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Department of Sociology, Anthropology, & Criminal Justice

Dr. Tom Ward
Lora Magnum Shields Science Building, Room 341
Phone: 505.454.3196
Fax: 505-454-3331
E-mail: tsward@nmhu.edu

The department offers graduate programs in Public Affairs-Applied Sociology and in Southwest Studies-Anthropology.  Anthropology also offers a post baccalaureate certificate in Cultural Resource Management (CRM).


Mission of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice
Faculty
Resources and Facilities
Southwest Studies-Anthropology (M.A.)
Public Affairs-Applied Sociology (M.A.)
Master of Arts in Public Affairs (MA)
Master of Arts in Southwest Studies (MA)
Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Cultural Resource Management (CRM) 


Mission of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice
The mission of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice is to contribute to meeting the educational and research needs in sociology, anthropology, criminal justice and the related fields; contribute to meeting the career needs in social services and social sciences, tribal, state, and federal career requirements, as well as contribute to training for careers in education, law, public service, and other social science fields; contribute to meeting the need for secondary school teacher certification in sociology and/or anthropology; and to provide sociocultural service and expertise for the region, as well as the greater global community.


Faculty
Rebecca Álvarez, Ph.D. (Sociology)
Erika Derkas, Ph.D. (Sociology)
Gloria Gadsden, Ph.D. (Sociology)
Mario Gonzales, Ph.D. (Anthropology)
Warren Lail, Ph.D., J.D. (Anthropology)
Orit Tamir, Ph.D. (Anthropology)
Thomas Ward, Ph.D. (Sociology)


Resources and Facilities
Northern New Mexico provides an outstanding context for social and cultural studies at NMHU. Students engage in field archaeological digs, ethnographic and sociological research, and in practicum experiences. Each student has the opportunity to conduct research in our anthropology lab. Studies of human behavior emphasize field data and computer applications for analysis and interpretation.

The department provides a computer laboratory for student use. Students have access to word processing, spreadsheets, and statistical packages as well as the Internet.

Student professional societies and organizations such as the Sociology and Anthropology Club and/or membership in regional or national professional associations provide opportunities for student participation and program enrichment beyond the classroom.


Southwest Studies-Anthropology (M.A.)

The graduate program in anthropology is a part of an interdisciplinary Master of Arts degree program in Southwest Studies. This includes the disciplines of anthropology and history.   


Students complete a common core of courses in Southwestern prehistory, history, and contemporary cultures of the American Southwest. Prior to admission to the program, students select anthropology or history as an area of concentration. 
 Students interested in anthropology will follow the anthropology concentration curriculum described in this catalog. 


The Master of Arts program prepares students for doctoral programs in anthropology and related fields, teaching, research, and applied positions in cultural resources management, federal, state, and local agencies as well as private business and nonprofit sectors.
 


The institution’s geographic location in a multi-ethnic region of the Southwest provides a unique perspective for archaeological and ethnographic field experiences. The anthropology lab houses a significant collection of prehistoric and historic cultural resources for northeastern New Mexico.
 


strong>Public Affairs-Applied Sociology (M.A.)
The graduate program in sociology is part of an interdisciplinary Master of Arts degree program in public affairs. The program provides a comprehensive understanding of the social and cultural environment in the public and private sphere through a common core of courses taken by all students in political theory, social theory and historical thought, human culture, and economic theory. Prior to admission to the program, students select one of the following concentrations: political and governmental processes (see political science in the Department of Humanities), or applied sociology. Students interested in sociology will follow the curriculum described below.

This program prepares students for doctoral studies and may provide enrichment for professionals in public careers such as law, politics, or government service. The program also provides advanced preparation for teachers. The interdisciplinary nature of the program is well suited to such purposes, by combining theoretical knowledge and practical methodology in historical and cross-cultural analysis; archival research; personal and participant observation, interview, and survey techniques; and statistical analysis, model-building, and simulation–applied to analysis of social and cultural trends; political and economic policy at local, regional, national, and international levels; and organizational and institutional processes.

The program’s geographic location in a multi-ethnic region of the Southwest brings unique perspectives. Field and practicum experiences are available to capitalize on the region’s rich social, cultural, and institutional resources.


Master of Arts in Public Affairs (MA)
Required core:
Choose 12 to 15 credits from the following:
ANTH 651 Seminar: Concepts of Human Culture (3)
HIST 615 Contemporary Historical Thought (3)
POLS 563 Political Economy (3)
POLS 654 Seminar: The State (3)
SOC 638 Advanced Classical Social Theories (3)
OR 
SOC639 Contemporary Sociological Theory (3)
Core Total: 12 – 15 credit hours
Applied Sociology Concentration

Required courses: 6-9 for the thesis option, 12-15 for non-thesis 

SOC 530 Data Analysis (4)
SOC 638 Advanced Classical Social Theories (3)
SOC 630 Research Methods in Sociology & Anthropology (3)
Choose one of the following, in consultation with your adviser:
SOC 699 Thesis (6)
OR  
Completion of two professional papers and six additional hours of coursework
Electives 6-15 credit hours: 
Select six to nine credits for thesis option, 12 to 15 credits for non-thesis option
SOC512 Social Stratification (3)
SOC515 Development & Sociocultural Change (3)
SOC527 Criminology (3)
SOC529 Gender & Society (3)
SOC534 Political Sociology (3)
SOC593 Race & Ethnic Relations (3)
POLS558 Political Theory & Philosophy (3)
POLS519 Public Administration (3)
POLS614 Seminar: Public Policies (3)
Electives selected in consultation with your graduate adviser.
Program Total: 36 – 37 credit hours 


Master of Arts in Southwest Studies (MA)
Required core:
Choose 12 credits from the following list:
ANTH 513     Archaeology of Southwest (3)
HIST 618    Seminar: The Southwest (3)
POLS 611     Seminar: Southwest Politics (3)
ANTH 576    Indians of the American Southwest (3)
OR
ANTH 577    The Hispanic Southwest (3)
Core Total: 12 credit hours
Concentration in Anthropology
Electives: 12-15 credit hours
Electives selected in consultation with graduate adviser.
Required courses: 10 credit hours
ANTH 652 Seminar: Thesis Writing (1)
ANTH 696 Ethnographic Research Methods (3)
ANTH 699 Thesis (6)*
Program Total: 37 credit hours 


Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Cultural Resource Management (CRM) 

Required courses: 20-24 credit hours

ANTH 510 Method and Theory in Archaeology (3)

ANTH 513 Archaeology of the Southwest (3)

ANTH 514 Field Methods in Archaeology (Field School) (2-6)

ANTH 576 Indians of the American Southwest (3)

OR 

ANTH 577 The Hispanic Southwest (3)

ANTH 581 Cultural Resources Management (3)

ANTH 696 Ethnographic Research Methods (3)

Chose in consultation with your adviser, three of the following courses: 9 credits

ANTH 511 Paleoethnobotany (3)

ANTH 512 Lithic Tech & Analysis (3)

ANTH 542  Forensic Anthropology (3)

GEOL512 Surveying & Geographic Information Systems (3)

Program Total: 26 – 30 credit hours minimum 


Anthropology, Courses in (ANTH) 

ANTH 510. Method and Theory in Archaeology (3); Var
The purpose, techniques, methods and theory of archaeology in the study of the human past and in the context of modern science. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

ANTH 511. Paleoethnobotany (3); Var
The question of subsistence is central to every archaeological inquiry. The specialized field of paleoethnobotany allows us to infer dietary habits from charred plant remains recovered during archaeological excavations. The purpose of this course, therefore, is to familiarize students with field methods employed in the recovery of botanical remains (samplings, flotation, capture, and drying) and lab methods used to identify and interpret them. Special emphasis will be placed on identifying wild and domestic plants used by prehistoric peoples of northeastern New Mexico.

ANTH 512. Lithic Technology and Analysis (3); Var
The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the study of stone tools in archaeological contexts. We wish to learn from which materials these tools were made, the techniques that were employed to make them, and how they came to be discarded to become part of the archaeological record. We also wish to know from where the materials came and what properties caused them to be selected for the purpose of purposes for which they were chosen. Accordingly, the course is broken into four general areas: geology, technology, analysis, and interpretation.

ANTH 513. Archaeology of the Southwest (3); 2, 2 Var
Study of prehistoric cultures (before 1500) of the American Southwest. Prerequisite: One course in introductory sociology or anthropology.

ANTH 514. Field Methods in Archaeology (2 – 6 VC); Su
Instruction in Archaeology field and laboratory techniques and methods. Prerequisite: ANTH 510 or permission of instructor.

ANTH 515. Development and Socio-Cultural Change (3); Var
This course concerns the nature and consequences of development and culture change. The focus is on contemporary issues and many ways in which anthropology is used outside its purely academic context: how anthropology is applied to contemporary human issues, how it benefits society, and how it advances theoretical knowledge. Prerequisite: One course in introductory Sociology or Anthropology. Cross-listed as SOC 515.

ANTH 520. Anthropology Goes to the Movies (3); Var
The course will feature ethnographic films that explore cross-cultural themes about identities (race-ethnicity, nationality, political organization, religion, gender, class, sexuality, and so on) primarily through film and secondarily through ethnographic texts. Course readings, films, class lectures and discussions will examine the themes of cinematic (visual and auditory) manipulation of audience perceptions and interpretations, research and ethics and accountabilities, and the politics of ethnographic representation. You will learn about film in anthropology by viewing and discussing films that reflect various anthropological principles. Thinking about anthropology films will require talking and writing about the subject.

ANTH 522. Religion and Culture (3); Var
The origins, elements, forms, and symbolism of religion including a comparative survey of religious beliefs, myths, practices, and symbolism. Course focuses on religion in the context of culture with an emphasis on appreciating religious differences. Prerequisite: One course in introductory sociology or anthropology. Cross-listed as SOC 522.

ANTH 528. Comparative Systems of Social Control (3); Fa
This course is a sociological and anthropological analysis of social control and law in a variety of social and cultural contexts.

ANTH 529. Gender, Culture, and Society (3); Var
This course provides a foundation for understanding gender as expressed within and influenced by society. Cross culturally men and women are perceived as different, often as opposites. This perception can affect the quality of life, both on a structural level (in terms of wages earned, jobs held) and on an interpersonal level (in terms of expression of self/autonomy). Various theoretical perspectives are explored in order to understand why this perception of difference exists, how it translates into inequality and how it is learned.

ANTH 535. Selected Topics in Anthropology (1 – 4 VC); Var
Course in a topic or topics in anthropology: may be repeated with a change of content.

ANTH 542. Forensic Anthropology (3); 2, 2 Var
Presentation and application of biological anthropology techniques in the identification of humans from skeletal remains.

ANTH 554. Women and Globalization (3); Variable
This course examines how women’s lives are shaped by globalization through the feminization of labor and migration, environmental degradation, Diaspora, sexuality, cultural displacement, and militarization. It explores the ways women have confronted these conditions as well as the possibilities and challenges of cross-border feminist coalitions.

ANTH 556. U.S.-Mexico Immigration: Border Issues (3); Variable
Socially and culturally, economically and demographically no international process has affected everyday life in the United States more than Mexican immigration. The course will examine the evolution, expansion and maintenance of processes and structures that have come to institutionalize the unspoken immigration “agreements” between these two nations.

ANTH 561. Communication and Culture (3); Fa
Anthropological linguistics, focusing on investigations of the relationships between language and culture.

ANTH 574. Contemporary Indian Issues (3); Var
An examination of emerging social and cultural issues in American Indian society today. V

ANTH 576. Indians of the American Southwest (3); Var
A survey of the Native American cultures in the Southwest since 1500, including both Pueblo and non-Pueblo cultures. Prerequisite: One course in introductory sociology or anthropology.

ANTH 577. The Hispanic Southwest (3); Var
The ethno-historical and socio-anthropological examination of Spanish-speaking people in the Southwest from their establishment to contemporary times.

ANTH 580. Issues in Applied Anthropology (3); Var
Course will focus on what applied anthropology is, how it is done, how it benefits society, and how it advances Anthropology’s theoretical knowledge of culture and society. It is also a course for students who are interested in learning about the various ways in which anthropology is used outside the classroom.

ANTH 581. Cultural Resource Management (3); Var
This course will provide the students with the foundations for conducting cultural resource management (CRM). It addresses laws, regulations, agencies, and techniques needed for conducting CRM work and practical experience. Prerequisite: One culture area course.

ANTH 650. Seminar in Anthropology (1 – 4 VC); Var
Seminar course in a topic or topics in anthropology: may be repeated with change in content.

ANTH 651. Seminar: Concepts of Human Culture (3); Var
This course will help acquaint students with the world of human cultures and to arrive at a means of understanding “culture” as well as theoretical constructs developed to examine the central concepts of anthropology. The place of anthropology in the western tradition; issues examined by anthropologists from an array of theoretical perspectives; examples from ethnographic studies; application to public issues and policies, are means through which theory will be brought to bear on praxis.

ANTH 652. Seminar: Thesis Writing (1); Var 
Instruct and facilitate students in empirical, historical, and theoretical research and in design, preparation, and completion of a thesis in anthropology.

ANTH 690. Independent Study (1 – 4 VC); Var
Individual, directed study arranged with an instructor. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

ANTH 692. Independent Research (1 – 4 VC); Var
Independent research arranged with an instructor. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

ANTH 696. Ethnographic Research Methods (3); Var
The course addresses methods of data collection, coding, and analysis for ethnographic field work in Anthropology. Techniques include naturalistic and participant observation, structured and unstructured interviewing, field note taking and management, and other related qualitative data gathering approaches, some of which may be used in the development of quantitative instruments and analysis. Of continuing concern is the interplay between theoretical perspectives and the influence of selected data collection methodologies.

ANTH 699. Thesis (1 – 6 VC); Var
Individual research and writing in preparation of a graduate thesis. Prerequisite:  Permission of instructor.

Sociology (SOC), Courses in

SOC 512. Social Stratification (3); Sp
Differentiation, status, social mobility, class, and caste in selected societies.

SOC 515. Development and Socio-Cultural Change (3); Var
This course concerns the nature and consequences of development and culture change. The focus is on contemporary issues and many ways in which anthropology is used outside its purely academic context: how anthropology is applied to contemporary human issues, how it benefits society, and how it advances theoretical knowledge. Cross-listed as: ANTH 515.  Prerequisite: One course in introductory sociology or anthropology.

SOC 522. Religion and Culture (3);Var
The origins, elements, forms, and symbolism of religion including a comparative survey of religious beliefs, myths, practices and symbolism. Course focuses on religion in the context of culture with an emphasis on appreciating religious differences. Cross-listed as: ANTH 522. Prerequisite: One course in introductory sociology or anthropology.

SOC 527. Criminology (3); Sp
An overview of definitions and types of crime, and social theories of crime causation; special issues related to crime, crime control and crime prevention.

SOC 528. Comparative Systems of Social Control (3); Var
This course is a sociological and anthropological analysis of social control and law in a variety of social and cultural contexts.

SOC 529. Gender, Culture, and Society (3); Var
This course provides a foundation for understanding gender as expressed within and influenced by society. Cross culturally men and women are perceived as different, often as opposites. This perception can affect the quality of life, both on a structural level (in terms of wages earned, jobs held) and on an interpersonal level (in terms of expression of self/autonomy). Various theoretical perspectives are explored in order to understand why this perception of difference exists, how it translates into inequality and how it is learned.

SOC 530. Applied Social Research and Data Analysis (4); 3, 2 Sp
Instruction in application of techniques used in the analysis of quantitative and qualitative social science research data.

SOC 531. Political Sociology (3); Var
Sociological theory and research as applied to the study of political behavior, including such topics as the social bases of power (class, occupation, religion, cultural values), decision-making, leadership and communications.

SOC 535 – 635. Selected Topics in Sociology (1 – 4 VC); Var
Course in topic or topics in sociology: may be repeated with a change of content.

SOC 550 – 650. Seminar in Sociology (1 – 4 VC); Var
Seminar course in a topic or topics in sociology: may be repeated with change in content.

SOC 554. Women and Globalization (3); Var
This course examines how women’s lives are shaped by globalization through the feminization of labor and migration, environmental degradation, Diaspora, sexuality, cultural displacement, and militarization. It explores the ways women have confronted these conditions as well as the possibilities and challenges of cross-border feminist coalitions.

SOC 560. Approaches to Dispute Resolution (3); Var
This course provides a theoretical and practical understanding of dispute resolution processes in use in the private and public sectors. The course examines how and why dispute resolution processes function in particular environments, and critiques the strengths and weaknesses of each process. Prerequisite: Introductory course in psychology or introductory course in sociology.

SOC 590–690. Independent Study (1 – 4 VC); Var
Independent, directed study arranged with an instructor. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

SOC 593. Race and Ethnic Relations (3); Sp
The basic processes operating in the present day interrelations of ethnic groups.

SOC 630. Research Methods in Sociology and Anthropology (3); Var
Research techniques in the study of social and cultural aspects of human existence, critical study, and application of methods.

SOC 638. Advanced Classical Sociological Theories (3); Fa
This course will explore the origins and development of sociological theory through the examination of original source materials.  The course is an advanced exploration of classical sociological theory designed specifically for graduate students. The student will gain an understanding of the important theoretical constructs that have shaped sociology and our understanding of society.  In addition, the student will emerge with the ability to apply these theoretical constructs to both past and current social phenomena and problems.

SOC 639. Contemporary Sociological Theories (3); Sp
Detailed study of recent social theories with critical analysis and comparison.

SOC 692. Independent Research (1 – 4 VC); Var
Independent research arranged with an instructor. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

SOC 698. Field Experience (1 – 6 VC); Var
A field placement in a local institution or agency providing opportunity for observation and limited exposure to the use of professional techniques under staff supervision. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

SOC 699. Thesis (1 – 6 VC); Var
Individual research and writing in preparation of a graduate thesis. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.


 This program is under the College of Arts and Sciences