Course Descriptions

Course NumberCourse TitleCreditsDescriptionCompetencies
ANT100Introduction to Anthropology3This course is an introduction to the comparative study of humankind from biological and cultural perspectives. It surveys anthropological theory, methods and major findings regarding human origins and variations, cultural development and change, cultural systems and cross-cultural comparisons of people throughout the world.Loading...
ANT105Cultural Anthropology3The study of human cultures and their diversity. Students should develop some understanding not only of the differences that people all over the world experience in their lives and in their perceptions of others, but also those elements that are common to the human experience. This course will entail application of principles and theory to various aspects of field work. Completing Introduction to Anthropology would be helpful but it is not a requirement.Loading...
ANT110Faces of Culture3A television course in cultural anthropology that presents culture as the expression of human values, behavior and social organization existing in unique and varied forms throughout the world. The course focuses on culture as an adaptive mechanism that provides for the survival of the species.Loading...
ANT125Applications of Anthropology3Applied anthropology uses anthropological and interdisciplinary theory and research to address social issues. This course introduces students to basic concepts in four-field anthropology, with an emphasis on cultural anthropology, and it provides an overview of major specializations and current research topics. Students will engage in primary, community-based research through a course project on a topic of choice within one applied specialty. Students in all programs of study at DMACC may benefit through better understanding of qualitative research processes, the broad array of social issues that applied anthropologists study, and the critical thinking and writing that are necessary to problem-solving and understanding of culture and society. Prerequisite or Corequisite: ANT 100 or 105 or instructor approvalLoading...
ANT140Culture and Env of Boreal Forest2The class is an intensive on-site, six-day course taking place in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) of Superior National Forest in Northern Minnesota. BWCA is a designated wilderness area, accessible in the spring, summer and fall by nonmotored canoe or kayak only. Students will learn how the cultural groups residing there for the past 9,000 years have interacted with the local environment, discussing the environmental exploitation strategies of the various indigenous populations and the historic Euro-American groups in the Boreal Forest. The environment of the Boreal Forest will also be studied, encompassing geology, ecology, botany and zoology. The students will use wilderness minimal-impact camping skills and travel from 35 to 50 miles via canoe. Wilderness living skills and safe and effective canoeing techniques will be taught.Loading...
ANT150Global Issues-Local Perspec3Examines a variety of ways in which global connections affect cultural groups. Introduces the concepts and historical backdrop needed to understand global processes with specific cases from anthropological research that illuminate ties between local effect and general changes. The concept of "culture" is explained from critical and historical perspectives, along with recent shifts in theorizing and applying anthropological knowledge. The uses of qualitative field research in studies of globalization are emphasized. Students conduct a small topic-focused research project to see how globalization affects local processes in Iowa. Prerequisite or Corequisite: ANT 100 or 105 or instructor approvalLoading...
ANT202Human Origins3This course provides an introduction to biological anthropology and archaeology. Human origins are examined through the study of the biological and cultural evolution of humans. Topics such as skeletal biology, human variation, genetics, primatology, paleoanthropology and archaeological research methods will be included.Loading...
ANT928Independent Study1 Loading...