The anthropology minor equips students from a variety of disciplines with anthropological frameworks that provide holistic understandings of the diversity of human behavior across time, geography and culture from a distinctly Christian perspective.
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 the course catalog.
|ANTH 200||General Cultural Anthropology|
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. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Behavioral Science credit.
Required: 15 credits upper division courses from the following:
|ANTH 300||Magic, Witchcraft and Sorcery|
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.
|ANTH 303||Human Variation|
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.
|ANTH 304||Human Osteology|
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.
|ANTH 306||Cognitive 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.
|ANTH 310||Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology: Language, Culture and Society|
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.
|ANTH 311||Ancient Languages|
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.
|ANTH 312||Archaeology Methods and Theories|
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.
|ANTH 315||Field Methods in Archaeology I|
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.
|ANTH 316||Field Methods in Archaeology II|
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.
|ANTH 320||Topics in Gender Studies|
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. Notes: May be taken for a total of 6 credits with different content.
|ANTH 321||Prehistoric Cultures of North America|
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.
|ANTH 325||Comparative Folklore and Mythology|
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.
|ANTH 330||California Native Americans|
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.
|ANTH 335||World Archaeology|
Survey of the development of ancient culture and society throughout the world. Regional development of cultures and general themes of social behavior are explored, with a focus on the adaptation, social organization, technology and culture change.
|ANTH 342||Social Justice and Human Rights|
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.
|ANTH 345||Ethnographic Field Methods|
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.
|ANTH 350||Anthropological Field Practicum|
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.
|ANTH 365||Biblical Archaeology: Ancient Near East|
The history of archaeology and literature of the Ancient Near East and the bearing of archaeological findings on the interpretation of the Old Testament.
|ANTH 366||Biblical Archaeology: Palestine|
The history of the excavation, the history and geography of Palestine and how archaeological findings have bearing upon Biblical interpretations.
|ANTH 367||Egyptian Archaeology|
A survey of the archaeology and relevant texts of Ancient Egypt during the period of the Pharaohs, from the Predynastic period to Ptolemaic Egypt.
|ANTH 370||Topics in Cultural Anthropology|
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. Notes: May be taken multiple times for credit with different course content.
|ANTH 400||Political 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.
|ANTH 401||History of Anthropological Theory|
An examination of the theories and principle figures who have contributed to the development of modern anthropological inquiry, research strategies and field methods.
|ANTH 402||Family, Kinship and Gender|
Cross-cultural study of the basic human groups of family, kin and community, examining marriage patterns and gender roles within families.
|ANTH 403||Economic Anthropology|
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.
|ANTH 404||Symbol and Ritual|
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.
|ANTH 405||Human Paleontology|
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.
|ANTH 407||Ethnicity, Identity and Memory|
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.
|ANTH 408||Language and Power|
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.
|ANTH 410||Topics in Archaeology|
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. Notes: May be taken for a total of 6 credits with different content.
|ANTH 415||Human Conflict|
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.
|ANTH 420||Topics in Urban Anthropology|
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. Notes: May be taken multiple times with different course content.
|ANTH 430||Field Excursion: Turkey, Greece and Rome|
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.
|ANTH 432||Field Excursion: Israel|
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.
|ANTH 435||Anthropology of Consciousness|
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.
|ANTH 440||Topics in Biological Anthropology|
Selected topics in biological anthropology. Notes: May be taken multiple times for credit with different content.
|ANTH 450||Internship in Archaeology|
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.
|ANTH 460||Topics in Contemporary Anthropological Theory|
An examination of various approaches to anthropology from 1950 to present. Topics may include neoevolutionist, symbolic, psychological, postmodern, or feminist theoretical approaches. Notes: May be taken for a total of 6 credits with different content.
|ANTH 470||Topics in Social Justice and Human Rights|
Exploration of the contributions of anthropology and/or other academic disciplines to human rights and/or social justice considerations. Anthropological topics may include critical ethnography, cross-cultural approaches to developing international human rights standards, various forms of trafficking (human, organ, cultural heritage, etc.), genocide and ethnocide, anthropological ethics, representation and subjectivity in human rights and social justice contexts, universalism and relativism, anthropology of post-liberalism and neo-liberalism, cultural legitimacy, narrative approaches to transformational change, etc.
|ANTH 480||Directed Research in Anthropology|
Individual directed research in anthropology on a specific topic or problem. Notes: May be taken for a total of 6 credits with different content.
Research for and writing of a thesis under the supervision and guidance of an anthropology faculty mentor.