The Department of Anthropology synthesizes humanistic and scientific perspectives on human biological and cultural diversity as well as the evolutionary trends seen for humankind. Students and faculty bring this integrated perspective to interactions and collaborations with others in a variety of departments and programs in each of the Colleges across the University.
Courses in anthropology acquaint students with the range of human behavior as differentially explored within each of the subdisciplines within anthropology—archaeology, biological anthropology, and cultural anthropology. Research or methodological courses outfit students with valuable analytic and research skills in qualitative, quantitative and GIS analysis as well as in content-appropriate analytic protocols, as for the analysis of archaeological and ethnographic materials.
Recommendations. Because of the broad and interdisciplinary nature of anthropology, we recommend that majors select additional courses outside the department to enhance their appreciation of and improve their skills in related disciplines. The student’s advisor will make specific course recommendations in keeping with individual needs and interests. See also online Career Paths.
Program Assessment. In order to assist the department in evaluating the effectiveness of its program, majors will, as they complete an ACE 10 course in their junior or senior year:
- Participate in a focus group discussion of programmatic strengths and weaknesses.
- Complete an exit survey, submitted anonymously.
Results of participation in these assessment activities will in no way affect a student’s GPA or graduation.
The entrance requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences are the same as the University of Nebraska–Lincoln General Admission Requirements. Students who are admitted through the Admission by Review process may have certain conditions attached to their enrollment at Nebraska. These conditions are explained under “Removal of Deficiencies.”
In addition to these requirements, the College of Arts and Sciences strongly recommends a third and fourth year of one foreign language. Four years of high school course work in the same language will fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences’ language requirement. It will also allow students to continue language study at a more advanced level at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, and provide more opportunity to study abroad.
To be considered for admission as a transfer student, Nebraska resident or nonresident, students must have an accumulated average of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) and a minimum C average in the last semester of attendance at another college. Transfer students who graduated from high school January 1997 and after must also meet the University of Nebraska–Lincoln General Admission Requirements. Those transfer students who graduated before January 1997 must have completed in high school, 3 years of English, 2 years of the same foreign language, 2 years of algebra, and 1 year of geometry. Transfer students who have completed less than 12 credit hours of college study must also submit either their ACT or SAT scores.
Ordinarily, hours earned at a similarly accredited college or university are applicable to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln degree. The College, however, will evaluate all hours submitted on an application for transfer, and reserves the right to accept or reject any of them, based upon its exclusion and restriction policies. Sixty (60) is the maximum number of hours the University will accept on transfer from a two-year college or international institution. Transfer credit in the major or minor must be approved by the departmental advisor on a Request for Substitution Form to meet specific course requirements, group requirements, or course level requirements in the major or minor. At least half of the hours in the major field must be completed at the University regardless of the number of hours transferred.
The College of Arts and Sciences will accept no more than 15 semester hours of C- and D grades from other schools. The C- and D grades cannot be applied toward requirements for a major or minor. This policy does not apply to the transfer of grades from UNO or UNK to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. All D grades may be transferred from UNO or UNK, but they are not applicable to a major or minor.
University of Nebraska–Lincoln students who choose not to take courses for more than two consecutive terms, must reapply to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Students readmitted to the College of Arts and Sciences will follow the requirements stated in the catalog for the academic year of readmission and re-enrollment as a degree-seeking student in Arts and Sciences. In consultation with advisors, a student may choose to follow a catalog for any academic year in which they are admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at Nebraska in the College of Arts and Sciences. Students must complete all degree requirements from a single catalog year. Beginning in 1990-1991, the catalog which a student follows for degree requirements may not be more than 10 years old at the time of graduation.
Admission Deficiencies/Removal of Deficiencies
Students must remove entrance deficiencies in geometry and foreign language as soon as possible, and before graduating from the College of Arts and Sciences. For questions and more information, students should consult a college advisor in the Academic and Career Advising Center in 107 Oldfather Hall.
Removing Foreign Language Deficiencies
Students must complete the second semester of a first year language sequence to clear the deficiency and the second semester of the second year language sequence to complete the college graduation requirement in language.
Removing Geometry Deficiencies
A deficiency of one year of geometry can be removed by taking high school geometry courses through an approved independent study program, or by completing a geometry course from an accredited community college or a four-year institution. Neither of these options will count for college credit.
College Degree Requirements
College Distribution Requirements
Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (16 hours + Language)
The College of Arts and Sciences distribution requirements are designed to further the purposes of liberal education by encouraging study in several different areas within the College. All requirements are in addition to University ACE requirements. A student may not use a single course to satisfy more than one of the following five distribution requirements. A student cannot use a single course to satisfy both an ACE outcome and a College distribution requirement. A student cannot use a course from their primary major to satisfy the Breadth Requirement (F), but may apply an ancillary requirement of the primary major or a course from their second major toward this requirement. Independent study or reading courses and internships cannot be used to satisfy distribution requirements. To see a complete list of excluded courses, run a degree audit through MyRED.
Courses from interdisciplinary programs will count in the same area as courses from the home/cross-listed department(s).
|College Distribution Requirements|
|CDR A - Written Communication||3|
|Select from courses approved for ACE outcome 1.|
|CDR B and BL - Natural, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences with Lab||4|
|Select from biochemistry, biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, geology, meteorology, mathematics, physics and statistics. Must include one lab in the natural or physical sciences. Lab courses may be selected from biochemistry, biological sciences, chemistry, geology, meteorology and physics.|
|Some courses from geography and anthropology may also be used to satisfy the lab requirement above. 1|
|CDR C - Humanities||3|
|Select from classics, English, history, modern languages and literatures, philosophy, and religious studies. 2|
|CDR D - Social Science||3|
|Select from: anthropology, communication studies, geography, political science, psychology, or sociology. 3|
|CDR E - Language||0-16|
|Fulfilled by the completion of the 6-credit-hour second-year sequence in a single foreign language in one of the following departments: Classics and religious studies, modern languages and literatures, or anthropology. Instruction is currently available in Arabic, Chinese, Czech, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Latin, Omaha, Russian, and Spanish. A student who has completed the fourth-year level of one foreign language in high school is exempt from the languages requirement.|
|CDR F - Additional Breadth||3|
|Select from: natural, physical and mathematical sciences (Area B), humanities (Area C), or social sciences (Area D). Cannot be a course from the primary major.|
|Credit Hours Subtotal:||16-32|
See degree audit or a College of Arts and Sciences advisor for approved geography and anthropology courses that apply as natural science.
Language courses numbered 210 or below apply only for the foreign language requirement.
See degree audit or College of Arts and Sciences advisor for list of natural/physical science courses in anthropology, geography, and psychology that do not apply as social science.
Bachelor of Science Only (60 hours)
The bachelor of science degree requires students to complete 60 hours in mathematical, physical and natural sciences. Approved courses for scientific base credit come from the following College of Arts and Sciences disciplines: actuarial science, anthropology (selected courses), astronomy, biochemistry (excluding BIOC 101), biological sciences (excluding BIOS 203), chemistry (excluding CHEM 101), computer science (excluding CSCE 10), geography (selected courses), geology, life sciences, mathematics (excluding courses below MATH 104), meteorology, microbiology, physics and statistics.
See your degree audit or a College of Arts and Sciences advisor for a complete list including individual classes that fall outside of the disciplines listed above. Up to 12 hours of scientific and technical courses offered by other colleges may be accepted toward this requirement with approval of a college advisor.
Foreign Languages/Language Requirement
Languages Exemption Policy
The University of Nebraska–Lincoln and the College of Arts and Sciences will exempt or waive students from the Nebraska entrance requirement of two years of the same foreign language or from the College’s language distribution requirement based on documentation only. The following are the options and procedures for documentation:
High School Transcripts
For the University entrance requirement, students must show an official high school transcript with two or more years of the same foreign language.
For the College of Arts and Sciences College Distribution Requirement E-Language, students must show an official high school transcript with four or more years of the same foreign language in high school, or show evidence of graduation from a non-English-speaking foreign high school. Students whose native language is not English must show English as a Second Language study on an official high school transcript. Four years of ESL at the high school level (9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades) will be the basis for a waiver of the CDR E Language requirement.
Proficiency Examination at UNL
For the University entrance requirement, students who do not have transcript documentation can request to take a proficiency exam in the language. (This is not the same test as the Modern Languages Placement Exam.) However, the University will provide testing only in the languages it teaches. Currently, these languages are: Arabic, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Czech, Japanese, Chinese.
For the College of Arts and Sciences College Distribution Requirement E-Language, the Department of Modern Languages will oversee the test at the 202 level. If the student passes the test, the department will sign the College Request for Waiver form and indicate the level of proficiency. The form is then forwarded to the Arts and Sciences Advising Center for approval.
The Department of Modern Languages will oversee the test and provide written documentation to the Arts and Sciences Advising Center the level of proficiency passed.
For the University entrance requirement, students without transcript documentation who claim proficiency in a language not taught at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, have the option of seeking out a distance education program in languages. If the student completes the equivalent of 102 from an approved distance education program, the student will meet the University's entrance requirement. The student must have the course work approved before he/she takes/completes the course as equivalent to 102 by a College advisor. The student then completes the course and has the distance education program send the transcript to the Admissions Office.
For the College of Arts and Sciences College Distribution Requirement E-Language, the student can seek out a distance education program and complete the equivalent of the 202-level course. The student must submit the request on the College Request for Substitution form and have the course work approved by a College advisor. The student then completes the course and has the distance education program send the transcript to the Admissions Office.
Third Language Option
If a student demonstrates knowledge of two foreign languages at the 102 level, the College of Arts and Sciences may consider waiving two semesters of the four semester College Distribution Requirement E-Languages requirement. If this waiver were granted, the student would then be required to complete 101 and 102 in another, 3rd foreign language at Nebraska.
Minimum Hours Required for Graduation
A minimum of 120 semester hours of credit is required for graduation from the College of Arts and Sciences. A total grade point average of at least 2.0 is required.
Restrictions on C- and D Grades
The College will accept no more than 15 semester hours of C- and D grades from other schools except for UNO and UNK. No transfer C- and D grades can be applied toward requirements in a major or a minor. No University of Nebraska–Lincoln C- and D grades can be applied toward requirements in a major or a minor.
Pass/No Pass Privilege
University regulations for the Pass/No Pass (P/N) privilege state:
- The Pass/No Pass option is designed for your use by seeking to expand your intellectual horizons by taking courses in areas where you may have had minimal preparation.
- Neither the P nor the N grade contribute to your GPA.
- P is interpreted to mean C or above.
- A change to or from a Pass/No Pass may be made until mid-term (see academic calendar for specific dates per term).
- The Pass/No Pass or grade registration cannot conflict with the policy of the professor, department, college, or University governing the grading option.
- Changing to or from Pass/No Pass requires using the MyRED system to change the grading option or filing a Drop/Add form with the Office of the University Registrar, 107 Canfield Administration Building. After mid-term of the course, a student registered for Pass/No Pass cannot change to a grade registration unless the Pass/No Pass registration is in conflict with the policy of the professor, department, college, or University governing Pass/No Pass.
- The Pass/No Pass grading option cannot be used for the removal of C- or D or F grades.
Pass/No Pass privileges in the College of Arts and Sciences are extended to students according to the following additional regulations:
- Pass/No Pass hours can count toward fulfillment of University ACE requirements and college distribution requirements up to the 24-hour maximum.
- Most Arts and Sciences departments and programs do not allow courses graded Pass/No Pass to apply to the major or minor. Students should refer to the department’s or program’s section of the catalog for clarification. By college rule, departments can allow up to 6 hours of Pass/No Pass in the major or minor.
- Departments may specify that certain courses of theirs can be taken only on a P/N basis.
- The college will permit no more than a total of 24 semester hours of P/N grades to be applied toward degree requirements. This total includes all Pass grades earned at the University and other U.S. schools. NOTE: This 24-hour limit is more restrictive than the University regulation.
A student who feels that he/she has been unfairly graded must ordinarily take the following sequential steps in a timely manner, usually by initiating the appeal in the semester following the awarding of the grade:
- Talk with the instructor concerned. Most problems are resolved at this point.
- Talk to the instructor’s department chairperson.
- Take the case to the Grading Appeal Committee of the department concerned. The Committee should be contacted through the department chairperson.
- Take the case to the College Grading Appeals Committee by contacting the Dean’s Office, 1223 Oldfather Hall.
Course Level Requirements
Courses Numbered above 299
Thirty of the 120 semester hours of credit must be in courses numbered above 299. Of the 30 hours above 299, 15 hours (1/2) must be completed in residence at UNL.
Seniors in the University who have obtained in advance the approval of the dean for Graduate Studies may receive up to 12 hours credit for graduate courses taken in addition to the courses necessary to complete their undergraduate work, provided that such credits are earned within the calendar year prior to receipt of the baccalaureate. For procedures, inquire at the Office of Graduate Studies.
Course work taken prior to receipt of the baccalaureate may not always be accepted for transfer to other institutions as graduate work.
Residency Requirement and Open Enrollment and Summer Independent Study Courses
Students must complete at least 30 of the 120 total hours for their degree at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Students must complete at least 1/2 of their major course work including 6 hours above 299 in their major, and 15 of the 30 hours required above 299 in residence. Credit earned during education abroad may be used toward the residency requirement if students register through the University and participate in prior-approved education abroad programs. The University of Nebraska–Lincoln open enrollment and summer independent study courses count toward residence.
Consistent with the mission and values of the University, ACE is based on a shared set of four institutional objectives and ten student learning outcomes. The ACE program was approved by faculty in all eight undergraduate colleges and endorsed by the Faculty Senate, the student government, and the Academic Planning Committee in January 2008 for implementation in the fall 2009. ACE aligns with current national initiatives in general education.
Key characteristics of ACE demonstrate the benefits of the program to students:
- Students receive a broad education with exposure to multiple disciplines, critical life skills and important reasoning, inquiry, and civic capacities.
- ACE is simple and transparent for students, faculty and advisors. Students complete the equivalent of 3 credit hours for each of the ten student learning outcomes.
- Students connect and integrate their ACE experiences with their selected major.
- Students can transfer all ACE certified courses across colleges within the institution to meet the ACE requirement and any course from outside the institution that is directly equivalent to a University of Nebraska–Lincoln ACE-certified course. Courses from outside institutions without direct equivalents may be considered with appropriate documentation for ACE credit (see academic advisor).
ACE allows faculty to assess and improve their effectiveness and facilitate students’ learning.
ACE Institutional Objectives and Student Learning Outcomes
To meet the ACE Program requirement, a student will complete a minimum of 3 credit hours for each of the ten ACE Student Learning Outcomes (a total of 30 ACE credit hours). See the ACE website at: http://ace.unl.edu for the most current information and the most recently certified courses.
Students must fulfill the requirements stated in the catalog for the academic year in which they are first admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. In consultation with advisors, a student may choose to follow a subsequent catalog for any academic year in which they are admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at Nebraska in the College of Arts and Sciences. Students must complete all degree requirements from a single catalog year. Beginning in 1990-1991 the catalog which a student follows for degree requirements may not be more than 10 years old at the time of graduation.
Majors in anthropology will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of variation in primate, hominin and human biology and behavior, over time and across space.
- Demonstrate knowledge of and respect for the similarities and differences that characterize humans and human societies in the world, over time and across space.
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how and why change in human form and society occurs over time, as manifest around the world.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between methods and their theoretical and practical applications
- Understand ethical aspects of anthropological research and results.
Thirty-one (31) hours of anthropology as described below. At least 12 hours must be in courses at the 300 or 400 level.
|ANTH 212 / ETHN 212||Introduction to Cultural Anthropology||3|
|ANTH 232||Introduction to Archaeology||3|
& ANTH 242L
|Introduction to Biological Anthropology|
and Introduction to Biological Anthropology Laboratory
|Total Credit Hours||10|
Specific Major Requirements
|Advanced Anthropology Courses|
|Select one course from each of the following areas:||9|
|Archaeology of the American Southwest|
|Digital Heritage Tools|
|Historical Archaeology: Current Topics|
|History and Theory of Archaeology|
|North American Archaeology|
|Introduction to Great Plains Archaeology|
|The Ancient Maya|
|Archaeologies of Europe|
|Primate Behavior and Ecology|
|Human Growth and Development|
|Indigenous Peoples of North America|
|Indigenous Peoples of the Great Plains|
|Anthropology of War|
|Peoples and Cultures of Africa|
|Peoples and Cultures of East Asia|
|Gender: An Anthropological Perspective|
|Family, Marriage, and Kinship|
|Digital Anthropologies 1|
|History of Anthropological Theory 1|
|Ethnology and Museums|
|Art and Anthropology of Native North Americans|
|Contemporary Issues of Indigenous Peoples in North America|
|Belief Systems: Animism to Zombies|
|Applied and Development Anthropology 1|
|Contentious Issues in Anthropology 1|
|Credit Hours Subtotal:||9|
|Select one of the following: 2||3|
|GIS in Archaeology|
|Geospatial Approaches in Digital Humanities and Social Sciences|
|Field Methods in Ethnography|
|Quantitative Methods in Anthropology|
|Analysis of Archaeological Materials|
|Advanced Field Work|
|Advanced Laboratory Work|
|Credit Hours Subtotal:||3|
|Additional Anthropology Courses|
|Choose additional anthropology courses at any level.||9|
|Credit Hours Subtotal:||9|
|Total Credit Hours||21|
Integrative course work is recommended. Courses above with 1 integrate knowledge from each of the subdisciplines of anthropology.
Additional Major Requirements
C- and D Grades
A grade of C or better must be earned in all courses in the major and minor.
No course taken Pass/No Pass will be applicable to the major or minor.
Course Level Requirement
At least 12 hours in courses numbered at the 300 and 400 level.
Requirements for Minor Offered by Department
Eighteen (18) hours of anthropology including:
|ANTH 110||Introduction to Anthropology||3|
|Select at least one of the 200 level ANTH core courses:||3|
|Introduction to Cultural Anthropology|
|Introduction to Archaeology|
|Introduction to Biological Anthropology|
|Select additional ANTH courses with at least one 300 or 400 level. 1||12|
|Total Credit Hours||18|
C- and D Grades
A grade of C or better must be earned in all courses in the major and minor.
No course taken Pass/No Pass will be applicable to the major or minor.
Description: An introductory survey of the peoples and cultures who have lived in the Great Plains. It assumes no detailed knowledge of anthropological concepts and methods. North American and Euroamerican Plains life-styles from the prehistoric past, early historic, and modern periods. Emphasis on the ways different people used and adapted to the Plains. Common themes and artifacts of Plains people given special treatment.
Description: Interpret, analyze, infer processes of human and non-human primate biological change from genetics to morphology through time.
Description: Interdisciplinary study of the natural environment, social environment, human heritage, arts and humanities of the Great Plains.
Prerequisites: Good standing in University Honors Program or by invitation.
Description: Topics vary.
Description: Introduction to a wide range of topics in Anthropology.
Description: A survey of the history of civilization and arts in the Fertile Crescent including Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Levant and Syria from the tenth millennium BC to the first millennium BC, with particular attention paid to the Bronze Age.
Description: Introduction to ethnology and its subfields. Standard topics, problems, and theories considered in ethnology, social anthropology, culture and personality, and applied anthropology.
TEAC 213 is a required, introductory, pre-professional course for teaching endorsement in English as a Second Language.
Description: Introduction to research in education about migratory, displaced, immigrant, and refugee populations in the United States and elsewhere in the world; Examination of the intersection of migration, education, family, youth cultures, language use, pedagogy, literacies, policy, and transnationalism as key concepts for the `glocal¿ activities in which human beings participate in everyday life.
Description: Past and present survey of human beliefs and practices related to death.
Description: Introduction to what archaeologists do and what they have learned about humans in the past. Emphasis on methods archaeologists use to study the past and traces the record of human developments up to the rise of cities.
Description: Ancient civilizations of Mexico and Central America including the Ancient Maya, Aztecs, and Toltecs. Anthropological theories and methods dealing with archaeological data about urbanism, architecture, art, human-environment interaction, etc. in ancient Mesoamerica.
Description: Biological anthropology is the study of human and non human primate biological evolution and biocultural variation. This includes genetics, mechanisms of change, growth and development, primate ecology, and the fossil record.
Description: Introduction to complex societies around the world and the role of archaeological heritage in contemporary debates.
Description: Introduction to the study of the biological, economic, political-historical, and cultural bases of war and group conflict.
ENGL 278 requires contributing to an ongoing web-based project.
Description: Practical and theoretical introduction to the concepts, tools, and techniques of digital humanities. Electronic research, text encoding, text processing, and collaborative research.
Only 3 credit hours of ANTH 290 will count towards the Anthropology major.
Description: By participation in research projects students learn basic field techniques and the relationship between research design and execution.
Only 3 hours of ANTH 291 is allowed towards the ANTH major.
Description: Practical experience in the preparation and manipulation of archaeological materials. Experience gained through participation in faculty-guided laboratory projects.
Description: Examination of current topic from an anthropological perspective.
Description: Overview of theory, method, and practice related to archaeological collections management and other post-fieldwork activities.
Description: Advanced survey of past and present indigenous cultures of the American Southwest.
Description: Study of human osteology including histology, pathology, biomechanics and taphonomy.
Prerequisites: 6 hours of ANTH.
Description: Introduction to the ethnography of native Latin America outlining the history and lifeways of indigenous peoples of the region. Indigenous culture, and change and resistance to European colonialism from the pre-Columbian through modern periods. Contemporary indigenous political organizing around issue of human and culture rights, the effects of globalization, and the environment.
Description: Causes, conduct, and consequences of socially organized aggression and combat; an evolutionary survey of "warfare" as conducted by insects, nonhuman primates, and human societies from simple hunting and gathering bands to modern states; anthropological, sociological, psychological, and evolutionary biological theories of the causes of warfare; the relationship between warfare and demography, disease, ideology, colonialism, technology, economy and child rearing; and the nature of societies with no record of war and the mechanisms utilized by warlike societies to create peace. Warfare in different times, places, and levels of social complexity.
Prerequisites: 3 hrs ANTH.
Description: Introduction to the ethnological complexity and cultural diversity of the native ways of life based on the ethnographies of several differing peoples in relation to the areal cultural patterns in contrasting geographical regions. Relations to other portions of the world in culture history and colonial relations.
Prerequisites: 6 hrs of ANTH.
Description: Survey of the historic and recent cultural diversity of the East Asian cultural sphere. The historical development of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean cultures through recent modernization is reviewed and other neighboring and minority cultures are described. Recognizing the central role of Chinese civilization, a main emphasis is upon the interaction between it and surrounding cultures.
Description: Introduction to concept of heritage, digital heritage applications, and hands-on experience in creating digital heritage products using desktop and mobile devices.
Description: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in archaeology and anthropology; lecture provides fundamental spatial concepts and a computer lab teaches skills on data acquisition, data integration, spatial analysis, and digital cartography
Description: Advanced exploration of current topics from an anthropological perspective.
Description: Tutorial course in areas of special interest.
Prerequisites: Good standing in the University Honors Program and permission.
Open to candidates for degrees with distinction, with high distinction, and with highest distinction in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Prerequisites: Junior standing
Recommend some background knowledge of ancient art, history, or languages, a general background course such as AHIS 101, ANTH 252, CLAS 209/210, or any of the courses listed in the Archaeology or Digital Humanities minors. Computer/design skills welcome but not necessary.
Description: A new approach to looking at the history and development of ancient cities, combining history and archaeology with digital methods, in particular 3D modeling.
Prerequisites: 6 hrs ANTH
Description: Theoretical approaches to gender. Emphasis is placed on cross-cultural differences in gender socialization of as it pertains to sexual behavior, power within domestic and public spheres, and the impact of gender on individual aspirations.
Description: Cross-cultural variation in family, marriage, and kinship and theories that account for variation in these fundamental areas of social life.
Prerequisites: 12 hours of anthropology or graduate student standing
Description: Survey of digital methods and emergent technologies in Anthropology.
Prerequisites: 9 hrs ANTH.
Description: Origins and developments of anthropological theory, method, and thought. Historical growth of the discipline and schools of thought from The Enlightenment through The Contemporary Period.
Prerequisites: 6 hours of anthropology including ANTH 212
Description: Explores historical and contemporary aspects of the missions, ethical and political issues concerning exhibits and collections held by museums.
Description: Explores the art of indigenous peoples in the United States. A spectrum of styles, contexts and symbolic meaning will be studied in addition to social aspects of taste, and issues concerning cultural appropriation and the repatriation of religious iconography.
Description: Focuses on theoretical and applied significance of health related practices in local and cross-cultural contexts. Cultural constructions of disease, intervention and treatment strategies explored historically and contemporarily.
Prerequisites: Junior standing
Description: Overview of the technical and sociocultural dimensions of global food insecurity.
Prerequisites: ANTH 242 or equivalent.
Description: Anthropological approaches to the study of nutrition. Background to nutrition science; bio-cultural aspects of obesity, fertility, lactose intolerance, and infant feeding practices; biological differences in nutritional requirements, fertility, and mortality; interpretation of nutritional deficiencies in skeletal remains; reconstructing prehistoric diets from archaeological evidence; and evaluation of relationships between dietary patterns and dental remains in fossil record.
Description: Development of Historical Archaeology and current research in the field.
Prerequisites: 9 hrs ANTH
Description: Current concepts and theories used in archaeology to interpret the archaeological record.
Prerequisites: 9 hrs ANTH including ANTH 232
Description: An areal survey of North American archaeology, methodology, history, and current trends of research. North American prehistory from earliest occupations to The Contact Period.
Prerequisites: 9 hrs ANTH including ANTH 232.
Description: Introduction to the history of archaeological research, taxonomic issues, cultural sequences, and current research topics within the Great Plains area of North America.
Description: Introduction to the nature and purpose of historic preservation as it pertains to resource management and archaeological research. Legislation that forms the basis for: cultural resource management principles; integration of state programs; and archaeological contractors; within the overall framework of land modification planning.
Description: Introduction to the prehistory of the Maya region and its periphery. Features of the Ancient Maya political, economic, religious, gender and material structures. Main substantive, theoretical and political debates in Mesoamerican scholarship. Interdisciplinary research and the types of methods used to create knowledge about Maya civilization.
Description: Survey of the material remains of Europe and of the various approaches to the study of the European past.
Description: Biological variation of modern humas worldwide through time and space. Standard measurements of phenotypic, e.g. elementary anthropometry. Biological adaptation to environment using recent theoretical perspectives.
Description: Cranio-facial anatomy, development and morphology as well as forensic uses of dentition.
Description: Biological diversity from an evolutionary perspective. The history of the study of human physical growth and biological principles of growth. Genetic, epigenetic and hormonal effects on human and other mammal growth patterns, and environmental factors that influence growth. Effects of nutrition, disease, socio-economic status, pollution, etc. Unique features of human growth in its various stages. How anthropologists interpret variation in growth patterns among human populations and the possible adaptive significance of this variation.
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.
Description: Advanced comparative study of the contemporary populations in a selected area of North America (occasionally outside of the USA) that may combine the traditional survey of ethnographic literature with personal observation, participation, and experiential learning activities in rural, urban, or traditional settings. The ethnographic focus (e.g., Native Americans, recent immigrants to the USA, historic practices) changes depending on research opportunities.
Description: Study of geographic concepts and critical analysis of applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in humanities and social sciences and application of geospatial tools for humanities and social science research; learn how to collect, manage, analyze, and visualize spatial data for real-world projects
Prerequisites: Junior Standing; 3 hours in any of the following areas: ANTH, SOCI, HIST, AHIS, TMFD or WMNS.
Description: In depth analysis of the relationship between material culture and gender roles, categories, and performances. Engages with theoretical frameworks for material culture and gender, as well as topics such as the body, clothing, the built environment, technology and media.
Prerequisites: Junior standing.
Description: Provide students with real, in-depth experience in collaboratively creating digital humanities projects. Guided by faculty with expertise in a broad range of digital humanities methods and resources, students work in teams to tackle challenges proposed by UNL researchers and/or local and regional humanities organizations.
Description: Explores the diversity of beliefs and rituals surrounding the mysteries of birth, life, death and beyond.
Description: Human adaptive systems and their ecological contexts. The dynamic inter-relationships between subsistence, technology, social behavior, human demography, and ecological variability.
Prerequisites: ANTH 212.
Description: Efforts by anthropologists and other trained specialists to influence the process of development and socioeconomic change in the modern world.
Prerequisites: 9 hrs ANTH.
Description: Study of selected technologies from around the world at the pre-industrial level of production. Examine hand made art and utilitarian artifacts with the goal of understanding them through replication. Analyze technology within its cultural setting.
Description: Human rights from an anthropological perspective. International human rights, development, and the environment; Western and non-Western perspectives on human rights; individual rights and collective (group) rights; social, economic, and cultural rights; women's rights; gay rights; indigenous peoples and minority groups' rights; and planetary (environmental) rights. Rights to food, culture, development, and a healthy ecosystem.
Prerequisites: 9 hrs ANTH including ANTH 212.
Description: Survey of hunter-gatherer society and its ecological and social adaptations. Hunters-gatherers and their important role in human history and evolution.
Prerequisites: Junior standing and permission
Topical seminar required for all Latin American Studies majors.
Description: An interdisciplinary analysis of topical issues in Latin American Studies.
Prerequisites: Senior standing and permission.
Description: Topic varies.
Description: Survey of theory, method, and practice in describing and interpreting archaeological landscapes.
Description: Introduction to practical and theoretical issues involved in designing and undertaking qualitative field research.
Prerequisites: 9 hrs ANTH; STAT 218 or eqivalent.
Description: Collection, management, and analysis of quantitative anthropological data. Methods of exploratory and confirmatory data analysis. Computer-assisted analysis.
Prerequisites: 9 hrs of anthropology beyond ANTH 110.
Description: Recent controversial issues through the integration of biological, cultural, and archaeological branches of anthropology.
Prerequisites: ANTH 290 or equivalent.
Description: Further practical experience in field research.
Only 3 credit hours of ANTH 491 will count toward the major in ANTH. Open only to advanced students wishing to complete a research project they have developed with ANTH faculty guidance.
12 hours max special topics hours at all levels (100, 200, 300, 400) per degree. May be repeated up to three times so long as the topics are different.
Description: Topics vary each term.
Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; and permission.
Description: A structured professional experience outside the traditional academic setting designed to allow students to learn and use anthropological skills and knowledge and to develop professional networks.
Description: Seminar on current issues and problems in anthropology.
Prerequisites: Senior standing and permission.
This document represents a sample 4-year plan for degree completion with this major. Actual course selection and sequence may vary and should be discussed individually with your college or department academic advisor. Advisors also can help you plan other experiences to enrich your undergraduate education such as internships, education abroad, undergraduate research, learning communities, and service learning and community-based learning.
- A minimum 2.00 GPA required for graduation.
- ***Total Credits Applying Toward 120 Total Hours***
- Complete 30 hours in residence at UNL.
4. Complete 30 hours at the 300 or 400 level.
The following represents a sample of the internships, jobs and graduate school programs that current students and recent graduates have reported.
- Evaluate human behavior and explain social phenomena
- Examine and address social problems, and implement creative solutions
- Perform analysis of social and cultural issues
- Use various qualitative and quantitative research methodologies
- Communicate clearly using different forms of writing to and for a variety of different audiences
- Collaborate with a team to develop solutions
- Confidently navigate complex, ambiguous projects and environments
- Defend and discuss complex issues from multiple angles
- Examine problems from multiple perspectives
Jobs of Recent Graduates
- Primary Education Teacher Trainer, Peace Corps - International
- Geologist, Fulbright - La Plata, Argentina
- Healthy Lifestyle Educator, Clyde Malone Community Center - Lincoln NE
- Editor/Analyst, The Motley Fool - Alexandria VA
- VISTA Leader Position, AmeriCorps - Beckley WV
- Forestry Technician, US Forest Service - Rapid City SD
- Projects Coordinator of Student Life, Peru State College - Peru NE
- Youth Programmer, Asian Community and Cultural Center - Lincoln NE
- Integrated Resource Technician, National Park Service - International Falls MN
- Personal Banker, Wells Fargo - Lincoln NE
- Intern - Linguistics, Smithsonian - Washington DC
- Intern, Nebraska Appleseed - Lincoln NE
- Intern, University of Nebraska State Museum - Lincoln NE
- Intern, Mojave Desert Museum - Barstow CA
- Federal Funding Intern, Indian Center, Inc. - Lincoln NE
- Intern, Nebraska National Forest - NE
- Intern, Sandhills Publishing - Lincoln NE
- Intern, St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center - Lincoln NE
- Professional Development and Training Intern, Duncan Aviation - Lincoln NE
- Intern, Waddell and Reed - Lincoln NE
Graduate & Professional Schools
- Master's Degree, Museum Studies, University of Leicester - Leicester, England
- Master's Degree, International Development, Universite Joseph Fourier - Grenoble, France
- Master's Degree, Education, University of Northern Colorado - Greeley CO
- Physician's Assistant, University of Nebraska Medical Center - Omaha NE
- Master's Degree, Anthropology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Lincoln NE
- Ph. D., Rural Sociology, University of Missouri - Columbia MO
- Master's Degree, Community and Regional Planning, University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Lincoln NE
- Master's Degree, Information Management, University of Maryland, College Park - College Park MD
- Master's Degree, Medical Anthropology, Creighton University - Omaha NE
- Master's Degree, Anthropology, University of Arizona - Tucson AZ