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Concentration in Culture and Communication


Brooks Hall

The Culture and Communication concentration in Anthropology offers students a program of study focused on communicative practices across a diversity of world cultures, modalities of embodied discourse, and the technologically mediated channels that increasingly connect people around the globe. Work in this area ranges from the micro-scale of everyday dialogue to the transnational scale of commerce, migrations, politics, and development. The program prepares students to bring critical thinking and holistic conceptual tools to an increasingly globalized workplace, where communicative practices vary across almost every conceivable dimension and where attention to relative cultural differences can mean the difference between communication and miscommunication, justice and injustice, and even life and death. Culture and Communication introduces students to theoretical approaches from linguistic anthropology, cognitive anthropology, and other anthropological subfields, and builds on interdisciplinary ties that include sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, conversation analysis, exchange theory, art, media, and mediated discourse analysis, preparing students to understand the impact of differing modes of expression, cultural styles, and interactional genres on the accomplishment of group tasks, the creation of human connections, and the building of a globally interconnected world.

For more information, or to begin the process of enrolling in this concentration, contact the Culture and Communication Concentration Advisor.


  1. Fulfill all non-elective requirements for the B.A. in Anthropology, including the Linguistic Anthropology distribution requirement.
  2. When choosing electives toward your Anthropology major, choose four as follows:
    1. At least 2 (and as many as 4 if you like) must be courses that deal with culture-and-communication topics within the Anthropology Department. Courses that qualify are listed below as "Concentration Course List A."
    2. Up to 2 classes (but you don't have to include any of these if you don't want) can be courses that deal with culture-and-communication topics from the perspective of other disciplines/departments. Courses that qualify are listed below as "Concentration Course List B."
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Culture and Communication Concentration Course List A

ANTH 2365     Art and Anthropology

ANTH 2400     Language and Culture

ANTH 2410     Sociolinguistics

ANTH 2415     Language in Human Evolution

ANTH 2420     Language and Gender

ANTH 2430     Languages of the World

ANTH 2440     Language and Cinema

ANTH 2470     Reflections of Exile: Jewish Languages and their Communities (also listed as MEST 2470)

ANTH 2660     The Internet is Another Country

ANTH 3170     The Anthropology of Media

ANTH 3171     Culture and Cyberspace

ANTH 3175     Native American Art

ANTH 3440     Language and Emotion

ANTH 3450     Native American Languages

ANTH 3455     African Languages

ANTH 3470     Language and Culture in the Middle East (also listed as MEST 3470)

ANTH 3480     Language and Prehistory

ANTH 3490     Language and Thought

ANTH 3680     Australian Aboriginal Art and Culture

ANTH 5190     Science and Culture

ANTH 5425     Language Contact

ANTH 5470     Language and Identity

ANTH 5475     Multimodal Interaction

ANTH 5480     Literacy and Orality

ANTH 5485     Discourse Analysis

ANTH 5490     Speech Play and Verbal Art

ANTH 5495     Discourse Prosody

AMST 2460     Language in the US

ASL 3450        Comparative Linguistics: ASL and English

EDHS 4300     Psycholinguistics and Communication

LNGS 2220     History and Structure of Black English

LNGS 2240     Southern American English

MDST 3140     Mass Media and American Politics

MDST 3300     Global Media

MDST 3701     New Media Culture

MDST 4704     Political Economy of Communication

SPAN 4202     Hispanic Sociolinguistics

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Culture and Communication Concentration Course List B

ANTH 2850       American Material Culture

ANTH 3070       Introduction to Musical Ethnography

ANTH 3272       The Anthropology of Dissent

ANTH 3340      Ecology and Society

ANTH 3370      Power and The Body

ANTH 4420      Theories of Language

ANTH 5220      Economic Anthropology

ANTH 5401      Linguistic Field Methods

ANTH 5410      Phonology

ANTH 5440      Morphology

ANTH 2541     Topics in Linguistics (Topics courses may also be listed as ANTH 3541 or 5541)

ANTH 5549     Topics in Theoretical Linguistics and Linguistic Anthropology

ASL 4750        Topics in Deaf Studies

CLASS            Introduction to Indo-European Linguistics

DRAM 2070     Public Speaking

EDHS 4030      Speech and Hearing Science

ENAM 2850     Folklore in America

ENMD 5010     Introduction to Old English

FREN 3030      Phonetics: The Sounds of French

FREN 4020      History of the French Language in its Social and Cultural Context

FREN 4035      Tools and Techniques of Translation

LING 3400       Structure of English

LING 5409       Acoustic Phonetics

LNGS 3250     Introduction to Linguistic Theory and Analysis

LNGS 5000     Linguistic Principles in Language Pedagogy

PHIL 3630       Philosophy of Language

PSYC 3110     Psychology of Language

PSYC 4112     Psychology and Deaf People

PSYC 4115     Multiculturalism in the Deaf Community

PSYC 4120     Psychology of Reading

PSYC 5355     Neurobiology of Speech and Language

RUSS 5030     Advanced Russian Grammar: Phonology and Morphology

RUSS 5032     Advanced Russian Grammar: Syntax

SPAN 3000     Phonetics (Spanish Phonetics)

SPAN 4201     Hispanic Dialectology and Bilingualism

SPAN 4203     Structure of Spanish

SPAN 4210     History of the Spanish Language

WGS 2300      Women and Gender in the Deaf World (also listed as ASL 2300)