Anthropology (ANTH)

ANTH 101  Introduction to Cultural Anthropology  3  

This course is a survey of the field of cultural anthropology. The class will compare and contrast cultures around the world, discussing topics such as: the nature of culture, race and ethnicity, making a living in the environment, gender and marriage, family and kinship, stratification and poverty, political and economic systems, language, culture and personality, religion, the arts and world views. A Christian framework will provide the means of determining both the value and limits of cultural relativism.

Core Category: Cultural Perspectives, Human Behavior  
ANTH 102  Archaeology  3  

This course will study the procedures and methods of archaeology and studies of the material remains of cultures such as tools, ceramics, fibers, wood, bone and antler, stone, burials, housing. In many instances students will have opportunities for hand-on examination, analysis and even replication. Theoretical approaches of cultural functionalism, cultural materialism and cultural ecology; the applications of archaeology to both physical and cultural anthropology; and ethical matters pertaining to the practice of archaeology will be covered.

Core Category: Cultural Perspectives, Human Behavior  
Prerequisites: ANTH-101; Minimum grade C  
ANTH 103  Physical Anthropology  3  

Physical anthropology, or biological anthropology, includes such concerns as human genetics, disease, race and environmental adaptations, and the search for human origins in the fossil record. Though this course approaches the question of human origins from a Christian and Biblical point of view, students will be expected to become familiar with a variety of origin models, and with the tools to evaluate them.

Core Category: Cultural Perspectives, Human Behavior  
Prerequisites: ANTH-101; Minimum grade C  
ANTH 130  Special Topics  3  
ANTH 201  People in Places  3  

Cultural geography deals with the ways in which different cultures adapt to, use, and affect the landscape. Topics include cultural perceptions of the environment, the variety of cultural adaptations, technological levels and exploitative strategies, the origin and spread of cultures, the geography of settlement types, and the human impact on ecology. In practical terms, the student, armed with geography's organizing principles and skills, will be better able to make wise personal and societal decisions about using the environment and will be of more help in resolving conflicts among competing values and groups.

Core Category: Cultural Perspectives, Human Behavior  
ANTH 210  Race and Ethnicity  3  

The course will begin by examining the validity of the concept of race. Does it exist biologically? And if not, why do people around the world make use of this notion? The latter question will bring us to a discussion of ethnicity and of how people make use of cultural symbols to mark themselves or others off as distinct groups. Our perspective will be global, so we will examine issues of race and ethnicity not only for our own culture but for Africa, India, and many other cultures.

Core Category: Cultural Perspectives, Human Behavior  
ANTH 230  Special Topics  1-3  
ANTH 251W  The Discovery of Foreign Worlds  3  

This writing intensive course is based on the premise that exposure to and knowledge of a variety of human cultures is essential to mastering a working knowledge of cultural anthropology. Through reading and discussing classic ethnographic writings, students will become familiar with the ethnographic process and with the cultures analyzed in the literature. Students will read from both assigned and elective writings and will prepare an ethnographic report for class presentation that will demonstrate the use of one or more research methods.

Core Category: Human Behavior  
Prerequisites: ANTH-101; Minimum grade C  
ANTH 301  Christianity, Anthropological, and Economic Systems  3  

This course is an anthropological survey of production and exchange systems from a Christian perspective. Along with the data from the field on different types of economies, we will investigate underlying principles and ethics that are the bases for human economic and social interaction. Particularly, our concern will be with revealing the ethic of reciprocity found in all human societies in either overt or covert forms. Ultimately, we will analyze and critique the modern market economy and propose ways to live as Christians in it and yet not of it.

ANTH 310  Anthropology of Comparative Religions  3  

This course will examine practiced religions around the globe from an anthropological perspective. Magic, ritual, healing, prayer, religious leadership, myth, formal belief systems and religious changes will be discussed. The relationship between world and traditional religions will be analyzed as well. Our purpose will be to reveal the beauty of the Christian faith and to demonstrate what this faith has to offer to others, both in affirming God's previous work in a culture and in speaking boldly the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Core Category: Cultural Perspectives  
ANTH 320  Language and Culture  3  

Language and culture, or ethnolinguistics, examines the relationship between the cognitive categories of language and the worldview of culture. Anthropologists have long investigated this relationship as they have done fieldwork in remote places, often learning languages never before encountered by Westerners. This course will approach the field of ethnolinguistics from the perspective of its usefulness for language learning, for identification of a culture's core values, and for contextualization of the message of the Bible.

Core Category: Cultural Perspectives  
ANTH 330  Special Topics  3  
ANTH 395  Field Experience  3  

Students identify a community to study, either in the local area or abroad, collect data on the community using ethnographic methods, and write a paper describing the results. A formal presentation of the work is made to an audience that may include family and friends. Data may be collected in the summer prior to registering for the class, pending consultation with the professor.

ANTH 400  Directed Study  1-3  
ANTH 401  Ideas in Anthropology  3  

Anthropological explanations for the nature of human social and cultural life have varied greatly. We will survey the history of anthropological theories, including theories in cultural evolution, rationalism, functionalism, semiotics and psychology. Our aim will be to understand the interrelated nature of various aspects of culture and to witness ways in which Christian transformation can bring about appreciation for traditional ways as well as radical change.

Prerequisites: ANTH-101; Minimum grade C  
ANTH 495  Internship  2-12  
ANTH 498  Teaching Assistant  1-3  
ANTH 499  Research Assistant  1-3  
ANTH 501  Integrated Anthropological Theory I  3  

In the first integrated theory course, we will investigate the roots of anthropology in the middle 19th century and trace its history through the development of structural-functionalism in the early 20th century. The concept of "culture" constructed during this time will be analyzed in terms of the political circumstance of colonialism and the intellectual circumstance of the European Enlightenment. Harmonious views of social life rooted in notions of the "noble savage" will be deconstructed, as a Christian theology of sin is introduced to add complexity to depection of tribal peoples and cultures. And the epistemology of positivism will be presented and critiqued as having contributed to a highly objectified view of human beings as just a species in nature. Theory from the four fields of anthropology(physical, archeological, linguistins, and socio-cultural) will be covered between the years 1860-1940.

ANTH 502  Integrated Anthropological Theory II  3  

In the second integrated theory course, we will trace the history of anthropology from the collapse of structural-functionalism in the middle 20th century to the present. Particular attention will be given to conflict theory, and to structure and agency. Both structuralism (idealism) and materialism will be deconstructed with a holistic view of the person rooted in the Christian theology of creation.anthropology's current crisis of postmodernism will be studied in the context of the spread of globalization and its paradoxical result: ethnic identity politics and the collapse of the concept of culture. Contemporary ethnography will be analyzed with a post-critical epistemology that parallels the Biblical concept of witness, and the Christian theology of redemption will be acknowledged as the source of hope for humanity. Theory from the four fields of anthropology (physical, archeology, linguistics, and socio-cultural) will be covered from 1960 to the present.

ANTH 530  Theology of Culture  3  

This will be a course on the theological origins and purposes of human culture, setting human culture-making within the broad contours of the Christian story. We will consider fundamental theological ideas that account for the reality and the importance of human culture. Eschatological ideas will also be important in helping us to discern the purpose and direction of human culture: its goodness, corruption, and transformation. All of these subjects will require us to do Christological reflection and practice. So, the course will be theologically demanding and focused, although we will need to consider works from social psychologists, anthropologists, and sociologists on the way. Be prepared to learn not only the language of theology, but other disciplines as well.

ANTH 550  Epistemological Insights for Anthropological Practice  3  

The goal of this course is to assist the student in understanding the nature of the social sciences in general and anthropology in particular, in light of recent philosophical discourse concerning the nature of knowledge and truth. The course will trace a sampling of the historical discourse related to the development of social theory, the consequent impact this has had on the quest for truth, certainty and faith, and the way all of this relates to the field of anthropology and anthropological fieldwork. Finally, the above examination will be undertaken in order to gain insight into the nature of Christian faith and its relationship to the discipline of anthropology.

ANTH 570  Faith-Based Ethnographic Methods  3  

This class is a hands-on practical course in applied ethnographic methods. Ethnographythick of a culture, that is, to describe cultura descriptionprocesses fully and to interpret them correctly. applied ethnography uses the findings to assist people in solving human problems. Students will be trained in ethnographic techniques such as participant observation, informal interviewing, field note taking, data analysis, and ethnographic writing. Methods read about and discussed in class will be practiced in exercises leading up to the construction of a final project.

ANTH 601  On Knowing Humanity Colloquium I  1.5  

The colloquium series is a weekly event in which students, faculty, and invited guests present ideas which are at the cutting edge of anthropological thought. Interaction between anthropology and theology is especially central to the discussion. audience participation is strongly encouraged, and a synergy of ideas will contribute to the growth and development of a deeply Christian approach to the study of people and cultures.

ANTH 602  On Knowing Humanity Colloquium II  1.5  

The colloquium series is a weekly event in which students, faculty, and invited guests present ideas which are at the cutting edge of anthropological thought. Interaction between anthropology and theology is especially central to the discussion. audience participation is strongly encouraged, and a synergy of ideas will contribute to the growth and development of a deeply Christian approach to the study of people and cultures.

ANTH 680  Thesis in Theological and Cultural Anthropology  1-3  

The thesis provides students with the opportunity to do their own analytical research under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Students select their mentors from a list of qualified faculty. Faculty guide students through the process of data collection, analysis, and integrated writing. The thesis is written at the end of the curriculum, so students are prepared by their theory classes, their experience in ethnography, their elective menu of applied studies, and by having listened to other researchers presenting at the colloquium series. Students do original thinking and write a refined paper at the graduate level.