601. Biological Anthropology. (3-0). Multiple instructors, 3 Credits. Survey of the field of biological anthropology covering the principles of evolution, human evolution, human adaptation, human variation, primate diversity and evolution, osteology and bioarchaeology.
602. Archaeological Methods and Theory. (3-0). Multiple instructors, 3 Credits. The development of archaeology as a discipline; methods and theories used in archaeology for reconstructing cultural history and cultural process.
603. Seafaring Life and Maritime Communities. (3-0). Dr. Kevin Crisman, 3 Credits. Course employs primary and scholarly sources to examine the social organization, work routines, living conditions, and material culture of mariners between 1450 and 1950. Broader trends in maritime communities and global seafaring are also investigated. Prerequisite: Approval of Instructor.
604. Cultural Method and Theory. (3-0). Dr. Cynthia Werner, 3 Credits. This course provides a broad overview of the major developments in the subfield of cultural anthropology. This course should enable students able to identify and critically understand the major theories and methods that have shaped the discipline since the 19th century. As a general survey course, this course covers a variety of anthropological theories, ranging from the material to the post-modern. The course will also explore the methodological implications of different theoretical models.
605. Conservation of Archaeological Resources I. (3-3). Dr. Donny Hamilton, 3 Credits. This course introduces students to the techniques of stabilizing and preserving deteriorated or corroded artifacts from archaeological sites. Proper conservation techniques are introduced in seminar/laboratory sessions designed to familiarize students with the chemicals, equipment, and procedures used in the treatments. Practical experience will be gained in treating organic and siliceous materials, and the various metals commonly found in prehistoric and historic sites. Prerequisite: Knowledge of basic chemistry and physics recommended.
606. Conservation of Archaeological Resources II. (3-3). Dr. Donny Hamilton, 4 Credits. This class is designed as a hands-on class where you get experience working with actual artifacts from archaeological sites. Each student will work individually on a number of projects in the lab. In this class you are able to put into practice the skills and techniques that you were exposed to in Anth 605 and develop a more in depth understanding of the procedures involved. Prerequisite: ANTH 605.
607. Historical Archaeology. (3-0). Dr. Donny Hamilton, 3 Credits. The ways of interpreting a site are varied, but all require that the researcher be familiar with the history of the period, the documentary records, the material culture of the period, the archaeological data, and the excavation-recording procedures The emphasis will be on 17th- and 18th-century British archaeology in the Americas; however, in order to best demonstrate the on-going process of site interpretation, all the topics discussed will revolve around the analysis of material culture. Prerequisite: ANTH 313 recommended.
608. Folklife and Material Culture. (3-0). Dr. Tom Green, 3 Credits. Investigation of the traditions of vernacular architecture, art, craft and other aspects of folklife. Prerequisites: Graduate classification and approval of instructor.
609. Culture and Evolution. (3-0). Dr. Mike Alvard, 3 Credits. This seminar will seek to integrate the study of culture with the natural sciences. The foundation of the course is the assumption that culture is a biological adaptation and that we can examine it scientifically.
610. Outfitting and Sailing the Wooden Ship 1400-1900. (3-0). Dr. Kevin Crisman, 3 Credits. This course will use archaeological and historical sources to examine the outfitting and sailing of wooden ships between 1400 and 1900, a period popularly known as the Age of Sail will be placed upon two areas of particular interest to the nautical archaeologist: 1) the use, chronological development and nomenclature of seafaring technology; 2) the operational aspects of seafaring (the tools, techniques, and daily routines of seafarers during the Age of Sail). Prerequisites: Approval of instructor; graduate classification.
611. Nautical Archaeology. (3-0). Dr. Cemal Pulak, 3 Credits. This course is intended to give entering graduate students in the Nautical Archaeology Program a thorough introduction to the history and theoretical basics of nautical archaeology as a discipline, to fundamental concepts in nautical science relevant to the study of the history of seafaring, and to expose them to key developments in the history of ancient seafaring. Prerequisites: Approval of instructor and graduate classification.
612. Preclassical Seafaring. (3-0). Dr. Shelley Wachsmann, 3 Credits. Seafaring and watercraft of the ancient Near East and Mediterranean until ca. 700 B.C. Types of watercraft used, routes, cargoes, voyages of exploration and economics of maritime trade.
613. Classical Seafaring. (3-0). Dr. Deborah Carlson, 3 Credits. Our primary goal for this seminar is to explore the evidence (archaeological, literary, iconographic, and epigraphic) for seafaring in the Mediterranean from the Iron Age until the Roman Empire. Our secondary goal is to locate this evidence within a framework of broader historical developments (trade, commerce, economy, defense, technology, culture).
614. Books and Treatises on Shipbuilding. (3-0). Dr. Filipe Castro, 3 Credits. This course examines a group of theoretical books on shipbuilding from the early 15th to the early 19th centuries. It is an overview of the theories and conceptual models with which ships were designed and built from the Renaissance to the 19th century. Prerequisite: ANTH 616.
615. History of Shipbuilding Technology. (3-0). Dr. Cemal Pulak, 3 Credits. The course is designed to examine the major components of watercraft and the systems involved in operating them. The survey cannot hope to be comprehensive in any real sense, but at the end of the semester one should have a solid grasp of the basic principles influencing the construction and operation of ships and boats, the major trends in the development of watercraft, and some sense of the relationship between shipbuilding and greater economic, social, and technological developments in culture. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.
616. Research and Reconstruction of Ships. (2-2). Dr. Filipe Castro, 3 Credits. This course is an introduction to the basic technical skills required for the recording, representing and interpreting archaeological remains. During their first semester in the Nautical Archaeology Program, students are introduced to the history and theoretical basis of nautical archaeology as a discipline. From the intellectual content point of view, this course is divided in three parts: recording a shipwreck, reconstructing a ship from its archaeological remains, and producing a comprehensive ship project. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.
617. Conservation III—Preservation of Organic Materials. (3-0). Dr. Wayne Smith, 3 Credits. Advanced and experimental methods of organic artifact conservation; emphasis on composite artifacts, gamma radiation polymerization, scanning electron microscope evaluation of artifacts and preservation of traditionally difficult to conserve artifacts. Prerequisite: ANTH 605.
618. Medieval Seafaring in the Mediterranean. (3-0). Dr. Filipe Castro, 3 Credits. This course will examine seafaring, maritime commerce, naval affairs, and shipbuilding in Southern and Northern Europe from the late Roman Period until the end of the Middle Ages (about the fall of Constantinople in 1453 as the end of the Middle Ages in Europe). Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.
619. Indians of Texas. (3-0). Dr. Alston Thoms, 3 Credits. Detailed study of diverse native/immigrant Texas Indian life ways/ cultures from late pre-European to contemporary times; exploration of historical underpinnings, traditional cultures, especially land-use patterns; detailed assessment of tribal relationships with colonial powers, U.S., Texas governments as evidenced in ethnographic, ethnohistoric, historical materials; application to anthropological, archaeological, and human ecology research. Prerequisite(s): Graduate classification, ANTH 602, or ANTH 604, or 620, or 650.
620. Prehistory of Texas. (3-0). Dr. Alston Thoms, 3 Credits. Survey of Texas prehistory from initial migration of human population 11,500 years ago to extermination or removal of Native American cultures by Europeans; processes of cultural adaptation and change to shifting environments and subsistence material correlates of world views and belief systems.
621. Prehistoric Technology. (3-0). Credits. Role of lithic and ceramic technologies in meeting the cultural needs of human populations from prehistoric times to the Middle Ages.
622. Folklore Forms and Methods. (3-0). Dr. Tom Green, 3 Credits. Introduction to major genres of folklore, various theories and approaches employed by researchers, and specialized resource materials in the humanities and social sciences. Prerequisites: Graduate classification in liberal arts and approval of instructor.
623. Folk Narrative. (3-0). Dr. Tom Green, 3 Credits. Theories and techniques used in the study of major folk narrative genres; folktale and legend; brief survey of other narrative forms, including tall tale, epic, myth, joke, personal and family narratives. Prerequisites: Graduate classification in liberal arts and approval of instructor.
624. Geoarchaeology. (3-0). Dr. Mike Waters, 3 Credits. This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of geoarchaeology. No prior geologic knowledge is required to take this course. The course begins with the basics of sediments and soils, and then moves on to cover stratigraphy and dating methods. This is followed by a discussion of different depositional environments, with emphasis on site formation, the nature of the archaeological record within these environments, and landscape reconstruction. Finally, the processes of site disturbance are discussed along with geoarchaeological methods. Prerequisite: ANTH 602 or equivalent. Cross-listed with GEOG 687.
625. Zooarchaeology. (3-3). Dr. Darryl de Ruiter, 3 Credits. This course is designed to introduce the student to the principles behind faunal analysis, and its closely allied topic, taphonomy. We will learn how to analyze animal remains associated with archaeological and paleontological sites, and from these analyses infer behavioral and ecological patterns of the occupants, reconstruct past environments, and understand the adaptations of the occupants to their environments. On top of this “how” component, we will also be delving into the more thorny issue of “why”. We will examine such questions as: why study faunal assemblages? Why do zooarchaeologists use the techniques that they do? What can zooarchaeology tell us about past environments and human subsistence strategies? The class is divided into a lecture/seminar component (Tuesday) and a lab component (Thursday). For the lecture/seminar portion of each class, we will be critically examining a series of papers bearing on a variety of issues in the field of zooarchaeology. In the lab component we will be examining comparative skeletal material hands-on, and we will be working directly with actual faunal collections. When the course is over, the student will have a basic working knowledge of how to do a zooarchaeological analysis, and how to identify the animals recovered from archaeological excavations. Perhaps more importantly, the student will also understand why zooarchaeological studies are so important, and how to formulate research questions.
626. Human Paleopathology. (3-0). Dr. Lori Wright, 3 Credits. This course is designed to acquaint the graduate student with the study of disease in the past. Emphasis will be placed on diagnostic criteria of bone pathology, the coevolution of humans with Pathogens that affect bone, recent molecular approaches to paleodiagnosis, and the place of Paleopathology within bioarchaeological research design. In general, each week I will give a brief lecture about the pathology of the week. Cumulative weekly quizzes will cover diagnostic criteria and readings. Each week, we will have seminar discussions about assigned readings. Several students will present a brief seminar based on research articles, which will serve as the basis for class discussion. Prerequisite: ANTH 425.
627. Human Paleonutrition. (3-0). Dr. Lori Wright, 3 Credits. This course will focus on bone chemical approaches to the reconstruction of diet in past cultures, including the study of trace elements in bone mineral, and stable isotopes of carbon and nitrogen in bone collagen and apatite. In addition, we survey bone chemical approaches that, by way of diet, inform on population movement and geographic provenance. Through a combination of lectures, readings, seminars, we explore the evidence for diet encapsulated in the skeleton’s composition, and the history of the development of this field. Prerequisite: 6 hours of advanced courses in anthropology or approval of instructor.
628. New World Seafaring. (3-0). Dr. Kevin Crisman, 3 Credits. Cultural history of seafaring in the Western Hemisphere from the fifteenth century to the present, including ship types and their uses, harbor works, commerce, naval warfare, sailing routes, and maritime practices. Prerequisites: ANTH 615 and 616 or approval of instructor.
629. Post-Medieval Seafaring. (3-0). Dr. Kevin Crisman, 3 Credits. This course examines archaeological and historical sources to chronicle and explain the development of shipbuilding, seafaring practices, world exploration, waterborne trade and economic systems, and naval warfare in Europe and around the world (except the Americas) from the fifteenth century to the beginning of the twentieth century. Archaeological studies of shipwrecks, ships’ equipment, and cargoes provide a focal point for investigating change and continuity in the maritime sphere over five centuries. Prerequisites: ANTH 615 and 616 or approval of instructor.
630. Human Evolutionary Ecology. (3-0). Dr. Mike Alvard, 3 Credits. Evolutionary ecology of human behavior and culture, including habitat choice and use of space, time allocation, resource acquisition and allocation, sex and reproduction, altruism and cooperation and the coevolution of genes and culture. Prerequisite: Graduate classification.
631. Primate Behavioral Ecology. (3-0). Dr. Sharon Gursky-Doyen, 3 Credits. This course will provide students with an in depth examination of the biology and behavior of our closest living relatives, the great apes. We will begin the class with a review of primate taxonomy, emphasizing the taxonomic relationship between the great apes and other primates. The course will then review unusual behaviors exhibited by the great apes including: culture, tool use, hunting behavior and reproductive strategies. Prerequisite: Graduate classification.
632. Archaeology of Death. (3-0). Dr. Lori Wright, 3 Credits. This seminar course is designed to acquaint the graduate student in physical anthropology and archaeology with the ethnographic and archaeological literature regarding human funerary behavior. Emphasis will be placed on theoretical developments in the interpretation of burials for the reconstruction of social organization and social change. In addition, the role of mortuary practices and archaeological excavation in defining burial assemblages studied by bioarchaeologists will be examined. Each week, students will present a brief seminar based on individual readings, which will serve as the basis for class discussion. Depending on the number of students enrolled, each student will be expected to present a seminar every second week, if not weekly.
633. Deep Submergence Archaeology. (3-0). Dr. Shelley Wachsmann, 3 Credits. A seminar addressing the current issues in the emerging field of deep submergence archaeology, by examining the discipline’s history, technologies, and specific case studies of shipwrecks in deep water. Students will interact with leaders in the field via video conferencing and visiting lecturers. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
634. Palynology. (3-3). Dr. Vaughn Bryant, 4 Credits. Principles and techniques used in palynology, pollen morphology, ontogeny, biochemistry, dispersion and preservation; role of palynology as a research tool in plant taxonomy agriculture, medicine, paleobotany and anthropology.
635. Violence and Warfare. (3-0). Dr. Bruce Disckson, 2 Credits. The anthropological study of violence and warfare and the place of these phenomena in cultural evolution, religion, economics, politics and social structure; particular attention paid to the rise of industrialized warfare and its impact on the pre-industrial world. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
636. Computer Graphics in Archaeology. (3-0). Dr. C Wayne Smith, 3 Credits. Computers have changed the way archaeologists conduct excavations and present scholarly reports. This course will investigate the effective use of digital and analog technologies for documenting archaeological processes, slide presentations, peer-review articles, poster sessions, electronic publishing and other applications. Prerequisite: Graduate certification.
637. Paleoethnobotany. (3-3). Dr. Vaughn Bryant, 3 Credits. Paleoethnobotany is the study of the cultural use of plants during both the prehistoric and historic past. The course will focus on techniques used to recover information about human’s past use of plants, techniques used to analyze the information, and the types of interpretations one could reach from these kinds of studies. We will especially focus on specific types of plant recovery techniques, such as those used when excavating a dry rock shelter, or excavating sites where the use of flotation would be appropriate. We will also explore how to recover plant materials from underwater sites and sunken shipwrecks. Lectures will explore sampling, analysis, and interpretation of botanical remains from archaeological sites. Lectures and class discussions will also explore the current status of agricultural origins in different regions of the world based on fossil plant records, the early development of trade involving agricultural goods, and other types of cultural interpretations that one could draw from the available plant record. In laboratory sessions, students will have an opportunity to learn how to identify and analyze plant remains. These will include charcoal, wood, seeds, fruits, leaves, phytoliths, pollen, starch, and microscopic trichomes.
638. Proposal Writing in Anthropology. (3-0). 3 Credits. This practicum seminar assists Anthropology doctoral students to prepare a grant proposal using the NSF Doctoral Improvement Grant guidelines. The class is structured as a workshop, in which students will craft their own proposals, after first gaining experience in reviewing research proposals. During the seminar students will consider the requirements of various funding agencies, discuss examples and advice about research designs, read and discuss examples of proposals, and constructively critique each other’s’ work. Students should be prepared to share their preliminary proposal drafts with classmates, to accept constructive criticism on their work, and to offer it on the work of their classmates. The final grade will be based on performance throughout the semester, as well as the final revised version of the proposals. Prerequisites: G8 standing and permission of the instructor.
639. Gender, Ethnicity, and Class in Archaeological Research. (3-0). Dr. Suzanne Eckert, 3 Credits. The archaeological record is extraordinarily rich and varied, and yet for most of its history as a field of study, archaeology has failed to recognize gender, ethnicity or class as a viable research topic. This course examines archaeological research on these social groupings over the past two decades. We will explore the ways in which a consciousness of gender, ethnicity and class can offer a more in-depth understanding of the archaeological record and how the study of such social groups challenges traditional archaeological culture histories as well as impacts method and theory. Prerequisite: Graduate Classification. Cross-listed with WGST 639.
640. Anthropological Ethics and Professionalism. (3-0). Dr. Cynthia Werner, Credit 3. The course prepares graduate students to deal with a number of ethical situations and career issues that are likely to arise in the life of a professional anthropologist. The first objective of this course is to discuss a series of ethical issues and controversies that have emerged in the history of anthropology as a discipline. This includes ethical issues general to all anthropologists, such as the impact of one’s research on local populations. The course also covers ethical issues specific to each sub-field. The second objective of this course is to prepare graduate students for a professional academic career. Class discussions will cover the practical issues that arise while preparing grant proposals, publishing academic articles, teaching anthropology courses, and applying for academic jobs. Prerequisites: Graduate classification in anthropology and approval of instructor.
641. Applied Anthropology. (3-0). Dr. Cynthia Werner, 3 Credits. Students who take this course will discover that cultural anthropology is applicable to today’s job markets in local communities. The methods used by anthropologists can be adapted to fit the needs of local community service organizations, medical institutions, educational institutions, international development agencies, etc. Each class meeting will involve a variety of activities including: lectures by the professor; class discussion of readings and course topics; and discussion of student paper projects. Prerequisites: ANTH 210; junior or senior classification.
642. Research Design in Anthropology. (3-0).Dr. David Carlson, 3 Credits. This course is concerned with practical methods of quantitative analysis and the ways of presenting quantitative results using anthropological data. We will focus on how to analyze your data and on how to present your results using computer‑aided graphics. We will discuss what techniques work with different kinds of data sets and different research designs. We will also explore how to present the results of those analyses in black and white for publication and in color for conference presentations. Finally we will discuss how to evaluate quantitative techniques used in recent anthropological publications. Prerequisite: ANTH 602.
643. Australopithecine Paleoecology. (3-0). Dr. Darryl de Ruiter, 3 Credits. This course is an introduction to the australopiths of Africa, and to the methods used in the reconstruction of paleoecology and the paleoenvironment in human evolutionary studies. Debates regarding the origin and evolution of humans and their australopithecine ancestors often revolve around differing interpretations of morphology, taxonomy, phylogeny, as well as environmental stasis/change in the past. We will be examining the primary literature on australopith species, and on hominin paleoecology, focusing on what has been said in the past, and how these interpretations have influenced our current understanding of human evolutionary history. We will be delving into a broad and varied literature, as paleoecology draws heavily on multidisciplinary research. We will study taphonomy, faunal change, climate-forcing models, habitat preference, isotope chemistry, diet, functional morphology and paleo-vegetation analysis, among other topics. The theme that we will follow is this: how did we come to our current understanding of human evolutionary history? And we can alter this question to read: what would our understanding of human evolutionary history look like if certain key fossil discoveries had been made at different times? Would we still reconstruct human phylogeny the same way today? The class will be primarily seminar based, with an emphasis on critical discussion of assigned readings. Although this course focuses primarily on the evolution of hominins in Africa, the principles and techniques are widely applicable in biological anthropology and archaeology. By the time we have finished this class, the student will have a deeper and broader understanding of the principles and mechanisms of environmental and ecological reconstruction. They will understand how past environments are modeled, and why this is relevant to understanding modern ecological and evolutionary change. Finally, students will develop a deeper awareness of the evolutionary history of the human lineage, and how we fit into the natural world around us.
644. Classical Archaeology. (3-0). Dr. Deborah Carlson, 3 Credits. History of the discipline through the individuals, organizations, excavations, theoretical models and ethical issues that have shaped it. Prerequisite: Graduate classification.
645. Cultural Resources Management. (3-0). 3 Credits. History of cultural resources management (CRM): current federal and state laws and regulations; methods of determining site significance; the stages of CRM investigations; and the preparation of research designs and proposals; ethical issues such as curation and the treatment of human remains discussed. Prerequisite: Graduate classification.
646. Ceramic Artifact Analysis. (2-3). Dr. Suzanne Eckert, 3 Credits. The nuances of ceramic analysis can only be learned through practice. As such, this course consists primarily of lab exercises and write-ups designed to give practical experience with the various methods used to approach archaeological ceramic material. Students will be introduced to the fundamental aspects of ceramic production and technology, description, typology, classification, and compositional analysis. Students should leave this course with a sufficient understanding of pottery analysis to allow them to know what questions can and cannot be asked of a given ceramic assemblage, and how to approach such questions through analysis. Prerequisite: Graduate Classification.
647. Lithic Artifact Analysis. (2-3). Dr. Ted Goebel, 3 Credits. This course contains a hands-on introduction to the study of prehistoric stone artifacts. Students practice flint knapping and learn skills in artifact typology, raw-material identification, debitage analysis, and analysis of flaked-stone and ground-stone tools. Geochemical sourcing studies and use-wear studies are also covered. Through the semester, students also independently analyze a real assemblage of prehistoric archaeological sites, using methods presented in class.
648. Issues in Human Evolutionary Theory. (3-0). Dr. Sheela Athreya, 3 Credits. This course examines concepts in evolutionary biology that are essential for understanding the interpretive framework in which biological anthropology occurs. Issues such as the species concept and the adaptationist paradigm are studied in the context of the human and non-human primate behavioral, genetic and fossil record. The goal is to provide a graduate-level understanding of issues in evolutionary and paleoanthropological theory. Prerequisite: Graduate classification.
649. Origin and Evolution of the Genus Homo. (3-0). Dr. Sheela Athreya, 3 Credits. Survey of the human fossil record with a focus on Plio-Pleistocene specimens assigned to our own genus, Homo; provides an overarching picture of the evolutionary history of humans after the Australopithecines and reviews theoretical issues that have influenced our understanding of the evolution of Homo sapiens. Prerequisite: Graduate classification or approval of instructor.
650. Ethnographic Field Methods. (3-0). Dr. Cynthia Werner, 3 Credits. Initially developed within the subfield of cultural anthropology, ethnographic field methods include a number of methodological practices that are typically used in long-term field-based research in a unique cultural setting. Ethnographers almost always use the method of participant observation, which basically means that they “hang out” in a community and participate in daily life while taking notes on their experiences. In addition, ethnographers typically conduct interviews, which range from very informal conversations to structured interviews that are equivalent to a questionnaire or survey. This course is designed to introduce graduate students in anthropology (and related fields) to the research methods most commonly used by cultural anthropologists. Although this course emphasizes qualitative research methods, the course examines how qualitative research methods can be incorporated into research projects that employ either a scientific or an interpretive paradigm.
651. Pleistocene Prehistory of Northeast Asia and Alaska. (3-0). Dr. Ted Goebel, 3 Credits. A seminar investigating current paleoenvironmental and archaeological research in greater Beringia (including northern China, Korea, Japan, Mongolia, Siberia, Alaska, and northwest Canada). Topics discussed include the human colonization of Siberia’s subarctic and arctic environments, development of northern adaptations during the Paleolithic, paleoecology of the Bering Land Bridge during the late Pleistocene, and explanations of variability in stone-artifact assemblages during the late glacial, 14,000-10,000 years ago.
652. First American Archaeology. (3-0). Dr. Mike Waters, 3 Credits. This course provides an overview of the important Paleoindian sites in the Americas and the controversies surrounding the timing and migration of early people to the New World. In the class, we cover late Quaternary environments, history of Paleoindian research, and an overview of Paleolithic sites in northeast Asia. We then discuss the early archaeological sites in Alaska and the Yukon. Time is spent then discussing Clovis chronology, technology, and adaptations. This is followed by an in-depth analysis of the proposed pre-Clovis evidence for the Americas. This includes a discussion of sites in North, Middle, and South America. For each site we discuss the artifacts found at the site, the geological context, and dating. This is followed by discussion and synthesis of the evidence.
653. Hunter-Gatherer Archaeology. (3-0). Dr. Alston Thoms, 3 Credits. Overview of development of hunter-gatherer archaeology; current methodological and theoretical issues, especially use of ethnographic and environmental data; ecologically oriented case studies of late Pleistocene and Holocene hunter-gatherers; emphasis on land-use, site-structure, and site formation analyses, especially in North America. Prerequisites: ANTH 602 or 604 or approval of instructor.
654. Archaeological Photography. (3-0). Dr. Wayne Smith, 3 Credits. Instruction on how to better use cameras in the process of reporting archaeological sites and material culture by exploring old and new photographic technologies. Prerequisite: Graduate Classification.
660. Field Archaeology. Credit 1 to 12 each semester._ Field instruction in the methods of archaeological excavations; recovery and cataloging of cultural, floral and faunal remains; and interpretation of these data. Locations of the field course will vary according to site. Field trips required. May be taken more than once but not to exceed 8 hours of credit toward an MA degree and not to exceed 12 hours of credit toward a PhD degree. Prerequisite: ANTH 602 or equivalent.
684. Anthropology Internship. (9-0). 9 Credits. Opportunity to put anthropology learned in the classroom into practice; may be used to gain practical experience in a variety of settings including: local, state or federal agencies; museums; non-profit organizations; non-governmental organizations; and private firms. Prerequisites: ANTH 601, 602, 604 or 602, 615, 616; approval of committee chair.
685. Directed Studies. Credit 1 to 12 each semester. Directed individual study of selected problems in anthropology. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.
689. Special Topics in Anthropology. Credits 1 to 12. Selected topics in an identified area of anthropology; may be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor and any other listed.
- 601, Quantitative Ethnographic Field Methods. Dr. Jeff Winking, 3 credits. While most research conducted by cultural anthropologists tends to rely on qualitative investigations of cultural and behavioral phenomena, many anthropologists (and other social scientists) include structured, quantitative ethnographic field methods in their research that allow for a more comparable, refutable and formalized process of hypothesis testing. While there are clearly benefits to this approach, there are also many challenges that accompany the imposing of structure and quantification to complex and nuanced cultural patterns. In this course, we will cover some of the quantitative ethnographic field methods that are commonly employed to formally test anthropological hypotheses. The final for the class will consist of an in-depth ethnographic exploration of Aggie culture and spirit that will involve various data collection techniques conducted by the entire class. Students will leave the class with an understanding of the process of research development and the quantitative methods used to carry out formal hypothesis testing in anthropological research. Furthermore, they will gain the experience of actually executing a small research agenda, including the obtaining of IRB certification, the creation of a research grant proposal, the collection and analysis of data, and the presentation of the results and conclusions. No prerequisites.
- 602, Dental Anthropology. Dr. Lori Wright, 3 credits. This course surveys the evolution, embryology, development and pathology of the human dentition. Seminar readings will be drawn from the broad array of biological anthropological research methods that focus on the teeth. Through a combination of lectures, laboratory exercises and seminars, we explore the variety of research topics that can be addressed using data gleaned from archaeological human teeth, including age, sex, childhood illness, ancestry, oral health, aesthetics, diet, activity, etc. Although the majority of readings will be based on human studies, the same methods discussed are applicable to fossil hominin and non-human primate dentitions. Additional primate readings may be substituted depending on enrollment. Prerequisites: ANTH 601.
- 603, Teaching Anthropology. Dr. Felipe Castro, 1 credit. This course is an introduction to the basic rules of teaching. It prepares graduate students to be effective teachers and deal with a number of subjects that will help them navigate through their first teaching experience, such as course design, syllabus design, student motivation and engagement, assessment design and implementation, and technology use in education.
- 604, Pleistocene Peopling of the Old World. Drs. Sheela Athreya and Kelly Graf (co-taught), 3 credits.