Fort Lewis College is a four-year public liberal arts institution located in Durango, Colorado. The college was established in 1911. The current enrollment is about 3,685 students on campus.


Traditional Ecological Knowledge (ANTH 208, 4 credits)
Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) is an integrated body of spiritual and practical knowledge that has evolved over vast stretches of time through the successful adaptation of a culture to its local environment. In this course, students will be introduced to the ways different cultures organize and categorize domains of TEK, including plants, animals, landscapes and kin. The class will also address the growing question of cultural survival in relation to environmental loss, as it is increasingly apparent that cultural diversity is directly related to biological diversity.

Environmental Anthropology (ANTH 356, 4 credits)
This course provides a comparative study of human-environment interactions, stressing the relationship between culture and the biophysical environment with focus on cultural adaptations. Implications for anthropological theory and contemporary social and environmental problems are investigated.

Medical Anthropology (ANTH 357, 4 credits)
The medical systems of indigenous peoples are analyzed cross-culturally from the perspectives of epidemiology, symbolism, history and political economy. Topics will include the development of medical anthropology, the medical traditions of Ayurvedic, humoral, shamanic and biomedical practitioners, theories of cause and cure, and applied practice. This course is recommended for pre-health and social science majors.

Advanced Topics in Applied Anthropology (ANTH 412, 4 credits)
Students will work on an applied or practicing project. The course emphasizes collaborative research design, rapid assessment, advocacy, interviewing, and participatory methods. Consideration is given to career and professional development.

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Anthropology Department


Rebecca Austin (Anthropology);
David Kozak (Anthropology);
Kelly Jenks (Anthropology);
Charles Riggs (Anthropology);