Graduate Courses in Anthropology (ANTH)

The terms indicated are expected but are not guaranteed. For the courses offered during any given term, consult the Schedule of Classes.

ANTH 501 History and Foundations of Anthropology (4, Fa) An historical survey of the development of theory and methods in social anthropology.

ANTH 502 Contemporary Theory in Anthropology (4, Sp) Continuation of ANTH 501, focusing on current models, methods, and issues in social anthropology.

ANTH 503 Regional Ethnography (4, Sp) An intensive analysis of the anthropology of a major culture area.

ANTH 506 Primate Behavior and Sociobiology (4) Advanced course on the behavior, ecology and sociobiology of living primates. Takes a Darwinian approach to behaviors such as parenting, mating, diet and feeding, competition, and demography.

ANTH 509 Key Topics in Linguistic Anthropology (4, FaSp) Introduction to key topics in linguistic anthropology with special focus on interrelations between language, identity, culture, gender, and power in the U.S. and beyond.

ANTH 510 Urban Anthropology (4, Fa) Intensive ethnographic analysis of specialized urban niches, microsettings, ethnicity, community studies.

ANTH 554 Women in Global Perspective (4) (Enroll in SWMS 554)

ANTH 562 The Practice of Ethnography (4, Sp) Major approaches to ethnographic fieldwork are explored in classic cases.

ANTH 575 Seminar in Ethnographic Film (4, Fa) A survey of ethnographic film using both the dimensions of natural history descriptions and process, contrasted with naturalism and structuralism as tools of controlled comparison and analysis.

ANTH 576L Anthropological Media Seminar (4, max 8) A hands-on laboratory-based survey of pre-production techniques in video and audio production, including exercises to prepare students to shoot their own documentaries. Recommended preparation: visual anthropology background.

ANTH 577L Advanced Anthropological Media Seminar (4, max 8) A hands-on laboratory-based survey of post-production technologies, including editing both new and older footage. Students should be finishing their own documentaries. Prerequisite: ANTH� 576.

ANTH 590 Directed Research (1-12, FaSpSm) Research leading to the master's degree. Maximum units which may be applied to the degree to be determined by the department. Graded CR/NC.

ANTH 594abz Master's Thesis (2-2-0, FaSpSm) Credit on acceptance of thesis. Graded IP/CR/NC.

ANTH 599 Special Topics (2-4, max 8, Fa)

ANTH 601 Feminist Issues in Anthropology (4, FaSpSm) Feminist concerns in both Western and Non-Western societies are examined in relation to globalization; the practice of ethnography and issues of power.

ANTH 602 The Anthropology of Popular Culture (4, FaSpSm) The relationship between anthropology and popular culture is explored through a critical examination of the category "popular culture."

ANTH 603 Experiments in Ethnographic Writing (4, FaSpSm) The problems of representation involved in rendering experience into narrative are examined in a number of contemporary "experiments."

ANTH 604 Bodies and Practices (4, FaSpSm) The cultural construction of body image, embodied practice, race, sexuality and healing.

ANTH 605 Race: Performance, Politics, Cultural Production (4, FaSpSm) Focuses on the performance and social construction of race and its intersection with gender, sexuality, class, place, nation and empire.

ANTH 606 Seminar on Nationalism and Ethnicity (4) Cross-cultural analysis of nationalism and ethnicity from an ethnographic perspective. Graduate standing.

ANTH 650 Seminar in Ethnography and Interpretation (4) A seminar where issues in contemporary ethnography and interpretation are discussed, grouped around a theme of current concern, such as power and resistance, colonialism, Marxist approaches, feminism, etc. Prerequisite: ANTH 501.

ANTH 790 Research (1-12, FaSpSm) Research leading to the doctorate. Minimum 8 units, maximum number of units which may be applied to the degree to be determined by the department. Graded CR/NC.

ANTH 794abcdz Doctoral Dissertation (2-2-2-2-0, FaSpSm) Credit on acceptance of dissertation. Graded IP/CR/NC.

  • Department of Anthropology
  • University of Southern California
  • Grace Ford Salvatori Hall
  • 3601 Watt Way, Ste. 120
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089