Are you curious about people? If so, a minor in anthropology is an ideal complement to any of the majors offered at Sul Ross State University. Anthropology is comprised of four distinct sub-fields; Archaeology, Cultural, Linguistics, and Biology. These sub-fields expose students to human diversity, which is important for developing an understanding cultural differences. Anthropology study at Sul Ross emphasizes adaptations and historical development of the pre-Columbian ancient peoples that occupied the Big Bend Region of Texas.
Anthropology Students at Sul Ross State University learn about:
- People and their cultures (past and present) and will gain an awareness of social, political, economic, and environmental systems.
- The similarities and differences that characterize human societies in the world and key theoretical ideas that anthropologists use to comprehend them.
- The seven-million-year evolutionary history of the Homo sapien species.
- The scientific method and the relationship between theory, methods, and data.
Take advantage of hands on learning opportunities:
The Center for Big Bend Studies offers archaeological field and laboratory student internships for on-going research projects. Students can join Center researchers as they work to piece together the 13,000 year human occupation of the Big Bend region of Texas.
Archaeological Field School
Learn how to conduct archaeological fieldwork in some of the most rugged and scenic parts of Texas. Field schools are topical and designed to expose students to field methods used on both historic and pre-Columbian archaeological sites.
Undergraduate Courses in Anthropology
- ANTH 1301 Cultural Anthropology (3-0)
- A survey of the study of cultural anthropology, including the nature of culture in space and time, human subsistence and settlement, social and political organization, ritual and religion, and linguistics. The course will include an overview of the adaptations of human populations to arid regions. (ANTH 2351)
- ANTH 1302 Introduction to Archeology (3-0)
- An introduction to the history, development, techniques and underlying principles of archeological sciences. The focus of the class is on archeological methodology and theory as practiced within a framework of interdisciplinary research, and as viewed from both scientific and humanistic perspectives. (ANTH 2302)
- ANTH 2301 Archeology of Texas and Northern Mexico (3-0)
- An introduction to Native American prehistory from 10,000 B.C. through early contact with Spanish entradas during the 16th and 17th centuries A.D. in Texas and north-central Mexico. The course will explore basic archeological theory, data collection, and analytical techniques used in the reconstruction of life ways of nomadic, semi-sedentary and sedentary human populations through time.
- ANTH 2302 Environmental and Cultural Diversity (3-0)
- This course examines the dynamic interplay between environment and culture among prehistoric, historic and contemporary peoples on a global basis. Ethnographic studies are used to facilitate comparative analysis of cultures in both similar and widely differing environmental settings, from Arctic tundra to shifting sands of the Sahara. Emphasis is on the study of present-day “simple” societies, and includes evaluation of the use of analogy in reconstructing life ways of extinct cultures.
- ANTH 3301 Laboratory Techniques in Archeology (3-0)
- Provides practical experience on the conceptualization, design and conducting of archeological projects, with emphases on techniques of laboratory analysis, data quantification, analogy and the interpretation of findings.
- ANTH 3601 Summer Archeological Field School (0-6)
- An intensive six-week summer field course that provides hands-on training for students in archeological field and analytical techniques, including site survey and recording, instrument mapping, site testing and evaluation, controlled excavation and field laboratory techniques. Location to be announced. Prerequisite: Anthropology 2301 or consent of instructor.
- ANTH 4308 Readings and Research in Anthropology (3-0)
- Selected readings on research projects to be offered as individual study to meet student needs. May be repeated once for credit with departmental approval.
- ANTH 4311 Special Topics in Anthropology (3-0)
- Special courses on topics not included in the regular curriculum. May be repeated for credit with departmental approval.