MaconCatalog : College of Liberal Arts and Sciences : ACADEMIC DEPARTMENTS : ANTHROPOLOGY (ANT)
Amy Nichols-Belo, Chair/Associate Professor of Global Health and Anthropology
Natalie J. Bourdon, Associate Professor Rachael Goodman, Assistant Professor
The Anthropology minor and courses are offered by the Department of International and Global Studies. For more information about the department, please see the INTERNATIONAL AND GLOBAL STUDIES heading in this catalog.
Minor in Anthropology
15 semester credit hours minimum
ANT 101. Introduction to General Anthropology
Four additional ANT courses, two of which must be numbered 300 or above.
ANT 101. Introduction to General Anthropology (3 hours)
A four-fields introduction to anthropology. Students will be introduced to the multiple areas of cultural anthropology, biological anthropology (including evidence of human evolution and anthropological critiques of race), archeology, and linguistic anthropology. (Every semester)
ANT 250. Becoming Chinese: Self and Society (3 hours)
This course introduces students to Chinese thought about selfhood and society. The course will examine some broad foundations for Chinese thinking about the self and others from the perspectives of Confucianism, Buddhism, and Daoist writing. Through the exploration of such themes as holism, aesthetics, rationality, the relational self, and ancestor worship, the course will explore Chinese conceptions of self-in-society. (Every two years)
ANT 275. Cross-Cultural Psychology (3 hours)
(Same as PSY 275)
Prerequisite: PSY 101.
An introduction to the perspectives, methods, and controversies in studying human psychology across cultures. Explores the dimensions along which cultures vary and examines specific differences and similarities between cultures in areas such as identity, social relations, child-rearing, and mental disorders. (Every year)
ANT 310. Medical Anthropology (3 hours)
(Same as GHS 310)
Prerequisites: GHS 200 and ANT 101, or consent of instructor.
An anthropological and cross-cultural approach to understanding lived experiences of disease, sociocultural factors which influence health and well-being, and differing forms of healing practice. Course case studies will demonstrate sociocultural, biocultural, and critical approaches to medical anthropology. (Every two years)
ANT 345. Health and Gender (3 hours)
(Same as GHS 345 and WGS 345)
Prerequisite: GHS 200 or WGS 180.
An interdisciplinary examination of the gendered dimensions of health in the global context. The course will explore such topics as sexual and gender identity, gender-based violence, sexually-transmitted infections, pregnancy prevention, and infertility. (Every two years)
ANT 350. Cultural Anthropology (3 hours)
Prerequisite: ANT 101.
A survey of cultural anthropology focused on anthropological methods central to the study of culture and society and theoretical shifts in the discipline, especially over the past sixty years. The course will focus on ethnographies that elucidate how anthropologists have thought about important issues structuring human behavior, such as race, sexuality, religion, and politics. (Every two years)
ANT 354. Cultural Archaeology (3 hours)
Prerequisite: ANT 101.
The study of extinct cultures using artifactual remains. The data gathering techniques of excavation, labeling, and dating are demonstrated. Prevailing models of interpretation are reviewed, and the notion of cultural process is explored. Field trips are required. (Every two years)
ANT 361. Archaeology and Religion (3 hours)
(Same as REL 361)
Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
This course is designed to introduce students to: (1) the study of archaeology, (2) the study of religion(s) in a particular region and period(s), and (3) the integration of the study of archaeology and religion. Students will study the theories, objectives, methods, records, and conclusions of modern archaeology. They will also learn how to apply these elements of archeology to the study of a particular region. They will also study various aspects of a specific religion or groups of religions in the designated region, especially as that study is informed by the investigation of archaeological remains. This course may involve archaeological field work and may be offered on-site in another location (e.g., Greece). (Occasionally)
ANT 362. Anthropology and Activism (3 hours)
Prerequisite: ANT 101 or ASJ 101 or consent of instructor.
An introduction to anthropological theories and methods for doing advocacy and activism with communities in which anthropologists conduct research. Anthropologists have a long history of social, political, and cultural engagement with the communities where we conduct research and have had to think critically about those relationships. In this course, students will explore historical and contemporary examples of how anthropologists engage in advocacy and activism. (Every two years)
ANT 382. Biological Anthropology (3 hours)
(Same as BIO 382)
Prerequisites: ANT 101 and a grade of C or better in BIO 212 or consent of instructor.
This lecture-based course represents an advanced introduction to the sub-discipline of Biological Anthropology. The discussion will focus on the biological aspects of humans and our closest living relatives, the primates. Specifically, the course will include content on biological evolution, a review of living primates and a study of the extensive fossil evidence for human evolution. The course will conclude with a review of modern human variation and the fallibility of the human race concept. (Occasionally)
ANT 390. Special Topics in Anthropology: (Subtitle) (1-3 hours)
Prerequisites: ANT 101 and consent of instructor.
A study of some significant topic in anthropology that is not available through other departmental course offerings. (Occasionally)
ANT 490. Internship in Anthropology (1-3 hours)
Prerequisites: ANT 101 and junior or senior status.
An intensive practicum experience at an approved business, organization, or academic institution. Senior-level students, under the direction of a faculty member and an on-site supervisor, must engage in projects or assignments requiring at least three on- site hours per week for every hour of credit. Students will learn through observation, regular discussions with the on-site supervisor and Mercer faculty member, and written reflection. In addition, students may be required to attend training events, workshops or weekly seminars. This course may be repeated for a total of 3 hours and counts toward a minor in Anthropology. Graded S/U. (Every semester)