UMM ACADEMIC AFFAIRS

DISCIPLINE COVER SHEET #1

SEMESTER

CURRICULUM CHANGES

FORM A

(2/00)

FORM A: DISCIPLINE SUMMARY

(Submit to Division Chair)

Discipline:

Anthropology

Date

 

Note: All changes become effective with the 2001-2003 catalog.

Statistical Summary of Proposed Changes:

 

(a)

(b)

(b) – (a)

 

Present

Proposed

Net Change*

The Major

 

 

 

Total courses required for a major**:

none

9

+9

Total credits required for a major**:

none

36

+36

The Minor

 

 

 

Total courses required for a minor**:

none

6

+6

Total credits required for a minor**:

none

24

+24

General Education

 

 

 

Total General Education courses:

12

16

+4

Total General Education credits:

48

64

+16

Entire Discipline

 

 

 

Total courses taught in the discipline***:

12

16

+4

Total credits taught in the discipline***:

48

64

+16

 

 

 

 

*"Present" counts are to be taken from the current 1999-2001 catalog and "Proposed" counts from copy for the new 2001-2003 catalog. The "Net Change" may reflect changes made earlier between catalogs.

**Includes required courses from other disciplines. ***Does not include Directed Studies or Senior Honors Projects.

Narrative Summary

If individual course changes are part of an overall plan for change within the discipline's curriculum, please summarize the intent of the changes in the space below. Use additional sheets as needed.

There are two principal reasons for the changes in the anthropology discipline’s curriculum: 1. We are proposing a major, and 2. We have a faculty of three, now (actually 2.8, I believe—with the remaining fraction allotted to sociology). This is the minimum required for offering a major at UMM, and the presence of a third faculty member allows for the teaching of additional courses.

(1.) The major: Since 1971-72, students have been declaring "Areas of Concentration" in anthropology (or in a combination of anthropology and other areas of study). In the last five years (1995-2000 twenty students have graduated with anthropology Areas of Concentration, and 19 of these were in the last four years. The 12-year total is 29. This has worked reasonably well. On the plus side, the procedure has served the needs of students interested in this discipline in the absence of an official major. It has also allowed several to tailor their programs to fit their particular interests. But there are substantial drawbacks to the present arrangement, too. Since there is no major in the Catalog, students considering coming to the University of Minnesota, Morris naturally believe that there is nothing resembling a major in anthropology here. Once here, it is easy for students not to learn of the Area of Concentration possibility until it is too late for them to take advantage of it. The net result is that we have far fewer majors than should become the case with and official major listed in the Catalog.

In the past couple of years, a number of students have mentioned (to members of the anthropology faculty) that they believe that having an Area of Concentration listed on their transcripts "doesn’t look as good as a real major," or that they feel that it is worth less. This also keeps them away from majoring or minoring the discipline.

We’ve considered proposing an anthropology major with only two anthropologists at UMMorris. Our rationale was to be that, with three comparative sociologists here, all of whom include cross-cultural perspectives in some of their courses, we really had at least the range of course offerings that three anthropologists, working alone, could have provided. The development during the past two years, which brought a third anthropologist who is also a specialist in American Indian studies, has made this approach unnecessary. Therefore the contribution that the sociology faculty can make to an anthropology major is mentioned here to demonstrate the major’s potential depth.

An anthropology major would be a perfect fit with UMMorris’ mission to enhance students’ grasp of the multicultural reality within this country and of the vast range of variation in human societies throughout the world. Such a perspective is anthropology’s raison d’être. It seems clear that an anthropology major fits so well with the campus’ mission that it belongs here. We believe that adding it would help to demonstrate UMMorris’ commitment to these goals.

Our range of course offerings emphasized cultural and social anthropology, one of general anthropology’s five principal sub-disciplines. This is justified in an institutional structure that unites anthropology with sociology as a single administrative entity. Other sub-disciplines are also given attention: there are two courses in physical (or biological) anthropology—2101 (Physical Anthropology) and 3202 (Cultures and Biology). Physical Anthropology also has archaeological content, and 3901 (Who Owns the Past?) is on archaeology and ethics. 1111 (Introductory Cultural Anthropology) includes linguistic anthropology, and 3101 (The Anthropology of Religion) places two linguistically oriented theories at its core. Applied anthropology, the recently added fifth sub-discipline, is included in the 2300 (Variable Topics in Latin American Area Studies) courses and in several of the 2300 (Variable Topics in American Indian Cultures and Societies) courses.

  1. The third faculty member: The addition of a third faculty member in anthropology

has freed another anthropologist from teaching the overview course on American Indian cultures and societies (now to be called "Introduction to the Peoples of North America," 2402), allowing for the reinstatement of a course of culture and biology (3202). It has also made it possible to offer our methodology and theory courses (3411 and 4901, respectively) every year. It has also allowed for adding 3901 (Who Owns the Past?) and 3902 (Cultural Representations in Mainstream Cinema), as well as the four other 2400 topics.

 

 

Financial Implications

Are there any financial or staffing implications of this proposal? If so, explain.

No changes from the present situation are anticipated, other than a laboratory for physical anthropology, which is a request related to the course, rather than to the proposed major.