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Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Course Descriptions

ANTH-A 104 : Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

A survey of cultural and social processes that influence human behavior, using comparitive examples from different ethnic groups around the world, with the goal of better understanding the broad range of human behavioral potenials and those influences that shape the different expressions of these potentials. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

ANTH-A 105 : Human Origins and Prehistory

Human biological evolution and prehistory from the earliest archaeological record through the rise of civilization. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

ANTH-A 200 : Topics in Anthropology (topic varies)

Course is geared to the nonmajor and emphasizes the development of skills in the use of anthropological approaches to the study of human behavior and belief. Topics will vary. ANTH A200 may be taken twice with different topics. (Occasionally)

ANTH-A 210 : Ancillary Topics in Anthropology

Individual and group activities that may be independent of or connected to a course. May include activities such as discussions, fieldwork, service learning, and applied anthropology projects. May be repeated with different topics to total up to 3 credit hours. (Occasionally)

ANTH-A 220 : Hands-on Fossil Observations

Hands-on observations, measurements, and interpre­tations of human fossils and fossil casts; offered in conjunction with human paleontology courses. (Occasionally)

ANTH-A 230 : Linguistic Anthropology Lab

Linguistics problems, word games, and videos. Offered in conjunction with Language and Culture courses. (Occasionally)

ANTH-A 240 : History of Ethnographic Film

Viewing of ethnographic films from earliest to most recent, with discussions. Offered in conjunction with theory courses. May be repeated once with different topic and with different theory course.

ANTH-A 360 : Development of Anthropological Thought

An overview of the major theoretical developments within anthropology as the discipline has attempted to produce a universal and unified view of human life based on knowledge of evolution and prehistoric and contemporary cultures. (Spring—even years)

ANTH-A 495 : Independent Studies in Anthropology

A supervised, in-depth examination through individual research on a particular topic selected and conducted by the student in consultation with an anthropology faculty member. (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II)

ANTH-B 201 : Bioanthropology and Forensics Lab

Laboratory exercises in anatomy, genetics, primates, fossils; and identification, aging, and sexing of the human skeleton. (Occasionally)

ANTH-B 206 : Primate Zoo Observation

Observation of primate anatomy, locomotion, and social behavior at various Midwestern zoos. (Occasionally)

ANTH-B 250 : Topics in Biological Anthropology

Selected topics in bioanthropology. May be repeated once with a different topic. (Occasionally)

ANTH-B 300 : Bioanthropology

Bioanthropology of humans, basic biological principles, functional morphology, evolutionary history. Human evolution from lower forms, environmental factors, speciation and differentiation, growth, sexual differences, constitutional variability. (Fall - odd years)

ANTH-B 368 : The Evolution of Primate Social Behavior

Major patterns of social organization in the order Primates, with focus on several important primate species. Examination of Darwinian theories of behavioral evolution. Particular attention paid to the influence of food-getting and diet on social behavior.

ANTH-B 400 : Undergraduate Seminar

Selected topics in bioanthropology. Analysis of research. Development of skills in analysis and criticism. Topic varies. ANTH B400 may be taken twice with different topics. (Occasionally)

ANTH-B 464 : Human Paleontology

Human fossils: their structure, classification, geologic range, and geographical distribution. (Occasionally)

ANTH-B 466 : The Primates

Paleontology, functional morphology, behavior, and natural history of the nonhuman primates. Emphasis on behavioral and ecological correlates of morphology. Credit given for only one of the following: ANTH B106, ANTH B266, and ANTH B466. (Occasionally)

ANTH-E 200 : Social and Cultural Anthropology

Intermediate survey of theories and problems in social and cultural anthropology. Historical development, methods of inquiry, focal problems, and contemporary theoretical perspectives. (Fall)

ANTH-E 205 : Peoples of the World

All peoples have to confront similar challenges in order to survive and thrive as individuals and as societies.  This course will examine how several cultures around the world shape their values, behaviors, institutions, and stories in response to external and internal challenges. (Occasionally)

ANTH-E 300 : Culture Areas and Ethnic Groups (variable title)

An ethnographic survey of a selected culture area or ethnic group. (May not be repeated for more than 6 credit hours.) (Occasionally)

ANTH-E 320 : Indians of North America

Ethnographic survey of culture areas from the Arctic to Panama plus cross- cultural analysis of interrelations of culture, geographical environment, and language families. (Fall, Spring)

ANTH-E 324 : Native American Art

This course is an introduction to the visual arts of Native Americans in the period since contact.  Topics will include  the artist (traditional and contemporary); the relationship of art, myth, and ritual the effects of contact  with other cultures on Indian arts; shamanism and art.  Class discussion will be illustrated with slides and movies. (Occasionally)

ANTH-E 335 : Ancient Civilization of MesoAmerica

Historical Ethnography of the major pre- Columbian Civilizations including the Olmec, Mayan and Aztec. Emphasis on the social life, cultural achievements, religion, worldview, and political systems to illustrate the diversity and richness of Amerindian life before the Spanish conquest. (Occasionally)

ANTH-E 400 : Undergraduate Seminar (topic varies)

Intensive examination of selected topics in anthropology. Emphasis upon analytic investigation and critical discussion. Topics will vary. ANTH E400 may be taken twice with different topics. (Occasionally)

ANTH-E 445 : Medical Anthropology

A cross- cultural examination of human biocultural adaptation in health and disease, including biocultural epidemiology, ethnomedical systems in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, and sociocultural change and health. (Occasionally)

ANTH-L 300 : Culture and Language

Explores the relationships between language and culture, focusing on research methodology and surveying various theoretical frameworks. (Spring—odd years)

ANTH-P 200 : Introduction to Archaeology

Introduction to the goals, methods, and theories that archaeologists use to learn about the past.   The pursuit and interpretation of archaeological evidence are explored by reviewing case studies from  across the globe and diverse time periods. Topics include food and subsistence, culture change, social life, political economies, and archaeological ethics. (Spring)

SOC-S 161 : Principles of Sociology

Nature of interpersonal relationships, societies, groups, communities, and institutional areas such as the family, industry, and religion; social process operating within those areas; significance for problems of personality, human nature, social disorganization, and social change. (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II)

SOC-S 163 : Social Problems

Major social problems in areas such as the family; religion; economic order; crime; mental disorders; civil rights; racial, ethnic, and international tensions. Relation to structure and values of larger society (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II)

SOC-S 164 : Marital Relations and Sexuality

Analysis of courtship, marriage, and its alternatives and the basic issues of human sexuality, with an emphasis on contemporary American society (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II)

SOC-S 210 : Social Organization

An examination of the question of social order, including the perspectives of structure and function, conflict and change, social systems and institutions. (Occasionally)

SOC-S 215 : Social Change

Introduction to theoretical and empirical studies of social change. Explores issues such as modernization; rationalization; demographic, economic, and religious causes of change; reform and revolution. (Fall, Summer)

SOC-S 230 : Society and the Individual

Introduction to the concepts, perspectives, and theories of social psychology from the level of the individual to collective behavior. (Fall, Spring, Summer I)

SOC-S 254 : Qualitative Field Research

Covers the most salient aspects of field research, including taking field notes and coding, engaging in participant-observation, taking on a variety of research roles, creating topical guides and conducting in-depth interviews, and writing a publishable- quality research paper. Students must find a suitable setting in which to conduct their semester-long research project. (Fall)

SOC-S 261 : Research Methods in Sociology

The logic of scientific work in sociology; theory construction; major research designs, including experiments, sample surveys, and ethnographic field studies; methods of sampling; measurement of variables. (Fall)

SOC-S 262 : Statistics for Sociology

This is a general introduction to the logic of statistics, both descriptive and inferential. Students learn how to use sample date to reach conclusions about a population of interest by calculating confidence intervals and significance tests. SPSS software is used to produce the appropriate calculations. (Spring)

SOC-S 309 : The Community

Introduction to the sociology of community life, stressing the processes of order and change in community organization. Major topics include the community and society, the nonterritorial community, analysis of major community institutions, racial-ethnic differences in community behavior, community conflict, and community problems. (Occasionally)

SOC-S 310 : The Sociology of Women in America

A brief survey of the history of women's changing role in America with particular emphasis on women's legal status in this century, persistence of occupational segregation, the organization and growth of the women's movement since 1960, the impact of those changes on the nuclear family, and the female self- image. (Occasionally)

SOC-S 311 : Political Sociology

Interrelations of politics and society, with emphasis on formation of political power, its structure, and its change in different types of social systems and cultural-historical settings. (Occasionally)

SOC-S 313 : Sociology of Religion

The nature, consequences, and theoretical origins of religion, as evident in social constructions and functional perspectives; the social origins and problems of religious organizations; and the relationships between religion and morality, science, magic, social class, minority status, economic development, and politics. (Occasionally)

SOC-S 314 : Social Aspects of Health and Medicine

The effects of group characteristics in the causation, amelioration, and prevention of mental and physical illness, and social influences in medical education, medical practice, and hospital administration. (Occasionally— Two-year rotation)

SOC-S 315 : Sociology of Work

Treats work roles within such organizations as factory, office, school, government, and welfare agencies; career and occupational mobility in work life; formal and informal organizations within work organizations; labor and management conflict and cooperation; problems of modern industrial workers. (Occasionally)

SOC-S 316 : Sociology of the Family

Structure and process of the conjugal family in modern and emerging societies. Focus is on relationships of the family to other subsystems of the larger society and on interaction within the family in connection with those interrelationships. Stress on development of systematic theory. (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II)

SOC-S 317 : Social Stratification

Nature, functioning, and maintenance of systems of social stratification in local communities and societies. Correlates and consequences of social class position and vertical mobility. (Occasionally)

SOC-S 320 : Deviant Behavior and Social Control

Analysis of deviance in relation to formal and informal social processes. Emphasis on deviance and respectability as functions of social relations, characteristics of rules, and power and conflict. (Occasionally—Once per year)

SOC-S 325 : Criminology

Factors in genesis of crime and organization of criminal behavior from points of view of the person and the group. (Occasionally—Once per year)

SOC-S 328 : Juvenile Delinquency

Nature and extent of juvenile delinquency; juvenile delinquency and the law; methods of research in juvenile delinquency; delinquency causation; theories and practices of delinquency control. (Occasionally— Once per year)

SOC-S 331 : Sociology of Aging

A survey of the demographic, work, retirement, social status, family, and institutional factors associated with life in the later years in modern industrial societies. (Occasionally— Two-year rotation)

SOC-S 335 : Race and Ethnic Relations

Racial and cultural contacts, especially in America; factors that determine rate and manner of assimilation; cultural pluralism; theories and conceptual analysis of prejudice; comparative analysis of diverse race relations in different parts of the world. (Occasionally - 2 year rotation)

SOC-S 337 : Women and Crime

Analysis of traditional and feminist theories of crime. Substantive areas include women's victimization, women's criminality and incarceration, and women working within the criminal justice system. (Occasionally-once per year)

SOC-S 340 : Social Theory

Sociological theory, with focus on content, form, and historical development. Relationships between theories, data, and sociological explanation. (Spring)

SOC-S 398 : Internship in the Behavioral Sciences

Open to sophomore, junior, and senior students who, upon approval of the internship coordinator, are placed in cooperating social, welfare, and behavior modification agencies to receive experience as learning paraprofessionals. The department and agency supervise the work. Research and written reports are required. Evaluations by the agency and department will be made. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit hours. (Occasionally)

SOC-S 410 : Topics in Social Organization

Specific topics announced each semester; e.g., social stratification, formal organizations, urban social organization, education, religion, sport and leisure, medicine, politics, demography, social power, social conflict, social change, comparative social systems. May be repeated three times for credit. (Occasionally)

SOC-S 416 : The Family

The family as a social institution, changing family folkways, the family in relation to the development of personality of its members, disorganization of the family, and predicting success and failure in marriage. (Occasionally)

SOC-S 418 : The Sociology of Political and Religious Movements

Religious and political movements across the political spectrum will be explored to examine the interrelationships between religious and political social institutions. Transformation of those relationships throughout history will be explored to note the effects of the changing sociopolitical climate in the U.S. on social movement formation and convergence. (Occasionally)

SOC-S 419 : Social Movements and Collective Action

Change- oriented social and political collective action and consequences for groups and societies. Resource mobilization, historical and comparative analysis of contemporary movements and collective action. (Occasionally)

SOC-S 420 : Topics in Deviance

Specific topics announced each semester; e.g., crime, juvenile delinquency, law enforcement, corrections, mental illness, sexual deviance, drug use, violence, and physical disability. May be repeated three times for credit. (Occasionally)

SOC-S 431 : Topics in Social Psychology

Specific topics announced each semester, e.g., socialization, personality development, small-group structures and processes, interpersonal relations, language and human behavior, attitude formation and change, collective behavior, public opinion. May be repeated three times for credit with a different topic. (Occasionally)

SOC-S 441 : Topics in Social Theory

Specific topics announced each semester; e.g., structuralism, evolutionary theory, symbolic interaction theory, functionalism, social action theory, exchange theory, history and development of social theory, sociology of knowledge. May be repeated three times for credit. (Fall—odd years)

SOC-S 447 : Theories of Social Change

Idea of progress; linear philosophy of history; social and cultural evolution; contemporary theories. (Occasionally)

SOC-S 450 : Topics in Methods and Measurement

Specific topics announced each semester; e.g., logic of inquiry, model construction and formalization, research design, data collection, sampling, measurement, statistical analysis. May be repeated three times for credit with a different topic. (Occasionally)

SOC-S 495 : Individual Readings in Sociology

Prior arrangement, usually in conjunction with honors work. (Independent study and internship program.) (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II)