ANT-112: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (4 sh)
This introduction to the study of human cultures focuses on the diversity of human cultures around the globe. It presents basic concepts, theories and methods used by anthropologists studying people and culture. Topics span human cultural evolution, social organization, marriage and family, making a living, economics, politics, religion and human problems related to issues of globalization among others.
ANT-215: Qualitative Research Methods (4 sh)
This course examines the ways qualitative analyses (non-numerical data) help social
scientists explore questions of meaning within specifi c social and cultural contexts, and
historical moments. Specifi c topics include: participant observation, focus groups, open-
ended interviewing, thematic coding, archival research and data analysis with a qualitative
computer software program. The complementary relationship between qualitative and
quantitative research methods will be considered, with a sustained focus on the particular
strengths and weaknesses of qualitative research design. Prerequisite: SOC-111 or ANT-112.
ANT-230: Folklore (4 sh)
Far from being relegated to the quaint shadows of the past, folklore thrives today in everyday life, from its humblest use in small social settings to its wide-reaching use in the politics of globalization. While we will examine individual folklore forms—including verbal art, ritual, festival and material culture—focus will be on the examination of folklore performance within its situational and cultural contexts including family, school, religion, work, and play. The course will include fieldwork.
ANT-310 Cultures of the South (4 sh)
This class explores the American South as a coherent, but often highly contested, cultural region. Using the methods of cultural anthropology and folklore, we will explore the various cultures in the South, both for the overarching themes and patterns that emerge across traditions, as well as for the diversity of view and opinion found in specific, unique traditions. We will pay attention to dominant themes related to race, gender, myth, history, narrative, community memory and authenticity. Topics include gospel music, BBQ, family reunions, and civil war re-enactors, white and black. The course will include fieldwork. Prerequisite: SOC-111 or ANT-112.
ANT-323: Video Ethnography (4 sh)
This course explores the use of video in anthropological research, both as a research tool and a medium for the public presentation of culture. Students will explore qualitative methods of anthropological fieldwork and the analysis of cultural data, as well as learn the fundamentals of visual storytelling and the operation of video cameras and editing equipment. Major projects include a written ethnography and a video ethnography completely researched, shot and edited by the student. Prerequisite: SOC-111 or ANT-112.
JCM-334: Communications Research (4 sh)
Theoretical and methodological knowledge is necessary to properly conduct and apply mass communication research. This course explores public opinion polling, marketing research and qualitative methods, and highlights surveys, content analysis, focus groups and audience analysis. Prerequisite: JCM-300, 302, 304 or 306.
|JCM-368: The Documentary (4 sh)|
Students trace the origins of the documentary and its status today, ranging from news documentaries to nature and travel films to major artistic documentaries. Students produce documentary projects outside of class. Prerequisite: JCM-220 and 306.
|REL-361: Women, Religion, and Ethnography (4 sh)|
This course introduces students to contemporary women's religious lives, ritual performances, and bodily practices across several traditions. Because they foreground the everyday, lived religious experiences of women and offer us access to women's own voices and perspectives, our primary sources will be ethnographic studies.