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UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015

College of Letters & Science

Anthropology

Anthropology is the study of human beings and their cultures, past and present, throughout the world. The discipline examines and compares the world’s culture patterns in all their variety and studies humans as biological organisms. Through archaeology, it attempts to shed light on the long history and evolution of humans and their ways of life. In these pursuits, anthropologists favor comparative and evolutionary perspectives. As a result, anthropological studies are wide-ranging with respect to topic and far-reaching with respect to both space and time.

A major in anthropology serves the needs of at least three kinds of students: 1) those who seek as part of their liberal arts education to gain a broad understanding of human behavior, 2) those whose professional or career interests require insight into otherwise unfamiliar peoples and cultures, and 3) those who wish to specialize in anthropology or one of its subfields.

A major in anthropology provides a useful and relevant foundation for many kinds of jobs and career interests. These include numerous types of positions abroad working with people of varied cultural backgrounds, such as community development work in the international field, foreign diplomatic service, international business, and international exchange programs. They also include positions in museum work, the communications field, community cultural projects, urban planning, and other social professions. There are opportunities for students majoring in anthropology to develop skills in conservation archaeology and environmental impact assessment.

Course of Study: Major

Students majoring in anthropology can select from a wide variety of courses organized under four subfields: cultural anthropology, archaeology, physical (or biological) anthropology, and linguistic anthropology. Although majors take some coursework in each of the four subfields, they are encouraged to shape their own programs to meet individual needs and interests.

The major in anthropology requires 36 credits within the department, including Anthro 101, 102, 103, 105 (360), and one course from each of the five curriculum categories below. At least 15 credits in advanced-level courses (numbered 300 or above) must be taken in residence at UWM.

The College requires that all students complete a research experience in their majors. Anthropology majors will complete the research requirement in the context of one of the following courses:

Anthro 401

Primate Populations

Anthro 497

Study Abroad: "Peru, Past and Present - Archaeological Perspective" subtitle

Anthro 525

Zooarchaeology: Analysis of Faunal Remains

Anthro 535

Analysis of Archaeological Ceramics

Anthro 560

Introduction to Research Methods in Anthropology

Anthro 566

Archaeological Analysis and Report Preparation: (Subtitle)

Finally, Anthro 460, "Anthropology Theory," which is the program’s capstone course, is required for all students majoring in anthropology. Only seniors may enroll, and it is recommended that they do so after having completed all other anthropology course requirements.

Students majoring in anthropology must earn a GPA of 2.5 or better in anthropology courses attempted at UWM. In addition, the College requires that students attain a 2.5 or better GPA in all anthropology courses attempted, including any transfer work.

CURRICULUM CATEGORIES

Physical Anthropology

 

     

Anthro 301

Human Evolution and Variation

4

Anthro 401

Primate Populations

3

Anthro 402

Primate Evolution

3

Anthro 403

The Human Skeleton

3

Anthro 404

Seminar in Human Evolutionary Physiology

3

Anthro 405

Forensic Anthropology

3

Anthro 406

Evolutionary Biology and Human Diseases

3

Anthro 407

Neuroanthropology

3

Anthro 408

Hormones and Behavior

3

Anthro 651

Biology of the Primates

3

Archaeology

 

     

Anthro 304

Violence and Warfare in Prehistory

3

Anthro 305

The Celtic World

3

Anthro 306

European Archaeology

3

Anthro 307

World Archaeology: Foundations of Civilization

3

Anthro 308

Archaeology of North America

3

Anthro 309

Archaeology of Central and South America

3

Anthro 310

Archaeology of Middle America

3

Anthro 311

The World of the Ancient Maya

3

Anthro 420

Power and Ideology in Archaeology

3

Anthro 421

Cities in the Ancient World

3

Anthro 425

Hunter-Gatherer Lifeways: Past and Present

3

Anthro 465

Historic Preservation in Archaeology

3

Anthro 466

Historical Archaeology

3

Anthro 501

Archaeology of Death

3

Anthro 525

Zooarchaeology: Analysis of Faunal Remains

3

Anthro 535

Analysis of Archaeological Ceramics

3

Anthro 565

Seminar in Regional Archaeology: (Subtitle)

3

Anthro 636

Geochronology

3

Ethnology and Related Sociocultural Subjects

 

     

Anthro 302

Anthropology and Popular Culture

3

Anthro 314

American Indian Societies and Cultures

3

Anthro 315

Peoples and Cultures of Mexico and Central America

3

Anthro 320

Peoples and Cultures of Africa

3

Anthro 322

Europe in Anthropological Perspective

3

Anthro 325

Japanese Culture and Society

3

Anthro 326

Peoples and Cultures of South Asia

3

Anthro 328

Comparative Studies of Music, Race, and Gender in Nationalism

3

Anthro 335

American Indians of the Southeast

3

Anthro 340

Cultures of Online Games and Virtual Worlds

3

Anthro 349

Seminar in Ethnography and Cultural Processes

3

Anthro 351

Anthropological Theories of Religion

3

Anthro 354

Anthropology of Art

3

Anthro 355

Globalization, Culture, and Environment

3

Anthro 400

Human Sociobiology

3

Anthro 431

Urban Anthropology

3

Anthro 440

Medical Anthropology

3

Anthro 441

Nature, Knowledge, and Technoscience in Anthropological Perspective

3

Anthro 442

Humanitarianism in Global Perspective

3

Anthro 443

Medicine and Pharmaceuticals in the Global Age

3

Anthro 445

Psychological Anthropology

3

Anthro 446

The Child in Different Cultures

3

Anthro 447

The Global Politics of Human Rights

3

Anthro 448

Cultural and Human Ecology

3

Anthro 449

The Human Economy

3

Anthro 450

Political Anthropology

3

Anthro 540

Applications of Anthropology

3

Anthro 543

Cross-Cultural Study of Religion

3

Anthro 544

Religious Giving in Anthropological Perspective

3

Linguistic Anthropology

 

     

Anthro 361

Applications in Linguistic Anthropology

3

Anthro 362

System Failure: Globalization and Language Extinction

3

Anthro 366

Seminar in Aspects of Linguistic Anthropology

3

Anthro 570

Issues in Bilingualism

3

Methods Courses

 

     

Anthro 560

Introduction to Research Methods in Anthropology

3

Anthro 561

Techniques and Problems in Ethnography

3

Anthro 562

Techniques and Problems in Archaeology

3

Anthro 566

Archaeological Analysis and Report Preparation: (Subtitle)

3 or 6

Anthro 567

Archaeological Field School

3 or 6

Anthro 568

Introduction to Anthropological Statistics

3

Course of Study: Minor

The anthropology minor requires 18 credits within the department, including Anthro 101, 102, and one course from each of the following curriculum categories: physical anthropology, archaeology, ethnology, and linguistics. Waiver or substitution in any of these categories may be approved, in some circumstances, by the assistant to the chair for undergraduate affairs in consultation with the student’s advisor. Students must earn 9 credits in advanced-level courses (numbered 300 or above) taken in residence at UWM. The College requires that students attain at least a 2.5 GPA on all credits in the minor attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.5 GPA on all minor credits attempted, including any transfer work.

Related Programs

For the teaching major in the broad field of social studies, see the School of Education section. A related interdepartmental major is the international studies major. Also related are the certificate programs in American Indian Studies and in Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

Courses (ANTHRO)

Faculty

Cheryl Ajirotutu, Assoc. Prof., PhD
University of California, Berkeley

Fred Anapol, Prof., PhD
State University of New York at Stony Brook

Kalman Applbaum, Prof., PhD
Harvard University

Bettina Arnold, Prof., PhD
Harvard University

Erica Bornstein, Assoc. Prof., PhD
University of California, Irvine

Paul Brodwin, Prof., PhD
Harvard University

Benjamin Campbell, Assoc. Prof., PhD
Harvard University

J. Patrick Gray, Prof., PhD
University of Colorado

Sidney M. Greenfield, Prof. Emeritus, PhD

Tracey Heatherington, Assoc. Prof., PhD
Harvard University

Jean Hudson, Assoc. Prof., PhD
University of California, Santa Barbara

Robert J. Jeske, Prof., PhD
Northwestern University

Ingrid Jordt, Assoc. Prof., PhD
Harvard University

Donald Kurtz, Prof. Emeritus, PhD

Thomas Malaby, Assoc. Prof., PhD, Chair
Harvard University

Bernard Perley, Assoc. Prof., PhD
Harvard University

R. Jason Sherman, Assoc. Prof., PhD
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Neil C. Tappen, Prof. Emeritus, PhD

Trudy R. Turner, Prof., PhD
New York University

Laura P. Villamil, Asst. Prof., PhD
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

William Washabaugh, Prof. Emeritus, PhD

Edward Wellin, Prof. Emeritus, PhD

W. Warner Wood, Assoc. Prof., PhD
University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana

Associate Scientists

John D. Richards, PhD
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Patricia Richards, PhD
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Research Specialist

Brian Nicholls, MS
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

 



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