITS: 4 - Offered in Spring Only, Offered Alternate Even Years
Prerequisite: ANT 370, ANT 421
Advanced methods in forensic anthropology-an applied field of biological anthropology. Application of the science of biological anthropology to the medicolegal process. Identification of skeletal remains to determine age, sex, ancestry, stature, andunique features of a decedent. Analysis of human skeletal remains. Identification techniques addressed and proficiency expected. Students must provide their own transportation to the laboratory site.


ANT 431Tourism, Culture and AnthropologyUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall and Summer
Prerequisite: Three hours of cultural anthropology
Anthropological approach to tourism studies with emphasis on cross-cultural aspects of international tourism. Attention to impact of mass tourism as compared to alternative tourism; environmental and economic impact of tourism; impact of international tourists and tourism on local communities. Principal theories of leisure in relation to tourism. Theories of culture change in relation to travel and tourism. Credit not given for both ANT 431 and ANT 531.


ANT 433Anthropology of Ecotourism and Heritage ConservationUNITS: 3 - Offered in Spring Only, Offered Alternate Odd Years
Prerequisite: ANT 252
Introduction to how cultures and societies view, utilize, interpret, manage and conserve environmental and cultural heritage resources; includes examination of theory and concepts of place, identity, sacred heritage, ecotourism, wildlife management as well as the cultural politics and practices of environmentalist and heritage management. Some limited travel to NC heritage sites required at student expense.


ANT (WGS) 444Cross-Cultural Perspectives on WomenUNITS: 3 - Offered in Spring Only, Offered Alternate Years
Prerequisite: ANT 252 and one of the following: ANT 310,325,330 or 346
Comparison of women in a variety of societies: western and non-western; hunting and gathering to industrialized. Cross-cultural perspective on the similarity and diversity of women's statuses and roles. Effect of gender on social position


ANT 450Culture, Ecology, and Sustainable LivingUNITS: 3
Prerequisite: One of the following: ANT 310,325,330 or 346
Examines the myriad ways that culture serves to mediate the human-environmental equation. Focus is given to different belief systems, subsistence strategies, technological achievements, and policy formulations. Topics covered include cultural ecology, gender and the environment, land tenure, development, ethnoscience and cognitive ecology, subsistence and social organization, historical and political ecology, environmentalism, and environmental policy issues.


ANT 460Urban AnthropologyUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Only, Offered Alternate Years
Prerequisite: ANT 252 and one of the following: ANT 310,325,330 or 346
Anthropological study of cities. Examination of cross-cultural patterns of behavior in urban areas and adaptive strategies that urban dwellers employ. Introduction to major theoretical and methodological approaches relevant to an understanding of contemporary urbanization.


ANT 464Anthropology of ReligionUNITS: 3 - Offered in Spring Only, Offered Alternate Even Years
Prerequisite: ANT 252 and one of the following: ANT 310,325,330 or 346
Examination of various anthropological perspectives on the role of religion in social life, and discussion of theoretical and methodological issues pertaining to the study of ritual and belief.


ANT 475Human Impacts on Ancient EnvironmentsUNITS: 3
Prerequisite: ANT 253
Archaeological investigation of human-environmental interactions. Focuses on various techniques archaeologists and paleoecologists use to reconstruct prehistoric environments. Topics include the analysis of animal remains (e.g., shellfish, fish, marine mammals, birds), soils, and plants, dating techniques, and stable isotopes.


ANT 483Archaeological Method and TheoryUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Only
Prerequisite: ANT 251 or 253 and 3 cred 300-level ANT
Methods and Theory used by archaeologists to locate and interpret material evidence about past human activities. Topics include techniques for discovering and analyzing cultural remains, the history of archaeology as a discipline, and the major theoretical underpinnings that have guided archaeological practice and interpretation. Course is required for graduate students in Bioarchaeology concentration. Students may not receive credit for ANT 483 and ANT 583.


ANT 495Special Topics in AnthropologyUNITS: 3
Detailed investigation of a topic in anthropology. Topic and mode of study determined by faculty member(s).


ANT 496Anthropology InternshipUNITS: 6 - Offered in Spring Only
Prerequisite: ANT 412, ANT 416; Senior standing in Anthropology (B.A.)
Supervised observation and experience in work settings appropriate to anthropological perspectives. Study of the relationships between internship setting and relevant anthropological theory, methods and research. Weekly seminars, individual conferences and an integrative report. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to internship sites.


ANT 498Independent Study in AnthropologyUNITS: 1-6 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer
Prerequisite: Six hours of ANT
Independent study of a topic in anthropology. Topic and mode of study determined by faculty member(s) and student(s).


ANT 511Overview of Anthropological TheoryUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Only
Prerequisite: Graduate standing or ANT 252 and any 300-level ANT course
A detailed introduction to anthropological theory, interpretive styles and research techniques of major nineteenth and twentieth century anthropologists working within the analytic frameworks of their times, positions espoused by anthropologists in contemporary debates concerning the discipline's future. Students cannot receive credit for both ANT 411 and ANT 511.


ANT 512Applied AnthropologyUNITS: 3
Prerequisite: ANT 252
A review of historical development of applied anthropology and study of anthropology as applied in government, industry, community development, education and medicine. Analysis of processes of cultural change in terms of application of anthropological techniques to programs of developmental change.


ANT 516Qualitative Research MethodsUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Only, Offered Alternate Even Years
Prerequisite: Graduate standing
Systematic overview of qualitative research methods including theoretical perspectives, research techniques, research design and data management. Reviews relevant ethical questions and social science presentation of research findings. Credit will not be given for both ANT 416 and 516.


ANT 521Human OsteologyUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Only
Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of instructor, Corequisite: ANT 524, ANT 529
Survey of all the bones of the human skeleton from an anthropological perspective, including their names, important features useful in recognizing fragmentary specimens from an archaeological context, and techniques for determining the side of the body they come from. Skeletal development and its relationship to skeletal abnormalities. Issues relating to the study of archaeological skeletons. Graduate students will be required to attend an additional one-hour weekly problem session. Credit cannot be received for both ANT 421 and ANT 521.


ANT 524BioarchaeologyUNITS: 3 - Offered in Spring Only
Prerequisite: ANT 421
Survey of approaches used by bioarchaeologists to understand past lifeways through the study of excavated human remains, and the theories that inform those approaches. Analysis and critique of the ways in which bioarchaeologists use skeletal and mortuary data to reconstruct health and disease patterns, mortality rates, diet, degree of interpersonal violence, and social structure among humans from the distant past.


ANT 529Advanced Methods in Forensic AnthropologyUNITS: 4 - Offered in Spring Only, Offered Alternate Even Years
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing
Advanced methods in forensic anthropology-an applied field of biological anthropology. Application of the science of biological anthropology to the medicolegal process. Identification of skeletal remains to determine age, sex, ancestry, stature, andunique features of a decedent. Analysis of human skeletal remains. Identification techniques addressed and proficiency expected. Students must provide their own transportation to the laboratory site.


ANT 531Tourism, Culture and AnthropologyUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Only
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing
Anthropological approach to tourism studies with emphasis on cross-cultural aspects of international tourism. Attention to impact of mass tourism as compared to alternative tourism; environmental and economic impact of tourism; impact of international tourists and tourism on local communities. Principal theories of leisure in relation to tourism. Theories of culture change in relation to travel and tourism. Credit not granted for both ANT 431 and ANT 531.


ANT 533Anthropology of Ecotourism and Heritage ConservationUNITS: 3 - Offered in Spring Only, Offered Alternate Odd Years
Prerequisite: ANT 252
Introduction to how cultures and societies view, utilize, interpret, manage and conserve environmental and cultural heritage resources; includes examination of theory and concepts of place, identity, sacred heritage, ecotourism, wildlife management as well as the cultural politics and practices of environmentalist and heritage management. Some limited travel to NC heritage sites required at student expense. Must hold Graduate standing, students cannot receive credit for both ANT 433 and ANT 533.


ANT 544Cross-Cultural Perspective on WomenUNITS: 3 - Offered in Spring Only, Offered Alternate Odd Years
Prerequisite: 3 hours Cultural Anthropology or Graduate standing
Comparison of women in a variety of societies: western and non-western; hunting and gathering to industrialized. Cross-cultural perspectives on the similarity and diversity of women's statuses and roles. Effect of gender on social position. Credit will not be offered for both ANT 444 and ANT 544.


ANT 550Culture, Ecology, and Sustainable LivingUNITS: 3
Prerequisite: Graduate standing
Theoretical and methodological introduction to the anthropological study of humans and their environments. Students enrolled for graduate credit must complete a weekly one-hour problem session. Credit not allowed for both ANT 450 and ANT 550.


ANT 560Urban AnthropologyUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Only, Offered Alternate Odd Years
Prerequisite: ANT 252 or Graduate standing
Anthropological study of cities. Examination of cross-cultural patterns of behavior in urban areas and adaptive strategies that urban dwellers employ. Major theoretical and methodological approaches relevant to an understanding of contemporary urbanization. Credit will not be given for both ANT 460 and ANT 560.


ANT 564Anthropology of ReligionUNITS: 3 - Offered in Spring Only
Prerequisite: Graduate standing
Examines anthropology perspectives on the role of religion in social life; discussion of theoretical and methodological issues pertaining to the study of ritual and belief. Students enrolled for graduate credit must complete a weekly one hour problem session. Credit not allowed for both ANT 464 and ANT 564.


ANT 575Environmental ArchaeologyUNITS: 3
Archaeological investigation of human-environmental interactions. Focuses on various techniques archaeologists and paleoecologists use to reconstruct prehistoric environments. Topics include the analysis of animal remains (e.g., shellfish, fish, marine mammals, birds), soils, and plants, dating techniques, and stable isotopes. Must hold graduate standing, credit not allowed for both ANT 475 and ANT 575.


ANT 583Archaeological Method and TheoryUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Only
Methods and Theory used by archaeologists to locate and interpret material evidence about past human activities. Topics include techniques for discovering and analyzing cultural remains, the history of archaeology as a discipline, and the major theoretical underpinnings that have guided archaeological practice and interpretation. Course is required for graduate students in Bioarchaeology concentration. Students may not receive credit for ANT 483 and ANT 583.


ANT 585Skeletal Biology in AnthropologyUNITS: 3
Skeletal biology is the study of human skeletal remains; understanding past populations' demographics, health and disease, physical activity, diet, and biological relatedness to other groups, past and present. Must hold graduate standing.


ANT (HI) 587Cultural Resource ManagementUNITS: 3 - Offered in Spring Only
Theoretical and practical overview of U.S. federal and state laws, institutions, and practices related to the inventory, evaluation, preservation, protection, and overall management of cultural resources; history and philosophical bases of Cultural Resource Management (CRM); professional ethics; indigenous and other stakeholder interests in CRM; and comparative national regulations outside the U.S. and the international heritage management and organizations. Graduate standing in history required.


ANT 595Special Topics in AnthropologyUNITS: 1-6
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing
In depth exploration of specialized topics in Anthropology. Also used to test and develop new courses.


ANT 598Independent Study in ANTUNITS: 1-6 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer
Independent study of a topic in anthropology. Topic and mode of study determined by faculty member(s) and student(s).


ANT 610Special Topics in AnthropologyUNITS: 1-6
Provision for in-depth investigation of some particular topic in anthropology. Reflection of current student needs and interests through variations in course content and mode of study. Determination of topics by faculty member(s) and student.


ANT 693Masters Supervised ResearchUNITS: 1-6 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing
Instruction in research, and research under the mentorship of a member of the Graduate Faculty. Restricted to Masters Students in Anthropology.


ANT 695Masters ResearchUNITS: 1-6 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing
Thesis research conducted under the supervision of student's thesis committee chair or other graduate faculty member. Restricted to Masters Students in Anthropology.


ANT 696Summer Thesis ResUNITS: 1 - Offered in Summer


ANT 699Masters Thesis PreparationUNITS: 1-6 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing
For students who have completed all credit hours, full-time enrollment, and other requirements for the masters degree, and are writing and defending their thesis. Restricted to Masters Students in Anthropology.


ANT 810Special Topics in AnthropologyUNITS: 1-6 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer
Provision for in-depth investigation of some particular topic in anthropology. Reflection of current student needs and interests through variations in course content and mode of study. Determination of topics by faculty member(s) and student.


ANT 896Summer Thesis ResUNITS: 1