Courses | Anthropology, B.A.

Course Overview

The following documents outline a suggested course schedule.

Summary

Below are some of the courses you’ll have an opportunity to take as a student in this program. Note: This list is intended to give you a quick glimpse into the program’s academic offerings, and should not be used as a guide for course selection or academic advising. For official program requirements see catalog for details.

General Education

The nature of people in culture; worldview and perception; culture change; a study of the subsystems of cultures, including social organization, religion, language and related topics. Includes practical applications to global problems such as AIDS, human rights, etc.

A survey of the physical nature of humans from an anthropological perspective. The course will explore ideas and concepts in scientific method, genetics, human variation, primate behavior, fossil humans and archaeology.

A laboratory consisting of a hands on study of specimens and an examination of the relationship between human biology and the influence of culture. This laboratory accompanies ANTH 222 Physical Anthropology and is divided between observational and experimental approaches to the collection and interpretation of data. Frequent discussion of relevant issues is included.

Major Courses

An examination of the methodology and theories of the archaeological approach to the study of humankind from the earliest times to the present and how to interpret such data in respect to political, economic and social organization as well as analyze cultural adaptation and change.

This course is a holistic approach to language that addresses the interdependence of language and culture in society. It examines the relationship between cognition and behavior to language in communities worldwide. Topics include the structure of language and interaction, symbols and metaphors, language and identity, language and cognition, classification of experience, and language and power.

Techniques of field methods learned such as genealogies, participant observation, life history, mapping, structured interviews, etc. in preparation for the field practicum. Ethnographic research conducted as part of the course.

A six-week field learning situation during which time students, under supervision, will engage in the application of field methods of research including participatory observation, interviews, mapping, and other data gathering strategies as appropriate to their discipline.

An examination of the theories and principle figures who have contributed to the development of modern anthropological inquiry, research strategies and field methods.


Concentrations

Archaeology

An examination of the methodology and theories of the archaeological approach to the study of humankind from the earliest times to the present and how to interpret such data in respect to political, economic and social organization as well as analyze cultural adaptation and change.

Survey of approaches, methods and theory used in current and past archaeological research. The class addresses the use of assumptions, models, strategies and research designs.

Field archaeology examines the principles of archaeological site survey, excavation and laboratory operation. The course is focused on the hands-on study of the methodology of field and laboratory processes commonly used to recover and study the wide range of materials recovered from archaeological contexts.

Enhanced course in the principles of archaeological field and laboratory process. The course focuses on the mapping, stratigraphy and specialized methods of data recovery archaeological data. Students are introduced to principles of leadership and organization of field archaeology, and professional and ethical conduct.

The origin and development of the cultures of the prehistoric peoples of North America and north of Mexico are explored using archaeological evidence. The class focuses on the development of regional and continent-wide patterns of human adaptation.

Survey of native California groups indigenous to the state at the beginning of the historic period. Environmental and technological adaptations, social organization, religious systems, art and culture change are explored in this survey class.

The history of archaeology and literature of the Ancient Near East and the bearing of archaeological findings on the interpretation of the Old Testament.

The history of the excavation, the history and geography of Palestine and how archaeological findings have bearing upon Biblical interpretations.

A survey of the archaeology and relevant texts of Ancient Egypt during the period of the Pharaohs, from the Predynastic period to Ptolemaic Egypt.

Examination of a variety of issues related to archaeological issues either from a theoretical or practical perspective. These topics may include: Advanced Archaeological Methods, Specialized Field Methods in Archaeology, California Prehistory, Southwestern Archaeology, Archaeology of North America, Archaeology Laboratory Method, etc.

Examines the archaeological, historical and geographic backgrounds of Acts, the Epistles and Revelation. The program visits archaeological sites in Turkey, Greece and Rome including Ephesus, Pisidian Antioch, Corinth, Athens and several others. Anthropology students will examine the archaeological field reports from each of these excavations as part of their preparation.

Examines the archaeological, historical and geographic backgrounds of the Old Testament and the Gospels. The program visits archaeological sites in Israel, and students are able to experience the historical and geographic context of the Old Testament and the gospels. Anthropology students will examine the archaeological field reports from excavations in Israel as part of their preparation.

Students may spend four weeks to a semester in a field learning situation, during which time a student, under supervision, engages in the application of archaeological methods in a current archaeological excavation.

Linguistic Anthropology

Survey of the growth and development of anthropological theories and research methods for understanding cultural knowledge. Explores key ideas, concepts and issues relating to cognition, culture and meaning.

This course is a holistic approach to language that addresses the interdependence of language and culture in society. It examines the relationship between cognition and behavior to language in communities worldwide. Topics include the structure of language and interaction, symbols and metaphors, language and identity, language and cognition, classification of experience, and language and power.

Topics may include:

Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts: Reading basic Middle Egyptian inscriptions: religious/mythological, moral, historical and literary texts in light of their cultural context.

Maya Hieroglyphs and Archaeoastronomy: Reading basic Maya Hieroglyphic inscriptions and codices. Ancient Mesoamerican archaeo-astronomical theory, observations and calendrical systems.

Runelore of Old Northern Europe: Reading Norse, Anglo-Saxon and Old Irish Runic material. The place, development and uses of literacy among the early Germanic peoples and their neighbors; the religious world of the Rune-using people (especially magic and mythology), interplay of Heathen and Christian traditions and worldviews in the early missionary encounter.

Deciphering Ancient Scripts: Survey of types of writing systems, basic techniques of decipherment, and approaches to the investigation of epigraphic materials. Case studies may include Etruscan, Mycenaean Linear B and Minoan Linear A, Mesopotamian Cuneiform Scripts, Hittite and Ugaritic, Egyptian Hieroglyphs and Meroitic, Rongorongo; Mayan, Zapotec and Epi-Olmec; Indus Valley, the Phaistos Disk, the Voynich Manuscripts, etc.

Reconstructing Lost Languages: Comparative Linguistics, philology, and linguistic reconstruction. Basic methodologies in historical and comparative linguistics, including types and universals of language change, methods of language reconstruction and causes and explanations of language change.

 

An exploration of the ethnic dimensions of human association and community, with an emphasis on the cultural construction and maintenance of identity and social memory, particularly among immigrant, refugee, and indigenous communities. Topics include concepts and theories of ethnicity, identity, and social memory; the relationships of language and religion to ethnic identity, and ethnic conflict and nationalism.

A critical exploration of how language relates to power. The course will focus on (a) minority language rights and linguistic imperialism, language shift and maintenance, and linguistic ecology, as well as (b) political, media, gender, ethnic, age, and class language. Students will engage in critical analysis of various kinds of discourse in terms of linguistic articulation, maintenance and subversion of power relations.

The study of the articulation, classification, discrimination, production, and transcription of speech sounds. The focus is on a wide range of sounds found in the world's languages.

Introduction to the patterns, regularities, and rule-governed alternations in grammar whereby words are organized into phrases, clauses, and sentences.

Overview of the relationship between language and society. Topics covered include language and culture, language and social change, ethnicity, language contact, language policy, ethnography of communication, and social aspects of conversation.

Topics are listed in the class schedule each semester. Courses may be repeated for credit with a different topic.

Introduction to the basic concepts in the scientific study of language, major areas of linguistic analysis, and several subareas of the field, including language in society. Material from English and a variety of other languages is used to provide a broad perspective.

Physical Anthropology

The study of the processes and theories for the existence of the present variation between and within human populations, the genetics of human populations and the significance of racial classifications.

Techniques in the basic identification of human skeletal remains, including aging, sex, race and stature reconstruction. Professional and ethical considerations related to handling human remains.

A survey of the human fossil record focusing on the functional and behavioral significance of important morphological changes within the fossil record.

An exploration of the theory and methods of the study and preservation of human skeletal remains from archaeological sites. Moral, ethical and legal issues which attend the recovery of such data are explored. Topics include nutrition, disease, injury, and population demography.

Selected topics in biological anthropology.

Socio-Cultural Anthropology

A treatment of conceptions of the supernatural, the functions of religion in society, religion and social control, the nature of religious ritual and paraphernalia, sacred places and religious practitioners.

Survey of the growth and development of anthropological theories and research methods for understanding cultural knowledge. Explores key ideas, concepts and issues relating to cognition, culture and meaning.

Examination of a variety of issues related to gender. Topics may include gender and communication, globalization and gender, feminization of poverty, representation of gender, etc.

A cross-cultural comparison of the oral traditions of cultures including an examination of major themes, cultural uses of myth, and the anthropological analysis and interpretation of folk literature in society.

Survey of native California groups indigenous to the state at the beginning of the historic period. Environmental and technological adaptations, social organization, religious systems, art and culture change are explored in this survey class.

An introduction to major themes and issues in the anthropological study of social justice and human rights. Common human rights violations will be considered from an anthropological perspective and in the light of Scripture. Various tools for engaging in social activism and advocacy, rescuing the oppressed and undertaking social justice and human rights interventions will be considered.

The dynamics of male and female roles in Western, non-Western and biblical cultures. Focus on responsibilities, obligations, expectations, leadership and interrelationships as they relate to the society as a whole.

Examination of a variety of anthropological issues from either a theoretical or applied perspective including: marriage customs, leadership patterns, political relations, indigenous movements, culture change, worldview, etc.

Cross-cultural study of leadership including diverse patterns of authority, legitimacy, public support, leadership recruitment, and training as they affect communication, national and international development.

Cross-cultural study of the basic human groups of family, kin and community, examining marriage patterns and gender roles within families.

Exploration of theory and methods for the study of economic and social relations as they impact human values, with emphasis on analytic tools for comparative research and cross-cultural application.

An exploration of approaches, methods and theory in the interrelated fields of semiotics, symbolic anthropology and structural anthropology. Focus on ways in which anthropologists examine social and psychological structures, mental entities and lived experience, and symbolic contrasts and correspondences.

An exploration of the ethnic dimensions of human association and community, with an emphasis on the cultural construction and maintenance of identity and social memory, particularly among immigrant, refugee, and indigenous communities. Topics include concepts and theories of ethnicity, identity, and social memory; the relationships of language and religion to ethnic identity, and ethnic conflict and nationalism.

A critical exploration of how language relates to power. The course will focus on (a) minority language rights and linguistic imperialism, language shift and maintenance, and linguistic ecology, as well as (b) political, media, gender, ethnic, age, and class language. Students will engage in critical analysis of various kinds of discourse in terms of linguistic articulation, maintenance and subversion of power relations.

Explores the "roots and fruits" of aggression, violence and conflict from an anthropological perspective. Examination of biological, ecological and other materialistic explanations for these phenomena, as well as patterns in learning, symbol using and structuring of society as they relate to conflict and its transformation. Consideration of violence, aggression and warfare in small-scale societies, ethnic conflict, cross-cultural case studies, and techniques for conflict mediation and intervention.

Examination of the cultural adaptation resulting in the growth of cities, patterns of migration, social effects of urbanization, relationships to surrounding communities and the growth of megalopolis internationally.

A survey of theoretical, methodological and ethnographic topics geared toward developing a deeper anthropological understanding of cross-cultural experiences related to both normal and "altered" states of consciousness. We will explore topics including the neurophysiology of spiritual experience; trance; possession, shamanistic and mediumistic states; glossolalia; mystical traditions and a number of other "extraordinary" experiences, as well as develop a thoroughly Christian, cross-culturally valid approach to various ethnophilosophies of mind, soul and spirit.

An examination of various approaches to anthropology from 1950 to present. Topics may include neoevolutionist, symbolic, psychological, postmodern, or feminist theoretical approaches.

Analysis of the cultural institutions and values in tribal, peasant and newly emerging economies, with special consideration as to their openness or resistance to change.

Applied Anthropology

Cross-cultural study of leadership including diverse patterns of authority, legitimacy, public support, leadership recruitment, and training as they affect communication, national and international development.

Exploration of theory and methods for the study of economic and social relations as they impact human values, with emphasis on analytic tools for comparative research and cross-cultural application.

Examination of the cultural adaptation resulting in the growth of cities, patterns of migration, social effects of urbanization, relationships to surrounding communities and the growth of megalopolis internationally.

Key theories, models and macro concerns in development, and historic overview of the practice of relief and development. Exploration of topics such as poverty, gender, human rights, debt, nationalism and economic development, globalization, and transformational/holistic development. Provides a broad survey of development concepts, trends, and challenges.

This course deals with micro issues in relief and development such as sustainable agriculture, HIV/AIDS and other health issues, literacy, the environment, food security, micro-enterprise development, gender, migration issues, internally displaced persons (IDP's), refugee response and the role of NGO's and faith-based organizations/agencies in working with complex humanitarian emergencies.

Global Health Perspectives: Theories and skills related to health teaching, physical assessment, preparation and utilization of indigenous health care.

Global Health: Preparation for living overseas: healthy lifestyle, prevention of disease, mental and spiritual burnout, initial treatment where there is no doctor.

Global Health Priorities: Preparation for serving organizations involved in planning and implementing health care systems at the district and village level.

Global Health Communication: The anthropological study of problems of illness and health with emphasis on the cultural context of health care programs.

 

Exposure to various models for engagement in development projects and practice, assessment of participatory learning and action approaches, examination of the role of expatriates in community development, analysis of the complexities of community participation, exploration of the role of transformational development practitioners in sustainable economic development and community organizing.

Examination of the planning, design, implementation, and evaluation/assessment of a development project. Special emphasis on project funding and support, project supervision, project partnership issues, governmental and non-governmental relationships, and participatory evaluation methods. Students will gain practical/hands-on experience through evaluating a local development project.

Analysis of economic, political and cultural change in developing countries. Emphasis on social processes leading to hunger, poverty, political conflict, population growth, and environmental problems in Asia, Africa and Latin America.