Pre-Approved Electives

About Course Preapprovals for Anthropology Tracks

Courses that are pre-approved for the tracks in Medical Anthropology (MedAnth) and Law, Politics, and Economics (LPE) are listed below.  Pre-approved cognates require submission of a request for cognate approval and count towards the two-cognate allowance for each student.

For students in the Socio-Cultural Anthropology (SCA) track, courses are not individually listed because any course with an ANT course number may be used to satisfy an SCA course requirement. Also not listed are ANT 390 (required for the LPE and SCA tracks) and ANT 300 and ANT 301 (required for all three tracks).

Lists by Term of Courses for Tracks

Spring 2020-2021 pre-approved courses:

LPE Track | Law, Politics, and Economics
  • ANT 223 Policing and Militarization Today (also AMS 223, AAS 224, URB 224)
  • ANT 227 Urban Anthropology (also URB 225)
  • ANT 246 Native American and Indigenous Studies: An Introduction (also AMS 246, LAS 246)
  • ANT 272 Intoxicating Cultures: Alcohol in Everyday Life (also AFS 272)
  • ANT 319 Revolt (also NES 319)
  • ANT 332 Culture and Power in China
  • ANT 369 Reading Africa: Anthropological Approaches to the Continent (also AFS 369)
  • AAS 302 /ANT 378 Political Bodies: The Social Anatomy of Power and Difference
  • LAS 217 /ANT 397 Culture, Politics, and Human Rights in Latin America
  • ANT 405 Topics in Anthropology: Decolonization
  • SLA 420 /ANT 420 Communist Modernity: The Politics and Culture of Soviet Utopia
MedAnth Track | Medical Anthropology
  • ANT 206A Human Evolution (also AFS 206A)
  • ANT 272 Intoxicating Cultures: Alcohol in Everyday Life (also AFS 272)
  • ANT 305 Psychological Anthropology (also HLS 305)
  • GHP 414 /ANT 376 Pandemics: critical perspectives on emergence, governance and care
  • AAS 302 /ANT 378 Political Bodies: The Social Anatomy of Power and Difference
  • ANT 403 Race and Medicine (also AAS 403, GHP 403)
  • ANT 428 Myth-busting Race and Sex: Anthropology, Biology, and 'Human Natures'
  • ENV 428 /ANT 488 The Body in Rain: Embodiment and Planetary Change
SCA Track | Socio-Cultural Anthropology

Any course with an ANT course number may be used to satisfy an SCA course requirement.


Fall 2020-2021 pre-approved courses:

LPE Track | Law, Politics, and Economics
  • ANT 201 Introduction to Anthropology
  • ANT 231 Business Anthropology (also ENT 231)
  • ANT 304 Political Anthropology
  • ANT 337 Queer Becomings (also GSS 279)
  • NES 391 /ANT 391 Secularism
  • ANT 419 Race, Gender, Empire (also AMS 417, GSS 423, LAS 419)
  • ANT 452 Alternative Economies: Before (and after) Growth
  • Pre-approved cognate: LAS 313 Political Natures: The Politics of Nature and Development in Latin America
MedAnth Track | Medical Anthropology
  • ANT 201 Introduction to Anthropology
  • ANT 305 Psychological Anthropology - postponed to Spring 2021
  • ANT 360 Ethics in Context: Uses and Abuses of Deception and Disclosure
  • GHP 350 /ANT 380 Critical Perspectives in Global Health
SCA Track | Socio-Cultural Anthropology

Any course with an ANT course number may be used to satisfy an SCA course requirement.


Spring 2019-2020 pre-approved courses:

LPE Track | Law, Politics, and Economics
  • ANT 203 Economic Life in Cultural Context
  • ANT 272 Intoxicating Cultures: Alcohol in Everyday Life (also AFS 272)
  • ANT 306 Current Issues in Anthropology: Corporations and Society (also ENT 306)
  • ANT 342 The Anthropology of Law
  • ANT 363 Gangsters and Troublesome Populations (also AAS 369)
  • NES 391/ ANT 391 Secularism
  • ANT 405 Topics in Anthropology: Anthropology of Human Rights
  • ANT 446 Nuclear Things and Toxic Colonization (also ENV 364)
  • ANT 461 Disability, Difference, and Race (also AAS 364, GHP 461, GSS 461)
  • Pre-approved cognate: LAS 218 Social Justice: The Latin American City
MedAnth Track | Medical Anthropology
  • ANT 240 Medical Anthropology (also HUM 240)
  • ANT 272 Intoxicating Cultures: Alcohol in Everyday Life (also AFS 272)
  • EAS 312 /ANT 312 Mind, Body, and Bioethics in Japan and Beyond
  • ANT 446 Nuclear Things and Toxic Colonization (also ENV 364)
  • ANT 461 Disability, Difference, and Race (also AAS 364, GHP 461, GSS 461)
  • Pre-approved cognateCLA 231 Ancient Greek and Roman Medicine: Bodies, Physicians, and Patients
  • Pre-approved cognateSLA 368 Literature and Medicine
SCA Track | Socio-Cultural Anthropology

Any course with an ANT course number may be used to satisfy an SCA course requirement.


Fall 2019-2020 pre-approved courses:

LPE Track | Law, Politics, and Economics
  • ANT 219 Catastrophes across Cultures: The Anthropology of Disaster (also ENV 219)
  • ANT 227 Urban Anthropology (also URB 225)
  • ANT 231 Business Anthropology (also ENT 231)
  • ANT 246 Native American and Indigenous Studies: An Introduction (also AMS 246)
  • EAS 225 /ANT 323 Japanese Society and Culture
  • ANT 309A Forensic Anthropology and Urban Bodies (also STC 310A, URB 309A)
  • ANT 406 Theoretical Orientations in Cultural Anthropology: Conspiracy Theory and Social Theory
  • ANT 453 Rituals of Governing (also AFS 453)
MedAnth Track | Medical Anthropology
  • ANT 219 Catastrophes across Cultures: The Anthropology of Disaster (also ENV 219)
  • ANT 309A Forensic Anthropology and Urban Bodies (also STC 310A, URB 309A)
  • ANT 309B Forensic Anthropology and Urban Bodies (also STC 310B, URB 309B)
  • ANT 331 Sensory Anthropology
  • GHP 350 /ANT 380 Critical Perspectives in Global Health 
SCA Track | Socio-Cultural Anthropology

Any course with an ANT course number may be used to satisfy an SCA course requirement.


Summer 2019 pre-approved courses:

LPE Track | Law, Politics, and Economics
  • GLS 327 /ANT 348 Xenophobia and Xenophilia in Germany 
  • GLS 333 /ANT 393 Becoming Brazil 

Spring 2018-2019 pre-approved courses:

LPE Track | Law, Politics, and Economics
  • ANT 223 Policing and Militarization Today (also AMS 223, AAS 224)
  • ANT 319 Revolt (also NES 319)
  • LAS 217 /ANT 339 Brazil-Africa: Critical Perspectives on South-South Networks 
  • AFS 205 /ANT 384 Religion, Politics, and Power in Africa and the Diaspora
  • ANT 434 Postcolonialism without Colony: Marx, Subaltern Studies, and Ottoman Imperial Orders (also NES 434)
  • ANT 446 Nuclear Things and Toxic Colonization (also ENV 364)
  • ANT 461 Disability, Difference, and Race (also GHP 461, AAS 364, GSS 461)
MedAnth Track | Medical Anthropology
  • ANT 215 Human Adaptation 
  • ANT 240 Medical Anthropology (also HUM 240) 
  • EAS 312 /ANT 312 Mind, Body, and Bioethics in Japan and Beyond
  • ANT 360 Ethics in Context: Uses and Abuses of Deception and Disclosure
  • GHP 304 /ANT 376 Reproductive Technologies and the Politics of Life
  • WWS 375 /ANT 388 Gender and Public Health: Disparities, Pathways, and Policies 
  • ANT 405 Topics in Anthropology: AIDS in the Americas (also LAS 414, GSS 407, GHP 415)
  • ANT 446 Nuclear Things and Toxic Colonization (also ENV 364)
  • ANT 461 Disability, Difference, and Race (also GHP 461, AAS 364, GSS 461)
SCA Track | Socio-Cultural Anthropology

Any course with an ANT course number may be used to satisfy an SCA course requirement.


Fall 2018-2019 pre-approved courses:

LPE Track | Law, Politics, and Economics
  • ANT 219 Catastrophes across Cultures: The Anthropology of Disaster (also ENV 219)
  • ANT 225 Debt
  • ANT 232 Social Lives, Social Forces
  • ANT 314 The Anthropology of Development (also ENE 314, AFS 314)
  • EAS 225 /ANT 323 Japanese Society and Culture
  • ANT 336 The Anthropology of Selected Regions: The Amazon (also LAS 384)
  • ANT 363 Gangsters and Troublesome Populations
  • LAS 307 /ANT 387 Social Justice and the Latin American City
  • NES 391 /ANT 391 Secularism
  • ANT 407 Ethnography of Law
  • LAS 486 /ANT 486 Anthropology of Populism
MedAnth Track | Medical Anthropology
  • ANT 219 Catastrophes across Cultures: The Anthropology of Disaster (also ENV 219)
  • ANT 305 Psychological Anthropology (also HLS 305)
  • GHP 350 /ANT 380 Critical Perspectives in Global Health
  • ANT 442 Death, Aging, and Mortality: Cultural and Biosocial Perspectives
SCA Track | Socio-Cultural Anthropology

Any course with an ANT course number may be used to satisfy an SCA course requirement.


Spring 2017-2018 pre-approved courses:

LPE Track | Law, Politics, and Economics
  • ANT 203 Economic Life in Cultural Context
  • ANT 319 Revolt (also NES 319)
  • AAS 302 /ANT 378 Political Bodies: The Social Anatomy of Power & Difference
  • ANT 421 The Resource Curse and Development in Africa (also AFS 320)
MedAnth Track | Medical Anthropology
  • ANT 206 Human Evolution (206A or 206B
  • ANT 235 Medical Humanities (also HUM 235) 
  • EAS 312 /ANT 312 Mind, Body, and Bioethics in Japan and Beyond
  • AAS 302 /ANT 378 Political Bodies: The Social Anatomy of Power & Difference
  • ANT 405 /GSS 406 Topics in Anthropology: Queer Ethnography
SCA Track | Socio-Cultural Anthropology

Any course with an ANT course number may be used to satisfy an SCA course requirement.


Fall 2017-2018 pre-approved courses:

LPE Track | Law, Politics, and Economics
  • ANT 225 Debt
  • ANT 309A Forensic Anthropology and Epigenetics in Urban America (also STC 310A)
  • EAS 225 /ANT 323 Japanese Society and Culture
  • EGR 385 /ANT 385 Ethnography and Wicked Problems
MedAnth Track | Medical Anthropology
  • GSS 203 /ANT 243 Introduction to Global LGBTQ Studies
  • ANT 309B Forensic Anthropology and Epigenetics in Urban America (also STC 310B)
  • GHP 350 /ANT 380 Critical Perspectives in Global Health
SCA Track | Socio-Cultural Anthropology

Any course with an ANT course number may be used to satisfy an SCA course requirement.


Spring 2016-2017 pre-approved courses:

LPE Track | Law, Politics, and Economics
  • ANT 228 Urban Ecologies (also ENV 228, URB 228)
  • ANT 304 Political Anthropology
  • ANT 332 Power and Politics in Southeast Asia
  • ANT 416 Anthropologies of Water (also ENV 416)
  • SLA 420 /ANT 420 Communist Modernity: The Politics and Culture of Soviet Utopia
MedAnth Track | Medical Anthropology
  • ANT 206 Human Evolution (206A or 206B
  • ANT 209 Making Gender: Bodies, Meanings, Voices (also GSS 209)
  • ANT 360 Ethics in Context: Uses and Abuses of Deception and Disclosure
  • GHP 300 /ANT 386 Gender and Illness Experience in the United States Today
  • ANT 403 Race and Medicine (also AAS 403, GHP 403)
  • ANT 416 Anthropologies of Water (also ENV 416)
SCA track | Socio-Cultural Anthropology

Any course with an ANT course number may be used to satisfy an SCA course requirement.


Fall 2016-2017 pre-approved courses:

LPE Track | Law, Politics, and Economics
  • ANT 207 The American Family in Law and Society
  • ANT 314 The Anthropology of Development (also ENE 314, AFS 314)
  • ANT 342 The Anthropology of Law
  • ANT 404 Special Topics in Regional Studies – Infrastructures of Modernity in the Middle East (also NES 404)
  • ANT 417 Labors of Consciousness: Culture, Capital, Moral Economy (also AFS 417)
MedAnth Track | Medical Anthropology 
  • ANT 215 Human Adaptation (also EEB 315) 
  • NES 361 /ANT 361 Bioethics, Sex and Society in Muslim Communities
  • GHP 350 /ANT 380 Critical Perspectives in Global Health
SCA Track | Socio-Cultural Anthropology

Any course with an ANT course number may be used to satisfy an SCA course requirement.


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