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Kathleen Skoczen
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Engleman Hall C 027
(203) 392-5679 – Fax: (203) 392-6839
skoczenk1@SouthernCT.edu
Department Secretary: (203) 392-7003

Valerie Andrushko, Associate Professor
Joseph Manzella, Professor
Kenneth McGill, Associate Professor
Michael Rogers, Professor
Kathleen Skoczen, Professor

Students who major in anthropology may choose between a Bachelor of Science degree or a Bachelor of Arts degree. In the Bachelor of Science degree program students may select a general concentration or concentrate in one of four distinct subfields: archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, or linguistic anthropology. Students also may choose to enroll in a Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology, which is more general in nature.

Bachelor of Science Internships

Internships in the B.S. degree track emphasize the real life experience of anthropology. They allow students to apply anthropological coursework to real world issues, situations, and institutions. The internship, therefore, becomes a key component in the four B.S. degree concentrations and in the B.S. option without a concentration.

Field Experiences

The Anthropology Department offers field experiences in all sub-disciplines in anthropology (archaeology, biological, cultural, and linguistics.)  Students may choose to work in the U.S. (locally or nationally) or, internationally in the Dominican Republic, Ethiopic, Guatemala, Peru, and Western Europe.

ANT 100 - Interpreting Cultures

An introduction to the types of critical thinking necessary for the study of culture. A focus on the ways in which cultural anthropologists gather evidence, analyze that evidence, and synthesize conclusions. The course includes material from a variety of cultures around the world and a significant discussion of the diversity of human social life.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

ANT 101 - Cultural Anthropology

Study of living cultures, stressing such aspects of social organization as religion, economics, political behavior, language, kinship, and art. While the models used are primarily so-called traditional societies, efforts are directed toward the comparison of all types of cultures and societies existing in the world today.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

ANT 102 - Biological Anthropology

Study of humans as bio-cultural organisms and our place in the animal kingdom. Human origins and the fossil record bearing on humankind’s evolution. Mechanisms of evolution with population genetics emphasized. Human variation (race) considered from an evolutionary perspective and the biological variability between and among modern populations.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

ANT 201 - The Global Community

Globalization as a cultural process. The impact of globalization on communities throughout the world with attention to political, social, and economic aspects in regard to gender equity, poverty and inequality, cultural diversity, environment, and social justice and human rights.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

ANT 204 - Language and Culture

An introduction to the anthropological study of language including the nature, structure of language; the sociocultural functions and uses of language; theory and the study of meaning; language variations; the evolution and learning of language, and the nature of language change.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

ANT 205 - Archaeology and the Human Past

Introduction to the nature and meaning of the archaeological record. Students learn the broad story of the human past—in both prehistoric and historic time periods and in both the Old and New Worlds—as well as the basic methods and theories in archaeology.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

ANT 206 - Cultural Ecology

The place of ecology in human evolution and anthropological theory. The adaptation of hunters and gatherers, agriculturalists, pastoralists, peasants, and city dwellers – past and present – to their respective environments.

Prerequisite(s): LEP Critical Thinking, ANT 101, or ANT 205.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

ANT 211 - Writing Culture: The Art of Ethnographic Writing

An introduction into ethnographic writing. Students will be expected to write about the society and culture which surround them in their everyday lives. Students will also be reading some examples of ethnographic writing by professional anthropologists. Engagement with the work of fellow students is an important component of this class.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2017

ANT 214 - American Tongues: Everyday Politics of Speaking

Investigates the ways that language practice constructs, maintains, and complicates ideas about social cohesion with an emphasis on inequality. Stresses intersections of race, class, and gender.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

ANT 222 - Modern Human Variation

A survey of biocultural diversity in human groups around the world today. Explores the interactions between human biology and cultural practices, along with the role of local environments. Topics include disease and wellness, race, gender and sexuality, genetic engineering, and body modification.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

ANT 224 - Self, Language and Society

Examines the speaking self from a social perspective. Students will consider how a sense of self is formed within particular cultures and particular linguistic communities, as well as to consider the ongoing effects of self-formation throughout life.

Prerequisite(s):

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2015

ANT 225 - Peoples and Cultures of Central and South America

Major patterns characterizing Latin American cultures of Spanish heritage. Mesoamerica is studied intensively; the world view and major social institutions of indigenous and Spanish antecedents as well as of contemporary tribal and national culture are considered.

Prerequisite(s): LEP Critical Thinking or ANT 101.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

ANT 235 - Archaeological Fact and Fiction

A critical examination of what and how we know about the human past through the comparison of fictional accounts with the actual archaeological record. Emphasis will be placed on the methods, logic, and analogies used to identify past human behavior. Famous prehistoric frauds and myths conceived by pseudoarchaeologists and novelists also are discussed.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2015

ANT 252 - Introduction Forensic Science

An overview of the scientific method and its application to the analysis of physical evidence as it impacts investigations and court proceedings. Topics include the study of basic methods of documentation, collection and preservation of physical evidence; general schemes for the analysis of chemical and biological evidence; identification and individualization of firearms, fingerprints, imprints, documents, hairs, fibers, blood and body fluids, paint, drugs and poisons, patterns, and other materials associated with crimes. The course material is reinforced through the use of actual case studies, hands-on exercises, and class exercises.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

ANT 260 - Anthropology of Media

Examines myth, ritual, and kinship filtered through the lens of various forms of media in the United States. Explores films and case studies of movies, TV sitcoms and dramas and news broadcasts.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

ANT 305 - Archaeology Field School

Practical experience on an archaeological excavation. Application of archaeological methods and theory to explore diverse lifestyles of people in past and gain a complex understanding of cultural evolution. Advanced experience in the analysis and handling of artifacts, including cultural, skeletal and fossil remains. Emphasis on processing an archaeological investigation.

Prerequisite(s): Tier 1: Critical Thinking

3 to 12 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: not yet offered

ANT 311 - Applied Anthropology

Application of the science of anthropology to solutions of contemporary social change problems. Research and experience of anthropologists in various developing areas are examined.

Prerequisite(s): LEP Critical Thinking or ANT 101.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

ANT 312 - Medical Anthropology

The cross-cultural approach to health behavior, with emphasis on social factors related to the success of public health programs in underdeveloped Third World countries.

Prerequisite(s): LEP Critical Thinking or ANT 101.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

ANT 320 - Visual Anthropology

An exploration of how different cultures are depicted in film, photography, and other visual media, and of the analytical, ethical, and artistic issues such ethnographic images pose.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

ANT 321 - Indians of North America

An overview of Indian cultures of the past and present using ethnological reconstruction, anthropological accounts, and historical records. Origins, languages, and current affairs are examined. Considered are major indigenous societies of North America, as well as the Maya and Aztec civilizations.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

ANT 322 - Forensic Anthropology

Identification, analysis, and interpretation of human remains in a medico-legal context. Provides training in osteology, forensic method and theory, forensic taphonomy, and research methods. Numerous “real-life” cases are used to illustrate the theory and ideas involved with human remains recovery and identification in the contexts of homicide, suicide, mass disasters, and accidental death.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

ANT 330 - Anthropology of Religion

A cross-cultural analysis of the dynamic aspects of religion and ritual as expressions of cultural values, with examples drawn from every level of culture and diverse world societies.

Prerequisite(s): 3 credits in ANT.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

ANT 331 - People and Cultures of the Caribbean

An exploration of cultural diversities and continuities of the Caribbean region through ethnographic case studies. Topics include a historical overview, the role of slavery in the construction of these societies, and current issues: political economy, labor and migration, tourism, religion and resistance, kinship and the division of labor.

Prerequisite(s): LEP Critical Thinking, ANT 101 or 205 or SOC 100.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

ANT 332 - Bioarchaeology

Study of human remains from archaeological sites as a means to reconstruct the biological and cultural past. Explores topics such as prehistoric health and disease, subsistence patterns, biological relatedness, cultural modification, violent conflict, ancient medical treatments, and physical activity. Case studies drawn from burial populations covering a wide temporal and spatial distribution.

Prerequisite(s): ANT 102 or 205.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

ANT 335 - African Prehistory

An examination of the prehistoric archaeological record in Africa, from the earliest archaeological traces (approximately 2.6 million years ago) to the rise of the early African kingdoms. The most prominent sites, particularly in eastern and southern Africa, are featured. Recent discoveries and current debates within the field of Africanist archaeology are highlighted.

Prerequisite(s): ANT 205 or 102.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

ANT 340 - Ritual Expressions

An exploration of one of the primary forms of human expressions and creativity, from the humble handshake to senior proms to the complex rituals of birth, initiation, and death.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2014

ANT 352 - Crime Scene Investigation

Provides students with knowledge of basic concepts of case and crime scene investigation; scene and investigative personnel management; nature of investigative personnel roles; steps in the processing of scenes and evidence; methods of documentation; general and specialized techniques for the recognition, identification, and individualization of evidence; sources of investigative information; interview techniques; reconstruction of events; and legal and ethical considerations during criminal investigations.

Prerequisite(s): ANT 252 or ANT 322.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

ANT 376 - Anthropology of Education

Examines how the classroom and other learning environments can be understood as cultural spaces. Emphasis is placed upon the intertwined nature of education and socialization, cultural perspectives on the cognitive features of learning, and cross-cultural understanding in the classroom.

Prerequisite(s): LEP Critical Thinking.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

ANT 380 - Anthropology of Women and Health

Anthropological analysis of local to global processes impacting women’s health around the world. Ethnographic case studies that look at social organization, kinship, marriage, race, class, religion, etc. that contribute to the well-being of women. Exploration of non-Western healing techniques employed by women through time and space.

Prerequisite(s): LEP Critical Thinking, ANT 101 or ANT 205 or SOC 100.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

ANT 382 - People and Weight

An anthropological study of body weight. Biocultural approach draws from human evolution, physiology, and culture. Examines body weight variation in humans with an emphasis on root causes of excess weight gain. Cross-cultural analysis of body image ideals. Topics include: appetite, stress, dieting, nutrition, physical activity, eating disorders, and social and cultural influences.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

ANT 390 - Ethics in Anthropology

Explores the ethical dilemmas faced by anthropologists in their search to study the cultural and biological diversity in the human species. Employs numerous case studies in cultural, medical, and biological anthropology and archaeology to examine contemporary ethical issues.

Prerequisite(s): 9 credits in ANT.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

ANT 398 - Advanced Special Topics

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2017

ANT 422 - Human Osteology

The identification and analysis of the human skeleton, focusing on functional anatomy. Students acquire proficiency in the names and landmarks of all the bones in the skeleton, along with details of the musculoskeletal system and bone growth and biology. Methods taught include the determination of age and sex, biological affinity, stature, and paleopathological conditions. Students receive hands-on experience with skeletal material in a laboratory setting.

Prerequisite(s): ANT 102 or ANT 322.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

ANT 432 - Evidence of Human Evolution

A hands-on examination of the fossil evidence of human evolution. Topics include the skeletal anatomy of modern humans and great apes and the fossil evidence of early hominids including Orrorin, Sahelanthropus, Ardipithecus, Australopithecus, early Homo, Homo erectus, Homo neanderthalensis and Homo sapiens. Recent discoveries and controversies in paleoanthropology are highlighted.

Prerequisite(s): ANT 102.

4 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

ANT 442 - Advanced Forensic Anthropology

An advanced study of research themes in forensic anthropology. Students examine the primary literature to critically evaluate new research on human skeletal remains. In this seminar-style class, students lead and participate in discussions and produce critical writing pieces on several topics related to forensic anthhropology. Topics include trauma and pathological conditions, positive identification, and the use of forensic anthropology in human rights investigations.

Prerequisite(s): ANT 322.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

ANT 445 - Stones and Bones

An introduction to the methods used by archaeologists to catalog, curate, and analyze artifacts and ecofacts. Topics include taphonomy, middle-range research including experimental, actualistic and ethnoarchaeological methods, introduction to flintknapping and lithic artifact analysis, and introduction to zooarchaeological identification and faunal analysis.

Prerequisite(s): ANT 102 or ANT 205.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

ANT 470 - Ethnographic Fieldwork Methods

Explanation and analysis of ethnographic field methods. Applying anthropological theory to research. Designing and conducting anthropological research and ethnographic writing. Exploration of ethical issues of fieldwork.

Prerequisite(s): 9 credits in ANT or SOC and junior status.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

ANT 475 - Methods in Archaeology

Introduction to and participation in the various methods involved in archaeological fieldwork, laboratory analysis and experimental techniques. Emphasizes hands-on experience, demonstrations, and applications of modern techniques to archaeological problems.

Prerequisite(s): 3 credits in ANT or GEO.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

ANT 480 - Theory of Anthropology

Major theoretical contributions to the field. Development and evaluation of: culture as a scientific concept, early evolutionism and other determinisms, diffusionism, neo evolutionism, functionalism, culture and personality, formal semantic analysis, and ethnoscience.

Prerequisite(s): 9 credits in ANT and junior status.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

ANT 490 - Seminar in Anthropology

Students apply theoretical and field knowledge to selected topics drawn from current issues in anthropology. A major research paper and presentation are required.

Prerequisite(s): 18 credits in ANT.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2013

ANT 491 - Supervised Research

Students work with a faculty member on a research project employing the knowledge and skills necessary for advanced anthropological investigation. Students are expected to apply research methods and techniques to settings appropriate to one of the four fields of anthropology. Supervised research may take place in a fieldwork setting, research labs and locations, or other appropriate settings. Repeatable up to 12 credits.

Prerequisite(s): Departmental permission.

3 to 9 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

ANT 497 - Anthropology Internship

Practical field training and work assignment in physical anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, or ethnology, under qualified supervision in conjunction with departmental faculty. Repeatable up to 12 credits.

Prerequisite(s): Departmental permission.

3 to 9 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

ANT 499 - Independent Study

Repeatable up to 12 credits.

Prerequisite(s): 15 credits in ANT.

.5 to 6 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017