Introduction to Biological Anthropology
This course is a survey of biological anthropology. Primary
emphasis on the biological evidence for human evolution. Major
topics include human paleontology, primate behavior and human
Plagues and Peoples
Overview of the ecology of human host-pathogen interactions and the influence of human culture on the transmission and spread of infectious diseases through time and in different environments.
Cross-cultural study of belief systems concerning health and illness,
practices of diagnosis and treatment, and roles of patients and
practitioners. Several "non-Western" health care systems
are studied in detail.
Human Biological Variation
Human biological variation both among and within living populations.
Evolutionary, genetic, ecological, demographic and especially
cultural factors which contribute to biological variation.
The major topics considered in this course are basic demographic analysis, including life tables, models for population growth and stable population theory; fertility analysis; disease and fertility; disease in human populations; and paleodemography.
4990 Capstone Seminar in Anthropology
Readings, discussions, and problems in the integration of the
subfields of anthropology through theory and examples.