Anthropology Graduate Course List
For courses at the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa), see the graduate catalog of that university. Unless otherwise noted, all courses are for 3 semester hours of credit. Course numbers preceded with an asterisk indicate courses that can be repeated for credit, with stated stipulations.
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ANTH 601 - Forensic Anthropology - 4
Applied human osteology, emphasizing ability to identify age, sex, and population type of skeletal material. Effects of disease and behavior on bones. (Wheatley)
Examines the Spanish conquest of Mexico from both Spanish and indigenous perspectives. Surveys the institutionalization of Spanish control over the fallen Aztec Empire and the broader intellectual and material consequences of the conquest. (Kyle)
ANTH 603 - As Others See Us - 3
Jointly offered with American Studies and International Studies, this seminar surveys international perceptions of U.S. culture. (Millard)
ANTH 604 - Introduction to Mapmaking - 3
Introduction to theory and methods of cartographic representation, image analysis, and GIS.ANTH 605 - Advanced Cultural Anthropology - 3
Critical review of theoretical approaches in cultural anthropology (Taylor, Kyle, Cormier)
ANTH 608 - Advanced Linguistic Anthropology - 3
Historical development of theory and field practice of linguistics. (Smith)
ANTH 609 - Advanced Archaeological Anthropology - 3
Principal theoretical approaches of 20th century archaeology: historical, processual, and post-processual. (Jones, Parcak)
ANTH 610 - Advanced Physical Anthropology - 3
Human evolution and primatology; race; human genetics. Tasks performed by physical anthropologists. (Smith)
ANTH 611 - Field Archaeology - 1 to 6
Archaeological field and laboratory techniques, including excavation, surveying, and artifact analysis and description; general problems of archaeological interpretation.
ANTH 613 - Human Osteology - 4
The identification of human skeletal remains. This laboratory/lecture course provides the groundwork for much of the work in physical anthropology. (Wheatley)
ANTH 614 - Geoarchaeology - 3 to 6
Survey of geological methods as applied to archaeological questions. Practicum in geoarchaeological laboratory and analytic methods. (Brande)
ANTH 615 - Ethnographic Field Methods - 3 to 6
Ethnographic Field Methods classroom instruction and practical experience in techniques of ethnographic fieldwork, including participant observation, household surveys, structured and unstructured interviewing, and genealogies.
ANTH 619 - Food and Culture - 3
The role of food in human culture through time and in a variety of geographic settings. Examines the biological basis of diet, how foodways develop and change, how and why anthropologists study diet, and variations in foodways around the world. (Jones)
ANTH 620 - Computers and Statistics in Anthropology - 3
Computers and statistical applications in anthropology.
ANTH 622 - Landscape Archaeology - 3
Archaeological techniques of reconstructing past landscapes, including, remote sensing, GIS, survey, excavation and environmental analysis. (Parcak)
ANTH 626 - Archaeology of the Pacific Islands - 3
Survey of Pacific Islands societies in the past, drawing on archaeological, ethnographic, historic, linguistic, and biological data. (Jones)
ANTH 628 - Comparative Religion - 3
Human behavior in relation to the supernatural; religion as a system of social behavior and values; theories of religion. (Taylor)
ANTH 630 - Animal Bone Archaeology - 4 to 6
Introduction to methods and theories of zooarchaeological research. Practical experience in processing, identification, and interpretation of animal bone remains from archaeological sites. (Jones)
ANTH 634 - Observing the Earth from Space - 3
The course will provide students with an introductory knowledge of remote sensing analysis. Students will learn how to analyze diverse types of satellite imagery in a wide range of fields, and how to apply this knowledge in original research projects. (Parcak)
ANTH 635 - Ethnomedicine and Ethnopsychiatry - 3
Approaches and contributions of anthropology to study of health, sickness, and healing. Physical environment and human adaptations as key determinants of health systems; culturally defined concepts of sickness, health, and healing; healing as social and physiological activity. Topics may include life stages, medical knowledge among different human groups, impact of culture contact on medical systems, ecological balance and population control, cultural definitions and treatment of abnormal behavior, healers, health and supernatural, social roles of sick, and illness and social control. (Taylor)
ANTH 637 - Real World Remote Sensing Applications - 3
Real world applications of remote sensing technology. Students work closely with UAB professors and scientists at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, doing original remote sensing research on diverse topics, possibly including terrorism, global warming, health, anthropology/archaeology, atmospheric studies, urban expansion, and coastal management. (Parcak)
ANTH 650 Nationalism, Ethnicity and Violence - 3
Social and cultural analysis of ethnicity and nationalist ideologies particularly where these have led to violent confrontations within
modern nation-states. Considers primordialist versus constructionist theories of difference; the varying weight to be attributed to political, historical and cultural factors in the study of nationalism; and the politics of culture vs. the culture of politics. (Taylor)
ANTH 653 Primatology - 3
Biology, behavior, and distribution of living nonhuman primates with emphasis on field studies of old-world monkeys and apes. (Wheatley)
ANTH 655 Archaeology of Alabama -3
ANTH 657 Anthropology of Gender -3
Cultural construction of gender differences in human societies; shifting definitions of proper male and female roles across cultures and through time. (Cormier, Jones)
ANTH 660 Ecological Anthropology - 3
Examines interactions among behavioral, technological, institutional, and ideological features of human cultures that serve to adapt societies to their environment. (Cormier)
ANTH 664 Political Anthropology - 3
The comparative analysis of political structures and process throughout the world, focusing especially on non-Western forms; a survey of anthropological attempts to understand the complex interplay of culture and power in human societies. (Kyle)
ANTH 669 Ethnographic Perspectives on Mexico - 3
Comparative and historical analysis of rural Mexican communities, emphasizing the impact of recent neoliberal economic policies and democratic political reforms. (Kyle)
ANTH 681 Anthropology and the Health Profession - 3
Anthropological theory and practice relevant to health care professions in medicine, nursing, public health, psychology, etc. Anthropological perspectives on practice of health care and practical applications of anthropology in providing health care to culturally diverse people. (Cormier)
ANTH 685 Foundations of Symbolism - 3
Study of symbolic forms in myth and ritual and overview of theoretical approaches. (Smith)
ANTH 691 - Special Problems in Cultural Anthropology - 2 to 6
Supervised study of specified topic area; defined problem explored in depth; topics determined by student and instructor interest in cultural anthropology.
ANTH 692 - Special Problems in Archaeology - 2 to 6
Supervised in-depth study of specified topic area in archaeology. Topics determined by student and instructor interest in archaeology.
ANTH 693 - Special Problems in Linguistics - 2 - 6
Supervised in-depth study of specified topic area in linguistics. Topics determined by student and instructor interest in linguistics.
ANTH 694 - Special Problems in Physical Anthropology - 2 to 6
Supervised, in-depth study of specified topic area in physical anthropology. Topic determined by student and instructor interest in physical anthropology.
ANTH 699 - Thesis Research - 1 to 3
Independent development of research project.
Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy