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.


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ANTH 1155 Exploring Global Cultural Diversity: Anthropology of Climate Change

This course focuses on some of the present, and possible future, socio-ecological conditions of life on planet earth. In particular we will work to understand the historic, economic, political, and socio-cultural forces that created the conditions we call climate change. With this we will take a particular interest in the...

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ANTH 7600 - Human Ecology: Theoretical Approaches to Human/Environment Relationships

Fall: 2021, Instructor: Dr. J. Terrence McCabe, Office: Hale 440 This course is designed to explore both the historical and current theories and paradigms concerning human/environmental relationships. Because this is an anthropology course, there will be an emphasis on how anthropologists have examined these relationships, but the readings will also...

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ANTH 1180 Maritime People: Fishers and Seafarers

Explore 10,000 years of Maritime peoples, histories, and cultures! • Key Themes: migration; human- nature relationships; development; resistance; sailing; knowledges; climate change

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...

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ANTH 4470 / 5470 Practicum: Collections Research in Cultural Anthropology

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...