ANTH& 100 Survey of Anthropology • 5 Cr.


An introductory course on the cultures and biology of humans, from scientific and humanistic perspectives. Explores all four fields of anthropology: archaeology (ancient cultures), cultural anthropology (contemporary cultures and cultural diversity), biological anthropology (primates, genetics, evolution, and human biological diversity), and linguistics (language and communication).


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Articulate an understanding of the breadth of anthropology, its main fields (archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, linguistics) and their ties to the sciences and humanities.
  • Recognize, identify, and employ the scientific method in anthropology, and to distinguish coherent arguments based on such principles from other claims.
  • Identify critical components in anthropological thought, especially in regard to ethnocentrism and cultural relativism.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the range of human cultural and biological variation in the past and present from an evolutionary perspective.
  • Convey the importance of language in culture and society.
  • Explain the relevance of the anthropological perspective to global issues and cultural diversity.