Course Descriptions

Below are the courses and descriptions from the Undergraduate Catalog. The current and previous catalogs can be found on the NMSU Catalog Page.

ANTH 110. New World Prehistory 3 cr.
Survey of major prehistoric developments in North and South America from the first entry of people into the New World to the arrival of European settlers.

ANTH 115. Native Peoples of North America 3 cr. 
General survey of the ethnology of selected native American groups.

ANTH 116. Native Peoples of the American Southwest 3 cr.
Introduction to the early history and culture of native people of the Southwest.

ANTH 118. Introduction to Historic Preservation 3 cr.
Introduction to historic preservation, its history, goals, methods, legal basis, and economic importance. Explores public role in decision-making. Community Colleges only.

ANTH 120G. Human Ancestors 3 cr.
Evolutionary history of the human species from its origin in the primate order, with primary emphasis on the evolution of humankind during the past three million years. Examination of the social lives of apes and consideration of similarities to and differences from them. Biological foundations of human behavior, emphasizing thought, movement, and interaction.

ANTH 125G. Introduction to World Cultures 3 cr.  
Introductory survey of anthropological studies of human thought and behavior in different world cultures, covering social, cultural, economic, political, and religious practices and beliefs.

ANTH 130G. Human’s Place in Nature: Introduction to Biological Anthropology 3 cr.  
This course uses scientific methods and principles to examine human evolutionary history and family tree relationships, as well as the biological foundations of human behavior. Through lectures, readings and laboratory assignments students are introduced to the history and development of modern evolutionary biology, molecular and population genetics, the primate and human fossil record and modern human biological diversity. By examining the social lives of apes and other primates, primitive and unique aspects of human behavior are identified and the lives of fossil ancestors are reconstructed. Corequisite(s): ANTH 130GL.

ANTH 130GL. Human’s Place in Nature Laboratory 1 cr. (2P)  
This one credit laboratory course uses scientific methods and principles to examine evidence for human evolutionary history and family tree relationships, primate ecology and behavior, and modern human diversity.

ANTH 201G. Introduction to Anthropology 3 cr.
Exploration of human origins and the development of cultural diversity. Topics include biological and cultural evolution, the structure and functions of social institutions, belief systems, language and culture, human-environmental relationships, methods of prehistoric and contemporary cultural analysis, and theories of culture.

ANTH 202G. Introduction to Archaeology and Physical Anthropology 3 cr.
Provides an introduction to the methods, theories, and results of two subfields of anthropology: archaeology and physical anthropology. Archaeology is the study of past human cultures. Physical anthropology is the study of human biology and evolution.

ANTH 203G. Introduction to Language and Cultural Anthropology 3 cr.  
Provides an introduction to the methods, theories, and results of two subfields of anthropology: linguistics and cultural anthropology. Linguistics is the study of human language. Cultural anthropology is the study of the organizing principles of human beliefs and practices.

ANTH 205. Basic Methods in Archaeology 3 cr.
Examines the aims and methods of archaeology with particular emphasis on the nature of archaeological evidence and its interpretation. Community Colleges only.

ANTH 297. Elementary Special Topics 1-4 cr.  
Specific subjects to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits.

ANTH 301. Cultural Anthropology 3 cr.  
Human concepts of culture and life processes.

ANTH 304. Contemporary SW Native Americans 3 cr.
Introduction to the contemporary Native American peoples of the Southwest borderlands. Emphasis on sociocultural change and persistence including present day socioeconomic status.

ANTH 305V. Contemporary Native Americans 3 cr.
Introduction to contemporary native peoples and cultures of North America. Emphasis on sociocultural and socioeconomic history, sociocultural change and persistence, present day reservation life, and current social and economic goals.

ANTH 306V. Peoples of Latin America 3 cr.  
Introduction to cultural patterns and diversity of Latin America with emphasis on indigenous groups, peasants, plantation workers, and urban residents throughout South America, the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America.

ANTH 307. Peoples of Mexico and Guatemala 3 cr.
Ethnographic study of cultural groups in Mexico and Guatemala. Critical examination and discussion of a variety of ethnographies. Designed for ANTH and SOC majors.

ANTH 308. Peoples of the Southwest 3 cr.
Ethnographic study of cultural groups in the southwest. Critical examination and discussion of a variety of ethnographies. Designed for ANTH and SOC majors.

ANTH 312. The Ancient Maya 3 cr.
Archaeological evidence of culture change in the Maya civilizations of Mexico and Central America from 2000 BC to the Spanish Conquest.

ANTH 313. Ancient Mexico 3 cr.  
Archaeological evidence of culture change among the Aztecs, Zapotecs, and their predecessors in Central Mexico and Oaxaca from 7,000 BC to the Spanish Conquest.

ANTH 315. Introduction to Archaeology 3 cr.  
Concepts and methods for study of prehistoric cultures; history of archaeological research.

ANTH 316. Archaeology of the American Southwest 3 cr.
Introduction to the prehistoric peoples of the North American Southwest, a historical approach emphasizing the rise of method and theory in the region.

ANTH 318. Historical Archaeology 3 cr.
Method and theory of the archaeology of historical periods.

ANTH 320. Anthropological Linguistics 3 cr.  
The study of language and culture with particular emphasis on the cultural factors in the communication process.

ANTH 330V. Introduction to Religious Studies 3 cr.
Provides an overview of old and new methods and theories for the study of religion. Exposure to the ways groups of people in diverse cultural systems construct and change their religious traditions to serve practical and meaningful ends. Same as SOC 330V and HIST 330V.

ANTH 334. Anthropology of Art 3 cr.  
Cross-cultural survey of art traditions asking the following: Why do people make art? What meanings do art traditions convey? What are the relationships between art traditions, artists, and their societies?

ANTH 335. History of Christianity 3 cr.
Emphasizes perceptions about Jesus, the changing nature and role of the Bible, especially the new testament, interactions of religion and government, issues of faith and culture, and development of modern Christianity. Same as HIST 335 and SOC 335.

ANTH 336. Drugs, Culture and Society 3 cr.
Historical cross-cultural survey of human’s experiences with psychoactive substances, including the use of these substances for spiritual purposes as well as their relationship to social problems.

ANTH 345. Introduction to Museology 3 cr.
Museum philosophy, history, administration, and collection management. Emphasis on cataloging, care, and exhibition, as well as ethics and public responsibility.

ANTH 350. Anthropological Theory 3 cr.
Historic and contemporary thought.

ANTH 355. Physical Anthropology 3 cr.
An introduction to primate behavior, human evolution, and physical variation in modern human populations.

ANTH 357V. Medical Anthropology 3 cr. Evolutionary, epidemiological, and cross-cultural perspectives on disease, curing, and health care systems.

ANTH 360V. Food and Culture Around the World 3 cr.
Study of the interaction between food and human culture from an anthropological perspective. Examines the traditional role of food in local economies, social relations, and identity around the world. Also examines the impact of globalization on traditional food systems and cultures.

ANTH 361V. Social Issues in the Rural Americas 3 cr.
Discussion of major social issues in the rural United States and Latin America. Topics include social history, cultural groups, land tenure, irrigation, government policy, markets, and agricultural labor. Same as SOC 361V.

ANTH 362. Environmental Anthropology 3 cr.
This course examines ecology and current environmental studies from an anthropological point of view. The class focuses on how cultural values mediate environmental management. The class will cover topics such as theoretical foundations of ecological anthropology, large scale development, biodiversity conservation, sustainable environmental management, indigenous groups, consumption and globalization.

ANTH 370. Human Osteology and Forensic Anthropology 3 cr.
An introduction to the human skeleton and to forensic anthropology.

ANTH 378. Introduction to Lab Methods in Archaeology 3 cr.
Laboratory techniques used in the analysis of archaeological materials.

ANTH 385. Internship in Anthropology 3-12 cr.
Applied or field experience to gain professional expertise. Placements with public agencies, NGOs, or research organizations. Topical focus tailored to student’s individual needs through consultation with instructor. Prerequisite(s): Junior status, consent of instructor and GPA 2.8 or better.

ANTH 387. Field work in Latin America 3-12 cr.
Anthropological field methods in Latin America including in-field lab analysis. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. May not be taken S/U.

ANTH 388. Intermediate Field Session 2-6 cr.
Training in archaeological field methods, including excavations of prehistoric sites, record keeping, mapping and analysis of data. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

ANTH 389. Archaeological Mapping 3-6 cr.
Techniques for mapping archaeological sites and recording spatial distributions of archaeological data using a variety of surveying equipment and computer mapping software.

ANTH 398. Intermediate Historical Field Archaeology 3-6 cr.
Training in historical archaeological field methods, including excavation, record keeping, mapping, historic research, and analysis of data. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

ANTH 401. Ethnography Seminar 3 cr.
A literature review of ethnographic field research, data gathering, and analysis. A wide variety of anthropological publications will be critically examined and discussed. Designed for ANTH and SOC majors.

ANTH 404. Cultures of Africa 3 cr.
Explores the rich history and cultural diversity of the continent of Africa. The course first examines the historical processes that shaped modern Africa, including the evolution of modern humans in Africa, the origins of agriculture and pastoralism, the formation of indigenous African states, the slave trade, and European colonialism. The course also looks at contemporary African societies, including hunter-gatherer, pastoral, and farming/fishing peoples. In addition, contemporary issues facing modern Africa such as famine and agricultural policy, the status of women, and environmental challenges such as deforestation are discussed. Taught with ANTH 504. Crosslisted with: HIST 404

ANTH 405. Native Cultures of North America 3 cr.
Description and analysis of the Native peoples north of Mexico.

ANTH 406. Introduction to Anthropological Practice 3 cr.
Capstone course for seniors designed to allow students to synthesize the anthropological knowledge they have acquired and connect theory and application in preparation for entry into a career. Among other things, students are required to write a paper in one of the subdisciplines.

ANTH 414. The Archaeology of Religion 3 cr.
Exploration of the methods and theories used by archaeologists to study prehistoric religion.

ANTH 415. Applied Anthropology 3 cr.
Examines the intellectual roots of applied anthropology and early case studies of anthropologists working as administrators. Examines the ethical and methodological approaches that applied anthropologists employ. Examination of case studies that show role of applied anthropologists in improving human service delivery, cultural preservation, planning and implementing programs of participatory change, advocacy, and economic development. Taught with ANTH 515.

ANTH 419. Topics in Prehistoric Archaeology 3 cr.
Specific subjects in prehistoric archaeology as announced in the Schedule of Classes. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

ANTH 431. Nutritional Anthropology 3 cr.
Evolutionary and cross-cultural perspective on human nutrition.

ANTH 432. Anthropology of Religion 3 cr.
Cross-cultural overview of spiritual beliefs and practices in societies in which religion and world view are often the same.

ANTH 433. Women, Gender, and Culture 3 cr.
Survey of the history of ideas about women and gender in the discipline of anthropology and a comparison of gender roles, relations, and ideologies across a range of cultures. Same as W S 433.

ANTH 434. Human Evolution 3 cr.
Overview of human biological evolution from the emergence of Miocene apes to modern human diaspora. Prerequisite(s): ANTH 355 or consent of instructor. Corequisite(s): ANTH 434L. Crosslisted with: BIOL 434

ANTH 434 L. Human Evolution Laboratory 1 cr. (1P)
Laboratory in human evolution, includes exercises and activities to learn the human fossil record. Corequisite: ANTH 434. Prerequisite: ANTH 355 or consent of instructor. Crosslisted with BIOL 434 L.

ANTH 449. Directed Reading 1-6 cr.
Comprehensive reading on selected topics. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. Prerequisite(s): Upper division anthropology majors with consent of instructor.

ANTH 449 H. Directed Reading Honors 1-3 cr.
Same as ANTH 449. Additional work to be arranged. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

ANTH 451. Practical Forensic Anthropology 1 cr. (3P)
Advanced laboratory exercises in identification of human skeletal remains. May be repeated for a maximum of 3 credits. Prerequisite: ANTH 430 or ANTH 530.

ANTH 452. Practical Fauna Analysis 1 cr.
Advanced laboratory exercises in the identification of animal bone recovered from paleontological and archaeological contexts. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 3 credits.

ANTH 455. Federal Indian Policy 3 cr.
Federal Indian policy and its impact on Native Americans. This course will provide basic understanding of how federal Indian policy impacts almost all activities and situations with Native Americans. Course will also look at issues such as sovereignty and how it impacts most interactions with tribal groups.

ANTH 458. Anthropology of Reproduction 3 cr.
Human life cycle is studied from biological, evolutionary, cross-species, and cross-cultural perspectives. Coverage of pregnancy, birth, infancy, childhood, puberty, adulthood, menopause, aging, senescence, and death. Prerequisite: ANTH 201G or consent of instructor.

ANTH 459. Peru: From Incas to Inca Kola 3 cr.
Explores issues of cultural and national identity in Peru from the Incas to the present, focusing on the modern period. Themes include indigenous resistance and adaptation to colonial rule, nationalism, militarism, terrorism, globalization, and the drug trade. Crosslisted with: HIST 459

ANTH 467. Archaeology of the American Southwest 3 cr.
Description and analysis of prehistoric archaeology of the American Southwest including paleo-environmental reconstruction, culture change, and relations with contemporary cultures. Prerequisite: ANTH 315.

ANTH 472. Primate Behavior and Ecology 3 cr.
Survey of the social behavior and ecology of nonhuman primates.

ANTH 473. Primate Adaptation and Evolution 3 cr.
Survey of the adaptations and evolutionary history of nonhuman primates. Prerequisite: ANTH 355 or consent of instructor.

ANTH 473 L. Primate Evolution Laboratory 1 cr. (1P)
Laboratory with exercises on non-human primate adaptation and evolution. Consent of instructor required. Prerequisite(s): Anth 355 or consent of instructor.

ANTH 474. Human Osteology 3 cr.
A survey of the functional, developmental, and evolutionary biology of the human skeleton. Identifying bones and teeth from hands-on experience with skeletal and dental material. Provides a foundation for human evolutionary studies, bioarchaeology and forensic anthropology. Prerequisite: ANTH 355, 370 or equivalent.148 / COURSE DESCRIPTIONS • 2011-2012

ANTH 474 L. Human Osteology Lab 1 cr. (1P)
Laboratory for ANTH 474. Experiences and activities related to identifying teeth and bones of the human skeleton. Prerequisites: ANTH 355, 370 or equivalent.

ANTH 475. Bioarchaeology and Forensic Anthropology 3 cr.
An examination of human skeletal remains at the level of the population (bioarchaeology) and the individual (forensic anthropology). Introduction to methods used for determination of age, sex, and biological affinity and identification of pathological conditions. Principles of analysis in prehistoric demography and epidemiology will be discussed. Prerequisite: ANTH 474 or consent of instructor.

ANTH 477. Faunal Analysis 3 cr.
Detailed study and analysis of taphonomic processes affecting animal bone recovered from archaeological and paleontological contexts. Prerequisite: either ANTH 315, ANTH 355, or BIOL 330.

ANTH 485. Field Experience 1-3 cr.
Anthropological or archaeological field work experience in private, state and federal agencies. Must spend 30 hours in a field setting per credit hour earned. Prerequisite: complete 12 ANTH credits and consent of instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

ANTH 488. Advanced Field Session 1-6 cr.
Archaeological field methods, including excavations of prehistoric sites, record keeping, mapping, and analysis of data. Prerequisites: previous field experience and consent of instructor.

ANTH 497. Special Topics 1-6 cr.
Specific subjects to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated for