Anthropology (ANTH)

Chairman: Charles Novakovich
Professors: Jol Erentaro, Nina Larson, Chanasi Tengrakul, Robert Winslow

The Academy's Anthropology Department strives to imbue with cadets a sense of the Federation's vast cultural and social diversity. Students explore various peoples and their societies' development through anthropological reviews, survey accounts, holographic simulations, and guest speakers. The department maintains a rapport with the Federation Diplomatic Service to petition various member worlds to send representative lecturers to make presentations to Academy cadets and faculty.



ANTH 111. Cultural and Social Anthropology

Cultural and social aspects of behavior, particularly in relation to technological development. Analysis of selected societies, institutions, and forms of social structures from the history of the Federation and other cultures.


ANTH 200. Peoples and Cultures of the Federation

Characteristics of ecological, historical, and sociocultural factors of the different species and planets of the Federation. Provides a comprehensive overview of Federation member species and their cultures. Analysis of selected societies, subcultures, and institutions through discussions, texts, and guest lecturers. Independent study of specific cultures is offered as a follow-up class.


ANTH 212. Introduction to World Ethnography

Historical and geographic factors, types of social and economic organizations, and problems involved in comparative study of humanoid societies and institutions. Analysis of selected peoples in major ethnographic areas using holographic simulation and computer modeling.


ANTH 318. Technoanthropology

The definition, development, and evolution of technology throughout history as practiced by many different cultures. The course provides an overview of technological development among known species using comparisons based on Herchfeld's Theory of Technological Progress.

The course examines and attempts to charge the progress of technological societies, emphasizing archeological studies of cultures with significantly more advanced levels of technology, such as the Iconians and the Preservers.


ANTH 330. Exoanthropological Field Research

Explores in theory and practice a wide range of approaches to conducting field studies in exoanthropology. Techniques such as life histories, projective tests, participant observation, cover observation, and field journals are explored in class and through active participation in a class research project. Areas of study include the surveys of Mintaka III and Neural V.


ANTH 350. Field School in Exoarchaeology

Field and laboratory methods in exoarchaeology. Emphasis on excavation techniques and data analysis as related to project research design and field applications. Includes practical experience in the laboratory and simulations in the field. Requires chair approval.


ANTH 497. Advanced Topics in Anthropology

Specialized courses presenting material not normally covered in regular course offerings. May be repeated, but not in duplicate areas. Course descriptions on file in departmental office. (A) Social Organization; (B) Anthropology of Religion; (C) Political Anthropology; (D) Social Impact Analysis; (E) Cultural Ecology; (F) Prehistoric Archaeology; (G) Historic Archaeology; (H) Precursor Archaeology; (I) Cultural Resources Conservation; (J) Cultural Evolution; (K) Hodgkin's Law of Parallel Planet Development; (L) Exoanthropological Theory. Students are expected to do field work and to present a comprehensive thesis at the end of the course.