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Anthropology - Upper-Division Courses


General Education Category A must be completed prior to taking any upper division course except upper division language courses where students meet formal prerequisites and/or competency equivalent for advanced study.

301. Principles of Archaeology (4)

Prerequisites: ANTH 140 and completion of GE Foundation requirements.
Exploration of the techniques, methods, and goals of archaeological research. Study of ceramics, lithics and other parts of the archaeological record. Examination of issues in sampling, survey, excavation and dating of archaeological materials. General problems encountered in explaining archaeological phenomena.
Not open for credit to students with credit in ANTH 205. Letter grade only (A-F). (3 hours lecture, 2 hours activity)

305I. Radical Social Analysis (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of GE Foundation requirements, one or more Explorations courses and upper division standing.
Radical examination of society and culture, focusing on classic Marxian texts as well as current critical theory and analysis. Special emphasis on critiques of capitalism and the effects of global inequality on humanity.

307I. Modernization in Global Perspective (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Foundation requirements, one or more Explorations courses, and upper-division standing.
Exploration of psychological and material problems in modern society (both western and Third World) due to accelerating change beginning with advance of technology, rise of capitalism, abandonment of “old values,” increasing complexity of bureaucracy, and lowering of social barriers.

311I. Human Adventure (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of GE Foundation requirements, one or more Explorations courses, and upper division standing.
An exploration of the evolution of key features of humanity from our origins through the present and into the future.

313. World Prehistory (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of GE Foundation requirements.
The origin of human beings and their cultures, the development of agriculture, the growth of city life, and the rise of civilization; a survey of world-wide prehistory from the Old Stone Age to the Iron Age.

314. Global Ethnography (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Foundation requirements.
Recent and contemporary cultures around the world; a comparative survey of their ecological adaptations, social institutions, technology, subsistence strategies, degrees of complexity, and patterns of change.

315. Human Variation (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of GE Foundation requirement.
Biological variation and differences in modern humans. Biological concepts of biospecies and subspecies. Biological adaptations. Racism and genocide. Rise of the race concept and the social meaning of this concept. Biology of several American ethnic groups.

318. Human Genetics (3)

Prerequisites: ANTH 110 or equivalent BIOL course, a quantitative course.
Genetic background for normal and abnormal development; population differences; human reproduction, pregnancy, prenatal diagnosis and birth defects; introduction to population and evolutionary genetics; application to social, moral, legal and ethical problems and to genetic counseling.

319. Human Growth and Development (3)

Prerequisites: BIOL 205 or 207.
Analysis of the sequence of events in the development of people from conception to death; organ development; rapid and retarded growth patterns; the processes of aging and death from a broad ethnic and ecological perspective.

321. North American Indians (3)

Comparative study of traditional Native American societies, social organization, belief systems and religions, crafts and adaptation to varied environments; cultural changes in response to European contacts.

322. California Indians (3)

Survey of native Californian groups; discussion of the diversity of aboriginal culture prior to western contact as background for analysis of the impact of Europeans; problems of intercultural relations; and the current status of native Californians.

323. Peoples of Mexico and Central America (3)

Survey of present-day peoples of Mexico and Central America; indigenous and mestizo cultures and their heritage; examination of recent change.

324. Peoples of South America (3)

Survey of the present day peoples of South America; tribal Indians, peasant communities, village life, the emerging middle class, and other social groups; examination of the Indian, European, and African heritage and present day cultural and social changes.

329. Cultural Diversity in California (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of G.E. Foundation requirements.
Examination of current cultural diversity in California, including ethnicity, nationality, class, gender, religion, and region; and the impact of this diversity on public institutions will be covered.
Letter grade only (A-F).

332. Chinese Culture and Society (3)

Anthropological perspectives on revolution, socialism, and institutional change in China, ethnic diversity, family and kinship patterns, politics, economy, international relations, and religion in premodern and modern times.

333. Cultures and Societies of Southeast Asia (3)

Comparison of ecological, social, and symbolic systems of mainland and island Southeast Asia. Emphasis of traditional cultures of agricultural and small-scale societies. Effects of colonialism and modernization are also covered.

335. Japanese Culture and Society (3)

Cultural and social institutions; kinship, family structure, religion, law, politics and economy from traditional to modern times.

345. Ancient Civilizations of Mexico and Central America (3)

Origin and growth of the Aztec, Maya and other civilizations of Mexico and Central America.

347. Prehistoric Cultures of North America (3)

Archaeological evidence of origin and growth of the native American cultures north of Mexico; regional cultures and broad continental patterns of development.

349. The Prehistory of California and the Southwestern United States (3)

Development of the native cultures of California and American Southwest from the earliest human occupation to the historic period.

351. Sex Roles and Culture (3)

Interaction of biological, cultural and historical factors on male/female roles and status in traditional and contemporary cultures and societies.

353. Health and Healing (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of GE Foundation requirements.
Cultural perspective of health and health care delivery; coverage of diverse cultures in the United States and abroad; emphasis on increasing personal awareness through exposure to diverse perceptions of illness and treatment.

363. Natural History of Primates (3)

Prerequisites: ANTH 110.
Relationship of primates to other mammals; adaptation of arboreal mammals; functional and evolutionary aspects of primate anatomy and physiology; effects of size; primate ecology; survey of the Order Primates: Prosimii, Tarsoidea, New World and Old World Monkeys, Hominoids.

401. Foundations of Anthropology (3) F

Prerequisites: ANTH 313 and ANTH 314 with grade of 'C” or better, or consent of instructor.
Introduction to history of anthropological theory from inception to current approaches; frames theories in the social context in which they emerged.
Letter grade only (A-F).

402. Evolutionary Theory (3)

Prerequisites: Upper-division standing and completion of ANTH 110 with a grade of “C” or better.
Development of evolutionary thought and its impact on Anthropology; origins of physical anthropology; Mendelian genetics, transmutationalism, populational genetics, Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium, non-Darwinian evolution, and modern synthesis; scientific method, the application of evolutionary theory to human origins, primate biology, behavioral biology. Current theoretical perspectives.
Letter grade only (A-F).

403. Evolutionary Anthropology (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Foundation requirements, one or more Exploration courses, and completion of any lower division course in Anthropology with a grade of "C" or better.
Overview of the application of evolutionary theory to human behavior and culture. Fundamentals of Darwinian evolution, cultural transmission, behavioral ecology, and complex social systems. Applications in ethnology, archeology, biological anthropology and historical linguistics with relevance to issues facing modern societies.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units in different semesters. Letter grade only (A-F).

412I. Culture and Communication (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Foundation requirements, one or more Explorations courses, and upper-division standing.
Culture and its influence on the communication process; practical application to intercultural and multicultural situations; cultural patterns in America and abroad and their effect on verbal and nonverbal communicative behavior; cultural dimensions of ethnocentrism, stereotypes, and prejudices and their effect on communication; multicultural approaches to human interaction.

413. Language and Culture (3)

Relation of language to social and cultural practices and processes; issues of meaning, identity and power within and across cultures.
Same course as LING 413.

414./514. Anthropology of Religion (3)

Prerequisites: ANTH 120 and upper-division/graduate standing or consent of instructor.
An anthropological examination of religious behavior and beliefs, which will focus on these phenomena in their sociocultural and adaptive contexts. Using the cross-cultural and cultural evolutionary approach, hunter-gatherer religions through civilized ones will be covered.
Letter grade only (A-F).

415./515. Economic Anthropology (3)

Compares and contrasts the economies characteristic of hunter-gatherers, horticulturalists, and peasants; investigates the changing relations of tribal and peasant peoples to the developing global economy; and looks at production and marketing strategies within local, regional, and urban settings.

416./516. Urban Anthropology (3)

Comparative analysis of development and role of urban centers in ancient and modern cultures; interrelationships of urban and rural populations; patterns of similarity and difference in urbanism of contrasting cultures; implications for a multi-national world.

417./517. Applied Anthropology (3)

Prerequisites: ANTH 120 and upper division standing or graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Brief orientation to applied anthropology, its history and ethics; policy and applied anthropology domains (needs assessment, program evaluation, social impact assessment, environmental, advocacy); applied research methods; student proposals for internship research.

419./519. Encounters and Identities (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate and advanced undergraduate students only.
Examination of how cultural anthropologists have dealt, theoretically, with the concept of identity; concentrates more on theories than geographic regions, emphasis on recent theoretical developments such as post-modern and post-colonial approaches to the study of contemporary subjectivities.
Letter grade only (A-F).

420./520. Culture, Power and Politics (3)

Prerequisite: ANTH 120 and upper-division/graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Examines from an anthropological perspective how culture shapes the social construction of power and the practice of politics from an anthropological perspective.

421. Education Across Cultures (3)

Cross cultural perspectives on formal and informal education and socialization, using theory and methods from anthropology and linguistics. Cultural variation in schooling and multiculturalism in U.S. American classrooms. Cultural, linguistic and educational issues facing indigenous, minority and immigrant populations in schools.
Same course as LING 425.

422./522. The Anthropology of Gender (3)

Prerequisites: Upper division standing and ANTH 351 or consent of instructor.
Examines anthropological perspectives on gender and how these perspectives have challenged and transformed anthropology and feminism; class will locate gender relations in the production of anthropological knowledge, in colonial and postcolonial social fields, and in the movement of global capitalism.
Letter grade only (A-F).

427./527. Global East Asia (3)

Prerequisites: Graduate and advanced undergraduate students.
Students will examine how socio-cultural formations in an East Asian context articulate with global flows of capital, people, and ideas.
Letter grade only (A-F).

428./528. Historical Ethnography (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Development of the specialization of historical ethnography in anthropology, combined ethnographic and historical approaches to ethnographic questions, methodological and theoretical issues in historical ethnography.
Letter grade only (A-F).

434. Primate Evolution (3)

Prerequisite: ANTH 110. Recommended: ANTH 363, upper division physical anthropology, biology, or anatomy/physiology course.
Primate evolutionary biology, minus the sub-family hominidae; fossil record and analysis of fossils (through the use of fossil casts); detailed cranial anatomy (particularly teeth) will be examined in the laboratory section; literature on primate evolution will be surveyed.
(Lecture 2 hours, Lab 3 hours)

435. Human Evolution (3)

Prerequisites: ANTH 110.
Fossil and molecular evidence for human evolution with a consideration of the importance of cultural factors.
Not open for credit to students with credit in ANTH 430.

436. Medical Anthropology (3)

Prerequisites: ANTH 353 recommended.
Interaction of cultural, biological and environmental elements in human response to disease; emphasis on an ecosystem approach with evolutionary and comparative perspectives.

437. Primate Ecology (3)

Prerequisite: ANTH 110 or a comparable biology course with a grade of "C" or better; ANTH 202 and ANTH 363 recommended.
Survey of interaction of primates with their environment. Focus on physiological ecology, nutritional ecology, chemical ecology, population ecology and behavioral ecology of primate species.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hours)

440. Ethnographic Field School (3-6)

Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor.
Experiential course gives opportunity to apply standard ethnographic methods to study, observe, and learn about a non-U.S. culture. Analysis of methodology and data collection will occur throughout the course. Location, topics and activities will vary.
Letter grade only (A-F).

444./544. Transnational Migrants (3)

Prerequisites: ANTH 120 and upper-division/graduate standing or consent of the instructor.
Anthropological examination of the lives of immigrants and refugees. Explores the way studies of migration challenge our understanding of the local context of globalization and transnationalism. Focus on theories of culture, ethnicity, and identity as well as theories of incorporation, adaptation and nativism and the relevance of applied anthropology through research and advocacy.
Letter grade only (A-F).

445./545. Human Environment Interaction in Prehistory and History (3)

Prerequisites: ANTH 140 and ANTH 313 or consent of instructor.
Explores archaeological and paleoenvironmental evidence of how the natural environment has affected human biological and cultural evolution and how human activities have affected the environment.

450. Archaeological Field Research (1-10)

Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor.
Introduction to field acquisition of archaeological data through remote sensing, geophysics, survey, and excavation; instructional emphasis is on recovery, recording techniques, and the management of field projects; locations will vary and may be offered on Saturdays.
May be repeated to a maximum of 10 units in different semesters.

451./551. Archaeological Artifacts Analyses (4)

Prerequisite: ANTH 140 or equivalent.
Study of the products of human activity; nature of measurement and observation within the archaeological record;. Explanations of artifact variability. study of lithics, ceramics, and other types of archaeological materials. Practical experience in the study of materials, sampling, errors.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lec 3 hrs, Lab 2 hrs)

453./553. Archaeological Field Research Design (4)

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and ANTH 301 or equivalent.
The nature of the archaeological record, research design, techniques of archaeological data collection and field research employing data sources and modern techniques. Practical experience in the use of mapping instruments, map interpretation, geophysics, surface survey, sampling designs, remote sensing photogrammetry.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lec 3 hrs, Lab 2 hrs)

454. Culture and Aging (3)

Cultural perspectives on aging and the aged in America and elsewhere. Attention to insider views from specific societies and to comparison of aging concerns in diverse settings.

455./555. Archaeological Method and Theory I (4)

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and ANTH 301.
Examination of theoretical constructs in the analysis of archaeological data. Development and construction of a metalanguage for the discussion and analysis of historical phenomenon. Key debates in archaeological literature about the nature of theory, knowledge, theory and units.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lec 3 hrs, Lab 2 hrs)

456./556. Archaeological Method and Theory II (4)

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and ANTH 455.
Analysis of conceptual frameworks employed by archaeologists in obtaining explanation in the three major areas of culture history, cultural reconstruction, and explanatory prehistory, Introduction to evolutionary theory as used in archaeology. Debates about the nature of evolutionary explanations.
Letter grade only (A-F).

458. Ethnographic Methods (4)

Prerequisites: ANTH 110, 120, 140, and 170 or consent of Instructor.
Introduction to purposes of cultural anthropology fieldwork, methodology used to collect ethnographic data, and ways of analyzing and reporting data collected; focus on identifying and defining research problems and populations, and ethical issues that arise when conducting research.

464./564. Quantitative Methods in Anthropological Research (4)

Prerequisites: ANTH 202 and consent of instructor:
Advanced statistical and analytical methods involved in anthropological research. Advanced statistical principles and techniques include principal components, ANOVA, MANOVA, factor analysis, bootstrapping, and sampling designs in the anthropological research.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lec 3 hrs, Lab 2 hrs)

471./571. Prehistory of Eastern North America (3)

Prerequisites: ANTH 140 or equivalent.
Ecological and evolutionary account of prehistoric cultural developments in North America east of the Rocky Mountains. Cultural and environmental change from appearance of people in New World to collapse of indigenous cultural systems.
Letter grade only (A-F).

472./572. Archaeology of the Desert West (3)

Prerequisites: ANTH 140 or 301 or 313.
Overview of the archaeology of the Great Basin, the southwestern U.S., and northwestern Mexico. Major developments from the initial human colonization of North America through European contact, with emphasis on human ecology in arid environments.
Letter grade only (A-F).

473./573. Archaeology of California (3)

Prerequisites: ANTH 140 or 301 or 313.
Overview of the archaeology of California, from initial human colonization through European contact. Emphasis on environmental change, human-environment interactions, the development of social complexity, and the consequences of European colonization.
Letter grade only (A-F).

475. Language and Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective (3)

Analysis of men’s and women’s communication in its social and cultural context; role of gender in interpreting conversational interactions in the U.S. and elsewhere; acquisition of gender differences; cultural dimensions of perceptions and stereotypes and their effect on communication.
Same course as LING 470, WGSS 475.

478. Anthropology and Film (3)

Prerequisite: One lower division anthropology course or consent of instructor.
This seminar critically analyzes issues of an anthropological nature as presented in ethnographic and commercial films. Representations of anthropologists, anthropological theories and methods, and populations and concerns of anthropological interest are contrasted with scholarship published on the same issues.
Letter grade only (A-F) for Majors/Minors.

480A. Osteology I (3)

Introduction to skeletal anatomy, measurement and analysis of osteological collections, applied anthropometrics and morphometrics.
(Lecture 2 hours, Lab 3 hours)

480B. Osteology II (3)

Prerequisites: ANTH 480A or consent of instructor.
Osteological analysis of skeletal materials; detection of pathological conditions on archeological populations; methods of dietary analysis; faunal analysis from archeological sites.
(Lecture 2 hours, Lab 3 hours)

481./581. Faunal Analysis (4)

Prerequisites: ANTH 140 or equivalent, consent of instructor.
An introduction to the analysis of animal bones from archaeological sites; exploration of the theoretical and methodological issues that are fundamental to the study of faunal remains and modern zooarchaeology.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lec 3 hrs, Lab 2 hrs)

485. Physical Science Techniques in Archaeology (4)

Prerequisites: ANTH 140 and one other archaeology course or consent of instructor.
Techniques of physics and chemistry in archaeology; use of laboratory equipment, including analytical balances, drying ovens, furnaces, and other sample preparation techniques; use of chemical characterization techniques, including scanning-electron microscopy and inductively-coupled mass spectrometry.
Letter grade only (A-F).

486./586. Geoarchaeology (3)

Prerequisites: ANTH 301 or consent of instructor.
Identification, analysis, and interpretation of sediments and soils associated with archaeological remains. Laboratories deal with sediment description and chemical analysis; field trips and student projects focus on archaeological applications of these subjects.
(3 hours seminar; 3 hours activity) Letter grade only (A-F).

487./587. Cultural Resource Management (3)

Prerequisite: ANTH 301.
Introduction to the practice of public archaeology in the United States: historical and legal background; federal, state, and local programs; archaeology and Native Americans; contract archaeology; survey, evaluation, and mitigation projects; professional employment in U.S. cultural resource management.
Letter grade only (A-F).

488. Advanced Methods in Near Surface Remote Sensing (4)

Prerequisites: ANTH 453 and consent of instructor.
Advanced exploration of the use of near surface geophysical techniques in the study of archaeological deposits; theory and methodology in the use of remote sensing in archaeology. Development of research designs; practical considerations when using geophysical equipment in archaeological research.
Letter grade only (A-F).

489. Advanced Archaeological Analyses: Research Practicum (3)

Prerequites: One of the following: ANTH 450, 451, 453, 464, 481, 485, 486, or 488.
Advanced study of the archaeological record using multiple laboratory and field research techniques. Research leading to group and independent projects. Collaborative and hands-on application of analytic and quantitative analyses. Preparation of results for publication and presentations.
Letter grade only (A-F). (6 hour activity)

490. Special Topics in Anthropology (3)

Topics of current interest in anthropology selected for intensive development.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units. Topics will be announced in the Schedule of Classes.

496. Internship (3)

Prerequisites: Upper division standing, approval of faculty mentor.
Supervised internship in an area of anthropology within or outside the University; field experience of 90 hours in which the student gains practical experience in an area of anthropology.
Letter grade only (A-F).

498. Senior Thesis (1-6)

Prerequisites: Open only to Anthropology major, senior standing, and have approval of a faculty mentor.
Research for and writing of a senior thesis under the direction and guidance of an Anthropology Department faculty mentor.
Letter grade only (A-F).

499. Guided Studies in Anthropology (1-3)

Prerequisite: Consent of department.
Selected topics in anthropology and preparation of a research report.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units.