101 Cultural Anthropology
GER: HB (Empirical Study of Human Behavior) and WC (World Cultures)
Introduction to social and cultural anthropology. Topics include the comparative study of subsistence regimes and economics, stratification and political organization, marriage and kinship, culture and personality, religion, and social and cultural change. 4 credits.

105 World Prehistory
GER: HB (Empirical Study of Human Behavior) and WC (World Cultures)
An introduction to physical anthropology and archaeology. Topics include human evolution, human physical variation, the peopling of the world, the origins of food production and a comparison of complex societies around the world. 4 credits.

110 Human Evolution
Beginning with the earliest bipedal hominins, six to seven million years ago, human evolution will be considered, including the emergence of the genus Homo (with fire, speech, and the first migration out of Africa), the debate over the origins of Homo sapiens, the peopling of the world, the realities of human physical variation, and the mistaken idea of race. May Experience ONLY. 2 credits.

202 Peoples of Black Africa
GER: WC (World Cultures)
Social and anthropological survey of the diverse peoples in contemporary sub-Saharan Africa. 4 credits.

203 Cultures of the Non-Western World
GER: WC (World Cultures)
Ethnographic survey of African, Asian, Middle Eastern, and Latin American societies. Focuses on ecological adaptation, politics, and sociocultural change and male-female relations. 4 credits.

204 Modern Japanese Society through Films
GER: VP (Visual & Performing Arts) and WC (World Cultures)
Survey of various facets of modern Japanese society and culture, including family, community, ethnicity, life cycle, education, gender, religion, work, popular culture, as well as cultural aspects of economic and political systems through readings and films. 4 credits.

205 Japanese Popular Culture
GER: VP (Visual & Performing Arts) and WC (World Cultures)
An introduction to contemporary popular Japanese culture that has become globally popular, including Japanese animated films, Manga cartoon, video games, Cosplay (costume play enactment of video game and anime characters), J-Pop music, and karaoke. Through watching, listening, selected readings, and discussion, issues of gender, cultural identity, sexuality, technology, hybridity, and globalization will be addressed. 4 credits.

209 Gender in East Asia
GER: HB (Empirical Study of Human Behavior) and WC (World Cultures)
An examination of gender in East Asia from an anthropological perspective. It establishes broad frameworks for analyzing sexuality and gender in Asia and encourages close readings of individuals’ life experiences. Past scholarly engagements with gendered Asia and ongoing Orientalist interpretations will be discussed. Specific topics may include gender-based discrimination, activism, kinship systems, regional variations in approaches to sexual orientation, migration, and sex work. Students will analyze media to examine how representations of gender in East Asia are produced. 4 credits.

210 Anthropology of China
GER: HB (Empirical Study of Human Behavior) and WC (World Cultures)
Key concepts and major historical developments within anthropological frameworks in twentieth-century China including ethnographic studies of social change and everyday life during the Mao and Post-Mao eras. Topics examined include nation-building, capitalist development, gender, class, ethnicity, mobility, education and labor. 4 credits.

211 Mayan Archaeology
Travel-study course focusing upon the Maya peoples of Mesoamerica. Examining what their glyphs, household, settlement, and urban archaeology reveal about the history and culture of the ancient Maya. May Experience ONLY. 2 credits.

302 Anthropology of Ethnicity
GER: HB (Empirical Study of Human Behavior)
Ethnic, racial, and religious minorities in America and around the world. Ethnicity and ethnocentrism, race and “scientific” racism; stigmatization and prejudice; assimilation and pluralism; primordialism and circumstantialism; nationalism and identity politics. 4 credits.

303 Cultural Ecology
GER: HB (Empirical Study of Human Behavior) and NE (Humans and their Natural Environment)
A comparative survey of how people, culture, and the environment interact – both when people and their culture adapt to environmental change, and when they adapt to the changes they have caused. Readings include both classic studies as well as current research, with particular emphasis upon subsistence regimes and their attendant scales of social organization, and upon the role of cultural institutions in shaping ecological relationships. 4 credits.

312 Visual Anthropology
GER: HB (Empirical Study of Human Behavior) and WC (World Cultures)
Theories and methods of visual anthropology considering problems of representation and efforts by ethnographic filmmakers, photographers, and museum exhibit designers to address these problems. Questions of ethics, power and authority examined while exploring media from many parts of the world. 4 credits.

344 Anthropology of Religion
GER: WC (World Cultures)
Examining religion as a cultural phenomenon and from a comparative and holistic perspective on the beliefs and practices used to make sense of this and other worlds, their places within them, and to solve pressing, life and death problems. Topics include myth and symbols; rituals and religious specialists; altered states of consciousness and healing; witchcraft, divination, and magic; ghosts, souls, and ancestors; revitalization and millennial movements; and globalization and transnational change. 4 credits.

360 Psychological Anthropology
GER: HB (Empirical Study of Human Behavior) and WC (World Cultures)
Exploration of theories and methods to study how individual selves and the behavior of individuals are shaped by culture. Topics include cross-cultural comparison of child rearing, enculturation, selfhood, cognition, emotion, and mental illness and welfare. 4 credits.

401 Anthropological Methods and Theory
Prerequisite: ANT-101 or SOC-101
History of theory and practice in social and cultural anthropology from the “armchair evolutionists” of the late 19th century to the symbolic and interpretive anthropologists of the late 20th century. 4 credits.

501 Independent Study
Prerequisite: instructor permission
Variable credit.​

Connect with Admission

Furman University is one of the nation's premier undergraduate liberal arts colleges. We offer outstanding academics, opportunities for a broad range of talented students with a passion for learning, a robust arts program, and NCAA Division I athletics.

Want more information about the admission process at Furman?

Contact us

Once you see our campus, making the right college decision will be so much easier.

Plan a visit

Undergraduate Evening Studies provides adults the opportunity to receive an education from one of the premier liberal arts universities in the nation.

Whether you are starting or continuing your education, or have been away from the classroom for a few months or several years, our program provides many services to assist you with accomplishing your educational and professional goals.

Apply now

Our graduate studies program is designed for the professional educator.

We know the challenges teachers and administrators face every day, and we are committed to helping you become a leader within your school system or district.

Apply now
  • Furman University