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The mission of the Department of Anthropology is to research and teach about global human diversity and distinctiveness from the distant past to the present. Anthropology applies theoretical and practical tools to understand the human past, human biology, and evolution, language, contemporary society, and culture, and provides cross-cultural, environmental, and global perspectives on the past and present human behavior. Our 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. For a full description of the M.A. and M.S. degrees, refer to the Graduate Catalog. The Anthropology major provides training in the four subdisciplines of archaeology, biological anthropology, anthropological linguistics, and sociocultural anthropology. The department also offers minors in Anthropology, American Indian Studies, Latino Studies, and Linguistics, and specialization in archaeological science, ecological anthropology, medical anthropology, applied anthropology, forensics, language preservation, 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 (8 of the 9 General Education Objectives--see the General Education Requirements (p. 50) in the Academic Information section of the undergraduate catalog), a student seeking Bachelor's degree with a major in anthropology must complete at least 37 credits in the following curriculum, earning at least a C grade in all lower and upper division core courses. Students for both the major and the minor in anthropology must have a minimum of 1 year of foreign language at the college level to graduate. Major and minor students must select their upper division anthropology elective courses in consultation with their major advisor. Also see here:

Required Lower Division Courses:

ANTH 1102 Cultural Anthropology

ANTH 1107 The Nature of Language

ANTH 2203 Discover Archaeology

ANTH 2230 Introduction to Biological Anthropology

ANTH 2230 Introduction to Biological Anthropology Lab


Required Upper Division Courses:

ANTH 4492 Senior Seminar

ANTH 4495 Department Colloquium

ANTH 4401 History and Theory of Anthropology

ANTH 4403 Method and Theory in Archaeology

ANTH 4430 Human Evolution Any upper division linguistic class (ANTH 445X)            

Additional Courses:
9 hours of Upper Division Anthropology elective courses

Minors in the Department of Anthropology include the following:

American Indian Studies
Latino Studies

Minor in American Indian Studies

Required Courses

ANTH 2238 People and Cultures of the New World
ANTH/HIST 2258 Native American History
ANTH/ENGL 4453 American Indian Literature                                     

Plus FOUR of the following courses:

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

Minor in Anthropology

Required Courses

ANTH 1102 Cultural Anthropology
ANTH/ENGL/LANG 1107 The Nature of Language
ANTH 2203 Discover Archaeology
ANTH 2230 Introduction to Biological Anthropology

IN ADDITION: 10 hours of Upper Division Anthropology Courses

Minor in Latino Studies

Required Courses

ANTH 1102 Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 2239 Latino Peoples and Cultures
HIST 2251 Latin America

One year intermediate Spanish:

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

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       
ANTH 2239 Contemporary Latinos in the U.S.       
ANTH 2239 Peoples of Mexico Through Film
ANTH 2239 Culture South of the Border
ANTH 2239 Ancient Meso America
ANTH 2239 Other approved classes
ANTH 4487 Ethnographic Fieldschool*
ANTH 4489 Latin American Resource Management
HIST 4460 The Global Hispanic Monarchy
HIST 4450 Golden Age Castile
SPAN 3342 Survey of Latin American Literature & Civilization
SPAN 4462 Early 20th Century Spanish American Literature

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

Minor in Linguistics

Required Courses

ANTH/LANG/ENGL 1107 Nature of Language
ENGL 2281 Introduction to Language Studies
ANTH/LANG 4455  Phonetics
ENGL 4485 Linguistic Analysis
PHIL 4410 Philosophy of Language

One year of a foreign language*

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

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

Associate of Arts in Shoshoni

Required Courses

SHOS 1101 Elementary Shoshoni I
SHOS 1102 Elementary Shoshoni II
SHOS 2201 Intermediate Shoshoni I
SHOS 2202 Intermediate Shoshoni II

Plus FOUR of the following courses:

ANTH/ENGL/LANG 1107 Nature of Language
ANTH 2206 Indigenous Traditional Parenting
ANTH/HIST 2258 Native American History
ANTH 3301 Introduction to Shoshoni Folklore
ANTH 4452 American Indian Verbal Arts
ANTH/ENGL 4453 American Indian Literature
ANTH 4454 Survey of American Indian Languages
ANTH 4472 Native American Arts
ANTH/POLS 4478 Federal Indian Laws
ANTH/POLS 4479 Tribal Governments
ANTH 4489 Topics in American Indian Studies

Free electives to bring total to 60 credits