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Across time and space - wherever people are found - anthropologists are interested in exploring the patterning in the texture of their lives.

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The Anthropology Department is offering three courses in 2015-2016 that have limited enrollments and require applications (descriptions below).  Applications due date is Tuesday, 3/31, 2015.

AN 306 - Primatology

This field and lab-based course exposes students to a range of methods for investigating the ecology, behavior, and biology of living primates. Techniques for assessing habitat quality and monitoring resource availability will be examined. Using a comparative approach, students will examine the anatomy of living primates in order to understand how physical adaptations influence behavior. Standard procedures for collecting and analyzing behavioral data on living primates will be explored. Inferences about behaviors of earliest humans made from our understanding of contemporary non-human primates. Prerequisite: COI & AN 207. Application required to Krista Fish-apply by 3/31/15 for best chance. One week in Florida. (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World requirement.) 1 unit - Fish.


AN 206 - Doing Ethnography

Provides a foundation for understanding and doing ethnographic, contextually based research. Students execute hands-on projects grounded in participant observation and such complements as interviewing, questionnaires and surveys, archival work and projective methodological techniques; final results vary from ethnographic texts or films to exhibits or applied recommendations. Addresses such ethnographic fundamentals as: intellectual history; disciplinary contexts; epistemological validity and reliability; ethics and Institutional Review Boards; using ethnography for cross-cultural comparison; qualitative data analysis and software. Students learn varied forms of ethnographic inquiry such as exploratory, experimental, critical, historical and action/applied. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor Application required to Sarah Hautzinger-apply by 3/31/15 for best chance. 1 unit - Hautzinger.


AN 320 - Field Archaeology

Design, implementation, analysis and interpretation of archaeological field research. Students construct a research design and spend four weeks collection archaeological data in the field. Field techniques may include survey, mapping, artifact analysis, and excavation. Upon return to campus, students complete analysis and produce a written report detailing the results of their research. (Also listed SW 320.) Prerequisite: Any previous archaeology course at any level or consent of instructor Application required to Ruth Van Dyke-apply by 3/31/15 for best chance. Taught in Texas. 1 unit – Van Dyke