The course descriptions listed here are a subset of the Anthropology courses listed in the university catalog. The descriptions are to be used as examples as some topics within the course could change depending on the instructor. Please go to the Registrar website to see "How to Search for Classes" to get the list of courses being offered in the current semester.


ANTH 4020/5020 Landscape Archaeology

ANTH 4020 / 5020 Explorations in Anthropology: Landscape Archaeology

Feb. 26, 2018

Throughout history, landscapes have affected human actions, and human actions have affected landscapes. The complex interactions between humans and the environment help shape who we are, where and how we live, and what we do. In this course, we will consider what landscapes are, how archaeologists study them, and why...

ANTH 4500 / 5500 - Cross-Cultural

ANTH 4020 / 5020 Explorations in Anthropology: The Anthropology of Mining

Feb. 26, 2018

This course examines contemporary issues in the anthropology of mining. We begin with a historical approach, looking at the antiquity of mineral extraction around the world, plus the effects of pre-20th century gold rushes - especially in the US - and how these have shaped the relationships between indigenous peoples...

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ANTH 4020 / 5020 Explorations in Anthropology Kinship: Being and Belonging

Feb. 26, 2018

What does it mean to describe a friend as “like family”? When is “family” actually about disconnection rather than connection? In what ways do people “choose” their own family members? Are members of a nation part of a “national family”? How do processes like international adoption shape understandings of race...

ANTH 4045 / 5045 Introduction to Museum Anthropology

Feb. 26, 2018

This undergraduate/graduate course traces the development of anthropology in museums from the late 19th century to the present day. Museums are places where ideas, identities, theories and power relations are debated, created, and placed on display. They are places that reflect and sometimes challenge dominant ideologies about indigenous peoples to...

ANTH 4070 / 5070 Methods in Bio

ANTH 4070 / 5070 Methods in Biological Anthropology: Primatology

Feb. 26, 2018

The courses you have taken in biological anthropology at CU have been developed to give you an understanding of the current state of knowledge in the discipline as well as a sufficient understanding of the terms and methodology to allow you to acquire and critically evaluate relevant new information. This...

ANTH 4470 / 5470

ANTH 4470 / 5470 Practicum: Collections Research in Cultural Anthropology

Feb. 26, 2018

Designed as a practicum, this course will introduce students to research and practice in museum anthropology, utilizing our extensive anthropology collections in the CU Museum of Natural History. Students will conduct subject matter and collections research, engage in collaborative methods, and produce narrative stories for exhibit content development. Class time...


ANTH 4610 / 5610 Science, Medicine, Populations

Feb. 26, 2018

This is a demanding upper-level cultural (and medical) anthropology course designed for advanced undergraduate and early graduate students interested in the intersections of science and the production of knowledge, the practice of medicine, and the effects on the health of diverse populations. The course uses a case study approach and...

Anth 4700 / 5700

ANTH 4700 / 5700 Practicing Anthropology: Applying Ethnographic Theory and Methods

Feb. 26, 2018

This course, for fourth-year Anthropology majors, Anthropology Master’s students, and graduate students receiving the Ethnography Certificate, will teach you applied ethnographic methods and theory in the classroom as you implement these skills in placements with community organizations. You will learn how to use anthropological methodologies to investigate social problems, and...

ANTH 4755 / 5755

ANTH 4755 / 5755 Cultures of Expertise: Science, Power, and Knowledge

Feb. 26, 2018

Who counts as an expert? This course will examine expertise as a cultural category through an exploration of the processes by which certain individuals and groups are accorded intellectual authority, while the knowledge claims of others are simultaneously delegitimized. What forms of training and socialization make it possible for a...

ANTH 5780 - Cultural

ANTH 5780 Core Course - Cultural Anthropology

Feb. 26, 2018

This course is an exploration of key theoretical readings in cultural anthropology from the foundations of anthropology in the 19 th century up to the late 1960s. Most of the materials we read are primary sources from one of the three major traditions in 20 th century anthropology – American...