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Anthropology

Students of Anthropology will study humans, past and present. To understand the full sweep and complexity of cultures across all of human history, students will draw and build upon knowledge from the social and biological sciences as well as the humanities and physical sciences. A central concern of students is the application of knowledge to the solution of human problems.

Classes

Course Name Credits Description
ATH 101 Introduction to Physical Anthropology 4

Presents physical anthropology and the study of human biological evolution in the context of modern genetics and primate behavior studies. Examines human fossil record, as well as the diversity and commonality of present and past populations of humankind. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

ATH 102 Introduction to Archaeology & Prehistory 4

Explores archaeological methods and techniques used to recover, analyze, and reconstruct ancient cultures and societies, including the ethics and issues of looting, collecting, and preservation of artifacts.Provides a survey of world prehistory while emphasizing the development of social complexity and the origins of agriculture. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

ATH 103 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 4

Examines modern human cultures through a cross-cultural and comparative approach. Explores language, technology, subsistence, economics, sociopolitical systems, religions, and human expression through ethnographic examples to better understand global diversity and the dynamics of culture change. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

ATH 208 Introduction to Ethnography 4

Explores the patterns found in culture through ethnographic descriptions of contemporary peoples. Introduces ethnographic research methods and theories for studying and interpreting societies. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

ATH 231 Native Americans of the Northwest 4

Surveys the origins, development, and cultural variation of Native peoples in Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Southwest Canada. Explores the historical and contemporary achievements of tribal lifeways within the Northwest region. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

ATH 235 Survey of Prehistoric Mesoamerica 4

Examines the development of pre-contact Mesoamerican indigenous cultures from the earliest known Paleo-Indian occupation to the impact of the Spanish invasion, surveying the dynamics of economic, social, political, cultural, and religious systems of the Maya, the Aztec, and their neighbors. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Faculty and Staff

Namesort icon Title Email Phone
Leslie Berry Anthropology Instructor lberry@cgcc.edu