Master of Arts (M.A.), Major in Anthropology

Major Program

The purpose of the master of arts (M.A.) in anthropology at Texas State is to

  1. give students the highest quality graduate-level education possible,
  2. provide students interested in continuing their graduate education in anthropology at the Ph.D. level the appropriate basis to successfully compete for entrance into top-tier programs,
  3. provide students interested in non-academic careers that require, or are facilitated by, an advanced degree in anthropology the education, tools and training necessary to secure employment, and
  4. produce professional, ethical, and productive graduates.

Admission Policy

For information regarding admission application requirements and deadlines, please visit The Graduate College website at http://www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/anth.html.

Concentration in Archaeology

Major Courses
ANTH 5311Seminar in Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH 5312Seminar in Biological Anthropology3
ANTH 5313Seminar in Archaeology3
Concentration Courses
ANTH 5305Anthropological Statistics3
ANTH 5306Anthropology and Art3
ANTH 5315Archaeological Artifact Identification and Analysis3
Anthropology Electives6
Advisor-approved Free Electives6
Thesis Courses
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Total Hours36

Concentration in Biological Anthropology

Major Courses
ANTH 5311Seminar in Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH 5312Seminar in Biological Anthropology3
ANTH 5313Seminar in Archaeology3
Concentration Courses
ANTH 5305Anthropological Statistics3
ANTH 5333Research Design in Biological Anthropology3
ANTH 5343Human Variation and Adaptation3
Anthropology Electives6
Advisor-approved Free Electives6
Thesis Courses
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Total Hours36

Concentration in Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology

Major Courses
ANTH 5311Seminar in Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH 5312Seminar in Biological Anthropology3
ANTH 5313Seminar in Archaeology3
Concentration Courses
ANTH 5361Field Methods in Cultural Anthropology3
Anthropology Electives12
Advisor-approved Free Electives6
Thesis Courses
Choose 6 hours from:6
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Total Hours36

If a student elects to follow the thesis option for the degree, a committee to direct the written thesis will be established. The thesis must demonstrate the student’s capability for research and independent thought. Preparation of the thesis must be in conformity with the Graduate College Guide to Preparing and Submitting a Thesis or Dissertation. The thesis handbook may be accessed at http://www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/docs/Thesis_Diss_Guide.pdf.

Thesis Proposal

The student must submit an official Master's Thesis Proposal form and proposal to his or her thesis committee. Thesis proposals vary by department and discipline. Please see your department for proposal guidelines and requirements. The required thesis proposal form may be obtained from The Graduate College at http://www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/gcforms.html. After signing the form and obtaining committee members’ signatures, graduate advisor’s signature (if required by the program), and the department chair’s signature, the student must submit the thesis proposal form with one copy of the proposal attached to the dean of The Graduate College for approval before proceeding with research on the thesis. If the thesis research involves human subjects, the student must obtain exemption or approval from the Texas State Institutional Review Board prior to submitting the proposal form to The Graduate College. If the thesis research involves vertebrate animals, the proposal form must include the Texas State IACUC approval code. It is recommended the thesis proposal form be submitted to the dean of The Graduate College by the end of the student’s enrollment in 5399A.

Thesis Committee

The thesis committee must be composed of a minimum of three approved graduate faculty members.

Thesis Enrollment and Credit

The completion of a minimum of six hours of thesis enrollment is required. Enrollment for the thesis will be in course number 5399A for a student’s initial thesis enrollment and a thesis B course for each subsequent thesis enrollment in the field in which the subject matter of the thesis falls, e.g., PS 5399A and PS 5399B. Preliminary discussions regarding the selection of a topic and assignment to a research supervisor will not require enrollment for the thesis course.

A student will be required to enroll in and pay the fee for at least one hour of the thesis course during any term in which the student will receive thesis supervision or guidance and/or in which the student is using university resources. Failure to register for the thesis course during a term in which supervision is received may result in postponement of graduation. After initial enrollment in 5399A, the student will continue to enroll in a thesis B course as long as it takes to complete the thesis. In the rare case when a student has not previously enrolled in thesis and plans to work on and complete the thesis in one term, the student will enroll in both 5399A and 5399B. The only grades assigned for thesis courses are PR (progress), CR (credit), W (withdrew), and F (failing). If acceptable progress is not being made in a thesis course, the instructor may issue a grade of F. If the student is making acceptable progress, a grade of PR is assigned until the thesis is completed. The minimum number of hours of thesis credit (“CR”) will be awarded only after the thesis is filed in the Alkek Library and the librarian has electronically returned the thesis card to the office of The Graduate College.

A student who has selected the thesis option must be registered for the thesis course during the term or Summer I (during summer the thesis course runs ten weeks for both sessions) in which the degree will be conferred.

Fee Reduction

A master’s degree candidate for graduation may be eligible for a one-time fee reduction under V.T.C.A. Education Code, Section 54.054. Please refer to the section titled Fee Reduction in the Additional Fees and Expenses chapter of this catalog for more information.

Thesis Deadlines and Approval Process

Thesis deadlines are posted at the following web page: http://www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/Thes-Diss_Info/T-D_Deadlines.html. The completed thesis must be submitted to the chair of the thesis committee no later than 41 days before the date of the commencement at which the degree is to be conferred.

The following must be submitted to the office of The Graduate College no later than 24 days, not counting weekends or holidays, before the date of commencement at which the degree is to be conferred (see The Graduate College webpage for specific deadlines):

  1. The Thesis/Dissertation Committee Approval form bearing original signatures of the student and all committee members.
  2. One (1) copy of the thesis in final form, approved by all committee members, on standard paper (Hard-copy Submission Option) or PDF of the thesis in final form, approved by all committee members, uploaded in the on-line Vireo submission system (Vireo On-line Submission Option).

After the dean of The Graduate College approves the thesis, the process is as follows:

  1. For the Vireo On-line Submission Option:
    1. No copies are required to be submitted to the Alkek Library. However, Alkek will bind copies submitted that the student wants bound for personal use. Personal copies are not required to be printed on archival quality paper. The student will take the personal copies to the Alkek Library and pay the binding fee for personal copies.

Master's level courses in Anthropology: ANTH

Courses Offered

Anthropology (ANTH)

ANTH 5105. Anthropology Research.

This practicum is designed to provide a student with credit while conducting independent research in the field or a lab setting. This practicum may be repeated twice with different content. Prerequisite: permission of a student’s faculty mentor and the graduate advisor.
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1 Credit Hour. 1 Lecture Contact Hour. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5199B. Thesis.

This course represents a student's continuing thesis enrollments. The student continues to enroll in this course until the thesis is submitted for binding. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no credit (F) basis.
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ANTH 5299B. Thesis.

This course represents a student's continuing thesis enrollments. The student continues to enroll in this course until the thesis is submitted for binding. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no credit (F) basis.
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2 Credit Hours. 2 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5300. Foundation Studies in Anthropology.

Students develop knowledge and skills required for success in graduate-level coursework in Anthropology. Course content varies depending on academic preparation. This course does not earn graduate degree credit. Repeatable up to 9 hours with different emphasis. Prerequisite: Approval of graduate advisor in Anthropology.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Course Attribute(s): Exclude from Graduate GPA|Leveling
Grade Mode: Leveling/Assistantships

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ANTH 5301. Advanced Principles of Cultural Anthropology.

This course is an ethnographically-based analysis of major theoretical positions and debates in contemporary anthropology. (Stacked course with ANTH 3301.).
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5302. Practicum in Teaching Anthropology.

An introduction to key concepts and practices in the teaching of college-level Anthropology. The course provides training in the practical aspects of classroom instruction. Required for first-year teaching and instructional assistants in the Anthropology Department. This course does not count toward degree credit.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Course Attribute(s): Graduate Assistantship|Exclude from Graduate GPA
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ANTH 5303. Speech Analysis.

The focus of this course is the analysis of human speech sounds. It includes description of the acoustic properties of speech sounds, transcription of sounds using the International Phonetic Alphabet system, an understanding of the acoustic theories of speech, and practical experience in forensic speakers' identification.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5304. Sociolinguistics.

The focus of this course is on the complex interrelationships between language and other aspects of culture. Methods of sociolinguistics, theories of sociolinguistics, and current issues regarding the nature of language variation and change will be emphasized.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5305. Anthropological Statistics.

In this course students will learn how to statistically analyze anthropological data. Students will gain a firm understanding of basic quantitative statistics, will be able to evaluate quantitative methods presented in anthropological research papers, and will be prepared for classes in more advanced statistical methods.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5306. Anthropology and Art.

In this course students will investigate the function of art and symbolism in pre-literate archaeological cultures that existed at the tribal and chiefdom levels of political and social development. A multidisciplinary focus will use anthropology and art historical approaches as research tools.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5307. History of Evolutionary Thought.

This course discusses the impact of evolutionary discourse within the context of its history. Students will develop a thorough understanding of evolution and its importance to anthropology, as well as to other scientific disciplines.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5308. Cultural Resource Management and Archaeology.

In this course students will examine various topics relevant to cultural resource management including state and federal laws, survey, testing, mitigation, and developing final reports.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5309. Culture, Medicine and the Body.

This course explores how the human body, functions of the body, and the practices of medicine and healing are situated and contextualized within cultural frameworks. Case studies cover body and health-related topics over the life course, from birth to death.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5310. Theories and Issues in Anthropology.

This course explores major theoretical and historical developments in anthropology, highlighting the discipline’s unique four-field perspective that includes archaeology, biological and cultural anthropology, and anthropological linguistics. Topics stress the importance of anthropological thought in key scientific discoveries and cultural debates.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5311. Seminar in Cultural Anthropology.

In this course, students will learn the historical foundations of cultural anthropology, its key theories and methods, and examples of its contemporary practice. Topics will include evolutionism, functionalism, structuralism, ethnoscience, neo-Marxism, postmodernism, and modernity.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5312. Seminar in Biological Anthropology.

In this course, students will learn the historical foundations of biological anthropology, its key theories and methods, and examples of its contemporary practice in evolutionary theory, human variation, paleoanthropology, primatology, and skeletal biology.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5313. Seminar in Archaeology.

In this course, students will learn the historical foundations of archaeology, its key theories and methods, and examples of its contemporary practice in New World and Old World archaeology.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5314. Latin American Cultures.

Comprehensive study of cultures from Latin America. (Stacked course with ANTH 3314.) (MULT).
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5315. Archaeological Artifact Identification and Analysis.

This course will provide students with the skills, knowledge and ability to describe, characterize, and analyze artifacts commonly recovered from archaeological sites. Current theories covering the production and analysis of chipped and ground stone tools, ceramics, bone and other materials will be presented, and scientific analytical methods discussed.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5316. The Origin and Evolution of Human Behavior.

This course presents our current understanding of Old World Paleolithic Archaeology. The origin and evolution of hominid behavior, the initial colonization of the Old World, and the development of modern human behavior will be discussed for each continent. (Stacked course with ANTH 3316).
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5317. Rock Art Field Methods.

This course will train students in rock art field methods. They will gain first-hand experience recording rock art sites through photography, field sketches, mapping, and written inventories. Students will generate a visual and written description of the art, which they will use to infer and explain past human behavior. (Stacked course with ANTH 3317).
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5318. Texas Archaeology.

This course will present our current understanding of Texas archaeology. The environmental and social contexts of prehistoric, protohistoric, and historic records of Native American and Spanish occupations in Texas are discussed. (Stacked course with ANTH 3318.) (MULT).
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Course Attribute(s): Multicultural Content
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ANTH 5319. Human Growth and Development.

This course covers the life history of humans from birth to death and investigates the biological and psychological changes that occur over a lifetime. (Stacked course with ANTH 3319).
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5320. Rise of Civilization.

This course examines the components that led to the dynamic state societies in Egypt, Sumeria, the Indus Valley, and China in the Old World and that of the Olmecin Mexico and Chavin in Peru. (Stacked course with ANTH 4320.).
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5321. Seminar in Forensic Anthropology.

This course is designed as a critical survey of the theory and methodology utilized by forensic anthropologists. Through intensive review of the literature, the student will gain an appreciation for the development of the discipline, the techniques used in forensic skeletal analysis, and new research directions within the field.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5322. Peoples and Cultures of Sub-Saharan Africa.

Comprehensive study of cultures from Africa. (Stacked course with ANTH 3322.) (MULT).
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5324. Mexican American Culture.

This course examines the history and cultural practices of Mexican Americans, with a special emphasis on race, class, gender, and sexuality. Topics include historical heritage and transculturation, discrimination, organizations, activism, activism, zoot suits, lowriders, gangs, coloñias, families, marriage, quinceañeras, machismo, domestic violence, gays and lesbians, religious practices, and the arts. (Stacked course with ANTH 3324.) (MULT).
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5325. Medical Anthropology.

This course focuses on how illness identities are culturally constructed, how adaptations or maladaptations to local environments affect health, how political and economic forces influence health and health behaviors, and how the practice of medical anthropology can contribute to solving urgent health issues around the world.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5326. Field Methods in Forensic Anthropology.

In this course students will learn how to locate, excavate and recover human remains, associated personal effects, and other materials in order to ensure legal credibility for all recoveries.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5327. Anthropology of Religion and Fundamentalism.

This course will examine the phenomenon of fundamentalism in a variety of religious traditions, both present and historical. Students will explore the political and social ramifications of fundamentalism in a world characterized by multiculturalism and globalization.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5328. Primate Cognition.

This course covers historical and current views of the cognitive abilities of nonhuman primates and humans. (Stacked course with ANTH 3328).
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5329. Comparative Juvenile Behavior.

This course will give students a thorough understanding of the comparative method through examples from the development of juvenile animals. It will introduce students to socioecology, neurobiology, and life history markers, with information that they can apply across disciplines.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5332. Myths and Mound Builders.

This course presents an anthropological approach to the iconography of the Native Americans of the Southeastern Ceremonial Complex. (Stacked course with ANTH 3332.).
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5333. Research Design in Biological Anthropology.

This course provides students with an introduction to the principles and processes by which research projects in biological anthropology are devised and executed. It focuses on the issues of finding a topic to research, defining its scope and limitations, developing a research bibliography, and elaborating a research design.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5335. The Anthropology of Native American Belief Systems.

In this course students use anthropological approaches to investigate past and present Native American belief systems in order to determine the temporal range and evolving complexity of Native American religious and ritual expression.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5336. Community Research Project.

This course gives students the opportunity to conduct hands-on anthropological research on a variety of topics in local or other communities. Students will undertake individualized research projects designed in conjunction with the professor. Students must consult with the professor prior to enrollment to design the research project and receive approval. (Stacked course with ANTH 3336).
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5338. Geoarchaeology.

This course will provide students with the knowledge and ability to interpret sediments and the nature of sediment accumulation at archaeological sites. The course will provide students with a foundation in sedimentology, natural depositional environments, weathering processes and soil development, stratigraphic analysis, archaeological site formation processes. (Stacked course with ANTH 3338).
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5340. Paleoanthropology.

Critical review of the human fossil record from the appearance of the earliest hominins to the appearance of modern human forms. (Stacked course with ANTH 3340.).
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5342. Primate Behavior.

An organized course that examines current research in nonhuman primate studies from an anthropological perspective. (Stacked course with ANTH 3342.).
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5343. Human Variation and Adaptation.

An organized course that examines human physical variation and adaptation from an evolutionary perspective.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5345. Archaeology of Mexico.

This course examines the development of early huntergatherers through the appearance of agriculture to the rise of civilization in Mesoamerica. (Stacked course with ANTH 3345.) (MULT).
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5347. Archaeology of North America.

This course examines human settlement of North America from the end of the Pleistocene to European discovery. (Stacked course with ANTH 3347.).
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5349. The Incas.

The Incas were the largest Pre-Columbian empire in the Americas. This course will explore the origins of this civilization and how they conquered such a large area of South America. Using archaeological and historic information the class will examine various aspects of Inca society including religion, economics, and kingship. (Stacked course with ANTH 3349).
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5350. Gender and Sexuality in Cross Cultural Perspective.

This course examines the relationships between women and men in societies around the world. (Stacked course with ANTH 3350.) (MULT).
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5354. Latin American Gender and Sexuality.

This course critically examines cultural constructions of gender and sexuality among indigenous, European, and mestizo populations throughout the Americas, with a special emphasis on identity and inequality in Greater Latin America. Topics include culture, identity, political economy, families, sexual practices, and globalization. (Stacked course with ANTH 3354.).
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5355. Seminar in Culture Theory.

An intensive examination of the principal theoretical positions in cultural anthropology, with an emphasis on the preparation of students with ethnographic analysis and fieldwork. (MULT).
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5356. Andean Civilizations.

This course is a survey of civilizations in the Andean region of South America. Using archaeological data the class will examine cultural developments in the region from the earliest hunters and gatherers to the Inca Empire, the largest state in the Americas at the time of European contact.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5360. Economic Anthropology.

This course reviews central issues in economic anthropology using both case studies and theoretical writings. Analyzes production, exchange, distribution, consumption, property, economic surplus, and types of economic structure. (Stacked course with ANTH 3360.).
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5361. Field Methods in Cultural Anthropology.

A training course in ethnographic field methods. (Stacked course with ANTH 4361.).
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5363. The Art and Archaeology of the Olmec.

This course will present our current understanding of the art and archaeology of the Olmec culture, the earliest known civilization in North America. The Olmec culture is considered the influential foundation for later Mesoamerican civilizations such as the Maya and the Aztec. (Stacked course with ANTH 3363.).
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5373B. Theory in Linguistic Anthropology.

In this course students will learn about the major theories of linguistic anthropology through reading and discussing classic and contemporary literature. Topics include language evolution, behaviorism, mentalism, structuralism, cognitive anthropology, ethnosemantics, universalism and linguistic relativism, symbolic anthropology, culture and gender, language and identity, ethnography of speaking, and language change.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5373C. Theoretical Concepts in Archaeology.

This course provides a broad survey of theory in archaeology as it is practiced throughout the world. It includes both historical perspectives and contemporary usage.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5373E. Gross Human Anatomy.

Students in this course examine the gross anatomy of humans from an evolutionary perspective. Anatomy of the structures of the back, limbs, head, and neck are examined. Cadaver-based dissection labs accompany lecture topics.
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3 Credit Hours. 1 Lecture Contact Hour. 4 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5373F. Advanced Methods in Skeletal Biology, Part II.

This course focuses on technical case report writing and evidentiary best practices in forensic anthropological analysis of human skeletal remains. In addition to biological profile estimation techniques, research methods and theoretical foundations used for trauma analysis and taphonomic interpretation will be reviewed. Prerequisite: ANTH 5375.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5373G. Research Design and Proposal Writing in Cultural Anthropology.

This course will familiarize students with the basic principles and practices of effective research design and proposal writing in cultural anthropology. Students will acquire a practical experience in formulating a feasible and creative research project, performing a rigorous literature review, planning to protect human research subjects, and giving/receiving constructive peer reviews.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5374A. Archaeology of the Earliest Americans.

This course focuses on the long-standing and controversial issues of when, how, and who first peopled the Americas. This is a significant aspect of human prehistory and remains unresolved. Students will use archaeological, biological, linguistic, and environmental evidence to help identify the first inhabitants of the New World.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5374F. Mixtec Codices: Prehispanic Literatures of Oaxaca.

In this course students will learn about the cultures of the Zapotec and Mixtec Indians of prehispanic Oaxaca by examining and deciphering the Mixtec pictogram fan-fold books called codices. (Stacked course with ANTH3376A.).
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5374Y. Human Evolutionary Anatomy.

This course is designed to give students an anatomical background to the study of human evolution with a focus on the comparative anatomy of apes, living humans, and fossil hominins.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5374Z. Curation of Archaeological Materials.

This course will examine the phenomenon or fundamentalism in a variety of religious traditions, both present and historical. Students will explore the political and social ramifications of fundamentalism in a world characterized by multiculturalism and globalization.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5375. Advanced Methods in Skeletal Biology, Part I.

This course focuses on laboratory analytical techniques and data collection methods used to estimate the biological profile of modern, historic, or prehistoric human skeletal remains.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5375Z. Curation of Archaeological Materials.

This course provides students with the skills to prepare archaeological materials for curation, which includes the processes and techniques used to stabilize and preserve organic and inorganic materials. This training can be used to gain certification in the field of archaeological curation. Prerequisite: ANTH 2415.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5380. Seminar in Anthropological Research.

A course focused on a topic not normally offered in the regular curriculum. Course may be in any area of anthropological inquiry. May be repeated for credit when topics vary, but not more than 6 hours will apply towards the Master’s degree.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5381. Paleopathology.

Paleopathology is the study of ancient diseases and is an important tool for understanding of past populations. In this course we will survey the range of pathology on human skeletons such as trauma, infection, syphilis, tuberculosis, leprosy, anemia, metabolic disturbances, arthritis, and tumors.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5390. Directed Study.

Course of independent study open to individual students at the invitation of the faculty member with the approval of the department chair and the graduate advisor. Repeatable for credit.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5395. Internship.

A supervised work or research experience related to a student’s professional development. Requirements include completing 250 hours of work with a public or private organization, weekly class meetings, and a semester-long project. The written approval of a student’s faculty mentor and graduate student advisor are required to register. Repeatable for credit with permission of the Internship Director.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5395V. Andean Civilization.

Special topics in Anthropology.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5399A. Thesis.

This course represents a student's initial thesis enrollment. No thesis credit is awarded until the student has completed their thesis proposal. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no credit (F) basis.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5399B. Thesis.

This course represents a student's continuing thesis enrollments. The student continues to enroll in this course until the thesis is submitted for binding. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no credit (F) basis.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5599B. Thesis.

This course represents a student's continuing thesis enrollments. The student continues to enroll in this course until the thesis is submitted for binding. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no credit (F) basis.
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5 Credit Hours. 5 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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ANTH 5999B. Thesis.

This course represents a student's continuing thesis enrollments. The student continues to enroll in this course until the thesis is submitted for binding. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no credit (F) basis.
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9 Credit Hours. 9 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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