Fall 2021 Semester Courses

I thought I’d take a moment to share my courses for this Fall semester to keep track of where I am in my academic progress, share the Anthropology major experience, and more of my transfer student experience.

To recap for those that aren’t aware, I’m a transfer student at Rhode Island College working to finish my Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology. I’ve achieved my Associate’s in Arts at the Community College of Rhode Island and graduated from CCRI in the Spring of 2020. I waited for a year, hoping that the pandemic would slow down and resolve itself before going on to finish my Bachelor’s but that doesn’t appear to be happening any time soon, so I decided to just move ahead anyway we as collectively attempt to go back on campus.

After the experience of finishing my final semester at community college during the first few months of the pandemic, and about a year off from college, I decided to ease back into things. I aim to give myself some flexibility with all the uncertainty of going back on campus. With that being said, I’m only taking three courses this fall semester. As I mentioned in a previous post, I have a lot going on between now and December, both college-related and otherwise. These are 4 credits Anthropology courses, which are dense in their own right, even though some of them will be the remainder of the introductory courses I couldn’t take while at CCRI.

Those courses being:

ANTH 102 Introduction to Archaeology, 4 credits (offered in both fall & spring)

The methods by which archaeologists study culture and reconstruct past societies are examined through lecture-discussion, films, and laboratory exercises.

ANTH 104 Introduction to Anthropological Linguistics, 4 credits (offered only in the fall)

Language is examined as a uniquely human phenomenon, with emphasis on the systematic description and analysis of communication as a socially and culturally shaped process.

ANTH 343 Environmental Anthropology, 4 credits (offered on alternate years)

Students are introduced to the field of environmental anthropology, focusing broadly on the interrelationships between environmental change and human conflict, culture and nature, and science and environmental policy.

Now, I’ve already taken the first of the introductory courses, ANTH 101 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology at community college.

Next semester, I will be taking the other introductory course, as well as another major requirement.

ANTH 103 Introduction to Biological Anthropology, 4 credits (only offered in the spring)

The biocultural nature of human physical variation is examined through lecture-discussion, films, and laboratory exercises. Topics include modern variation, primatology, and paleo-anthropology.

ANTH 233W Methods in Anthropology, 4 credits (only offered in the spring)

Students are introduced to multiple qualitative and quantitative methods for data collection and analysis, and instruction on spoken and written communication, with emphasis on ethnographic and observed data. This is a Writing in the Discipline (WID) course.

For the other two courses in the spring, I plan on taking cover half of the Ged Ed requirements I need to finish my degree. At some point over the next three years, I also need to complete my foreign language requirement. I did take an Italian course in community college, but I didn’t care for it. So I’ll consider what languages are offered at RIC and pick another language to learn instead.

I’m looking forward to diving into these courses and getting back on campus and into classes! I hope everyone has a great start to the new semester this year.

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