ANTH 102C • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3 units)

The study of culture emphasizing culture’s origins and processes. Concepts and theories about culture that apply to life in both developing and developed societies with the aim of solving human problems.  Lab fee.

ANTH 222 • Ethnographic Perspectives (3 units)

Prerequisite:  ANTH 102C.  Examines family life, religious belief, social and economic organization, politics and genders from a detailed, cross-cultural perspective.  Ethnographic case studies provide in-depth comparisons of the cultural practices and beliefs of non-Western peoples with the cultural traditions of Westerners.  Course will stress appreciation for and comprehension of ethnography as both a research method and genre of writing.


ANTH 252 • Applied Anthropology (3 units)

The class emphasizes understanding the full spectrum of applications in anthropology and anthropological practice, including work in government, industry, business, non-profit organizations, development work, health practice, and missiology.  Students will develop career plans and research applications suitable to their interests.

ANTH 253 • Language in Cultural Context (3 units)

Prerequisite: ANTH 102C. This course surveys the acquisition and use of language as part of the enculturation process; the relationship of language to culture and their reciprocal influences; language usage; and the nature of language systems through an appreciation of anthropological linguistics.

ANTH 270 • Special Topics (1-3 units)

Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor. Study of a special topic in Anthropology. May be repeated for credit.

ANTH/HIST 317 • Modern China (3 units)

A study of the political and social history of China from the mid-nineteenth century, when European aggression forced China on a path to modernization, to the present.

ANTH/SOC 320 • Social and Cultural Change (3 units)

Prerequisite: ANTH 102C; SOC 100C recommended. The study of change, its processes and consequences in non-Western and contemporary societies. Special emphasis will be given to cross-cultural change involving migrants, minorities, religious contacts, as well as change at the personal level.

ANTH/SOC 334 • Gender, Culture, and Society (3 units)

Prerequisite: SOCI 100C or ANTH 102C. Gender as a social construction with powerful consequences is explored in this course along with those cultural values and ideologies which perpetuate the discourse of differences. Contemporary studies of gender cross-culturally will enable an appreciation of the broad diversity in the application of gender constructs and their resultant cultural effects.

ANTH/HIST 339 • Area Studies: [Topical Area] (3 units)

Prerequisite: ANTH 102C.  Area Studies is an intensive examination of specific regions of the world.  Each course gives a brief survey of the region with attention to cultural history, ethnicity, family structure, political organization, technology, social structure, ethnopsychology, economics and ideologies present within the region.  Issues of cultural difference and commonality, regional minority sub-cultural groups, and the role that this region plays within “global” culture are also addressed.  (This course may be repeated for credit.)

Areas of study in the rotation may include: Latin America, Pacific Rim, Japan, Middle East, Oceania, East Asia, South East Asia, China, Korea, Northern Africa, Sub-Sahara Africa, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, North America, and North America Diaspora

ANTH/SOC 343 • Class, Race, Ethnicity and Gender (3 units)

This course focuses on the distribution of power and resources across racial and ethnic/cultural groups, class structure, and gender. Phenomenological, institutional, and structural aspects of prejudice and discrimination are examined using the matrix of domination (the intersection of attributes related to class, race, ethnicity and gender) to explore the life experiences of individuals.

ANTH/SOC/PSYC 346 • Human Sexuality (3 units)

Prerequisites: SOC 100C or PSYC 103C (preferably both), and junior or senior standing.  Human Sexuality provides an overview of human sexual anatomy, physiology, gender identity, sex role development and expression, modes of sexual expression, sexual deviation, the meaning of sexuality within relationships, and ethical considerations.

ANTH 354 • Anthropological Theory (3 units)

Prerequisites:  ANTH 102C and ANTH 253. An overview of the early history and major theoretical schools in anthropology.  Addresses recent trends in discourse, postmodernism, local culture knowledge, and action oriented anthropology.

ANTH 358 • World Religions (3 units)

Prerequisites:  ANTH 102C or SOC 100C.  A comparison of the major non-Christian religions, with emphasis on their cultural origins, elements, forms, and symbols, and the role of religion as an institution in such societies.

ANTH 368 • Anthropological Data Analysis (3 units)

Prerequisites:  SOCS 265C, ANTH 102C, ANTH 253, ANTH 354, and ANTH 365.  Course consists of an overview of major data analysis software used in anthropological research, including both quantitative software packages and in-depth data analysis.

ANTH/SOC 369 • Research Design and Methods (3 units)

Prerequisite: SOCS 265C; ANTH 354 or SOC 365.  Examines the major qualitative and quantitative research methods used in applied Anthropology and Sociology.  Particular emphasis will be given to design, preparation, and process of applied social research.  Introduces students to various methods including unobtrusive observation, structured and unstructured interviewing, and survey research.

ANTH/SOC 369L • Research Design and Methods Lab (1 unit)

Co-requisite: ANTH/SOC 369 Research Design and Methods.  Introduces students to computer software utilized by social researchers to compile, manage and analyze data as a product of research.

ANTH/SOC 374 • Dynamics of Organizations (3 units)

Prerequisites: ANTH 102C, SOC 100C or PSYC 103C.  An exploration of the dynamics of organizations including theoretical perspectives of formal and complex organizations.  Students survey and investigate the internal processes, relationships and interactions that are embedded into the explicit structural forms of organizations and the tacit deep structure of meanings that people use to negotiate their lives through these systems.  This sense-making process is further expressed in linkages to the external environment and strategic recommendations that connects to the organizational culture.

ANTH/SOC 422 • Social Entrepreneurship (3 units)

This course invites students to learn how innovative organizations tackle some of our world’s most difficult problems by applying the principles of social entrepreneurship.  Students identify and discover their own personal values and calling to better understand where to best have impact.  The course is designed to provide students with a broad perspective of how different types of organizations attempt to change the world for good.  It also challenges students to think critically about how faith plays a critical role in bringing about lasting change.

ANTH/SOC/NSCI 429 • Health, Disease and Globalization: Foundations of Epidemiology (3 units)

Prerequisites: ANTH 102C and/or ANTH 320; NSCI 210C or KINE 145C or BIOL 204C are helpful but not required.  Check with instructor if necessary.  This course surveys elements of health and disease and investigates their sociocultural contexts in light of increasing globalization and environmental pressures.  It uses the principles and techniques of epidemiology to understand both the biology and contexts of diseases, human cultural diversity with regards to beliefs and attitudes, practices that affect health and illness, as well as health-seeking or health-thwarting behaviors.  The relationship of human behaviors, ecological conditions, mental and ideological states as these impact health and illness are explored.  Transmissible and chronic diseases are both covered.

ANTH 440 • Culture, Personality, and the Individual (3 units)

Prerequisites: ANTH 102C. PSYC 103C and PSYC 320 or PSYC 345 recommended. Western conceptions of the person and the self-concept are reassessed in light of cross-cultural studies and the contributions of anthropologists. The course is oriented to broaden a student’s understanding of how personality is formed and how cultural ideas about the person influence personal and interpersonal dynamics.  The course is practical for those intending to work cross-culturally, in counseling, business applications, development, social work or ministry.

ANTH/SOC 442 • Globalization and Development (3 units)

Prerequisites: ANTH 102C; ANTH 320 recommended. Course considers anthropological approaches to the analysis of economic development and change, with special attention given to contemporary development concerns as perceived at the local level.  The organization of large and small-scale development organizations, including non-government organizations, in non-Western settings will also be examined.  Class is also designed to meet the needs of students interested in participating in both overseas and domestic community/organizations/economic development.

ANTH 450 • Anthropology Teaching Internship (1-3 units)

Open to seniors with a grade point average of 3.0 or above with approval of the department chair. Regular hours each week for classes and/or meetings are established at the beginning of the semester. The intern assists an instructor in planning and conducting a course and/or laboratory sessions. May be repeated for a maximum of eight units.

ANTH/ENGL/SPAN 453 • Language, Culture, and Linguistics (3 units)

Prerequisite:  ANTH 102C.  This course surveys the acquisition and use of language within a cultural context. It examines the relationship of language to culture, language acquisition, and language analysis or linguistics, emphasizing the utility of such knowledge for educators. Stress is given to understanding language’s reciprocal relation with culture, the nature of language systems, and linguistic analysis to enable educators a better comprehension of second language acquisition within learning environments.

ANTH 455 • Research Assistantship (1-4 units)

The undergraduate research assistantship engages students in original research projects of the faculty or student’s own design.  Its aim is to apply those skills learned in prior research design and methodology coursework and/or expand on these as appropriate to the student’s skill set.  A research agenda will be developed with each student, which then becomes the guide for the class.  May be repeated for credit.

ANTH 460 • Field Practicum (1-4 units)

Prerequisite:  Senior year standing and consent of the instructor.  Guided ethnographic field experience based on student’s research prospectus.  May be repeated for credit.

ANTH 460A • Field Practicum/Field Work (3 units)

Prerequisite:  ANTH 354, ANTH 369, ANTH 369L and Junior or Senior standing.  This course is part one of a two-part course (ANTH 460A and ANTH 460B) that requires students to design and conduct a year-long ethnographic field project that is based on the student’s research proposal.  Includes both an in-class and field component.  Course instructor manages the course requirements and responsibilities, which may include: a research paper, weekly journals, and various written assignments.  The course requires weekly interaction between professor and student.  A minimum of ten hours of field experience will be required for each credit hour.

ANTH 460B • Fieldwork and Presentation (3 units)

Prerequisite: ANTH 460A.  This course is part two of a two-part course (ANTH 460A and ANTH 460B) that requires students to complete a year-long ethnographic field project and to analyze research findings and present them in a professional setting.  Includes both an in-class and field component.  Course instructor manages the course requirements and responsibilities, which may include:  a research paper, weekly journals, and various written assignments.  The course requires weekly interaction between professor and student.  A minimum of twenty hours of field experience will be required for each credit hour.

ANTH/SOC 465 • Transforming Communities Seminar (3 units)

An exploration of the role of local churches in developing sustainable solutions to poverty.  The course reviews the history of faith-based efforts to strengthen human well-being in Latin America and El Salvador.  Students will also identify and evaluate the characteristics of successful partnerships between churches and other local private and public institutions, and NGO’s.  A significant component of the class will consist of spending time with local churches that are engaged in poverty alleviation work.

ANTH 470 • Special Topics in Anthropology (1-3 units)

Study of a special topic in one of the fields of anthropology. May be repeated for credit.

ANTH 480 • Individual Studies (1-3 units)

Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor and department chair. May be repeated for credit.

ANTH 490 • Seminar (1-3 units)

Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor. Mutual investigation of one topic in anthropology of particular relevance to upper division cultural anthropology majors. May be repeated for credit.

ANTH 499C • Senior Seminar (3 units)

Prerequisite: Senior standing.  This course fulfills the Core Curriculum Capstone requirement for Anthropology majors.  This course is designed to serve as a rite-of-passage for graduating seniors.  It is a seminar-style course that requires students to reflect comprehensively on their professional development and formation as anthropologists and disciples of Jesus.

* This information is provided for ease of use, however it is not the official record. See the academic catalog for official course descriptions and requirements.