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Sociology & Anthropology

Sociology and Anthropology - Anthropology Courses

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ANTH-105  Human Biology and Evolution (also Listed As Biol 105)

Principles of human biology and evolution, dealing with the genetics, physiology, and behavior of humans and other primates. Study of the relationships between biology and culture. Emphasis on the theory of evolution, its application to humans, and recent discoveries in the field of human prehistory. Lecture, readings, films, essays, and discussion. NOT APPLICABLE for Biology or General Science major or minor. 3 credits (NW)

ANTH-111  Cultural Anthropology

Anthropological study of culture and society; world cultures and their variation in social, political, and economic organization, belief systems and world view, material culture and the arts, patterns of adaptation. Assumptions, concepts, and methods of anthropologists. Prerequisite: freshman or sophomore standing or consent of instructor. 4 credits (IS or GP)

ANTH-112  Archaeology and World Prehistory With Lab

Survey of world socio-cultural evolution from the Lower Paleolithic through the Neolithic Transition to the rise of complex societies and agrarian state systems. What archaeologists have learned about the past and how they have learned it. Key issues and sites in prehistoric archaeology and the relevance of these discoveries for our understanding of humanity. 4 credits. (VP)

ANTH-203  Human Adaptive Strategies (also Listed As ENVS 203)

Social scientific findings and ways of understanding humanity's place in nature and our current ecological predicament; causes and consequences (environmental, demographic, economic, political, and cultural) of humankind's transition from food foraging to Neolithic and now industrial adaptive strategies; scientific, policy and cultural implications and aspects of these changes and interactions through case studies at global, regional and local scales. $60 lab fee. Offered every other year. 4 credits (IS or GP)

ANTH-254  Folklore and Mythology (also Listed As RELS 254)

Comparative anthropological study of traditional oral literature: myths, legends, folktales, riddles, proverbs, jokes. Dynamics of folklore, its creation, performance, and transmission; functions of folklore and myth in diverse cultures, including the contemporary United States. 4 credits

ANTH-255  Museums: Objects & Artifacts

Introduction to the modern museum and museum work. Historical context and types of museums. Collecting, interpreting, and preserving objects of artistic, cultural, and scientific value. Field trips to museums and laboratory training in association with the Linfield Anthropology Museum. Includes laboratory. 3 credits (CS)

ANTH-290  Plants and Society (also Listed As Biol 290)

An interdisciplinary study of past, present, and future uses of plants, the products made from them, the sociocultural contexts in which the plants are used, their impact on development of human societies, and the impact of humans on plant populations worldwide. Four hours of lecture/week plus field trips. $60 lab fee. Prerequisites: BIOL 211, ANTH 111 or ENVS 203. Offered every spring. 4 credits. (NW)

ANTH-326  Archaeological Field Methods

Theories and methods of archaeology. On-site training in methods of survey, excavation, lab- oratory analysis, and report writing. Integration of archaeological data within a larger anthropo- logical and environmental framework. Prerequisites: ANTH 112; SOAN 307 and 385. Includes laboratory. 5 credits.

ANTH-340  Introduction To Linguistics (also Listed As Glcs 340)

Language in its broadest sense. Discussion of phonetics, sound laws, and the linguistic relationship between English and other modern and ancient languages. Dialect geography, semantic change, bilingualism, and other topics. Study of the cultural roots of the Western Indo-European language family. 4 credits. (VP)

ANTH-341  Language & Culture

Anthropological study of the relationship between language and culture, sociolinguistics (situating language in cultural context), and language patterns that shape culture. Prerequisites: 111 or ANTH/MDLA 340. 4 credits (IS or GP)

ANTH-355  Museums: Exhibiting Cultures

Anthropology museums in their historical and sociological context. Critical examination of artifact collections, exhibits, and exhibiting theories as representative of cultural values and social conflicts. Museums and the politics of culture. Field trips to Northwest museums and preparation of Linfield Anthropology Museum exhibits. $25 lab fee. Prerequisites: ANTH 111; 255 recommended. Includes laboratory. 4 credits (CS)

ANTH-399  Special Topics: Historical Archaeology

Survey of historical archaeology method and theory. Overview of laboratory methods, artifact identification, significant case studies and interpretation. Examination of a range of sociopolitical issues using historic material culture and archaeological processes. With laboratory. Prerequisites: 112 or 326 or consent of instructor. 4 credits.

ANTH-410  Topics In Physical Anthropology and Archaeology

Field- and laboratory-based course with focus on such selected topics as primate studies, ancient estuary environments, and archaeology of the Holy Land. May be repeated once for credit with different content. Prerequisites: ANTH 112; SOAN 307 and 385. Includes laboratory. 4 credits

ANTH-411  Topics In Cultural Anthropology and Linguistics

Senior level seminar focusing on key issues in socio-cultural and linguistic anthropology, such as History of Consciousness, War and Peace, Anthropology of Conflict Resolution, Religion and Culture. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisites: ANTH 111; SOAN 307 and 385. MDLA 340 recommended. 4 credits

Any Questions? If you are interested in learning more about the curriculum at Linfield, please contact the Office of Admission at (800) 640-2287 or email An admissions counselor will be happy to answer your questions or put you in touch with a faculty member.

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