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 4700 / 5700 Practicing Anthropology Promo Slide

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

In this hands-on ethnographic research course, advanced anthropology students will learn how to use anthropological methodologies to collaboratively investigate social problems and positively impact society. We will develop a model of ethnographic research oriented toward facilitating dialogue between student ethnographers and research interlocutors (community members, policy makers, elected representatives, scientists)...

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...

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ANTH 7000 Ethnographic Approaches to Language and Storytelling

Feb. 26, 2018

People make meaning in and through language. We collaboratively produce narrative accounts of experience with those around us, according to—or in resistance to—normative frameworks for communication. Ethnographic data often consist of these very stories and narratives, and like our interlocutors, ethnographers produce stories and narratives as a process of meaning-making...

ANTH 7000

ANTH 7000 Anthropology of Policy

Feb. 26, 2018

This graduate seminar examines policy as a form of cultural logic and a productive site for critical analysis of global and local political power. Drawing on anthropological, science studies, and interdisciplinary literature, the course will focus on policymaking as a form of expert labor; the role of institutions, organizations, and...

ANTH 7000

ANTH 7000 Politics of Data and Numbers

Feb. 26, 2018

This graduate seminar will examine the political, social, and material lives of numbers and data. While discourses of scientific objectivity often present numerical representations as value-free reflections of reality, an emerging body of work in anthropology and science and technology studies focuses instead on how people do things with numbers...

ANTH 7010 Anthropology of Media and Cultural Production

Feb. 26, 2018

This graduate seminar provides an introduction to the Anthropology of Media, paying particular attention to contemporary anthropological approaches, ethnographic practices, and writing strategies. This course is intended to encourage students to theorize about their own experiences and to spark interest in the possibilities of the anthropological study of media. We...

ANTH 7300 Research Methods in Cultural Anthropology

Feb. 26, 2018

This is a project-based, hands-on course. Students will experiment using different qualitative research methods in cultural anthropology such as participant observation, oral history, and interviewing. They will also practice writing fieldnotes, analysis and ethnography. Through practice and reflection on individual and group research projects, students will think critically about the...

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ANTH 4020/5020 Explorations in Anthropology (cross-listed as MUSM 6110, Advanced Seminar in Museum Issues): Archaeozoology

Archaeozoology will give students practical and analytical skills in the identification and analysis of animal bones from archaeological sites. Students in the course will engage with current methodological and theoretical issues in the discipline, and develop a basic familiarity with the vertebrate skeleton using museum specimens, reference collections, and archaeological...

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ANTH 4020-581 Brown Studies: The Anthropology of Race and the Mixed-Race Experience

Instructor: Bailey Duhé Who invented race? Do police really target communities of color? Are race and ethnicity the same thing? Is white privilege bad? If you’ve asked any of these questions and want a space to work through the answers, ANTH 4020: Brown Studies is for you. This is an...