Anthropology Summer Courses


    Introduction to Biological Anthropology

  • ANTH 1

    Session 2

    Prerequisites lifted in summer for all students.

    Study of evolution illustrated by Pleistocene hominid fossils and variation in living human groups. Behavior and evolution of primates examined as they contribute to the understanding of human evolution. Required for all anthropology majors. (Formerly Introduction to Human Evolution.) (General Education Code(s): SI, IN.)

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  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

  • ANTH 2

    Session 2

    Prerequisites lifted in summer for all students.

    A number of different peoples are studied and a variety of approaches to the nature of the culture and to the study of specific cultures presented. Required for all anthropology majors. (General Education Code(s): CC, IS.)

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  • Introduction to Archaeology

  • ANTH 3

    Session 2

    Prerequisites lifted in summer for all students.

    Overview of ways of learning about the human past beyond the scope of written history. Reviews development of archaeology, fundamental methods and theories, and archaeology's contribution to understanding human origins, the emergence of farming, and the origins of complex societies. (General Education Code(s): SI, IS.) 

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  • Human Evolution

  • ANTH 101

    Session 1

    Prerequisites lifted in summer for all students.

    Study of human evolution covering the last five million years. Examines the fossil evidence and emphasizes the reconstruction of behavior from the paleontological and anatomical evidence. 


  • Human Skeletal Biology

  • ANTH 102A

    Session 1

    Prerequisites lifted in summer for all students.

    Presents basic human osteology allowing students to identify skeletal material by element. Emphasizes the dynamic nature of bone by integrating anatomy with a discussion of bone physiology within the context of the human life cycle. 


  • Forensic Anthropology

  • ANTH 103

    Session 2

    Prerequisites lifted in summer for all students.

    Covers basic analysis of human skeletal remains for the medicolegal profession. Assessment of age, sex, ancestry, and general physical characteristics, trauma, and disease are discussed. Addresses legal responsibilities of the anthropologist.

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  • Human Paleopathology

  • ANTH 105

    Session 2

    Prerequisites lifted in summer for all students.

    Examines paleopathology beginning with ancient hominid populations and proceeding to modern populations. Uses both the skeletal evidence and historical documentation when available. Considers evolutionary, cultural, and biological factors. Topics include: osteological diagnosis of infectious disease; trauma; nutritional deficiencies; dental disease; and developmental defects. 

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  • Encounter Studies

  • ANTH 110J

    Session 1

    Prerequisites lifted in summer for all students.

    Through close reading of ethnographic scholarship and some literature, this course will examine how cultures and societies are shaped through encounters: everyday social interactions across difference, colonial conquest, place-making projects, boundaries and intimacies, and capitalist relations. (General Education Code(s): ER) 


  • Gender, Technology & Skill-Based Development

  • ANTH 118 (field study in India)

    Session 2

    Globalization has become a fashionable concept these days, and it is on everybody’s lips. In what way globalization is related to “development” promoted by every nation-state in the world? This course explores such questions through a diverse body of literature and service learning conducted in urban and rural Odisha, India. (General Education Code(s): PR-S) 

    Dr. Annapurna Pandey will be leading a field study course (ANTH 118/ANTH 118L) in India in Summer 2017. For more information contact Study Abroad at studyabroad@ucsc.edu or 831-459-2858

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  • Lithic Technology

  • ANTH 182A

    Session 1

    Prerequisites lifted in summer for all students.

    Introduction to lithic and ceramic analysis in archaeology. Includes lab analysis, discussions of classification and typology, and exploration of the concept of style as it relates to ceramics and lithics in archaeology.