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ANTH100 - Introduction to Anthropology

Course Details

Course Code: ANTH100 Course ID: 3738 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course introduces students to human nature and behavior from the broad, holistic perspective of contemporary U.S. American anthropology. The four primary sub-fields of anthropology, biological, cultural, linguistics, and archaeology, will be discussed in order to integrate various aspects of the human condition.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
02/24/20 - 07/31/20 08/03/20 - 09/27/20 Summer 2020 Session I 8 Week session
03/30/20 - 09/04/20 09/07/20 - 11/01/20 Summer 2020 Session D 8 Week session
04/27/20 - 10/02/20 10/05/20 - 11/29/20 Fall 2020 Session B 8 Week session
05/25/20 - 10/30/20 11/02/20 - 12/27/20 Fall 2020 Session I 8 Week session
06/29/20 - 12/04/20 12/07/20 - 01/31/21 Fall 2020 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

CO1: Recognize and demonstrate respect for human differences

CO2: Summarize a range of anthropological terms

CO3: Explain the different sub-fields of anthropology

CO4: Describe how anthropology uses the scientific method as a guide in forming its own unique theories

CO5: Explain the holistic nature of anthropology

CO6: Demonstrate basic knowledge of key concepts within the field of anthropology, including an understanding of the complexities, diversity, and history of human evolution

CO7: Demonstrate an understanding of culture and how it helps frame our societies (family, lifestyle, lineage, language and communication) and its evolution, how it mirrors biological evolution

CO8: Demonstrate an understanding of human past, both distant and more recent, and how our past can be used to comment on our future


Participation in classroom dialogue on threaded Forums is required in some weeks. Forums are found in the Forums tab in the classroom. Initial posts must demonstrate comprehension of the course materials, the ability to apply that knowledge in the real world. Learners will engage with the instructor and peers throughout the learning week. Initial Forum posts are due Thursdays, peer responses are due Sundays. To motivate engaged discussion, posts are expected to be on time with regular interaction throughout the week. All posts should demonstrate college level writing skills. To promote vibrant discussion as we would in a face to face classroom, formatted citations and references are not required. Quotes should not be used at all, or used sparingly. If you quote a source quotation marks should be used and an APA formatted citation and reference provided. Specific instructions and the grading rubric are located on each Forum.

This course includes Assignments. Instructions and specific grading rubrics are found under the Assignments tab in our classroom.

Extra Credit:

Extra credit is not offered in this course.

NameGrade %
Forums 40.00 %
Week 1 Forum 8.00 %
Week 2 Forum 8.00 %
Week 4 Forum 8.00 %
Week 6 Forum 8.00 %
Week 8 Forum 8.00 %
Assignments 60.00 %
Assignment 1: Backyard Archaeology 20.00 %
Assignment 2: Mini Ethnography 20.00 %
Assignment 3: Studying Change 20.00 %

All course materials are free and provided in our Library. Link to our eReserve page in the Library and select this course to access your materials.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.