Department of Anthropology

Anthropology Department Undergraduate Program Description

Mission

The mission of the Department of Anthropology is to research and teach about humankind the world over from the distant past to the present. Anthropology consists of subfields that specialize in the human past, human biology and evolution, language, society, and culture, and provides cross-cultural, environmental, international, and global perspectives on past and present human behavior. At Idaho State University, an important part of the anthropology mission is to apply anthropological concepts to the resolution of important social, cultural, and environmental problems of our times. The Department of Anthropology offers courses leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree and the Master of Arts or Master of Science degrees in Anthropology. For a full description of the M.A. and M.S. degrees, refer to the Graduate Catalog. The Anthropology major provides training in all four subdisciplines in the field, including archaeology, biological anthropology, anthropological linguistics, and sociocultural anthropology. The department also offers minors in Anthropology, American Indian Studies, Latino Studies, and Linguistics, and opportunities for specialization in archaeological science; ecological, medical, and applied anthropology; language preservation; biocomplexity; informatics; and oral history.

Undergraduate Learning Objectives And Outcomes

Program Objectives – Students who have completed an undergraduate major in Anthropology at Idaho State University should be able to:

    1. Understand basic methods, concepts, alternative theories and approaches, and modes of explanation appropriate to each of the subfields of the discipline.
    2. Read and understand anthropological theory at the level of Bachelor of Arts.
    3. Understand the use of quantitative and qualitative analysis in anthropological research.
    4. Understand a comparative approach to the human condition, both cross-culturally and chronologically.
    5. Demonstrate technical writing skills at the level of Bachelor of Arts.

Learning Outcomes – Students in the Senior Seminar will demonstrate the following competencies based on the above objectives:

    1. Apply knowledge of anthropological methods, approaches, and modes of explanation to contemporary social issues.
    2. Use theory to formulate a testable explanation for a given cultural behavior.
    3. Select and perform quantitative and qualitative analytical techniques at a basic level.
    4. Carry out a research project using cross-cultural or diachronic (or combination of the two) comparative methods.
    5. Write a competent senior research project.

Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology

Beyond the general university requirements, a student seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in anthropology must complete at least 47 credits in the following curriculum, earning at least a C grade in all lower and upper division core courses.

Required Lower Division Courses:

ANTH/ENGL/LANG 1107 The Nature of Language		3 cr
ANTH 2203       Introduction to Archaeology 3 cr
ANTH 2205       Introduction to Archaeology Lab 1 cr
ANTH 2230       Introduction to Biological Anthropology 3 cr
ANTH 2250       Introduction to Sociocultural
                  Anthropology 3 cr
ANTH 2237       Peoples and Cultures of the Old World 3 cr
           OR
ANTH 2238       Peoples and Cultures of the New World 3 cr
OR
ANTH 2239 Latino Peoples and Cultures 3 cr
                                              TOTAL: 16 cr

Required Upper Division Courses:

ANTH 4401       History and Theory of
                  Sociocultural Anthropology 3 cr
ANTH 4403       Method and Theory in Archaeology 3 cr
ANTH 4430       Human Evolution           3 cr
ANTH 4450       Socio-linguistics 3 cr
           OR
ANTH 4455       Linguistic Analysis I 3 cr
           OR
ANTH 4458       Historical Linguistics 3 cr
ANTH 4492       Senior Seminar 3 cr
ANTH 4495 Department Colloquium 1 cr
                                              TOTAL: 16 cr

IN ADDITION:    Upper Division Anthropology
                  Elective Courses                    9 cr
ENGL 3307       Professional and Technical Writing 3 cr
MATH 1153       Introduction to Statistics 3 cr
                                              TOTAL: 15 cr

Minors in the Department of Anthropology include the following:

American Indian Studies
Anthropology
Latino Studies
Linguistics

Minor in American Indian Studies

Required Courses

ANTH 2238       People and Cultures of the New World	3 cr
ANTH/HIST 2258 Native American History 3 cr
ANTH/ENGL 4453 American Indian Literature 3 cr
                                       TOTAL: 9 cr

Plus FOUR of the following courses:

ANTH 1101	Elementary Shoshoni I			4 cr
ANTH 1102 Elementary Shoshoni II 4 cr
ANTH 2206 Indigenous Traditional Parenting 3 cr
ANTH 3301 Introduction to Shoshoni Folklore 3 cr
ANTH 4406 American Indian Health Issues 3 cr
ANTH 4421 Federal Indian Relations 3 cr
ANTH 4452 American Indian Verbal Arts 3 cr
ANTH 4454 Survey of American Indian Languages 3 cr
ANTH 4472 Native American Arts 3 cr
ANTH 4474 Topics in Indian Education 3 cr
ANTH/POLS 4478 Federal Indian Law 3 cr
ANTH/POLS 4479 Tribal Governments 3 cr
ANTH 4489 Topics in American Indian Studies 3 cr
Minimum Total: 21 cr

Minor in Anthropology

Required Courses

ANTH/ENGL/LANG 1107 The Nature of Language		3 cr
ANTH 2203 Introduction to Archaeology 3 cr
ANTH 2205       Introduction to Archaeology Lab 1 cr
ANTH 2230       Introduction to Biological
                  Anthropology 3 cr
ANTH 2250       Introduction to
                  Sociocultural Anthropology 3 cr
IN ADDITION: Upper Division Anthropology Courses 9 cr
TOTAL: 22 cr

Minor in Latino Studies

Required Courses

ANTH 2250	Introduction to
Sociocultural Anthropology 3 cr
ANTH 2239       Contemporary Latinos in the U.S. 3 cr
           OR
ANTH 2239       Peoples of Mexico Through Film 3 cr
           OR
ANTH 2239       Culture South of the Border 3 cr
HIST 2251       Latin America 3 cr


One year intermediate Spanish:

SPAN 2201, 2202	Intermediate Spanish			8 cr
OR
SPAN 3301, 3302 Spanish Conversation and Composition 8 cr
OR
Other with permission of Latino Studies Director 6 cr


Plus 6 credits from the following for a total of at least 21 credits
(3 credits must be 400 level or above):

ANTH 1108       Spanish for Health Care Providers       1 cr 
ANTH 2239       Contemporary Latinos in the U.S.        3 cr
ANTH 2239       Peoples of Mexico Through Film 3 cr
ANTH 2239       Culture South of the Border 3 cr
ANTH 2239       Ancient Meso America 3 cr
ANTH 2239       Other approved classes
ANTH 4487       Ethnographic Fieldschool* 3-6 cr
ANTH 4489       Latin American Indigenous
Resource Management 3 cr
HIST 4460       The Global Hispanic Monarchy 3 cr
HIST 4450       Golden Age Castile 3 cr
SPAN 3342       Survey of Latin American Literature
and Civilization         3 cr
SPAN 4462       Early Twentieth Century
Spanish American Literature 3 cr

*When offered in Mexico, Guatemala and other Latin American countries

Minor in Linguistics

Required Courses

ANTH/LANG/ENGL 1107            
                Nature of Language 3 cr
ENGL 2281       Introduction to Language Studies 3 cr
ANTH/LANG 4455  Phonetics 3 cr
           OR
ENGL 4485       Linguistic Analysis 3 cr
           OR
PHIL 4410       Philosophy of Language 3 cr
One year of a foreign language* 8 cr

Plus 9 credits from the following, for a total of 26 credits:

ANTH/ENGL 3367  Language in the United States		3 cr
ANTH 4450       Socio-linguistics 3 cr
ANTH 4452       Survey of American Indian Languages 3 cr
ANTH/LANG 4455  Phonetics 3 cr
ANTH/LANG 4456  Phonology and Morphology 3 cr
ANTH 4458       Historical Linguistics 3 cr
ANTH 4459       Linguistic Field Methods 3 cr
ANTH/LANG 4457  Survey of Indo-European Languages 3 cr
ANTH/ENGL/LANG 4484
                Topics in Linguistics 3 cr
ENGL 2280       Grammar and Usage 3 cr
ENGL 4481       Advanced Grammar 3 cr
ENGL 4483       Varieties of American English 3 cr
ENGL 4485       Linguistic Analysis 3 cr
ENGL 4486       Old English 3 cr
ENGL 4487       History of the English Language 3 cr
LANG 4488       Comparative Philology 3 cr
PHIL 2301       Introduction to Logic 3 cr
PHIL 4410       Philosophy of Language 3 cr

*in addition to the 8 credit hours of foreign language required under General Education Goal 10B.



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