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Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Course Number: ATH 103
Transcript Title: Intro to Cultural Anthropology
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: December 19, 2014
Total Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 40
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: Yes
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit


WR 115, RD 115, MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores

Course Description

Examines modern human cultures. Analyzes a variety of ethnographic examples from various world societies to understand the diverse aspects of language, technology, economy, social structure, governance, religion, world views and expressive aspects of life. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

  1. Master basic concepts in cultural anthropology in order to prepare for more advanced course work.
  2. Reflect on how personal and social values are shaped by culture.
  3. Examine the role ethnocentrism plays in promoting cultural misunderstanding and intolerance at the local and global level.

Alignment with Institutional Core Learning Outcomes

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessment strategies may include any of the following:

  • Exams (in class or take home)
  • Quizzes
  • Student presentations
  • Experiential exercises
  • Term papers
  • Short papers or reports

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


  • Cross cultural research
  • Ethnocentrism
  • Enculturation


  • Cultural relativism
  • Ethnocentrism


  • Cultural adaptation
  • Cultural institutions
  • World view
  • Kinship
  • Marriage
  • Politics
  • Economics
  • Technology


  • Read and write at the college level
  • Participate in focus group exercises
  • Understand the concept of culture
  • Recognize ethnocentrism

Department Notes

This course will focus on at least two different cultures. Students are expected to read and write at the college level.