ANTHROPOLOGY

Why Study Anthropology: If you are you excited about exploring different cultures around the world, ancient cultures of the past, or maybe studying the human body and artifacts of ancient people to reveal clues to their past, then this is the field of study for you.

The Anthropology program at Georgia Perimeter College provides the basic freshman and sophomore coursework required by most four-year institutions. A number of our faculty have been honored individually with national awards for excellence in teaching and scholarly activities. For more information about the required courses in Anthropology at GPC, view the Anthropology Advisement Form or our online catalog.

ANTH 1102 - Introduction to Anthropology (3) Prerequisites: Exit or exemption from Learning Support reading or all ESL requirements except ENSL 0091.
This course is designed to introduce students to the general concepts of Anthropology through a survey of the five subfields of cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, and applied anthropology. Anthropology is a defined discipline with a rich historical path and it is within these confines where this course will examine the holistic and comparative study of the human condition. Some topics include: human behavioral and cultural variation, the particulars of field work and participant observations, ethnography and ethnology, marriage systems, economic system, kinship terminology, social and historical linguistics, understanding the emergence and biological evolution of humans, and understanding the consequences of human activity on local, regional, and global ecosystems.

ANTH 1102H - Introduction to Anthropology (Honors) (3) Prerequisites: Exit or exemption from Learning Support reading or all ESL requirements except ENSL 0091 and acceptance into the Honors Program.
This course is designed for students enrolled in the honors program at GPC who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and motivation. The class will offer intellectually challenging material taught by dedicated faculty who will facilitate interaction with other students, and provide opportunities for recognition and service. The course will introduce students to the general concepts of Anthropology through a survey of the five subfields of cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, and applied anthropology. Anthropology is a defined discipline with a rich historical path and it is within these confines where this course will examine the holistic and comparative study of the human condition. Some topics include: human behavioral and cultural variation, the particulars of field work and participant observations, ethnography and ethnology, marriage systems, economic system, kinship terminology, social and historical linguistics, understanding the emergence and biological evolution of humans, and understanding the consequences of human activity on local, regional, and global ecosystems. This course is ANTH 1102 for Honors students.

ANTH 2010 - Introduction to Biological Anthropology (3) Prerequisites: Exit or exemption from Learning Support reading or all ESL requirements except ENSL 0091.
This exploratory, evidenced-based course is designed to introduce students to the general concepts of Biological (Physical) Anthropology. This course will use fossil casts, lectures, hands-on activities, and the scientific method to explore the ramifications of biological diversity in the human species, across time. Major topics include uncovering the processes of evolution and natural selection, the fossil record from early hominins, including australopithecines and Homo erectus to early modern humans such as the Neanderthals, and archaic Homo sapiens. In addition the course will examine variation & adaptation, modern and population genetics, primate behavior and taxonomy, forensics, and biomedical models of anthropology. In this course you will learn the complete story of the human species from our ape ancestry to our future selves.

ANTH 2020 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3) Prerequisites: Exit or exemption from Learning Support reading or all ESL requirements except ENSL 0091.
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology examines the theories, methods, and basic issues in contemporary cultural anthropology. The course will use cross-cultural analysis of human behavior and case studies to examine the universal and culturally relative aspects of human behavior, comparative social organization, cultural change and adaptation, and contemporary global issues. An emphasis will be placed on applied methodologies used in cultural studies such as fieldwork, participant observation, ethnography, and ethnology. Topics include culture and cultural diversity, cultural categories such as race, ethnicity, and gender, social institutions such as marriage, family, religion, and law, food production and exchange practices.