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Professor of Anthropology
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Eckerd College
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St. Petersburg, FL 33711

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Anthropology

Anthropology

Courses

AN 201G: Introduction to Anthropology
Introduction to the four fields of anthropology: physical, cultural, linguistics, and archaeology. Includes such topics as economy and exchange, religion, political organization, kinship, and gender roles, from a comparative perspective.

AN 204S: Principles of Archaeology
Explores the role of archaeology in understanding the human past, including basic concepts in method and theory. Ethical and legal issues surrounding the preservation and interpretation of archaeological sites also examined.

AN 205S: Intro to Primate Studies
Evolution of diversity, socioecology, behavior, social relationships, communication, intelligence of primates; conservation and biomedical research. Observation techniques through field project. Prerequisites: AN 201G or AN 240S; biology majors with permission of instructor.

AN 206G: Cultural Anthropology
Concepts, methods, and theories for understanding human cultural diversity. Includes such topics as economy, kinship, gender roles, political organization, and religion from a comparative perspective.

AN 210: Sustainable Development
Human ecological dimensions of development, including changing patterns of resource production and consumption. Development that minimizes socioeconomic disparities and environmental impacts, while improving health and reducing poverty. Considers stakeholders in cross-cultural and ethnographic perspective.

AN 212G: Mesoamerican Civilizations
Origins and development of major precolumbian civilizations of Mexico and Central America. Emphasis on Maya, Aztec, and other complex societies, including their cultural legacies in the modern world.

AN 220E: Cultural Geography
A study of human population and cultural diversity as a function of geographic distribution. Culture regions and cultural landscapes examined in an environmental perspective, with particular attention to ethnicity, diffusion, and adaptation.

AN 230S: Linguistic Anthropology
The scientific study of language and its context: the elements of language and its uses in personal thought, social interaction, cultural values and institutions.

AN 240S: Biological Anthropology
Concepts, theories, methodologies used in the study of non-human primates, our hominid ancestors and modern humans. Subjects include human variation, evolutionary theory, osteology, primate anatomy and behavior, classification, and paleoanthropology. Includes a laboratory section.

AN 248S: Forensic Anthropology
Overview of human osteology in a forensic context, including search and recovery. Explores techniques for analyzing human skeletons, including the determination of sex, age, stature, ancestry, pathology, and personal identification. Discussion of criminal cases.

AN 283G: Southeast Asian Area Studies
Exploration of the diverse cultures of Southeast Asia in terms of religions, tradition, art, music, theatre, architecture and ways of life.

AN 285G: Latin American Area Studies
A multidisciplinary, contemporary overview of the peoples and cultures, achievements and challenges faced in Latin America.

AN 286G: Cultures of Sub-Saharan Africa
Cultural heritage of Sub-Saharan nations, including history, economy, politics and social structure. Selected ethnographies for in-depth study.

AN 287G: Caribbean Area Studies
Surveys the culture history and ways of life of the peoples of the Caribbean region; their economic system; socioeconomic forms of organization; domestic organization and gender relations.

AN 289S: Gender: Cross-Cultural Perspective
Comparative study of significant topics in the anthropology of gender: men and women in prehistory, interrelationships between biology and culture, cultural construction of gender, division of labor, religion/ritual, changes in gender roles.

AN 318S: Culture, Politics, and Food
Overview of the meanings inherent in food and food habits in cross-cultural perspective. Consideration of the socio-cultural context of food production and consumption, including agricultural systems, commoditization, and globalization. Prerequisite: AN 201G.

AN 333S: Anthropological Research Methods
Design and implementation of different types of research modes. Field work projects. Prerequisite: AN 201G or permission of instructor.

AN 335E: Cultural Ecology
An interdisciplinary, cross cultural study of how human populations operate within ecosystems, including cultural adaptations to natural environments. Explores environmental constraints on human behavior that influence long-term cultural change. Prerequisite: AN 201G.

AN 341S: Medical Anthropology
Relationship between health and culture in contemporary societies worldwide. Examination of beliefs and practices related to health, illness, and healing in present-day cultures.

AN 346S: Disease in Human Antiquity
Study of human disease in the past through the biological, historical, and archaeological records. Examination of diseases, how they affect humans biologically and anatomically, and the evolutionary, ecological, and cultural factors responsible for their occurrence.

AN 347: Human Origins
Overview of the evolution of human skeletal anatomy, behavior, and culture. Topics include diagnostic features of human and primate fossil species, evolutionary method and theory, and critical evaluation of evolutionary relationships. Prerequisite: AN 240S Biological Anthropology.

AN 348: Human Osteology and Anthropology
Detailed study of the human skeleton and dentition. Identification of skeletal elements, teeth, and associated anatomical features. Examination of population relationships, cultural practices, and behavioral patterns using the skeleton. Prerequisite: AN 240S, AN 248S or BI 200.

AN 410: Cultural Anthropology Seminar
Examines major theoretical movements and debates. Explores theorists and their foundational texts within an historical framework, as well as within contemporary political and cultural currents. Prerequisite: AN 206G and JR standing.

AN 420: Archaeology Seminar
Examines archaeology's intellectual history and current debates. Explores frameworks for data collection, analysis, and interpretation. Considers themes shaping archaeological discourse, including professional ethics, government involvement, and cultural heritage management. Prerequisite: AN 204S and JR standing.

AN 498: Comprehensive Examination

AN 499: Senior Thesis

The Eckerd Experience

Ruby Bielik '11, anthropology and International Business double major, discusses her Eckerd experience and career aspirations. Ruby was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, and she won the 2011 Ken Keeton Award for Cross-Cultural Engagement, the highest honor of the Comparative Cultures Collegium.

Life After Eckerd

Eckerd anthropology graduates have an outstanding record of achievement in graduate school, civil service, and multiple career fields. In the last decade, our alumni have entered graduate and professional programs across the country in a variety of disciplines. Learn more.