The study of human cultures, usually through direct observation and interaction with members of a culture that is not your own. This course presents the methods and theories of cultural anthropology and uses case studies to illustrate how it provides a way of understanding human behavior at the group level. Special attention is given to the concept of ethnocentrism, the tendency to see your own culture as better than others, and how this colors your understanding of the world that we live in.

The study of the human body and how that body is shaped and viewed by culture. This course begins with a review of basic genetics, evolutionary theory, and primatology to examine the evolution of our species. Attention then shifts to the biological processes that create the human form and examines the variation of body forms that can and do occur within contemporary human populations. Special attention is given to the concept of race as a social construct, not a biological reality, and to alternate body forms that are considered disabilities by those who choose to see them that way.