CES 180 American Life & Culture • 5 Cr.


A view of American culture from the broad lens of anthropology. Topics include American popular culture, the historical background to American social and cultural values, and the effect of economic and political changes in American life. Situates American culture and society in the context of globalized world. Same as ANTH 180. Either CES 180 or ANTH 180 may be taken for credit, not both. Previously AMST 180.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Identify the various components of the culture concept and how this concept applies to Americans Analyze contemporary anthropological views on ethnicity and nationalism, economic power and politics, and social characteristics (e.g., family, gender etc.), as these views pertain to American culture and history. Demonstrate an understanding of the complex history of multicultural with an emphasis on immigration and inequality. Situate American culture and society in the context of a globalized world and with respect to major global issues.