Exploration of the scientific principles governing natural systems and their contribution to understanding the emergence and biological evolution of humans, the role of environment in shaping human behavioral and cultural variation, and the consequences of human activity on local, regional, and…

Exploration of the scientific principles governing natural systems and their contribution to understanding the emergence and biological evolution of humans, the role of environment in shaping human behavioral and cultural variation, and the consequences of human activity on local, regional, and…

Students are introduced to the most famous archaeological sites in the world, with themes centered around the following: evidence of early humans, first cities, death and burial, art and architecture, ritual and religion, warfare, sacrifice and conflict, and great inventions.

The theory of evolution by natural selection through the natural history of humankind and of our closest relatives, the primates. Concepts of macro and microevolution, adaptation, cell and genetics, paleontology, human and primate origins, brain and language evolution, bioarchaeology, and…

Contemporary assessment of the multiple ways in which societies understand, value, regulate, and engage with water. Provides an international perspective on the relationship between water and culture, with a focus towards global sustainability.

Cultural diversity of contemporary Native American tribes of the continental United States and Alaska, including lifestyles, politics, literature, music, art, and socioeconomic conditions.

Exploration of digital/internet issues related to archaeology, geography, and the digital humanities, e.g., who owns the past, and how do we disseminate (or withhold) information about our shared national and global heritage?

This course will examine human death and dying from a cross-cultural perspective. It will draw on ethnographic readings and films to examine the archaeological record for burials and the varying cultural attitudes towards death. It will survey funerary traditions and mortuary rituals for the…