Courses

Department of Sociology and Anthropology Courses

Course descriptions listed on this page for the Department of Sociology and Anthropology are from the 2021-2022 College Catalog. For more information on the courses offered during the fall and spring semesters, please log in to the course schedule through STAR.

SOCL 101 — The Sociological Perspective

A one-semester introduction to the principles of sociological analysis. Through a critical examination of selected topics and themes, this course develops a sociological perspective for the interpretation and understanding of cultural differences, age and sex roles, discrimination, the family and the workplace, bureaucracies, stratification, and the problems of poverty.
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Social Science
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

SOCL 203 — Race & Power

An examination of 1) the emergence of race in modern societies, with special emphasis on the North American context; 2) the role of race in shaping power dynamics in the US historically; 3) contemporary consequences of racial power dynamics in the US today.
Prerequisite: SOCL 101
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Social Science
Typically Offered: Annually

SOCL 205 — Social Class & Power

Examines American class structures,processes and the unequal distribution of resources, as well as aspects of institutionalization that contribute to such inequality. Course focuses on the various social, economic, and political indicators of an individual's position in society, including occupation, income, wealth, prestige, and power, as well as characteristics of life at different levels of the class hierarchy.
Prerequisite: SOCL 101
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Social Science
Typically Offered: Alternate Years

SOCL 210 — Consumer & Corp Sustainability

This course asks what it means to be a good citizen, good consumer, and good corporation in light of contemporary social and environmental problems by focusing on the relationship between democracy and capitalism. It investigates the complexities of understanding and implementing social responsibility on the local, national, and global level.
Prerequisite: SOCL 101
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Social Science
Typically Offered: Alternate Years

SOCL 213 — Race, Crime, and Justice

This course examines how laws embedded in the US criminal justice system exclude vast segments of the population from full citizenship rights by criminalizing the actions (and very existence) of people of color. Tracing the historical development of criminal policies targeting people of color while largely ignoring white collar criminals, students will encounter a wide range of topics related to policing, criminalization, and mass incarceration, their consequences for individuals, communities and racial inequality, and contemporary social movements seeking racial justice in these areas.
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Social Science
Typically Offered: Every Third Year

SOCL 219 — Deviance, Normalcy & Control

An introduction to the sociological study of deviance, this course explores 1) key theoretical perspectives to deviance and social control, 2) how people come to view certain attitudes, conditions, and behaviors as odd, morally reprehensible, or illegal and 3) the identities and life chances of people who are labeled as "deviant." Pays close attention to the relationship between deviance, power and social inequality. One unit.
Prerequisite: SOCL 101
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Social Science
Typically Offered: Alternate Years

SOCL 220 — Drugs in the Americas

How do drug markets impact social and political life? This course will investigate the social and political life of illicit drugs in the Americas. Using illicit political economy as a point of departure, we will travel to different sites of of the international illicit drug market moving from production to consumption. Topics include: prohibition regimes and corollary institutions of criminalization, incarceration, and militarization; social wellbeing impacts in both public health and human rights terms; drugs and racism; international and grassroots calls for alternative governmental responses to drugs. We will read cases from the US, Mexico, the Caribbean, Colombia and Uruguay.
Prerequisite: SOCL 101
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Cross-Cultural Studies

SOCL 222 — Global Antiracism

As global responses to Black Lives Matter make clear, the struggle to end racism is not unique to the United States. This course will examine movements to end racism, racial violence, discrimination and structural disparity around the world. Issues of concern include memory, identity, justice, rights, social repair and politics, among others. Movements for justice include the Roma in Europe, indigenous and Afro-descent peoples in Latin America, the Dalits in India and the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in post-apartheid South Africa.
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Cross-Cultural Studies

SOCL 223 — Logics of Inquiry

An introduction "doing sociology," this class covers the logic and techniques of social scientific research. Readings, lectures, and exercises are designed to help students experience the field and develop methodological skills first-hand. Students will learn how to conceptualize, operationalize and conduct sociological research projects, including constructing research questions, understanding the intersection between theory and data, composing questions and guides for both qualitative and quantitative studies, as well as collecting, entering, and analyzing data and reporting empirical findings.
Prerequisite: SOCL 101 and SOCL 226. This course is for SOCL majors only.
GPA units: 1
Typically Offered: Annually

SOCL 226 — Social Statistics

Students are introduced to both descriptive and inferential statistics (including confidence intervals, chi square, multivariate analysis of variance, and multiple regression). The (mis)use and interpretation of statistics is heavily stressed.
Prerequisite: SOCL 101. Students who have taken BIOL 275, ECON 249, MATH 220 or PSYC 200 may not enroll in this course. This course is for SOCL majors only.
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Mathematical Science
Typically Offered: Annually

SOCL 230 — Food, Poverty and Justice

Prerequisite: SOCL 101
GPA units: 1

SOCL 232 — Race, Gender and Violence: From Black Lives Matter to MeToo

The course is divided into three major parts. In the first, we explore the historical context that informs modern inequities. In the second, we explore different mechanisms of violence. In the final component, we explore forms of protest, resistance and strategies for change. This course also invites you to explore social issues you are deeply passionate about. We will use this course to reflect on personal activism and the ability to impact change.
GPA units: 1

SOCL 236 — Environmental Sociology

This course examines the interaction between human society and the natural environment, more specifically, the relationships between various environmental and social problems, as well as emphasizes current theory and research in environmental sociology aimed at understanding and addressing those problems. By discussing issues of science and technology, popular culture, disasters, urbanization, racial and gender relations, domination and violence, as well as social movements, and by engaging in issues from a diversity of disciplines including anthropology, biology, economics, geography, psychology, and history, this course will reach a broad understanding of environmental issues. One unit.
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Social Science

SOCL 238 — Cities and Environment

GPA units: 1
Common Area: Social Science

SOCL 239 — Environmental Racism

Environmental Racism was coined by environmental justice activists to describe situations where communities of color face disproportionate environmental ills and lack environmental privilege. In this course we look at the history of environmental racism, its relationship with capitalism, and several areas where environmental racism is most obvious, including, but not limited to: food, disasters, and the environmental movement itself.
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Social Science

SOCL 241 — Development of Social Theory

A descriptive and critical study of the 19th- and early 20th-century social thought which informs contemporary sociological theory. Some attention is given to historical influences on emerging sociological theory. Emphasis is placed on four major theorists: Durkheim, Marx, Weber, Simmel and on the 20th-century developments in functionalism, symbolic interactionism and the sociology of knowledge.
Prerequisite: SOCL 101. This course is for SOCL majors only.
GPA units: 1
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

SOCL 247 — Sociology of TV & Media

This course investigates the evolving role of television in shaping our understanding of the world as it relates to democracy, consumerism, human relationships, and how we make sense of our own lives. More specifically, the course examines the nature of entertainment, advertising, news, and the institutions that create television programming.
Prerequisite: SOCL 101
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Social Science
Typically Offered: Alternate Years

SOCL 254 — Girls and Violence

Examines the social science literature pertaining to girls both as victims and as perpetrators, as well as structures influencing personal experiences and interpersonal dynamics. In addition to theory related both to gender and violence, topics covered include bullying and relational aggression, sexual harassment, gangs, child sexual abuse, trafficking, and living in a war-torn society.
Prerequisite: SOCL 101
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Social Science
Typically Offered: Alternate Years

SOCL 256 — Self & Society

This course examines how individual bodies, hearts and minds are social phenomena. Topics include language, self, and what it means to be human; the sociology of emotion; the presentation of self in everyday life; micro-social order, disruption, and ontological security; and the micro-politics of interaction. Draws strongly from the symbolic interactionist, dramaturgical, and interpretive traditions.
Prerequisite: SOCL 101
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Social Science
Typically Offered: Every Third Year

SOCL 257 — Aging & Society

A thorough introduction to the sociological study of people's experience of late life. Strives to increase awareness of the social, cultural, and historical affects on aging by examining people's accounts of late life and aging, their social and psychological compensations, and the bearing of late life experiences on end-of-life decisions.
Prerequisite: SOCL 101
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Social Science
Typically Offered: Every Third Year

SOCL 259 — Children & Violence

This course is organized around three general themes: (1) an introductory overview of the topic of violence, including theoretical background and structural factors; (2) an analysis of violence-related issues, including family, street, and school-based causes and consequences; and (3) consideration of prevention and intervention strategies and relevant policy implications.
Prerequisite: SOCL 101
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Social Science
Typically Offered: Alternate Years

SOCL 261 — Sociology Of Religion

An analysis of religion as a socio-cultural product. Emphasis on the interrelationship between religion and society in a cross-cultural perspective. Major topics include the social functions of religion, the organization of religious practice, and the impact of social change on religion.
Prerequisite: SOCL 101
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Social Science
Typically Offered: Every Third Year

SOCL 263 — Medical Sociology

A critical study of the institution of modern medicine. Special attention is paid to socio-cultural and political factors influencing susceptibility, diagnosis and treatment. Topics include the social meaning of disease, patienthood, the medical profession, and the organization of medical care.
Prerequisite: SOCL 101
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Social Science
Typically Offered: Annually

SOCL 269 — Education and Society

A critical examination of education in the U.S., with a special emphasis on public schooling. This course considers how the functions and goals of education have changed over time, factors leading to the current crisis in education, and controversial programs for fixing the problems such as vouchers, charter schools, and multicultural education.
Prerequisite: SOCL 101
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Social Science
Typically Offered: Alternate Years

SOCL 271 — Families and Societies

Examination of patterns in American family behavior. Strives to increase awareness of the social, cultural, and psychological facets of family life by examining kinship relations, child socialization, dating behavior, patterns of sexual activity, parental decisions, family development, divorce, violence in the family.
Prerequisite: SOCL 101
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Social Science
Typically Offered: Annually

SOCL 274 — LGBTQ Studies

This course will provide students with an overview of LGBTQ Studies using a sociological framework that prioritizes questions of history, power, identity, and community. Along with contemporary issues such as marriage equality and bullying in schools, students will learn about important historical events in the gay and trans rights movements. The primary theoretical focus will be on social constructionism, though the course will draw upon a variety of theoretical perspectives that contribute to understandings of gender and sexuality.
Prerequisite: SOCL 101
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Social Science
Typically Offered: Every Third Year

SOCL 277 — Gender and Society

On women's and men's gendered experiences at the individual, interactional, and institutional levels; how gendered experiences vary by race/ethnicity, sexuality, social class, and other ways.
Prerequisite: SOCL 101
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Social Science
Typically Offered: Alternate Years

SOCL 278 — Gender, Body & Health

This course examines the body as a medium for self-expression and an entity to be controlled. The body is a site where men and women "do gender"; this can have both positive and negative effects on health. Among the topics covered: transgender and intersex conditions; culture and bodies; expression and repression; violence; sports; health behavior engagement; childbirth.
Prerequisite: SOCL 101
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Social Science
Typically Offered: Every Third Year

SOCL 280 — Global Culture & Society

Global Culture & Society
Prerequisite: SOCL 101
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Social Science
Typically Offered: Every Third Year

SOCL 281 — Sociology of Travel & Tourism

This course focuses on the relationship between tourism and social life by considering how tourist practices are socially shaped and made meaningful within social contexts. This course explores tourism as a lens through which we can understand many of the features of contemporary social life, including modernity, late capitalism, and postcolonial legacies, consumption and cultural commodification, gender and sexual politics, and life in a risk society, especially in the wake of a global pandemic.
Prerequisite: SOCL 101 or MONT 102C from Fall 2021 or MONT 103C from Spring 2022.
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Cross-Cultural Studies, Social Science
Typically Offered: Every Third Year

SOCL 299-F01 — Social Stratification in India

The course explores Indias caste system, an ancient hierarchical system that imposed roles, status and responsibilities on the basis of birth, family and community, touching on almost every form of human interaction. Though many claim that caste is a thing of the past, evidence is strong that it plays an ongoing role in social life today.This course explores the systems origins and theoretical foundations, its development over time, its characteristics and practices, and attempts at eradicating it.
GPA units: 1

SOCL 299-F02 — Education, Equity, and Inequality

Provided the sustained inequities in educational outcomes that occur along racialized class lines in the United States, this sociology course takes up the central questions of: What is the relationship between education and oppression? What is the relationship between education and resource allocation? How do we conceptualize reform in educational institutions designed to reproduce inequality? And, how does an understanding of educational institutions as primary sites of political contestation help us to contextualize our current moment?
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Social Science

SOCL 313 — Freedoms & Unfreedoms

This senior-level course centers the actions, worldviews, and experiences of colonized peoples as they negotiated freedoms and unfreedoms during the pre-colonial and colonial eras and wrestle with these legacies for today and into the future as we consider abolition, decolonization, and appropriate reparations for this history. Throughout the semester, we will address the histories of colonialism, capitalism, enslaving, and their relationship to contemporary racisms and decolonial movements in the US and abroad. A course project will enable to students to develop concrete understandings of decolonial praxes rooted in indigenous worldviews, knowledges, and actions and the ways in which colonized peoples seek, demand, and maintain their freedom in the face of multiply manifest unfreedoms. This course will change topically each semester depending on current events and student interests, to focus on national and international coloniality and decoloniality.
Prerequisite: SOCL 101; SOCL 223 recommended.
GPA units: 1

SOCL 320 — College Sports

This course focuses on the explicit connections between higher education and athletics. A historical perspective on the links between these institutions will then lead to discussions about racial and ethnic minorities and women in college sports, activism within college sports, the role of the NCAA, the effect of college sports on academic and occupational attainment, the commercialization of college sports, and recent controversies in college sports.
Prerequisite: SOCL 101
GPA units: 1
Typically Offered: Alternate Years

SOCL 350 — (Precarious) Work

Precarious work" refers to forms of employment that are insecure (Kalleberg 2007, 2009). In this seminar course, we will attempt to answer a number of questions that should be not only intellectually interesting, but also personally relevant as you enter the labor market yourself: How do economic conditions, labor market regulations, and employers' decisions shape the availability of jobs? How do sociological factors, such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and cultural factors shape who gets a job and what type of job one gets? What are the psychological and health consequences of having a good versus a bad job? What does the future of work hold, given technological and other changes?
GPA units: 1
Typically Offered: Alternate Years

SOCL 361 — Leadership and Social Change

An advanced community-based learning seminar integrating topics of Catholic social teaching with the study and practice of community organizing. Course includes sociological analysis of Catholic social thought, leadership, power, poverty, social movements, and organizational behavior. Students will analyze and write about their projects in light of course readings.
Prerequisite: SOCL 101
GPA units: 1
Typically Offered: Alternate Years

SOCL 365 — Illness Narratives

This course examines first-person accounts of living with various illnesses, including the subjective experiences of illnesses that are mental/physical, acute/chronic, curable/fatal and age-related. Comparisons will be made across both historical and cultural contexts to highlight the socially constructed nature of health and aging. The class will engage the role of labeling theory, postmodern conceptions of health, and differences according to race, class, gender, sexual orientation and age.
Prerequisite: SOCL 101
GPA units: 1
Typically Offered: Annually

SOCL 370 — Sociology of Trouble

This course examines how people experience and cope with negative events such as illness, death, separation or divorce, unemployment, natural disaster and war. Delving into topics that are usually the purview of psychology, our investigations highlight the social nature of self, cognition, emotion and identity. Readings will focus on particular cases of trouble, the roles of religion, psychology and medicine in helping people to cope with tragedy, and cultural and historical variability in how humans make sense of suffering.
Prerequisite: SOCL 101
GPA units: 1

SOCL 375 — End of Life

This is a student-led seminar in the sociology of death and dying. During,the first few weeks of the term, readings will offer a broad overview of what it is like to die and care for people who are dying in the contemporary United States. After a brief introduction to how sociologists approach and understand this landscape, students will participate in theselection of topics and readings. For the remainder of the term, students will learn and educate one another about the lines of inquiry in this subfield that interest them the most.
Prerequisite: SOCL 101
GPA units: 1

SOCL 376 — Women and Non-Violence

This course surveys some of the most exemplary cases of women's efforts to use nonviolence in resistance, social change, and peace building. We will investigate how women's unique social location shapes their particular contribution to the conceptualization and implementation of nonviolence. And we will consider the significance of their efforts in constructing new social spaces for peace and justice. A global range of cases will be explored with a special focus on women in the developing world.
Prerequisite: SOCL 101
GPA units: 1
Typically Offered: Alternate Years

SOCL 383 — Utopian & Dystopian Worlds

This seminar examines some of the most pressing social issues of our present by deconstructing fictional accounts of our imagined futures. Through a selection of science fiction (literature, television, and film), students analyze how issues of race, class, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and age are resolved, exacerbated, or ignored in each narrative.
Prerequisite: SOCL 101
GPA units: 1
Typically Offered: Alternate Years

SOCL 386 — Global Sense of Home

This advanced seminar aimed at returning study abroad students explores the related concepts of home, belonging and citizenship in light of globalization and mobility. In addition to reflecting on personal experiences of home and mobility, we study narrative accounts by refugees, migrants, tourists and expatriates to think in new ways about global citizenship.
Prerequisite: SOCL 101 and study abroad experience
GPA units: 1
Typically Offered: Every Third Year

SOCL 399-F01 — Culture, Climate Change and Planetary Pols

In this course, we will apply sociological frameworks and techniques to understanding climate politics. This will include a critical survey of both humanist and more-than-humanist approaches in environmental movements and policy debates. Readings will survey diverse perspectives and discussions in deep ecology, degrowth and decolonialism, ecofeminism, ecomodernism, ecorealism, planetary overshoot, and techno-optimism. We will consider the extractive politics of energy and resources from around the world, how extraction relates to the global economy, human rights violations and violence, and the international peacebuilding mechanisms designed to address extractive conflicts. Guest lectures will include global experts in climate science and environmental advocacy. This is a reading intensive and discussion based course. Students will write weekly short reading response papers and develop a research project.
GPA units: 1

SOCL 400 — Tutorial

GPA units: 1
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

SOCL 490 — Honors Colloquium

The Honors Colloquium will cover topics such as: strategies for thesis work, writing an intro to the thesis, IRB application and approval process, ways to write a review of the literature chapter, ethics in research, writing workshops for the students, practice sessions for the formal oral presentations for the April conferences, publication possibilities, etc. The colloquium will also feature guest speakers who will discuss aspects of graduate studies, professional issues, job market issues, and their own research. Department honors students will continue to be mentored by their individual honors thesis advisor.
GPA units: 0.5
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

SOCL 491 — Honors Colloquium

The Honors Colloquium is required for students enrolled in the department Honors Program. The colloquium meets biweekly to cover various research topics related to research design, implementation, and dissemination and to help students prepare for their culminating presentations at the Academic Conference. The colloquium is offered on a pass/no pass basis.
GPA units: 0.5
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

SOCL 492 — Directed Honors Research

Honors students undertake a research project under the direction of a department faculty member. The results are presented in the form of a thesis and two semesters credit, granted at end of second semester. Candidates selected from invited applicants to the Department Honors Committee.
GPA units: 0
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

SOCL 493 — Directed Honors Research

Honors students undertake a research project under the direction of a department faculty member. The results are presented in the form of a thesis and two semesters credit, granted at end of second semester. Candidates selected from invited applicants to the Department Honors Committee.
GPA units: 2
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

SOCL 494 — Directed Research

Students may undertake independent research projects under the direct supervision of a faculty member. Individuals contemplating a research project should make inquiries during their third year, since the project is usually initiated by the beginning of the fourth year. Preference for sociology majors.
GPA units: 1
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

SOCL 495 — Directed Research

Students may undertake independent research projects under the direct supervision of a faculty member. Individuals contemplating a research project should make inquiries during their third year, since the project is usually initiated by the beginning of the fourth year. Preference for sociology majors.
GPA units: 1
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

SOCL 496 — Directed Readings

An individualized reading program addressing a topic in sociology not covered in course offerings. Reading tutorials are under the supervision of a sociology faculty member, usually limited to the fourth year students, and arranged on an individual basis. Preference to sociology majors.
GPA units: 1
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

SOCL 497 — Directed Readings

An individualized reading program addressing a topic in sociology not covered in course offerings. Reading tutorials are under the supervision of a sociology faculty member, usually limited to the fourth year students, and arranged on an individual basis. Preference to sociology majors.
GPA units: 1
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

SOCL 498 — Special Projects

Program for individual students who wish to pursue supervised independent study on a selected topic or an advanced research project. Ordinarily projects are approved for one semester. Open to selected third- and fourth-year students with preference to sociology majors. Each project must be supervised by a faculty member.
GPA units: 1
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Anthropology

ANTH 101 — Anthropological Perspective

A one-semester introduction to the main modes of cultural anthropological analysis of non-Western cultures, such as those of Africa, Latin America, Southeast Asia, Melanesia, Polynesia, sub-Saharan Africa and Native America. Topics include: ethnographic methods; concepts of culture; symbolic communication; ecological processes; introduction to anthropological approaches to kinship, religion, gender, hierarchy, economics, medicine, political life, transnational processes.
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Cross-Cultural Studies, Social Science
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ANTH 170 — Contemporary Asia

This course examines contemporary Asia as an interconnected region that influences world events and as diverse societies, cultures, and nation states that face particular problems as they struggle with issues of globalization, modernity, and neoliberalism while trying to maintain a sense of national or cultural identity. Readings focus on India, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Philippines, and the Asian diaspora. Topics include religion, aging, family, gender, politics, economics, class, labor migration, consumerism, ethnicity, and Orientalism.
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Cross-Cultural Studies
Typically Offered: Alternate Years

ANTH 251 — Informal Economies

The UN reports that 2/3 of the global workforce operates in the "informal economy." This course develops an anthropological approach to that fact. Our foundation is the literature on the informal economy in Africa and other parts of the global south, but we will also explore economic processes closer to home. Topics include: the origin, development, and use of the "informal economy" concept, precarious livelihoods, micro-credit and "bottom of the pyramid" ventures, informal networks, illicit trade, smuggling, black markets, and organized crime.
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Cross-Cultural Studies, Social Science

ANTH 252 — Anthropology of Law

This course explores cross-cultural variation within and among legal institutions. Through the medium of ethnography, as well as original primary-source research into court proceedings and legal disputes, we consider how law becomes a mechanism for the maintenance of social order at the same time that it can contribute to social inequity. We will address central questions in the anthropology of law: How does our cultural background influence how we conceptualize justice? What are the consequences of finding oneself between competing legal systems? Why are questions of legality so often tied up with our conceptions of human nature? Our focus will be to examine critically the social and cultural dynamics behind dispute resolution, corporate law, crime, torts, religious law, and international courts, as well as dilemmas around policing and other ways people encounter the law in everyday life. Case studies from diverse legal environments in both industrialized and small-scale societies will help place Western law traditions in a comparative, global perspective.
GPA units: 1

ANTH 253 — Gender & Development

Is there any validity to the claim that women in the Global South have largely been "left out", "marginalized" and even "harmed" by development programs and ideologies? And is development a new form of imperialism? The course begins with discussion of anthropological and feminist critiques of "development" and then examines successes and shortfalls of different strategies used to "bring women back" into development. We then evaluate the gendered impacts of development policies, programs promoted by international development agencies.
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Cross-Cultural Studies, Social Science

ANTH 255 — Gender & Sexualities

Over the past few years the very limit of what is "male" and what is "female" seems to have become more unstable and fluid in our society and around the world. Similarly, recent scholarship on "gender" has disputed conventional academic wisdom of how gender and sexuality are produced, embodied and performed by individuals. Anthropology and feminist theory have furthered these debates by offering a significant reappraisal of "gender" - as a concept, social relationship and category of analysis. In this course, we will develop a critical stance toward the study of gender and sexuality by taking anthropology's and feminism's insights into account as we explore the power dynamics that play into the social construction of the body. We will pay attention to how various peoples (including ourselves), living at different times, have fashioned social distinctions based on gender and sexuality, and how these distinctions have played a role in the organization of political, religious, economic and ideological practices. Among the topics we will cover are: the nature/nurture debate, kinship, psychoanalysis, transgender identity, race, gender under colonialism, and performativity.
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Cross-Cultural Studies, Social Science
Typically Offered: Alternate Years

ANTH 260 — Medical Anthropology

The course provides an overview of the ways that anthropologists have approached issues of sickness, disease, and healing, particularly in the study of the cultural construction of health and illness, the therapeutic process, social stratification, and health inequalities. Through case studies and synthesizing readings, the course will review key theoretical, conceptual, methodological and practical approaches to the study of health and illness, using a cross-cultural, global, and comparative perspective. As such, the course is designed to promote an appreciation for the variety of human suffering and responses to illness and healing, as well as to developing a crucial understanding of our own system of medicine as a cultural product. Key course objectives include: 1) to examine the historical trends of Medical Anthropology theory and practice; 2) to compare and contrast current issues and methodological approaches in the field; and 3) to examine ways that anthropological concepts and methods are used in research on national and international health issues
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Cross-Cultural Studies, Social Science
Typically Offered: Alternate Years

ANTH 262 — Anthropology Of Religion

A social scientific, cross-cultural consideration of religious worlds created in such locales as village and urban Indonesia, India, Papua New Guinea, and Africa, especially in terms of their power dynamics vis-a-vis social hierarchies. Covers classic topics such as the study of ritual and ecology, village myth, trancing, shamanism, witchcraft, and sorcery accusations, but also deals at length with such matters as the connections between Christian missions and empire. Also turns an anthropological gaze on contemporary U.S. religions.
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Cross-Cultural Studies, Social Science

ANTH 264 — Race, Racism and Anthropology

This course will critically examine the social construction of race and racism in different cultural contexts. The course will question the biological basis of racial difference, and take anthropology to task for participating in a long history of scientific racism. After this quick historical background, we will tackle contemporary forms of racism across the world, and read about the struggles against racism and white supremacy, from the fight against settler colonialism and segregation, to Black Lives Matter and immigration rights. Racist ideologies are deeply entrenched in institutions and have ongoing effects on the health, wellbeing and livelihood of millions of people, so it is crucial we become aware of the way racism operates to begin the work of undoing it.
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Cross-Cultural Studies
Typically Offered: Annually

ANTH 266 — Cultures and Politics of Latin America

The main focus of this course will be the perennial question of inequality in Latin America a region of the world beleaguered by a long history of immense differences between the rich and the poor, the powerful and the powerless, the ruling elites and the people. We will pay close attention to the ways in which gender, race and sexuality inform those economic and political inequalities, and how they are being challenged by the region's important transformations over the last couple of decades. Throughout the course, we will keep in mind that Latin America cannot be examined in isolation, but in relation to foreign powers (including the United States) that have had vested interests in the region. We will tackle controversial topics such as the School of the Americas, the Rigoberta Menchú testimonial and affirmative action policies in Brazil. By the end of the course, students will be expected to have a good grasp of the amazing cultural diversity in Latin America, and its unique quandaries, social movements and hopes for the future.
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Cross-Cultural Studies, Social Science
Typically Offered: Alternate Years

ANTH 267 — Political Anthropology

This course takes a broadly comparative and historical perspective, using cross-cultural analysis to understand the workings of politics and power, in Western and non-Western contexts. Topics include: colonialism and its impact on colonized populations; the formation of post-colonial national states; leadership, authority, and the construction of political subjects; and the links between local processes and global political systems.
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Cross-Cultural Studies, Social Science
Typically Offered: Alternate Years

ANTH 268 — Economic Anthropology

An introduction to the issues, methods, and concepts of economic anthropology. This course places economic features such as markets, commodities, and money into a larger cross-cultural context by exploring relations of power, kinship, gender, exchange, and social transformation.
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Cross-Cultural Studies, Social Science
Typically Offered: Every Third Year

ANTH 269 — Fashion & Consumption

A comparative, cultural anthropological exploration of fashion and consumption as tools for the creation, expression, and contestation of social, cultural, economic, political and individual identities. Topics include: anthropological and semiotic theories of materialism and consumption, subcultural styles, colonialism, race, gender, religious dress, globalization and ethnic chic.
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Cross-Cultural Studies, Social Science
Typically Offered: Every Third Year

ANTH 273 — Anthropology of Africa

This course provides an introductory anthropological account of 20th- and 21st-century Africa. The central theme is the "representation" of Africa and Africans, including the manner in which outsiders have portrayed the continent and its peoples in the past, African responses and rejoinders, and current scholarship and forms of self-representation. We will cover a number of broader themes, including music, race, art, ethnicity, youth, economic activity, "tradition" and "modernity," and the politics of cultural translation.
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Cross-Cultural Studies, Social Science
Typically Offered: Annually

ANTH 274 — Art and Power in Asia

How does art interrelate to political power and to wealth? This course examines such questions in regard to the art of ancient kingdoms in Asia such as Cambodia's Angkor Wat and Indonesia's Borobudur. Also at issue are the contemporary arts of Southeast Asia, seen too through this anthropology of art lens. Additionally, this course looks at the power dynamics of international art collecting of Asian art and artifacts; the politics and aesthetics of putting Asian art into worldwide museums is also studied. Includes museum study tours.
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Cross-Cultural Studies, Social Science

ANTH 277 — Coming of Age at the Border

Nearly a century ago, anthropologist Margaret Meads "Coming of Age in Samoa" introduced a broad public to the issues facing youth in modern society and proposed various approaches to understanding these problems. Paying homage to Meads seminal work, this course examines the subjectivities and daily life experiences of youth navigating the conceptual, territorial and affective borders created by nationalism, war, displacement, occupation, colonialism and other social and political contexts in a variety of global situations. At a time when we are bearing (painful) witness to the suffering of those forced to navigate the unwieldy terrains of a reinstating and strengthening of borders and border walls, we will examine how youth in Israel/Palestine, Kashmir, the U.S./Mexico border, and our nation's own internal "others" 'come of age' by negotiating the construction of identities, movement across (often militarized) spaces, and political violence as they push up against carceral and colonial state formations. At the same time, we will attend to the politics of such witnessing, and the potentials (and impossibilities) of ethnographic engagement with youth struggling to define themselves, their communities and their futures at the border.
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Social Science

ANTH 299-S01 — Anthropology of Debt

In this course, we will explore anthropological work on debt, then use it to think through contemporary issues, both here in the US and elsewhere in the world. We will start by discussing the focal role of debt in a variety of religious traditions and revisiting the classical anthropology of exchange. Then we'll explore connections between debt, money, and finance, as they have appeared in different times and places. Along the way, we will consider everything from feuds and blood money, to debt peonage and slavery, to the origins of central banking and state finance, to structural adjustment programs and anti-debt activism. As we wrap up, we'll look at a number of recent trends in our own milieu, including the bail/bond system, subprime loans, and student debt, as well as matters from further afield, like microcredit schemes and the role of debt in migration.
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Cross-Cultural Studies

ANTH 310 — Ethnographic Field Methods

An examination of cultural anthropology's main data-gathering strategy: long-term ethnographic fieldwork of small communities, often located in non-Western cultures. Topics include: review of the methodology literature, participant observation, in-depth interviews, designing field studies, oral histories, spanning deep cultural divides via fieldwork. Often involves hands-on fieldwork in Worcester.
Prerequisite: One previous ANTH course
GPA units: 1
Typically Offered: Spring

ANTH 320 — Theory in Anthropology

A historical examination of the development of different theoretical perspectives in cultural anthropology. This course explores, compares, and critiques different schools of thought about human society and culture, from the 19th to the 21st centuries, looking at the ways in which anthropological scholars and those from related disciplines have attempted to understand and explain the human condition.
GPA units: 1
Typically Offered: Fall

ANTH 351 — Anthropology of Biotechnology

This course examines how our lives, identities and futures have been and will be transformed by new biotechnologies. From pharmaceuticals and genomics to plastic surgery and organ transplants, our subjectivities are entering a posthuman era of uncharted ethical and political implications. In this course, we will learn the analytical tools necessary to understand how medical science approaches the body in order to produce knowledge and capital. We will also examine how race, gender and sexuality are being reconfigured within this new paradigm.
Prerequisite: One previous ANTH course
GPA units: 1
Typically Offered: Alternate Years

ANTH 386 — Global Queer Activism

This course will critically examine the wide variety of approaches, tactics, discourses and objectives adopted by activists from around the globe in the effort to further LGBTQ+ rights, and discuss the ways that this activism centered on sexuality and/or gender identity intersects with race, class, religion, nationality and cultural identity. Although many nations around the world have experienced important advances over the last few decades in the effort to include LGBTQ+ populations, we cannot assume that progress on these issues is uniform or that it will look the same in different contexts. The course will push students to consider the ways that Western LGBTQ+ identities cannot be imposed on other contexts uncritically, and to consider how global activism can complicate efforts in different localities, render certain identities vulnerable, or participate in neocolonialist forms of pinkwashing. Queer activism that is truly global and sensitive to cultural difference requires queering activist practices themselves, and creating equal partnerships rather than top-down approaches to spreading LGBTQ+ rights.
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Cross-Cultural Studies
Typically Offered: Alternate Years

ANTH 400 — Tutorial

GPA units: 1
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ANTH 490 — Honors Colloquium

The Honors Colloquium will cover topics such as: strategies for thesis work, writing an intro to the thesis, IRB application and approval process, ways to write a review of the literature chapter, ethics in research, writing workshops for the students, practice sessions for the formal oral presentations for the April conferences, publication possibilities, etc. The colloquium will also feature guest speakers who will discuss aspects of graduate studies, professional issues, job market issues, and their own research. Department honors students will continue to be mentored by their individual honors thesis advisor.
GPA units: 0.5
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ANTH 491 — Honors Colloquium

The Honors Colloquium will cover topics such as: strategies for thesis work, writing an intro to the thesis, IRB application and approval process, ways to write a review of the literature chapter, ethics in research, writing workshops for the students, practice sessions for the formal oral presentations for the April conferences, publication possibilities, etc. The colloquium will also feature guest speakers who will discuss aspects of graduate studies, professional issues, job market issues, and their own research. Department honors students will continue to be mentored by their individual honors thesis advisor.
GPA units: 0.5
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ANTH 492 — Directed Honors Research

Honors students undertake a research project under the direction of a department faculty member. The results are presented in the form of a thesis and two semesters credit, granted at end of second semester. Candidates selected from invited applicants to the Department Honors Committee.
GPA units: 0
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ANTH 493 — Directed Honors Research

Honors students undertake a research project under the direction of a department faculty member. The results are presented in the form of a thesis and two semesters credit, granted at end of second semester. Candidates selected from invited applicants to the Department Honors Committee.
GPA units: 2
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ANTH 494 — Directed Research

Students may undertake independent research projects under the direct supervision of a faculty member. Individuals contemplating a research project should make inquiries during their third year, since the project is usually initiated by the beginning of the fourth year. Preference for sociology/anthropology majors.
GPA units: 1
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ANTH 495 — Directed Research

Students may undertake independent research projects under the direct supervision of a faculty member. Individuals contemplating a research project should make inquiries during their third year, since the project is usually initiated by the beginning of the fourth year. Preference for sociology/anthropology majors.
GPA units: 1
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ANTH 496 — Directed Readings

An individualized reading program usually addressing a topic in anthropology not covered in course offerings. Reading tutorials are under the supervision of an anthropology faculty member, usually limited to the fourth year students, and arranged on an individual basis. Preference to anthropology majors.
GPA units: 1
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ANTH 497 — Directed Readings

An individualized reading program usually addressing a topic in anthropology not covered in course offerings. Reading tutorials are under the supervision of an anthropology faculty member, usually limited to the fourth year students, and arranged on an individual basis. Preference to anthropology majors.
GPA units: 1
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ANTH 498 — Special Projects

Program for individual students who wish to pursue supervised independent study on a selected topic or an advanced research project. Ordinarily projects are approved for one semester. Open to selected third- and fourth-year students with preference to sociology/anthropology majors. Each project must be supervised by a faculty member.
GPA units: 1
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring