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Course Description:
The curriculum in Anthropology encompasses two overlapping and yet distinct "tracks": (i) cultural and social anthropology and (ii) biological anthropology, archaeology, and material culture studies.

Cultural and social anthropology explores the social orders and meanings that human actors create. Although in the past, cultural and social anthropologists typically carried out research overseas, today cultural and social anthropologists also work in their own societies, and our course offerings reflect this global and inclusive approach. In addition, the curriculum in cultural and social anthropology reflects the discipline's longstanding practice of joining together the study of how people understand their own experiences with cross-cultural comparison.

The curriculum in cultural and social anthropology examines a broad range of issues from a number of theoretical perspectives. Our courses examine societies of diverse cultural traditions and economic forms, as well as the movements of people, objects, and ideas among them. We examine such topics as race and ethnicity, medicine, science, gender, sexuality, the environment, religion, law, popular culture, and politics. And we pursue comparisons that look across both history and geography.

The second curricular track—in biological anthropology, archaeology, and material culture (BAM)—focuses on human physical and cultural evolution, modern human diversity, and the material cultures of historical and contemporary ethnic groupos. The BAM track includes courses from Classics and Environmental Studies, as well as Anthropology. In conjunction with these courses, students gain hands-on experience working with fossil hominid skeletal casts and artifacts from a wide variety of prehistoric and modern cultures in the collections of the Jean M. Pitzer Archaeology Laboratory.

Both tracks in anthropology (cultural and social anthropology and BAM) are offered within the joint undergraduate program in Anthropology of Pitzer and Scripps Colleges.
Requirements for the Major

The major in Anthropology requires a minimum of ten courses. Anthropology includes a variety of subfields, which are incorporated in the major. It is the goal of the major to introduce students to all subfields. However, students often develop special areas of interest within anthropology. To accommodate this diversity, the major offers two alternative tracks. Students interested in combining anthropology with the study of medicine, education, public policy, linguistics, art, or other fields are encouraged to talk to one of the anthropology advisors for recommended courses.

I. The Sociocultural Track requires all of the following courses:

1. Introduction to Archaeology and Biological Anthropology

2. Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology

3. Language, Culture, and Society (or another course in linguistic anthropology)

21. The World Since 1492

105. Field Methods in Anthropology

153. History of Anthropological Theory

2. A minimum of four electives in Anthropology. Courses taken on Pitzer Study Abroad programs may be eligible, if they are approved by the Anthropology Field Group.

II. The Human Evolution, Prehistory and Material Culture Track requires all of the following courses:

1. Introduction to Archaeology and Biological Anthropology

2. Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology

21. The World Since 1492

101. Theory and Method in Archaeology (or Anth 110PO, Field Methods in Archaeology, or an approved summer Field School)

Two upper level courses selected from the following:

101. Theory and Method in Archaeology (cannot satisfy two requirements)

102. Museums and Material Culture

103. Museums: Behind the Glass

110. Field Methods in Archeology (Pomona)

111. Historical Archaeology

128. Pre-history of the Americas (Pomona)

161. Greek Art and Archaeology

164. North American Archaeology

168. Prehistoric Humans and Their Environments

170. Human Evolution

3. A minimum of four electives in anthropology.

A student may substitute a comparable course for a required course with the permission of the field group. Students majoring in anthropology should consult with their advisor to select for the fulfillment of their formal reasoning requirement a course suited both to their interests in anthropology and their background in mathematics.
Combined Major

A combined major in Anthropology (Sociocultural Track) requires at least seven courses, including Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology (Anth 2), Language, Culture, and Society (Anth 3), and The World Since 1492 (Anth 21). In addition, students will normally take Introduction to Archaeology and Biological Anthropology (Anth 1) or one course primarily in archaeology, biological anthropology, or material culture. A course on field methods (e.g., Anth 105) is strongly recommended. At least two courses for the combined major should be ones at an advanced level in Anthropology that are particularly suited to the interdisciplinary major of the student.

A combined major in Anthropology (Human Evolution, Prehistory and Material Culture Track) requires at least eight courses, including Introduction to Archaeology and Biological Anthropology (Anth 1), either Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology (Anth 2) or the World Since 1492 (Anth 21), Theory and Method in Archaeology (Anth 101 or the PO field methods course, or an approved summer field school). In addition, students will take two courses from the advanced courses listed in the catalogue for the major; normally, this will include Historical Archaeology (Anth 111). Finally, students will take at least three other courses in Anthropology, chosen in consultation with the advisor.

For either track, up to two courses may be counted for both fields of the combined major. Where no specific courses are listed in the above requirements, the advisor and student will make a determination of what courses will be taken, and the advisor will then circulate that outcome to the Field Group for approval.
Minor in Anthropology

Students who wish to graduate with a minor in anthropology must satisfactorily complete at least six graded Anthropology courses, at least two of which are listed in the requirements for one or both of the anthropology tracks.

Students planning to continue studies on the graduate level should pay particular attention to the need for faculty consultation, especially with respect to preparation in statistics and foreign languages. Normally, courses in the student's major cannot be taken on a credit/non-credit basis.

As part of their Pitzer experience, students are encouraged to undertake internships or Pitzer Study Abroad. In the senior year, students may undertake a senior exercise with the guidance of the Anthropology faculty.
Honors

Students who compile extraordinary records in Field Group and other Pitzer courses, and whose senior exercise is deemed outstanding, will be recommended for Honors in Anthropology.
Courses

1. Introduction to Archaelogy and Biological Anthropology

2. Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology

3. Language, Culture & Society

12. Native Americans and Their Environments

16. Introduction to Nepal

21. The World Since 1492

23. China and Japan Through Film and Ethnography

24. Women of the Historic American West

26. Introduction to Multicultural Europe

33. Caribbean Cultures, Societies, and Histories

34. White and Off-White: Historical-Anthropological Studies of Racial Privilege and Demarcation

36. Malls, Museums, and Other Amusements: The Public Sphere in the Modern U.S.

50. Sex, Body, Reproduction

62. Embodying the Voice of History

70. Psychological Anthropology

74. The City: An Anthropological Examination

75. Cognitive Anthropology

80. Comparative Religious Systems

81. Media Discourse

84. Representing Middle Eastern Minorities in Europe and North America

86. Anthropology of Policy

88. China: Gender, Cosmology, and the State

90. Schooling

95. Folk Arts in Cultural Context

101. Theory and Method in Archaeology

102. Museums and Material Culture

104. Anthropological Perspectives in Migration and Diaspora

105. Field Methods in Anthropology

106. Anthropological Statistics

107. The Social Life of Statistics

108. Kinship and Social Organization

111. Historical Archaeology

112. Introduction to China, Tibet and Nepal

117. Language and Power

121. Classical Mythology

122. Research: An Apprenticeship Program

131. Anthropology of Ritual and Performance: Asia and Pacific

132. Stigma: Culture, Deviance and Identity

134. Colonial Societies

136. Humor: Culture, Gender, Deviance

140. The Desert As a Place

141. Progress and Oppression: Ecology, Human Rights, and Development

143. Exhibiting Nature

144. Visual Ecology

148. Ethnoecology

149. Ecology and Culture Change

151. Methods and Discourse Analysis

153. History of Antrhopological Theory

161. Greek Art and Archaeology

164. North American Archaeology

168. Humans and Their Environments: The Prehistoric Perspective

170. Seminar in Human Evolution

190. Writing Culture: Seminar in Ethonographic Writing
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