Anthropology is a diverse discipline involving the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences that examines various aspects of past and present-day humans. It consists of four fields: Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology, Linguistic Anthropology, and Physical Anthropology. Archaeology examines past human cultures through material culture. Cultural Anthropology focuses on sociocultural variation among humans. Linguistic Anthropology examines how language influences society and culture. Physical Anthropology studies the biological and behavioral aspects of humans within an evolutionary framework.
Some of the courses listed in this section are accompanied by Supplemental Instruction. Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic assistance program that utilizes free peer-assisted weekly study sessions to help students learn the most difficult course content. For more information, please see the SI website at smc.edu/si.
ANTHRO 1, Physical Anthropology 3 units
Transfer: UC*, CSU • IGETC AREA 5B (Biological Sciences, non-lab) • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.
*Maximum credit allowed for Anthropology 1 and Anthropology 5 is one course (4 units).
A survey of human biology, this course focuses on human origins and evolution by investigating the major aspects of physical anthropology including Mendelian and human genetics, primate and hominid evolutionary processes, contemporary human variability and facets of primate ethology and human behavior that make our species unique in the animal kingdom.
Course Number:1043 Time:8 a.m.-10:05 a.m. MTWTh Location:DRSCHR 207 Instructor:Denman J F
Course Number:1044 Time:10:15 a.m.-12:20 p.m. MTWTh Location:DRSCHR 207 Instructor:Denman J F
ANTHRO 2, Cultural Anthropology 3 units
Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 4 (Social and Behavioral Sciences) • Satisfies Global Citizenship • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.
Cultural Anthropology is the study of human society and culture, analyzing both similarities and differences amongst cultural groups. This course will introduce students to important socio-cultural concepts used by cultural anthropologists including material culture, social organization, religion, kinship, ritual and symbolic systems, race, ethnicity, and language amongst others. Students will examine how cultural anthropologists understand the notion of culture in the study of human behavior in different regions of the world. The ethnographic method as a key methodology will be stressed throughout this course.
Course Number:1045 Time:8 a.m.-10:05 a.m. MTWTh Location:DRSCHR 205 Instructor:Grebler G
Course Number:1046 Time:10:15 a.m.-12:20 p.m. MTWTh Location:DRSCHR 205 Instructor:Zane W W
Course Number:1047 Time:12:30 p.m.-2:35 p.m. MTWTh Location:DRSCHR 207 Instructor:Zane W W
ANTHRO 3, World Archaeology 3 units
Transfer: UC*, CSU • IGETC AREA 4 (Social and Behavioral Sciences) • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.
*Maximum UC credit allowed for Anthropology 3 and Anthropology 4 is one course (3 units).
This course is an introduction to the archaeological record documenting the evolution of human culture from the earliest stone tool makers to the primary civilizations of the Old and New Worlds. Topics include hunter-gatherer adaptations, the invention and spread of agriculture, and the development of civilizations. Archaeological techniques and methods are introduced as the means for understanding these developments.
Course Number:1048 Time:8 a.m.-10:05 a.m. MTWTh Location:DRSCHR 217 Instructor:Shepard B A
ANTHRO 21, Peoples and Power in Latin America 3 units
Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 4 (Social and Behavioral Sciences) • Satisfies Global Citizenship • Prerequisite: None.
This course will introduce students to the historical and cultural use of power by peoples and cultures in Latin America. We will investigate the use of power of Latin American peoples and cultures who lived prior to contact with Europeans, in colonial and post-colonial culture in Latin America, as well as in contemporary Latin American society. The investigation of the power of the US/Mexican border and of globalization within Latin America will also be covered in this course. A cross-cultural perspective will be employed drawing from examples in Mexico and Central America, the Caribbean, South America, and from the influence of countries outside of Latin America including the United States, England, France, Portugal, Spain, China, and Japan. Power relations included in the notions of race, class, gender and sexuality, immigration and migration, and indigenism (amongst others), as they are practiced in Latin America, are explored throughout the semester.
Course Number:1049 Time:10:15 a.m.-12:20 p.m. MTWThF Location:DRSCHR 208 Instructor:Minzenberg E G
Course Number: Time:Arrange-7.5 Hours Location:BELIZE Instructor:Minzenberg E G
Course Number: Time:10:15 a.m.-12:20 p.m. MTWTh Location:DRSCHR 208 Instructor:Minzenberg E G
ANTHRO 35S, Archaeological Field Techniques 3 units
Transfer: CSU • Prerequisite: None.
This course introduces students to the basic techniques involved in archaeological fieldwork. Students will learn various methods of excavation and how they are tied to a research design. Lectures will supplement hands-on excavation by providing pertinent historical and theoretical background to the ongoing scientific research.
Course Number:1050 Time:Arrange-27 Hours Location: Instructor:Lewis B S