Anthropology (ANTH)

ANTH 2301  Introduction to Archeology  3 SCH  (3)  

General introduction to the field of archeology. Emphasis on methods of data collection, analysis and a world review of major events in the development of past human civilizations.

ANTH 2302  Introd to Anthropology  3 SCH  (3)  

Major aspects of culture (social organization, economics, religion, etc.); cultural patterns and sociocultural change; prehistory of humans and the development of their culture.

ANTH 2303  Intro to Physical Anthrop  3 SCH  (3)  

An introduction to the origins and evolution of humans as reconstructed from the fossil record and from patterns of anatomical, behavioral and genetic similarity among living primates.

ANTH 3301  American Cultures Before 1492  3 SCH  (3)  

Development of Native American cultures (Maya, Inca, Aztec and related cultural traditions) of U.S., Mexico, Central and South America before Spanish, English and French conquest. Optional field trip when possible. Prerequisite: 3 semester hours of Anthropology/Southwest Borderlands Studies or 6 semester hours of social science.

ANTH 3302  Prin of Cultural Anthrop  3 SCH  (3)  

Major approaches in the field of cultural anthropology and the major influences on the discipline; introduction to research methodology used in both primitive and modern societies. Prerequisite: 3 semester hours of ANTH or 6 semester hours of social science.

ANTH 3303  Intro to Folklore and Folklife  3 SCH  (3)  

Survey of the major forms of folklore and folklife and the methods of collection and study. Examines traditional verbal art forms, customs, and material culture. Prerequisite: 3 semester hours of Anthropology or 6 semester hours of social science.

ANTH 3304  Fundamentals of Archaeology  3 SCH  (3)  

Methods of data collection, analysis and theory in anthropological archaeology. Case studies of cultural development in selected ancient and historic societies. Prerequisite: 6 semester hours of social science.

ANTH 4301  Social Theory  3 SCH  (3)  

Development of social theory as represented by Comte, Spencer, Durkheim and Weber, to contemporary schools of thought, including functionalism, conflict, symbolic interactionism, structuralism and world systems theory. Prerequisite: ANTH 2302 or SOCI 1301 and 6 semester hours of advanced Anthropology or Sociology. (Credit may not be obtained in both ANTH 4301 and SOCI 4383.)

ANTH 4303  Folk Medicine  3 SCH  (3)  

An examination of the folk medical system of Mexican Americans from an anthropological perspective. Includes an exploration of household remedies (including herbal remedies), folk illness syndromes, various folk healers (including parteras, or midwives, and sobadores, or massagers), curanderismo (folk healing) and brujeria (witchcraft) in present-day Mexican American culture in South Texas and the Southwest. Prerequisite: 3 semester hours of Anthropology/Southwest Borderlands Studies or 6 semester hours of social science.

ANTH 4305  Language and Culture  3 SCH  (3)  

Introduction to the social and cultural aspects of language and provides framework and methodology for studying and analyzing the many elements which make up verbal and non-verbal communication in various speech communities in the United States. Prerequisite: 3 semester hours of Anthropology/Southwest Borderlands Studies or 6 semester hours of social science.

ANTH 4306  Mexican American Folklore  3 SCH  (3)  

Examines the various types of culture from an anthropological perspective and provides an in-depth look at various genres of Mexican-American folklore, including folk narrative, folk belief, folk medicine, folk music, folk speech and folk material culture. Prerequisite: 3 semester hours of Anthropology/Southwest Borderlands Studies or 6 semester hours of social science.

ANTH 4307  Material Culture  3 SCH  (3)  

ANTH 4308  Latin American Culture  3 SCH  (3)  

Origin and development of contemporary cultural forms in Latin America. Industrialization, socioeconomic and demographic change are examined from several theoretical perspectives. Prerequisite: 3 semester hours of Anthropology/Southwest Borderlands Studies or 6 semester hours of social science.

ANTH 4309  Mexican Border Subcultures  3 SCH  (3)  

Analysis of social processes such as competition, accommodation and cooperation occurring in the American Southwest and in Northern Mexico, with attention to such variables as ethnicity and stratification. Prerequisite: 3 semester hours of Anthropology/Southwest Borderlands Studies or 6 semester hours of social science.

ANTH 4348  Multicultural Groups  3 SCH  (3)  

Issues of multicultural groups with salient ethnic characteristics; analysis of the concept of ethnic identity and belonging, and examination of the dynamics of group cohesion within political, economic, social, and immigration contexts. Prerequisites: junior standing or approval of the instructor. (Credit may not be given for both ANTH 4348 and SOCI 4348.)

ANTH 4350  Selected Topics in Anthrop  3 SCH  (3)  

Literature and research in anthropological areas not otherwise treated in depth in available courses. May be repeated once for credit when topics differ. Prerequisite: ANTH 2302 or SOCI 1301 and 6 semester hours of social science.

ANTH 4362  Race Relations  3 SCH  (3)  

Critical analysis of the concept of race, analysis of subordinate peoples in the United States and around the world. Emphasis on dynamics of problems of subordinate groups. Prerequisite: 6 semester hours of Anthropology or Sociology. (Credit may not be given for both ANTH 4362 and SOCI 4362.)

ANTH 4382  Methods of Social Research  3 SCH  (3)  

Introduction to the study of the scientific method as applied to social research, including the logic of science, covering the nature of data, hypotheses, concepts and objectivity. Prerequisites: ANTH 2302 or SOCI 1301 and 3 semester hours of advanced Anthropology or Sociology. (Credit may be obtained in only one of ANTH 4382, CRIM 4382 or SOCI 4382.)

ANTH 4404  Primate Evolution  4 SCH  (4)  

ANTH 4604  South Texas Field Archaeology  6 SCH  (3-3)  

Data collection, analysis and theory in anthropological archaeology with direct field experience examining selected South Texas ancient and historic societies. Students required to camp on-site during the field school. Special field course fee required; $300, subject to change. Prerequisite: 6 semester hours of social science or consent of the instructor.