This upper-level graduate seminar provides a forum for students to develop external grant proposals. The structure of the seminar enables participants to develop their research proposals in close dialogue with each other and offers a framework for structured mentoring. Class will meet weekly and follow a seminar format. In terms of format, this is a structured writing group. It will walk you through a series of thematic modules, including the funding proposal as genre, formulating research questions, developing a lit review, methods & human subjects.  You’ll be invited to engage in a series of low-stakes structured assignments around these themes, where the final product will be the funding proposal of your choice.  The course is designed in collaboration with Heidi Bauer-Clapp, Associate Director of the Grad school’s Office of Professional Development, who will be joining us to run a couple of sessions. This seminar is most appropriate for graduate students who have completed pre-dissertation research.


This course is designed to give the student a thorough understanding of human gross anatomy from embryological, functional and evolutionary perspectives. The course is divided into 4 Units (Thorax and Abdomen, Back and Upper Limb, Pelvis and Lower Limb, Head and Neck), each of which covers specific anatomical regions and introduces the major systems of the human body. Each unit will integrate anatomy with evolutionary and functional approaches on various aspects of anatomical complexes specific to that unit (e.g. Lower limb anatomy and bipedal locomotion, larynx and evolution of language, pelvis and evolution of rotational birth). This course is targeted at students who aim to pursue health-related professions (medical/dental graduate programs, nursing, PT/OT, PA, etc?), anthropology majors who want to build a solid background in human evolutionary anatomy into their training, as a component of the anthropology major pathways such as health & the body and Evolutionary anthropology, as well as the Culture, Health, and Science program.
The prehispanic Mesoamerican culture process. The origins, growth, development, and partial colonial reconstruction of these unique native American societies. The intellectual history of Mesoamerican archaeology.
Review of contemporary human variation in demography, morphology, physiology, and genetics. Emphasis on explaining, not just categorizing, the differences. Inter- and intra-population variation around the globe.

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This course investigates the evolutionary origins of humans. The study of human evolution is a multidisciplinary endeavor involving a synthesis of concepts, techniques, and research findings from a variety of different scientific fields, including evolutionary biology, paleontology, primatology, comparative anatomy, genetics, molecular biology, geology, and archaeology. Explores the different contributions that scientists have made toward understanding human origins and provides a detailed survey of the evidence used to reconstruct the evolutionary history of our own species.

Community groups and networks of organizers, activists, and developers coalesce around efforts to create cooperative, democratic, and socially just ways of being in the world involving "alternative" economies: things like cooperatives, land-trusts, community-owned finance, fair trade networks, and so on. These projects are both grounded in local communities and linked into global networks including the solidarity economies movement aimed at creating economies that put people and planet before profit. This class will work with two solidarity economy networks in Massachusetts. Our aim is to do work - a combination of engaged service, research, and community dialogues - that helps to perform, inform, and strengthen local efforts and the solidarity economy movement more broadly. We approach this work from the perspective of Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR); a research process in which communities guide the work at hand.
The study of human/environmental interactions. Emphasis on biological and cultural responses by contemporary human groups to pervasive environmental problems. Examples from mountains, grasslands, deserts, and tropical forests. (Gen.Ed. SB, DG)

Archaeologists think from things—we study past cultures through their material remains, which may be as tiny as a starch grain or as expansive as an ancient landscape. Archaeologists utilize a wide variety of field methods, analytical techniques, and theoretical approaches to investigate, reconstruct, and learn from the past. In this course, we explore how archaeological data collected from settlement surveys, site excavations, and artifact analysis can be used to address economic, social, political, and ideological questions across time and space. These methods are particularly important to tell us about people that did not leave written records. We also discuss the relevance of archaeological practice in modern political, economic, and social contexts throughout the semester. 

Introduction to archaeological method and theory along with a survey of human world prehistory through the rise of civilizations. Topics include archaeological survey, excavation, analysis and interpretation of data, dating, research methods, and theories of cultural change. (Gen.Ed. SB, DG)