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Courses


ANTHR 1
Introduction to Physical Anthropology
3 units, 3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU, UC
Study of human beings and their ancestors: Emphasis on relationships to other mammals, physical record of evolution, and processes responsible for evolution.  2202.00
AA/AS area 1; CSU area B2, B3 (with Anthr 1L satisfies lab requirement); IGETC area 5B, 5C (with Anthr 1L satisfies lab requirement)

ANTHR 1L
Physical Anthropology Laboratory
1 unit, 4 hours laboratory (GR or P/NP)
Prerequisite or corequisite: Anthr 1
Acceptable for credit: CSU, UC
Adjunct laboratory to ANTHR 1: Emphasis on working with replicas of bones and visits to museums and zoos to study primate behavior and hominid evolution.  2202.00
CSU area B3 (with Anthr 1); IGETC area 5C (with Anthr 1)

ANTHR 2
Introduction to Archaeology and Prehistory
3 units, 3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU, UC
World prehistory as reconstructed from the archeological and physical evidences of cultural beginnings through the early agricultural civilizations of Africa, America and Euro-Asia: Archeological methods, techniques and problems.  2202.20
AA/AS area 2; CSU area D; IGETC area 4

ANTHR 3
Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology
3 units, 3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU, UC
Cross-cultural analysis of social and cultural factors of human behavior in the recent past and present.  2202.00
AA/AS area 2; CSU area D; IGETC area 4

ANTHR 4
Ancient Civilizations: Aztec, Inca, Maya
3 units, 3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU, UC
Study of Meso-American and ancient South American peoples and cultures: Study using the methods and theories of anthropological archeology.  2202.00
AA/AS area 2; CSU area D; IGETC area 4

ANTHR 5
American Indian History and Culture
3 units, 3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Also offered as Hist 1. Not open for credit to students who have completed or are currently enrolled in Hist 1.
Acceptable for credit: CSU, UC
Survey of North American Indians: Traditional ways of life and history both before and after contact with Europeans; current trends in American Indian socio-economic and cultural development.  2202.00
AA/AS area 2, 5; CSU area D; IGETC area 4

ANTHR 7
Magic, Religion and Witchcraft
3 units, 3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU, UC
Comparative study of religion, magic, and supernatural beliefs and practices: Dynamics and function of religion and magic in human societies.  2202.00
AA/AS area 2, 3; CSU area D; IGETC area 4

ANTHR 13
Urban Anthropology
3 units, 3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU, UC
Study of communities in urban settings and a cross-cultural approach to urban life styles: Rise and fall of great urban centers in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas.  2202.00
AA/AS area 2; CSU area D; IGETC area 4

ANTHR 16
Sex and Society
3 units, 3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU, UC
Cross-cultural approach stressing the biological, cultural, social, and legal aspects of human sexuality: Biological evolution, sexual preferences, abortion, pornography, prostitution, and expanded family forms as they relate to changing laws, customs, and emergent political groups.  2202.00
AA/AS area 2; CSU area D; IGETC area 4

ANTHR 18
Introduction to Anthropological Linguistics
3 units, 3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU, UC
Introduction to the study of language: How linguists describe human languages and exploration of how they developed, change and function in human societies.  2202.00
AA/AS area 2; CSU area D; IGETC area 4

ANTHR 48NA-TZ
Selected Topics in Anthropology
.5-5 units, 0-5 hours lecture, 0-15 hours laboratory (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU
See section on Selected Topics.  2202.00

ANTHR 49
Independent Study in Anthropology
.5‑5 units (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU
See section on Independent Study.  2202.00

ANTHR 248NA-TZ
Selected Topics in Anthropology
.5-5 units, 0-5 hours lecture, 0-15 hours laboratory (GR or P/NP)
See section on Selected Topics.  2202.00

Anthropology Museum

The Merritt Museum of Anthropology was founded in 1973 and created as a teaching museum. In 1989, Dr. Barbara Joans became the Museum Director, teaching a class in Museum studies and exhibition until her retirement in 2011. The Museum, now situated as a series of collections, resides at Merritt College awaiting a new Director to take it further. There are artifacts from all over the world, including material from Africa, Asia, Eurasia, Europe, North and South America (including Alaska), New Guinea and the Pacific Islands. The Merritt Museum of Anthropology is also committed to create exhibits and projects that highlight Oakland in all its rich historical diversity and contemporary vitality. From the exotic to the familiar, the artifacts celebrate our human heritage.