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Graduate Studies Catalog 2007-2009

Department of Anthropology

B-4 Cooper Hall
(585) 395-2682

Chair and Professor: LouAnn Wurst, PhD, SUNY Binghamton; 2007-2008 Presidential Fellow: Carl Davila, PhD, Yale University; Professor: Douglas A. Feldman, PhD, SUNY Stony Brook; Associate Professors: Charles R. Edwards, PhD, SUNY Buffalo; Assistant Professor: Pilapa Esara, PhD, Brown University.

While the Department of Anthropology does not have a graduate degree program, its graduate course offerings may be applied as requirements and/or electives in degree programs as determined through the advisement process.


ANT 501 Native American Art and Culture (A). Provides a survey of Native-American visual arts (north of Mexico) viewed within the context of Native-American cultures and through the framework of anthropology. Considers Native-American arts by culture area: their roots, traditional expressions, changes with European contact and contemporary expressions. Relies heavily upon the use of audiovisual material. 3 Cr. Spring

ANT 503 Biography and Life History (A). Cross-listed as WMS 503. Studies the expression of life stories, their collection and recording, and their presentation in written format. Includes the evolution of the life history in anthropology and oral history; genres of life history; gender and life stories; the life history as an expression of the self vs. the life history as a window on culture; and the limitations of life history research. 3 Cr.

ANT 505 Applied Anthropology (A). Examines applied anthropology as the subfield of anthropology that uses anthropological perspectives to analyze and provide solutions for societal problems in the US and globally. Using case studies and hands-on projects, explores the theoretical, practical and ethical implications of applied anthropology. Primarily for students who will ultimately need to address a variety of applied problems in multicultural or nonwestern settings. 3 Cr.

ANT 540 Historical Archaeology (A). Provides a survey of the field of American historical archaeology. Examines the rationale, methods and theories for the archaeological investigation of the recent past. Explores the insights gained on particular social issues, such as class, ethnicity and slavery, where historical archaeology has played a role. 3 Cr.

ANT 541 Archaeological Analysis (A). Presents contemporary laboratory methods used to identify patterns in artifacts and field data recovered from archaeological site surveys and excavations. Students learn to analyze, interpret, manage and conserve artifacts and field data. 3 Cr.

ANT 542 Field Methods in Archaeology (A). As a field-based course, introduces students to the methods used by archaeologists to collect data in the field. Allows students to participate in an archaeological dig at an actual site off-campus, and perform all the duties involved in that work. Includes activities such as survey, mapping, testing, excavation, documenting and recording finds, and processing artifacts in the lab. 6 Cr.

ANT 590 Topics in Anthropology (A). As an advanced course, addresses current topics, issues, controversies, etc. of anthropological significance. Specific topics vary from semester to semester and may address issues in physical anthropology, archaeology, cultural anthropology or applied/ developmental anthropology. Descriptions of specific topics courses offered in any particular semester may be obtained through the department. May be taken more than once for credit if topics differ. 3 Cr.

ANT 599 Independent Study in Anthropology (A). Established in consultation between student and instructor. 1-6 Cr. By Arrangement

ANT 699 Independent Study in Anthropology (A). Established in consultation between student and instructor. 1-6 Cr. By Arrangement

The information in this publication was current as of Summer 2007 when the text was compiled. Changes, including but not restricted to, tuition and fees, course descriptions, degree and program requirements, policies, and financial aid eligibility may have occurred since that time. Whether or not a specific course is scheduled for a given term is contingent on enrollment, budget support and staffing. The College reserves the right to make any changes it finds necessary and may announce such changes for student notification in publications other than the College catalogs. For the purposes of degree and program completion, students are bound by the requirements in effect as stated in the printed catalog at the time of their matriculation at SUNY Brockport. Students matriculated in summer are bound by the catalog in effect the following fall semester. Inquiries on the current status of requirements can be addressed to the appropriate College department or office. Also refer to the Brockport Web site home page at for current information. Printed Summer 2007