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Department of Anthropology

Graduate Courses


Anthropology of gender in Chinese-speaking cultures in Chinese-speaking Asia. – Cultural

Survey of how each anthropological subfield studies the interrelationships between plants and peoples. Application of methods, including interviewing and data analysis. – Elective/500-level/DURT Track

Islam as a dynamic cultural tradition: emphasis on the tension between Islamization and the larger Islamic tradition. - Cultural/500-level/DURT Track/GLD: Diversity and Social Advocacy; Global Learning

Cultural representations, constructions, production, and consumption of African-American identity in the popular culture medium of feature films. - Cultural/500-level/DURT Track/GLD: Diversity and Social Advocacy

Survey of visual anthropology including theoretical frameworks of ways of seeing, ethnographic photography and filmmaking, contemporary technologies, and their effects on culture. - Cultural/500-level/DURT Track/GLD: Professional and Civic Engagement/Integrative Course/CaroCore – GSS

A two-semester class and field session. Research design, field methods, interpretation of data, and the development of theory from the data. - Elective/500-level/DURT Track

Seminar exploring human-plant-animal-natural interactions within an anthropological framework. - Elective/500-level/DURT Track

Prehistoric and historic archaeology. - Archaeology/500-level/DURT Track

Prehistoric archaeology of the South American continent. - Archaeology/500-level/DURT Track

Anthropological and archaeological theories and methods in the study of conflict, war, and warfare.  Causes, effects, outcomes of sustained social acts of violence of groups, tribes, states and nations.  Evolutionary, biological, social origins of warfare.  History, strategy, and tactics, battlefield archaeology. - Archaeology/500-level/DURT Track

Philosophy and mechanics of modern archaeological Cultural Resource Management (CRM).  CRM legislations, regulation, and process.  Contemporary issues and problems in Public Archaeology including Native American reburial negotiations, conflict resolution, ethics, looting, business practices, standards, contexts and protection. - Archaeology/500-level/DURT Track

(Prereq: ANTH 319) Archaeological field methods and techniques such as excavation, flotation, sampling, surveying, photography, and remote sensing. - Archaeology/500-level/DURT Track

(Prereq: ANTH 319 and permission of instructor) Topics in archaeological field methods and techniques. Individual topics to be announced in master schedule by suffix and title. - Archaeology/500-level/DURT Track

Introduction to Forensic Archaeological Recovery (FAR). Concepts, methods, and contemporary issues. - Archaeology/500-level/DURT Track

(Prereq: ANTH 319 or 322) Laboratory on basic prehistoric and historic artifact analysis, including analytical methods, laboratory equipment, and data interpretation. - Archaeology/500-level/DURT Track-Lab/GLD: Research

Application of observation techniques, field notes, informant interviewing, and secondary data analysis to interpreting differential perceptions of health problem solving in the community and clinic. - Elective/500-level/DURT Track/GLD: Community Service/Medical Anthropology Requirement

Socio-cultural factors in health, illness, healing, and in medical systems. Cross-cultural and ethnographic evidence for public health research and program applications. - Cultural/500-level/DURT Track/GLD: Research/Medical Anthropology Requirement

Students will explore the ways people from various cultures reflect on, reinforce, and construct their social realities through narrating, which will be considered as both artistic expression and social action. - Linguistic/500-level/DURT Track

Approaches to gender and language emphasizing the social grounding of both; how language reflects sociocultural values and is a tool for constructing different types of social organization. - Linguistic/500-level/DURT Track/GLD: Diversity and Social Advocacy; Global Learning; Professional and Civic Engagement

Anthropological approach to issues of language and globalization. Linguistic consequences of globalization under consideration include communicative patterns, linguistic change, and language and political economy. - Linguistic/500-level/DURT Track/GLD: Diversity and Social Advocacy; Professional and Civic Engagement

Psychological aspects of behavior from a cross-cultural perspective. - Cultural/500-level/DURT Track

An intensive examination of the human skeleton and techniques for anthropological interpretation. Lecture and laboratory. - Biological/500-level/DURT Track/Medical Anthropology Elective

Varieties and effects of disease patterns among past populations illustrating biological, environmental, and cultural interrelationships. - Biological/500-level/DURT Track

Theories and methodologies necessary for the identification of human skeletal remains in a forensic setting. - Biological/500-level/DURT Track

Nutritional problems in developing nations. Measures of nutritional status. Social, economic, and environmental aspects of food consumption and nutrition. Biocultural responses to food deprivation and under nutrition. - Biological/500-level/DURT Track

(Prereq: consent of instructor) Examination of development theory and environmental implications of social and economic change. Study of general theoretical perspectives will be balanced with case study materials. - Elective/500-level/DURT Track

Problems in conveying and interpreting ethnographic information on film or tape. Includes syntax, suitability of subject matter to the medium, irrelevant or distracting information, and observer bias. - Elective/500-level/DURT Track

Clocks, cycles, and contingencies as they affect human societies now and have done so in the past. Theories and models from biology and the other natural sciences will be used to interpret the history of culture. - Cultural/500-level/DURT Track

A cross-cultural study of the economic behavior of pre-literate and literate societies. - Elective/500-level/DURT Track

Foodways, architecture, crafts, and narrative of African-American cultures. (title change) - Archaeology/500-level/DURT Track

Selected recent theoretical and methodological developments in the study of social organization. - Elective/500-level/DURT Track

An interdisciplinary approach to prehistoric, historic, and contemporary relationships between the development of socio-cultural configurations and ecosystems. - Cultural/500-level/DURT Track

Students will explore the African Diaspora as a social, cultural, and historical formation with Africa at its center, focusing on US, Latin American, and Caribbean African-descended communities. - Cultural/500-level/DURT Track/GLD: Global Learning; Diversity & Social Advocacy

This course examines cultural understandings of and responses to globalization, examining topics such as its history and theories, migration, economic integration and inequality, identity, social movements, and the environment. - Cultural/500-level/DURT Track/Integrative Course/GLD: Global Learning

Anthropological approach to issues of discourse, gender and emotion.  Issues under consideration include the social control, force, and forms of emotional discourse and the relationship between emotion and culture from gender-oriented perspectives.- Linguistic/500-level/DURT Track/GLD: Professional and Civic Engagement

Topics of special interest. May be taken more than once as topics change.

Survey of core areas of linguistics and extensions to closely related disciplines.  Introduction to the linguistic component of human cognition.  Formal description and analysis of the general properties of speech and language, the organization of language in the min/brain, and cross-linguistics typology and universals. - Linguistic/500-level/DURT Track

GLD: Research

Human origins, human evolution, human prehistory, and cultural existence from its less complex forms to early civilizations. An introduction to the concepts, methods, and data of physical, biological, and archaeological anthropology primarily for teachers. May be taken with, or independently of, ANTH 702.

Selected contemporary cultures, including their languages. An introduction to the concepts, methods, and data of sociocultural anthropology and anthropological linguistics, primarily for teachers. May be taken with, or independently of, ANTH 701.

A discussion of the general topics of anthropological inquiry, theories, and methods.

In this course taught by faculty representing different subdisciplines of anthropology, students will explore the connections between subfields, theoretical and regional perspectives, and analyses of the past and present.

The origins of global capitalism, the nature of money and debt, the roles of gender, race and class in social formations, and the relationship between production and reproduction.

An examination of ethical decision making encountered in the practice of anthropology. (title change and credit change)

Skills needed for writing a master's thesis in anthropology, including literature review, current theory, research design, data analysis, and written presentation (Pass-Fail Grading).

Uses the context of leading discussions in ANTH 101 and 102 to introduce and explore issues relating to the course material.

Consideration and critique of current research in European archaeology.

(Prereq: permission of instructor) Advanced graduate seminar on methods of ethnology, including research design, field methods, and interpretation of data, and the development of theory from data. Includes class and field sessions.

Anthropological archaeology: history, theory, contemporary issues, and relationship to other disciplines.

Those skills of social/cultural anthropology and anthropological linguistics which can aid practitioners in health, law, education, and other professional fields to function in community settings. Emphasis on cultural and sub-cultural differences in South Carolina, the Southeast, and the United States.

Prereq: permission of graduate director) Experience in supervising archaeological research, making field decisions, and directing the collection, processing, and interpretation of archaeological data in the field.

(Prereq: permission of graduate director) Experience in designing and carrying out ethnographic research including project design, data collection, analysis, and description.

Exploring the range of anthropological research utilizing visual records (still photographs and video/film) including theoretical underpinnings and hands-on practice: how and why to use visual records in research.

Theories of culture presented through ethnographies from different parts of the world. Issues in writing, reading, and interpreting ethnographic information.

Consideration and critique of current research in North American archaeology.

Review of theoretical trends in American archaeology.

Ethnographic data important to archaeological thinking; archaeological models resting on ethnographic data. Emphasis on variation of ethnographic data.

The legal, philosophical, and ethical foundations of archaeology in the United States. Considerations on relating archaeology to the non-professional.

Observation and participation in the on-going management of archaeological resources.

Observation and participation in the on-going management of archaeological resources.


Advanced seminar on theoretical considerations and methodological approaches to the study of historical archaeological materials.

Examines language as a social, cultural, and political matrix. Topics include ideology, gender, race, power, agency, and resistance. Students will apply linguistic theories in their own analyses of everyday speech.

A comprehensive introduction to linguistic anthropology, its relationship(s) to sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, and conversation analysis. Contributions made to social theory and theories of language and discourse will be understood. Prerequisite LING 600 or permission of instructor

Methods and techniques necessary to operationalize and test archaeological hypotheses in a laboratory context. (credit change)

An overview of skills required to design and organized archaeological field and laboratory research.

Types of interactive organization found within conversation and the methods and procedures used by participants to achieve order.

Approaches to human adaptation emphasizing the interaction of biology and culture. Studies of biocultural adaptation to environmental, social, and economic constraints. Research design and methodology in adaptation studies.

Methods and theories of application of physical anthropological data to archaeological problems.

Major theories and principles of biological anthropology.  Topics will include evolutionary theory, genetics, anthropological demography, bioarchaeology, human physiological developmental and genetic adaption, life history, and biocultural anthropology.

Cultural influences on demographic processes and demographic influences on culture, including kinship, population, regulation, fertility, migration, and mortality, particularly in small populations.

Different cultures' ideas about gender and use of gender to organize social groups in a wide range of societies, including American subcultures.

Cross-cultural study of history. Includes theoretical perspectives and cases from the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia.

Findings of ecological and economic anthropology applied to problems of contemporary development. Emphasis on less developed countries. (title change)

Anthropological examination of the art of small-scale societies with attention, where appropriate, to the art of more complex societies.

Critical examination of films dealing with archaeological subjects.

Ethnographic analysis of communication in groups and institutions in different cultures.

Introduction to basic research on how human beings interact with each other and an historically constituted material world.

Linguistic anthropological approaches that examine how ideological systems mediate social structures and Linguistic /discursive forms and functions. Topics range from language and political economy, identity and identifications, institutions, and nation-building/nationalism.

Seminar in historical study of material culture; principal disciplinary and theoretical perspectives; emphasis on material culture of North America.

Seminar for advanced students. Topics vary according to student and instructor interest. May be repeated for different topics.

(Prereq: permission of the instructor) Independent study course designed to facilitate students research.  An independent study contract with content approved by instructor is required.

(Prereq: permission of graduate director) Participation under faculty supervision of anthropological research. Development of the research project, collecting, recording, analyzing, and reporting on the data.

(Prereq: permission of the department) T/U grading.

(Prereq: permission of the department) T/U grading.


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