Florida State University General Bulletin 1998-1999

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Academic Departments and Programs (course descriptions)

Department of ANTHROPOLOGY


Chair: Bruce T. Grindal;
Professors: Grindal, Paredes, Pohl;
Associate Professors: Doran, Ting-jui Ho, Josserand, Marrinan, Peters;
Courtesy Assistant Professors: Ehrenhard, Fisher, Keel, Smith, Wilson;
Adjunct Professors: Ardren, Carter, Hopkins, Purdum, Rhodes, Shanafelt

Anthropology is the science of humankind: the study of human origins, physical characteristics, adaptations, distributions, customs, languages, beliefs, and practices. Anthropologists divide their work among four subdisciplines. Cultural anthropologists live among and study contemporary peoples, their means of adaptation, their social institutions, and the creative products of their social lives. Archaeologists study manufactured objects left behind by prehistoric and historic peoples and document stability and change in human behavior over long time periods. Physical anthropologists are concerned with the human body, including the origins of various anatomical features. Anthropological linguists specialize in languagea hallmark of humanity which enables the transferal of large quantities of complex information from one individual to another.

The department offers work leading to the baccalaureate, the master of arts (MA), the master of science (MS), and, cooperatively with the University of Florida, the doctor of philosophy (PhD).

State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites

The State of Florida has identified common course prerequisites for this University degree program. These prerequisites are lower-level courses that are required for preparation for the University major prior to a student receiving a baccalaureate degree from The Florida State University. They may be taken either at a community college or in a university lower-division program. It is preferred that these common course prerequisites be completed in the freshman and sophomore years.

The following lists the common course prerequisites or approved substitutions necessary for this degree program:

  1. Two introductory courses for six (6) semester hours in anthropology (ANT prefix). See the department for details.

Requirements for a Major in Anthropology

Please review all college-wide requirements summarized in the College of Arts and Sciences section of this General Bulletin.


Thirty (30) semester hours in the department are required including the following: ANT 2410, 2511, 3105, 3610, and fifteen (15) semester hours of work at the 4000 level. No more than three (3) semester hours of credit in fieldwork courses may be used to meet this requirement. No hours of directed individual study (DIS) or satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U) credits may be counted toward fulfillment of this requirement except upon approval of a petition to the department chair. LIN 4030 and 4040 may be counted as equivalents of courses designated as ANT for purposes of completing the undergraduate major requirement of thirty (30) semester hours in the department, but no more than three (3) semester hours of LIN courses will be counted toward completion of the specific requirement of fifteen (15) semester hours of work at the 4000 level. No anthropology course for which the student receives a grade of D or lower may be counted toward satisfaction of the major requirements.


Twelve (12) semester hours in a related field.


The Department of Anthropology offers a program in honors in the major to encourage talented juniors and seniors to undertake independent and original research as part of the undergraduate experience. For requirements and other information, see the University Honors Program and Honor Societies section of this General Bulletin.

Requirements for a Minor in Anthropology

Twelve (12) semester hours to include either ANT 2410 or 2511.

Definition of Prefixes

ANT Anthropology

LIN Linguistics

Undergradute Courses

ANT 2410. Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3). Origin and development of human lifeways with emphasis on non-Western societies. A comparative perspective is used to examine technology, language, social organization, religion, and values. Attention is also given to contemporary world problems.

ANT 2511. Introduction to Physical Anthropology and Prehistory (3). The focus of this course is to provide a basic understanding of the evolution of humankind and our early cultural development. The principles of evolution are emphasized and how they apply to the emergence of the order primates and especially man.

ANT 3105. Fundamentals of Archaeology (3). This fundamentals course provides an overview of objectives, field strategies, basics of laboratory analysis, interpretative approaches to the record and what the threats to archaeological/cultural resources are. This includes a brief overview of the history of archaeology and the changes in strategies used to examine the prehistoric and historic archaelogical records. An emphasis is placed upon developing an understanding of the fundamental objectives and methodologies used in modern anthropological archaeology.

ANT 3141. World Prehistory (3). This course outlines the major events in human cultural and social evolution and includes a brief presentation of general archaeological methods and objectives. The course focuses on social and technological evolution and changes in subsistence patterns on a global basis.

ANT 3212. Peoples of the World (3). A survey of the worlds known cultures by major geographic regions. The purpose is to familiarize the student with the range and variety of the human condition and at the same time instill in the student a respect and admiration for mankind. Lectures, readings, and visual materials are utilized.

ANT 3231. Introduction to Folklore (3). This course introduces students to the basic concepts, functions, theories, and methods of folklore. Major genres of folklore, such as myth, legends, proverbs, games, jokes, etc., will be given detailed analysis by using examples from cultures around the world.

ANT 3610. Language and Culture (3). An introduction to and examination of the complex relationship between those codes of communication that singularly serve to set man apart from the rest of the animal kingdom. This will include verbal as well as nonverbal communication modes, their variety and complexity, and how they condition and are conditioned by mans cultural systems for behavior and perception.

ANT 4034. History of Anthropology (3). This is a survey course for majors which reviews the development of the central ideas which have shaped the emergence of anthropology as a science. The approach is critical and objective, and while the presentation is somewhat chronological, beginning with the Enlightenment, the emphasis is to evaluate the scope and limitations of modern theory.

ANT 4124. Anthropological Fieldwork: Archaeology (9). Prerequisite: ANT 3100. This course trains students in the principles and methods of archaeological fieldwork, including research strategy development, recovery, recording and controls, sampling strategy, mapping, surveying, laboratory analysis, quantification, and report preparation. This is an intern-type course, sometimes requiring the student to live off campus.

ANT 4125. Paleonutrition (3). Methods in reconstruction of past economic behavior/diet. Includes lab work in identification/analysis of faunal remains.

ANT 4131. Techniques of Underwater Site Research (6). Prerequisite: PEN 1136. A classroom and field introduction to the techniques of underwater research in marine sciences, with a focus on archaeology.

ANT 4133. Underwater Archaeology (3). A survey of the history, theory, methods, and problems of underwater archaeology is made, with attention given to the types of investigations and environments in which underwater archaeology is conducted and to the fields particular contributions to anthropology.

ANT 4135. Anthropological Fieldwork: Underwater Archaeology (6). An introduction to the specialized methods and concepts of underwater archaeology. Successful completion of a certified divers program will be required of all students who wish to enter underwater environments. The course consists of both lecture and field sessions with reading assignments in selected texts. Specialists in various related disciplines will give presentations to the class as the course progresses. The field sessions will be at selected sites in the state of Florida and adjoining areas, and will involve diving activities at prehistoric Indian sites and/or shipwreck locations in Florida waters.

ANT 4153. North American Archaeology (3). This course examines the prehistory of North America from the earliest big-game hunters who exploited extinct megafauna to the societies existing at the time of historic contact. Regional variation and continuity in subsistence and settlement patterns and material culture are examined.

ANT 4163. Mesoamerican Archaeology (3). Investigates the development of high civilization in ancient Mesoamerica. Evidence is drawn from archaeology, art, architecture, and ethnography.

ANT 4167. Maya Hieroglyphic Writing (3). This course presents the principles of classic Maya hieroglyphic writing, its history, and methods of its decipherment. Classic Maya mathematics are also introduced, as are calendrics and astronomy, Maya grammar and text structure, and a survey of monumental texts from selected sites.

ANT 4241. Anthropology of Religion (3). The cultural conceptions of supernatural reality with emphasis on comparative understanding of myth and ritual, the religious experience, and religious evolution and revitalization movements.

ANT 4227r. Topics in PreColumbian Art and Iconography (3). This course fouces upon major PreColumbian art traditions, as evidenced in the material culture. Attention is paid to cosmology and the socio-cultural context of art in each society. Topics include classic Maya art and inconography; Mixtec Codices; Central Mexican art and inconogrpahy; Southwestern US art and architecture. May be repeated, when topics vary, to a maximum of nine (9) semester hours.

ANT 4302. Sex Roles in Cross-Cultural Perspective (3). Sex roles in anthropological perspective with emphasis on data from physical anthropology, archaeology, and ethnology. Special emphasis on the interpretation of sex roles by the anthropologist in the field.

ANT 4312. North American Ethnology (3). This course acquaints students with the variety of aboriginal North American cultures and languages (north of Mexico), anthropological problems in the ethnology of native North America, historic trends in native North American sociocultural change, and recent developments among native North American peoples.

ANT 4326. Peoples and Cultures of Mexico and Central America (3). Provides an overview of Mexico and Central America and the multiplicity of cultural and linguistic groups within the developing modern nations from an anthropological viewpoint. Cultural values and the problems of reconciling modern society with traditional peasant and indigenous ethnic groups, as well as institutions such as kinship and the family; technology, work, and ecological adaptations; social organization, political integration, and religion; and ceremonial life.

ANT 4362. Peoples and Cultures of Southeast Asia (3). This course provides a brief survey and analysis of the configuration of peoples and cultures of Southeast Asia, with special attention to its ethnic diversity and unity, as well as the characteristics of each culture in its social and physical environment.

ANT 4363. Japanese Society and Culture (3). This course is intended to be an anthropological introduction to Japan. It aims to clarify the origins of Japanese culture and people, to interpret its cultural history from the earliest times to the present, and to account for the relationship among the components of culture such as ideology, social structure, personality formation, and economic development.

ANT 4364. Chinese Society and Culture (3). This course provides a general survey of the culture and social structure of China. Some of the topics to be emphasized include the origin of the Chinese culture, family and social organization, religion, ideology, and tradition vs. modernization.

ANT 4524. Human Osteology, Anthropometry, and Anthroposcopy (3). This course is designed to acquaint the student with each of the bones of the normal adult human skeleton. It is particularly appropriate for those students interested in archaeology and physical anthropology. Each bone is examined followed by a review of abnormal variations. The uses of anthropometric instruments are demonstrated as are the methods of estimating age, sex, and racial origin.

ANT 4552. Primate Behavior (3). Prerequisite: ANT 2511 or permission of the instructor. Introduces the substantial scholarly literature on the behavior and ecology of free-ranging prosimians, monkeys and apes. Anthropological applications of recent findings will be emphasized.

ANT 4553. The Great Apes (3). Prerequisite: ANT 2511 or permission of the instructor. Focuses on the behavior and ecology of the large-bodied, non-human hominoidschimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas and orangutans. Introduces the complexities involved in using this evidence to draw conclusions about human evolution.

ANT 4583. Human Evolution (3). This course examines the evolution of humankind from its earliest beginnings to the present with special emphasis on anatomical changes and adaptations.

ANT 4640. Sociolinguistics (3). This course provides students with an understanding of the role language plays in society as a means of communication and as a social diacritic, as well as a primary vehicle of enculturation and acculturation. Topics include the methodology and theoretical foundations of sociolinguistics, linguistic variation in a social context, social and geographical dialects, bi- and multilingualism, and literacy and language planning, as featured in case studies from around the world.

ANT 4563. The Anthropology of Infancy (3). Prerequisite: ANT 2511 or permission of the instructor. An overview of human nature during this early phase of the life cycle. Uses data and theory from biological anthropolgy, primate ethology, evolutionary psychology and sociocultural anthropology to provide a nontraditional perspective on human development and its interface with the caretaking behavior of adults.

ANT 4907r. Directed Individual Study (1-3). May be repeated to a maximum of twelve (12) semester hours.

ANT 4914r. Honors Work (3). May be repeated to a maximum of six (6) semester hours.

ANT 4930r. Special Topics in Anthropology (1-3). Specialized subjects and topics in anthropology. Topics may vary. May be repeated to a maximum of nine (9) semester hours when topics vary. May be repeated in the same semester.

LIN 4030. Introduction to Historical Linguistics (3).

LIN 4040. Introduction to Descriptive Linguistics (3).

Graduate Courses

ANT 5126r. Anthropological Fieldwork (1-9).

ANT 5175. Historic Archaeology (3).

ANT 5184. Material Culture: Analyis and Interpretation (3).

ANT 5186. Seminar in Archaeological Method and Theory (3).

ANT 5193r. Seminar in Archaeology (3).

ANT 5194r. Analysis and Interpretation of Archaeological Research (3).

ANT 5196. Public Archaeology (3).

ANT 5246. Contemporary Folk Religion (3).

ANT 5255. Peasant Societies (3).

ANT 5491r. Seminar in Social Anthropology (3).

ANT 5580. Biocultural Adaptation and Paleodemography (3).

ANT 5588r. Seminar in Physical Anthropology (3).

ANT 5677r. Seminar in Linguistic Anthropology (3).

ANT 5707. Applied Anthropology (3).

ANT 5908r. Directed Individual Study (1-3). (S/U grade only.)

ANT 5909r. Directed Individual Study (1-3).

ANT 5915r. Supervised Research (1-3). (S/U grade only.)

ANT 5917. Proseminar (1). (S/U grade only.)

ANT 5946r. Supervised Teaching (1-3). (S/U grade only.)

For listings relating to graduate course work for thesis, dissertation, and masters and doctoral examinations and defense, consult the Graduate Bulletin.

APPLIED POLITICS: see Graduate Bulletin

ARABIC: see Modern Languages and Linguistics

ARCHAEOLOGY: see Anthropology