Department of Anthropology

Interim Chair: Chris Kyle

The Anthropology Department offers the Bachelor of Arts degree and the Master of Arts degree.  Our Master of Arts is awarded  in conjunction with the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. The department also includes the Peace, Justice, and Ecology Program which offers a minor. Anthropology is a social science discipline committed to the comparative and historical study of humankind. In is the broadest in scope and the most methodologically diverse of the social sciences. Our mission is to advance knowledge of anthropology through scientific and humanistic research, high quality teaching, professional publications, and community outreach. The faculty conducts research, teaches, and trains in the four subfields of anthropology: cultural anthropology, linguistics, archaeology and biological anthropology. We also do research and teach in areas of historical ecology, medical anthropology, and peace, social justice, and environmental studies.

Students interested in careers in the fields of law, teaching, public service, international affairs, business, journalism, and a variety of other areas involving the social sciences and humanities will find the anthropology major beneficial and rewarding. Anthropology provides a solid foundation for the following careers: forensic science, cross-cultural research, international health, cultural resource management, national park service, teaching, international business, language interpreters, primatology, global economy, environmental conservation, tribal anthropology, and museum curation.

The anthropology program emphasizes the holistic view of humankind and culture through the four major branches of the discipline:

  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Biological Anthropology
  • Linguistics

An undergraduate student has latitude in selecting a personalized program of study in the major that satisfies individual interests and maintains the holistic integrity of an undergraduate degree in general anthropology.

Anthropology Graduate Program

The department participates in a cooperative M.A. program in anthropology with the University of Alabama. Students apply for admission to the program through the Graduate School in Tuscaloosa, indicating on the application the intent to participate in the joint UA/UAB MA Program. Once admitted, students are free to take courses and work with faculty from either department. Together the UA and UAB departments have 19 regular faculty, 13 at UA and 6 at UAB. The discipline's four traditional subfields (archaeology, cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, and linguistics) are represented among the faculty, as are many areas of geographic, methodological and topical expertise.

For more information, contact the Department Chair or the Graduate Program Director.

Major Requirements for Anthropology

Required Anthropology Courses 1
ANTH 101Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH 102Introduction to Biological Anthropology3
ANTH 106Introductory Archaeology3
ANTH 120Language and Culture3
Advanced Anthropology
Select two of the following Capstones:6
Advanced Cultural Anthropology
Advanced Archaeological Anthropology
Advanced Linguistic Anthropology
Advanced Biological Anthropology
Select 18 credit hours in Anthropology (ANTH) 218
Total Hours36

Completing ANTH 101, ANTH 106 and ANTH 120 will satisfy six hours of Core Curriculum Area IV.


Courses not listed above, including 3 hours at the 400 level and 6 hours at the 300-level or above.

Grade Requirement

A grade of C or better is required in all anthropology courses.

Additional Requirements

General Electives

Students must take general electives to reach the 120 semester hour requirement.

Proposed Program of Study for a Major in Anthropology

First TermHoursSecond TermHours
EH 1013EH 1023
MA 1103ANTH 1063
ANTH 1013ANTH 1203
Core Curriculum Area IV: History13Core Curriculum Area II: Humanities3
Core Curriculum Area II: Fine Arts23Core Curriculum Area IV: History13
 15 15
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
ANTH 1023Core Curriculum Area II: Humanities3
Core Curriculum Area II: Literature33Core Curriculum Area III: Natural Science with Laboratory4
Core Curriculum Area III: Natural Science with Laboratory4Anthropology (ANTH) Elective3
General Elective3General Elective3
 16 16
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
ANTH 4503Advanced Anthropology Course43
Anthropology (ANTH) Elective (300-level or above)3Anthropology (ANTH) Elective3
General Elective6General Elective6
 15 15
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
Anthropology (ANTH) Elective (400 level)3Anthropology (ANTH) Elective (300-400 level)3
Anthropology (ANTH) Elective3Minor3
Minor3General Elective 7-9
General Elective6 
 15 13-15
Total credit hours: 120-122


Select one: HY 101, HY 102, HY 104, HY 105, HY 120 or HY 121.


 Select One: ARH 101, ARH 203, ARH 204, ARH 206, MU 120, THR 100, THR 105 or THR 200.


 Select One: EH 216, EH 217, EH 218, EH 221, EH 222, EH 223 or EH 224



 Minor Requirements for Anthropology1

Introductory Anthropology Courses
Select three of the following: 29
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Introduction to Biological Anthropology
Introductory Archaeology
Language and Culture
Advanced Anthropology Courses
Select one of the following:3
Advanced Cultural Anthropology
Advanced Archaeological Anthropology
Advanced Linguistic Anthropology
Advanced Biological Anthropology
Anthropology Electives
Select 6 credit hours from Anthropology (ANTH) courses6
Total Hours18

A grade of C or better is required in all courses for the minor


ANTH 101, ANTH 106 and ANTH 120 may also be eligible to count toward Core Curriculum Area IV; check the Core Curriculum for your particular major.


Grade & Residency Requirement

A grade of C or better is required in all courses applied to the minor. At least half of the minor must be completed at UAB.

Honors Program in Anthropology


The Anthropology Honors Program is designed to prepare students for advanced work at the graduate or professional level.


All regularly admitted students with a declared major in anthropology are eligible to enter the program, although continuing participation requires maintenance of an overall 3.0 GPA and a 3.25 GPA in anthropology.

Thirty-three semester hours in anthropology are required plus one of three statistics/foreign language options. Students will be required to complete a minor.

Anthropology Courses
ANTH 101Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH 102Introduction to Biological Anthropology3
ANTH 106Introductory Archaeology3
ANTH 120Language and Culture3
Anthropology Elective
Select two of the following:6
Advanced Cultural Anthropology
Advanced Archaeological Anthropology
Advanced Linguistic Anthropology
Advanced Biological Anthropology
Senior Year Thesis
ANTH 498Honors Thesis Research3-6
Additional Courses
Four additional courses from any of the department offerings12
Total Hours33-36

Options Selection

Option 1
SOC 410Social Statistics 14
CS 201Introduction to Object Oriented Programming4
Total Hours8


Option 2
SOC 410Social Statistics 14
Two courses in a foreign language (or demonstrated proficiency at the 102 level8
Total Hours12


Option 3
Three courses in a foreign language, including one at the 200 level or above (or demonstrated proficiency at the 200 level)9-11
Total Hours9-11



STH students can substitute STH 301 for one of the Statistics courses


Students will benefit from the Anthropology Department Honors Program by acquiring additional research skills to successfully enter and compete in internationally-oriented graduate and professional programs. Students who complete the program will graduate “With Honors in Anthropology.”


For additional information and/or admission to the Anthropology Honors Program, contact the Department Chair or the Undergraduate Anthropology Program Director, 322 Heritage Hall, Birmingham, AL 35294-1152; Telephone (205) 934-3508.


ANTH 101. Introduction to Cultural Anthropology. 3 Hours.

Cultures of world's peoples; ideas used to explain similarities and differences among human groups. Ethics and Civic Responsibility are significant components of this course (QEP).

ANTH 102. Introduction to Biological Anthropology. 3 Hours.

Biological evolution; interpretation of human fossil record; race; human population genetics and primate behavior.

ANTH 104. Introduction to Peace Studies. 3 Hours.

An overview of concepts and practices related to conflict, social justice, and peace. Students are introduced to theories, terms, analytical skills and tools in terms of peace building and conflict transformation.

ANTH 106. Introductory Archaeology. 3 Hours.

Archaeological methods and theory used to reconstruct and interpret past.

ANTH 107. World Prehistory. 3 Hours.

Main events in evolution of culture from earliest times until advent of cities. Emergence of culture, development of food production, and appearance of states.

ANTH 120. Language and Culture. 3 Hours.

Nonverbal communication; language origins and acquisition; universals; language classification and processes of change; language as expression of cultural values and social structure; beginning componential and structural analysis.

ANTH 123. Comparative Cultures through Films. 3 Hours.

Special topics in cultural anthropology addressed through use of ethnographic films. Culture areas, culture change, and traditional societies in modern world.

ANTH 202. Science Fiction and Anthropology. 3 Hours.

Anthropological concepts in works of science fiction; the place of anthropology in contemporary science fiction literature, film, and television. Topics include culture, language, archaeology and human evolution.

ANTH 204. Food in Antiquity. 3 Hours.

Dietary variation from hunter-gathers to agriculturists based on plant and animal remains from archaeological sites. Culinary practices from ancient texts and pictographic representations.

ANTH 207. Introduction to Egyptian Archaelogy. 3 Hours.

This course is a history of the exploration of Egypt emphasizing major archaeological discoveries and how they have shaped our modern perceptions of ancient Egypt. Excavations at important ancient sites such as Thebes and Abydos will be covered in relationship to the overall environmental history of the Nile Valley and Delta. How current excavations reconstruct past settlement patterns, mortuary practices and daily life activities at diverse archaeological sites (Valley of the Kings, Karnak Temple, Tanis) will be discussed.

ANTH 210. Monkeys and Apes. 3 Hours.

Behavior and social organization of humans' closest living relatives. Living primates and why they behave as they do.

ANTH 211. Human Evolution. 3 Hours.

Human organism's evolution as systemic whole. Process of human evolutionary change as depicted in behavior and fossil record.

ANTH 222. Prehistory of North America. 3 Hours.

Prehistoric America north of Mexico from terminal Pleistocene to early historic times.
Prerequisites: ANTH 101 [Min Grade: C]

ANTH 225. Mesoamerican Archaeology. 3 Hours.

This course introduces key developments in prehistoric Mesoamerica, from the origins of settled life and agriculture to the Aztec empire encountered by the Spanish. Major civilizations such as the Olmec, Maya, Zapotecs, Teotihuacan, Tula, and the Aztecs provide a historical framework for examining broader developmental processes such as sedentism, the origins of agriculture, the emergence of social complexity, and urbanism.

ANTH 226. Archaeological Field School. 1-6 Hour.

Participation in all phases of excavation, laboratory study, and report preparation. Off campus.

ANTH 231. Archaeology of the Origins of Civilization in Egypt, Mesopotamia, and the Mediterranean. 3 Hours.

Development of complex society in the Fertile Crescent and surrouding lands in Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Mediterranean from origins of agriculture to Alexander the Great.

ANTH 235. Immigration Transnationalism and Diasporas. 3 Hours.

What happens to culture and the social organization of groups after they migrate from one country to another? This course focuses on two possible responses: (1) How immigrants assimilate to the host society through a process of becoming disorganized or uprooted and then reorganizing themselves in a new context, and (2) How immigrants, or transnationals are influenced by their persisting ties to their home countries and elsewhere.

ANTH 236. Religion and Culture in United States. 3 Hours.

It is traditionally claimed that the U.S. is a "Christian Nation," and yet the nation finds itself home to a wide range of religions and spiritualities. From Hippies and Mormon Polygamists, to Internet Paganism and Self-Help Christianity, many are the ways one can be spiritual, and in this course we seek to understand how religion shapes and is altered by American culture.

ANTH 242. Peoples of World/South America Indians. 3 Hours.

Ethnology of indigenous peoples of South America including ecological adaptation, social organization, religious systems, and culture change. Emphasis on lowland South Americans.

ANTH 244. Peoples of the World: Africa. 3 Hours.

Local and regional African cultures. Geographical, racial, and historical backgrounds; contemporary African social systems.

ANTH 245. Peoples of the World:Mediterranean. 3 Hours.

This course covers both the western part of the Ancient Middle East and the Mediterranean Area, first introducing Neolithic Europe and Turkey/Anatolia (e.g., Catal Huyuk; Stonehenge), but focusing on Bronze Age Greece, the Aegean, and Anatolia:ca. 3000-1200 BCE. This includes an examination of the Minoans and Mycenaeans in the first part of the course (e.g., Knosso; Thera; Mycenae), and a look at the Hittites and Trojans in the second half of the semester (e.g., Hattusas; Troy), culminating with the Trojan War and Sea Peoples ca. 1200 BCE.

ANTH 247. Peoples of the World: Oceania. 3 Hours.

Focus on the varied cultures, peopling and social developments of islands in the Pacific. Major areas (Polynesia, Melanesia, Micronesia) are discussed with an overview of archaeology, linguistics and cultural anthrology in the region.

ANTH 248. Peoples of the World: Latin America. 3 Hours.

Holistic survey of cultures of Latin America from pre-Columbian times to present. Processes of cultural change (including revolution), ethnic group relations, and functioning of contemporary societies.

ANTH 262. Mythbusters! Arch hoaxes, doc. 3 Hours.

This course will provide an in depth examination of a number of known and not-so-well known archaeological hoaxes throughout history, allowing the class to explore the myriad of social, legal, and economic pressures which precipitated such discoveries. The course will explore subjects like the shoroud of Turin, Atlantis, the Jesus Tomb, and the curse surrounding the discovery of King Tutankhamen's tomb in 1922. As part of the course, students will watch and evaluate a number of documentaries for the "truth" behind the story, and will follow ongoing media coverage of major archaeological discoveries.

ANTH 290. Study Abroad: Chilapa, Guerrero, Mexico. 3 Hours.

Orientation to and popular culture in Chilapa; Mexican history and ethnology, regional history and ethnology, and local economy and human ecology.

ANTH 292. Anthropology of Slavery. 3 Hours.

This course is a mixed format including, lectures, student projects, and potential fieldwork. The class will provide a broad cross-cultural perspective on different types of slavery that have existed across the globe (Americas, Africa, the Near East, Oceania) and examine slavery in the American South, especially Alabama. Issues of race, hierarchy, ethnicity, political, economy, religion, ideology, and social relations will be discussed.

ANTH 299. Contemporary Global Issues. 3 Hours.

This course explores anthropological perspectives, applications, and contributions to solving to contemporary world problems including: terrorism, warfare, genocide; global warming and sustainable development; global epidemic disease and new pandemics; torture and human rights abuses; global capitalism, sweatshops, and economic justice; poverty and hunger; illiteracy; child labor and child soldiers; and human population explosion.

ANTH 304. Looking at Earth: Maps Satellite Images and GIS. 3 Hours.

Maps as analytic tools in social, behavioral, and applied sciences. Theory and methods of cartographic representation, aerial and satellite image analysis, and geographic information systems. Principles, practical training in computer methods, and case studies from different regions of the earth. Prerequisite: Basic computer course and introductory course in social science.

ANTH 307. Environmental Archaeology. 3 Hours.

Study of human interaction with the environment in the past through archaeology and related disciplines.
Prerequisites: ANTH 106 [Min Grade: C]

ANTH 309. Egypt in the Age of the Pyramids. 3 Hours.

This course begins with the Prehistoric and Predynastic-Early Dynastic roots of Ancient Egypt, and focuses upon the pyramid building age of the Old through Middle Kingdoms, and concludes with the Second Intermediate Period (i.e., Dynasties 1-17: ca. 3200 ¿ 1550 BCE). It will focus broadly on the archaeology, history, art, architecture, religion, and literature of this period. It is designed to stand independently of its companion course imperial and Post-imperial Egypt.

ANTH 310. Imperial and Post-Imperial Egypt. 3 Hours.

This course focuses mainly on Egypt¿s imperial period, spanning the New Kingdom (Dynasties 18-20: ca. 1550-1150/1069 BCE), and concludes with a shorter overview of the post-imperial period of Egypt¿s encounters with the Kushite (Nubian), Assyrian, Neo-Babylonian, and Persian empires (Dynasties 21-31: ca. 1069-332 BCE). It focuses broadly on the archaeology, history, art, architecture, religion, and literature of this time span and is designed to stand independently of its companion course Egypt in the Age of the Pyramids.

ANTH 318. Anthropology of Development. 3 Hours.

Effects of Western penetration of indigenous societies and role of anthropologists in development projects in Third World.

ANTH 319. Food and Culture. 3 Hours.

This course is designed to present a broad view of the role of food in human culture through time and in a variety of geographic settings, offering students and opportunity to reflect on the cultural meanings of food in human life. Class lectures, assigned readings, and films will be used to enhance each student s understanding of the subject from a cross cultural perspective. We will examine the biological basis of diet, how foodways develop and change, how and why anthropologists study diet, and variations in foodways around the world.

ANTH 320. Comparative Religion. 3 Hours.

The cross cultural study of ritual, religion, the sacred, and the spiritual is unique to the discipline of anthropology (which investigates humans and their culture across space and time). Concepts of the sacred and what we refer to as "religion" can be found in all cultures both past and present. For the purposes of this course the term religion may be viewed broadly as human beliefs and practices associated with supernatural or non-empirical beings and forces, including spirituality, witchcraft, cults, magic, and superstition. The goal of this course is for students to gain a broad understanding of religion cross culturally, to closely examine case studies of particular religious practices in their culture context, to explore theories of religion and their evolution, and to achieve a perspective of cultural relativism and a greater appreciation of human diversity.

ANTH 329. Egypt: Archeological Field Study. 3-6 Hours.

Two week field school in Egypt. Students will visit Egypt old and new, including Islamic Cairo, Coptic churches, the pyramids of Giza, Alexandria, the tombs and temples of Luxor (Valley of the Kings), Aswan (Abu Simbel), and an archaeological excavation. Experience Egyptian folklore through dance and musical performances.

ANTH 330. Nationalism Ethnicity and Violence. 3 Hours.

Social and cultural analysis of ethnicity and nationalist ideologies particularly where these have led to violent confrontations within modern nation-states. Primordialist versus constructionist theories of difference; varying weight to be attributed to political, historical, and cultural factors in study of nationalism; politics of culture versus culture of politics.

ANTH 340. Archeology and History Bible Lands. 3 Hours.

Archaeology and History of the Bible Lands. Examination of region spanning modern Syria, Lebanon, Isreal, and Jordan from 10,000-585 BC.

ANTH 351. Anthropology of Human Rights. 3 Hours.

Examination of conceptual, political, and legal aspects of human rights from an anthropological perspective. Topics considered may include: state violence; the history of human rights claims; the opposition of cultural rights and human rights claim; human rights as a form of political discourse; human rights practices in select contemporary settings.

ANTH 353. Primatology. 3 Hours.

Biology, behavior, and distribution of living nonhuman primates. Field studies of old-world monkeys and apes.

ANTH 355. Archaeology of Alabama. 3 Hours.

This course will explore the archaeology of Alabama with an emphasis on current regional research which may include historical archaeology, industrial archaeology, and the archaeology of Native Americans. It may include both field and class room components.

ANTH 357. Anthropology of Gender. 3 Hours.

Roles of women, men, and other genders from a cross-cultural perspective; includes bio-cultural approaches to sex and gender and changing gender roles over time. Course involves substantial writing component in essay examinations and research papers. Writing is a significant component of this course (QEP).

ANTH 360. Ecological Anthropology. 3 Hours.

Interactions among behavioral, technological, organizations, and ideological features of human cultures that serve to adapt societies to their physical environment. 3 hours in ANTH required.

ANTH 361. Kinship and Social Organization. 3 Hours.

Comparative analysis of forms of human social organization; range of kinship and marriage arrangements found in pre-industrial societies; explanations of similarities and differences among kinship systems.

ANTH 365. Economic Anthropology. 3 Hours.

Comparative ethnology of economic organizations and processes in non-industrial societies. Precapitalist social settings and transformations of precapitalist economies that have occurred, and are occurring, as result of development and expansion of industrial capitalism.

ANTH 366. Urban Anthropology. 3 Hours.

Human life in cities from cross-cultural perspective; process of urbanization in ancient civilizations, colonial empires, and modern-day Third World.

ANTH 370. Music in World Cultures. 3 Hours.

Characteristics of musical styles in various cultures throughout world.
Prerequisites: MU 120 [Min Grade: C]

ANTH 371. Special Topics in Anthropology. 3 Hours.

Special Topics in Anthropology. This is a designated service-learning course integrating academic learning, civic learning and meaningful service to the community.

ANTH 375. Foundations of Symbolism. 3 Hours.

Study of symbolic forms in myth and ritual and overview of theoretical approaches.

ANTH 382. Ancient Egyptian Art and Archaeology. 3 Hours.

This course introduces the Predynastic through Pharaonic periods (ca. 5,000 - 332BCE) of Ancient Egypt, focusing on the Art and Architecture of Ancient Egypt and its southern neighbor and often annexed territory of Nubia. The course includes an examination of Egypt's material resources, quarrying and mining, workshops, artisans, building and sculptural programs, the minor arts, and cross-cultural relations between Egypt and its neighbors in relation to material culture, primarily in the realm of art and architecture. The course aims to cover the overall relationships between Pharaoh's artisans, their commissions (minor to major art and architectural projects), their role in society, and their interactions with and adaptations to other cultures through art and architecture.

ANTH 400. Human Osteology. 3 Hours.

This class focused on the identification of human skeletal remains. As a combined laboratory and lecture course it provides the groundwork for much of the work in biological and forensic anthropology.

ANTH 401. Forensic Anthropology. 4 Hours.

Applied human osteology, emphasizing ability to identify age, sex, and population type of skeletal material. Effects of disease and behavior on bones.

ANTH 411. Advanced Field Archaeology. 6 Hours.

Archaeological field and laboratory techniques, including excavation, surveying, and artifact analysis and description; general problems of archaeological interpretation.
Prerequisites: ANTH 101 [Min Grade: C]

ANTH 415. Ethnographic Research Methods. 6 Hours.

Ethnographic Field Methods classroom instruction and practical experience in techniques of ethnographic fieldwork, including participant observation, household surveys, structured and unstructured interviewing, and genealogies.

ANTH 422. Landscape Archaeology. 3 Hours.

The course will cover the techniques and strategies employed by archaeologists to reconstruct past landscape, which involves scientific testing, remote sensing, GIS, survey, excavation and environmental analysis. Examples will be drawn from projects across diverse landscape types in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Central America and Asia. In-field and laboratory application of techniques will be emphasized.

ANTH 430. Zooarchaeology. 3-6 Hours.

Methods and theories of zooarchaeological research are discussed in this lab/lecture course. Practical experience in processing, identification, and interpretation of animal bone remains from archaeological sites forms a large part of this class.
Prerequisites: ANTH 106 [Min Grade: C]

ANTH 434. Observing the Earth from Space. 3 Hours.

The course will give students the ability to analyze remotely sensed data from satellite images as part of the newly established Joint Programs for Remote Sensing and Health. Students will learn about the physics and mathematics behind remote sensing. They will also learn about wide range of satellite images and techniques to analyze them via ERDAS Imagine, ER Mapper and other programs. Applications of remote sensing to a variety of fields will form a key component of the class. The course will culminate in a term project involving remote sensing applications to the UAB faculty-led initiatives in health, medicine, geography and anthropology. There will be a weekly lab component of the course.

ANTH 435. Ethnomedicine and Ethnopsychiatry. 3 Hours.

Approaches and contributions of anthropology to study of health, sickness, and healing. Physical environment and human adaptations as key determinants of health systems; culturally defined concepts of sickness, health, and healing; healing as social and physiological activity. Topics may include life stages, medical knowledge among different human groups, impact of culture contact on medical systems, ecological balance and population control, cultural definitions and treatment of abnormal behavior, healers, health and supernatural, social roles of sick, and illness and social control.

ANTH 436. Community Internship. 3-6 Hours.

Application of anthropological approaches to efforts in public or private sector.

ANTH 437. Real World Remote Sensing Applications. 3 Hours.

This course will be offered as a research seminar focusing on real world applications of remote sensing technology. Students will work closely with UAB professors and scientists at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville doing original remote sensing research on new satellite datasets. These datasets cover diverse areas including terrorism, global warming, health, anthropology / archaeology, atmospheric studies, urban expansion and coastal management. Students will be responsible for analyzing the satellite imagery and presenting papers to NASA.

ANTH 438. The Conquest of Mexico. 3 Hours.

This course examines the Spanish conquest of Mexico from both Spanish and indigenous perspectives. It further surveys the institutionalization of Spanish control over the fallen Aztec Empire the broader intellectual and material consequences of the conquest.

ANTH 439. Ethnography of Mexico. 3 Hours.

Survey of the incorporation of rural Mexican communities into the country's devloping industrial economy.

ANTH 442. Historical Archaeology. 3 Hours.

This course involves all stages of archaeological filed work at a historical archaeology site. Students will learn survey skills, excavation, mapping, recovery, and post-field analysis techniques.

ANTH 445. Medical Anthropology. 3 Hours.

This course explores the bio-cultural basis of health and cross-cultural variation in illness and healing which includes theoretical bases of medical anthropology, comparative health care systems, and social, political, and economic issues related to health care delivery around the globe.

ANTH 446. Explorers, Mummies and Hieroglyphs. 3 Hours.

This course provides a thematic approach to pharaonic Egypt in general, with one portion covering diverse aspects such as geography, an overview of the history of Dynasties 1-31, society and government, daily religion, mortuary religion, architecture, literature, the military, trade, economy, and daily life. Another portion of the course provides several documentaries regarding early to more recent explorers and Egyptologists (e.g., Belzoni; Champollion; Petrie; Carter; modern Egyptology) with written responses. The third part introduces Egyptian hieroglyphs in eight grammar classes and follow-up user-friendly, in-class exercises, aiming to enable students to translate basic hieroglyphic texts.

ANTH 447. Advanced Peace Studies. 3 Hours.

Intensive exploration of concepts and issues involved in the study of peace, social justice, nonviolence, and conflict resolution. Students will engage in an in-depth examination and critique of anthropological approaches to peace and the associated theoretical and practical problems and applications. ANTH 104 (Introduction to Peace Studies) is recommended before taking this class, but not required.

ANTH 450. Advanced Cultural Anthropology. 3 Hours.

Critical review of theoretical approaches in cultural anthropology.

ANTH 451. Advanced Archaeological Anthropology. 3 Hours.

This course examines the theoretical approaches of 20th century archaeology: historical, processual, and post-processual. This reading intensive seminar is focused on theory and its impact on practice and the development of the subdiscipline of archaeology relative to anthropology.

ANTH 452. Advanced Linguistic Anthropology. 3 Hours.

Historical development of theory and field practice of linguistics; acquisition, sociolinguistics, nonverbal communication, semiotics, and ethnosemantics; applied linguistics.
Prerequisites: ANTH 120 [Min Grade: C]

ANTH 453. Advanced Biological Anthropology. 3 Hours.

Human evolution and primatology; race; human genetics. Tasks performed by physical anthropologists.
Prerequisites: ANTH 102 [Min Grade: D]

ANTH 458. Human Sexuality. 3 Hours.

This course will explore human sexuality and gender from an anthropological perspective, including biological and cultural perspectives, as well as the areas where anthropology meets psychology. The evolution of sexual behavior in humans and in non-human primates will be examined, as well as how sexuality is embedded in socio-cultural context both across and within societies.

ANTH 459. Politics, Drugs and Society in Latin America. 3 Hours.

This course will examine the role of drug production and the drug trade in the economic and political life of Latin American societies. Viewed historically and ethnographically, the course will include coverate of the traditional uses of drugs in indigenous societies as well as the mroe recent globalization of the industry.

ANTH 460. Historical Ecology. 3 Hours.

This course explores the topic of Historical Ecology and examines the relationship between humans and their environments from the perspectives of history, anthropology, archaeology, ecology, and biogeography.

ANTH 467. Museum Studies. 3 Hours.

This course uses case studies, analysis of topical issues, and problem-based learning exercises to explore the many aspects of museum studies relevant to the administration and management of not-for-profit museums. This course provides an interdisciplinary introduction to museum work.

ANTH 481. Voyage in Anthropology. 6 Hours.

Voyage in Anthropology is a six-hour course that engages students in scientific research, hands-on-learning, teaching, and public outreach. The course includes the development of teaching tools (designed and created by students) and materials used in outreach activities such as the creation of a website, DVDs, posters, and information pamphlets. This course fulfills the QEP requirements in Quantitative Literacy (QL), Ethics and Civil Responsibility (ECR), and Writing. The course is designed for students to synthesize and apply knowledge learned in previous anthropology courses, and to provide research-driven experiences in public and academic communication and outreach (including writing and speaking). Knowledge from previous experiences will contribute to new knowledge and the development of research projects with concrete applications for the public and the Birmingham community.

ANTH 483. Intern in Peace, Justice and Environmental Study. 1-3 Hour.

Individually designed program that places students in local environmental organizations, divisions of local businesses or government, or special projects to gain professional experience in preparation for careers focused on peace, social justice, and/or environment.

ANTH 490. Special Problems in Cultural Anthropology. 3 Hours.

Supervised study of specified topic area; defined problem explored in depth; topics determined by student and instructor interest.

ANTH 492. Special Problems in Archaeology. 3,6 Hours.

Supervised in-depth study of specified topic area in archaeology. Topics determined by student and instructor interest.

ANTH 494. Special Problems in Linguistics. 3 Hours.

Supervised in-depth study of specified topic area in linguistics. Topics determined by student and instructor interest.

ANTH 496. Special Problems in Biological Anthropology. 3 Hours.

Supervised, in-depth study of specified topic area in biological anthropology. Topic determined by student and instructor interest.

ANTH 497. Special Topics in Anthropology. 3 Hours.

Topics vary. See class scheudle for topic.

ANTH 498. Honors Thesis Research. 3-6 Hours.

Independent development of research project.

ANTH 499. Directed Reading in Probability and Statistics. 1 Hour.

Directed studies in probability and practical statistics. Descriptive and inferential statistical methods for laboratory and field research. Univariate and bivariate methods (description of distributions, single and multi-sample analysis of means, correlation, regression, non-parametric methods).


Cormier, Loretta, Associate Professor of Anthropology, 2000, B.S. (Florida), M.A. (UAB), Ph.D. (Tulane)
Downs, Lauren, Visiting Assistant Professor, 2013, B.A. (North Carolina), M.A., Ph.D. (Alabama)
Kyle, Chris, Associate Professor of Anthropology; Interim Chair, 2000, B.A. (Ft. Lewis College), M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D. (Columbia)
Merritt, Stephen, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, 2013, B.S., M.A., Ph.D. (Rutgers)
Mumford, Gregory, Associate Professor of Anthropology, 2007, B.S., M.A., Ph.D. (Toronto)
Parcak, Sarah H., Associate Professor of Anthropology, 2006, B.A. (Yale), M.A., Ph.D. (Cambridge)