Graduate Classes Graduate Classes


Anthropology Graduate Classes


ANTH 501 Anthropological Research Foundations (3). Construction of anthropological research designs, hypothesis formulation, sampling, data collection, data reduction and reporting. (S)

ANTH 503: Geographic Information Systems for Anthropology (3).  Introduction to the theory and techniques of GIS, including data capture and generation, management, analysis, and cartographic output of spatial data. Serves to familiarize students with the most common applications of GIS in anthropology and provide a baseline of understanding of the programs functionality and capabilities, as well as prepare students to continue to advance their GIS skills. (Even S)

ANTH 504 Human Osteology (3). Hands-on identification and analysis of human skeletal remains, with a focus on archaeological applications. (Even F)

ANTH 506 Applied Data Analysis (3). Advanced quantitative techniques in archaeology including probability, hypothesis testing, multivariate analysis, and graphical methods of data presentation. Heavy emphasis on the use of computer software to analyze and display archaeological data. (S)

ANTH 509 Research Practices (3) Advanced course in applied research protocols.  Review of data standardization methods, museum collections procedures, organization and management of data, and discipline specific professional development. (Even F)

ANTH 510 Internship in Applied Anthropology (3-6). Provides hands-on experience in a non-academic setting for specific areas of interest; i.e., cultural resource management. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. (F, S, Su)

ANTH 511 Advanced Skeletal Analysis (2). Application of analytical methods used in Human Osteology to establish the biological profile (ancestry, sex, age, and stature), as well as the analysis of immature remains, taphonomic analysis and interpretation, and the human dentition. Prerequisite ANTH 504. Concurrent enrollment: ANTH 511L. (Odd S)

ANTH 511L Skeletal Analysis Laboratory (1). A hands-on laboratory class in the identification and analysis of human skeletal remains. Concurrent enrollment ANTH 511. (Odd S)

ANTH 513 Hunter-gatherer Archaeology (3).  Review of theoretical perspectives on prehistoric hunter-gatherers and survey of the Paleoindian and Archaic archaeological record of the western United States.  (Odd F)

ANTH 514 Ceramic Analysis (3).  An introduction to the anthropologically significant questions that can be addressed by examining pottery, as well as the methods used by archaeologists to study ceramics including chronology, production, distribution, consumption, and discard.  (As announced)

ANTH 518 Zooarchaeology (3). Techniques for the identification of faunal remains and review of important theoretical issues in zooarchaeology.  (Odd F)ANTH 519 Graphics for Research (1). This course is designed to provide an introduction to the graphics packages used by those in a variety of fields to address significant research questions and present the results of such analyses. (F)

ANTH 520 Advanced Lithic Analysis (3).  Students will learn to apply results of fundamental and advanced techniques of stone tool analysis to interpretation of past human behavior. Students will gain skills documenting, measuring, and explaining trends in attribute characteristics of lithic archaeological assemblages using qualitative and quantitative methods. (Even S)

ANTH 521 Laboratory Analysis in Archaeology (3). Practical laboratory procedures in archaeology. (As announced)ANTH 525 Taphonomic Analysis (3).  An examination of the basic principles of postmortem changes, and how they apply to interpretation of bones and artifacts in both forensic and archaeological contexts. (Even S)

ANTH 532 Peoples of the Southwest (3). Seminar on the critical evaluation and use of ethnographic readings from historic Native American people of New Mexico and Arizona from the time of Spanish contact to the present. (Odd F)

ANTH 541 Historic Preservation (3). Federal and state laws and regulations, procedures for managing and protecting archaeological sites and artifacts, philosophical basis of historic preservation in the United States, ethical considerations, and Federal and State regulatory administration. (Odd S)

ANTH 542 Cultural Resources Management (3). Federal and state contract procedures, proposal and budget preparation, preparing a memorandum of agreement, Section 106 compliance procedures, preparing cultural resource management reports, and curation administration. (Even S)

ANTH 550 Recent Developments in Archaeological Theory (3). Advances in archaeological theory from the mid-1960s through present with emphasis on anthropological archaeological theories. (F)

ANTH 561 Archaeology of the Southwest (3). Intensive examination of prehistory of southwestern United States from the earliest cultures to the Spanish Entrada. (Even F)

ANTH 569 Workshop in Anthropology (1-3). As announced. (May be repeated for a maximum of 3 credits)

ANTH 579 Individual Research (1-3). Independent study in. A. Archaeology. B. Cultural Anthropology. D. Biological Anthropology. E. Technical-Topical Anthropology. (May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits) Prerequisite: Approval of instructor. (F, S, Su)

ANTH 583 Graduate Field Research (3). Supervised field experience of graduate caliber research in one or more of the major divisions of anthropology. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor  (Su, as announced)

ANTH 584 Graduate Readings in Anthropology (1-2). Independent study in A. Archaeology. B. Cultural Anthropology. D. Biological Anthropology. E. Technical-Topical Anthropology (May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits) Prerequisite: Approval of instructor. (F, S, Su)

ANTH 587 Principles of Geoarchaeology (3). Concepts and methods of geology applied to the examination and interpretation of archaeological sites and materials. Geomorphology, sediments and soils, stratigraphy, raw material sourcing, dating, and paleoenvironmental reconstruction. (Odd S)

ANTH 593 Topics in Anthropology (1-3). As announced. (May be repeated for credit.)

ANTH 596 Graduate Seminar in Anthropology (1-3). Offered at intervals with specific topics for discussion. (May be repeated for credit.)

ANTH 597 Colloquium (1). Professional presentations of and defense of thesis prospectus or research proposal. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor/advisory committee/coordinator. (F, S)

ANTH 599 Master's Thesis (1-6). (ANTH 599 must total 6 credits for graduate degree.) Prerequisite: Consent of graduate advisory committee. (F, S, Su)


(3) = Number of credit hours for the class

(F) = Usually offered in the fall semester          (S) = Usually offered in the spring semester

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Department of Anthropology and Applied Archaeology

ENMU Station 53

1500 South Avenue K

Portales, NM 88130


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