Florida Atlantic University began in 1964 now serves 28,000 students on seven campuses and sites. The main location is in Boca Raton, Florida.


Course Catalog

Medical Anthropology (ANT 4462)
Cross cultural analysis of anthropological theories of health and disease. The status and role of patients and healers in human societies. Biobehavioral approach to human evolutionary adaptation to environment (e.g., belief, taboo, stress, nutrition).

Anthropology of Nature (ANT 4419)
Using theory from cultural anthropology, this course examines the relationship between culture and the physical environment or “nature,” focusing on political, medical, religious, linguistic/discursive, ecological, development and gender issues in a variety of communities and countries around the world.

Plants and People (GEO 6317)
Course explores interaction between humans and plants – how people use plants in terms of traditional rural resource use and modern urban use. Topics covered include medicine, food, gardens, agriculture, religion, construction, ornamentation and fuel.

Culture, Conservation, and Land Use (GEO 6337)
Course considers relationship between humans and environment with emphasis on current cultural practices and ideologies concerning preservation and consumption from both local and global perspectives. A portion of the course is designed to permit students to reflect on the personal roles all of us play in relation to the ecosystems in which we live.

Food: Culture and Enviroment (GEO 6938) (2012)
The Class will look at how food relates to the environment and culture. The course will take a global view of these issues, while also exploring local food resources and production. Part of the course will be about developing an awareness of the conservation oriented and/or destructive aspects of our own daily food choices.


Maria Fadiman (Department of Geosciences)
Mary M. Cameron (Department of Anthropology) (mcameron@fau.edu )