Graduate Catalog
Anthropology

Ruthbeth Finerman, PhD,
Chair
Room 316, Manning Hall
(901) 678-2080

Keri Brondo, PhD
Coordinator of Graduate Studies

E-mail: kbrondo@memphis.edu

www.memphis.edu/anthropology

I. The Department of Anthropology offers a Master of Arts degree in Anthropology with the purpose of training students as competent practicing anthropologists.

Concentrations are available in either Medical Anthropology or Globalization, Development, and Culture. The concentration in Medical Anthropology involves the application of theories and methods in medical anthropology to better understand and address health disparities, health risks, and healthcare systems. The concentration in Globalization, Development, and Culture includes three focus areas: a) Community Development: the application of theories and methods in the anthropology of development in order to understand socio-economic inequalities and strategies of community building through engagement in community-based projects in local, national and international settings; b) Cultural Heritage and Identity: the application of theories and methods in cultural anthropology, applied archaeology, and museum studies to better understand the role of cultural heritage as a source for community engagement, empowerment, development, and sustainability; and c) Environmental Justice and Sustainability: the application of theories and methods in environmental anthropology to better understand local and global environmental problems and to build models for cultural and ecological sustainability and environmental justice. Each student will plan his or her program in consultation with his or her major advisor.

Program objectives are: (1) competence in the holistic theoretical and methodological foundations of anthropology; (2) enhanced and applied critical analysis and independent thought; (3) practical experience in applying learned anthropological knowledge and methodology, and ethical principles; (4) enhanced written and oral communication skills; (5) implementation of professional training and career opportunities in Anthropology through graduate study and participation in professional activities.

Students must comply with the general requirements of the Graduate School (see Admissions Regulations, Academic Regulations, and Minimum Degree Requirements) as well as the program requirements of the degree being pursued.

II. MA Degree Program

A. Program Admission

Admission to both the Graduate School and the department is required. To meet departmental requirements for admission, students must submit a letter of intent, three letters of recommendation, and complete the GRE. All applicants are encouraged to submit a writing sample and those applying for a Graduate Assistantship are required to submit a writing sample. In addition to their undergraduate academic record, applicants will be considered on the basis of their GRE scores, recommendation letters, work experience and career plans as described in the letter of intent. Except in exceptional circumstances, students should have a 3.0 undergraduate record.

Admission to the program is not automatic upon meeting minimum departmental admission requirements. Students are selected from the pool of qualified applicants and the number selected depends on the availability of financial aid and adequate faculty supervision. NOTE: Deadline for completion of submission is January 30 for the following fall semester and November 13 for the following spring semester. Summer school admission must be completed by May 1 for entrance into the Graduate School and the departmental program. Late submissions may, in exceptional circumstances, be considered on an individual basis, but will normally be deferred to the following semester.

B. Program Requirements

  1. A total of 30 semester hours course-work plus satisfactory performance in a practicum (Anthropology 7985—6 hours credit) and a practicum proseminar (Anthropology 7984-1 hour credit) for a total of 36 semester hours.
  2. Satisfactory completion of the core curriculum (14 hours).
  3. Satisfactory completion of concentration-specific requirements (6 hours).
    1. Medical Anthropology
      1. ANTH 6511 Medical Anthropology
      2. ANTH 7511 Medical Anthropology Theory and Practice
    2. Globalization, Development and Culture
      1. ANTH 7400 Globalization, Development, and Culture
      2. And one course (3 hours) from one of the three focus areas, determined in consultation with faculty advisor:
        1. Community Development: ANTH 6051, 6120, 6253, 6412, 6415, or 7411
        2. Cultural Heritage and Identity: ANTH 6414, 6660, 6661, 6680, 7661, or 7662
        3. Environmental Justice and Sustainability: ANTH 6111, 6220, 6414, 6431, or 6510 
  4. At least 70% of the program (i.e. 26 hours) must be taken at the 7000 level.
  5. Satisfactory performance on a comprehensive exam.
  6. The Master’s Degree in Anthropology is an interdisciplinary degree and students are encouraged to take up to 9 semester hours of their work outside of the Department of Anthropology, depending upon their area of interest and the nature of previous work experience.

III. Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate Program in Museum Studies (administered jointly by the Departments of Anthropology and Art)

A. Program Admission

  1. Students currently admitted to a graduate program at the U of M or another university or students holding a graduate degree may apply for admission. For students enrolled in a graduate program, a minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for admission. In rare instances, a student who has completed an undergraduate degree program but who has not completed a graduate degree nor been admitted to a graduate program may apply and will be considered on an individual basis. All students not currently admitted to a graduate degree program at the U of M must also apply to the Graduate School for admission as a non-degree student. In order to continue in the program, students must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA.
  2. To apply, students submit:
    1. transcript of undergraduate degree program and transcripts of prior and current graduate study;
    2. three letters of recommendation; and
    3. a letter describing reasons for wishing to take a graduate certificate in the area of museum studies and how the program corresponds with prior experience and anticipated career plans.

Inquiries can be directed to Dr. Leslie Luebbers, Director of the Art Museum (lluebbrs@memphis.edu), or Dr. Linda Bennett, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences (lbennett@memphis.edu).

B. Program Requirements

A minimum of 18 credit hours is required.

  1. Six of the 18 hours will be met by completion of two core courses: ANTH/ARTH 7661 Museum Practices and ANTH/ARTH 7662 Museums and Committees.
  2. Six elective hours will be selected in consultation with the Admissions and Advisory Committee. Except for unique circumstances, students in the Anthropology and Art History graduate programs must take at least three elective hours outside their major department.
  3. Two three-hour internships (ANTH/ARTH 7669 Museum Internship) are required. Each internship site will be chosen in consultation with the Admissions and Advisory Committee. For those students working in a museum or other appropriate community site, three of the internship hours may be replaced by a third elective course.

ANTHROPOLOGY (ANTH)

In addition to the courses below, the department may offer the following Special Topics courses:
ANTH 6990-6999. Special Topics in Anthropology. (3).Addresses various areas of anthropology; topics are announced in the online course listing. May be repeated with change of topic.

ANTH 7490-99. Special Topics in Globalization, Development and Culture (3). Topics of special interest in Globalization, Development and Culture. No more than six hours may be counted toward a degree in Anthropology. PREREQUISITE: Non-majors must have permission of instructor.

ANTH 7590-99. Special Topics in Medical Anthropology. (3). Topics in Medical Anthropology. No more than six hours may be counted toward degree requirements in Anthropology. PREREQUISITE: Non-majors must have permission of instructor.

ANTH 7690-99. Special Topics in Anthropology. (3). Topics vary and are announced in the online Course Listing. No more than six hours may be counted toward degree requirements in Anthropology. PREREQUISITE: Non-majors must have permission of instructor.

 


ANTH 6051 - Anthropology/Education (3)
Advanced study of the cultural transmission process with emphasis on identifying differing behavioral, cognitive, and learning styles of various ethnic groups within American society and selected third world countries. Encounters of U.S. subcultural groups with the public education system. PREREQUISITE: Nonmajors must have permission of instructor.

ANTH 6111 - Human Adaptations (3)
Examines the physical and cultural adaptations of humans in an evolutionary and ecological context; information from primate studies, the archaeological record, and studies of contemporary societies; environmental context of physical adaptations, cultural adaptations, language, social organization.

ANTH 6120 - Africa's New World Comm (3)
Survey of African-American cultures in the New World emanating from 17th and 18th century slave trade; focus on African Diaspora; Caribbean, Central America, South America, and North America.

ANTH 6220 - Cultural Perspec/Environment (3)
Role of culture in the use and management of natural resources; discusses how societies construct knowledge about nature and attribute value to it; examines how indigenous knowledge, alternative value systems, and traditional management strategies influence policy decisions at the local, national, and international levels.

ANTH 6251 - Psychological Anthropol (3)
(6751). Examines the relationship between culture and personality; cross-cultural comparison of perspectives on cognition, mental illness, ethnopsychiatry, and ethnotherapies.

ANTH 6253 - Anthropology of Religion (3)
Comparative analysis of religious systems and their functional relationships to other cultural institutions; interrelations of myth, magic, and ritual; types of religious institutions and religious practitioners.

ANTH 6270 - Ancient Human Soc/Envir Chng (3)
(Same as ESCI 6270). Examination of past people and their environments from the Ice Age to recent times; archaeological and paleoecological data. Three lecture hours per week.

ANTH 6302 - Native People of North America (3)
Intensive ethnological study of various prehistoric cultures from earliest times until historic contact.

ANTH 6325 - Archaeol Fld/Lab Techn (3)
(Same as ESCI 6325). Instruction in field excavation, specimen preparation, use of survey instruments and photography, map making, archaeological record keeping; methods and techniques in archaeological laboratory analysis; emphasis on organization and supervision of laboratory procedures. PREREQUISITE: permission of instructor.

ANTH 6336 - Native People/Southeast (3)
Intensive ethnological study of various Native American cultures in the Southeast during the post-contact period.

ANTH 6350 - Archaeology of Collapse (3)
(Same as ESCI 6350). Emphasis on archaeology of regional politics and archaic states throughout the world. Overview of social and political collapse of complex societies.

ANTH 6411 - Urban Anthropology (3)
Anthropological studies of pre-industrial and industrial cities; urbanization, movements of social transformation and other processes of adjustment to an urban milieu; urban slums, ethnic enclaves, and housing developments in cross-cultural perspective; urban and social kinship and social organization; urban community development; urban research techniques.

ANTH 6412 - Neigh Dev/Social Entrep (3)
(Same as PADM 6412). Role of various institutions and their relationship to developmental needs of inner-city neighborhoods; evolution of American cities as context for understanding urban neighborhoods, poverty, and community problem-solving; particular attention given to role of government, corporations, and foundations in shaping policy at local level.

ANTH 6413 - Anth of Tourism/Environment (3)
Anthropological theories on conservation, indigenous rights, sustainability, and development as related to tourism development; assessment of ecotourism strategies, including community-managed conservation tourism, "voluntourism," paticipatory sustainable tourism, and the role of nongovernmental organizations in tourism management; special emphasis on indigenous rights.

ANTH 6414 - Anthropology of Work (3)
This course provides a survey of anthropological perspectives on work. Topics include: cross-cultural perspectives on work, gender, and personhood; labor migration; formal and informal labor markets; globalization; workplaces as ethnographic field sites; organizational and occupational hierarchies; paid and unpaid labor; occupational health; and work, leisure, and everyday life.

ANTH 6415 - Anthropology Human Rights (3)
Anthropological approaches to critical human rights issues, debates, practices including gender, children, health, land, genocide, resettlement; broadly-defined human rights in specific national and cultural contexts; explores what anthropology, practitioners, and ethnographic methods offer our understanding of how human rights are interpreted and negotiated.

ANTH 6416 - Culture/Identity/Power (3)
Anthropological approaches to human identity in cross-cultural contexts. Examines how culture and power inform understandings and practices related to difference and stratification, and the forces of identity formation and reproduction cross-culturally with emphasis on ways that race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, religion, nation, and community are constructed, negotiated, and resisted.

ANTH 6417 - Food/Culture/Power (3)
Anthropological study at the intersection of the global industrialized food system and emerging alternatives; construction and negotiation of value, taste, and meaning of food throughout the life cycle of the food system, from field to fork and table to trash; marginality, power, and social action in food systems. PREREQUISITE: ANTH 1200 or permission of instructor.

ANTH 6431 - Culture and Consumerism (3)
Advanced study of consumption from an anthropological perspective; contemporary consumer culture in the U S and around the world; emphasis on how consumption shapes/reflects individual identities and cultural trends; consumer movements and anti-consumerism; sociocultural and environmental impacts of consumer behavior; design anthropology and the role of ethnography in market.

ANTH 6510 - Health/Culture/Environ Justice (3)
Creation of health inequalities through socio-cultural forces that shape differential exposure to environmental hazards; basic concepts in cultural ecology and environmental health; anthropological approaches to understanding human biology; race and class as influences of disease risk in U. S. and global south; grassroots and community-based research efforts to combat environmental health inequalities.

ANTH 6511 - Medical Anthropology (3)
Surveys the anthropology of health, illness, and curing systems, and how cultural, evolutionary, and environmental forces shape health and healing. Topics include ethnomedicine, nutrition, mental health, reproduction, addictions, health ecology, and evolutionary medicine. Examines how illness perceptions and health behaviors yield deeper insight into identity, values, agency, and health disparities. Considers roles for applied medical anthropology to improve care.

ANTH 6521 - Culture, Soc & Mental Health (3)
Examination of mental health and illness as a set of subjective experiences, social processes and objects of knowledge and intervention; cultural models of mental illness and healing; therapy as a cultural practice; substance abuse and addiction; mental health and relations of power; sociocultural dimensions of psycho-pharmacology.

ANTH 6531 - Alcohol/Drugs/Culture (3)
Cross-cultural comparison of beliefs, rituals, and meaning of substance use and abuse; examination of biological and cultural evidence on the origin and development of problems; implications for prevention, early intervention, and treatment.

ANTH 6541 - Nutritional Anth (3)
Cross-cultural comparison of human diet; assessment; cultural and health value of foods; hunger and malnutrition; acculturation and dietary change.

ANTH 6551 - Culture/Sex/Childbirth (3)
Review of biological, environmental, social, and cultural factors influencing human reproduction; comparison of cultural and clinical perspectives on sexual orientation and behavior, sexually transmitted diseases, fertility, birth control, pregnancy, birth, and postpartum care; evaluation of alternative delivery systems in Western and non-Western societies.

ANTH 6571 - Race and Health Disparities (3)
History of scientific racism and race in the public and healthcare spheres; current understandings of human biological and genetic variation; role of cultural constructions of race in differential exposures to health hazards and access to health care; racial health disparities; strategies for addressing health inequalities.

ANTH 6660 - Museum Collections (3)
(Same as ARTH 6660). Museum collection theory and methods, including collection policy, development, preservation, documentation, and interpretation. PREREQUISITE: Permission of instructor.

ANTH 6661 - Collections Research (3)
(Same as ARTH 6661). Introduces students in object-based disciplines to museum collections research methods and their applications to exhibitions, catalogs, and scholarly publications. PREREQUISITE: Permission of instructor.

ANTH 6662 - Museum Exhibitions (3)
(Same as ARTH 6662). Museum exhibition methods and theory, including research, design, layout, object selection and handling, installation, public programing, and evaluation. PREREQUISITE: Permission of instructor.

ANTH 6680 - Applied Archaeology/Museums (3)
(Same as ESCI 6680). Representations of cultural heritage in a broad array of public venues; repatriation, cultural patrimony, cultural resource management, civic engagement, rights and responsibilities of stakeholders, public involvement in museum representations, performance and education, culture and memory.

ANTH 6995 - Global Migration and Health (3)
Complex relationship between migration and health in both historical and contemporary contexts; health consequences of forced migration; migrants as associated with contagion in popular imagination; sexual risk and drug use; maternal and child health; nutrition; health of migrant sending communities; mental health.

ANTH 7002 - Reading For Comps (1-3)
Arranged on individual basis for anthropology graduate students only. May be repeated. PREREQUISITE: Limited to anthropology majors; approval of graduate coordinator. Grades of S, U, or I will be given.

ANTH 7075 - Methods In Anthropology (4)
Critical examination of field methods and research designs in selected areas of anthropology; major trends in contemporary anthropological research as a preparation for applied research. PREREQUISITE: Non-majors must have permission of instructor.

ANTH 7076 - Anth Data Analysis (4)
Construction and analysis of data bases developed from ongoing anthropological projects; review of frequently used statistical techniques in anthropological literature, hypothesis testing, and methods of presentation. PREREQUISITE: ANTH 7075 or permission of instructor.

ANTH 7100 - Sem Biocultural Anth (3)
Topics include principles of human genetics, the biological and cultural aspects of race, the hereditary and environmental factors in modern human variation, medical and nutritional anthropology. PREREQUISITE: Non-majors must have permission of instructor.

ANTH 7200 - History/Anth Theory (3)
Covers growth of anthropology as a discipline nationally and internationally and development of major theoretical paradigms; addresses all subfields of anthropology--cultural, biological, archaeology, linguistic, and applied; designed and required for graduate anthropology students, but open to graduate students in other disciplines.

ANTH 7250 - Comm Culture Evaluation (3)
Cultural perspectives on program evaluation in community settings; theoretical and methodological approaches to evaluation of human service programs; culturally competent evaluations using ethnographic methods; role of anthropology in program evaluation at national and international levels. PREREQUISITE: Non-majors must have permission of instructor.

ANTH 7255 - Applied Anth & Develop (3)
Cross-cultural review of processes of change, grassroots development and planning in industrialized world; models of change, specializations in applied anthropology, and development of public policy on international issues of housing, education, health, and economic development.

ANTH 7400 - Globalization, Dev, & Culture (3)
Surveys the role of anthropology and culture in globalization and development contexts. Topics include: globalization, migration, diaspora, deterritorialization, identity, transnationalism; the anthropology of planning and policy; gender and development; methods and ethics in development anthropology. Emphasis on alternative development at the local and global level, including participation, community and indigenous technical knowledge, cultural heritage, and environmental justice.

ANTH 7411 - Urban Anth In Mid-South (3)
Discussion and analysis of community economic development in the Mid-South region from prehistoric to present time; inter-relationship of cultural values, regional social structures and political economy in terms of international and national industrial trends.

ANTH 7511 - Medical Anth Theory & Practice (3)
Concepts and techniques to develop and improve prevention initiatives and health services and access to care, such as medical narrative, needs assessment, health program evaluation, health marketing, and cultural competency. Emphasis is placed on engagement and collaboration, and on applied medical anthropology's influence on policies, programs, and services that advance community wellbeing and reverse health disparities. PREREQUISITE: Non-majors must have permission of instructor.

ANTH 7521 - Biocultural Epidemiolgy (3)
Concepts and research uniting epidemiology and medical anthropology; explores epidemiologic web of agent, host, and environment in disease; stresses interplay of sociocultural, behavioral, and environmental risk factors; examines applications of epidemiology theory and methods to medical anthropology and global health policy.

ANTH 7661 - Museum Practices (3)
(Same as ARTH 7661). Museum administration, finance, collection management, conservation, education, exhibition design, marketing, and visitor services. PREREQUISITE: Permission of instructor.

ANTH 7662 - Museums & Communities (3)
(Same as ARTH 7662). History and theory of museums, governance, audiences, and current topics in the profession. PREREQUISITE: Permission of instructor.

ANTH 7669 - Museum Internship (3-6)
(Same as ARTH 7669). Structured experience in selected aspects of museum practice. Includes 150 contract hours in museum and colloquium. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours. PREREQUISITE: ANTH 7661, 7662 and/or permission of instructor. Grades of A-F or IP will be given.

ANTH 7970 - Directed Indiv Writing (1-3)
Intensive guided study of original data in areas selected by advanced students and accepted by the instructor; preparation of manuscripts for publication. PREREQUISITE: Permission of instructor. Grades of A-F, or I will be given.

ANTH 7975 - Directed Indiv Reading (1-3)
Intensive guided study in areas selected by advanced students and accepted by the staff. PREREQUISITE: Permission of staff. Grades of A-F, or I will be given.

ANTH 7980 - Directed Indiv Research (1-3)
Intensive guided study of original data in areas selected by advanced students and accepted by the staff; preparation for publication. PREREQUISITE: Permission of chair and the designated staff. Grades of A-F, or I will be given.

ANTH 7984 - Practicum Proseminar (1)
Training modules to plan, execute, document, and evaluate effective practicum assignments. Emphasis is placed on collaboration, engagement, and capacity building to benefit community partners, and on designing and conducting projects which strengthen skills, experience, and professionalism in applied anthropology. Grades of S, U, or I will be given.

ANTH 7985 - Practicum (3-6)
Supervised practical experience in the application of anthropological principles in an agency or facility appropriate to applied anthropology. Grades of S, U, or IP will be given.

ANTH 8075 - Methods In Anthropology (4)
Critical examination of field methods and research designs in selected areas of anthropology; major trends in contemporary anthropological research as a preparation for applied research. PREREQUISITE: Non-majors must have permission of instructor.

ANTH 8076 - Anth Data Analysis (4)
Construction and analysis of data bases developed from ongoing anthropological projects; review of frequently used statistical techniques in anthropological literature, hypothesis testing, and methods of presentation. PREREQUISITE: ANTH 7075 or permission of instructor.

ANTH 8100 - Sem Biocultural Anth (3)
Topics include principles of human genetics, the biological and cultural aspects of race, the hereditary and environmental factors in modern human variation, medical and nutritional anthropology. PREREQUISITE: Non-majors must have permission of instructor.

ANTH 8200 - History/Anth Theory (3)
Covers growth of anthropology as a discipline nationally and internationally and development of major theoretical paradigms; addresses all subfields of anthropology--cultural, biological, archaeology, linguistic, and applied; designed and required for graduate anthropology students, but open to graduate students in other disciplines.

ANTH 8250 - Comm Culture Evaluation (3)
Cultural perspectives on program evaluation in community settings; theoretical and methodological approaches to evaluation of human service programs; culturally competent evaluations using ethnographic methods; role of anthropology in program evaluation at national and international levels. PREREQUISITE: Non-majors must have permission of instructor.

ANTH 8521 - Biocultural Epidemiolgy (3)
Concepts and research uniting epidemiology and medical anthropology; explores epidemiologic web of agent, host, and environment in disease; stresses interplay of sociocultural, behavioral, and environmental risk factors; examines applications of epidemiology theory and methods to medical anthropology and global health policy.

ANTH 8975 - Directed Indiv Reading (1-3)
Intensive guided study in areas selected by advanced students and accepted by the staff. PREREQUISITE: Permission of staff. Grades of A-F, or I will be given.

ANTH 8980 - Directed Indiv Research (1-3)
Intensive guided study of original data in areas selected by advanced students and accepted by the staff; preparation for publication. PREREQUISITE: Permission of chair and the designated staff. Grades of A-F, or I will be given.

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