100 Level Courses
100 Level Courses
AN 101 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
How and why do human cultures and customs differ around the world? Beyond the diverse ways of being human, just what traits do all humans share? Are there commonalities to being male or female in different societies? How great are the differences? What about morality and religious beliefs, family and child rearing, or politics and economics life? How much and why do these differ? Do the differences seen between human cultures reflect fundamentally different ways of being human? Or, beyond the great diversity of human ways, are all human beings basically the same?
The purpose of this course is to examine these and other questions concerning the diversity of human lifeways and cultures, and to introduce you to the field of cultural anthropology. Anthropology seeks to understand and appreciate the full variety of human ways of life. Cultural anthropologists use the concept of culture to help them understand this variety. Culture organizes people’s behavior and experience; people live their lives in ways deeply shaped by their language and culture. Our approach to the study of human cultures in this course will be comparative, looking at a broad array of human cultures. Our approach will also be historical, examining the events that have taken human beings from a world of hunters and gatherers to industrialization, globalization, and information technologies. While looking at the variety of human cultures and societies, we will also come to terms with the social processes that shape each of us as individuals, at the level of our emotions, our thoughts, our sexuality, and our personalities. 4 cr. Satisfies divisional studies requirement (SS).
AN 102 Human Biology, Behavior, and Evolution
Everyone wonders where humans came from. In AN 102, Boston University students have an
opportunity to discover the scientific evidence for human origins and evolution. Students
will learn about the most recent discoveries in evolution, genetics, primates, and human
fossils and how they inform the human story. And they will learn that evolution is not a
dusty old science, but one that helps us understand who we are today both as a species
and as individuals. This class investigates some of the greatest questions humans have
ever dared to ask: How old is the Earth? Who are our closest living animal relatives and
how does their behavior help us understand our own? When did our ancestors start walking
on two legs? When did humans control fire? Many of these questions are being answered in
laboratories right here at Boston University. The laboratory portion of the class will
provide students with a hands-on experience, working with casts of human and ape bones,
and even some of the most famous human fossils ever found. If you like bones, and you
like monkeys and apes, this class is for you. 4 cr. Satisfies divisional studies requirement (NS with lab).
Beginning in Fall 2011, AN102 becomes a lecture class with lab. Students must attend the lecture as well as a two-hour lab section.
Please note that MET AN102 fulfills divisional studies requirement (NS), but is NOT a lab course.