Intro to  Anthropology


ANT 105 is a holistic introduction to the four fields of anthropology: biological, archaeology, linguistic, and cultural anthropology. We discuss human origins, human migrations, subsistence strategies and the advent of agriculture, the origins of language, sociolinguistics and ethnolinguistics, the culture concept, cultural relativism, kinship and social organization, sexuality and gender, myth and ritual.

Environmental  Anthropology


Human beings live in virtually all ecosystems found on the globe due to our unique ability for creating culture and technology. This course covers interactions between humans and their environments from multiple angles, including how societies use and conserve resources, how they alter their natural worlds, how their ideas and practices are shaped by their environments, and how they conceive of Nature itself. Students will gain knowledge of ecological principles, learn about how humans have adapted to different ecosystems, and will consider and discuss the environmental challenges currently facing our species. Topics covered include cultural ecology, historical ecology, political ecology, ethnoecology, traditional ecological knowledge, the Anthropocene concept, fortress conservation and conservation ethics, and indigenous environmental activism.

Intro to Evolutionary Anthropology


The introductory lecture survey and lab course covers the study of human origins and variation within the context of primate evolutionary history and ecology. Covers the scientific method; mechanisms of inheritance and population genetics; principles of evolutionary biology and systematics; primate ecology and evolution; the human fossil record; and modern human adaptation and variation.

Link to syllabus (actual course syllabus will vary somewhat semester to semester).

Interesting in learning more about biological anthropology? You can check out some introductory videos on evolutionary biology, human origins, and non-human primate diversity here.

Primate Ecology


This lecture course has two primary objectives. First, this course will introduce students to ecological concepts and provide an overview of the ways that primates interact with their environment. Second, it will help students develop research-related skills. In particular, this course will familiarize students with the processes behind how research findings are disseminated to the wider scholarly community. This course fulfills a natural science and research credit.

Link to syllabus (actual course syllabus will vary somewhat semester to semester).

Primate Conservation


Many nonhuman primates are threatened with extinction due to various human activities or disturbances. In this seminar course, we will cover the basics of conservation biology, the major threats facing primates, and some of the strategies that have been used to conserve primate species. This course fulfills a natural science and ethical inquiry credit.

Link to syllabus (actual course syllabus will vary somewhat semester to semester).