Faculty-Sociology and Anthropology

Sociology and Anthropology

Kenneth V. Mills, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry and Chair of Sociology and Anthropology

Ann Marie Leshkowich, Ph.D., Professor

Renée L. Beard, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Jeffrey C. Dixon, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Ara A. Francis, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Jennie Germann Molz, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Susan Crawford Sullivan, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Melissa F. Weiner, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Selina R. Gallo-Cruz, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Daina Cheyenne Harvey, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Alvaro Jarrín, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Ellis Jones, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Jeremy L. Jones, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Nurhaizatul Jamil, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow

Susan M. Cunningham, Ph.D., Lecturer

Stephanie Crist, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor

Tsitsi Masvauwre, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor

Lihua Wang, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor

 

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology offers three avenues for specialized study: a major in sociology, a major in anthropology, and a minor in anthropology. The department has one principal mission — to challenge students to examine the social and cultural dimensions of the contemporary world. As social sciences, both disciplines play a distinctive role in the liberal arts curriculum. Each combines a humanistic concern for the quality and diversity of human life with a commitment to the empirical analysis of culture and society. The department welcomes non-majors to courses when space is available. Our curricula also have many ties to Holy Cross’ interdisciplinary programs and concentrations.

Sociology

Sociology courses draw attention to history, culture, and social structure and their effects on people’s lives. The curriculum features the analysis of cultures and social institutions, of social problems and social change, and of the contribution of social science to policy formulation and implementation. The courses at the 100-level introduce students to the basic concepts and analytical tools used in sociology. Intermediate (200-level) courses provide more detailed coverage and analysis of distinct institutions, social processes, or substantive areas. Advanced seminars and tutorials (300- or 400-level) are intensive courses, typically limited to sociology majors or students participating in interdisciplinary programs or the concentrations housed in the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. There is sufficient variation in perspective across the sociology curriculum to offer students both knowledge of sociological theory and methods and a foundation for using a sociological imagination.

The sociology major is designed to provide a critical assessment of the modern world and knowledge of the latest issues in social theory and research. The major is appropriate for students with a wide range of educational and career interests including but by no means limited to graduate study in sociology. Majors often pursue graduate work in law, medicine, health care management, communications, urban affairs, and gerontology, and careers in business, government, education, journalism, management, social services, and public health.

The sociology major consists of a minimum of 10 courses.

Required courses:
SOCL 101:   The Sociological Perspective
SOCL 223:   Logics of Inquiry
SOCL 226:   Social Statistics
SOCL 241:   Development of Social Theory
One advanced 300 or 400-level seminar, tutorial, or research practicum

Elective courses:
Five department electives (two may be anthropology courses)

The electives are selected in accordance with student interests and in consultation with a faculty advisor. The department encourages students to create a “subdisciplinary” specialization, but our primary goal is to help students explore a range of social phenomena and issues. Majors may take up to 14 courses in the department; double majors must take 18 courses outside of the department.

Anthropology

The anthropology curriculum focuses on a comparative, social scientific and holistic study of human cultures around the world. Courses offer students opportunities to study people’s experiences outside the West and regularly address Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Courses often highlight cultures in the countries in which faculty work (Zimbabwe, South Africa, Kenya, Brazil, Indonesia, Vietnam) as well as hands-on fieldwork in the Worcester environs. A broad range of courses address art, religion, politics and violence, economic change, globalization, gender, sexuality, race, urban life, national identities, medicine, biotechnology, youth, consumption and fashion. Anthropology expands horizons for all students and can lead to further study or careers in law, development work, diplomacy, human rights endeavors, international business, and medicine, or to graduate studies in anthropology and the opportunity for research abroad.  The anthropology major or minor is available to students in any major except sociology.

The anthropology major consists of a minimum of 10 courses.

Required courses:
ANTH 101: The Anthropological Perspective
ANTH 310: Ethnographic Field Methods
ANTH 320: Theory in Anthropology
One advanced 300 or 400-level seminar, tutorial, or research practicum

Elective courses:
Six department electives (two may be sociology courses)

All electives are chosen in accordance with student interest and in consultation with a faculty advisor. Majors may take up to 14 courses in the department; double majors must take 18 courses outside of the department.

The anthropology minor consists of six courses.  The minor provides students with the opportunity to explore non-Western but also Western cultures from an anthropological perspective.

Required courses:
ANTH 101:  The Anthropological Perspective
ANTH 310:  Ethnographic Field Methods
or
ANTH 320:  Theory in Anthropology

Elective courses:
Four additional anthropology courses chosen with the advice of the anthropology faculty.

Advising

The department maintains an active advising program for sociology and anthropology students. Faculty advisors work closely with individual advisees to clarify course offerings and discuss academic and career goals. The department encourages students to pursue interdisciplinary concentrations, internships, Washington semester, and study abroad, and it provides advice on how to integrate these activities into a course of study. Internship placements are also a good addendum for sociology and anthropology students, and placements can be arranged in a variety of areas, including health related services, media, law, women’s and children’s services, older adult programs, business and criminal justice. Some examples of programs or agencies that have sponsored sociology and anthropology students’ internships are: The Age Center of Worcester, Abby’s House (shelter for women), Daybreak (battered women’s services), AIDS Project Worcester, City of Worcester Planning Department or Public Health Department, Fidelity Investments, and Worcester Juvenile Probation Office.

Honors Program

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology offers a department Honors Program for students seeking the independent research opportunities associated with writing a thesis, independent of the College Honors Program. Our honors program provides qualified majors the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the discipline through a year-long project of their own design, either empirical or theoretical, and to write an honors thesis during their senior year. To be eligible a student must be a major with an overall GPA of at least 3.25 and a departmental GPA of at least 3.5, and in most cases, have completed the theory and methods requirements before the senior year. Application to the department Honors Program is made in the spring semester of the junior year and requires an application, transcript, and thesis proposal. Decisions are made by a Department Honors Selection Committee.

Honor Societies

Student scholarship is also recognized by the department in terms of students’ appointment to membership in Alpha Kappa Delta, the international honor society in sociology, or Lambda Alpha, the national collegiate honor society for anthropology. Both societies promote human welfare through the advancement of scientific knowledge that may be applied to the solution of social problems. Both societies sponsor annual student paper contests, as well as support students to present their original work at regional and national conferences.

Courses

Sociology Courses

Sociology
Introductory Courses
Sociology
101
The Sociological Perspective
Fall, spring

A one-semester introduction to the principles of sociological analysis. Through a critical examination of selected topics and themes, this course develops a sociological perspective for the interpretation and understanding of cultural differences, age and sex roles, discrimination, the family and the workplace, bureaucracies, stratification, the problems of poverty. One unit.

Intermediate Courses
Sociology
203
Racial and Ethnic Groups
Annually

An examination of 1) the emergence of race in modern societies, with special emphasis on the United States; 2) theories of race and ethnicity; 3) the history of racial groups in the U.S.; 4) experiences of race and ethnicity in daily life and in different social institutions; and 5) anti-racist movements challenging racial inequality. Prerequisite: Sociology 101. One unit.

Sociology
205
Social Class and Power
Alternate years

Examines American class structures and processes, acknowledging the unequal distribution of resources and analyzing aspects of institutionalization serving to support such inequality. Course focuses on the various social, economic, and political indicators of an individual’s position in society, including occupation, income, wealth, prestige, and power, as well as characteristics of life at different levels of the class hierarchy. Prerequisite: Sociology 101. One unit.

Sociology
210
Consumer & Corporate Sustainability
Alternate years

This course asks what it means to be a good citizen, good consumer, and good corporation in light of contemporary social and environmental problems by focusing on the relationship between democracy and capitalism. It investigates the complexities of understanding and implementing social responsibility on the local, national, and global level. Prerequisite: Sociology 101. One unit.

Sociology
219
Deviance
Alternate years

An introduction to the sociological study of deviance, this course explores: (1) how sociologists theorize deviance and social control, (2) how people come to view certain attitudes, conditions, and behaviors as odd, morally reprehensible, or illegal and (3) the identities and life chances of people who are labeled as “deviant.” Pays close attention to the relationship between deviance, power and social inequality. Prerequisite: Sociology 101. One unit.

Sociology
223
Logics of Inquiry
Annually

An introduction to the world of “doing sociology,” this class covers the logic and techniques of social scientific research. Readings, lectures, and exercises both in and out of the classroom are designed to help students experience the field and develop methodological skills first-hand. Students will learn how to conceptualize, operationalize and conduct sociological research projects, including construction of research questions, an understanding of the intersection between theory and praxis, composing interview questions and guides for both qualitative and quantitative studies, collection, entry, and analysis of data, and presentation of empirical findings. Prerequisite: Sociology 101 and Sociology 226. One unit.

Sociology
226
Social Statistics
Annually

Students are introduced to both descriptive and inferential statistics (including confidence intervals, chi square, multivariate analysis of variance, and multiple regression). The (mis)use and interpretation of statistics is heavily stressed. Prerequisites: Sociology 101. One unit.

Sociology
236
Environmental Sociology
Annually

This course examines the interaction between human society and the natural environment, more specifically, the relationships between various environmental and social problems, as well as emphasizes current theory and research in environmental sociology aimed at understanding and addressing those problems. By discussing issues of science and technology, popular culture, disasters, urbanization, racial and gender relations, domination and violence, as well as social movements, and by engaging in issues from a diversity of disciplines including anthropology, biology, economics, geography, psychology, and history, this course will reach a broad understanding of environmental issues. One unit.

Sociology
241
Development of Social Theory
Fall, spring

This course examines the roots of social theory, its historical context, and its many perspectives. A special emphasis is placed on understanding how theory itself is socially constructed, how it tends to over represent dominant groups and their corresponding perspectives, and how it can be applied to contemporary issues to reveal possible solutions to social problems. Prerequisite: Sociology 101. One unit.

Sociology
246
Sociology of News
Every third year

What Americans know about their social and political world is heavily mediated by “the news.” This course draws on sociology of media research and wider media studies to ask: what social forces shape how journalists cover the news? How might U.S. media be reformed? Prerequisite: Sociology 101. One unit.

Sociology
247
Sociology of TV and Media
Alternate years

This course investigates the evolving role of television in shaping our understanding of the world as it relates to democracy, consumerism, human relationships, and how we make sense of our own lives. More specifically, the course examines the nature of entertainment, advertising, news and the institutions that create television programming. Prerequisite: Sociology 101. One unit.

Sociology
254
Girls and Violence
Alternate years

Examines the social science literature pertaining to girls both as victims and as perpetrators, as well as structures influencing personal experiences and interpersonal dynamics. In addition to theory related both to gender and violence, topics covered include bullying and relational aggression, sexual harassment, gangs, trafficking, and living in a war-torn society. Prerequisite: Sociology 101. One unit.

Sociology
256
Self and Society
Every third year

This course examines how individual bodies, hearts and minds are social phenomena. Topics include language, self, and what it means to be human; the sociology of emotion; the presentation of self in everyday life; micro-social order, disruption, and ontological security; and the micro-politics of interaction. Draws strongly from the symbolic interactionist, dramaturgical, and interpretive traditions. Prerequisite: Sociology 101. One unit.

Sociology
257
Aging and Society
Annually

A thorough introduction to the sociological study of people’s experience of late life. Strives to increase awareness of the social, cultural, and historical affects on aging by examining people’s accounts of late life and aging, their social and psychological compensations, and the bearing of late life experiences on end-of-life decisions. Prerequisite: Sociology 101. One unit.

Sociology
259
Children and Violence
Alternate years

This course is organized around three general themes: (1) an introductory overview of the topic of violence, including theoretical background and structural factors; (2) an analysis of violence-related issues, including family, street, and school-based causes and consequences; and (3) consideration of prevention and intervention strategies and relevant policy implications. Prerequisite: Sociology 101. One unit.

Sociology
260
Women, Poverty, and Religion
Alternate years

This course analyzes the relationship between gender, poverty, and religion. Beginning with social science explanations of the causes and consequences of the “feminization of poverty” both in the United States and globally, the course then considers the challenge of women’s poverty to religion and the role that religion plays in the lives of poor women. Prerequisite: Sociology 101. One unit.

Sociology
261
Sociology of Religion
Every third year

An analysis of religion as a socio-cultural product. Emphasis on the interrelationship between religion and society in a cross-cultural perspective. Major topics include the social functions of religion, the organization of religious practice, and the impact of social change on religion. Prerequisite: Sociology 101. One unit.

Sociology
263
Medical Sociology
Annually

A critical study of the institution of modern medicine. Special attention is paid to socio-cultural and political factors influencing susceptibility, diagnosis and treatment. Topics include the social meaning of disease, patienthood, the medical profession, and the organization of medical care. Prerequisite: Sociology 101. One unit.

Sociology
269
Sociology of Education
Alternate years

A critical examination of education in the U.S., with a special emphasis on public schooling. This course considers how the functions and goals of education have changed over time, factors leading to the current crises in education, and controversial programs for fixing the problems such as vouchers, charter schools, and multicultural education. Prerequisite: Sociology 101. One unit.

Sociology
271
Families and Societies
Annually

This course examines patterns in American family behavior. The course strives to increase awareness of the social, cultural, and psychological facets of family life by examining kinship relations, child socialization, dating behavior, patterns of sexual activity, parental decisions, family development, divorce, violence in the family. Prerequisite: Sociology 101. One unit.

Sociology
275
Masculinities
Alternate years

This course explores the social construction of masculinities and masculine performances of gender. We will use an intersectionality approach to examine masculinities in conjunction with gender, race, class, religion, and sexual orientation. The primary goal of this course is to critically engage with how the construction and reproduction of masculinities shape men's perceptions of themselves, other men, women, social situations, and social structures. We will do this by examining issues such as: boyhood and male socialization; male friendship; gender 'transgressions' and their relationship to homo/transphobias; male sexuality; masculinities in sports; depictions of men in the media; men and the family; male aggression and violence; and the military. Prerequisite: Sociology 101. One unit.

Sociology
277
Gender and Society
Annually

On women’s and men’s gendered experiences at the individual, interactional, and institutional levels; how gendered experiences vary by race/ethnicity, sexuality, social class, and other ways. Prerequisite: Sociology 101. One unit.

Sociology
278
Gender, Body, Health
Annually

This course examines the body as a medium for self-expression and an entity to be controlled. The body is a site where men and women “do gender”; this can have both positive and negative effects on health. Among the topics covered; transgender and intersex conditions; culture and bodies; expression and repression; violence; sports; health behavior engagement; childbirth. Prerequisite: Sociology 101. One unit.

Sociology
279
Sex and the Global City
Alternate years

This class highlights the politics of urban space by examining three forms of social injustice concerning sexuality, gender, and class in different geo-locations. It examines the relationship between capitalism and sexualities, urban experiences of sexualities, sex trafficking, and the global LGBT movement. Students can link sexualities to urban planning, social policy, economics, culture, and social change at both national and global levels.  Prerequisite: Sociology 101. One unit.

Sociology
280
Global Culture and Society
Every third year

Examines the way social identities and everyday cultural practices are linked to global circulations of capital, taste, fashion and power. Through a comparative analysis of representations of globalization, cultural products such as McDonald’s and Sesame Street, mega-events such as the Olympics, virtual cultures and technologies, and leisure and consumption practices such as shopping, eating, and international tourism, students will gain a critical understanding of the debates surrounding cultural imperialism, cultural homogenization, and the hybridization of culture. Prerequisite: Sociology 101. One unit.

Sociology
281
Sociology of Travel & Tourism
Every third year

This course focuses on the relationship between tourism and social life by considering how tourist practices are socially shaped and made meaningful within social contexts. This course explores tourism as a lens through which we can understand many of the features of contemporary social life, including modernity and postmodernity, consumption and cultural commodification, the aestheticization of everyday life, authenticity, embodiment, identity, gender, risk, technology, mobility and globalization. Prerequisite: Sociology 101. One unit.

Sociology
299
Special Topics
Annually

These intermediate level courses address selected sociological issues not covered by the regular curriculum. They are offered on an occasional basis; topical descriptions for specific offerings are available before the enrollment period at the departmental office. Prerequisite: Sociology 101. One unit.

Advanced Courses
Sociology
320
Sociology of College Sports
Alternate years

This course focuses on the explicit connections between higher education and athletics. A historical perspective on the links between these institutions will then lead to discussions about racial and ethnic minorities and women in college sports, activism within college sports, the role of the NCAA, the effect of college sports on academic and occupational attainment, the commercialization of college sports, and recent controversies in college sports. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. One unit.

Sociology
361
Leadership and Social Change
Alternate years

An advanced community-based learning seminar focusing on leadership development and religious teachings on social justice. Course will look at comparative religions while primarily focusing on Catholic social teaching on issues such as poverty, immigration, and the environment, as well as biography of spiritually-inspired leaders for justice. Course includes sociological analysis of Catholic social thought, leadership, power, poverty, social movements and organizational behavior. Students will analyze and write about their own semester-long leadership CBL projects in light of course readings.  Prerequisite: permission of instructor.  One unit.

Sociology
365
Illness Narratives
Annually

This course examines first-person accounts of living with various illnesses, including the subjective experiences of illnesses that are mental/physical, acute/chronic, curable/fatal and age-related. Comparisons will be made across both historical and cultural contexts to highlight the socially constructed nature of health and aging. The class will engage the role of labeling theory, postmodern conceptions of health, and differences according to race, class, gender, sexual orientation and age. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. One unit.

Sociology
370
Sociology of Trouble
Annually

This course examines how people experience and cope with negative events such as illness, death, separation or divorce, unemployment, natural disaster and war. Delving into topics that are usually the purview of psychology, our investigations highlight the social nature of self, cognition, emotion and identity. Readings will focus on particular cases of trouble, the roles of religion, psychology and medicine in helping people to cope with tragedy, and cultural and historical variability in how humans make sense of suffering. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. One unit.

Sociology
376
Women and Nonviolence
Alternate years

This course surveys some of the most exemplary cases of women’s efforts to use nonviolence in resistance, social change, and peace building. We will investigate how women’s unique social location shapes their particular contribution to the conceptualization and implementation of nonviolence. And we will consider the significance of their efforts in constructing new social spaces for peace and justice. A global range of cases will be explored with a special focus on women in the developing world. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. One unit.

Sociology
383
Utopian & Dystopian Worlds
Alternate years

This seminar examines some of the most pressing social issues of our present by deconstructing fictional accounts of our imagined futures. Through a selection of science fiction (literature, television, and film), students analyze how issues of race, class, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and age are resolved, exacerbated, or ignored in each narrative. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. One unit.

Sociology
385
Technology, Mobility & Social Life
Every third year

A seminar on how social life is increasingly organized through various intersecting mobilities (travel, migration, and virtual or communicative mobilities, such as cybertourism and mobile communication). Prerequisite: permission of instructor. One unit.

Sociology
386
A Global Sense of Home
Alternate years

This advanced seminar aimed at returning study abroad students explores the related concepts of home, belonging and citizenship in light of globalization and mobility. In addition to reflecting on personal experiences of home and mobility, we study narrative accounts by refugees, migrants, tourists and expatriates to think in new ways about global citizenship. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. One unit.

Sociology
399
Selected Topics in Sociological Analysis
Annually

A critical examination of selected topics utilizing sociological theory and research methods. Topics and staff rotate. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. One unit.

Sociology
490, 491
Honors Colloquium
Fall, spring

The Honors Colloquium is required for students enrolled in the department Honors Program. The colloquium meets biweekly to cover various research topics related to research design, implementation, and dissemination and to help students prepare for their culminating presentations at the Academic Conference. The colloquium is offered on a pass/no pass basis. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. One-half unit each semester.

Sociology
492, 493
Directed Honors Research
Fall, spring

Honors students undertake a research project under the direction of a department faculty member. The results are presented in the form of a thesis and two semesters credit, granted at end of second semester. Candidates selected from invited applicants to the Department Honors Committee. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. One unit.

Sociology
494, 495
Directed Research
Fall, spring

Students may undertake independent research projects under the direct supervision of a faculty member. Individuals contemplating a research project should make inquiries during their third year, since the project is usually initiated by the beginning of the fourth year. Preference for sociology majors. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. One unit each semester.

Sociology
496, 497
Directed Reading
Fall, spring

An individualized reading program addressing a topic in sociology not covered in course offerings. Reading tutorials are under the supervision of a sociology faculty member, usually limited to the fourth year students, and arranged on an individual basis. Preference to sociology majors. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. One unit each semester.

Sociology
498, 499
Special Projects
Fall, spring

Program for individual students who wish to pursue supervised independent study on a selected topic or an advanced research project. Ordinarily projects are approved for one semester. Open to selected third- and fourth-year students with preference to sociology majors. Each project must be supervised by a faculty member. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. One unit each semester.

Anthropology Courses

Anthropology
Introductory Courses
Anthropology
101
The Anthropological Perspective
Fall, spring

A one-semester introduction to the main modes of sociocultural anthropological analysis of non-Western cultures, such as those of Africa, Latin America, Southeast Asia, Melanesia, Polynesia and Native America. Attention also to anthropology of the U.S. Topics include: ethnographic methods; concepts of culture; symbolic communication; introduction to anthropological approaches to kinship, religion, gender, hierarchy, economics, medicine, political life, transnational processes and popular culture. One unit.

Anthropology
130
Anthropology of Food
Annually

Food lies at the heart of human social systems worldwide, as symbolic good, gift, and token of love and political control. This course addresses such topics as: gender hierarchies, eating, and food; foods such as sugar and chocolate and colonial systems of power; food/body/power dynamics; food and social identity construction; and famine in a time of world plenty. Focus is on specifically anthropological approaches to food cultures in Asia, Africa, Latin America, with comparative material from the U.S. One unit.

Anthropology
135
Food, Body, Power
Alternate years

This course draws on medical anthropologist Paul Farmer’s insight that deep poverty can be a form of structural violence. We apply that interpretive framework to issues of wealth, poverty, social inequality and food: via studies of food production, consumption, and access in regard to gender, race, social class, and social marginality. At issue: body size, food insecurity, famine, in the U.S. and worldwide. One unit.

Anthropology
170
Contemporary Asia
Alternate years

This course examines contemporary Asia as an interconnected region that influences world events and as diverse societies, cultures and nation states that face particular problems as they struggle with issues of globalization, modernity and neoliberalism while trying to maintain a sense of national or cultural identity. Readings focus on India, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Philippines, and the Asian diaspora. Topics include religion, aging, family, gender, politics, economics, class, labor migration, consumerism, ethnicity and Orientalism. One unit.

Intermediate Courses
Anthropology
255
Genders & Sexualities in Cross Cultural Perspective
Alternate years

This course asks students to critically explore the contemporary anthropological scholarship on gendered social worlds and ways of imaging sexualities, across diverse cultures. At issue: how do gender ideologies and ideologies of sexuality relate to social hierarchy and systems of power? How do various ways of representing the reproductive body relate to social class? To nationalism? Focus is on non-Western cultures. Prerequisite: Anthropology 101 recommended. One unit.

Anthropology
256
The Imagined Body
Every third year

In cultures worldwide, the ways that human bodies are thought about, controlled, manipulated, and put on public display are patterns that are often imbued with political dynamics of power and resistance. This course draws on ethnographic material from Papua New Guinea, India, island Southeast Asia, East Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, and the contemporary United States to look at issues of body, gender, social hierarchy, and state power. Prerequisite: Anthropology 101 recommended. One unit.

Anthropology
260
Medical Anthropology
Annually

An overview of anthropological approaches to sickness, disease, healing, and medicine, particularly the cultural construction of health and illness, the therapeutic process, social stratification, and health inequalities. Through case studies and synthesizing readings, the course will review key theoretical, conceptual, methodological and practical approaches to the study of health and illness, using a cross-cultural, global, and comparative perspective. Prerequisite: Anthropology 101 recommended. One unit.

Anthropology
262
Anthropology of Religion
Every third year

A social scientific, cross-cultural consideration of religious worlds created in such locales as village and urban
Indonesia, India, Papua New Guinea, and Africa, especially in terms of their power dynamics vis-a-vis social
hierarchies. Covers classic topics such as the study of ritual and ecology, village myth, trancing, shamanism,
witchcraft, and sorcery accusations, but also deals at length with such matters as the connections between
Christian missions and empire. Also turns an anthropological gaze on contemporary U.S. religions. Prerequisite:
Anthropology 101 recommended. One unit.

Anthropology
266
Cultures and Politics of Latin America
Annually

An introduction to the cultures, politics and history of Latin America. The course examines past and current issues of the region through ethnographic monographs as well as through a cross-disciplinary approach that includes historical analysis, excerpts from literature, and film. Units focus on: pre-Colombian empires and conquest; the Zapatista revolution against neoliberalism in Mexico; militarization and Maoist rebels Shining Path in Peru; transvestites and Pentecostals in Brazil; “drug wars,” “dirty wars” and debates over reconciliation and reparations in Guatemala; labor movements in Argentina; and indigenous and women’s social movements that cross national boundaries. Prerequisite: Anthropology 101 recommended. One unit.

Anthropology
267
Political Anthropology
Alternate years

This course takes a broadly comparative and historical perspective, using cross-cultural analysis to understand the workings of politics and power, in Western and non-Western contexts. Topics include: colonialism and its impact on colonized populations; the formation of post-colonial national states; leadership, authority, and the construction of political subjects; and the links between local processes and global political systems. Prerequisite: Anthropology 101 recommended. One unit.

Anthropology
268
Economic Anthropology
Every third year

An introduction to the issues, methods, and concepts of economic anthropology. This course places economic features such as markets, commodities, and money into a larger cross-cultural context by exploring relations of power, kinship, gender, exchange and social transformation. Prerequisite: Anthropology 101 recommended. One unit.

Anthropology
269
Fashion and Consumption
Every third year

A comparative, cultural anthropological exploration of fashion and consumption as tools for the creation, expression, and contestation of social, cultural, economic, political and individual identities. Topics include: anthropological and semiotic theories of materialism and consumption, subcultural styles, colonialism, race, gender, religious dress, globalization and ethnic chic. Prerequisite: Anthropology 101 recommended. One unit.

Anthropology
273
Anthropology of Africa
Annually

This course provides an introductory anthropological account of 20th- and 21st-century Africa.  The central theme is the "representation" of Africa and Africans, including the manner in which outsiders have portrayed the continent and its peoples in the past, African responses and rejoinders, and current scholarship and forms of self-representation.   We will cover a number of broader themes, including music, race, art, ethnicity, youth, economic activity, "tradition" and "modernity," and the politics of cultural translation. Prerequisite: Anthropology 101 recommended.  One unit.

Anthropology
274
Art & Power in Asia
Every third year

How does art interrelate to political power and to wealth? This course examines such questions in regard to the art of ancient kingdoms in Asia such as Cambodia’s Angkor Wat and Indonesia’s Borobudur. Also at issue are the contemporary arts of Southeast Asia, seen too through this anthropology of art lens. Additionally, this course looks at the power dynamics of international art collecting of Asian art and artifacts; the politics and aesthetics of putting Asian art into worldwide museums is also studied. Includes museum study tours. Prerequisite: Anthropology 101 recommended. One unit.

Anthropology
299
Special Topics
Annually

These intermediate level anthropology courses address a variety of issues of contemporary ethnographic importance. Prerequisite: Anthropology 101 recommended. One unit.

Advanced Courses
Anthropology
310
Ethnographic Field Methods
Annually

An examination of cultural anthropology’s main data-gathering strategy: long-term ethnographic fieldwork. Topics include: review of the methodology literature, participant observation, in-depth interviews, designing field studies, oral histories, research ethics, issues of power and positionality. Involves hands-on fieldwork in Worcester or Holy Cross. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. One unit.

Anthropology
320
Theory in Anthropology
Annually

A historical examination of the development of different theoretical perspectives in sociocultural anthropology. This course explores, compares and critiques different schools of thought about human society and culture, from the 19th to the 21st centuries, looking at the ways in which anthropological scholars and those from related disciplines have attempted to understand and explain the human condition. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. One unit.

Anthropology
351
Anthropology of Biotechnology
Alternate years

This course examines how our lives, identities and futures have been and will be transformed by new biotechnologies. From pharmaceuticals and genomics to plastic surgery and organ transplants, our subjectivities are entering a “posthuman” era of uncharted ethical and political implications. In this course, we will learn the analytical tools necessary to understand how medical science approaches the body in order to produce knowledge and capital. We will also examine how race, gender and sexuality are being reconfigured within this new paradigm. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. One unit.

Anthropology
380
African Informal Economies
Alternate years

This course develops an anthropological approach to informal economic life in Africa. It examines the ways that "informality" relates to the law, criminality and livelihood, then sets it in the wider context of trade, politics, and conflict all across the continent. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. One unit.

Anthropology
399
Selected Topics in Anthropological Analysis
Annually

A critical examination of selected topics utilizing anthropological theory and research methods. Topic and staff rotate. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. One unit.

Anthropology
490, 491
Honors Colloquium
Fall, spring

The Honors Colloquium is required for students enrolled in the department Honors Program. The colloquium meets biweekly to cover various research topics related to research design, implementation, and dissemination and to help students prepare for their culminating presentations at the Academic Conference. The colloquium is offered on a pass/no pass basis. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. One-half unit each semester.

Anthropology
492, 493
Directed Honors Research
Fall, spring

Honors students undertake a research project under the direction of a department faculty member. The results are presented in the form of a thesis and two semesters credit, granted at end of second semester. Candidates selected from invited applicants to the Department Honors Committee. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. One unit.

Anthropology
494, 495
Directed Research
Fall, spring

Students may undertake independent research projects under the direct supervision of a faculty member. Individuals contemplating a research project should make inquiries during their third year, since the project is usually initiated by the beginning of the fourth year. Preference for sociology/anthropology majors. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. One unit each semester.

Anthropology
496, 467
Directed Readings
Fall, spring

An individualized reading program usually addressing a topic in anthropology not covered in course offerings. Reading tutorials are under the supervision of an anthropology faculty member, usually limited to the fourth year students, and arranged on an individual basis. Preference to anthropology majors. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. One unit each semester.

Anthropology
498, 499
Special Projects
Fall, spring

Program for individual students who wish to pursue supervised independent study on a selected topic or an advanced research project. Ordinarily projects are approved for one semester. Open to selected third- and fourth-year students with preference to sociology/anthropology majors. Each project must be supervised by a faculty member. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. One unit each semester.