ANTHROPOLOGY (ANT) ANT 130 HUMAN EVOLUTION AND VARIATION
A survey of the physical evolution and cultural development of humankind from its pre-hominid primate origins to the emergence of the contemporary human species, Homo sapiens in the Upper Pleistocene. The nature and significance of human physical variation (“race”) will also be examined. Additional topics may include primate social behavior, humankind’s “animal nature,” sociobiology, and post-Pleistocene pre-history. This course counts as a science without a lab in the Core Curriculum.
ANT 131 CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
This course will be an overview of the discipline of cultural anthropology, introducing the student to diverse cultures around the globe through reading and analysis of anthropologists’ writings about their work. Readings will show that humans in different cultures have developed different solutions to the same problems. Emphasis will be placed on techniques for learning about other cultures, and the theories and concepts used to understand why humans behave as they do. This course counts as a social science in the Core Curriculum.
ANT 132 INTRODUCTION TO ARCHAEOLOGY
A survey of the field of archaeology, including these topics: the history and goals of archaeology; methods for recovering, dating, preserving, analyzing, and interpreting archaeological data; and the contributions of archaeology to a study of the past. May include sections on the archaeology of New England, the archaeology of foraging societies, and the origins of agriculture. This course counts as a social science in the Core Curriculum.
ANT 230 SPECIAL TOPICS IN CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
A study of the ethnography of one culture, focusing on the description, analysis, and explanation of the cultural behaviors, values, and world-view characteristics of that culture. The culture to be studied will vary. Readings may include current anthropological studies, histories, and literature of the culture.
ANT 231 ENVIRONMENTAL ANTHROPOLOGY
This class will take an anthropological perspective on environmental issues. The anthropological perspective recognizes the systemic interaction of human biology, human culture, and the environment. Using case studies of different topics, we will explore how human cultures affect the environment and how environments affect human cultures. Possible topics include environmental archaeology; globalization, economic development and the environment; environmentalism and environmental justice; indigenous ecology; and applied environmental anthropology. Prerequisite: Any ONE introductory anthropology class such as ANT 130 Human Evolution and Variation; ANT 131 Cultural Anthropology, ANT 132 Introduction to Archaeology—OR—ENV 150 Introduction to Environmental Studies.
ANT 236 SOCIAL JUSTICE IN A GLOBAL COMMUNITY
This course connects Assumption College to the Worcester community and to the global community. The content challenges students to see social issues in a wider context, to see how world-wide phenomena and policies have an international impact. Issues the course covers include: global economics and inequality, diversity and multi-culturalism, ethnicity and migration patterns, and international social problems such as AIDs, genocide, and slavery. Through examination of these issues students learn to apply sociological theories and concepts. Same as SOC 236.
ANT 254 THE NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN
An interdisciplinary course which seeks to integrate the methodology and findings of anthropology, biology (genetics and nutrition), history, and linguistics in the study of representative Indian groups within select culture areas, such as the Arctic, the Subarctic, the Eastern Woodlands, the Northwest Coast, the Southeast, the Southwest, and the Plains. (Same as HIS 254) This course counts as a social science in the Core Curriculum.
Choquette, Gazin-Schwartz, Keyes/Three credits (offered 2012–2013; not offered 2013–2014)
ANT 255 FROM CONTACT TO CASINOS: INTERACTIONS WITH INDIANS IN NORTH AMERICA
An interdisciplinary course which permits inquiry into a number of intriguing subjects which need to be understood if a grasp of Indian cultures is to be achieved. The topics have been selected on the basis of (a) the high priority usually given by scholars to certain Indian topics; (b) the continuing productive scholarship in, and even controversy on, certain subjects; and (c) the initial area of interest and expertise of the staff. Accordingly, new topics may be added as the interest and need warrant. Same as HIS 255. This course counts as a social science in the Core Curriculum.
Choquette, Gazin-Schwartz, Keyes/Three credits (offered 2013–2014; not offered 2014–2015)
ANT 285 OR 385 OR 485 INDEPENDENT STUDY
Individually supervised study of an anthropologically relevant topic. Offered only to students who have demonstrated an ability for independent research. Prerequisite: two, three, and four prior courses in anthropology, respectively.
ANT 350 SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY
This course will examine the works of the three major classical theorists in sociology (i.e., Durkheim, Marx, and Weber), the theoretical contributions of symbolic interactionists such as Goffman and Geertz, and several major contemporary social theories, including post-structuralism and feminism. Same as SOC 350. Prerequisite: SOC 121 and one other Sociology or Anthropology course.
Farough, Gazin-Schwartz/Three credits (Fall only)
ANT 365–366 INTERNSHIP SEMINAR I AND II: SOCIOLOGISTS AND ANTHROPOLOGISTS AT WORK
This two semester seminar provides interns with the opportunity to examine the internship experience along with other student interns. Students also examine related issues: social policy development; program planning, evaluation, and research; the social scientist’s responsibilities for the use of her or his research; the political role of the social scientist; the “value-free” debate among social scientists; applied versus pure sociology; the role of the social scientist within private and public organizations; management of human service agencies; and career options for social scientists. Same as SOC 365/366. (Fall/Spring) Gendron, Cares/Three credits each semester. ANT 366 is designed primarily for students with a concentration in Criminology
ANT 385 INDEPENDENT STUDY
Individually supervised study of an anthropologically relevant topic. Offered only to upper level students who have demonstrated an ability for independent research.
ANT 450 PRACTICUM IN THE TEACHING OF ANTHROPOLOGY
This course is an opportunity for upper-level students in Anthropology to develop teaching and communicative skills as they deepen their general knowledge of the discipline of Anthropology. Students will serve as discussion group leaders and tutors for an introductory course and will be given the opportunity to present some material researched and prepared under the direction of the faculty in charge. Students will meet weekly with the staff and will ordinarily attend, as an observer, a number of classes in the introductory course. Permission of the Department required.
ANT 465 SOCIOLOGICAL RESEARCH METHODS
This course is designed to introduce students to the analysis of sociological and anthropological data using the three main methods in the discipline: qualitative, comparative historical, and quantitative. Specific topics will include: how to select research methods appropriate to the problem under investigation; the relationship between theory and research; how to conduct a literature review; ethical issues involved in conducting social research. Students will gets “hand-on” experience using each of the three main research methods by designing and conducting small-scale research projects. Same as SOC 465. Prerequisite: SOC 121.
Biggert, Farough, Gendron, Cares/Three credits (Spring only)
ANT 475 SENIOR SEMINAR
In this seminar, students will work closely with the instructor—and with each other—to review and synthesize the content of their previous sociology courses to create a senior thesis. This course is a capstone and required for sociology majors who do not have a concentration in Criminology. The senior seminar course will also prepare students who aspire to graduate study in sociology (or in any of the social sciences) by giving them an opportunity to craft a major paper that can serve as a writing sample for a graduate school application portfolio. Same as SOC 475. Prerequisites: ANT 131, SOC 121, SOC/ANT 350, and SOC/ANT 465.
Farough/Three credits (Fall only) SOCIOLOGY (SOC) & CRIMINOLOGY (CRM)
There are other anthropology electives available through Assumption College’s participation in the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts. Assumption students can cross register for courses at 11 other institutions in the Worcester region.