Department Chair:
Baron Pineda, Associate Professor/Acting Chair

Administrative Assistant:
Judi Davidson

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Phone: (440) 775-8970
Fax: (440) 775-8644

King Building 305
10 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074-1019

Jason Haugen's courses

Jason Haugen's courses

101.  Introduction to Cultural Anthropology - 4 credits
An introduction to cultural anthropology through an examination of basic concepts, methods, and theories that anthropologists employ in order to understand the unity and diversity of human thought and action cross-culturally. Language and culture, kinship and the family, politics and conflict, religion and belief, and the impact of social change and globalization on traditional institutions are some of the topics to be considered in a range of ethnographic contexts.  Enrollment Limits:  40

202.  Fundamentals of Linguistics - 4 credits
This course introduces the scientific study of language by systematically exploring similarities and differences across human languages. Using actual data from real languages, students will learn basic methodologies of analysis and important results from subfields of linguistics including phonetics (possible human speech sounds), phonology (language-specific systemic organization of speech sounds), morphology (word-formation processes), syntax (sentence structures), semantics (meaning), language change, and sociolinguistics. Additional topics may include sign languages, language acquisition, and/or animal communication.  Enrollment Limit:  25

246.  The Nature of Human Language - 4 credits
This course approaches language as fundamental to the study of human nature itself. Questions addressed include: What properties of language inform our understanding of ourselves as a species? How might human language be fundamentally different from other animal communication systems? How did language evolve? Did the capacity for linguistic complexity emerge gradually over time, or relatively suddenly? Is there a Universal Grammar shared by all humans? How is language instantiated in the human mind/brain?  Enrollment Limit:  25

376.  Language and Prehistory - 4 credits
This course examines what anthropologists can glean from the prehistoric human past through the study of language relatedness, linguistic reconstruction, and language change. The major theoretical approaches to and methodologies of historical linguistics will be introduced and then applied to specific case studies from around the world. Major issues to be addressed will include prehistoric population contacts and movements, as well as the reconstruction of protolanguages and protocultures.  Enrollment Limit:  20

402.  The Native Languages of the Americas - 4 credits
This course surveys the languages indigenous to North and South America, and addresses such topics as grammatical (phonetic, phonological, morphological, and syntactic) diversity among these languages; language families and other historical relationships in the Americas; the use of linguistic evidence to investigate the first peopling of the Americas; and historical and contemporary cultural contexts of language use in the Americas, including issues surrounding language maintenance and revitalization, and colonial contact and language death.  Prerequisities:  ANTH 202 or another course in introductory linguistics, or consent of instructor.  Enrollment Limit:  10

413.  From Camanches to Aztecs - 4 credits
This course explores the changing lifeways of one historically related group, the Uto-Aztecans, who over millennia developed radically different social systems: state-level societies with major urban centers (Aztecs), agriculturalists living in small towns (Hopis) or small dispersed groups (Yaquis), and bands of hunter-gatherers (Comanches). We will examine their major differences at the time of European contact, ways colonialism differently transformed their cultures, and how and where the original population may have originated and dispersed.  Consent from Instructor Required.  Enrollment Limit:  10