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Courses

Anthropology GE Classes

Please see our listing of Anthropology courses on our majors page that can be used in fulfilling GE requirements.


Lower Division Courses

ANTH 101. Human Biocultural Origins (3)
Humankind’s place in nature; fossil evidence for hominid evolution; evolutionary theory; racial, clinal and genetic variability; relationship of physical and cultural adaptations; the rise of civilization. Note: Cannot be used for General Education in combination with Geography 101 or 103.

ANTH 102. Introduction to Socio-Cultural Anthropology (3)
Cross-cultural survey of systems of social, political, and economic organization, language, gender, kinship, religion, and subsistence; culture change and intercultural connections; ethnographic field methods and theories of culture; contemporary applications.

ANTH 103. Introduction to Archaeology and World Prehistory (3)
Archaeology emphasizing the modern relevance of understanding the past. Beginning six to seven million years ago in Africa, highlighting the physical and cultural evolution of our human lineage.

ANTH 296. Experimental Topics (1-4)
Selected topics. May be repeated with new content. See Class Schedule for specific content. Limit of nine units of any combination of 296, 496, 596 courses applicable to a bachelor’s degree.


Upper Division Courses (Intended for Undergraduates)

ANTH 301. Principles of Biological Anthropology (3)
Two lectures and three hours of laboratory.
Prerequisite: Anthropology 101.
Theory and method in biological anthropology. Hands-on collection and interpretation of data in primate comparative anatomy, human evolution, human skeletal biology, human adaptability, and primate behavioral observation.

ANTH 302. Principles of Archaeology (3)
Prerequisite: Anthropology 101.
History, method, and theory of archaeological data acquisition and interpretation. Methods of data recovery and analysis suitable to resolution of historical and processual questions. Archaeological examples from a worldwide sample of prehistoric and historic societies.

ANTH 303. Principles of Socio-Cultural Anthropology (3)
Prerequisite: Anthropology 102.
Development of theories which explain nature of culture and cultural variation. Applications of theory of culture to field methods in ethnography and interpretation of ethnographic findings.

ANTH 304. Principles of Anthropological Linguistics (3)
Prerequisite: Anthropology 102.
Structural nature of language. How languages differ, change and influence each other. Language families of the world. Significance of language for human social life in a variety of cultures.

ANTH 348. Historical Archaeology (3)
Prerequisites: Anthropology 102 and completion of the General Education requirement in Foundations of Learning II.B., Social and Behavioral Sciences required for nonmajors.
How historical texts and archaeological artifacts are used to understand colonial expansion and indigenous response across the globe over last half millennium. Incorporates native and European worldviews in investigation of archaeological sites from historical times.

ANTH 349. Roots of Civilizations (3)
Prerequisite: Open only to upper division students who have completed the General Education requirement in Foundations of Learning II.C., Humanities.
Origins and major attributes common to civilizations. Form and function of fundamental characteristics in different civilizations. Examples taken from Africa, Asia, the Near East and the New World.

ANTH 350. Cultures Around the Globe (3)
Prerequisites: Anthropology 102 and completion of the General Education requirement in Foundations of Learning II.B., Social and Behavioral Sciences required for nonmajors.
Cultural patterns of representative peoples. Industries, arts, social organization and supernaturalism considered with view to environmental adjustment, historical development and functional interrelation. Ethnological theories reviewed and applied in interpreting illustrative societies.

ANTH 353. Sustainability and Culture (3)(Same course as Sustainability 353)
Prerequisite: Completion of the General Education requirement in Foundations of Learning II.B., Social and Behavioral Sciences required for nonmajors.
Examination of efforts of anthropology to understand sustainability and provide solutions to human-environmental problems. Compares and explores sustainability in a variety of contexts and scales, from San Diego region to diverse communities around the world.

ANTH 355. Exploring Primate Behavior (3)
Prerequisite: Completion of the General Education requirement in Foundations of Learning II.A. Natural Sciences and Quantitative Reasoning. If a biological sciences course is not taken to satisfy Foundations of Learning II.A. 2. Life Sciences, a college course in biological sciences is required.
World of our closest living relatives. What it means to be a primate, where primates live, how primates have evolved into different groups and adapted to different environments, and what primates are threatened with extinction and why.

ANTH 360. From the Grave: Modern Forensic Anthropology (3)
Prerequisite: Completion of the General Education requirement in Foundations of Learning II.A. 2. Life Sciences. If a biological sciences course is not taken to satisfy Foundations of Learning II.A. 2. Life Sciences, a college course in biological sciences is required.
Physical anthropology and skeletal biology within medicolegal context. Methodologies used in science of forensic anthropology, as interdisciplinary nature and authorities in related fields.

ANTH 402. Dynamics of Biocultural Diversity (3)
Prerequisite: Completion of the General Education requirement in Foundations of Learning II.A.2. Life Sciences. If a biological sciences course is not taken to satisfy Foundations of Learning II.A.2. Life Sciences, a college course in biological sciences is required.
Interaction of biology and culture in human populations. Relating genetic and cultural processes to the changes in human populations over time.

ANTH 410. Language in Culture (3)
Prerequisites: Anthropology 102, and completion of the General Education requirement in Foundations of Learning II.B., Social and Behavioral Sciences required for nonmajors.
Survey of anthropological interests in the study of language and of linguistic interests in the sociocultural context of language.

ANTH 422. Music and Culture (3)
Prerequisites: Anthropology 102, and completion of the General Education requirement in Foundations of Learning II.C., Humanities required for nonmajors.
How the forms, functions and meanings of music vary crossculturally. Understanding a society’s music historically, holistically and experientially, with emphasis on non-Western music. Universals of music and music use. Ethnological theories of music and music change.

ANTH 424. The Supernatural in Cross-Cultural Perspective (3)
Prerequisites: Anthropology 102, and completion of the General Education requirement in Foundations of Learning II.C., Humanities required for nonmajors.
Magic and religion. Conceptions of the supernatural in a cross section of world’s cultures. Anthropological theories relating to supernatural beliefs and practices.

ANTH 439. Cultural Comparisons Through Film (3)
Prerequisite: Completion of the General Education requirement in Foundations of Learning II.B., Social and Behavioral Sciences required for nonmajors.
Principles of cultural anthropology to include signs and proxemics, cultural prerequisites, kinship and social organization, and law and values. Feature and documentary films.

ANTH 440. Mesoamerican Civilization Before the Europeans (3)
Prerequisites: Anthropology 102, and completion of the General Education requirement in Foundations of Learning II.B., Social and Behavioral Sciences required for nonmajors.
Pre-European cultures and civilizations of Mexico and upper Central America from 25,000 years ago to arrival of Spanish in 1517. Regional histories, economies, social organizations, ideologies, and political systems, settlement patterns, architecture, and art.

ANTH 442. Cultures of South America (3)
Prerequisites: Anthropology 102, and completion of the General Education requirement in Foundations of Learning II.B., Social and Behavioral Sciences required for nonmajors.
Indian cultures in terms of origins, migration, relation to habitat, cultural variation and relevance to contemporary trends. Development of Inca civilization, the effects of the Spanish conquest and its aftermath.

ANTH 451. American Indian Identity (3) (Same course as American Indian Studies 451)
Prerequisite: Completion of the General Education requirement in Foundations of Learning II.B., Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Multidisciplinary perspectives on American Indian identity today. Topics include perspectives from political, ethnic, cultural and legal standpoints, both within and outside of indigenous communities, as well as diachronic variation in perspectives.

ANTH 460. American Indian Languages (3) (Same course as American Indian Studies 460 and Linguistics 460)
Prerequisite: Completion of the General Education requirement in Foundations of Learning II.B., Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Structures of American Indian languages. Language families of North America, history, and present circumstances. Interdependence of language and culture, differences in ways of speaking. Issues of language endangerment, language death, language maintenance, and language revitalization.

ANTH 471. Archaeology of North America (3)
Prerequisite: Anthropology 101 or 102.
Origins of the American Indian and survey of the main prehistoric cultures of the North American continent.

ANTH 495. Internship in Applied Anthropology (1-3) Cr/NC
Prerequisites: Anthropology 301, 302, 303, 304.
Supervised field placement of students in campus or community organization, museums, cultural resource management firms, social service and development agencies, forensic laboratories and other offices including business firms where concepts and principles of anthropology can be put into practice. May be repeated for maximum credit three units.

ANTH 496. Experimental Topics (1-4)
Selected topics. May be repeated with new content. See Class Schedule for specific content. Limit of nine units of any combination of 296, 496, 596 courses applicable to a bachelor’s degree.

ANTH 499. Special Study (1-3)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Individual study. Maximum credit six units.

 

Upper Division Courses (also Acceptable for Advanced Degrees)

ANTH 501. Primate Behavioral Ecology (3)
Prerequisite: Anthropology 301.
Ecology and behavior of nonhuman primates to include history of primate ecological research, feeding ecology, predation, demography and dispersal, reproduction, conflict and cooperation, conservation as well as contemporary primatology.

ANTH 505. Human Osteology (3)
Two lectures and three hours of laboratory.
Prerequisite: Anthropology 301.
Identification of individual bones and teeth; sex, age, and racial variation; stature reconstruction; continuous and discontinuous morphological variations; paleopathology. Training in observations, measurements, and analyses.

ANTH 508. Medical Anthropology (3)
Prerequisite: Anthropology 303.
Socio-cultural ecology of disease, medical health beliefs and practices in cultural context, and complexities of health care delivery in pluralistic societies.

ANTH 510. Environmental and Ecological Anthropology (3)
Prerequisite: Anthropology 303.
Ecological thinking in anthropology with focus on relationships between human environmental and ecological systems in tribal, peasant, and industrial societies. Cultural aspects of how and why human societies have maintained or undermined their ecosystems.

ANTH 520. Ethnographic Field Methods (3)
Prerequisite: Anthropology 303.
Problems and techniques of field work in ethnographic and social anthropological research; field work projects conducted using various qualitative and quantitative research techniques. Students work with informants in various settings.

ANTH 529. Urban Anthropology (3)
Prerequisite: Anthropology 303.
Urban adaptations of past and present societies. Descriptive topics and applied concerns regarding urban origins, migrations, kinship, ethnicity, stratification, and change. Ethnographic examples drawn from Western and non-Western societies.

ANTH 531. Methods in Applied Anthropology (3)
Prerequisite: Anthropology 303.
Anthropological concepts and methodologies to solve human problems in both western and non-western societies through intervention, community development, impact assessment, and cultural communication.

ANTH 532. Anthropology of Development and Conservation (3)
Prerequisite: Anthropology 303.
Anthropological perspectives on design, implementation, and assessment of development projects and conservation initiatives in “Third World.” Interlinkages between resource exploitation, underdevelopment, and local autonomy; and political and ethical dilemmas faced by anthropologists involved in projects.

ANTH 533. Race, Ethnicity, and Identity (3)
Prerequisite: Anthropology 303.
Theories and practices of race, ethnicity, and identity from a cross-cultural and anthropological perspective. History of race in US and other regions, focusing on how identities are constructed around concepts of difference.

ANTH 536. Gender and Human Sexuality (3)
Prerequisite: Anthropology 303.
Constructions of gender and sexuality from anthropological perspective. Social constructions of body, norms, deviance, and medicalization of sexuality.

ANTH 537. Anthropology of Childhood (3)
Prerequisite: Anthropology 303.
Childhood in diverse cultural settings; evolutionary, biosocial, and health-related aspects of childhood; social and cultural uses of idea of childhood; enculturation and children’s relationship to material culture.

ANTH 540. Contemporary Cultures of Mesoamerica (3)
Prerequisite: Anthropology 303.
Utilizing ethnographic data to explore growth shifts in development of contemporary cultures of Mesoamerica from precontact to today. Countries may include Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Panama.

ANTH 582. Regional Anthropology (3)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Study of societies in a major geographical region of the world such as Africa, the Arctic, East Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, North America, Oceania, or South Asia. See Class Schedule for specific content. May be repeated with new content. Maximum credit six units

ANTH 583. Topical Anthropology (3)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Study of a major subdiscipline such as political anthropology, economic  anthropology, social  anthropology,  psychological anthropology, cultural ecology, applied anthropology, anthropological genetics, or environmental archaeology. See Class Schedule for specific content. May be repeated with new content. Maximum credit six units.

ANTH 596. Topics in Anthropology (1-3)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Advanced topics in anthropology. May be repeated with new content. See Class Schedule for specific content. Limit of nine units of any combination of 296, 496, 596 courses applicable to a bachelor’s degree. Credit for 596 and 696 applicable to a master’s degree with approval of the graduate adviser.


Graduate Courses

ANTH 600. Seminar (3)
An intensive study in advanced anthropology. See Class Schedule for specific content. Maximum credit six units applicable to a master’s degree.

ANTH 601. Seminar in Biological Anthropology (3)
Prerequisite: Classified graduate standing.
History, theory, and current research in biological anthropology. Key literature from core topical areas such as primatology, paleoanthropology, human biology, bioarchaeology, and skeletal biology.

ANTH 602. Seminar in Archaeology (3)
Prerequisite: Classified graduate standing.
History and theory in archaeological data collection, analysis, and interpretation.

ANTH 603. Seminar in Ethnology (3)
Prerequisite: Classified graduate standing.
History and theory in ethnology stressing the significant literature on such topics as cross-cultural comparison, structural-functional analysis and description, personality and culture, and sociocultural change.

ANTH 604. Seminar in Linguistics (3)
Prerequisite: Classified graduate standing.
History and theory of linguistics stressing the significant literature on such topics as cultural cognition, descriptive linguistics, lexicostatistics, and transformational analysis.

ANTH 605. Seminar in Applied Anthropology (3)
Prerequisite: Classified graduate standing.
Use of anthropological theory and methods in solving contemporary social problems. Contemporary ethnographic examples from differing regions of the world reviewed to understand complexity and locally specific variables that must be addressed in proposing interventions and solutions.

ANTH 621. Seminar in Topical Anthropology (3)
Prerequisite: Twelve upper division units in anthropology.
Study of a major subdiscipline such as political anthropology, economic  anthropology,  social  anthropology,  psychological  anthropology, cultural ecology, applied anthropology, race and variation, or environmental archaeology. Maximum credit six units applicable to a master’s degree. May be repeated with new content. See Class Schedule for specific content.

ANTH 795. Internship in Anthropology (3-9) Cr/NC
Prerequisites: Classified graduate standing and consent of instructor.
Students assigned to various government and private agencies in which anthropological theory can be applied. Supervision shared by department supervisor and on-the-job supervisor. Maximum credit nine units; three units applicable to a master’s degree.

ANTH 797. Research (3) Cr/NC/RP
Prerequisite: Classified graduate standing.
Independent investigation in the general field of the thesis.

ANTH 798. Special Study (1-3) Cr/NC/RP
Prerequisite: Classified graduate standing.
Individual study directed toward the preparation of a paper on a specific problem. May be repeated with variable content, with a maximum credit of three units applicable to a master’s degree.

ANTH 799A. Thesis (3) Cr/NC/RP
Prerequisites: An officially appointed thesis committee and advancement to candidacy.
Preparation of a project or thesis for the master’s degree.

ANTH 799B. Thesis Extension (0) Cr/NC
Prerequisite: Prior registration in Thesis, 799A, with an assigned grade symbol of RP.
Registration required in any semester or term following assignment of RP in Course 799A in which the student expects to use the facilities and resources of the university; also student must be registered in the course when the completed thesis is granted final approval.