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Department of Anthropology

Anthropology Department Undergraduate Program Description


The mission of the Department of Anthropology is to research and teach about global human diversity and distinctiveness from the distant past to the present. Anthropology applies theoretical and practical tools to understanding the human past, human biology and evolution, language, contemporary society, and culture, and provides cross-cultural, environmental, and global perspectives on past and present human behavior. Our mission is to apply anthropological concepts to the resolution of important social, cultural, and environmental problems of our times. The Department of Anthropology offers courses leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree and the Master of Arts or Master of Science degrees. For a full description of the M.A. and M.S. degrees, refer to the Graduate Catalog (http://coursecat.isu.edu/graduate). The Anthropology major provides training in the four subdisciplines of archaeology, biological anthropology, anthropological linguistics, and sociocultural anthropology. The department also offers minors in Anthropology, American Indian Studies, Latino Studies, and Linguistics, and specialization in archaeological science, ecological anthropology, medical anthropology, applied anthropology, forensics, language preservation, and oral history.

Undergraduate Learning Objectives And Outcomes

Program Objectives – Students who have completed an undergraduate major in Anthropology at Idaho State University should be able to:

    1. Understand basic methods, concepts, alternative theories and approaches, and modes of explanation appropriate to each of the subfields of the discipline.
    2. Read and understand anthropological theory at the level of Bachelor of Arts.
    3. Understand the use of quantitative and qualitative analysis in anthropological research.
    4. Understand a comparative approach to the human condition, both cross-culturally and chronologically.
    5. Demonstrate technical writing skills at the level of Bachelor of Arts.

Learning Outcomes – Students in the Senior Seminar will demonstrate the following competencies based on the above objectives:

    1. Apply knowledge of anthropological methods, approaches, and modes of explanation to contemporary social issues.
    2. Use theory to formulate a testable explanation for a given cultural behavior.
    3. Select and perform quantitative and qualitative analytical techniques at a basic level.
    4. Carry out a research project using cross-cultural or diachronic (or combination of the two) comparative methods.
    5. Write a competent senior research project.

Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology

Beyond the general university requirements (8 of the 9 General Education Objectives--see the General Education Requirements (p. 50) in the Academic Information section of the undergraduate catalog), a student seeking Bachelor's degree with a major in anthropology must complete at least 37 credits in the following curriculum, earning at least a C grade in all lower and upper division core courses. Students for both the major and the minor in anthropology must have a minimum of 1 year of foreign language at the college level to graduate. Major and minor students must select their upper division anthropology elective courses in consultation with their major advisor. Also see here:

Required Lower Division Courses:
ANTH 1107		The Nature of Language
ANTH 2203		Introduction to Archaeology
ANTH 2230		Introduction to Biological Anthropology
ANTH 2250		Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology	
 Required Upper Division Courses:
ANTH 4492		Senior Seminar
ANTH 4495		Department Colloquium
ANTH 4401		History and Theory of Anthropology
ANTH 4403		Method and Theory in Archaeology
ANTH 4430		Human Evolution
Any upper division linguistic class (ANTH 445X)             									
Additional Courses:
9 cr Upper division anthropology elective courses

Minors in the Department of Anthropology include the following:

American Indian Studies
Latino Studies

Minor in American Indian Studies

Required Courses

ANTH 2238      		People and Cultures of the New World		
ANTH/HIST 2258 Native American History
ANTH/ENGL 4453 American Indian Literature

Plus FOUR of the following courses:

ANTH 1101		Elementary Shoshoni I					
ANTH 1102 Elementary Shoshoni II
ANTH 2206 Indigenous Traditional Parenting
ANTH 3301 Introduction to Shoshoni Folklore
ANTH 4406 American Indian Health Issues
ANTH 4421 Federal Indian Relations
ANTH 4452 American Indian Verbal Arts
ANTH 4454 Survey of American Indian Languages
ANTH 4472 Native American Arts
ANTH 4474 Topics in Indian Education
ANTH/POLS 4478 Federal Indian Law
ANTH/POLS 4479 Tribal Governments
ANTH 4489 Topics in American Indian Studies

Minor in Anthropology

Required Courses

ANTH/ENGL/LANG 1107	The Nature of Language						
ANTH 2203 Introduction to Archaeology
ANTH 2205     Introduction to Archaeology Lab
ANTH 2230        Introduction to Biological Anthropology
ANTH 2250      Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology
IN ADDITION: Upper Division Anthropology Courses

Minor in Latino Studies

Required Courses

ANTH 2250		Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology	
ANTH 2239    Contemporary Latinos in the U.S.
ANTH 2239       Peoples of Mexico Through Film
ANTH 2239 Culture South of the Border
HIST 2251 Latin America

One year intermediate Spanish:

SPAN 2201, 2202		Intermediate Spanish					
SPAN 3301, 3302 Spanish Conversation and Composition
Other with permission of Latino Studies Director

Plus 6 credits from the following for a total of at least 21 credits
(3 credits must be 400 level or above):

ANTH 1108      		Spanish for Health Care Providers       	
ANTH 2239        Contemporary Latinos in the U.S.       
ANTH 2239 Peoples of Mexico Through Film
ANTH 2239        Culture South of the Border
ANTH 2239        Ancient Meso America
ANTH 2239        Other approved classes
ANTH 4487       Ethnographic Fieldschool*
ANTH 4489       Latin American Resource Management
HIST 4460       The Global Hispanic Monarchy
HIST 4450       Golden Age Castile
SPAN 3342        Survey of Latin American Literature & Civilization
SPAN 4462       Early 20th Century Spanish American Literature

*When offered in Mexico, Guatemala and other Latin American countries

Minor in Linguistics

Required Courses

ANTH/LANG/ENGL 1107	Nature of Language						
ENGL 2281        Introduction to Language Studies
ANTH/LANG 4455  Phonetics
ENGL 4485        Linguistic Analysis
PHIL 4410       Philosophy of Language
One year of a foreign language*

Plus 9 credits from the following, for a total of 26 credits:

ANTH/ENGL 3367  	Language in the United States				
ANTH 4450       Socio-linguistics
ANTH 4452       Survey of American Indian Languages
ANTH/LANG 4455  Phonetics
ANTH/LANG 4456  Phonology and Morphology
ANTH 4458       Historical Linguistics
ANTH 4459       Linguistic Field Methods
ANTH/LANG 4457   Survey of Indo-European Languages
ANTH/ENGL/LANG 4484 Topics in Linguistics
ENGL 2280       Grammar and Usage
ENGL 4481       Advanced Grammar
ENGL 4483       Varieties of American English
ENGL 4485       Linguistic Analysis
ENGL 4486       Old English
ENGL 4487       History of the English Language
LANG 4488       Comparative Philology
PHIL 2301        Introduction to Logic
PHIL 4410       Philosophy of Language

*in addition to the 8 credit hours of foreign language required under General Education Goal 10B.

Department of Anthropology • College of Arts and Letters • Idaho State University
921 S. 8th Avenue, Stop 8005, Pocatello, ID  83209-8005
Tel: (208) 282-2629 • Fax: (208) 282-4944 • Email: centchri@isu.edu

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