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ANTH 1 INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY4 Units
Survey and investigation of the basic processes of evolution and their application to the development of modern humans. Impact of natural selection and genetics on development of new species. Evolutionary processes behind the physical and behavioral development of primates. History of the human lineage by reconstructing the fossil record, using investigations by paleoanthropologists, geologists, biologists, and archaeologists. Relationship between contemporary biology and behavior, facilitating an understanding of the effect of them upon future humankind.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 hours lecture. (48 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Natural Sciences
Transferability: CSU and UC
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ANTH 1H HONORS INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY4 Units
Survey and investigation of the basic processes of evolution and their application to the development of modern humans. Impact of natural selection and genetics on development of new species. Evolutionary processes behind the physical and behavioral development of primates. History of the human lineage by reconstructing the fossil record, using investigations by paleoanthropologists, geologists, biologists, and archaeologists. Relationship between contemporary biology and behavior, facilitating an understanding of the effect of them upon future humankind. As an honors course, it is a full thematic seminar with advanced teaching methods focusing on major writing, reading, and research assignments, student class lectures, group discussions and interactions.
Prerequisite: Honors Institute participant.
Advisory: Eligibility for ENGL 1A or ESLL 26; not open to students with credit in ANTH 1.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 hours lecture. (48 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU and UC
Not scheduled for the Spring quarter.
 
ANTH 1HL HONORS PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY LABORATORY1 Unit
Introductory laboratory course focusing on scientific methodology to explore/experiment with topics from Anthropology lecture sections. Topics include Mendelian genetics, population genetics, human variability, forensics, medical anthropology, epidemiology, hominid dietary patterns, non-human primates, primate dental and skeletal anatomy, fossil hominids, chronometric dating, environmental challenges to hominids, environmental impact of hominid behavior, general methodologies utilized in physical anthropological research, and the general study of hominids as bio-culturally adapting animals. As an honors course, it is a full thematic seminar with advanced teaching methods focusing on major writing, reading, and research assignments, student class lectures, group discussions and interactions. Material covered will be enhanced and research techniques and methodologies explored in greater depth than in the non-honors version of this course.
Prerequisite: Honors Institute participant.
Corequisite: Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in ANTH 1H.
Advisory: Eligibility for ENGL 1A or ESLL 26; not open to students with credit in ANTH 1L.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
1 hour lecture-laboratory, 2 hours laboratory. (36 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU and UC
Not scheduled for the Spring quarter.
 
ANTH 1L PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY LABORATORY1 Unit
Introductory laboratory course focusing on scientific methodology to explore/experiment with topics from Anthropology lecture sections. Topics include Mendelian genetics, population genetics, human variability, forensics, medical anthropology, epidemiology, hominid dietary patterns, non-human primates, primate dental and skeletal anatomy, fossil hominids, chronometric dating, environmental challenges to hominids, environmental impact of hominid behavior, general methodologies utilized in physical anthropological research, and the general study of hominids as bio-culturally adapting animals.
Corequisite: Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in ANTH 1.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
1 hour lecture-laboratory, 2 hours laboratory. (36 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Natural Sciences
Transferability: CSU and UC
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ANTH 2A CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY4 Units
Introduction to the study of human culture and the concepts, theories, and methods used in the comparative study of sociocultural systems. Subjects include subsistence, political organization, language, kinship, religion, social inequality, ethnicity, gender, and culture change. Discussion of anthropological perspectives to contemporary issues.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 hours lecture. (48 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Social & Behavioral Sciences
Transferability: CSU and UC
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ANTH 2B PATTERNS OF CULTURE4 Units
Comparative study of patterns in culture. Introduction to ethnographic research and applications of different methods and theories for studying and interpreting societies.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 hours lecture. (48 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU and UC
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ANTH 3 PREHISTORY: THE SEARCH FOR LOST CIVILIZATIONS4 Units
Survey of world prehistory as reconstructed by archaeologists. Human culture history from Stone Age beginnings to establishment and collapse of the world's first major civilizations. Covers societies from Asia and Africa to Europe and the Americas. Introduction to archaeological methods and interpretation. First use of tools, social complexity, urbanization, domestication of plants and animals, and the rise and fall of civilizations.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 hours lecture. (48 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Social & Behavioral Sciences
Transferability: CSU and UC
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ANTH 4 FIRST PEOPLES OF NORTH AMERICA4 Units
Survey of Native American societies and cultures, north of Mexico, from a cultural perspective. Includes social organization, economics, technology and belief systems. Historic and current relationship between the federal government and the Native Americans. Contemporary issues of Native American communities.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 hours lecture. (48 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU and UC
Not scheduled for the Spring quarter.
 
ANTH 5 MAGIC, SCIENCE & RELIGION4 Units
Explores the ways in which people have attempted to gain mastery over the natural and supernatural worlds beginning with prehistoric times and concluding with modern day society and the contemporary world. Cross-cultural study of the beliefs about the nature of reality, spirituality, death, magic, science and healing.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 hours lecture. (48 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Social & Behavioral Sciences
Transferability: CSU and UC
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ANTH 6 PEOPLES OF AFRICA4 Units
Historical and contemporary cultural diversity of Africa emphasizing its social, political and economic organizational structures. Focus on the three religious influences by which African peoples and their resources have been exploited. Problems of acculturation and urbanization as they relate to modernization and expansion of international trade and development.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 hours lecture. (48 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU and UC
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ANTH 8 INTRODUCTION TO ARCHAEOLOGY4 Units
Introduction to the historical development, theory and techniques of archaeological research and fieldwork. Development of comparative approach to the study of ancient cultures. Focus on cultural resource management, survey and selection of field sites, dating, excavation, artifact classification, interpretation of data and written analysis.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 hours lecture. (48 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Social & Behavioral Sciences
Transferability: CSU and UC
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ANTH 8L ARCHAEOLOGY LABORATORY1 Unit
Laboratory methods and techniques of archaeology, including cataloging, care and analysis of artifacts, bone recognition, and archaeological excavation.
Advisory: UC transferability is limited to 3 units maximum for ANTH 8L, 8LX & 8LY.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
3 hours laboratory for each unit of credit. (36 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU and UC
Not scheduled for the Spring quarter.
 
ANTH 8LX ARCHAEOLOGY LABORATORY2 Units
Laboratory methods and techniques of archaeology, including cataloging, care and analysis of artifacts, bone recognition, and archaeological excavation.
Advisory: UC transferability is limited to 3 units maximum for ANTH 8L, 8LX & 8LY.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
6 hours laboratory. (72 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU and UC
Not scheduled for the Spring quarter.
 
ANTH 8LY ARCHAEOLOGY LABORATORY3 Units
Laboratory methods and techniques of archaeology, including cataloging, care and analysis of artifacts, bone recognition, and archaeological excavation.
Advisory: UC transferability is limited to 3 units maximum for ANTH 8L, 8LX & 8LY.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
9 hours laboratory. (108 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Spring quarter.
 
ANTH 12 APPLIED ANTHROPOLOGY4 Units
Applied anthropology focuses on the use of anthropological theories and perspectives in real-world contexts of practice or problem-solving. Course provides students with tools designed to help understand and solve problems arising as a result of culture change, modernization and globalization. Major areas of study include development anthropology and the use of technology in field settings, anthropology and health care, anthropology and advocacy, such as in social work settings, anthropology and law, organizational and business anthropology, and land and resource management.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 hours lecture. (48 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Social & Behavioral Sciences
Transferability: CSU and UC
Not scheduled for the Spring quarter.
 
ANTH 13 INTRODUCTION TO FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY4 Units
Introduction to the application of physical anthropology to the medico-legal process and its emphasis on the identification of human skeletal remains. Subjects include basic human osteoology and odontology, assessment of age at time of death, sex, ancestry, trauma analysis, pathology, crime scene analysis, animal scavenging, and identification procedures. Focuses on the varying arenas in which forensic anthropology is utilized ranging from crime scene investigation, missing person identification, human rights, and humanitarian investigations.
Prerequisite: ANTH 1 or BIOL 40A.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 hours lecture. (48 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU and UC
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ANTH 13L FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY LABORATORY1 Unit
Introductory laboratory course focusing on scientific methodology to reinforce topics from Forensic Anthropology lecture sections using hands-on technical training. Focuses on the medico-legal process utilized in forensics with an emphasis on the identification of human skeletal remains and evidence description. Contains exercises in identifying basic human osteoology/odontology elements and morphological features. Will include standardized procedures for the assessment of age at time of death, sex, ancestry, trauma analysis, pathology, physical characteristics including height and weight, crime scene analysis, animal scavenging, and identification procedures. Focuses on how laboratory conclusions are utilized in courtroom proceedings during expert witness testimony.
Corequisite: Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in ANTH 13.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
1 hour lecture-laboratory, 2 hours laboratory. (36 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU and UC
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ANTH 14 LINGUISTIC ANTHROPOLOGY4 Units
This course introduces students to the anthropological study of language and non-verbal human communication. Using a cross-cultural perspective, students will examine the relationship between culture and the ways in which humans communicate. Topics include language structure, acquisition, diversity, and change.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 hours lecture. (48 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU and UC
Not scheduled for the Spring quarter.
 
ANTH 20 NATIVE PEOPLES OF CALIFORNIA4 Units
Study of the many cultures of the different native inhabitants of California from the prehistoric period to the present time. Covers an introduction to the diversity and complexity of aboriginal California. Includes the environmental adaptation, material culture, social structure, ideology, and response to change. Examines the impact of the other Native, European, Asian and African groups on those cultures as well as the contributions of Native Californians to the cultures of the Americas.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 hours lecture. (48 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU and UC
Not scheduled for the Spring quarter.
 
ANTH 22 THE AZTEC, MAYA & THEIR PREDECESSORS4 Units
Survey of the origin, spread, and decline of pre-Columbian civilizations in Central America with a focus on the Maya and Aztec. Applies understandings of archaeology and cultural anthropology to examine the dynamics economic, social, political, cultural, and religious systems of Mesoamerica over time. Covers the colonization process by the Spanish and current day indigenous issues in Mesoamerica.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 hours lecture. (48 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU and UC
Not scheduled for the Spring quarter.
 
ANTH 50 MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY: METHODS & PRACTICE4 Units
This course is an introduction to Medical Anthropology, a subfield of the discipline of anthropology that seeks to understand and highlight how health, illness and healing practices are culturally constructed and mediated. Students will investigate global, cross-cultural and local issues related to health, sickness, healing, epidemiology, aging and dying from an applied and biocultural perspective, using anthropological theory and ethnographic fieldwork methods. Students will be exposed to diverse cultural interpretations of health, sickness and healing, the importance of viewing medical systems as social systems, understanding the socio-cultural context of medical decision making and therapy management, the principles of cultural competency, and the recurrent and ongoing problems of socioeconomic inequality and ecological disruptions that have an impact upon the differential distribution and treatment of human diseases.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 hours lecture. (48 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU and UC
Not scheduled for the Spring quarter.
 
ANTH 51 ARCHAEOLOGY SURVEY2 Units
Formerly: ANTH 11B
Introduction to field survey in archaeology. Emphasis on site identification, survey techniques and recording skills. All work is conducted at field sites.
Corequisite: Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in ANTH 8.
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in ANTH 11B.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
6 hours laboratory. (72 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
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ANTH 52 ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD METHODS4 Units
Formerly: ANTH 11
Introduction to archaeological field methods at an archaeological site either in the Bay Area or in another country. Locating different types of archaeological sites with field survey. Methods of field excavation. Study of local artifact types and lab techniques for artifact cleaning and identification. Selection of archaeological site, mapping, excavation, and preparation of artifacts, written analysis. Working and living with members of an indigenous culture.
Prerequisite: Instructor permission necessary for enrollment.
Advisory: Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in ANTH 8 recommended; outdoor archaeology activities may be strenuous; not open to students with credit in ANTH 11.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
1 hour lecture, 9 hours field work. (120 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Spring quarter.
 
ANTH 67A CULTURES OF THE WORLD: ECUADOR4 Units
Investigation of a specific culture of the world, in this case Ecuador, in which the student group is conducting research. Covers archaeological and historical past of these cultures. Explores the diversity within each culture. Uncovers the dynamics of power relationships within the culture in ancient and modern contexts. Examines politics, economics, religion, and social development in the culture area.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 hours lecture. (48 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Spring quarter.
 
ANTH 67B CULTURES OF THE WORLD: BELIZE4 Units
Investigation of a specific culture of the world, in this case Belize, in which the student group is conducting research. Covers archaeological and historical past of these cultures. Explores the diversity within each culture. Uncovers the dynamics of power relationships within the culture in ancient and modern contexts. Examines politics, economics, religion, and social development in the culture area.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 hours lecture. (48 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Spring quarter.
 
ANTH 70R INDEPENDENT STUDY IN ANTHROPOLOGY1-4 Units
This course of study provides an opportunity for the student to expand their studies in Anthropology beyond the classroom by completing a project or an assignment arranged by agreement between the student and instructor. The student is required to contract with the instructor to determine the scope of assignment and the unit value assigned for successful completion. Students may take a maximum of 6 units of Independent Study per department.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
3 hours per week, per unit, as determined by unit value of the contracted project or course of study; 36-144 hours total. (0 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
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