An introduction to the fields of anthropology with emphasis on archaeology and physical anthropology. Explores the range of human biological and cultural diversity as indicated by archaeological remains and the human fossil record. Facts and theories about human nature and human culture are examined in evolutionary and comparative perspective. Three class hours. (SUNY-SS)
A cross-cultural study of the variety of human adaptations to physical, social and cultural environments, primarily in terms of subsistence, technology, social groupings, government, economic organization, religion and aesthetics. Students are encouraged to discover the meaning behind cultural differences and similarities wherever they occur. Three class hours. (SUNY-OWC)
An introduction to the methods and techniques used by forensic anthropologists to identify and recover human remains and establish circumstances of death. Using case reports and skeletal materials, students explore how anthropologists work with other disciplines to estimate age, gender, ethnic affiliation, stature, traumatic injury and pathologies. Students will develop analytical and critical thinking skills needed to reconstruct events surrounding the life and death of individuals both ancient and modern. Three class hours. (SUNY-SS)
Survey of the major regional cultural divisions of North and Meso-America, with intensive analysis of Indian societies selected to illustrate the range of economic, political and social institutions, and the relevance of ecological and historical factors. Three class hours. (SUNY-OWC)
Prerequisites: ANT 101 or ANT 102 or SOC 101 or permission of instructor.
Explores anthropological data on and interpretations of human religious experience from Paleolithic times to modern satanic cults. Students are guided across a spectrum of religious behavior, Worldview, religious specialists, ritual, magic, the supernatural, and consequences of religious variability are examined in light of our need to escape culture-bound conceptions of religion. Three class hours. (SUNY-SS)
Prerequisite: ANT 102 OR SOC 101 OR permission of instructor.
This course will offer students the opportunity to participate in an ongoing excavation of the Castle-Kumpf Farm, a 19th Century Euro-American farmstead located near Spencerport in Monroe County, New York. Students will broaden their understanding of anthropology, history, and science through training and practical experience in archaeology. Training and practical experience in a variety of archaeological field methods such as artifact analysis and record keeping will be provided. Students gain an understanding of basic techniques of survey, excavation, and post-excavation lab work. This will enhance concepts and practices acquired from previous coursework and be applicable to future courses, other archaeological fieldwork, or to their knowledge of local history. This is a two-week course meeting for six hours each day (with a lunch break), Monday through Friday. Two class hours, two laboratory hours.
This course is designed to address specific topics of interest in Anthropology. Offerings are more specific and focused than the introductory surveys. Examples may include Human Variation, Primatology, Anthropology of Art, and Ancient Texts. Topics may change from semester to semester based on faculty and student interest. Three class hours.