Cultural Anthropology

9 Credits for 20 Students.Coordinator:Jennifer Campbell

**Resides in First-Year Experience, Bowman West.

Want to learn more about what it means to be human? Why some cultures are so different from your own? How your cultural experiences shape the world around you? At SUNY Potsdam you can explore these questions and many more through courses in Anthropology and its adjacent fields. This FIG will introduce you to cultural anthropology; a diverse sub-discipline where we study the Human condition.

92185 ANTH 108 Worlds of English-LEC 3 Cr. MWF 10-10:50 a.m. Staff
This introductory course explores the history of English and looks at its use today as a global and a vehicle of emerging national and ethnic identity.  In exploring the evolution of English from an Anglo-Saxon creole to language of world dominance, we will come to understand better the diverse peoples who use English and the social, cultural, and political contexts of its use. Satisfies General Education SA requirement.

92074 ANTH 202 Cultural Anthropology-LEC 3 Cr. TuTh 12:30-1:45 p.m. Campbell, J.
90503 ANTH 202 Cultural Anthropology-LAB 1 Cr. F 12-1:50 p.m. Campbell, J.

A survey of the subdiscipline of anthropology that uses the concept of culture to interpret human history and behavior in all societies and at all times. Introduction to the various research methods of cultural anthropology. Emphasis is placed on the application of social and cultural concepts when analyzing behavior. The lab component of the course will give students training in a number of ethnographic data collection and analysis techniques commonly used by cultural anthropologists. Labs will include informal and semi-structured interviews, ethno-semantic domains, genealogy, survey design, archival research, social networks, comparative analysis, and fieldwork ethics. Satisfies General Education XC requirements.

92189 FY 100 First Year Success Seminar 2 Cr. Th 4:30-5:45 p.m. Jordan, K.
The First-Year Success Seminar (FYSS) is a two-credit course designed to accelerate students' transition to SUNY Potsdam. FYSS provides students with the opportunity to become integrated into the life of the campus by exploring their academic and social development.  A strong emphasis is placed on critical inquiry – enhancing reading and writing, time management, and study skills.  In addition, the course provides an orientation to campus resources and services and encourages self-exploration and personal development.