Anthropology (ATY)

ATY 100 Contemporary Non-Western Cultures 3

Survey of contemporary non-Western societies which emphasizes their distinctive cultural characteristics and how these relate to changes taking place in the world today.

GE Core: GSB

GE Marker: GN

ATY 212 Introduction to Anthropology 3

Survey of general anthropology. Includes an inquiry into human origins, prehistory, and comparative study of culture.

GE Core: GSB

GE Marker: GN

ATY 213 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3

Cultural anthropology attempts to stimulate interest in basic questions about human nature and human adaptation, including major theoretical approaches, the nature of field work, and an examination of selected topics.

GE Core: GSB

GE Marker: GN

Notes: Students cannot receive credit for both ATY 213 and HSS 138.

ATY 253 Introduction to Biological Anthropology 4

Lecture covering human biology from an evolutionary perspective. Topics include evolutionary theory, human variation, nonhuman primates, the fossil record, human osteology, molecular and population genetics.

GE Core: GNS


Corequisites: ATY 253L .

ATY 253L Introduction to Biological Anthropology Laboratory 0

Laboratory supporting ATY 253.

GE Core: GNS

Corequisites: ATY 253.

Notes: No grade is awarded with this course number. Grades are awarded with the lecture course.

ATY 258 Introduction to Archaeology 3

Development of culture from its Paleolithic beginnings through the rise of early civilizations.

GE Core: GSB

GE Marker: GN

ATY 304 Anthropology through Film 3

An exploration, through documentaries, of the cultures, practices, tool technologies, and lifeways of various peoples around the world through the lens of anthropological themes and theory.

ATY 305 ExpCrs:Forensics-Holmes/Bones 3

Examines the forensic methods of Sherlock Holmes and Bones within the context of modern forensic science.

ATY 308 Lost Tribes and Sunken Lands 3

Using the scientific method and techniques from archaeology, students critically assess the evidence supporting popular myths such as sunken Atlantis, pyramid power, and extraterrestrial encounters.

GE Marker: GL

ATY 311 Reading Culture and Society 3

Examines key sociocultural issues through classic literary and cinematic works, emphasizing notions of modernity, the contemporary world, and the relationship they entertain; provides foundational reading and critical thinking skills.

Notes: Same as SOC 311.

ATY 312 The Anthropology of Children 3

A cross-cultural and evolutionary approach to the study of childhood from conception to adolescence that incorporates the five field perspective of anthropology.

ATY 315 World Ethnographies 3

Examines the primary genre and practice of cultural anthropology—ethnography—through a range of geographically and thematically diverse texts.

ATY 330 Cultures of North American Indians 3

Traditional ways of life of indigenous people of North America.

GE Marker: GN

ATY 331 Race and Human Diversity 3

Examines human biological diversity and the notion of "race" from a biocultural perspective.

ATY 333 Latin American Societies and Cultures 3

Tribal and peasant groups with special emphasis on their place in contemporary Latin America.

GE Marker: GN

ATY 334 Latin American Art and Archaeology 3

Explores the art, architecture, religious beliefs, technologies, and political organization of the Pre-Columbian societies of Mesoamerica and South America such as the Maya, Moche, Aztec, and Inca.

GE Core: GFA

GE Marker: GN

ATY 335 Cultures of Africa 3

Study of the peoples of Africa emphasizing family, organization, religion, political organization, languages, and urbanism. Includes a study of African novelists.

ATY 340 North American Archaeology 3

A survey of the archaeological evidence of North American Indian culture, from earliest time to first European contact.

ATY 341 Paleolithic Archaeology 3

A survey of the archaeology of stone-tool-using peoples from the first Paleolithic cultures to the agricultural revolution.

Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing .

ATY 354 Modern Asia through its Music 3

Introduction to the musical traditions of Asia. Traditions are examined within their religious, philosophical and socio-political contexts allowing comparison of musical activity, concepts and sounds. No musical training required.

ATY 357 Monkeys, Apes, and Humans 3

An overview of primatology—the study of prosimians, monkeys, apes, and humans. Involves in-depth study of selected primates as well as discussion of major theoretical issues and ways in which the study of nonhuman primate behavior helps illuminate human evolutionary history.

ATY 359 Forensic Anthropology 3

Methods of recovery and analysis of human remains in medicolegal contexts, including human and nonhuman skeletal material, decomposition, crime scene recovery, and skeletal signs of age, sex, and trauma.

ATY 360 Methods in Archaeology 3

Analysis and evaluation of methods, theories, and concepts necessary for recovery and interpretation of cultural information about past societies relevant for anthropological goals. Includes issues of historiography, epistemology, and ethics.

ATY 361 Methods in Biological Anthropology 3

Provides students with an understanding of the basic research techniques utilized by physical anthropologists through hands-on experience and an introduction to the literature in the field.

Prerequisites: ATY 253 and ATY 253L.

ATY 362 Methods in Cultural Anthropology 3

This ethnographic methods course is designed to experience firsthand a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods in data collection and analysis traditionally used by cultural anthropologists.

ATY 363 History of Anthropological Theory 3

Developments in history of Western thought and study of culture leading to the emergence of anthropology as a scientific field.

Notes: Not open to freshmen.

ATY 369 Statistics for Anthropology 3

Validity and reliability, variables and constants, independence and dependence, scales, frequency distribution and graphs, variance of central tendency and dispersion, probability, hypothesis testing, difference between means, analysis of variance, comparison of samples, simple regression correlation analysis, and analysis of frequencies.

Prerequisites: Anthropology (ANTH) or Humanities (SPLS) major.

ATY 370 Historical Archaeology 3

This course applies a multidisciplinary approach to explore issues such as Transatlantic colonization, plantation life, urbanization, and global consumerism through historical archaeology methods and theories.

ATY 377 Disaster, Self, and Society 3

The anatomy of disasters examined from both anthropological and sociological perspectives. Case studies are presented through several conceptual lenses for clarifying individual, social, cultural, and political responses to catastrophic events.

Prerequisites: 3 s.h. of course work with a prefix of ATY or SOC or permission of instructor.

Notes: Same as SOC 377.

ATY 378 Historical Archaeology Field Techniques 3

Archaeological excavation of historic period sites. Techniques of excavation, recording, surveying, and artifact analysis.

ATY 385 Language and Culture 3

A survey of verbal and non-verbal behavior cross-culturally. Emphasis on the use of language in the speech community, gestures, body language, expressive behavior, verbal art, and language learning.

GE Marker: GL

ATY 400 Cults and Conspiracy Theories 3

An anthropological survey of cults, brainwashing, conspiracies, conspiracy theories, and the process of identity construction, initiation, and cultural practice as socio-cultural phenomena.

ATY 401 Witch Hunts and Legal Anthropology 3

A survey and exploration of the way that law produces culture and culture produces law through witch-hunts, European and American witch trials, and significant legal cases in American Law.

ATY 420 Economic Anthropology 3

An analysis of the economic organization of tribal and peasant peoples with special attention given to their participation in a world economy; emphasis is on economic models of social change.

ATY 424 Applying Anthropology in the Real World 3

Application of anthropological method and theory in situations of directed sociocultural change.

ATY 426 Food and Culture in a Global Context 3

Examines the linkages among food producers, marketing strategies, and natural resource use in different cultures, and explores the influence of agriculture on society and the environment.

ATY 434 Archaeology of South America 3

Survey of the archaeology of South America from earliest evidence of human habitation up to the arrival of the Spanish. Emphasis placed on the Andean area of western South America.

ATY 440 Colliding Worlds: Forming America 3

Historical archaeological approach documenting the American experience for immigrant, enslaved, and freed African, Chinese, Irish, and other workers who crossed the seas, contributing to American culture.

ATY 444 Archaeology of Power/Politics 3

This course examines complex political organizations and power relations since the emergence of inequality. Archaeological and historical examples will be compared to evaluate competing models of political development.

ATY 447 Myth, Magic, and Religion 3

Examination of sacred and secular beliefs in cross-cultural perspective. Emphasis on symbols, ritual, and their functions.

ATY 449 Gender Archaeology 3

Through material culture this course examines gender in prehistoric, classical, and historic societies as an integral aspect of human societies and the social relations in families, communities, and complex polities.

Notes: Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors only.

ATY 450 Environmental Anthropology 3

This course examines various theoretical approaches to human adaptation and the environment. Various ecological perspectives are used to examine the larger questions of social justice, culture preservation, and resource access.

Notes: Not open to freshmen or sophomores.

ATY 453 Human Osteology 3

Detailed coverage of anatomical structures on bone and methods involving inventory, description, data collection, and analysis of human remains. Topics include functional and comparative skeletal anatomy, bone microstructure, and physiology.

Prerequisites: ATY 253 or BIO 105 or BIO 111 .

ATY 453L Human Osteology Lab 0

Laboratory supporting ATY 453.

Corequisites: ATY 453.

Notes: No grade is awarded with this course number. Grades are awarded with the lecture course.

ATY 455 Human Evolution 3

Biological and cultural evolution of humans from prehistoric forms.

Prerequisites: ATY 253 or BIO 105 or BIO 110.

Notes: Open to juniors and seniors only.

ATY 457 Primate Behavior 3

An overview of primatology and of methods for studying the behavior of prosimians, monkeys, and apes. Involves experience in data collection, computerized data analysis, and producing a scientific report.

Prerequisites: ATY 357 or ATY 361.

ATY 462 Archaeology of the Southeastern United States 3

Investigation of indigenous cultural development in North America from earliest Paleo-Indian evidence to the European Contact Period, with special emphasis on the archaeology of southeastern North America including North Carolina.

ATY 465 Medical Anthropology 3

Explores multiple causes of disease and cultural variation in health practices. Topics include culture and political ecologies of disease, ethnomedical systems, and healers in cross-cultural perspectives.

Notes: Not open to freshmen and sophomores.

ATY 477 Zooarchaeology 3

The identification and analysis of animal bones in archaeological contexts.

Prerequisites: ATY 258.

ATY 478 Field Methods in Archaeology 3

Methods, techniques, and theories of archaeological field investigation. Includes site survey, mapping, systematic sampling, and controlled excavation.

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.

ATY 479 Analysis of Archaeological Data 3

Instruction on proper treatment of material recovered through archaeological investigation. Includes classification, statistical manipulation of data, seriation, and analysis of spatial and temporal dimensions. Attention to special analytical techniques (e.g., C14 dating, chemical analysis, faunal analysis) with stress on ecological interpretation.

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.

ATY 480 Ethnographic Field Methods in Cultural Anthropology 4

Course applies qualitative research techniques (field notes, participant and casual observations, interviews, data interpretation), and statistical techniques that supplement ethnographic description and analysis at field sites.

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.

ATY 481 Study Abroad Experience for Anthropology Majors 3

This course offers majors the opportunity to broaden their experience by studying anthropology in another country. Cross-cultural exchanges are designed to augment UNCG training.

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor .

ATY 493 Honors Work 3-6

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor; 3.30 GPA in the major; 12 s.h. in the major;

Notes: May be repeated for credit if the topic of study changes.

ATY 497 Special Problems in Anthropology 1-3

Opportunity for students to have directed instruction on problems of special interest.

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.

ATY 498 Special Problems in Anthropology 1-3

Opportunity for students to have directed instruction on problems of special interest.

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.

ATY 499 Internship in Anthropology 3

Faculty supervised practicum experience in an off campus setting. Host organization will provide the student with applied experience directly relevant to a specific subfield of anthropology.

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor .

ATY 501 Selected Topics in Anthropology 3

Opportunity for advanced students to study in depth topic or issue of special interest.

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.

Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

ATY 523 Applying Archaeology in the Real World 3

Overview of theory and skills needed to work as an applied archaeologist in the public sector. Topics include cultural resource management and public outreach projects.

Notes: Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors only.

ATY 578 Research Methods in Historical Archaeology 3

Advanced training in research methods in Historic Archaeology, involving on-site training in field, laboratory, and library components of Historic Archaeology.

Notes: Not open to freshmen and sophomores. Same as HIS 578.

ATY 589 Experimental Course 3

This number reserved for experimental courses. Refer to the Course Schedule for current offerings.

ATY 595 Contemporary Issues in Anthropology 3

A capstone seminar focusing on current issues in anthropology, how they relate to the discipline, and their significance to anthropology's role in today's world.

Prerequisites: Open to Seniors only.

ATY 597 Special Problems in Anthropology 3

Opportunity for advanced students to undertake independent study or research of special interest.

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.

ATY 598 Special Problems in Anthropology 3

Opportunity for advanced students to undertake independent study or research of special interest.

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.