Undergraduate Course Offerings

As a Professor in the Department of Anthropology as well as the History and Philosophy of Science, Dr. Schwartz teaches several courses including:

ANTH 0680 Introduction to Physical Anthropology
This is an introduction to the various disciplines that have been brought to bear in the study of humans and other primates. The course will have an evolutionary perspective as we review living primates (distribution, features of behavior and morphology) and their fossil histories. Particular attention will be paid to recent debates and controversies surrounding human evolution, including the current arguments on the human fossil record and the origin of modern humans. Lectures are supplemented with slides, films, and summary hand-outs. There will be two pre-final exams (each approximately 25% of grade) and one final (approximately 50% of grade). The final grade will be based on demonstration of improvement during the course and will access individuals on the basis of exam performance, recitation performance and attendance. Students must enroll in a recitation section which serves as a forum for review as well as for the presentation of information complementary to the main lectures. This material will be included on exams.
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ANTH 1602 Human Skeletal Analysis
A lecture and lab course applicable to students of varied interests. Lectures cover such topics as skeletal growth and development (from the fetus through aged adult); dental and skeletal pathologies; criteria for determining the sex and age of individuals; the importance of morphological variations as populational markers; skeletal alteration; and lab techniques, such as measuring and reconstructing skeletal remains. Students must learn the human skeleton in detail. One text will be used. Gray's Anatomy (now in paperback) or another anatomy text would be a helpful supplement, but none is required. A two part midterm will consist of 1) short essays; 2) identification of skeletal fragments. The term project, resulting in a term paper, will be the reconstruction and analysis of one or more individuals from excavated burials. The final exam will be an oral examination based on the project as well as course topics. No recitations but the student should plan on spending as much time as possible in lab; at least 8 hours/week is recommended. (Registration in one lab is required, but all lab sessions are available to the student).
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ANTH 1603 Human Origins
The evolution of our own group and our closest relatives--fossil and living apes--is a fascinating as well as perplexing subject of study. In part, we can learn much about evolution by studying our own evolutionary group. But, because the subject is so close to us, various emotional components tend to be introduced into the supposed science of paleontology and evolutionary biology. To better understand our own evolutionary past, and to establish the necessary background for undertaking this task, the first weeks of the course will consist of: 1) an introduction to methods of reconstructing evolutionary relationships; 2) learning necessary anatomical and dental terminologies through study of casts of actual fossils; 3) understanding geological and ecological changes that occurred during the evolution of apes and humans (at least the past 35 million years); 4) and, in order to set the stage for later discussion, an overview of primate evolution. The bulk of the course will consist of a survey of the fossil evidence for the evolution of apes and of ourselves. Where were the fossils found? How much material is known? How were these finds interpreted in the past and how might we view matters today? What biases have and/or do influence these interpretations? How might we--as the ones who also devise evolutionary schemes--look at ourselves from an evolutionary perspective. Lectures will be supplemented with casts of fossils and skeletons and skulls of modern-day primates as well as slides of all specimens discussed. Prerequisites: Undergraduates must have taken Anthropology 0680 or received permission to enter the course from the instructor.

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ANTH 1606 Fossil and Living Primates
Undergraduate Seminar. This is an in-depth survey of non-human primates, focusing on the major groups of fossil and living forms and particular important representatives of these groups. The course will begin with a lecture/lab format, in which the class will learn the details of relevant anatomical regions across an array of mammals. Students will also have the opportunity to describe casts of specimens of fossil and extant primates in order to gain first-hand experience in what such studies entail. The lectures will consist of reviewing the various primate groups from the perspective of comparative anatomy, phylogeny, and systematics. Students will submit a paper based on their primate descriptions. There will be a midterm and a final.
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ANTH 1611 Evolutionary Theory
Undergraduate Seminar. This course will deal in depth with the historical background to, as well as the current issues and debates surrounding, the study of evolution. The general topics that will be covered include the role of various disciplines in the development of evolutionary biology (comparative anatomy, embryology, paleontology, genetics), and the competing, alternative evolutionary models and methodologies available in the literature today. During the second half of the course students will give presentations on topics of current interest and controversy.
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ANTH 1619 Special Topics in Physical Anthropology
Topic varies.

HPS 2522 Special Topics in History of Science
Topic varies.