Sep 18, 2021  
2021-2022 Academic Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Academic Catalog
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ANTH 1140 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology


Cultural Anthropology is the study of human societies; the various ways in which contemporary peoples create and are created by cultural processes.  The course does not try to cover all the branches of anthropology; focusing specifically on cultural anthropology as practiced in the United States. Culture is central to the human adaptation to physical, social and psychological environments. Besides exploring how culture influences important areas of human experience, this course attempts to provide insight into how cultural anthropologists do what they do–what problems they encounter and what techniques they use. This is an introductory course that seeks to develop students’ skills in the understanding of unfamiliar and diverse societies that exist in various geographical areas of the world; the interpretation of cultural differences, emphasizing a cross view of human adaptations; and provide an overview of the important findings, concepts, methods, and applications of cultural anthropology.  It examines a wide range of different kinds of social organization and provides, among other topics, introductory information on comparative linguistics, economies, political systems, kinship, and religion.



Credit Hours
3.0
Satisfies a Requirement
Social Science



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