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Department of Anthropology

Undergraduate Courses

General Overview

An exploration of 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. May be taken with, or independently of, ANTH 102. – Prerequisite (can fulfill 3 credits of GSS and still satisfy the prereq for the Major at the same time.)/CaroCore – GSS

An exploration and comparison of selected contemporary cultures, including their languages. An introduction to the concepts, methods, and data of socio-cultural anthropology and anthropological linguistics. May be taken with, or independently of, ANTH 101. – Prerequisite (can fulfill 3 credits of GSS and still satisfy the prereq for the Major at the same time)/GLD: Global Learning/CaroCore – GSS/ Medical Anthropology Requirement

An introduction to the science of biological anthropology, a subfield of anthropology that emphasizes a focus on humanity and its origin from a biological perspective, employing laboratory components to complement and reinforce lecture materials. – Can be used as a pre-requisite in place of ANTH 101 or DURT Track-Lab (can fulfill 4 credits of the SCI – and it can also satisfy the prereq for the Major at the same time if replacing 101)/CaroCore – SCI/(cannot be used to satisfy the GSS Requirement)

Introduces research-based learning in anthropology from a four-field perspective.  To encourage self-reflective, professional thinking and provide experience and practice in professional skills and applications in anthropology. – Elective or DURT Track/GLD: Research

Human behavior in differing cultural contexts through ethnographic films of social relations in selected societies. (formerly ANTH 300) Cultural/GLD: Global Learning; Professional and Civic Engagement

An overview of how plagues and epidemics have shaped human prehistory and history.  How large-scale social transformations have produced forms of human/disease interactions.  How infectious disease has been conceptualized at different times and by different cultural groups and treated as a threat to the social order. – Biological/CaroCore – GSS

 A comparative examination of such topics as ritual, cosmology, revitalization movements, magic, witchcraft, myth, and possession. (formerly 352) - Cultural

Anthropological study of sex roles, with emphasis on cross-cultural investigation of the interaction of biological, cultural, and environmental factors influencing sex role behavior. (formerly 358) – Cultural/GLD: Professional and Civic Engagement; Diversity and Social Advocacy

Students will examine cross-cultural definitions and experiences of globalization and development, through topics including colonial legacies of inequality; migration; land use; economic restructuring; media; consumption; tourism; health; and participatory development.Elective/GLD: Global Learning

Folk expression as shaped by various cultures; fieldwork methodology and anthropological theory. - Cultural

Childhood, maturity, old age, and sex roles, with emphasis on socialization within the family. – Elective (can fulfill 3 credits of GSS, but cannot satisfy any requirement for the Major at the same time)/GLD: Global Learning; Professional and Civic Engagement; Community Service/CaroCore – GSS:  but cannot satisfy any requirement for the Major at the same time/ Medical Anthropology Elective

Classroom ethnography, bilingualism, cultural minorities communications across cultural boundaries.  Films videotapes and fieldwork in classroom settings.Elective (can fulfill 3 credits of GSS, but cannot satisfy any requirement for the Major at the same time)/GLD: Global Learning; Professional and Civic Engagement/CaroCore – GSS: but cannot satisfy any requirement for the Major at the same time

Biological and cultural interactions in the development of human diets. – Cultural or DURT Track-Inquiry/GLD: Professional and Civic Engagement/Medical Anthropology Elective/CaroCore – GSS: but cannot satisfy any requirement for the Major at the same time/CaroCore –VSR

Anthropological overview of past and present uses of plants by people around the world; food, medicine, dyes, smoking, fibers, fuels, construction, beverages, spices. -- Cultural or DURT Track-Methodology/CaroCore – GSS

Cultures of alcohol production and consumption from ancient times to the present, including relationships among social roles of alcohol, technological innovations, agriculture, and economy in an anthropological perspective. – Elective/GLD: Professional and Civic Engagement

Violence and peace in current events, cultural practices, historical periods, and everyday experiences. The ethics shaping violence and peace-making strategies. Classroom discussions and lectures analyzing harm and wellbeing. Themes addressing the Values, Ethics, and Social Responsibility, Carolina Core component, including colonialism, environmental exploitation, bondage, mass extinctions, and racism. – Cultural/CaroCore – VSR

Panoramic survey of world prehistory from the Paleolithic to the palaces and pyramids of ancient civilizations. (changed from 205 – Panorama of Prehistory) - Archaeology

Forensic methods of Sherlock Homes within the context of modern forensic science.  Aspects of forensic science including history of the discipline, forensic pathology, entomology, print analyses, crime science analysis, forensic anthropology, early scientific theory, and anthropology theory of Holmes. (formerly 362) - Biological

Explores the last five centuries of world history, using artifacts and archival sources. Evidence such as probate records, bottles, and geophysical maps are analyzed to discover the age of sites and answers to questions about topics such as colonialism, race, technology, piracy, class, Native Americans, industrialization, slavery, inequality, capitalism, and gender.   (formerly 345: Historical Archaeology) – Archaeology/GLD: Research

Historical archaeology and ethnography of the Casimiroid, Ortoiroid, Saladoid, Ostionoid, Taino and Carib indigenous culture of the Caribbean from 4,000 BC to 1524 AD.  Emphasis on social complexity, religion, art and political organization to illustrate the diversity and richness of Amerindian Caribbean life until their rapid decline after European contact (formerly 222) - Archaeology

Archaeological images and ideas in modern popular culture, including film and fiction - Archaeology

The fundamental elements of human culture as it relates to biblical archaeology.  The defining characteristics of different kinds of society through interdependency of language and culture.  The effects of modern world interests in defining / redefining this area. - Archaeology

History and basis of several popular “fringe” ideas about the human past that utilize archaeological information: giants, Ice Age civilizations, and pre-Columbian transoceanic contact. - Archaeology

Major cultural milestones and lifeways experienced by Indians in the archeological record of the southeastern U.S., including colonization, religion, trade, invention of pottery, and place-making. - Archaeology

Application of techniques and insights of social and cultural anthropology to selected cultural settings in contemporary USA. (formerly 302) – Cultural/GLD: Diversity and Social Advocacy

An examination of African-American cultures in the New World. (formerly 303) – Cultural/GLD: Diversity and Social Advocacy; Professional and Civic Engagement

Application of the methods and techniques of socio-cultural anthropology to the contemporary cultures of South Carolina. Examination of contrasts such as low country and up country, black and white, and rich and poor as they are manifested in cultural patterns. (formerly 304) – Cultural/GLD: Professional and Civic Engagement

Ethnographic approach to Caribbean cultures and societies.  Topics include colonial histories and experience, gender and race relations; beliefs and religious life; verbal arts, literature and creole language. (formerly 314) – Cultural/GLD: Global Learning; Professional and Civic Engagement

A comparative study of ethnographic data on African cultures with emphasis upon its significance for broader anthropological theory. (formerly 307) – Cultural/GLD: Global Learning; Professional and Civic Engagement

Diversity of lifestyles and institutions of Islam from Morocco to Indonesia, with attention to everyday life in small communities. (formerly 310) – Cultural/GLD: Diversity and Social Advocacy; Global Learning; Professional and Civic Engagement

A consideration of selected problems in the social and cultural life of peoples in the Middle East with emphasis on non-Arab populations. (formerly 311) – Cultural/GLD: Global Learning; Professional and Civic Engagement

Society and culture in South Asia; economic and political institutions, kinship, and religion as they pertain to the daily lives of people in the Subcontinent. Emphasis on India. Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka also included. (formerly 315) – Cultural/GLD: Global Learning; Professional and Civic Engagement

Social and cultural patterns of the region and how they influence current developments, especially Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines. (formerly 316) – Cultural/(GLD: Global Learning; Professional and Civic Engagement

An overview of Chinese popular culture with an introduction to broad anthropological frameworks concerning popular culture. (formerly 215) – Cultural/GLD: Global Learning; Professional and Civic Engagement

Contemporary Indian Country in anthropology, historical, cultural, economic, and political contexts..  – Cultural/GLD: Global Learning

A survey of field and laboratory investigations of the comparative anatomy and behavior of nonhuman primates. (formerly 363 – Primate Studies) – Biological

The biocultural processes of human variation. (formerly 364) – Biological/Integrative Course

Survey of the basic scientific methods and applications of forensic anthropology. (formerly 367) – Biological/ Medical Anthropology Elective

A cross-disciplinary study of how the bodies of Africans and African Americans were used in medical experimentation, starting in the late 18th century and continuing to the present. – Biological (formerly 365)/Medical Anthropology Elective

Linguistic anthropological study of forms of language through the lens of popular culture.  Explore the ethnography of communication through play and performance, discursive and semiotic practices, and varieties of language invoked in popular cultural forms that provide resources for cultural reproduction and contestation. – Linguistic

This course introduces the fields of interactional sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology approach to the study of cross-cultural and intercultural forms of (mis)communication within the context of globally interconnected people, places, and systems of communication. – Linguistic

This course introduces students to the socio-cultural legacies of the Cold War, particularly the nuclear arms race and how it lives on in institutions, political and economic practices, cultural narratives, and everyday lives. - Cultural/ Medical Anthropology Elective


Topics of special interest.  May be taken more than once as topics change. Requirement fulfillment changes with the particular Topics.

This course focuses on political and economic processes contributing to the unequal access to health and social inequalities. Cultural/Medical Anthropology Requirement


Comparative study of selected Latin American cultures with emphasis on their significance for a broader anthropological theory. – Cultural/GLD: Global Learning; Professional and Civic Engagement

An examination of ethical decision-making encountered in the practice of anthropology. – Elective/GLD: Professional and Civic Engagement

Material aspects of cultures from artifact production in historical societies to contemporary industrial crafts; the cultural context of artifacts; fieldwork; relevant anthropological theories. - Cultural

Introduction to principles, methods, and theory of archaeology, including prehistoric and historic case studies. – Archaeology/Integrative Course

This course charts the history of ideas in archaeology, over the past century, as a means of understanding current directions in archaeological thinking and current applications in archaeological practice. – Archaeology/(Integrative Course

Prehistoric and historic archaeology of South Carolina. - Archaeology

(Prereq: ANTH 319 or permission of instructor) Archaeological field techniques, laboratory analysis and data interpretation. – Archaeology or DURT Track/GLD: Global Learning or Research

(Prereq: consent of instructor) Designing and carrying out ethnographic research including project design, data collection, analysis and description. – Elective or DURT Track/GLD: Research

Current research on use of modern material culture in archaeological analysis (formerly 325) -  Archaeology or DURT Track-Methodology/GLD: Research)

Study of Mesoamerican and South American civilizations, particularly the Mayan, Aztec, and Inca states. Processes of state formation as reflected in archaeological data. - Archaeology

Causes for the rise and fall of several civilizations; ideological and ecological factors, unique events, and personalities versus general processes. (formerly 341) - Archaeology

Cultural development and variation in Mesoamerica from the first arrival of man to the arrival of Europeans. Particular attention to cultural continuities from prehistoric times. - Archaeology

Prehistoric anthropology in North America from the first arrival of man through the beginning of European acculturation. - Archaeology

Course examines how different cultures interpret and interact with their environments and the ways changing environments impact culture. - Cultural

Techniques, customs, verbal expressions, and expressive styles of workers in a variety of occupational cultures. - Cultural

An examination of political and economic change in contemporary peasant communities. – Cultura/GLD: Global Learning

Kinship, systems of descent, marriage, and domestic organization in different cultures. Variations in childrearing practices, sex roles, and other aspects of social relations in kin groups. – Cultural/GLD: Global Learning

Understanding human behavior through the examination of cultural norms, mechanisms of social control, and social conflict. – Cultural/GLD: Global Learning

Language in its social setting. The relationship between linguistic categories and culture categories. Language and cognition. –Linguistic/Integrative Course/GLD: Diversity and Social Advocacy; Global Learning; Professional and Civic Engagement

Sculpture, drama, ceramics, weaving, music, and other arts from tribal societies will be discussed in terms of the religious, social, and aesthetic principles that underlie their production, use, and interpretation. - Cultural

Cultural differences and pan-cultural similarities in such psychological features as personality and cognition. - Elective

Theory and practice of ethnology/sociocultural anthropology based on a wide range of simple and complex societies. – Cultural/GLD: Professional and Civic Engagement

An overview of human sexuality in different cultures in regions across the globe; an examination of anthropological frameworks for sexuality that draws on historical and modern cultural conceptions. - Cultural/GLD: Global Learning

The processes of hominoid development with a review of the basic principles of physical and behavioral evolution using the fossil record and the evolving ecological and psychosocial contexts. -  Biological

An interdisciplinary study of the health of enslaved African Americans during the nineteenth century by focusing on the conceptions, experiences, and dynamics of the relationship between slaves, medicine, healing, and their masters in the Antebellum American South.  – Biological/Integrative Course/CaroCore – GSS

Ethnographic analysis of communication in human groups and institutions. – Linguistic/Integrative Course/GLD: Professional and Civic Engagement

Introduction to the linguistic component of human cognition. Properties of speech, the organization of language in the mind/brain, cross-linguistic universals, child language acquisition, and aspects of adult language processing. - Linguistic

Examines the dialectic between globalization and the social construction of gender.  Topics include the global assembly line, transnational markets for domestic labor and sex workers, and global feminist alliances. (Prereq. WGST 111 or 112 or ANTH 102) – Cultural/Integrative Course/GLD: Diversity and Social Advocacy; Global Learning; Professional and Civic Engagement/CaroCore – GSS)

Anthropological study of pregnancy and birth with a cross-cultural focus comparing the United States to other nations.  Examination of cultural factors such as prenatal care, dietary practices, taboos, birth location practitioners, and birthing styles. - Cultural

Topics of special interest.  May be taken more than once as topics change. Requirement fulfillment changes with the particular Topic.

 This course examines health concerns important to the lives of women around the world through an overview of contemporary issues and challenges in the field of global health, broadly construed. – Cultural/ Medical Anthropology Requirement

(Prereq: consent of instructor) Contract approved by instructor, advisor, and department chair is required for undergraduate students. GLD: Research

Linguistic examination of the structure, history, and use of African-American English, as well as literary presentations, language attitudes, and issues relating to education and the acquisition of Standard English. - Linguistic/GLD: Diversity and Social Advocacy

(Prereq: senior anthropology major; GPA of 3.00; permission of a faculty member) Directed research resulting in a written report. – DURT Track/GLD: Research

A seminar synthesizing the major with an examination of anthropology as a field of inquiry. – Elective

Anthropology of gender in Chinese-speaking cultures in Chinese-speaking Asia. – Cultural/500-level/DURT Track

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


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