Physical Anthropology

Course Type: 
Undergraduate
Course Prefix: 
ANT
Course Number: 
205
General Education Requirements: 
N
P
Credits: 
3 sem. hrs.
Semesters Offered: 
Fall

Physical anthropology is the study of the human body and how that body is shaped and viewed by culture. This course begins with a review of basic genetics, evolutionary theory, and primatology to examine the evolution of our species. Attention then shifts to the biological processes that create the human form and examines the variation of body forms that can and do occur within contemporary human populations. Special attention is given to the concept of race as a social construct, not a biological reality, and to alternate body forms that are considered disabilities by those who choose to see them that way.