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College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

CLASS Course Descriptions

CLASS Course Descriptions

Below is a list of courses from the Course Catalog for the College of Liberal Arts & Social Science.

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  • AN/EN333 Literature of Guam, Micronesia, and the Pacific
    Credits: 3.0 , Offered: Fall
    This course provides an overview of the Pacific island literatures. It surveys myths, legends, folktales, historical and literary works of Guam, Micronesia and other Pacific island cultures. It also explores resources suitable for instruction in the schools.
  • AN/GE341 Cultural Ecology
    Credits: 3.0 , Offered: Fall / Odd Years
    This course examines the linkages and interactions between human cultures and the environment, particularly of subsistence peoples in the tropics and the Pacific. Traditional and contemporary theories and approaches of human adaptation to and modification of the environment are examined.
    Credits: 3.0 , Offered: Fall
    This course explores the major issues and concepts pertinent to gerontology, the study of the aging process. The prevailing theories of the social/biological aging process, and the economics, physical and psychological problems that might arise in late life are presented, and students learn how these factors impinge on the well-being of the older person and the social structure of a community. Aging as it occurs in different societies and throughout history is discussed. Social myths and stereotypes are explored. An overview of existing aging policies and special programs for seniors is included, as is a section on dying, death and grieving. STUDENTS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO ENROLL IN 300- OR 400-LEVEL COURSES UNTIL THEY HAVE COMPLETED MA085 LEVEL II OR MA 084B OR ANY HIGHER LEVEL MATH COURSE
  • AN101 Introduction to Anthropology
    Credits: 3.0 , Offered: DE / OLL - Distance Education / Online Learning, Fall / Spring
    This course is an introduction to anthropology: the comparative study of human beings. The basic principles of archaeology, cultural anthropology, linguistics and physical anthropology are explored as they relate to the study of human beings, and to each other as sub disciplines of anthropology.
  • AN203 Introduction to Archaeology
    Credits: 3.0 , Offered: Fall / Odd Years
    This course presents a broad overview of the practice and principles of archaeology introducing a number of regional traditions and approaches. Locating and sampling sites, along with excavation are covered, as well as contemporary issues in cultural resource management. Regional international case studies are presented. Fieldtrips supplement in-class learning.
  • AN212 Cultural Anthropology
    Credits: 3.0 , Offered: Fall
    This course involves the study of culture, the central concept of anthropology. Traditional and contemporary theories regarding the nature, structure and dynamics of culture are examined, as well as human social institutions: marriage and the family, kinship and descent, social organization, subsistence patterns, economic systems, political organization, social control, religion and magic and the arts.
  • AN222 Biological Anthropology
    Offered: As Resources Permit
    This course surveys the subfield of modern Biological (Physical) Anthropology, with a focus on the study and interpretation of human and non-human primate evolution, contemporary human biological diversity, and the bicultural, ecological and historical dynamics of selective factors including diseases that have impacted – and continue to impact on – the human condition. A three-hour weekly lab is required.
  • AN262 Basic Field Methods of Archaeology
    Offered: Spring / Even Years
    This course offers an introduction to the basic field methods and techniques employed in the archaeological site survey, mapping, sampling, excavation, and recording of cultural remains. This is an intensive field course where students will learn through guided participation, mentored by practicing archaeologists.
  • AN320 People of the Pacific
    Credits: 3.0 , Offered: Spring
    AN320 is a study of the cultural anthropology of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia, the most ethnographically diverse region on the planet. Themes may include art, colonialism, ethnocentrism, first contact, gender, inequality, intoxication, power, race relations, religion, ritual, social change, sorcery and tattooing.
  • AN321 Visual Anthropology
    Credits: 3.0 , Offered: Spring
    Visual Anthropology combines filmic theory and practice towards new understandings of cultural anthropology and contemporary society. This course offers undergraduates an opportunity to creatively engage in the direction and production of ethnographic films regarding issues affecting themselves and their community.