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The following Anthropology courses are offered:

ANTH 300 Physical Anthropology 3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B2; IGETC Area 5B
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course is designed to introduce students to the study of physical or biological anthropology, one of the sub-disciplines of anthropology. Physical anthropology considers the role of culture in the human biological experience. This course traces the evolution of the human line and examines our relationship to our closest living relatives, the non-human primates. This course provides an overview of human genetics, human variation, primatology, human and primate evolution, human growth and development, skeletal anatomy, and forensic anthropology.

ANTH 301 Physical Anthropology Laboratory 1 Unit
Prerequisite: None.
Corequisite: ANTH 300 (may be taken previously)
General Education: CSU Area B3; IGETC Area 5C
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LAB
This is an introductory laboratory course dealing with human evolution, human, ape and monkey bone identification (osteology). Identification and measurement of skeletons, determining age and sex from bones, examination of human fossils, forensics, monkey and ape behavior as well as human development will be covered.

ANTH 303 Introduction to Forensic Anthropology 3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course provides an overview of the field of forensic anthropology, which is the study of human remains in a medicolegal context. This course emphasizes current techniques used in the analysis of human skeletal remains, medicolegal procedures, and the role of the anthropologist in the investigative process. It examines the basics of bone biology, methods of skeletal analysis, and recognition of bone pathology and trauma. This course will address the broader aspects of applied anthropology and the role of anthropology in law enforcement and human rights issues.

ANTH 310 Cultural Anthropology 3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area V(b); AA/AS Area VI; CSU Area D1; IGETC Area 4A
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course is an introduction to the varieties of customs and forms of social organizations found in our species. A multicultural, comparative approach is used to study the structure and function of various economic, political, social and religious systems found in Western and non-Western societies.

ANTH 319 Visual Anthropology: Introduction to Ethnographic Film 3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area V(b); CSU Area D1
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course provides an introduction to the use of film by anthropologists as a research and educational tool. Students will view and evaluate a series of films depicting different cultures from around the world. Analysis will focus on examining various attributes of ethnographic film and their treatment by a number of anthropological filmmakers.

ANTH 320 Introduction to Archaeology and World Prehistory 3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area V(b); CSU Area D1; IGETC Area 4A
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course introduces students to the discipline of archeology and provides a broad survey of world prehistory. Students will explore the fundamental principles, theoretical approaches and methods utilized by archaeologists to reconstruct prehistory, and will explore a sample of the major developments of human prehistory from the Upper Paleolithic period forward. Examples of the archaeological record will be drawn from all major geographic areas of the world.

ANTH 330 Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion 3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area V(b); AA/AS Area VI; CSU Area D1; IGETC Area 4A
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This is a cross-cultural study of the forms and functions of supernatural beliefs and associated rituals in various societies of Africa, Asia, aboriginal Australia, Oceania, South America, native North America and elsewhere. The emphasis of the course is on understanding beliefs and rituals within their social contexts. Students will also focus on broad comparisons of each culture to derive insight into the general functions of beliefs and rituals in human life. A field trip may be included in the course activities.

ANTH 390 Anthropology Field Study .5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 12 hours LEC ; 18 hours LAB
This course provides an opportunity for first hand observation of a variety of historic and prehistoric sites in the Sierra foothills environment, as well as an examination of museum collections and presentation techniques of cultural materials. Depending on availability, it includes visits to active excavations in the area. This class is ideal for future teachers and those interested in the interpretation field. Students who qualify due to a lack of sufficient funds may request the field trip fee waived.

ANTH 392 Principles of Heritage Interpretation 3 Units
Same As: BIOL 392 and HIST 392.
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This interdisciplinary course covers the basics of interpreting historical, cultural, and natural resources to the general public. Interpretation is a communication process that forges emotional and intellectual connections between the interests of the audience and the inherent meanings of the resource. Topics will include: developing audience awareness; understanding resource identification; developing a program using a thematic approach; writing measurable performance objectives; and learning program delivery techniques. Completion of this course will qualify students to apply for professional certification through the National Association for Interpretation as a Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG). This course is recommended for students interested in history, biology, anthropology, recreation, education, and communication. Not open to students who have received credit for biology 392 or history 392.

ANTH 393 Field Experience in Anthropology or Heritage Interpretation 2 Units
Same As: BIOL 393 and HIST 393
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: Completion of ANTH 310 or ANTH 392 with a grade of "C" or better.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(b)
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB
This course is a cooperative effort between the college and the organizations involved in anthropology or the related field of heritage interpretation. Internship sponsors assist students in acquisition of skills and the application of knowledge learned in the classroom. In addition to developing applied job related skills, students will learn skills in job seeking, career goal setting, team-building, and leadership. During the internship, students will continue to check in with the class to receive input and feedback on their experience. This course requires that the students obtain an internship during the course of the semester that will last a minimum of 54 hours.

ANTH 495 Independent Studies in Anthropology 1-3 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB

ANTH 499 Experimental Offering in Anthropology .5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB

Updated 06/10/14

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