Cultural Anthropology Course Description(s)
CLTA1550 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3)
This course focuses on basic perspectives and concepts for understanding and productively relating to groups and individuals in other cultures. It includes an introduction to the discipline, history of the discipline and its development, and methods of cultural anthropology. This course fulfills a General Education Level II Cross Cultural Requirement if taken with CLTA1550CC Level 2 Intercultural Lab.
CLTA2030 Intercultural Communication (3)
A course focusing on the contexts in which intercultural communication takes place and the impact of those contexts on communication. The course also develops ethnographic skills as a tool for adapting to a cross-cultural context. Offered: Alternate years. Fulfills a General Education Level II Cross-Cultural Experience if taken with CLTA2030CC Level 2 Intercultural Lab.
CLTA2040 Ethnography: Exploring Cultural Scenes (3)
Ethnography is a powerful tool for analyzing cultural dynamics, objects and settings. Its methodology is being used increasingly in multiple disciplines such as medicine, multinational organizational dynamics and marketing. This course will introduce the components of ethnographic fieldwork and provide opportunities for developing skills appropriate to doing qualitative research. Offered: Alternate years. Fulfills a General Education Level II Cross-Cultural Experience if taken with CLTA2040CC Level 2 Intercultural Lab.
CLTA2250 Issues of Developing Nations I (3)
A course designed to guide students in the study of under or lesser developed nations. Recognizing the issues are complex, the course covers the interrelatedness of political, cultural, and economic development as well as the influences of religion, conflicts, and special populations. The course is interdisciplinary in nature. (See: SOGY2250) Offered: Alternate years.
CLTA3180 Race, Class and Gender (3)
A study of the contemporary diversity of society with a focus on inter-group relations (e.g., assimilation, conflict, and pluralism). Emphasis is placed on gaining an understanding of the multi-cultural nature of American society in comparison with other societies and on formulating a viable response. Recommended: SOGY1550 or SOGY2430. Offered: Alternate years. Fulfills a General Education Level II Cross-Cultural Experience if taken with CLTA3180CC Level 2 Intercultural Lab. (See SOGY3180) Prerequisites: Junior standing, or instructor's approval
CLTA3250 Issues of Developing Nations II (3)
A course designed to allow students an advanced study of under or lesser developed nations. Students will study the interrelated issues of political, cultural and economic development as well as the influence of religion, conflicts and special populations. Students will select a discipline in which she or he will complete an in-depth study. (See: SOGY3250) Offered: Alternate years.
CLTA3340 Sociology of the Family (3)
A study of the nature and diversity of marriage and family relationships, and of perspectives for investigating and understanding the social issues and forces impacting them with the aim of clarifying standards and objectives. (See: SOGY3340) Offered: Alternate years.
CLTA3550 Sociology of Religion (3)
An examination of the changing role and function of religion for the individual and in society, with emphasis on understanding and responding to the forces conditioning the nature of this relationship. Recommended: SOGY2030, or SOGY2430. (See: SOGY3550) Offered: Alternate years.
CLTA3970 Junior Research in Cultural Anthropology (1)
The student will begin the process of developing independent research. This may be in cooperation with a professor or senior research student. May be repeated for a maximum of 2 credits. Prerequisites: CLTA1550, CLTA2030, CLTA2040
CLTA4094 Topics in Cultural Anthropology (1-4)
A variety of courses designed to provide theoretical knowledge and practical experience to enhance the preparation of students in the cultural anthropology program. May be repeated for credit with different topics.
CLTA4720 History of Anthropological Theory (3)
This course provides an account of the historical growth of anthropology as a discipline by describing the parallel, convergent and interdependent developments of all major traditions in cultural anthropology. This will include thinkers from well before the formation of the discipline in the academy, through the founding thinkers to the ferment of post-modern thinkers. Prerequisites: CLTA1550, CLTA2030