ANT 105 PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY AND PRE HISTORY
ANT 105 – Physical Anthropology and Prehistory
Course Number & Name: ANT 105 Physical Anthropology and Prehistory
Credit Hours: 3.0 Contact Hours: 3.0 Lecture: 3.0 Lab: N/A Other: N/A
Prerequisites: Grades of “C” or better in ENG 096 and RDG 096 or placement
Co-requisites: None Concurrent Courses: None
Course Description: This course examines the origin and emergence of humanity, the early unwritten history of the human race, physical variations among humans, and prehistoric civilizations.
General Education Goals: ANT 105 is affirmed in the following General Education Foundation Categories: Society and Human Behavior and Global and Cultural Awareness of Diversity. The corresponding General Education Goals are respectively as follows: Students will use social science theories and concepts to analyze human behavior and social and political institutions and to act as responsible citizens; and Students will understand the importance of global perspective and culturally diverse peoples.
Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:
- describe physical (biological) anthropology, its major subfields, and its relationship to anthropology in general;
- explain the theory of evolution, the concepts of adaptation, and natural selection and evaluate and discuss the scientific evidence supporting each;
- explain the basic principles of human genetics;
- describe modern human diversity, its origins, and the concept of ‘race’ as a culturally-constructed category that is understood differently by different societies;
- discuss the relationship of Homo Sapiens to other members of the primate order; and
- identify the major branches of the human evolutionary tree and outline the corresponding development of human cultural capacities.