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USF 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog - Pages 79-80

Anthropology (ANT)

Course Descriptions - Faculty

Anthropology aims at comprehending people as biological and social beings. It is concerned with all forms of people through time and space. One consequence of this broad-ranging view is the presence within anthropology of four branches: archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, and linguistics. Exposure to anthropological information and the cross-cultural perspective produces heightened sensitivity in the student to the world about him/her. This helps the student to adopt an intellectual posture of disciplined skepticism with respect to any scheme that purports to define and account for regularities in human life.

The Department of Anthropology is concerned with applying anthropological knowledge, theory, method, and perspectives to problems of contemporary society. Illustrative areas of activity include human services needs assessment, program planning and evaluation, public archaeology, social and environmental impact assessment, public policy analysis, and applied linguistics.

In 1986 the department instituted an honors program to provide its best students with an opportunity to engage in a significant academic experience. Outstanding seniors may participate in a year-long course of study and original research in an area of their choosing under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

Students majoring in other fields may find anthropology coursework an exciting and valuable supplement to their primary academic interest. A minor in anthropology has been developed with this purpose in mind. The minor program is structured to allow the student maximum flexibility in course selection within a broadly defined progression of anthropological concerns. Thus, the student is able to tailor a minor in anthropology to best suit special wants and needs in the context of an overall curriculum.

For additional information about the department please visit our web site: http://www.cas.usf.edu/anthropology/index.html.

Prerequisites (State Mandated Common Prerequisites) for Students Transferring from a Community College: Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete the A.A. degree at the community college. Students should complete two lower level, introductory courses in Anthropology prior to entering the university. If not taken at the community college, they must be completed before the degree is granted. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education Requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university. A grade of “C” is the minimum acceptable grade. If students transfer with fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the students must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements. The transfer student should also be aware of the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Requirements for the Major in Anthropology

Beyond the recommended prerequisites listed above, the major in Anthropology consists of a minimum of 36 credit hours. In order to graduate, students must maintain an average best attempt 2.5 GPA in all courses counted toward the major. In addition, students must have a minimum C (2.0) grade in all classes that count towards the major, including specifically required classes and electives. A C- grade is not acceptable. ANT 2000, although suggested, is not a prerequisite to intermediate level courses. ANT 2000 may, however, be included in the 36 credit hour major requirement. Students who have not taken ANT 2000 must make up the missing hours with elective coursework. ANT 3101, ANT 2410, ANT 2511 and ANT 3610 are required as intermediate level training in the main subdivisions of the field, and ANT 4034 and ANT 4935 complete the specific requirements. Majors are required to complete a minimum of 15 hours of 4000-level elective coursework, including courses from at least three of the four subfields shown below. A minimum of three (3) of these 15 credits must be selected from a list of designated methods courses. Methods courses may also be counted toward the subdivision requirement.

Required Core Courses
ANT 2410 Cultural Anthropology (3)
ANT 2511 Biological Anthropology (3)
ANT 2511L Biological Anthropology Laboratory (1)
ANT 3101 Archaeology (3)
ANT 3610 Anthropological Linguistics (3)
ANT 4034 Theories of Culture (3)
ANT 4935 Rethinking Anthropology (3)

Area Electives
Archaeology
ANT 4142 Old World Archaeology (3)
ANT 4143 European Archaeology (3)
ANT 4147 Environmental Archaeology (3)
ANT 4153 North American Archaeology (3)
ANT 4158 Florida Archaeology (4)
ANT 4165 South American Archaeology (3)
ANT 4163 Mesoamerican Archaeology (3)
ANT 4172 Historical Archaeology (3)
ANT 4180 Laboratory Methods in Archaeology (2-4)
ANT 4181 Museum Methods (4)
ANT 4183C Archaeological Science (4)
ANT 4195 Fantastic Archeology (3)
ANT 4824 Archaeological Field Methods (4-12)

Biological Anthropology
ANT 4520 Forensic Anthropology (4)
ANT 4586 Prehistoric Human Evolution (3)
ANT 4587 Human Variation (3)

Anthropological Linguistics
ANT 4620 Language and Culture (3)
ANT 4750 Language and Social Interaction (3)

Cultural Anthropology
ANT 4231 Folklore (3)
ANT 4241 Magic and Religion (3)
ANT 4285 Oral History (3)
ANT 4302 Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective (3)
ANT 4312 North American Indians (3)
ANT 4316 Ethnic Diversity in the United States (3)
ANT 4323 Mexico and Central America (3)
ANT 4340 The Caribbean (3)
ANT 4390 Visual Anthropology (3)
ANT 4432 The Individual and Culture (3)
ANT 4442 Urban Life and Culture (3)
ANT 4462 Health, Illness, and Culture (3)
ANT 4495 Methods in Cultural Research (3)
ANT 4701 Applied Anthropology (3)
URS 3002 Introduction to Urban Studies (3)

Methods
ANT 4180 Lab Methods in Archaeology (2-4)
ANT 4181 Museum Methods (4)
ANT 4183C Archaeological Science (4)
ANT 4285 Oral History (3)
ANT 4390 Visual Anthropology (3)
ANT 4495 Methods in Cultural Research (3)
ANT 4520C Forensic Anthropology (4)
ANT 4824 Archaeological Field Methods (4-12)

Special Topics
ANT 4930 Special Topics (3)

Depending upon the specific topic, this may count toward any of the subdivisions and/or the methods requirement.

Anthropology majors are urged to become competent readers and speakers of a relevant modern foreign language (which may include American Sign Language). They are also urged to enhance their English reading, writing, speaking and critical thinking capabilities and develop their skills in computational, statistical and other forms of quantitative analysis at every opportunity. Students are encouraged to fulfill General Education and Exit requirements with courses relevant to their interests in anthropology whenever possible. In pursuit of all these goals, they should meet with the department’s Undergraduate Advisor at least once each semester to discuss such topics as academic progress, future course plans, Department Honors Program, summer field schools, job opportunities, graduate education and professional careers in anthropology.

Requirements for the Minor in Anthropology

The minor in Anthropology consists of a minimum of 18 credit hours with a “C” average (2.0), distributed among three areas. Students will normally progress through these areas in the order listed below, selecting courses prerequisite or otherwise appropriate to courses desired in subsequent areas. Exceptions to this pattern must be approved by the department’s undergraduate advisor. Students are urged to consult with advisor to create the most beneficial set of courses. ANT 2000, although suggested, is not a prerequisite to subsequent courses, although it may be included in the 18 credits required for the minor.

  1. Intermediate-level core courses (3-6 credit hours)
    ANT 2410 Cultural Anthropology
    ANT 2511 Biological Anthropology
    ANT 3101 Archaeology
    ANT 3610 Anthropological Linguistics

  2. 4000-level elective courses (9-12 credit hours)
    As described above in the listing of elective courses in archaeology, physical anthropology, anthropological linguistics and cultural anthropology.

Requirements for the Anthropology Honors Program

The purpose of the Honors Program is to provide outstanding Anthropology undergraduates with advanced, individually tailored training in areas of anthropology of interest to them. The program, operating independently of the major itself, involves a year of coursework and research culminating in the writing of an Honors thesis. Students in the second semester of their junior year, prior to completion of 90 semester hours, may apply to the program, which begins in the Fall semester. Admission is competitive, based on the student’s overall academic record (minimal 3.25 GPA overall, 3.5 GPA for USF anthropology course work), a 2-page personal statement indicating research interests, and a letter of recommendation from a member of the Department of Anthropology. Successful completion of the program requires maintenance of a 3.25 overall and a 3.5 in the major, completion of ANT 4932 (4) (Honors Seminar) with a grade of “B” or better, completion of ANT 4970 (3) (Honors Thesis) with a grade of “S,” and completion of all other requirements for graduation. See the Anthropology Department Undergraduate Advisor for further information and application forms.


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