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Anthropology Course Descriptions

Anthropology is the study of human culture. Often cross-listed and interdisciplinary, Anthropology courses at Drury stress social science methodologies, with emphasis on the contextual specifics of place and time on shaping unique societies. These courses also seek to closely examine how people make meaning in their lives by taking into account social relationships of power present in economics, politics, religion, race, and gender. Currently, the university does not offer a minor or a major in Anthropology.

100 Level Courses
ANTH 111: Introduction to Anthropology. 3 hours.

A survey that builds on basic anthropological concepts, methodologies and theories to examine human cultures in a variety of geographic and historical contexts. Topics include human origins, biological evolution, archaeology, gender, health, religion, family and marriage, economics, political organization and representation.

200 Level Courses
ANTH 200: Introduction to International Development and Aid. 3 hours.

An examination of the concepts and issues of globalization and development, including a study of the roles of the state, multilateral agencies, philanthropies and community organizations in the contemporary world.

ANTH 290, 390, 490 : Selected Topics. 1-3 hours.

Selected Topics are courses of an experimental nature that provide students a wide variety of study opportunities and experiences. Selected Topics offer both the department and the students the opportunity to explore areas of special interest in a structured classroom setting. Selected Topics courses (course numbers 290, 390, 490) will have variable titles and vary in credit from 1-3 semester hours. Selected Topic courses may not be taken as a Directed Study offering.

ANTH 291, 292, 391, 392, 491, 492: Research. 1-12 hours.

Many academic departments offer special research or investigative projects beyond the regular catalog offering. Significant responsibility lies with the student to work independently to develop a proposal for study that must be approved by a faculty mentor and the appropriate department chair. The faculty member will provide counsel through the study and will evaluate the student’s performance. Sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible. Students must register for research (291, 292, 391, 392, 491 or 492) to receive credit and are required to fill out a Permission to Register for Special Coursework form. It is recommended that students complete not more than 12 hours of research to apply toward the baccalaureate degree.

300 Level Courses
ANTH 311: Issues in Community and Global Health. 3 hours.

This course introduces community and public health by framing it in a broad global context, and it examines social and cognitive factors contributing to health status and behavior. Topics may include the history and practice of public health; the social, political and economic determinants of health disparities; and distributions of disability, disease, and mortality.

ANTH 315: Gender, Sex and the Body. 3 hours.

A study of the concepts of culture and the body, including critical analysis of alternative gendered experiences, comparisons of how cultures shape identities about the body and sexuality, and cultural perceptions about sexuality, child-bearing and self-identification.

ANTH 362: Gender and Islam. 3 hours.

This course offers an overview and in-depth consideration of the relationship between gender and religion in Islamic cultures around the world. The course introduces students to cultural practices of Islamic society and the ways that women’s lives are shaped by religious forces. Readings and course materials emphasize the cultural contexts of the women’s lived experiences and daily practices, including the regulatory discourses of veiling and seclusion, kinship structures, violence, health, feminist activism, literary expressions, etc. Students will also look critically at the emergence of Islamic feminist thought, in dialogue with the human rights discourse present in western feminism, to draw out issues related to gender, ethics, and cultural relativism in a global world.

ANTH 397, 398, 497, 498 : Internship. Varies hours.

Interns must have at least 60 credit hours, completed appropriate coursework and have a minimum GPA of 2.5 prior to registering for academic credit. Also, approval must be obtained from the student's faculty sponsor and required forms must be completed by the deadline. Note: *Architecture, Music Therapy and Education majors do not register internships through Career Planning & Development. These students need to speak with his/her advisor regarding credit requirements and options.