Courses & Subfields
UIndy's Department of Anthropology wants its students to be as well-rounded as possible, which is why it focuses on all four of the discipline's primary subfields. As you will find below, each subfield offers students exciting and relevant courses, including occasional special topic classes. Full course descriptions are available through the academic catalog.
This subfield considers modern societies around the world and is by far the most heavily represented field in terms of number of anthropologists.
We offer an introduction to cultural anthropology (ANTH-100), a class in global problems (ANTH-200), a course about Eskimos (ANTH-210), one about how people depict American Indians (ANTH-290), classes about religions in traditional societies (ANTH-310) and illness, health, and disease (ANTH-335), another dealing with cross-cultural experiences and cultural field methods (ANTH-410), and a course on doing ethnography – a hands-on, detailed study of one culture and professional ethics (ANTH-475).
Biological (Physical) Anthropology
This subfield is broadly concerned with human beings, their biological nature and variation around the world, and their ancestors (hominids, apes and monkeys).
We present a class on primates and human beings (ANTH-130), a course about humans' physical variations worldwide (ANTH-205), one examining human evolution (ANTH-345), another that relates human biology and culture (ANTH-411), a class in dental science (ANTH-425), and one that delves into skeletal anatomy (ANTH-450). The Department of Anthropology has strong ties to the University's Department of Biology, particularly with its graduate program in human biology, and several of our courses are cross-listed as Biology classes.
Archaeology (also spelled Archeology)
Archaeology usually concentrates on prehistoric peoples, but it really emphasizes material remains that people leave behind. Therefore, archaeologists could also look at modern societies by examining contemporary material culture.
Our offerings include an introductory class (ANTH-110), one in North American archaeology (ANTH-220), another in classical archaeology (ANTH-251), courses in laboratory methods (ANTH-370) and field methods (ANTH-375), field schools (ANTH-380) and (ANTH-480), a photography course (ANTH-405), and a capstone course about practices and ethics (ANTH-470).
Anthropological linguists focus on people's use of language and how languages change, spread, relate to each other, and serve people's needs. This field has the fewest practicing anthropologists.
Cultural Linguistics (ANTH-360) presents a series of directed investigations into various aspects of the pivotal relationship between human languages and cultures. It examines several aspects of how language use reflects one's own culture as well as the cultures of other societies.